My heart breaks for Izmir and the victims of this second national tragedy to strike Turkey in a year that is not yet a week old. My heart also breaks for the countless victims caught in the crossfire of the multiple simultaneous conflicts that are ravaging my home of Southeast Turkey as well as Syria and northern Iraq. When will it end?
This post is like a little time capsule. It is something I wrote on this day years ago in another forum. I'm just going to paste it in its entirety so you can get a little glimpse into my mind a decade back. Honestly, I don't even remember what current event or thought first triggered its... Continue Reading →
Over the past week or so, I have seen an abundance of articles like this: Just A Fraction of the Refugees to the US Are Christian If you aren't familiar with this very legitimate complaint, please read the article on the link before my comment below: I won't say that the US has no blame... Continue Reading →
This is why. This is why I will go to cities like Suruc to teach English and share God's love. This is why I will invest a portion of each day learning a language I did not even know existed a year ago. This is why I gave up everything I had in New York... Continue Reading →
The fastest goal ever scored in a World Cup Match was eleven seconds. Hasan Şükür was the man who pulled that off in a match against South Korea. While that name might not mean that much to those in the West, anybody here in Turkey would immediately know who I was talking about. Şükür was one of... Continue Reading →
It is not quite 4PM. It is also not quite 40 degrees. For you Americans reading this, the temperature is sitting at a little over 100 degrees. I have just got on a bus (a van, really) that will take me back to Gaziantep. I have spent less than two days here and now I... Continue Reading →
First of all I want to say thank you. As the world's attention last night was riveted on my back yard, an overwhelming number of you contacted me through the River Walk, facebook, messenger, whatsap, hangouts, and the like to let me know your thoughts and prayers are with me and with my beloved home,... Continue Reading →
Nine days ago, wait, has it really only been nine days? Nine days ago I was scrolling through facebook when I noticed a friend posting that he was OK. He had been in the Belgium airport on his way back to the states when the bombs went off. He is one of those casual acquaintances... Continue Reading →