Ways to Help Central Africa and Countries Affected by the LRA

In response to my recent criticism of Nick Kristof’s Kony2012 column, one commenter asked that I offer up better solutions: I personally would prefer it if “armchair theorists” who have taken Invisible Children to task would also say things like, ‘Although I will not be joining the Kony 2012 campaign, I did make a small … Continue reading

Free(ing) Ways to Help Pakistan

Pakistanis, evacuated from flooding – US Army, public domain With the flooding in Pakistan leaving over 6 million people in need of immediate assistance, and over 20 million people affected, it can be easy to become despondent and suffer from paralysis. The country is far away, the people speak a different language, it is such … Continue reading

Ending Slavery on Thirty Wheels

Fighting slavery is a lot like riding a bicycle. Both require many small parts working together in unison. Both seem impossible at first, but over time goals become easier to reach. Both can be extremely uncomfortable when you’re in it for the long haul. But perhaps most importantly, both take us outside of ourselves, require … Continue reading

Life on the Road

Photo: Olav A. Saltbones/Norwegian Red Cross For the last six months, we have read every sad story imaginable about Haiti and its orphans and widows. We have been frustrated alongside relief workers who can’t get supplies into the hardest-hit places. We have felt the confusion of the government, which wants to rebuild but is paralyzed … Continue reading

Going Home

Today, nearly all of the minority Uzbek people of Kyrgyzstan are returning home. As many as 100,000 refugees fled the country into Uzbekistan in the past week following violent conflict against them from the majority Kyrgyz population. An additional 300,000 people are said to be displaced within Kyrgyzstan. On the Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan border – UNHCR Stories … Continue reading

World Refugee Day, Southern Style

It was World Refugee Day yesterday, but here in Memphis we celebrated on Saturday. Yes, that’s right. Memphis has, and celebrates, refugees. So along with Athens and London, New York and Sydney, we honored the courageous men, women, and children who have seen much horror, have searched for home, and have found one, this time … Continue reading

Dads and Refugees

**Special Sunday Post: Happy Father’s Day! But wait, there’s more! Happy World Refugee Day! Today, while we honor our fathers, let’s also honor the courageous men, women and children who are sojourners in our world. Pray for their health and safety, and for the healing of their homelands. And pray a special prayer for the … Continue reading

A More Perfect Union: the TIP Report

Secretary Clinton Announces Release of 2010 TIP Report – photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of State The 2010 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report was released yesterday – the tenth report of its kind. The comprehensive, global report is a resource for groups working to combat trafficking, from American suburbs to African villages. The report included the … Continue reading

Refugees and the Real Football: World Cup Begins

It is World Cup day, everyone! At 9am CST, Mexico will face off against home team and underdog South Africa. In all the excitement and buzz, here’s one last topic to pray about and consider as you enjoy the games. Life in South Africa is very hard for refugees, and it can be even harder … Continue reading

Prayer for South Africa and the World Cup

The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. That is simply amazing (I mean, really? More than the Canadian curling championship? What is the world coming to?). So, no surprise, it is a very big deal that South Africa is hosting the event for the first time on the African continent, … Continue reading

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