Iraq

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

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: , , , , , , , , , , , |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

Iraq is Dangerous, Go Anyway – Live Webinar

How often do you get to talk to someone who is living in Iraq? We get to do it every week, and we want to share that experience with you!

We’ll be talking with some of our staff who are currently living in Iraq and want you to have a chance to ask your questions […]

October 7th, 2019|Categories: Home Office, Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Iraq is Dangerous, Go Anyway – Live Webinar

“The Art of Coming Home” by Craig Storti – Book Review

I remember the first time someone asked me “How’s the reentry going?” I thought I might burst with happiness. Here was someone who understood what I was only just beginning to understand – that sometimes “coming home” was difficult and confusing and not all pleasant. And when everyone at “home” expects it to be […]

September 24th, 2019|Categories: Home Office, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on “The Art of Coming Home” by Craig Storti – Book Review

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