Economically Fragile Greece Faces Refugee Crisis

My wife and I recently returned to Athens, Greece, to minister among Greeks and Albanians. The lives, fortunes and misfortunes of many there continue to matter to us, despite the reality that we no longer live among them. Their struggles remain current to us and our...

Helping Others to Escape Poverty’s Grip

Vernon and Gladys learned in early 1934, less than two years after they married, that she was expecting twins. Poverty, like swollen river flood water, was always lapping at the front door for this young, northeast Mississippi couple, causing Vernon to work extra odd...

Greece’s Economic Woes Will Hurt Many People

Some call it a modern-day Greek tragedy; others refer to it as the new normal for the country of Greece. Because my wife, Janice, and I moved to Athens, Greece, in 2005 and lived there for more than nine years and have many friends affected by it, we call it the...

True Ministry: A Joint Enterprise as Easy as ABCD

For the first time since before we opened PORTA–the Albania House in Athens seven years ago, we planned a paint day and a work day. Because we want to leave the facilities in the best possible shape when we depart this field and relocate to Texas in September, and...

Strawberry Growers Shoot Migrant Workers in Greece

Before and during the Great Depression, my grandfather, William Emmitt Newell, was a small truck farmer, living and growing his crops in the red dirt near Marion, Miss., just outside of the “Queen City” of Meridian. Granddaddy raised turnips, tomatoes,...