Canon Andrew White is the man I went to Baghdad, Iraq with for three weeks in November. These videos give great insight into my journey as well as life in Baghdad. I’m expectant to return to Baghdad this year to work with Andrew. There is beauty stirring and spouting and shouting and churning and living and believing from beneath the rubble of Baghdad. Hope is alive.
“The only thing that’s still here is the breeze, that Baghdad breeze,” she says.
An insightful article: “After 20 Years, An Iraqi Returns To A Changed Land“
images from a soldier who was there.
“Pretty” and “Baghdad” aren’t often paired together, despite the truth that Baghdad is very pretty. Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder. God is the Ultimate Beholder. How He sees cities is how they really are. God sees potential in cities. He sees giftings. He sees dreams and destinies, hopes and visions. He wants cities to shine.
I like this illustration of Baghdad because it is very pretty.
I hope it helps people re-see that precious city and its precious people.
While I was in Baghdad, Iraq in November 2011 there was a conference called, “Making the Impossible Possible.” I was given an invitation to attend, but our schedule did not permit. Regardless, the event was a milestone of HOPE for precious Iraq. There will be another TEDx event in Baghdad in 2012. I would LOVE to attend.
In the meantime, I think their videos and related videos provide a great view into the GOOD happening in Iraq. Please do not let your hearts be overwhelmed by what you hear in the news about Iraq. Dare to have outrageous HOPE for Iraq. Direct your thoughts and prayers toward optimistic growth in Iraq. The people of Iraq need your advocacy, not that you would write them off as hopeless, but rather champion them as HOPE-ful despite the look of things.
There is always hope.
The TEDx Baghdad website
I recently wrote a guest review for the book “Lion of Babylon” on the author’s website. I would love it if you read the review and posted comments on that website. Let’s use this as an opportunity to raise outrageous hope for Iraq! Spread the word! Read the book! Get friends and family to read the book! Believe for Iraq’s flourishing!
Read the review: http://www.davisbunn.com/blog/lion-of-babylon-is-a-light-bulb-of-hopeful-reality-says-reviewer
The new year has dawned. My return to Iraq is in a holding pattern: unknown and waiting. The gift of this time, the glory of this time, the guts of this time – this month, this season, this blink – includes finishing the book I am writing. I have written 150 pages thus far. I estimate over 100 to go. It’s quite an undertaking, but I am confident it will transform lives, and inspire people to do the “impossible”, live with outrageous hope, and love their neighborhoods to life. In honor of my first day of book writing in 2012, here are some excerpts. Enjoy, share with others, and let me know what you think.
The background on why I am writing a book:
Go ahead, make a cup of tea, light a candle, open a window for some fresh air, take a deep breath, and relax. All our lives are roads of joy and discovery, success and wonder. Come journey with me.
About my grandma and seeing the unseen:
About being delivered of ten years of chronic depression and suicidal thoughts:
About travel, wonder, and nations falling in love with Jesus:
About my first experience speaking in tongues:
About God speaking to my mom through the actress Cybill Shepherd:
About making a new friend in Bulgaria and running into him in Massachusetts months later:
About a Muslim friend in Turkey and courageous questions over the Bosphorus Strait:
About a community house and a mentally unstable refugee at Easter lunch:
About one particular impossibility-defying day living in Palestine:
Also, my book is available for pre-purchasing. In fact, I need to raise money to pre-purchase my own books from the publisher. Every $20 contribution you make reserves you a copy!
Check it out and spread the word!
Also, please “like” my author page: