Life in Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) is a little different. Sometimes life moves slow, at times, time escapes but there is one factor that remains and that is the truth that Jesus Christ is with me til' the very end of the age. Living in a land full of such history, both good and tragic, there is always a task to be done or a group of people in need of some sort of help. Living in such a way can be difficult and unhealthy if not done right. Wisdom is this, "Jesus, what do you have for me this week? Today? Now?" Living in such a way is absolutely different from any way of life I have ever encountered but it is truly preferred in my eyes. That is how life is done here in the Kurdish Iraq town of Duhok, where I am currently living.
Our work here includes: english courses in a refugee camp, serving widows, serving orphans, building relationships to help locals that have encountered trauma through sport in order for the Holy Spirit to come in and heal, beautiful and powerful Spirit-led times of worship and really everything else that God opens as a door for us to step into. It has been an amazing time so far with many victories, difficulties, joyful times and times that fear has 'tried' to step in but failed; all leading to a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus and a drawing near that is difficult to put into words. In addition, life here is all about relationships and friendships that all stem from a family environment causing people to draw near and encounter The Lord through His own doing and our enjoyment.
With the many doors made available by God fro us to step into, the one He leads us to the most is His presence which fills us to do the work we do. He has promised to take care of our very needs as we seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, leading all to be in His hands. A recipe for an interesting life to be lived, but well worth it.