For many Americans, discouragement means hopelessness. And hopelessness means there is no one to turn to. So where do they go?
Many turn to drugs and alcohol or to temporary fixes that only take the edge off their pain and discouragement. But some turn to something they believe will be a permanent fix—suicide.
Hopeful signs indicate that the deadly eight-year-old Syrian war, which has killed approximately 500,000 people, may soon come to an end. Nevertheless, Syrians still face tremendous challenges and serious financial struggles.
My husband and I recently accompanied the SALT team to a microloan disbursement meeting in a poor neighborhood of Tipitapa, Nicaragua. This microloan group started when Juan, a man from this area, asked CAM for money for woodworking tools. Our staff told him why we don’t just hand out money and informed him about the SALT program. Inspired, Juan then helped to get a microloan group started.
I’m an atheist,” Brett said. “Can you please prove to me that there is a God?”
“Nope, I can’t,” replied our team member.
CAM’s Conservative Anabaptist Service Program is approved by the Selective Service System to provide alternative places of employment for conscientious objectors. Young men serve on pilot projects just as if the U.S. government activated a military draft.