Kurdistan Update and Free Student Planner

I recently concluded my "blogging break"/family vacation. We had a wonderful month visiting friends and family in the U.S. and, as always, wish we'd had time to see more!
Now we're back in Erbil, Kurdistan. Many of you have no doubt been hearing about Iraq and Kurdistan a lot on the news recently, so I thought I'd give a brief update and ask for prayers.

Here (Erbil) is currently still safe, and we are all praying it stays so. Erbil has received many of the refugees that have fled from other regions. Most people here are trying to more or less continue normal life, while also helping the refugees as much as possible. The Church is very focused on helping people continue going forward. Erbil and the Kurdistan region has been developing very quickly and succeeding at maintaining a peaceful and stable region. We are working very hard to continue trying to foster that peace and stability, in spite of all that's going on in the surrounding regions.A lot of international aid has been coming in for the refugees; the Church, in addition to helping with the immediate needs of the displaced people is continuing to go forward with its projects in the region (schools, hospital/healthcare, university), as these projects are essential for the well being of everyone - both the refugees and the stable population that has opened its doors to the refugees.

As a family, we are staying closely informed of what is happening around Iraq, but plan on staying here to continue helping the Church in the field of education, as long as it remains safe within Kurdistan.

On a different note, for those of you that are parents of school-aged children, I'd like to share a free student planner with you. I've designed it to (hopefully) be helpful for homeschooled children as well as children that attend school, if the homeschooling method you use involves some traditional elements of schooling, like set homework assignments and projects. If you would like to download this planner, which includes study/note-taking/test-taking strategies, assignment sheets, project planners and monthly calendar templates, head over to Eyes On Heaven.


  1. OMG, you live in Kurdistan? My prayers are with you. If there is anything we can do from here to help please let us know.


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