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Walk and Talk in the Park

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 very limited for these ladies, […]

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

Yarsani Religion – Beliefs and Practices

Yarsani Religion
The followers of the Yarsani faith are called by many names and scattered across at least three countries. The creation of this faith is often attributed to Islamic Sufism (the mystical branch of Islam) but the Yarsan themselves claim that their beliefs have always been and Islam is a heresy of Yarsanism. […]

June 17th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yarsani Religion – Beliefs and Practices

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

Celebrating 25 Years – Adapting to Change

1996-2000 Adapting to Change
In the years 1996-2000, Servant Group staff and volunteers learned to adapt, a great quality to possess in any cross-cultural service. In Nashville, that meant a new approach to interfacing with the existing Kurdish community and a new platform for welcoming thousands of those newly arrived. Internationally, that meant responding to […]

May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Celebrating 25 Years – Adapting to Change