Feb 15th is Transfiguration Sunday. Mark 9: 2-9, The whole context of the Transfiguration story is that Jesus is teaching his disciples what it means to follow him. As part of that experience, Jesus takes those disciples, Peter and James and John, to a high mountain apart, and chooses to give them a glimpse of his fullness. The writer of Mark describes it poetically as “his clothes became dazzling white such as no one on earth could bleach them.” Jesus appears, talking with Elijah and Moses. To know the fullness of Jesus is to experience his role as one of the prophets who spoke into being what no one could imagine and as integral to life in all generations.
Vocational Education is a key that opens doors for people to learn what they need now to earn a better living in the future. It is making a great impact in Honduras.
There is always more need than we are able to support. Yet, one smile and one flicker of hope in the eyes of a child make it all worthwhile.
When the Iraqis fled their homes from Mosul last summer, they had little with them when they arrived in Jordan. The impending winter became a challenge that required an immediate solution. A distribution to provide vouchers for children’s winter clothing had been planned, but seeing reports of rain, Father Emmanuel called the Orthodox Initiative to move the scheduled distribution up, bringing aid and relief to families before the storm came.
FIRM, Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Services was established over twenty years ago to assist with the needs of refugees, mainly Hmong, Lao, and Slavic, who now reside in the U.S.
On September 13, 2013, more than a foot of rain fell on the farming community of Longmont, Colorado. Water saturated the ground. Creeks and rivers rose. And the St. Vrain River broke out of its river bed, flooding hundreds of houses outside of the designated flood plain.
Late 2014, and mid-2015 mark the 10 year anniversaries of two of the largest disasters in recent history—December in Southern Asia and Africa; and August in the US along the Gulf Coast.
When there’s a huge natural disaster, victims’ stories are broadcasted and people from around the world can hear their struggles. With all the destruction and loss, it’s hard not to ask the question, “Where is God in all this?”
Donors, including CWS are supporting a local NGO with big capacity, and providing assistance for the farmers who got affected by Nargis.
In 2013, the World Health Organization reported that 1 in 3 women globally will experience Sexual or Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in her lifetime. A study released in 2011 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had already produced similar findings in the US, while noting that along with 1 in 3 American women, as many as 1 in 4 American men will experience this violence as well.