Building Bridges in Greece

In Greece, we have begun working with a large refugee community in a small town in the north. We will be going back regularly with teams to help with a refugee preschool program, adult English classes, and even a science and engineering workshop for refugee teenagers.
Here at SGI, God has blessed us with […]

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Home Office|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Backpacks for Refugees!

Help Refugee Kids Go to School

There are over 3.4 million refugees now living in Turkey, making Turkey the host country with the largest population of refugees in the world. Most of these people live outside camps in various cities and towns across the country.

Given how long these wars have been going on, most of […]

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Backpacks for Refugees!

Consider Iraq – Catch the Vision

We know that moving half-way around the world can be intimidating. Especially a place with a reputation as frightening as Iraq. That’s why we’ve put together an Iraq Vision Trip for March 24th through April 1st, 2017.

We are planning a one week trip so you can get a glimpse into the world of our team […]

November 29th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Consider Iraq – Catch the Vision

Thoughts on the First Week of School

It’s quiet in the mornings

Before the student rush

The call to prayer


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

New School for Kids Returning Home

It’s been a long time coming, but after months of obstacles, the renovations for the school building have been completed and classes have begun for a hundred Yezidi children in an area reclaimed from ISIS. These are the first of hopefully many more that will eventually be able to rebuild their homes and return […]

October 25th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New School for Kids Returning Home

New School Renovation

As many of you know, there are several areas that have been reclaimed from ISIS in the last year.  There’s a lot of renovation to do before people will be willing to return, but so many want the opportunity to go home and rebuild. One of the key factors is providing an education for […]

September 20th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New School Renovation

Encouraged by Jalapenos

Finding Encouragement
Sometimes it’s hard to find joy or feel encouraged in a given moment or a given day. Life overseas in a different culture can be hard. Physical comforts are sometimes lacking. Relational support is sometimes lacking. And sometimes it’s simply your own attitude that is lacking. But instead of making a top 10 […]

September 6th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Encouraged by Jalapenos

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

Travels with Dad

Up until a few weeks ago I had never travelled internationally with my dad. I mean we did the typical family road trips, and a few father daughter canoe trips, but nothing really BIG. He’d taken my other siblings back to see where he grew up in Brazil, but I was too young at […]

July 4th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Travels with Dad

Medes Student Says “Thank You”

“Can I come over and just watch how you live?  I’d like to know how you guys live.” said Lydia.  At the time, we thought it was a weird request from our student, but sure, why not?  So she came over and spent at least a good six hours sitting at our big kitchen table just […]

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Medes Student Says “Thank You”