Middle East

A Story About Rain

We are entering the rainy season here in my country in the Middle East.  I love rain. The sound of it (my kids and I are great fans of rainfall white noise while falling asleep at night), the smell of wet fresh earth after rain, the way it makes everything green again, and how my …

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The Jinn

Many people in the Middle East have beliefs and superstitions about ‘The Jinn’ – spirits which can be good or evil but, on the whole, people are afraid of them.

Greece is East

Greece is East

Greece is East Greece is often thought of as a Western European Country. An idyllic tourist destination full of beautiful beaches, whitewashed buildings and amazing sunsets. Having now lived in Greece for 2 years, our day-to-day experience is very different. It is undoubtedly a beautiful place with amazing weather, beaches, mountains and wonderful seasonal food …

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Shame Free (Part Two)

Everything was different about this church; the heat, the sounds, and the smells. Natalie was driven along the streets that belonged to the pimps of the district in India. She was visiting a project in the middle of the brothel district, which the church had set up to provide a safe place for children of …

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A Piece of the Puzzle- Relieved to find that I still fit

Last weekend my sending church in the UK brought me back as a guest for their annual missions conference. I hadn’t left my host country in over 2.5 years, and a third baby, a pandemic, and a house move later, I was thrilled to fly back to the UK for a weekend (child-free- thank you …

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Being Part of a Collective: Singleness Marriage and Family. Part 3: Singles Support and Sending

In Parts 1&2, Hayat shared some of her experiences as a single female living in an Arabic speaking part of the world, then shared some wisdom from Romans 12 on finding our place in belonging. In this final part, Hayat shares some helpful tips and insights for those involved in supporting and sending singles overseas. …

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Being Part of a Collective: Singleness Marriage and Family. Part 2: Belonging to each other

One family here have taken me in and consider me to be one of theirs. I’m expected to celebrate Eids with them, to come over for iftar (the daily breaking of fast meal during Ramadan, the month of fasting), to visit on at least a weekly basis (ideally from dawn to dusk). It’s a joy …

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Being Part of a Collective: Singleness Marriage and Family. Part 1: Being Single in the Arabic Speaking World

One of my favourite things about the Arabic speaking world is the high value placed on hospitality and the extended family. Living in this part of the world, it is rare that I would be asked questions typical to a western culture upon introducing myself to someone. “What’s your name?” “What do you do?” are …

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Hard Stories: Processing Devastation in Poetry

First posted on middleeastnews.org.uk, a blog contributed to by westerners commentating on living life in the Middle East. Follow their blog for interesting stories, poetry, recipes and applied theology.    There are many times when we have heard devastating stories from people’s lives.   I have been learning how to respond with love, faith, empathy and compassion.  …

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