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Angst-Filled First Christmas Rings True to Immigrants
Angst-Filled First Christmas Rings True to Immigrants

By: Bob Newell
Obscured by today's cultural Christmas is the reality that the original Bethlehem story occurred against a backdrop of pain and dislocation for its main characters. It's a story to which immigrants can relate.

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Economically Fragile Greece Faces Refugee Crisis
Economically Fragile Greece Faces Refugee Crisis

By: Bob Newell
As it wrestles with its own economic crisis, Greece must now feed and house many desperate refugees seeking safety and a better chance at life. And the daily grind of life wears almost everyone down.

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Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip
Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip

By: Bob Newell
Born into poverty in 1935, Elvis Presley overcame the odds to become a music legend. Many others around the globe face similar disadvantages. How can we as Christians give them opportunities to prosper?

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Greece's Economic Woes Will Hurt Many People
Greece's Economic Woes Will Hurt Many People

By: Bob Newell
The ongoing economic struggles of Greece are far more than a simple lesson in contemporary economics. The nation's inhabitants face a raft of life-altering and unpleasant downturns.

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Profiles in Goodwill: Bob Newell
Profiles in Goodwill: Bob Newell

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Bob Newell, formerly ministry coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Athens, Greece, writes for EthicsDaily.com. "Cool Hand Luke" is his favorite film because it subtly communicates biblical truth.

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An Open Door, A Place of Welcome and Hope
An Open Door, A Place of Welcome and Hope

By: Bob Newell
For seven years, a painting of an open door at PORTA--the Albania House in Athens has been a symbol of welcome motivated by Jesus' love. Now a closed but unlatched door is replacing it.

