Goodbye, Jordan…Hello, Iraq!

OK – time to break the news. Eddy, Charbel and I just moved, on pretty short notice, from Jordan to Iraq! Hence the silence on the blog for a few days, while we were incredibly busy packing and shipping our things and actually flying out. We have gone from the land of the Ammonites, to…

Fact or Fiction: Lot’s Wife

According to the Bible, the Lord promised Abraham that he would not destroy any righteous people along with the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. Since he could not find even 10 righteous people living among the cities, however, he did not spare the cities. Rather, he allowed Lot to take his family and escape before…

Fall Favorites

While it might be too early for chestnuts and candy canes, it’s not too soon to welcome autumn, and the little delights that accompany it. Granted, here in Jordan, fall is a little later, a little shorter, and a little warmer than in other places, but it is still a well-appreciated break from the summer.…

A Taste of the East… and West

It’s a tradition in Lebanon, as well as Jordan and many other countries over here, to get together with your extended family for the main meal each Sunday. With Eddy’s family in Lebanon and mine in Iraq, we can’t completely carry out that tradition. We can, however, enjoy the good food that accompanies it! After…

Living Our Faith in Jordan

I always wanted to live in the Holy Lands. In my mind, that meant Jerusalem. Even though I have never been to Jerusalem, I realized that my wish was fulfilled after moving here to Jordan, which is part of the Holy Lands, both historically and currently, as it continues to be part of the diocese of Jerusalem.…

Riding the Waves

I picked up my bag, and walked into a sea of diversity, wondering what waves the year would bring. With Muslims and Christians, rich and poor, Jordanians and Palestinians, Iraqis, other Arab nationalities and a few foreigners sliding into the classroom desks each day, challenging discussions are bound to arise. Different political, social, religious and…

Jordan

    We moved to Jordan about a year ago. It took me a month or two, though, to realize that our city, Amman, was named after the Old Testament tribe of the Ammonites. Many of our neighbors and colleagues, native Jordanians, are the modern day descendents of that tribe.  Today, however, the Ammonites share their land.…