Uplifting stories to inspire you this season

Two girls at a table selling jarred goods

Even though it’s been nearly seven years since I moved to Seattle, as a southern transplant living in the Pacific Northwest I still struggle to adjust this time of year. With the return of gloomy skies, rainy weather and very short days, I find myself seeking out bits of inspiration and joy to get that […]

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES: What Does Hope Look Like?

Women's Vocational Training in Armenia

“Success in work,” said Lusine, “is about trying the impossible to make the possible happen.” Lusine, age 30, has completed a vocational training course in sewing and clothing design with IOCC partner the Shirak Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The Church’s educational center in Gyumri, Armenia – one of the country’s poorest areas – […]

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES: Rebuilding Homes and Lives in Lebanon

“Suddenly, everything started shaking,” recalled Nicole, age 60, who cares for her grandchildren while her daughter Pascale, 37, works. “I thought it must be an earthquake, and I ran to grab the children.” Moments later, she, Katherine, 7, and Charbel, 4, stood surrounded by collapsed windows, shattered glass, blown-out doors, and broken furniture—but safe. Nicole’s […]

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES: Growing New Hope in Georgia

When Revaz took his family and left home, he never imagined it would be forever. A graduate of culinary school and then chef at a prestigious hotel in Sokhumi, Georgia, Revaz had always provided well for his family. But when conflict overtook their home region, they fled to Khobi, expecting to return quickly. That was […]