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September 24, 2018 | by admin_user

A country the size of Maine has welcomed more Syrian refugees than any other country in the world: 1.4 million since March 2011, when ISIS seized power and began its reign of terror. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Middle East has shown hospitality to strangers for thousands of years. I was fortunate to […]

October 14, 2016 | by admin_user

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with our trip to Jordan. While I feel ready to see my loved ones, I will miss the people I’ve met, and the warm hospitality of the Jordanian people. I will also miss the sense of antiquity, and the deep rootedness of human […]

October 10, 2016 | by admin_user

Today’s highlight was the visit to the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (HLID) in Salt, the oldest city in Jordan. Brother Andrew greeted us. He’s the 77-year-old monk who runs the HLID, as well as the offsite programs for deaf and blind children in neighboring countries. He spoke to us for an hour about […]

October 8, 2016 | by admin_user

Our first full day in Jordan started with a drive past the Jabbok river, where Jacob wrestled with God, to Gadara, the site of Jesus’ pig-killing miracle. All three synoptic gospels relate the story: the demons inside a demon-possessed man named Legion pleads with Jesus to let them alone and finally asks to be allowed to […]

October 7, 2016 | by admin_user

We arrived in Jordan at 4 in the afternoon. The air felt hot and dry as I stepped off the plane. My first thought was: “Welcome to the Desert.”   As our group congregated and walked through the Amman airport, a fellow traveler and I marveled at the sunshine and how it feels more like […]

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