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30 Iraqis, 5 Americans, and 1 Italian Tour

I never thought of my students as backward or from an undeveloped country. They all had smartphones when I still had a flip. And if their paper was a bit too short, they were certainly tech-savvy enough to try to change the margins or font size by fractions of an inch.
That was why […]

September 19th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 30 Iraqis, 5 Americans, and 1 Italian Tour

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)

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

“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|Categories: Europe, Nashville|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A Review

Thoughts on the First Week of School

It’s quiet in the mornings

Before the student rush

The call to prayer

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November 1st, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Thoughts on the First Week of School

I am Descended from a Refugee

Imagine a teenage boy whose country has been ripped apart by a war that has rocked the world. His family is destitute and eager to get out of a place where they are still being persecuted. The war has brought them nothing but poverty and death. They can’t afford to send everyone though, they […]

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on I am Descended from a Refugee

Visiting the Tomb of Nahum the Prophet

Our team members in Iraq get to visit some really cool historical places that you might not expect.

“An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.”  ~Nahum 1:1 

If you’re like us, you probably never really noticed the name of the town Nahum was from. But all of that changes when you […]

September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Visiting the Tomb of Nahum the Prophet

Throwback Thursday

SGI’s first 7 Projects
1 – To kick things off, there was a 40’ trailer of food donated (I think potatoes) that we passed out to Kurdish refugees in Nashville.

2 – Set-up the basement of one team member as a studio, and overdubbed the Jesus Film into Bahdini Kurdish dialect.

3 – Organized a premier showing […]

August 9th, 2016|Categories: Home Office, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Throwback Thursday

How to Order a Pizza

Our work at the center is still going very well. We have had people showing up nearly every day except Friday for English lessons. But today almost no one has appeared because the metro is on strike.

I have loved teaching much more than I thought I would, which is good because it is a much larger […]

July 25th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How to Order a Pizza

Opening My Mouth

There is nothing like necessity when it comes to communication.

The Afghan ladies who gathered at the center for the bi-weekly refugee meeting were gracious about the fact that I struggled miserably to put together a simply sentence in Farsi. As time went on, my pre-programmed, memorized phrases started to come out better as we sat around […]

June 27th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Opening My Mouth