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Holy Discomfort: Justice, Kindness & Humility

Mark Michaelis reminisces about Africa.

God is not particularly concerned with my comfort. God does say that we are to comfort others with the comfort we have been given (2 Corinthians 1:4), but this type of comfort is not the absence of pain; it’s the opposite.

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Transportation: Volunteers That Drive a Difference

Jan Probus, John Yoder, Lucy Larkin and Sherilyn Jones recently met for lunch at the Spokane office.

For newly arrived refugees, there’s nothing simple about it. They don’t have cars. They don’t have driver’s licenses. They don’t know the city. They don’t know the bus system. They can’t afford an Uber. And, often, they don’t know English well enough to ask directions.

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Souzan’s Story: fleeing religious persecution

Suzan is hugged by her children Seti and William.

Souzan held a Bible study in her home.  A seemingly benign, everyday activity. Except… Souzan lived in Iran. She had been secretly teaching the Bible in her home for years when one of her friends brought two new friends. Souzan didn’t know these new people, and she wasn’t sure of their motives. Did they want…

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Young girl carries Venezuelan flag.

“During National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 – October 15, the U.S. government celebrates the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans, Latinos, Latinas, and Latinx-identifying people to our culture and society” (US State Department website). At World Relief Spokane, this month of celebration gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight two…

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Refugees: Ready & Willing to Work Hard

Nedal

Nedal Klaib was a veterinarian in his home country of Syria. He fled to Jordan with his wife and five children due to the civil war in 2012. In Jordan, he was able to continue his work as a veterinarian, but when he came to America, his education and credentials didn’t transfer.

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They Can’t Go Home

As we were driving home, I received a text from my daughter. She was clearly unsettled. She wanted to know when I was going to be home because the fires were getting worse, she said. What fires? I thought.

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Changing My Mind: One Year at World Relief

Barb meets a new friend.

Ethnocentrism: evaluation of other cultures according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one’s own culture. Google Dictionary Evaluating the world through the lens of our own culture and experience. We all do it. The important thing is whether or not we realize we are doing it because, if/when we do, we can…

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Compassion: Moving into Suffering

Deb with Turkish people and crisis rescue team

Destruction. And hopelessness. Those were the two realities Deb Russell faced everywhere she looked when she deployed to Turkey with Crisis Response International in March. On February 6, 2023, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit southeast Turkey near the Syrian border. After the initial earthquake, aftershocks numbering in the thousands continued to rock the region.…

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