In real time, the media is tapping into Americans’ anxieties about national security and terrorism threats. We have been bombarded with staunch views on immigration and national security to once again raise the apprehension that terrorists could infiltrate refugee resettlement in the US. But what do we actually know about these people who are coming to the US borders asking for help? And how are they being treated? Before getting into the mindset that only recently has the US undergone extreme immigration reform, here’s a…Continue Reading “The Refugee Crisis: Rhetoric vs. Reality”

Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa: At the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountains lies Buitenstekloof Farm, a place of great scenic beauty and diversity. Proprietors Johan and Marie Fourie have their hands full running the farm in addition to directing a branch of Iris Global’s ministry school called the Father’s House. Through their business and ministry, Johan and Marie support projects and efforts that uplift and provide for those less fortunate. They focus on healing through a family orientated community and also communicating to the…Continue Reading “Buitenstekloof Farm: The Irrigation Solution”

The following account of dear Abdi’s quest for freedom was beautifully written by Casa Marianella ( staff member and guest blogger Erin Edmonds. — It’s nearing 7 pm on a Friday. I’m on afternoon shift, but I’ve made a deal with the next staffer to cut out 10 minutes early to prepare for an interview. Miraculously, I slip out of the main office and creep across Gunter Street undetected, a feat most unheard of. It’s a no-man’s land between the Casa properties of 821 and 822,…Continue Reading “Freedom Pending: The Story of Abdirahman”

At the Father’s House, everyone is welcome to join the family. Johan + Marie Fourie have been called by the Lord into ministry and empowered by many anointed men of God through prophetic words. They are obediently following the Lord’s dream for their lives and for His people. They have stepped out of the boat and onto the water. They have a vision to heal hearts through family and to empower and release disciples of all nations through their ministry school. There is one body…Continue Reading “The Father’s House”

For the past 2 years, I have been volunteering as an ESL teacher at Casa Marianella and have enjoyed every moment. Casa provides shelter and hope to hundreds of refugees, immigrants, and asylees from across the globe. The people at Casa are very close to my heart, and I hope you will join me in donating this year to help spread awareness and hope for residents. Every year 400 homeless immigrants find a warm, safe bed, abundant nutritious food, access to medical and mental heath…Continue Reading “Amplify Austin: Help Casa Marianella”

This will be my last post on the devotional experiment series. Thanks for being a part of the journey! Wishing you all the best in 2016…may you see the best in others and speak life into them no matter what. Give yourself a big break, laugh, live in the moment and enjoy this beautiful life He has created for all of us! Day 36 “Your testimony speaks louder than your knowledge and abilities. Live out what you believe in Me. Proclaim my truths and and…Continue Reading “Daily Devotional No. 6”

“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” Day 29 Father thank you for leading and guiding me through every step. Holy Spirit I welcome you here today and ask that you would fill me with a love that I would not keep to myself but give away freely to others. I pray that you would come and renew my mind and break my…Continue Reading “Daily Devotional No. 5”

“Strength like a lion burns like fire in my veins I will run and I will not grow weary until I’m face to face I feel the pleasure of my Lord when I’m in stride For the glory of the Lord is man who is completely alive” – Josh Garrels (Run) Day 22 What are the strengths that you have created inside of us before the foundation of the world? How can we use these strengths to bring you glory and honor and to love those…Continue Reading “Daily Devotional No. 4”

Day 15 Today I ask for Your wisdom and discernment. As I navigate through this next season I pray that you would release over me a spirit of supernatural perseverance. I ask that you would give me direction in regards to this upcoming opportunity. Jeremiah 3:17 “For I will restore you to health and will heal you of your wounds…””Behold I restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob and have compassion on his dwelling places; and the city will be rebuilt on it’s ruin and…Continue Reading “Daily Devotional No. 3”

First of all, thank you so much for your feedback, support and encouragement. I am honored and privileged to be a small part of your lives and I am excited to share this part of my journey with you all. Again, I would love to hear your thoughts on the following. Here goes week 2: Day 8 Today I ask that you would teach me humility and teach me to value others above myself. My desire is to become a person that does not look to…Continue Reading “Daily Devotional No. 2”