Month: August 2016

Reaching Out to Flood Victims

At least 13 people are dead from the flooding that struck the Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana areas.  Tens of thousands have been rescued, and so far at least 70,000 have registered for federal disaster assistance. The ongoing torrential rains have damaged an estimated 40,000 homes with the result that Louisiana is now facing its biggest housing crunch since the horrors of Hurricane Katrina a decade ago. Some are now are staying in shelters, while others are bunking with family or friends or even sleeping in trailers on their front lawns. Those who are too poor to leave are...

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Love and War in the USA

If one were to watch even 10 minutes of news in the US this summer, one would quickly discern we are at war. We face enemies within our own borders.  At times it seems as though we are having a civil war. The following verse has stood out to me during this season and also as we have worked and are still working with Muslim refugees – some of whom could be potential terrorists. “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of...

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Musicians From Syria

This Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra of classically trained musicians is composed mostly of Syrian migrants. The orchestra was formed in 2015 and is based in Germany. They are all classically trained and most have spent more than 5 years studying music at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus.

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