I serve as Pastor of the International Church at Yale, a
worshiping community of international scholars and families who come to
Yale from many nations. I have also served as Director of the Reconciliation
Program at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. The
Reconciliation Program is currently inactive due to a shortfall in
donor support, but I continue my work with Muslim, Christian and Jewish
leaders around the world from the platform of the International Church
at Yale. The Reconciliation Program seeks to promote reconciliation
between Muslims and Christians, and between Muslim-majority nations and
the West, drawing on the resources of the Abrahamic faiths and the
teachings and person of Jesus. For my articles on related issues, click
here. If you’re
interested in helping to reactivate the Reconciliation Program, please
contact me by clicking here.
For information about the Yale Response to the Common Word, of which I
was one of the authors, click here.
Doulos Community is a
Christian humanitarian organization working among the poor in public
health, nutrition, agriculture, literacy, education, microcredit and
other areas. For fifteen years (1985-1999 and 2001-2002) I served as
Director of Doulos Community’s work in the Islamic Republic of
Mauritania, in North Africa. My wife
served as Director of our Nutrition & Health Education Department.
I continue to serve part-time as International Director of Doulos, and
Michele continues to serve as Team Leader Overseer, overseeing the
Doulos program in Mauritania. We spend time in Mauritania each year.
program in Mauritania through the years has been a Maternal-Child
Health program, providing food and health education to about 30,000
malnourished children and mothers. Our programs include literacy
centers, microcredit to poor rural farmers, market gardening projects,
schools for poor children, vocational training and business skills training
for the unemployed, and occasional emergency relief projects. If you
would like to know more about Doulos Community, please visit www.douloscommunity.org.
For a formal biographical sheet about me, please click here. The two most
important things to know about me are: 1) that when I was a young man, Jesus changed my life,
rescuing me from the brink of self-destruction, and 2) that I have been
profoundly changed by the experience of living in the same house with
ordinary Muslims in North Africa for 15 years. To read more about how
Jesus changed my life, click here. In our life in
Mauritania, my wife and I
committed ourselves to living among the poor as the poor. We rented one
room (then, after our children were born, two rooms) in a house with
two local Muslim families, with no running water or electricity, and
sharing an outdoor latrine with our neighbors. More than once, through
the years, our wonderful Muslim neighbors risked their lives to save
our lives. As we shared in their daily struggles, and they shared in ours,
we were touched and changed. For photos of our life in Mauritania,
click here. To keep
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