We now have five teams serving in Iraq: at each Medes School serving over 3000 students, in refugee camps serving Yazidi, Ka’kai and Christian families, an English training center, and a prison ministry partnership.
Despite hopes to return to their villages later this year, most of the 4 million refugees in Iraq will probably have to remain in the camps for much longer.
In Iraq, we’ve been asked to help start a third “Shepherd School” in yet another refugee camp. We’ll keep you updated as this moves forward!
Our staff […]
“I will miss the good-byes and “see you tomorrows!” at the end of the day, and the good morning cheek kisses at the beginning.”
“I will miss encouraging another teacher when they are discouraged about the same group of kids that has recently been driving me crazy.”
There are many families spread out in various types of homes throughout Iraq and the surrounding areas. In one major city, twenty-two families are living in an old church building, sharing three washing machines, four cooking stoves and couple showers. The auditorium, hallways and stairs are draped with striped canvas to divide small living […]
“I will miss the laughter of shared stories about lives that I never thought I would be able to relate to, only to find that we have so much in common.”
“I will miss bread and yogurt breakfasts in the teachers’ room where conversation swirls around me in a mix of Kurdish, Arabic, Assyrian, and English like the sugar in my tea glass.”
“I will miss planning a lesson that I know will be exciting and then getting to see my students have ten times more enjoyment out of it than I anticipated. I will miss pushing them to be better readers, writers, thinkers, speakers, and citizens of their country.”
“I will miss the quiet corner chats with kids who are struggling with questions that are almost too big for them to ask.”
When it comes time for one of our team members to return to the U.S. it can be hard knowing all they leave behind. Over the summer we’ll be sharing some of the things our team members miss.
“I will miss the morning greetings of my students, and their crazy antics in the halls.”