Life with an Immigrant

Hussein and I have been married for two years, and we are very much in love.  In these two years, we have made many transitions together and changed the shape of our identities.  We are changing, learning, and growing, as individuals and as a couple. Our first year, Sept. 2015 to Oct. 2016, was spent in Antakya,... Continue Reading →


I’m married!

   My Version of our Story I came to Antakya, Turkey on Good Friday April 18, 2014, just before Easter. On Monday, I met Hussein Al Ali, the senior engineer on the environmental health (EH) team. He sat a few meters away from my new desk. There was a window with a mountain view next... Continue Reading →

Holistic Holiday

I am in the airport waiting to return to Antakya after 12 amazing days of holiday. I am so grateful for the time off and the truly blessed experiences. My life is so so blessed and I go from glory to glory. I pray that my life glorifies God immensely. Sometimes I really wonder if... Continue Reading →

The Humanitarian Cup

I really, really love my new city! I have been enjoying navigating the roads and discovering it's treasures. I have been pretty active on the weekends, and I find myself having to force myself to rest at home. Most days I work from 8:30 to 7 with an hour lunch break. I enjoy my work... Continue Reading →

A New Chapter in Antakya, Turkey

Happy Easter, from Antioch/Antakya, Hatay Province, Turkey, where Christians started to form their own identity and gained a name! I am here working for an international humanitarian aid organization as Environmental Health Manager focusing on hygiene promotion and community mobilization in the Syrian crisis, at least til the end of 2014.  My first day at... Continue Reading →

My Way of Life

"A Whole New Way to Think About Stress" TED talk***Watch the video at the link above, then read below.***The Bible gave us this key to healthier living (physically and emotionally).1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond... Continue Reading →

Compassion for the Sufferer

I accompanied a very ill friend on a medical evacuation by plane from Juba to Nairobi with AMREF.  She was immediately admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Nairobi Hospital.Every system of her body was fighting a war against a host of invaders – parasites, bacteria, and fungi.  The medical treatments to help fight those... Continue Reading →


In Renk town, Renk County, Upper Nile State, November 2012: We heard a neighbor wailing in the evening, sharing her anguish, wondering who would support her now?In Gosfami, Geiger County, Upper Nile State, 2012: One of my team’s Hygiene Promoters, a young woman, motivated and smart, died in childbirth.In Renk town, Renk County, Upper Nile... Continue Reading →

My Culture

My friend has tried to explain to me several times how important it is to him to preserve his culture, in his own life and especially in the lives of his children.  Culture, to him, is nearly inextricably linked to identity.  He believes that in order for his children to have a healthy sense of... Continue Reading →

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