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About Colleen McGarry

Colleen lived and taught in Iraq for six years. She now works in the Home Office in Nashville, TN, teaching English and training new volunteers to reach out in love to people from other cultures.

Sew for Hope Volunteer Makes a Difference (with or without a pandemic!)

We are so grateful for the work and service of Darlette, one of our volunteers working with the Sew For Hope Program! She’s been so helpful during this crazy pandemic season and will continue to be a great part of our volunteer team after we’re able to meet together again!

“My association with Sew for […]

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sew for Hope Volunteer Makes a Difference (with or without a pandemic!)

Cleanliness is Next To Godliness – What is Being Clean in Iraq

Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it’s like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq and sometimes even when we visit our Middle Eastern […]

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cleanliness is Next To Godliness – What is Being Clean in Iraq

Refugee Sewing Center Renovation Project

We’re raising funds to help finish building our new and larger Refugee Sewing Center. With your gift, we can empower more refugee women in Nashville with the skills and community they need to help them succeed.

We’re getting close! This past week the old heating unit was ripped out and new walls went up. There’s […]

February 8th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Refugee Sewing Center Renovation Project

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

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

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

Opportunities to Serve in Nashville

Our teams in Nashville continue to serve a growing refugee and immigrant community from places like Iraq, Syria, Iran & Somalia.

Our volunteers help with navigating life in the USA: English lessons, after-school tutoring, car rides to medical appointments, garden clubs, mentoring soccer teams, and housing assistance.

Women’s English is in the mornings, we help kids […]

July 30th, 2015|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , |Comments Off on Opportunities to Serve in Nashville