Covid-19 and a bit of “domestic” conversation – Emigs – 30 May ’20

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.””

Covid-19 issues are abating, and we’re all seeking a healthier new-normal ahead.
I’m finding myself seeking something new, something of a “reset”.

Ironically, Nora and I have found ourselves extremely busy, albeit, working from very local places, mainly home.  Yet, there have also been some needful rest-points, where there’s finally time to stop and contemplate.  Is THAT activity really a priority?  Is THAT relationship really healthy for me, in the everyone’s best interest?  How can some of these isolation times be a measured “reset” times as well?  When things pick back up in full blown external activities, will I(you) be able to enter it all a changed person, a better person?  I think “yes” to you and me in these things !

Happenings …

   Jonathan graduated from CSU with two degrees, physics and engineering.  He’s currently en route (via Arizona), to California, where he plans to be near his girlfriend, Emily, who just completed her first year in medical school.

 Eliana graduated from Lewis Palmer High School, and is planning to “remotely walk” in her graduation ceremony.  During Covid-19, she has worked hard at DoorDash and Qdoba.

Bryan, in the weeks of many experiencing layoffs, landed a full-time position as a pharmacy tech., in Breckenridge, CO.  He also continues his pursuits of media/video/photography business, as a priority.

 Nora, once again, shined, as she adapted to remote teaching, even with her special needs children.  Not easy.  Yet her gentle engaging warmth of personality still managed to capture her audience of students and teachers alike.

   Dan … ZOOM calls abundant(some 1-3 hours each), SKYPE calls a many, WhatsApp calls and texts aplenty, e-Mails a plethora, trainings, counseling, mentoring, planning, strategizing, … it’s really been a great time to get a lot of internal organization things accomplished, executed, and furthered.  I’m already sensing that re-launch post-Covid will be healthier and better than ever!  Our teams on the ground are hard-pressed, yet very encouraged !


As travel restriction free up … we’re jumping out there ASAP !  Contact us for details.  Yes, funding is always needed for these endeavors.  See link below.  Nuff said.  🙂

So grateful for you … your love for us … your heart to better understand and commit to our journey of life and serving, to date and ahead !!!  Simply, yet heartily said:

“You rock !!!”

Dan and Nora

GHNI – Global Hope Network International

Global Hope Network International
934 N. Magnolia Avenue, Ste. 310
ORLANDO FL 32803-3840
“Preferred for Emig family”

Daniel & Nora
… Jonathan, Bryan & Eliana

You are essential!
Your relationship and your concern matter immeasurably, as you are in all we are and do.
You are thanked!

Help & Hope
for the
Hidden & Hurting

As GHNI Lead Assist in
C./S. Asia & C. Europe
I work to:
– be in & assess villages
– develop people & resources
– teach & further TCD
– mentor
– train leadership

TCD – Transformational Community Development

Bringing the “Whole” person to true life and living … as we also bring sustainability in:
– Water
– Food
– Health-Wellness
– Education
– Financial Capacity

Emig Family

Dan & Nora
Jonathan (22)
Bryan (20)
Eliana (18) 
GHNI donations address:

Global Hope Network International
934 N. Magnolia Avenue    STE 310
Orlando,  FL   32803-3840
(407) 207-3256‬

Thank you !!!
Daniel and Nora 

Iraq/Kurdistan & Lebanon follow-up … April ’20

Iraq/Kurdistan & Lebanon follow-up … April ’20

Refugee Kids - Sulaymaniyah, Iraq/Kurdistan
Refugee Kids – Sulaymaniyah, Iraq/Kurdistan
Bardarash Refugee Camp, Erbil Iraq/Kurdistan
Bardarash Refugee Camp, Erbil Iraq/Kurdistan
Bardarash Refugee Camp - Team Iraq/Kurdistan
Bardarash Refugee Camp, Erbil Iraq/Kurdistan

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.

Yazidi-tent-food distribution
Yazidi-tent-food distribution

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.

Refugees-girls helping distribution
Refugees-girls helping distribution
Food-Distribution Beqaa Valley
Food-Distribution Beqaa Valley
J.-Van-Food Distribution-Beqaa
J.-Van-Food Distribution-Beqaa

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.

Bardarash Refugee Camp Iraq/Kurdistan - Mike
Bardarash Refugee Camp Iraq/Kurdistan – Mike

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.

Budgeting ZOOM call
Crisis Management Team Training - ZOOM 2-days
Crisis Management Team Training – ZOOM 2-days
Cross-Cultural Training-ZOOM-multi-day
Cross-Cultural Training-ZOOM-multi-day

Story …

Ilein receiving therapy after X-rays
Ilein receiving therapy after X-rays

(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.

Kalar, Iraq/Kurdistan mayor(lady in center) team
Kalar, Iraq/Kurdistan mayor(lady in center) team

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

IRAQ/Kurdistan … 1 March 2020

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.  

Relationships, yes.  

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 … 

48 hours & off to Iraq/Kurdistan & Lebanon …

Friend …

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

GHNI – Global Hope Network International (11% assessment)

Global Hope Network International
934 N. Magnolia Avenue, Ste. 310
ORLANDO FL 32803-3840
“Preferred for Emig family”

Daniel & Nora
… Jonathan, Bryan & Eliana