See for Yourself - "I'll take a guess and ask, are you from Austria?" I query. "That's a great guess, but I'm actually from a country slightly north of Austria. I'm from Latvia."
GSR Today - It may be hard to believe, but the crisis caused by Boko Haram in Africa is getting worse. The Islamic extremists' terrorism and the fighting have destroyed livestock and food stores, brought the economy to a halt and forced millions to flee.
See for Yourself - I was beginning to wonder if anyone purchased replacement watch batteries anymore. It took me stopping at three stores and patrolling around the jewelry cases to find what I was looking for.
GSR Today - From Syria to Central America to the Pacific Islands, the forces of war, economics and nature carry the global refugee crisis into 2017 as relief workers, the United Nations and religious deal with this "new normal."
Notes from the Field: My year with Franciscan Mission Service gave me gifts of simplicity. Adding simple prayers to my day strengthened my connection to God, and backing off social media was incredibly freeing.
GSR Today - It's that time of year when our New Year's resolutions are being given up on. And if you're like me, you feel guilty about it. Actually, my guilt starts long before — when I'm making the resolutions in the first place, because then I'm reminded of what a failure I've been over the last year.
See for Yourself - "You found a comfortable spot." I look up, see a fellow in grease-covered T-shirt and jeans, and I say, "Indeed. I'll share this bench with you," as I slide over so he can share the seat.
Notes from the Field - I concluded my mission as an English teacher in Dilla, Ethiopia. While it would have been nice to return for the fall semester, it was time for me to continue my year of volunteer service with the Salesians elsewhere, at their human rights office in Geneva, Switzerland.
See for Yourself - In my family, we have a special holiday tradition that isn't about material things, except for the goats.
GSR Today - We ended up traveling and writing a lot in 2016, and you might have missed some of our favorite coverage. Here is a list of 10 noteworthy stories (and series) for you to revisit or even to read for the first time.
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