ASIA

Hope in the Cracks

Hope in the Cracks

When you slow down and begin to parse out the details from the chaotic whole, when you begin to look closely and really see, India hides breathtaking splashes of life in every corner.

In the Image: Vietnam Photo Essay

In the Image: Vietnam Photo Essay

VIETNAMBy Brett HillyardMar 21, 2019When men and women in rural Vietnam lose their sight due to glaucoma and cataracts, many lose a sense of purpose. Simple tasks like cooking and cleaning become impossibilities, and often their ability to provide for their families...

India Photo Essay: Untouched by Time

India Photo Essay: Untouched by Time

By Kayla MendezThis video features scenes from our day spent with Gideon in the village as well as scenes from Haridwar. There, thousands of Hindus gathered to worship the Ganges River, in a traditional Hindu ceremony called a Ganga Aarti.Tucked away among the...

Dispatch from Pattaya

Dispatch from Pattaya

By Nations Media“I was in a bar recently and a john told me, ‘Pattaya is where people go to die.’” The bar that Dianna Bautista refers to is one of hundreds in Pattaya’s red light district. These bars are not just bars, but also brothels—places to purchase illicit...

Forty Years a Survivor: A Story of Suffering and Freedom

Forty Years a Survivor: A Story of Suffering and Freedom

By Hetta Hansen Joe Kong was qualified on all accounts to be killed by the Khmer Rouge. As an educated, high-ranking government official, he and his young family were targeted by the invading communist party. It was 1970 and the Cambodian genocide had just begun. Joe...

AFRICA

Kissing the Witch Doctor

Kissing the Witch Doctor

By Nations MediaI don’t think anyone aims to be typical, really. Most people even vow to themselves some time in high school or college not to be typical. But still, they just kind of loop back to it somehow. Like the circular rails of a train at an amusement park,...

How to Carry Heavy Stories

How to Carry Heavy Stories

By Victoria HouserThe first time I read about the Rwandan genocide, it was like walking into a dark theater in the middle of a horror movie when I thought I had bought tickets for a tidy historical documentary. I couldn’t look away. Stories of violence began to...

Precious Kids Center in Kitale, Kenya

Precious Kids Center in Kitale, Kenya

By Easton Kawawaki Sammy Hammork visited Kenya for the first time when she was sixteen. Over the following years, she returned to serve children with disabilities during her summer breaks from college. Originally from Southern California, Sammy eventually moved to...

Empowered to Love

Empowered to Love

By Kayla CervenkaIt was on a Monday that I made the journey through treacherous Kampala traffic and arrived at the Empower-A-Child offices nestled within the city’s maze of roads. I was ushered into an office, a relief from the unrelenting Ugandan heat. I sat gazing...

Alternate Routes: Hospitality

Alternate Routes: Hospitality

By Megan SextonEditor’s Note: It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or apathetic when faced with the sheer volume of need in our world. Writing a check or volunteering with a local organization are important steps to walking in justice, but they’re not the only steps....

EUROPE

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MIDDLE EAST

Flight from an Iranian Prison

Flight from an Iranian Prison

In many ways, Shamal’s life might be divided in two from this point forward. It was not the beginning of his escape from Iran that marked the separation, but the point at which he met Christ.

Free the Oppressed

Free the Oppressed

BURMABy Brianna LantzMar 13, 2019Editor’s Note: In Nations Journal Volume 1, we traveled to Thailand to introduce you to the inimitable Dave Eubank—former Special Forces Ranger, head of Free Burma Rangers—and his family. Several years later we met Eubank again, this...

Mountains of Silence

Mountains of Silence

Germany By Derrick BillsMar 5, 2019Fog and silence crawl along the landscape of wide plains and lonely trees. My eyes run through the hills to the singular trees standing out in seas of green, looking forlorn yet stalwart. I try my best to imitate them, mimicking...

The Repatriated Missionary

The Repatriated Missionary

By AnonymousAmerica shields us from suffering and bombards us with pleasure, but the two years I spent with Iranian refugees in Turkey shattered that bubble. Returning from that level of intensity and suffering was—and still is—a challenge. Persian voices ring in my...

“Welcome to Our Boiling Times”

“Welcome to Our Boiling Times”

By Nations MediaAfter Mosul's liberation, a monk's view from the monastery     Overlooking the Nineveh Plains, fifteen miles from Mosul, a fortress-like monastery clings to the crags of Mount Alfaf. Since 363 AD the structure has watched over the land,...

Dispatch from Iraq

Dispatch from Iraq

By Nations MediaAfter Sixteen Months, a Reunion with the Rescued In the first volume of Nations Journal we introduced you to Dave Eubank, a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer and founder of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a humanitarian service movement...

NORTH AMERICA

A Letter From Our Founder

Watching the slow murder of George Floyd should have been incomprehensible. I’ve witnessed a flood of emotions and responses wash over social media that have mirrored my own internal world: anger, confusion, grief, hopelessness, and a sense of helplessness that has tempted me towards despair. I’ve found myself asking the tired question again, “Why is this still happening?”

Lisa Sharon Harper’s Thick Faith

Lisa Sharon Harper’s Thick Faith

We live in an age when politics and faith traditions alienate us from each other instead of unite us. Having lived and worked within political movements, I know from experience that life on the inside of politics is as dark as it looks from the outside. But when we...

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

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