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Heather - Middle East Updates

Class of 2015
Refugee Ministry and Care in Middle East
Track: Compassion - Justice track
Region: Middle East
Hello, welcome to the ponderings and scribbles of Heather! A few things about the scribbler -

I am a chronic bookworm, have a competitive streak that pops up randomly, am constantly humming some tune or another, and my heart's burdened for the oppressed. People are fascinating, cats are adorable, and ice cream is the best food ever. Mostly, as imperfect as I am, I love Jesus and want Him to use my life as He ushers physical and spiritual transformation into individual lives and the world. These are my musings and discoveries as I spend the next two years overseas with that goal in mind. Enjoy!

My Letter to Future Goers

Featured story By on Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Whenever I sit down to write something, I run circles in my mind until I come to the conclusion that I have nothing of worth to contribute. If you experience something similar in your decision making - if you feel that pull to go but feel inadequate to the task - I have good news for you. The voices in our heads are wrong. I mean, they’re kind of right, but they are wrong.  Satan takes truth and twists it. When you see your deficiencies and say, “I’m lacking”, you’re right. If you stop there, you’re wrong. “BUT GOD” is the game-changing phrase in the Bible and in our world. I’m not… Read more >>


By on Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

We had our annual VBS with the help of a group from America. During the week, we had about 70 kids a day (plus moms) and five different groups with four different languages. There were skits, films, games, crafts, and songs, all sharing the truth “Jesus knows you”. I was part of the songs station and absolutely loved singing with the kids and mothers in our country's language, hearing them chant the lyrics at different stations and even weeks after at programs. At the end of the week, we gave out children’s Bibles and every single mom took one for her kids. Speaking with the some kids… Read more >>

One Woman's Journey

By on Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Hi there! So sorry I've been MIA. Once full time started, time flew by! Like I  said in the last post, our program with mothers and their kids is a wonderful way to serve and connect with the refugee women here. One Ghanaian woman I met this spring is Susan*. My first impression was that she was painfully shy and quiet, like she wasn’t sure why we were there or asking anything about her. She seemed utterly uninterested in spiritual topics and didn’t have what could be described as a close walk with the Lord. Also, her living conditions were terrible. In the months since, another… Read more >>

Finding Joy

By on Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Recently, I hit my one year mark for being in-country! This has transitioned me to full time work – no more language study. Full time means a ramp up in visits and program involvement, and I've really enjoyed it. One such program is for moms and tots. It’s for any refugee mother with kids under 10 or pregnant, and focuses on creating safe, welcoming environments and supportive community where truth can be shared openly. Mostly, the demographic is African, Afghan, and Arabic. At these, we’ve been able to provide some aid (food, clothing, opportunities to see nurses) and prenatal classes for… Read more >>

God of Miracles

By on Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

I hope the year is off to a good start for you. If it’s not, hope you can chuckle at this: I hate when people ask me what I’ll be doing in 3 years. It’s not like I have 2020 vision! I may not be able to see 3 years into the future, but I can see the last few months and they are a showcase of God’s presence and activity in this region. We work with an Persian fellowship here, and during December we had our Christmas party. It was a large event with 70+ people, where believers could celebrate and visitors could hear the Christmas message. We also had a Persian Santa who comically spouted… Read more >>

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