Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Any conversation about refugees, particularly within the borders of the USA, is typically met with legitimate concerns. However, those concerns can easily and unnecessarily conflate into fear, thus distorting the conversation and the reality of refugees and resettlement. As Christians, though, we should be and are called to be a people of faith–not a people […]

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Be Informed: Refugee Resources

The magnitude of the refugee crisis can seem daunting and it’s easy to feel powerless against such a colossal situation. However, I’ve always believed that power emanates from knowledge, which is why I’m sharing with you some of my favorite resources for understanding refugees and refugee work around the world. The more I learn, the […]

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3 Biblical Reasons to Care for Refugees

So, as Christ-followers and God-worshippers, why should we be concerned about refugees – those around the world and those even in our back yard here in the USA? Here are a few simple reasons… 1. IT’S THE BIBLICAL THING TO DO Refugees are seen all throughout the Bible although called by different names. Usually they […]

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The Refugee Crisis Is Not Going Away

It may seem to have slipped from the headlines, but the refugee crisis is not going away. In fact, it’s getting worse. Today, there are over 65 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced. In other words, they have been made to leave their homes. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) is […]

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When All Else Fails, You Can Walk Away Pt. 2

This series on corruption has focused a lot on issues that arise within or around the target area served. But I’d like to share an example about a problem that arose, causing us to walk away from a lucrative contract with a large donor. In the 1990s, we were working in the Philippines, with a […]

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When All Else Fails, You Can Walk Away Pt. 1

Sometimes, you can cross every “t” and dot every “i.” You follow best practices, work with communities to solve a problem, and still run into corruption with no plausible solution. When all is said and done, if the situation can’t be resolved, you can and, at times, should walk away. That may sound a bit […]

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Corruption: Locals Know Best

Time and experience have taught me that most instances of corruption at the local or regional government level are most effectively countered by the people living in that region. That scenario played out in South Asia following a major earthquake. We had initially been on the ground meeting lifeline needs such as food, water, medical/health […]

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Corruption Issues in Community Development

One of the most powerful things we have observed in the community development process is that when the community gets involved, they acquire a sense of ownership and begin to identify and address other issues. One of those is corruption. Throwing it Back When local issues of perceived or obvious corruption arise, it’s tempting to […]

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Corruption: Prevent It and Deal With It

Corruption. It’s an uncomfortable word and is loaded with connotations of all kind. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon when it comes to relief and development work. From mismanagement to theft, bullying and hidden agendas, to government issues at the local, regional or national level, corruption impedes community projects and progress. So…is corruption inevitable? How do you […]

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Community Development Mistakes: No Needs

The Need to Reveal our Needs This blog series has looked at various barriers to effective community development and has, hopefully, challenged you to reevaluate your tactics and approach. The final barrier we’ll discuss, however, will likely go beyond challenging you. It just might convict you, as it has done to me time and time […]

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