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Fall(afel) Festival – Come Explore Our World of Ministry!

Fallafel Festival UPDATE: A big thank you to everyone who came out! It was wonderful to get to share with you all the things that SGI is doing in Nashville and around the world. It was fun for us who serve here at SGI to see all the projects and opportunities on display together, […]

October 11th, 2018|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fall(afel) Festival – Come Explore Our World of Ministry!

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

Doing Everything and Nothing

Everything and Nothing
Today, I did everything and nothing. That’s what keeps running through my head as I reflect back on my first day. I can’t possibly put into words what it was like – pictures, videos, things you read before you come – nothing described it the way I experienced it. And listening tonight […]

February 6th, 2018|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Doing Everything and Nothing

What’s it like to live in Iraq?

That awkward moment when you’re walking down the street and spot a guy walking a cute fluffy puppy….except it’s not a puppy, it’s a baby sheep. (I have a picture of said sheep)

Me: Diderot and d’Alembert were responsible for putting together one of the first encyclopedias (mid 1700s)
Student: Did they put it on the […]

January 17th, 2018|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on What’s it like to live in Iraq?

5 Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq

Five Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq
1. ARE YOU CRAZY?
After all, this is the first question anyone else will ask you. So you had better be sure of the answer. Some of us answer yes, some of us answer no. But we do realize you have to be just a little bit odd […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq

Yarsani Religion – Beliefs and Practices

Yarsani Religion
The followers of the Yarsani faith are called by many names and scattered across at least three countries. The creation of this faith is often attributed to Islamic Sufism (the mystical branch of Islam) but the Yarsan themselves claim that their beliefs have always been and Islam is a heresy of Yarsanism. […]

June 17th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yarsani Religion – Beliefs and Practices

Help Differentiate Iraq, One Equation at a Time

An exciting and rare opportunity to teach math for 3-months with our team at School of the Medes!

One of our families is coming home to have a baby in March 2017, leaving a teaching vacancy that we need to fill. If you’ve considered helping us build a new future for young people in Iraq, but the thought […]

November 18th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Help Differentiate Iraq, One Equation at a Time

Thoughts on the First Week of School

It’s quiet in the mornings

Before the student rush

The call to prayer

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November 1st, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Thoughts on the First Week of School

20 Questions in Greece – Elizabeth

Elizabeth spent two months of her summer break from college teaching English and helping out with various refugee projects in Athens. She was able to form deep friendships and make great friends. She left part of her heart in Athens with her new refugee friends and family.
20 Questions

What keeps you up at night? Things I haven’t […]

September 26th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 20 Questions in Greece – Elizabeth

Sometimes Pain is the Best Teacher

Creative Teaching Solutions, Iraq Style!
One of the major challenges for my students learning English as a second language was vocabulary!

When I started teaching 2nd grade Humanities my students couldn’t understand and respond to the simple commands “get a pencil” or “turn to page 5”. Every word seemed like a new word for them to learn. I […]

August 29th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Sometimes Pain is the Best Teacher