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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

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

Is it Your Turn to Help?

A large refugee camp on a small Greek island needs help!
We’re looking for a team of 2-4 young men to go serve for 1-3 months.

Responsibilities will include moving tents, passing out food, playing volleyball, and being the first impression of Christ to refugees from over 20 countries.

If you are interested in recruiting a team and […]

March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Is it Your Turn to Help?

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

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|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |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|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on I Visited My Daughter in Iraq

Help Differentiate Iraq, One Equation at a Time

An exciting and rare opportunity to teach math for 3-months with our team at School of the Medes!

One of our families is coming home to have a baby in March 2017, leaving a teaching vacancy that we need to fill. If you’ve considered helping us build a new future for young people in Iraq, but the thought […]

November 18th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Help Differentiate Iraq, One Equation at a Time

20 Questions in Greece – Chrissie

Chrissie is a mother of 4 and the life of the party. She and her family spent two months in Greece partnering with our refugee friends to feed the hungry, to entertain kids, and to love those dealing with grief and trauma past and present. She’s fun, crazy, and a real person. Here are 20 […]

October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 20 Questions in Greece – Chrissie

Ten-Day Mini-Olympics for Refugee Camp Kids

Join our team for a 10-day trip at the end of March 2017 to serve refugee kids at a camp in Northern Iraq and explore opportunities to serve with our team for up to a year. In partnership with our Shepherd School and the Medes Schools, we will organize a mini Olympics with a […]

September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Ten-Day Mini-Olympics for Refugee Camp Kids

A Glimpse of Heaven

Elizabeth was part of our team living in Athens for two months this summer. 

I have been back in America for a week now, and my thoughts are constantly returning to the friends I left in Athens. So many of these moments and relationships are cherished in my heart – many of them in a […]

September 19th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A Glimpse of Heaven