People change people. 

Food, medicine, shelter saves lives but if you want to change a life. It takes a person.

There's a place in the Bible where the apostle Paul wrote, “God was In Christ, reconciling the world to himself....not counting our sins against us, but entrusting us with the message of reconciliation.” That is to say, in and through the person of Jesus, God was doing the work of reconciliation.

Websters defines reconciliation as “the end of estrangement.”

That's what we do.

A teenager comes home from the streets: the end of estrangement.

A child moves from orphange into a loving home: the end of estrangement.

We train those families to be people who change the lives of youth and children---children who hope for an end to estrangement and yearn to belong to a family they can call their own.

We train mentors. We train the government social workers. We train them all, to work toward reconciliation—the end of estrangement.

 

There is a war in Ukraine. More than thirteen thousand have died. There is talk of a political end, but there is a Grand Canyon of estrangement between individuals and families and cultures and communities and countries.

 

We travel to the war zone to gather those families displaced by the war, together, to support each other, to work toward reconciliation. We want them to be people who change each other.

 

We train teenagers how to work for peace: to manage conflict, to build consensus, to walk into a room and begin the work of healing relationships between people. It is the work of reconciliation—work toward the end of estrangement.

Robert D. Gamble

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