Iraq/Kurdistan & Lebanon follow-up … April ’20
Thanks for your patience in this trip update.
Sulaymaniyah and Erbil area refugee camps continue to be highest on our priorities for relief and development. All work is on-going, whether we are there or not.
Distributions of food and essentials happened in the Syrian refugee camps in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon, as well as among the Yazidi in Iraq/Kurdistan. We cannot say enough positives of our associates and leadership in each of these regions, as they do so much ground-work preparations for our time there, as well as post-trip development of TCD-Transformational Community Development.
Please pray our teams can get back into the camps, post-Covid-19, to continue all these important distributions, training, and mentoring work so essential to any long-term successes in these types of environments.
Mike and I are very much hoping to get back, as soon as the window opens again for travel to the region. An important consideration is that we had planned to have an Entrepreneur Leadership Training team there in May. Covid-19 has set many things back. We press ahead.
Many-many ZOOM (and ZOOM-type) calls have happened in the past 6 weeks, and continues to be our mainstay for relating, communicating, trainings, and plannings.
(not her real name) had taken a tumble a few weeks before our arrival in Lebanon(Beqaa Valley). While there, we were able to get her injured arm X-rayed, and she is now in therapy and progressing well. Many variations of these types of stories happen on each trip, and we are grateful to be available to help those in our current journey.
Story … Kalar, Iraq/Kurdistan was not part of our original plans for this trip. We got word that this was a special town, with special needs that we might possibly address. One thing led to another, and we ended up meeting the wonderful mayor there, and discussing preliminary plans to bring in a medical team. These kind of unplanned side-trips happen on each trip, allowing us the opportunity to move ahead in some form of assistance. If you or others you know would like to be a part of a medical team going there, please contact me immediately.
Bardarash Refugee Camp, near Erbil, Iraq/Kurdistan, was a special focus on this trip, as it allowed us to assess and interview several in the camp, prepping our future times there for helping.
If your heart moves you, we are much intent on priming the pump financially for our next trip into the region. Donations gifts can be made at the link below. Grateful we are, for your considerations in this !!!
For other means to donate directly to a given project, please contact me.
Thanks immensely … ! Daniel
Dear one …
IRAQ/Kurdistan now … Erbil, Kalar, and Sulaymaniah …
Each person and family has a story. Severe loss and trauma escapes none of their personal histories or lives. You and I are on journey with these precious ones.
Sometimes it all seems like a drop in the bucket … $6K spent on food here … $2.2K spent on heating fuel there … $1.2K spent on a flood prevention drainage pipe over there … $150 given for a severe case of asthma in another place … $150 given for X-rays for a fallen damaged elbow of an 8 year old girl … $200 given for location permanence costs … it can never end.
Yet none of this life we live is really about funds.
Some relationships are ever so brief, only a half-hour interview, at times leaving one with a type of vacuum of heart … what just happened back there?(.) Another has been built over several years now, ever deepening in each of our times together. Most are somewhere in-between.
We are working with such great teams over here. They know how to love … a lot longer and deeper and better than we do in these contexts. We are so grateful they are here, living close, able to relate and give much more in relationship, as we are here for such a brief time as this.
A lot more is happening outside these camps, in other relationships and venues we savor.
More to come in our next update … cannot thank you enough for your being here with us and them in prayer and financial backing !!!
“(He) is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
48 hours & off to Iraq/Kurdistan & Lebanon …
Struggling on this update, as to how to best communicate. I don’t want “drama”. Yet do want to communicate in trueness, difficult realities.
Mike and I leave in about 48 hours(Thursday) for Lebanon and Iraq/Kurdistan.
Let’s start with some very good news !
$ 20,000 has already come in for Iraq/Kurdistan refugees, relief, training, development, TCD! So very grateful !
$ 5,000 has already come in to cover all my trip expenses and some overages for development! So very grateful !
$ 4,000 has already come in to cover my colleague, Mike Park’s travel expenses and relief needs! So very grateful … and he is also ! 🙂
$ 1,250 … of the $ 2,000 – $ 5,000 needed/desired for the refugees in Lebanon, has come in. So very grateful !
