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Resources For Hard Times – Coronavirus 2020

Covid-19 Information in Multiple Languages:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16HWT0kQrnehwQFYICigsZe1D3b_H9FUO8EqOJ6XCdnE/edit

For Those Facing Unemployment:

https://www.nashvilleresponsefund.com/individualshttps://www.tn.gov/workforce/unemployment/apply-for-benefits.htmlhttps://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1678https://findhelp.org/

For Those Facing Hunger:

https://www.thebranchofnashville.orghttps://news.mnps.org/mnps-food-delivery-sites-announced/https://findhelp.org/

For English Practice:

This is my favorite. Short simple stories with pictures for context! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoFhY7OXDVTgoS_VD93tD30tG4E04c-lq

This is good for lower levels. English for beginners, basic vocabulary practice. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhDf3-oR4mYiqV5cS0T017oqBaBcgafRn

Good videos with lots of levels—more advanced. There’s a lot here including lessons for pronunciation and understanding faster spoken […]

March 25th, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Resources For Hard Times – Coronavirus 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown in Iraq — Easter is Coming

We’ve been in lockdown in my city in Northern Iraq for over week. These last few days I’ve felt both a liar and a failure.  A liar because I’ve posted the pretty pictures, not the ones of my dry-eyed stare from watching hours of shows non-stop or the various chocolate wrappers from my I-don’t-care-anymore-and-I’m-bored munching.  A failure […]

March 24th, 2020|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Coronavirus Lockdown in Iraq — Easter is Coming

Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 38

Hannah and Colleen talk about how Kurdish people respond to different kinds of crisis. Some big, some small, some medical, and some military — the Kurds have seen it all and we have gained some perspective from them as we face new kinds of crisis.

Learn […]

March 11th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus

Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism

Buddhism (an overview)

Buddhism is non-theistic. There is no belief in a higher power and holding on to such a belief is thought to keep one from achieving enlightenment. Enlightenment is achieved not by learning the doctrines of Buddha but by following the Eightfold Path. This Path is concerned with three things: morality ( 3-5 […]

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism

Photos of the Basement Renovation in Progress!

As you may have heard, we’re renovating the basement. We are hoping that his space can become a place where our international refugee friends and believers can learn together and befriend each other.

Each week we get a little step further and wanted to let you in on our excitement as we see things […]

February 11th, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Photos of the Basement Renovation in Progress!

The Cash Economy in Iraq

In the US we’re pretty used to using our credit cards to pay for things and we’re adding all sorts of new electronic payment methods. But in Northern Iraq, nearly everything is still done in cash. Hannah and Colleen discuss a few of the multitude of reasons for this, but more about the effect […]

December 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Cash Economy in Iraq

Sherma and Shame in Iraqi Kurdistan

Hannah and Colleen chat about several key terms in Kurdish language and culture: sherma, aiba, and haram. All have meanings that connect to honor, shame, and what is allowable and what is forbidden. Cultural expectations and norms are part of what can be a challenge for a westerner. This podcast explores their shades of […]

November 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sherma and Shame in Iraqi Kurdistan

Taking the Kids to Iraq – A Podcast Interview with Robin

Hannah and Colleen interview Robin, who (with her husband, Dave) took her two kids to live in Iraq. What did this do to her kids? Her family and their relationships? Listen to us ask her all about her stories and adventures from when she and her family lived in Iraq.

Email us at hannah@servantgroup.org […]

October 24th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Taking the Kids to Iraq – A Podcast Interview with Robin

Resources for Learning About the Refugee Crisis

Here is a short list of books, videos, and links that we have found helpful in learning about the refugee crisis. We hope these resources help you on your way to loving and serving your refugee neighbors at home and around the world. Obviously, the list is not exhaustive, but just gives you a […]

October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Resources for Learning About the Refugee Crisis

Getting a Visa in Kurdish Iraq

Hannah and Colleen chat about the various steps to the ever changing process of getting a visa in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. This isn’t the nuts and bolts, just the experiences from our perspective of foreign bureaucracy and how to walk through it. We are so grateful for our Kurdish friends […]

October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Getting a Visa in Kurdish Iraq