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“The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A Review

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
I had high hopes for this book. I started reading it days after the travel ban had been put into place and then taken down. The feelings toward refugees were running high, and I was excited to read and review a book about a subset of refugees that I […]

February 21st, 2017|Europe, Nashville|0 Comments

God is Near

I am so very thankful. Shukraan (that means thank you in Arabic).

I am still trying to put into words my thoughts and feelings about last week in Athens. The best summary I have is that it was a beautiful week, for in beauty there can be both joy and sorrow. The stories I heard […]

February 14th, 2017|Europe|0 Comments

Other Odds and Ends of Visiting Iraq

People Always Ask About the Food
Team dinner was always a special event. The team of teachers in Suly would share a meal together while Skyping with the SGI team in Nashville. It was not only a time of fellowship, but of relaying news, solving problems and just keeping in touch. I got to be […]

February 7th, 2017|Iraq|Comments Off on Other Odds and Ends of Visiting Iraq

How Safe Is It?

Visiting My Daughter in Iraq (part 3)
Over the next few days we met the rest of the team and shared several meals with them. We got to meet many of the students and saw her interaction with them, their questions about everything.

We got to go shopping, both at the markets in the city, and […]

January 31st, 2017|Iraq|Comments Off on How Safe Is It?

First Money Sent to Buy Shoes in Iraq!

THANK YOU!!
In just the last two days we have raised over $7000 dollars to provide much needed shoes, socks, and warm coats for refugees moving back to their homes in Iraq. Included in that are 207 pairs of shoes for children, 142 pairs of socks, other coats hats and gloves, and lots of undesignated […]

January 31st, 2017|Iraq|Comments Off on First Money Sent to Buy Shoes in Iraq!

No Ban on Loving Refugees

The recent ban on immigrants and refugees from certain parts of the world doesn’t mean we can’t love and care for those who need our help. We have teams on the ground in far away places working to help provide clothing, shelter, and schools for families who lost their homes and jobs to war […]

January 29th, 2017|Iraq|Comments Off on No Ban on Loving Refugees

Project Manager Serving Refugees in Iraq

An opportunity to serve with SGI in Kurdistan.
Background:
Since 2014, when ISIS first encroached on Iraqi Kurdistan, Servant Group has been working with the refugees who bear the burden of this conflict.  Initially we helped to start a school in a refugee camp near Dohuk, followed by another school in the recently liberated Sinjar area.  […]

January 24th, 2017|Iraq|Comments Off on Project Manager Serving Refugees in Iraq

The Big Switch on the Wall

Visiting My Daughter in Iraq (part 2)
She lived upstairs in what we would call a duplex.  It was surrounded by a wall, and there was not a yard, though several neighbors had potted plants barely clinging to life. The floor and walls were all tile, and many of the wall tiles contained scripture verses, […]

January 24th, 2017|Iraq|Comments Off on The Big Switch on the Wall

I Visited My Daughter in Iraq

I Visited My Daughter in Iraq
So, your daughter lives where?! Is she in the military? This is the response I would usually get when I told people that my eldest lived in Iraq. They didn’t understand the heart that she had to love and serve these people. It could be really hard. I watched […]

January 17th, 2017|Iraq|Comments Off on I Visited My Daughter in Iraq

IHOP Broke My Spirit

IHOP Broke My Spirit
There’s this thing called reverse culture shock, and man is it a real kick in the head when it hits you. I’m American, born and raised, and had my fair share of intercultural experience. I even have a degree in intercultural studies. Of all people in the world I should be […]

January 6th, 2017|Iraq|Comments Off on IHOP Broke My Spirit