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Walk and Talk Update from Director Dave!

Our recent “Walk and Talk” program was a great success.  Over 20 volunteers from local churches joined us to share some exercise, conversation, and much-needed friendship with our refugee friends from Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Somalia.

As I watched these women smile and laugh together, I was deeply moved and reminded of my […]

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Building Bridges in Greece

In Greece, we have begun working with a large refugee community in a small town in the north. We will be going back regularly with teams to help with a refugee preschool program, adult English classes, and even a science and engineering workshop for refugee teenagers.
Here at SGI, God has blessed us with […]

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Home Office|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

5 Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq

Five Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq
1. ARE YOU CRAZY?
After all, this is the first question anyone else will ask you. So you had better be sure of the answer. Some of us answer yes, some of us answer no. But we do realize you have to be just a little bit odd […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq

Walk and Talk in the Park

UPDATE: It went well! More HERE!
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 […]

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!

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

Where Do Almonds Come From?

Awake Before Dawn
I  knew it was near daylight since the village mullah was giving the call to prayer over the loudspeaker. I thought it was considerate of him to call so quietly so that if you were awake you would know it was time to come, but there was no way that gentle voice […]

September 5th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Where Do Almonds Come From?

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

Heeding the Call to Love in 2001

Heeding the Call to Love in 2001
This was a seminal year in our country, to say the least. What happened in September of 2001 colored forever the way we walk in our world, even think of our world. A large part of that came from the faith of the perpetrators. It has been argued […]

June 20th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Home Office, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Heeding the Call to Love in 2001