No Ban on Loving Refugees

The recent ban on immigrants and refugees from certain parts of the world doesn’t mean we can’t love and care for those who need our help. We have teams on the ground in far away places working to help provide clothing, shelter, and schools for families who lost their homes and jobs to war […]

January 29th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on No Ban on Loving Refugees

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

Meet Sarah

Sarah was like many girls you know, spending her days that August preparing for her last year in high school. But one morning in 2014 terror struck and her life was changed forever. You see, Sarah is a Yazidi and she lived in the Sinjar region of western Iraq. And that August morning at 11:00 […]

June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Meet Sarah

Refugee Projects Thank You!

Many thanks to everyone who has given for the refugee project transportation. The team is thrilled to be able to make it out to the prospective build sites for the new school in the Sinjar region as well as over the rough roads to the refugee camp.

Being present is such an important part of […]

March 8th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Refugee Projects Thank You!

Refugee School Now Serves 2000 Students

The education challenges in the Kurdish region have multiplied this year.  There are many more students needing schools than ever before, a problem exacerbated by the constant drain of teachers and school personnel hoping for a life outside of a tent in Europe. Our refugee school is a small part of this struggle.

The Shepherd Medes School, which at […]

February 7th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Refugee School Now Serves 2000 Students

Going Home

Isn’t there something wonderful about going home? For me it’s one of the best things about the holiday season. But after living in Iraq for several years, home has come to mean a lot of different things. Now, it’s often the place where I am not.

When I’m at my parents’ house “home” is the […]

January 7th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Going Home

My Home in Iraq was Flooded

My home in Iraq was flooded with refugees. In less than 3 months the population doubled. There were estimates of over 2 million refugees living around us – in empty schools, unfinished buildings, and, if they were lucky, in someone’s home. Most of them were not so lucky and there was great debate over what […]

September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on My Home in Iraq was Flooded

WORLD Magazine’s Hope Award International Winner

WORLD Magazine has just named our refugee school in Iraq as the International Winner of its annual Hope Award.  We are so glad to have been a part of this project and to have so many of you joining with us to bring hope in the shadow of ISIS.

2015 Hope Award International Winner: Khanke Refugee School, Iraq


August 10th, 2015|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on WORLD Magazine’s Hope Award International Winner

Refugee School Update!

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 […]

July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Refugee School Update!

“Shepherd” Refugee School is Open!

March 5th, 2015|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on “Shepherd” Refugee School is Open!