Post from: May 2012
Over one month in Iraq!
Wow - we have already been in Iraq for over one month! It feels like so much longer when we think about it. Although the first couple weeks were a little crazy moving between hotels and guest rooms as well as adjusting to cultural differences, we have now been settled into our house for three weeks and are starting to feel a sense of normalcy. We really enjoy living here, and except for missing our friends and family back home, we are doing very well. In the next couple of days the health department will come and tell us everything we need to do to get the house “kid ready”, and then we will start purchasing furniture, painting, etc. That process should go fairly quickly since we will have a lot of help from our friends here
We also started teaching English lessons this week. Charles is teaching the adults who have some knowledge of English, Zac is teaching those with no knowledge of English, and I am teaching the children. Erik is teaching guitar lessons and bass lessons as well. Teaching three times a week will keep us pretty busy.
Aside from the progress we’ve seen in our goals here, one of the best parts of this trip has been getting to know the people and their different backgrounds. I’m sure when you think of Iraq, you think of Arab Muslims who speak Arabic. But in fact we have met no Arab Muslims who speak Arabic! In the north where we are, an area called Kurdistan, the majority of people are Kurdish Muslims, who speak only a little Arabic, and there are also Assyrians, Chaldeans, Armenians, and more cultures who come from a variety of religious backgrounds and whose common language is Arabic. We never expected to find so much culture in one city in Iraq! The stories we have heard have amazed us, as we find that what nearly all of these people have in common is that they have come to Dohuk to find peace and safety for their families. They all have been so kind to us and have taken us in as their own, and we will continue to be so thankful for their help.
So that is the update for this week. We are happy. We are growing together as a team. We are learning good lessons on how to adapt to a new culture and serve them with our whole hearts.
Also, we are still reaching for our goal of 1,000 likes on facebook and 500 followers on twitter! If you haven’t yet, please help us by “liking” us facebook and/or “following” us on twitter and inviting your friends and family to do the same!
Lots of love,
The Forgottensong team
P.S. Here are some pictures to help show you what our life is like here!
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Likes and Follows, Fellows
Campaigning to get 1000 likes and 500 followers on facebook and twitter.
In lieu of a blog this week, we are launching a 10 day campaign to get 1000 likes on facebook and 500 people following @forgottensong on twitter. We need YOU to help us out with this! If you already like us on FB and follow us on twitter, invite 10 (or more) of your friends to do the same! NO SPAMMING, just close friends or family that you want to tell about our work in war-torn countries! You can use these links:
Help us out and spread the word about our passion for reaching women and children in war-torn countries!
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Week 4 Video Blog
A quick updateRead More >
Hello all! First we just want to thank you so much for following our blog. Week 4 was pretty great. We continue to see the government licensing process expedited, having what should take several weeks take a matter of days. Because of this quick progress, we have found more free time this week and have been taking the opportunity to enjoy ourselves, getting to know the locals better and also growing together as a team. After three weeks of Iraqi food (chicken and rice), we were ready for some American food! We had the joy of making a good southern meal for our Iraqi hosts just a few nights ago, and it turns out that fried chicken and mashed potatoes are a big hit - we’ve already served it twice! It was great fun, and we hope that this was just the first of many opportunities we will have to love and serve these people.
Thanks again everybody - our supporters mean so very much to us!
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3rd week Iraq video blog
A tour of our new school building in IraqRead More >