Nashville

Summer Volunteer Opportunity – Refugee Kids Lunch Program

This summer, we are going to help run a feeding program at a Nashville apartment complex where hundreds of refugee families live. We will be providing lunch for 100-200 children each Wednesday and need your help!

Fair warning: It will be loud, chaotic, and unpredictable. If that sounds like your cup of tea, come with […]

April 10th, 2018|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Summer Volunteer Opportunity – Refugee Kids Lunch Program

Jewelry Making Class – Volunteer to Learn Together

Beginning with a small class of volunteers and refugee students, starting in May, we will be holding classes to train women in how to make jewelry to give them skills that allow them to make some income from home. More importantly, we want to pair up a refugee woman with a new friend who will learn alongside […]

April 6th, 2018|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Jewelry Making Class – Volunteer to Learn Together

Walk and Talk in the Park – Spring 2018

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 spring at Coleman Park for Walk & Talk.
Opportunities for exercise and fellowship are very limited for these ladies, […]

February 27th, 2018|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Walk and Talk in the Park – Spring 2018

Walk and Talk Update from Director Dave!

Our recent “Walk and Talk” program was a great success.  Over 20 volunteers from local churches joined us to share some exercise, conversation, and much-needed friendship with our refugee friends from Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Somalia.

As I watched these women smile and laugh together, I was deeply moved and reminded of my […]

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Walk and Talk Update from Director Dave!

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

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

Celebrating 25 Years – Looking back to the Beginning

Beginning
The beginning is always filled with hope and fraught with hazard. Whether it’s a new baby or a new business, this unlikely pair always comes along for the ride. The early years of Servant Group (1992-1995) are a great example of this. As mentioned before, the ministry began as a way to address the […]

March 24th, 2017|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Celebrating 25 Years – Looking back to the Beginning

“The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A Review

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
I had high hopes for this book. I started reading it days after the travel ban had been put into place and then taken down. The feelings toward refugees were running high, and I was excited to read and review a book about a subset of refugees that I […]

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Europe, Nashville|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A Review

A Refugee Family

I know of a refugee family from the mid-East who had to flee their homeland under threat of violent death. A tyrannical ruler had sent armed men to find and murder them. In fact, it was a heartless and bloody genocide. The thugs killed dozens, maybe hundreds in the town… the family barely escaped.

They […]

December 19th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Iraq, Nashville|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A Refugee Family

Hot Dog?

I am a teacher; it’s what I do. For the past several years I have been involved with teaching those who speak English as a learned language. Some of those teaching experiences have been frustrating, some fruitful, but always interesting and many times entertaining!

Recently, in Nashville, I was working with two Middle Eastern ladies. The […]

March 29th, 2016|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hot Dog?