The week before last we were at Jubilee Partners looking at refugee issues. (Jubilee is a Christian community that takes in refugees from all over the world.) Besides the refugees, Jubilee has full time staff and volunteers. One of the regular volunteers is Ted Gaylord and his wife from Senaca Lake, New York. They are retired high school teachers who are active with social justice projects in their church and come to Jubilee each year for several months. Mr. Gaylord said to me that he has heard many heart wrenching refugee stories since he’s been coming here. For instance, he’s heard stories of little children being forced to walk out in front of rebel troops in the jungle — as “mine sweeps.” He’s heard first person accounts about the genocide in Rwanda, the genocide in the Sudan… Mr. Gaylord said being cloistered in a small white town in upstate New York can be quite a narrow experience. And volunteering at Jubilee has broadened his world view considerably.