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A surprise call changes a volunteer’s perspective in Pennsylvania

Rachel Landis | July 27, 2022

The opportunity to volunteer for Church World Service Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, came about suddenly and unexpectedly. I received a call from a friend asking me if I would like to provide transportation to a family arriving from Guatemala that evening. Immediately, I agreed, realizing that it would be a great opportunity to work on my Spanish. My friend and I met …

Eid al-Adha Mubarak

Abdi Iftin | July 8, 2022

Eid al-Adha comes to most of the world on Sunday July 9, and this Eid brings back childhood memories of fun, family, joy and blessings. The night before this Eid was always very special as we gathered around a firepit and told stories. It was common for boys to have a haircut the night before. Each year it was a …

In Honor of Father’s Day, Wisdom from Two Refugee Dads in Cairo

June 16, 2022

Every parent, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are, wants the best for their child. They want their little one to grow up healthy, strong and loved.  Refugee parents living in the expansive Egyptian capital of Cairo often face extra hurdles as they work to make this a reality for their children. These can include limited access …

CWS Participates in Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

June 2, 2022

Every two years, disaster management leaders and high-level political representatives from around the world gather at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. At the conference, participants share their knowledge on disaster management, disaster risks, and strategies to reduce the impact of disasters. This year CWS was represented by Dino Satria, our country representative for Indonesia, and Takeshi Komino, our …

Close-Knit Relationships: A Former Refugee Serves New Friends from Afghanistan

May 5, 2022

Friedlinde Ebersole has been knitting for the Lancaster Church of the Brethren’s (LCOB) prayer shawl ministry for more than a decade. She estimates she has made about 100 shawls so far, each taking her six or seven hours to create. As she knits, she offers prayers for the eventual recipient of each shawl, without knowing what their circumstances will be. …