Welcome to America – Part Two

In her second post in this series, Jennifer Merck tells us about an unlikely partnership on behalf of the refugees we help.   All Souls has been involved in Welcome to America! Pack deliveries for quite a few years. We used to welcome families moving into apartments in Wheaton and Carol Stream. In recent years, […]

Lessons Learned from a Hoarder

Lydia Griffith tells us what a hoarder has taught her about life and beauty. This semester I became a stalker. To tell the story, I’ll use the pseudonym “Beverly.” At Wheaton College, I am part of an organization that works to bring clean water (through the installation of a gravity-fed water system) to a different […]

Welcome to America!

In this first of three posts, Jennifer Merck introduces a refugee family that All Souls  helped welcome to America in November, 2018. Be sure to read the second part of this great story in Jennifer’s next post.   “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my […]

Giving from the Heart

Jennifer Merck writes about our treasure, as measured not by how much we have, but how much we give from our hearts.“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)   My husband, Hal, and I have lived in the area together for 26 years and both attended Wheaton College prior […]

The Good in Goodbye

Rob Lewis writes about saying goodbye to two of our souls, Angela Webster and Sophie Dickinson, who are currently working and serving  in Africa and India. “You’ve got a good one, there. Don’t let her go.” This might be good advice for a person who has somehow managed to secure the love of his life. […]

Welcoming the Refugee

In this post Becky Stapella discusses her experience at the recent Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable conference, and reflects on how All Souls might more effectively serve and befriend the refugees who struggle to make a new home in America. On October 24th, Austin and I made our way to Parkview Community Church for the annual […]

Youth Serving in the City

In the first week of August, twelve students and two adults from All Souls, Church of the Savior, and Church of the Great Shepherd spent time in the Edgewater neighborhood, serving the community. Some of us served food at a homeless shelter while others talked with the guests. We staffed a food pantry, walking clients […]

Start with Rice and Potatoes

In this post, Rob Lewis reflects on his experience as an MK in Bali. My parents worked as “pioneer” missionaries in Bali, Indonesia. They arrived in Bali in 1953 and my mom, at the age of 91, still lives and works there. My parents’ primary mission was to convert 2.5 million Balinese Hindus to Christianity. […]

Sophie: India Update

By far the most daunting part about planning to move to India as a missionary and teacher for three years was the idea of fundraising. I grew up in a large family where finances were always a peripheral worry, but it was something that could be managed with determination and hard work. This hardworking Midwestern […]

Letters from KDS

During Lent, All Souls collected over $1,000 for Easter Care baskets to help provide KDS families with food staples during their month-long Easter break. We also wrote letters to our ten sponsored children: Faith, Ann, Ryan, Wilson, Japhlet, Hussein, Jayceline, Virginia, and Emmanuel. We just received letters from them thanking you all for the Easter baskets […]