Where Do Almonds Come From?

Awake Before Dawn
I  knew it was near daylight since the village mullah was giving the call to prayer over the loudspeaker. I thought it was considerate of him to call so quietly so that if you were awake you would know it was time to come, but there was no way that gentle voice […]

September 5th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Where Do Almonds Come From?

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

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

Snow in Iraq

For a few days this year Nashville was a winter wonderland. Snow fell for one whole day and it was glorious! Nashville isn’t famous for having snow, but my daughters, born and raised in Nashville, love snow!

Last January we were living in Iraqi Kurdistan. Every winter in Iraq we missed having snow. It snows plenty in Iraq, just […]

February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Snow in Iraq

A Spontaneous Day Off in Iraq

Sometimes people ask what we do when we aren’t teaching in Iraq. Here’s one team member’s day visit to a village. 


I got the text on Viber, “I am driving out to my village to get my mom back I was wondering if you would like to come with me.”

I had been wanting to visit my […]

October 27th, 2015|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , |Comments Off on A Spontaneous Day Off in Iraq