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Angels of the road

April 17, 2019

Our work on the southern border affirms this: angels do exist. Here’s how we know. Weeks ago, a family of five from Honduras legally applied for asylum in the United States. It’s an application you can only submit when you’re in the U.S. So, they journeyed out of a country that has one of the highest homicide rates in the …

For refugees along the Thailand-Myanmar border, past trauma and a life in limbo

Laura Curkendall | March 22, 2019

 My recent drive to Ban Don Yang refugee camp was…intense. It took a little less than an hour to get to the camp from the larger town where my CWS colleagues and I had spent the previous night; but ultimately we didn’t travel all that far. The problem was the road. We were told that it’s impossibly muddy in …

Learning what “water is life” REALLY means in Central Sulawesi

Josephine Oguta | March 20, 2019

“Water is life.” It’s a common saying in the humanitarian community, and you’ve probably heard it before. I certainly have. But even after a long career in community development and emergency response organizations, I didn’t really understand what it meant. Not until I visited Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, earlier this month. Central Sulawesi was hit by an earthquake in September of …

At the end of the day: reflecting on Disciples of Christ and CWS Leaders’ Myanmar Visit

U Aye Lwin | February 15, 2019

For more than two years, I have worked with Church World Service team members on several activities to help our village improve itself, and this has been fruitful for us. Last month, however, was my first time to host a visit of CWS leaders and supporters from outside Asia, including the newly-elected Chair of the CWS Board and some of …

Blanket the world with LOVE

Lenny Blue | January 29, 2019

As I sit in the middle of the cold winter months, I often think about our neighbors that are experiencing the cold differently than my family and me. I think about our neighbors who can’t afford to keep their furnace set at 72 degrees all day long; our neighbors who spend cold winter nights in their car because they don’t …