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Summer Volunteer Opportunity – Refugee Kids’ Story Time

This summer, each Wednesday afternoon in July, we’ll be taking a team of volunteers to a Nashville apartment complex where hundreds of refugee children are wasting away their summer hours playing video games and watching TV.

Our goal is to change that.

We’ve picked out four classic children’s stories and will share one each week.  We will […]

April 10th, 2018|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Summer Volunteer Opportunity – Refugee Kids’ Story Time

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!

Yezidi Theology, Oral Tradition, and Ritual (1)

Yezidi – Mystery Religions in the Middle East
The Yezidi (or Yazidi) religious minority has been lifted from obscurity for the very worst reason. They have been brought to the attention of the international world because of the cruelty and slaughter that came upon them in the form of the Islamic State. Many people heard […]

April 17th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi Theology, Oral Tradition, and Ritual (1)

Opening My Mouth

There is nothing like necessity when it comes to communication.

The Afghan ladies who gathered at the center for the bi-weekly refugee meeting were gracious about the fact that I struggled miserably to put together a simply sentence in Farsi. As time went on, my pre-programmed, memorized phrases started to come out better as we sat around […]

June 27th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Opening My Mouth

Walking in the Heat

The team did a bunch of different things their second day in Athens–shopping, cooking, teaching English lessons. But mostly they walked. 

Part of the team went out to a couple of squats to play with kids and blew bubbles and hand out stickers. As they were about to leave, one of the members of that squat […]

June 7th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Walking in the Heat

Hagar and Dahlia

[Gen 21:16 ] Then Hagar went and sat down opposite Ishmael a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.

This is the story I was pondering early […]

February 10th, 2016|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hagar and Dahlia

1000 Dinar Bargains

“Yek hazar, yek hazar, yek hazar!”

This is what you’ll hear if you go shopping with me in Kurdistan! Being shouted loudly by a man or young boy dressed in traditional Kurdish clothes, or by a recording being blasted out over a loud speaker, blaring in your ears…

Yek hazar means one thousand. One thousand Iraqi […]

November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 1000 Dinar Bargains