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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

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

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

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

How to Tell Your Parents That You Are Moving Overseas

In this episode of our podcast, Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Hannah and Colleen tell the stories of how they told their parents that they were applying to go with Servant Group International to go to Iraq.

They also have some advice for how to tell (or maybe more accurately, how NOT to […]

July 30th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How to Tell Your Parents That You Are Moving Overseas

Parenting Internationally – A Conversation With Parents of Young Children in Kurdistan

Hannah interviews our director, John, and his wife, Mary, about how they became parents while living in Iraq and what it was like raising their family there. Living in Iraq has unique challenges for parents. (While Colleen watched the kids!)

Want to join us? We’re always looking for more adventurous families to join our teams in […]

May 29th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Parenting Internationally – A Conversation With Parents of Young Children in Kurdistan

An American Girl Visits Iraq – An Interview with Hannah

Hannah and our Director, John, recently took a trip to Iraq to visit our teams there and to meet up with old friends. So we asked Hannah about the food, the weather, how things are on the ground in North Iraq, and lots more!

If you have questions you would like to […]

April 25th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on An American Girl Visits Iraq – An Interview with Hannah