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The Hands of Peacemakers

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Dunker Punks

By Michael Himlie

I stop my thoughts for a moment, to pause and ask where I am now. I found myself standing on the beach, on Lesvos, Greece in the night, looking through binoculars over the Aegean Sea, spotting refugee boats crossing from Turkey and being harassed by the coastguard. I found myself in a refugee camp playing soccer with children. I found myself packing my bags to start full-time work in Palestine and Israel. This is my story in Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).

My name is Michael Himlie. Harmony, Minnesota is where I call home. I graduated from Manchester University, and I am a 24-year-old Church of the Brethren member. In August 2017 I completed training for CPT, an organization committed to building partnerships to transform violence and oppression in difficult circumstances where the work is proven to be highly effective. When I was 12 years of age, I eagerly…

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