Yazidi

Yezidi – Questions and Answers

Regarding the Peacock icons and two that are missing. Are these very old relics and hold historical significance? If so, does the author know approximately how old they are?
The icons are old, but only historically relevant to the Yezidi. They claim that they are several thousand years old, but no one knows for sure. […]

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi – Questions and Answers

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)

Yezidi Sacred Holidays and Pilgrimages (2)

Yezidi – Sacred Holidays and Pilgrimages
Now that we’ve covered some of the basic beliefs, scriptures, and rituals of Yezidi, let’s get into the really exciting stuff — Yezidi holidays and pilgrimages. Stick with me! This could get complicated.
When we previously discussed the practices of Yezidi faith, you may have noticed that there really […]

April 25th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi Sacred Holidays and Pilgrimages (2)

Yezidi Theology, Oral Tradition, and Ritual (1)

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 […]

April 17th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi Theology, Oral Tradition, and Ritual (1)

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

New School for Kids Returning Home

It’s been a long time coming, but after months of obstacles, the renovations for the school building have been completed and classes have begun for a hundred Yezidi children in an area reclaimed from ISIS. These are the first of hopefully many more that will eventually be able to rebuild their homes and return […]

October 25th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New School for Kids Returning Home

Meet Sarah

Sarah was like many girls you know, spending her days that August preparing for her last year in high school. But one morning in 2014 terror struck and her life was changed forever. You see, Sarah is a Yazidi and she lived in the Sinjar region of western Iraq. And that August morning at 11:00 […]

June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Meet Sarah

Refugee Projects Thank You!

Many thanks to everyone who has given for the refugee project transportation. The team is thrilled to be able to make it out to the prospective build sites for the new school in the Sinjar region as well as over the rough roads to the refugee camp.

Being present is such an important part of […]

March 8th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Refugee Projects Thank You!

Refugee School Now Serves 2000 Students

The education challenges in the Kurdish region have multiplied this year.  There are many more students needing schools than ever before, a problem exacerbated by the constant drain of teachers and school personnel hoping for a life outside of a tent in Europe. Our refugee school is a small part of this struggle.

The Shepherd Medes School, which at […]

February 7th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Refugee School Now Serves 2000 Students