• Global,  Stories

    Missions in a Locked Down World: Same Heart, Different Format

    Written by Juliana Fujii, edited by Amanda Frese, photos by Corrie Myhr, designed by Tabby Bernardus Spreading the gospel in a locked down world. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have changed everything about human interaction. With in-person gatherings cancelled and physical interaction minimized around the world, loneliness and screen fatigue are becoming the new normal. Coronavirus mandates create a particular dilemma for mission trips and spreading the gospel. World Magazine reports that missions organizations including Serge, SIM and the International Mission Board saw a little under half of their global missionaries come home. Many trips were curtailed or cancelled. However, the Great Commission still hasn’t changed. The Biolans behind the…

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    Women Protest for Peace in Yemen

    Written by Jana Eller The numerous uprisings during the Arab Spring of 2011 have continued to impact the daily lives of those living in the Middle-East and have also continued to capture the headlines in the West. Two years after the Syrian war began with a violent crackdown on peaceful protests — eventually causing the worst refugee crisis since World War II — another war broke out, which has escalated to become the worst humanitarian crisis in 100 years, according to the United Nations. HISTORY Resting on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula a few miles off the horn of Africa and bordered by Saudi Arabia, the relatively young nation…

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    Ugandan Music As a Mirror

      Written by Santa Victoria-Perez “I’m using my art to create human mirrors where my country can see themselves.” I believe there is no greater way of influencing a thinking and feeling species than by causing them to think and feel … we feel the need to understand who we are as well, and the things that make us who we areI would like for us as a country to talk more about our art as it currently exists in our culture, the role it plays, but also the role it could play is a Ugandan recording artist and songwriter. Through her music she aims to bring awareness to the…

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    Fighting Fiercely: A Response to the Ebola Crisis

    Written by Alissa Sandoval I returned to my desk unable to focus. My mind was still lingering in the chaos that I had just left. Busy yourself, my head said. So I tried. There was physical straining on my heart – it was distracting. Everyone speaking to me sounded distant even though they were only sitting two or three feet away from me. The exhaustion from unfulfilling sleep all caught up with me at once. Push it down, my mind ordered. You’re at work; you need to pull yourself together. There was an inner battle of heart vs. head ensuing – my heart was winning. My heart was breaking and…

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    Under the Radar

    Written by Matt Fier The Humanitarian As Stephen Mbogo approaches, you can see the 43-year-old’s smile from a mile away, as he extends a hand and gives a generous hug. “It’s good to finally meet you in person!” he says with a laugh. Mbogo came to Biola in 2008 with his wife, Rosemary and their two children, Victor and Joy. He is currently a graduate student at Talbot School of Theology, working on his Ph.D in Intercultural Studies (ICS), with a focus on values and leadership of politicians in Africa. However, Mbogo’s story runs much deeper than that. In 2005, Mbogo and his family started By Grace Orphanage in Kenya,…