In December of 2014, roughly 15 months ago, I received an email from a fellow global missions mobilizer who was starting an initiative in Italy to specifically serve refugees there. We chatted about it here and there and it was one of the items on Ember's dream agenda for 2015. It was a fantastic idea but was never quite the right time. Until now.
Today, I am thrilled to announce the 2016 Ember Italy experience. Our team will travel in late July to assist with this very initiative that my friend SB spoke about 15 months ago. Since that email, the refugee and migration crisis has certainly grown exponentially and I'm excited for this team to be a small part of helping with that. Our primary task will be to serve those who are serving refugees. Other tasks might be to serve other cross cultural workers there, plan and run activities for refugee populations, and ultimately be catalysts for long term workers and their efforts there. Since this effort is fairly new and our team is mostly young, optimistic, idealistic emerging global leaders, we may have the opportunity to do some missional imagination around all of this work as well. As you can imagine, the subject of refugee care includes lots of domains like education, medicine, social work, entrepreneurship, etc. I won't be surprised if our team has some great ideas to help spur on this work.
The current refugee crisis is one of the most compelling and challenging issues for our time and the broader related issue of global urban migration is one of the most significant global phenomenon in all of human history. Like I always say, these are some of the most exciting times in human history because there are things happening right now that have never happened before. I'm excited for our team to serve within this realm and am confident that the lessons we learn this summer will help inform and prepare these global leaders for making a mark on human history.
Thanks in advance for your support for this team.
** Specific travel dates and/or locations are purposely not posted to social media.