December 2019 Emig Family and International Wrap-up for ’19 and Heading Into ’20
Dear Friend, that personal gift of you, in our lives …
Nora and I thank you deeply for being such a major part of our journey and life together. Pressing ahead with you feels less like “pressing”, and more like a hand-in-hand pilgrimage. We are privileged and grateful !
Summer ’19 was especially eventful, in that we were honored to be a part of a widening group of leaders. Meeting in Breckenridge, Colorado, people of a wide variety of leadership roles and location-based serving, were there to glean from each other and understand our individual parts in this growing group of influencers internationally and domestically. From anti-human trafficking to village development to disaster relief to many others … we all enjoyed learning and relating together.
Ari and Aram (Kurdistan/Iraq) were hosted by Mike Parks (GSA) and I this summer. What a good compressed two weeks it was. Too numerous were the events and relationships (personal and organizational) built to cover them all. Some highlights of activities and connections were:
- Materials for translation into Kurdish – to train leaders in Iraq
- International Training Institute
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (honoring vets) events – 3 different locations and times
- Planning and strategy times with 15+ groups and organizations
- Gathering with those more experienced in the region of the Middle East and specifically Kurdistan/Iraq
- The list of events and relating goes on and on, with too many to add, almost constant …
Rwanda training last month in ELD-Entrepreneur Leadership Development was beyond my hopes. Dovetailing perfectly with TCD we’ve done for years, it was what I needed to shore up this area of experience, especially in my first time in Africa. 28 attendees walked through extensive micro-enterprise, allowing each to embrace the framework of starting and growing a small business in their country. Trained, they were ready for the “Shark Tank” in which their business plans competed against others! Three in the group already had their “real” businesses, and fed their experiences into the knowing-best-principles the others needed. Superb in every way, I can hardly wait to teach others in this, as it’s integrated into our TCD and Disaster Relief training.
As funds avail, Mike and I are planning to be back in Kurdistan/Iraq ASAP! We will work with Ari and Aram and the Yazidi refugees, as well as refugees flowing into the region from Syria and other countries. I am still very much tied to Serbia TCD, as well as my continued responsibilities of oversight assistance in South Asia. You likely discern from our monthly updates, that activities are deepening and broadening quickly. We need guidance and wisdom, moving forward.
She’s doing so well in this her second year of teaching 2nd and 4th grades special need children. It is though, extremely difficult some days. Sometimes she comes home so wiped out she can barely do more than collapse on the couch, while other days she’s beaming in laughter at something one of the kids said. One kid “fired” her one week and then wanted to “marry her” the next! LOL ! She’s praying about getting her certification in this area.
Final stretch it is for Jonathan, as he laps into this last year of engineering school at Colorado State University. Emily, his girlfriend, is with us for Thanksgiving, and what a sweetie she is! Jonathan is looking into moving out to California, where Emily is in med school.
He is laying solid groundwork in media production, as he lives in Boulder, CO and starts his own business in videography/photography. His creative juices are cranking out some very good content, as he gains traction in his love of media and how that intertwines with relationships. https://www.instagram.com/bryan_emig/?hl=en
Graduating early from high school, Eliana is still very much in love with the horse world and finds herself excelling and being promoted within its ranks. Karen, her much-loved instructor now, sees in Eliana, a gift and ability to excel and increasingly find her footing.
They grow up way to fast !!!
As prompted, you can be a part of our financial needs, monthly, or regular, increases or special time giving; we are grateful indeed! Needs are
- $15,000 annually for 4x trips per year,
- $1,400 monthly personal; and
- “dreaming big”, I would love to fund $60K+ annually for projects … especially in Kurdistan/Iraq and the Middle East, where so much suffering is increasing.
- see below for giving link and address …
Our love, “Thank You”, and “Joyful Christmas To You” as we all live into the remainder of 2019 and peer into 2020!
Daniel and Nora, Jonathan, Bryan and Eliana
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Or mail funds to:
Global Hope Network International – 934 N. Magnolia Avenue – Ste. 310 – Orlando, FL 32803-3840