If your heart so moves you to help with this, please let me know, and I can help you best to channel those funds, quickly. So grateful (sensing some repetition here) for your urgent considerations in this !
Now for some difficult communications.
Refugees from Syria are pouring into Turkey, and there remains a flow into Iraq.
It’s been an awful cold winter in this region of Iraq and Lebanon. Refugees are in need of basic sustenance food items and heating fuel. One of the above photos shows our staff there, in the Karakosh/Ninivah region of Iraq, getting fuel for refugees there. Another photo showing is from a news source, where people/families, have literally frozen to death. I drew the line at not showing those more explicit photos.
Our agenda remains the same as in our last update. Already, we’re having to adjust the schedule to accommodate additional needs and added collaborative times with others in the area.
In brief, we are planning to:
Relief Distribution to refugees in the Bardarach(Barda rash)
Meet diplomats working to protect minorities
TCD follow-up training – Yazidi refugees and Kurdish leaders
Relief Distribution to Yazidi refugees around Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan
ELD – Entrepreneur Leadership Development vision casting
Meet with many leaders currently embracing our TCD/Development Model
Plan our next trips there in 2020
Key players who seek to initiate new potential K-12 school
Hoping you’ll receive another of these updates, fresh from the field, soon
Thanking you much for your kindness in reading this and your listening heart !
Daniel and Nora
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Daniel & Nora
… Jonathan, Bryan & Eliana
1/12th of 2020 is about to be finished, and we’ve come out of the 2020 gate with a keen focus to make it a grand year of serving people and helping them out of all their forms of poverty! We are so grateful in these doors opening for our work, and development (on multiple levels) !
2nd/12th of 2020 is aimed at equally keenly in and with your desired participation! As indicated in all the ending updates of 2019, we are expanding on several foci, into the Middle East, with launches already having taken place into Kurdistan/IRAQ. Plans now, are to leave for Sulaimaniyah (Kurdistan), around the 20th of February. There, we plan to:
Distribute essentials to Kurd/Syrian/Assyrian refugees in the Bardarach(Barda rash)
Meet with key government diplomats in Erbil, at the Ministry of Religious Affairs to discuss our mutual vestments in protecting religious minorities in the region
Training continued further in TCD among Yazidi refugees and Kurdish leaders
Distribute essentials to Yazidi refugees around Sulaimaniyah
Plan with current key entrepreneurs and leaders to introduce ELD-Entrepreneur Leadership Development the middle of this year
Strategically plan our next trips there for 2020
Visits in as yet undisclosed areas and contacts for TCD expansion
Meet with key players who are in initial stages of starting a new K-12 school
Lots of other venues and relationships always happen, simply because we “show up”
$ 20,000 has already been raised and committed for refugee relief and development, via several donors who are committed to the region and our specific foci of work there. Grateful we are !
$ 3,500 is what it costs me to get over there, make a side trip to Lebanon, and have small funding for unforeseen people in need. Will you please consider this need? Thanks!
Funding link is listed below. If you give, please drop me a note, for tracking and acknowledging your kindness.
Thanking you hugely already for your kindness in reading this and your listening heart!
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Global Hope Network International
Thank you immensely !!!
Daniel & Nora
… Jonathan, Bryan & Eliana
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
Give on-line at:
Or mail funds to:
Global Hope Network International – 934 N. Magnolia Avenue – Ste. 310 – Orlando, FL 32803-3840
Rwanda welcomed ELD-Entrepreneurial Leadership Development !
Session topics included:
2 quick back-stories on all this:
* My attendance at an associate NGO this past summer in Colorado, allowed me to meet colleagues who understood my TCD journey and quickly invited me into their journey of this ELD, that dovetails so wonderfully into all I am focused on in the countries I work in.
* Our church in Colorado Springs has a robust and very healthy relationship to the church here in Rwanda, allowing an additional 5 of these to attend, and get to know me/them much better. What a joy and privilege to be a part of such connections!
Thank you for undergirding all this … !
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