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HospitaliTEA – Kurdish Hospitality Knows No Limits, Also, Lots of Tea

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 39

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 […]

March 31st, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

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

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

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

Living on a Prayer

Hannah and Colleen talk about the blessings and challenges of living on support and what that is. How do we deal with fear, trust, and other people’s perceptions? How do we thrive in community as part of the body of Christ and what is the holy handshake? This episode is a personal look at […]

September 17th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Living on a Prayer

What’s Age Got to Do With It?

Hannah and Colleen bemoan their grey hairs but also wish they’d had some more of them while living in Iraq. They discuss the pros and cons of being younger or older while living abroad, and how you don’t have to be one or the other to serve with us in Iraq! What does age […]

August 15th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What’s Age Got to Do With It?

How to Tell Your Parents That You Are Moving Overseas

In this episode of our podcast, Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Hannah and Colleen tell the stories of how they told their parents that they were applying to go with Servant Group International to go to Iraq.

They also have some advice for how to tell (or maybe more accurately, how NOT to […]

July 30th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How to Tell Your Parents That You Are Moving Overseas

It’s a Wedding!

Hannah and Colleen just got back from a wedding, and it’s June! So they chat about their various wedding experiences in Northern Iraq, complete with fireworks, cars, photographs, and loud music!

We found a few weddings on YouTube that look a bit like what we’ve experienced! 1. A Rented Hall (check out the […]

June 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on It’s a Wedding!