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An Instrument, a Refugee, and the Weight of Beauty

An Instrument, a Refugee, and the Weight of Beauty

It’s been almost two years since the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, leaving a void of power quickly filled by the Taliban. In that time, Taliban rulers have outlawed women’s education, religious freedom, and even music. That’s why a concert violinist named Ali left his instrument behind when he fled Afghanistan in 2021. He knew the Taliban would confiscate and destroy any instruments they found, along with music shops and schools. After Ali arrived in the United States, a stranger heard his story and decided to donate his violin to the displaced musician. 

This remarkable story is not only about the kindness of strangers: It also points to something deeper about what it means to be human. God created us to create, like He does. Made in His image, as the first few chapters of Genesis make plain, humans were created for the purpose of cultivating the rest of creation for the glory of God (Genesis 1:26-28).

Ukrainians: 'We Just Want to Go Home'

Ukrainians: 'We Just Want to Go Home'

The war in Ukraine has resulted in the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The UN Refugee Agency reports that more than seven million Ukrainians have been displaced within their country and an additional seven million displaced across borders. The coming winter will only increase the already vast humanitarian needs, as well.

Nobel Peace Prize Sold for Record-Breaking $103.5 Million to Aid Ukrainian Child Refugees

Nobel Peace Prize Sold for Record-Breaking $103.5 Million to Aid Ukrainian Child Refugees

On Monday night, Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize for a record-breaking $103.5 million to raise money for Ukrainian child refugees.

How a Young Christian Killed in Ukraine 'Still Speaks' to Our Future

How a Young Christian Killed in Ukraine 'Still Speaks' to Our Future

In this day of global social media and connectivity, a single courageous Christian like Anatoly can make global headlines and a global impact. As with Isaiah of old, a single committed believer can use his or her influence to make a difference that will echo in eternity.

Thousands Flee Ukraine Leading to 'Fastest-Growing Refugee Crisis in Europe since World War II'

Thousands Flee Ukraine Leading to 'Fastest-Growing Refugee Crisis in Europe since World War II'

As more people flee Ukraine because of the Russian invasion, the exodus of people is being called the “fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II,” the U.N.’s high commissioner for refugees said.

Pope Francis Celebrates 85th Birthday with Migrants and Refugees from Cyprus

Pope Francis Celebrates 85th Birthday with Migrants and Refugees from Cyprus

On Friday, Pope Francis celebrated his 85th birthday by meeting with a dozen migrants and refugees who recently arrived in Italy thanks to the intercession of the Vatican, Catholic movements and authorities in Cyprus, where the pope visited in early December.

German Pastor Sentenced to 2 Years of Probation, Fined $1,700 for Housing Iranian Refugee

German Pastor Sentenced to 2 Years of Probation, Fined $1,700 for Housing Iranian Refugee

A pastor in Germany has been sentenced to two years of probation and fined about $1,700 for housing an Iranian refugee in one of the churches he oversees.

Faith-Based Agencies Celebrate 'Return to Moral Leadership' as Biden Raises Refugee Ceiling to 125,000

Faith-Based Agencies Celebrate 'Return to Moral Leadership' as Biden Raises Refugee Ceiling to 125,000

Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are celebrating the Biden administration’s proposal to admit as many as 125,000 refugees to the United States in the coming year.

How Christians Can Help Afghan Refugees

How Christians Can Help Afghan Refugees

As government agencies work around the clock and refugee care organizations rapidly retool in order to help Afghan refuees, many American Christians may be asking “What in the world?!” and “How can we help?”

Former US Presidents, Religious Leaders Launch Organization to Aid Afghan Evacuees

Former US Presidents, Religious Leaders Launch Organization to Aid Afghan Evacuees

Three former presidents and first ladies have joined with religious leaders, faith-based refugee resettlement agencies and others to support a new national organization with the goal of making it easier to help Afghan evacuees arriving in the United States.

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