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When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win
When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win
By: Bob Newell
An engineer's crazy idea in the 1800s, an underwater tunnel linking France and England, became reality nearly 200 years later. Can we connect with those with whom we disagree and meet in the middle?
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True Ministry: A Joint Enterprise as Easy as ABCD
True Ministry: A Joint Enterprise as Easy as ABCD
By: Bob Newell
While helping our Albanian friends in Greece, we want to affirm their worth by channeling their existing resources. In that way, they make a significant contribution toward meeting their own pressing needs.
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When We All Work Together, Great Change Happens
When We All Work Together, Great Change Happens
By: Bob Newell
Nearly 47 years ago, something extraordinary happened in Sweden overnight. It's a reminder that when we all work together for the common good, we can accomplish great things.
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Blessed Is He Who Writes Without Using Smiley Faces
Blessed Is He Who Writes Without Using Smiley Faces
By: Bob Newell
Those who vociferously bemoan the disastrous decline in what was once considered polite, civil discourse might well spend a few well-chosen words of grief over the corruption of common communication.
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Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
By: Bob Newell
Like a baby chick crying out for rescue in a busy street, immigrants often have their ears attuned to hear the desperate cry of the less fortunate over life's background noises. What do we hear?
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Baseball History Offers Lesson in Second Chances
Baseball History Offers Lesson in Second Chances
If you're reluctant to give someone a second chance after failing, consider what a New York Yankees manager did in 1956 after a pitcher cost the team a World Series game.
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Baptist Minister Learns Lesson on Greek Veranda
Baptist Minister Learns Lesson on Greek Veranda
A gentle rain and a simple meal on a veranda are a reminder of how good life is. But for the homeless and poor in the street below, this same rain is not a welcome sight.
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What to Remember When You Fall Short
What to Remember When You Fall Short
Even high-achieving folks find it difficult to accept their successes, focusing instead on where they fell short. We must remember that only God is perfect, and he loves us as we are.
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Frozen Anyone Out Lately? Perhaps It's Time for a Thaw
Frozen Anyone Out Lately? Perhaps It's Time for a Thaw
Originating in Greek and Roman cultures, banishment has been a powerful form of punishment for some time. And we still do it today, writing off those with whom we disagree.
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Can't Seem to Change? Try Reaching Your Boiling Point
Can't Seem to Change? Try Reaching Your Boiling Point
You can spend your time simmering in anger; that's what many people do. Or you can reach a boiling point and do what you can to make a change, just like Walt Whitman.
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Hemingway, Jesus and Death at a Children's Hospital
Hemingway, Jesus and Death at a Children's Hospital
The public death notice posted on the gate of a children's hospital in Greece brought to mind the words of Hemingway and the compassionate care of Jesus.
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What's a True Definition of Friendship?
What's a True Definition of Friendship?
The word "friend" means many things to many people. For those who follow Jesus, it's reassuring and comforting to know that he regards us not as servants but as friends.
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Strawberry Growers Shoot Migrant Workers in Greece
Strawberry Growers Shoot Migrant Workers in Greece
Strawberry growers in Greece allegedly opened fire on unarmed immigrant workers, shooting and injuring nearly 30 of them when they demanded to be paid for their work.
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Albanians Face Personal Odysseys in Greece's Economy
Albanians Face Personal Odysseys in Greece's Economy
The Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem, is the tale of one man's frustrated attempt to return home. Today in Greece, many Albanians endure their own personal odysseys.
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Will Your Legacy Stand the Test of Time?
Will Your Legacy Stand the Test of Time?
Most people care little about a fancy gravesite or an elaborate marker representing their lives, but they do want their lives to make a difference. What legacy will you leave?
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Why We're Quick to Argue But Slow to Understand
Why We're Quick to Argue But Slow to Understand
Many folks are unable to explain their positions because they've been swept along by an emotional torrent that allows for little introspection and rational analysis.
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How a Warm Building Helps to Share the Gospel
How a Warm Building Helps to Share the Gospel
Human beings need their physical needs met at a basic level. As winter hits Greece, PORTA – the Albania House in Athens has a warm building to welcome immigrants.
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Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell on Immigrants' Education
Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell on Immigrants' Education
Albanian immigrants in Greece often can't take advantage of extra private schooling for their kids. Bob and Janice Newell explain how they help in the latest EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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Helping Others is Both Free and Costly
Helping Others is Both Free and Costly
PORTA, the Albania House in Athens, Greece, gives away many free services because their clients can't afford them. But those free services still carry a great cost.
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In Greece, Thankful to Count Taxis and to Worship
In Greece, Thankful to Count Taxis and to Worship
Many of us gave thanks last week for our long-held freedoms, but folks in Greece are grateful that, unlike a generation ago, they are free to worship – and to count the taxis.
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When Times Are Hard, Then You See the Challenges
When Times Are Hard, Then You See the Challenges
Greece's crushing economic crisis has unleashed an abundance of challenges on Greeks and Albanian immigrants. Here are some of the everyday realities they face.
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Will New Government Resolve Greece's Debt Crisis?
Will New Government Resolve Greece's Debt Crisis?
After national elections this month, Greece appears to have a new coalition government. Will this fragile alliance be able to do anything about the nation's debt crisis?
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Amid Economic Woes, Can Greece's Government Function?
Amid Economic Woes, Can Greece's Government Function?
Some wonder whether economically troubled Greece will remain a part of the European Union, but the pressing concern is whether this nation can even put together a government.
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Greece's Economy Hitting Immigrants Hardest
Greece's Economy Hitting Immigrants Hardest
Greece's economic problems are seriously dislocating for everyone, but research shows that the economic upsets are disproportionately felt among immigrants.
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Hard-Working Immigrants in Greece Face Dilemma
Hard-Working Immigrants in Greece Face Dilemma
Albanians have worked hard at sub-par wages in Greece. Now with the country's economy in shambles, they must choose between a bleak future in their homeland or find a rare chance to continue working in Greece.
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Taking Care to Prevent Twisting of Religious Customs
Taking Care to Prevent Twisting of Religious Customs
While Ramadan and Thanksgiving can be times for personal and spiritual reflection, they can be easy venues for radical extremist nationalists to make them subservient to a generic and theocratic patriotism.
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Those 'Beyond the River' in This Life Aren't Different From Us
Those 'Beyond the River' in This Life Aren't Different From Us
A familiar gospel song talks about the next life as "the land beyond the river." What about the people "beyond the river" in this life? Why don't we realize that those outside our comfort zones have needs and desires similar to our own?
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