Not long ago, I had a very interesting conversation with my language helper. I always thought that she thought I was a crazy parent because I never let my young daughter have candy, and my kids don’t speak Turkish. She probably assumes that I never let them leave the house....Read More
Every year on April 23, thousands of Muslims make a pilgrimage to a Christian church on an island near Istanbul, Turkey. They light candles in the church and hope that their wishes will be granted. One such Muslim pilgrim visited the island earlier this year because she...Read More
The kerosene heater exploded taking the life of the mother of three small children, the close cousin of Charity*. The children, ages 5, 3 and 3 months were divided among the family members and arrangements were made for their mother’s burial. I asked Charity, my devout,...Read More
*Rose was the first lady that came to the community center before we even opened. She saw the sign, *A Place of Hope, and said that she needed hope and thought that God had sent us. Her life is very difficult with an invalid husband, and mother who has been very ill for a long...Read More
“There are about 25 million Kurds in the world, give or take a few million. Their homeland, called “Kurdistan,” spans four countries: Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. They speak a language that is related to Persian, and have traditionally lived in the Taurus and Zagros mountains and nearby plains.