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Hope House: A Reflection on Refugees by Dr. Bill Bigger

They are individuals with hopes and dreams who deserve our love, our compassion, our care, and our warm hospitality. I still have a lot of learning and growing to do and I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I am praying that I will be the kind of person who loves and advocates for the marginalized, the vulnerable, and those too easily overlooked and dismissed. 

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Mary was a Teenager: a post Christmas reflection by Nell Green

The wrapping paper has made it’s way to the recycle bin and the toys are no longer new. Many of us have returned to our normal routine. Yet I find myself reflecting on something that came up numerous times this holiday season.

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God's Hand at Work: My Houston Mission Trip Experience by Lindsey Bennett

 I think our entire missions team was amazed at how thankful the refugees were for us coming to their homes and what little it seems that we did to help. I do not think any of us were expecting to find such a catastrophic area right outside the large city of Houston. It was inspiring to me that I was able to help in neighboring areas and that saving the world does not have to be a large event such as something in a super hero movie, but can be as simple as walking out your front door and helping your neighbor bring in their groceries or taking the time to talk to that homeless man outside of the supermarket and listen to his story. 

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Can we do less? by Roy A. Jones II

Willingness and flexibility. That's all it took to be a volunteer Mud-out Missionary to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston Sept. 18-22. The five of us who went on the first of several planned trips led by John Moore didn't do what we went expecting to do, but we received much more than we gave.

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Showing Love and Care by Georgia Lewis

I never thought I could be a missionary or go on mission trips. Growing up the word missionary meant having to leave my family and friends and go to a foreign country and proclaim the gospel, which honestly is a very scary thing to even think aboutI never thought I could be a missionary or go on mission trips. Growing up the word missionary meant having to leave my family and friends and go to a foreign country and proclaim the gospel, which honestly is a very scary thing to even think about.

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Media Mention: It's Time to Understand the Islamic Veil by Christen Kinard

Mom (Nell Green) recently contributed to a piece in Sojourners magazine on the Muslim veil and how to understand it. Her contribution to the article was part of the launch of Mirror on the Veil, a book that includes a collection of personal essays on the hijab and on veiling, one of which is Mom's. 

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Five Myths About Refugees by Nell Green

We set out with few requirements. Speaking English was not a requirement, though we knew it would require patience. Minimum education was not a requirement, as long as they had the necessary skills. There would be no consideration of ethnicity or religion, even though we knew it would mean mixing various groups in a small studio that normally would have no affiliation with each other. Our only requirement is that they had come to the United States as refugees. That decision has begged questions from many corners. Let me put out there five myths about refugees to which I can personally testify.

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Tennis Shoes and Nail Salons by Butch Green

When is the last time you bought tennis shoes? We don’t think anything about going into a store, looking at shoes, trying them on and then choosing to buy some. When is the last time you had your nails done? You go in tell them what you want done, you pick out a color or style and they do it (or at least that is what Nell, my wife, tells me). These are normal everyday occurrences for most of us. Would you ever think of human trafficking while doing these things? Probably not.

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Tallowood Baptist Church: Serve the city by Diana Clanton

Every year Tallowood Baptist Church has a day where service projects are conducted around the city. This year the International Friends Sunday School Class put together Children’s Goody Bags for the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston – a refugee resettlement agency. Butch Green, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missionary to Houston, was our Serve the City contact and helped guide the project. 

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#Thisiswhatrecoverlookslike #everydayalittlebetter Part 3

I choose to be the best I can be today, physically and spiritually. I do not know what the end of this journey will look like, but I know I will not be the same. For that I am profoundly grateful. 
 

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