Iraq

Most Embarrassing Moments in Full View of the Neighbors

You know how in group “get to know you functions” an ice-breaker is often sharing your most embarrassing moments. I never quite got the whole point of that, but that maybe because I was a careful child and rarely did anything remotely embarrassing. Being an ahzh-neby or foreigner puts you in a whole new […]

October 15th, 2020|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Church, People! — What’s it like going to church in Northern Iraq?

What’s it like going to church in Northern Iraq?

Colleen and Hannah talk about what “going to church” looked like in Iraq. A lot of people have questions about this and a lot of preconceived ideas about what it means to be a Christian living in a pre-dominantly Muslim country.

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October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Church, People! — What’s it like going to church in Northern Iraq?

Iraq in the Time of Covid

Hannah and Colleen take you on a trip through the current state of life in Iraq as seen through reports of team members and our former students. Unlike most episodes, this is a little more current news!

Learn more about joining our teams over at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq or email Hannah with comments or questions at hannah@servantgroup.org.

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September 15th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Iraq in the Time of Covid

Super Sour Surprise!

Lemon, sumac, unripe fruit, pickles… sour food is overwhelmingly popular in Kurdistan. Hannah and Colleen chat about all the foods that make your mouth pucker and water in Kurdistan. Go grab your jar of pickles and join us in the culinary journey through sour foods in Iraqi Kurdistan!

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July 14th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Super Sour Surprise!

Gender Rules in the Middle East – Men and Women in Northern Iraq

Hannah and Colleen share their experiences of the roles and rules around what it means to be a man or a woman (or boy or girl) in Kurdish culture. Expectations and limitations for both men and women are a bit different than our experiences in the United States and anyone thinking to visit would […]

June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Gender Rules in the Middle East – Men and Women in Northern Iraq

What’s going on with SGI during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Well, for starters, we’re still here and we’re still working to encourage and equip the body of Christ to love and serve our Middle Eastern and refugee neighbors. 

First, in Iraq, our team is doing well and has finished out the school year. The Medes School is hoping and planning to reopen in person in […]

June 11th, 2020|Categories: Europe, Home Office, Iraq, Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What’s going on with SGI during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Social Media in the Middle East

Hannah and Colleen explore the difficult and sometimes humorous world of social media in Iraq. If you’ve never had a new Facebook friend go through all ten years of your photos and comments and like or comment on every single one, you should check this out! If you have… that’s weird. But join us […]

June 8th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Social Media in the Middle East

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: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on HospitaliTEA – Kurdish Hospitality Knows No Limits, Also, Lots of Tea

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.

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