Iraq

Yezidi Theology, Oral Tradition, and Ritual

Yezidi – Mystery Religions in the Middle East
The Yezidi (or Yazidi) religious minority has been lifted from obscurity for the very worst reason. They have been brought to the attention of the international world because of the cruelty and slaughter that came upon them in the form of the Islamic State. Many people heard […]

Mystery Religions in the Middle East

Mystery Religions in the Middle East
There are thousands of years of history poking out at you from every corner of the Middle East. The world’s three largest religions all began in this part of the world, and have been in contention over it for most of modern memory.

But the big three are not the only […]

April 4th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Mystery Religions in the Middle East

The Great Kubba Adventure

This project didn’t go as planned.
You see, it was spring break so I had a little extra time that was normally spent shuttling refugee women to English class and herding elementary kids who think they can’t read and so don’t want to try. But I’d been wanting to put together a cooking blog […]

March 28th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Great Kubba Adventure

A Crazy Day – Life in Kurdistan

A Crazy Day – Life in Kurdistan
The painter was coming at 10 with a friend’s father, although it would probably be 10:30 because life in Kurdistan runs on Kurdish time. When I got the call that the painter couldn’t come until 5 pm, I wasn’t terribly surprised.
My car was stuck in a store […]

March 27th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on A Crazy Day – Life in Kurdistan

Home in Iraq

Where is Home Anyway?
The past six months have been a whirlwind filled with new friendships and experiences.  It’s hard to remember how much things have changed since we first arrived.

Somewhere along the line, relationships developed with the students, and with it evaporated the vast majority of classroom behavior problems.

Somewhere along the line, we went […]

March 7th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Home in Iraq

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|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |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|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |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|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |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|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |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|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Project Manager Serving Refugees in Iraq