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Ministry Update: Global Initiative in NYC

The first week of March eight young ladies joined a Global Initiative exposure trip to New York City to serve women and children at English centers in Queens and Brooklyn and to learn about immigration in America. The first day in the city included a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where the team read stories of immigrants from America’s past. The next four days included ministry to the immigrant women and children of America’s present day. The ladies served in numerous English classes for women every day as classroom helpers and working one-on-one with students. They…

Life in Germany: Lessons in Islam Now Offered

A recent story in The New York Times examined the addition of classes in Islam to some German public schools. The aim of the classes is two-fold: (1) to better integrate Muslims into German society and (2) to counter “the growing influence of radical religious thinking.” Read the full story here. Each of the sixteen German states is responsible for its education system and non-compulsory religious study. Islamic study is available in some form in all former West German states and none of the former East German states (which have fewer Muslim immigrants historically). One teacher took 240 extra hours…

To Consider: Immigration in Europe, What Can We Do?

Many international news headlines are telling the tragic tale of immigrants fighting their way from places of oppression and poverty to places of freedom and opportunity, often spending all of their money paying traffickers to bring them to Europe. The story of the boat that sank off Lampedusa on October 3, killing 360 migrants, continues to unfold. BBC News reports today (11 November 2013) that a Somali man associated with the people traffickers has been arrested for torturing and raping the migrants in the camp in Libya before the boat set sail. In reading these stories every week, we wondering how…

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