But the Syrians,

The driver didn’t know where he was going. Beirut is like that. The streets wind until only the sun can tell which way is north, south, west. I do know west. It’s towards the Mediterranean. We stopped once, twice, maybe thirteen or fourteen times. I’ve never wished harder that I spoke Arabic or that my phone would find a signal. But then I sat back. The taxi driver had a small wooden cross on a string with wooden beads hanging from the mirror. “I feel safe with him,” my mom said from the seat next to me, “You don’t just display that in this country unless it means something to… Read More

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Greece’s Island of Despair (The Latest on Syrian Refugees in Greece…)

[Note from Bram: This excellent piece expands on my firsthand report from September, 2017.] Text by ILIANA MAGRA MARCH 29, 2018 A Syrian family trying to keep warm at a makeshift camp near Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos. CreditMauricio Lima for The New York Times His brown eyes sunken and flat, Jahangir Baroch had spent another sleepless night in the metal container on the Greek island of Lesbos where he has lived for more than a year. “There was no electricity in the container last night,” Mr. Baroch, 26, said desperately, at a center for refugees, away from the holding camp in Moria, where he is housed. “It was like a… Read More

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SALHAR and the Future of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Dateline: Beka’a Valley, Lebanon I’m traveling the breadth of Lebanon this week, following some of the most inspiring people you’ll ever meet as they do incredible work. The Gospel is going out with Power here, and redeeming people in amazing ways. In turn, our on-the-ground partners have been introducing me to the beautiful people God has placed in front of them. Make sure to spend a few minutes on the Compassion Radio Facebook page to see more pictures and videos of these wonderful folks and ad hoc reports along the way. Meet Salhar… [layerslider id=”2″] I’d like to tell you a little about a friend I made yesterday – Her… Read More

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Who Speaks for the Fallen?

“Though he is fallen asleep, God will not leave him In this forgetfulness. Awakened, he Will laugh to think what troublous dreams he had… Who, when the appointed Day shall dawn, escapes From dark imaginings that haunted him, And turns with laughter on his phantom griefs When he beholds his everlasting home.” Rumi – The Progress of Man Who speaks for the Fallen? While we were celebrating our nation’s 396th Thanksgiving, more than 300 worshippers in northern  Sinai, Egypt were gunned down while they prayed. That includes at least 27 children. In a systematic and meticulously planned attack, the congregation at Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed were dispatched by ISIS… Read More

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26 AGAIN?

The pain just keeps coming. And my tears just keep flowing. Sunday we were devastated by the news of 26 church members being cut down in Texas. Yesterday came another story of 26 teenagers found dead at sea in the Mediterranean – very likely headed for a camp similar to the one Bram just visited. The girls, aged 14-18, are believed to have been migrants from Niger and Nigeria who, filled with hope as well as trepidation, had embarked on the treacherous route to Europe from Libya over the weekend. Their bodies were found close to a flimsy rubber dinghy that had all but sunk when rescuers arrived. Aid workers… Read More

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Concerning the Massacre at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX:

“Traveling Vengeance” by Bram Floria, President, Compassion Radio Today, I rode a highway of sorrows and flew over a sea of grief… Last night, our Church, the Fellowship at Plum Creek in Kyle, TX sat together and mourned the loss of our brothers and sisters just down the road in Sutherland Springs, TX. It was not our plan – we had gathered together for our annual Church Vision Banquet, and we all looked forward with great anticipation to the reports of how God had worked through this fast-growing Body of Believers. The excitement was palpable – we all knew the basics: – Dozens and dozens of baptisms – Overflow services… Read More

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