Our team will spend one week assisting Kurdish refugees and learning first-hand about the region's Muslim-Christian dynamic.
As a senior graduating from Georgetown University this May, I'm hoping to devote my life to economic development in the Middle East, and my previous work experiences confirm that this is the right career for me. From January to May 2012, I lived in Amman, Jordan, where I volunteered at a local non-profit organization (the Jordan Career Education Foundation) to help marginalized youth and women acquire necessary skills to join the Jordanian workforce. Additionally, I had the privilege of taking part in several outreaches that the local Christian community was leading.
This trip to Kurdistan stands as a unique learning opportunity and great chance to discover some of my spiritual gifts that I can use to serve others. This school year I am writing a thesis on corruption and economic development in Iraq with particular focus on Kurdistan. Even before learning about this trip, I had felt drawn toward the Kurdish people and wanted to learn more about their culture and history. During this trip, I'm especially eager to interact with refugees and support them through their emotional, material, and spiritual hardships. I feel confident that my enthusiasm and interests will help me to be effective during this trip, and I'm excited to see how God will work through us. I have no intentions of converting anyone, but I do fully intend to share God's love with people through acts of service and respectful dialogue.