refugees

Walk and Talk in the Park

South Nashville is home to many refugee women who would love the chance to get out and exercise, practice their English, and make a new friend.
Grab your walking shoes and join us Saturday mornings this fall at Coleman Park for Walk & Talk.
Opportunities for exercise and fellowship are very limited for these ladies, […]

September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Walk and Talk in the Park

Backpacks for Refugees!

Help Refugee Kids Go to School

There are over 3.4 million refugees now living in Turkey, making Turkey the host country with the largest population of refugees in the world. Most of these people live outside camps in various cities and towns across the country.

Given how long these wars have been going on, most of […]

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Backpacks for Refugees!

The Power of Fear

What’s Worse than Dentists and Anthills?
My heart was racing. My hands were cold. I, who most people consider fearless, was terrified. You’re going to laugh at what had me so petrified. It’s not the only thing that scares me. I’m afraid of going to the dentist; I’m afraid of ant hills.
But because I managed […]

September 12th, 2017|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Power of Fear

Rebuilding Their Lives – Food Factory Update

Remember our Kubba Video? We just pulled some out of the freezer this week. It’s a great quick and easy dinner option at this point!

We recently got some new photos of the ladies working and another update on the progress of their business.

If you remember, we met some Christian ladies in Iraq whose business […]

August 15th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Rebuilding Their Lives – Food Factory Update

Yezidi Mythology – Creation, Floods, and a Large Black Snake (4)

Yezidi Mythology
Some Yezidi mythology has been translated into English and other languages. So far there are two parts roughly translated — The Revelation and The Black Book.  The Revelation mainly consists of God speaking to the Yezidi about who he is and who they are in relation to him.

However, The Black Book contains more […]

May 16th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi Mythology – Creation, Floods, and a Large Black Snake (4)

Yezidi Castes, Culture, and the Elephant in the Room (3)

If you have kept up with the previous blog posts you may have noticed that Yezidi culture is very complex. In this installment, we’re going to be exploring the layers of society (the Yezidi castes) and the influences from other cultures around them.

Yezidi Castes and Culture
The caste system in Yezidi culture is […]

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi Castes, Culture, and the Elephant in the Room (3)

For the Love of Sport

From one of our short-term team members, Brian Haney, Maryland:

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to play soccer with the boys for most of the day one day. As a former soccer player, I was floored to do this. Soccer itself is the universal sport and language. Just seeing the excitement […]

April 18th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on For the Love of Sport

Adnan Asked Us to Share His Story

Adnan’s Story
Adnan has lived in Athens for about a year now. Like many others floating in the ancient Greek city, he’s from Syria. But that Syria doesn’t exist anymore. He’s been able to work some for the last few months helping medical personnel and teaching about mental health issues relating to trauma. He’s a […]

April 10th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Adnan Asked Us to Share His Story

Back to the Islands

Back to the Islands
The refugee crisis in Greece is often portrayed as connected to the war in Syria. And while Syrians do represent the majority of refugees in Europe, our team spent last week on a small Greek island in a camp that is incredibly diverse. We met refugees from as far east as Bangladesh, as far […]

April 4th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Back to the Islands

Math is Too Hard!

Math is Too Hard!
My favorite memory is of meeting Ari, a Syrian refugee.  He was 16 years old and brilliant.  As an engineer, I began asking him if he would like to study engineering.  He said, “No, math is too hard”  So I began asking him questions about math assuming he was struggling with […]

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Math is Too Hard!