Hey, all. Please consider taking a little time in the next few days to show support for the Blount County Public Library. We are facing budget cuts that could seriously affect the services, time, and materials that we offer to the public, but calling your county commissioners and telling them that you support the new budget and think that public libraries are vital community institutes could help prevent this! You can find contact info for the county commissioners here: https://www.blounttn.org/commission/default.asp?inc=commissioners Thanks!
Carter Habeeb ’17, a religion major from Birmingham, Ala., is heading to Cairo, Egypt, for eight weeks to do humanitarian and mission work for several different organizations. He will work with the World Student Christian Federation, which has a large following in Cairo, to help the congregations of several churches that were burned down during the revolution. “I'll be working with support from the WSCF to ensure that congregations have places to gather and that youth have facilitated activities to bond with each other,” said Habeeb, who recently represented the Presbyterian Church at the WSCF’s worldwide general assembly in Colombia this spring. As part of his internship, Habeeb will also work with several churches in Cairo, as well as national church bodies, including the Synod of the Nile, which is a body of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt. “I'll be able to come in and work for them with whatever issues people are facing at the time,” said Habeeb, who added that he plans to use the experience to provide a foundation for his Senior Study. “I'm also going to use my connections to work at a refugee camp in Cairo. I'll be assisting with whatever humanitarian work needs to be done at the time. I'll also be actively listening to the stories of the refugees and trying to come in with a fresh outsider's perspective. Basically, I'll be flowing through these organizations in an informal internship structure.”