One of the things I love and respect most about World Horizons/Hillside is the focus on building community. We are a family, and we work hard on loving one another. I am a much better person because I am part of this family.

Another aspect of community is loving our neighbor. Christ sums up the law when he states in Mark 12: 28-31 (ESV):

 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

We show love for our neighbor through the Hila Sewing Project. Inspired by the work our team in Turkey is doing with refugees, the last set of interns wanted to begin a sewing project here with refugee women. We are excited to partner with several organizations here in Richmond that resettle refugees, and we are enjoying building relationships with these precious women and their families.

Why do we do what we do? Ultimately, it because of Christ’s love for us. Paul says it best in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV) when he pronounces, “14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

Both in religion and politics, many view refugees at the very least as problematic and at the worst as terrorists. We choose to love this group of people and share in their suffering!


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