31 Days of Life in Afghanistan
Posted: September 30, 2013 Filed under: 31 Days
War; Terror; Oppression; Destruction
It’s what we hear on the TV, see in the news, read on our computer screens. I want to give you a fuller picture than that. A real picture, with true stories.
I have the honor and privilege of living and working in this beautiful yet broken land. Learning the language, understanding the culture, trying to figure out a way forward. My friends are Afghans – the ones that have fought violently, and the ones that have sat passively waiting for a better tomorrow.
My heart is for this land and for these people. I want you to hear their real stories, the good and the bad; the ugly and the beautiful; the dramatic and the mundane; the over-comers and the defeated. I want you to see and hear a full picture, I hope to spark something within you so that you will cry out in a new way for these people. I hope that you will walk away at the end of October thinking of more than war when you hear the word “Afghanistan”
Throughout October I will be linked up with The Nester for a 31 Day series. I will be writing on life in Afghanistan sharing real life stories of Afghans I know, stories from my own experiences, and maybe even a guest post here and there.
***Links to all my posts will be listed here as well as categorized under “31 Days”***
Day One :: Najiba (The story of community transformation through the courage of one lady)
Day Two :: Nuria (The girl with scabs who broke my heart)
Day Three :: Ahmad (When I became a doctor and began to dream for a healthier Afghanistan)
Day Four :: Write (Where Five Minute Fridays meets 31 Days … When I became literate)
Day Five :: Project Ladies (An insight into the day of project staff)
Day Six :: Muharram (Chanting, Marching, and Bleeding chests)
Day Seven :: Obeda (Desperate situations lead to desperate measures)
Day Eight :: Beautiful, broken, worship (Those who choose to live there)
Day Nine :: From the mouths of babes (The hand written illustrated dreams of Afghan 1st graders)
Day Ten :: Nesima (The lady who I found to be a hero)
Day Eleven :: Ordinary (Five Minute Fridays meets 31 Days … A list of (not so) ordinary things)
Day Twelve :: Amina (The lady who built a future)
Day Thirteen :: A Hidden World (Child brides and the hope of education)
Day Fourteen :: Stepping In (the moments I arrived back in Afghanistan)
Day Fifteen :: Eid -e- Qorban (When the sewers ran red)
Day sixteen :: Oops this day is missing, too ill to write
Day Seventeen :: Talk Good To Me (GUEST POST – the positive facts of life)
Day Eighteen :: Laundry (Five Minutes Fridays meets 31 Days… when showing Christ’s love means doing laundry in freezing rivers)
Day Nineteen :: Bruised (The Christmas she showed me how she had been beaten)
Day Twenty :: Beautiful (A photo post)
Day Twenty One :: Fatima (GUEST POST – my mom shares a story)
Day Twenty Two :: Chicken Street (Where I go when I’m ready to leave)
Day Twenty Three :: Ballerinas in Beat-Up Toytas (That magical place)
Day Twenty Four :: Hope for Change (The family that gives me hope)
Day Twenty Five :: Together (Five Minute Friday meets 31 Days… we face life together)
Day Twenty Six :: Oops this day is missing … I took a day off.
Day Twenty Seven :: Oops this day is missing … I got busy and forgot to post.
Day Twenty Eight :: My First Meal (GUEST POST – when perceptions were broken and reality was met)
Day Twenty Nine :: Haji Mohammad (The type of story that needs to be shouted louder than the news)
Day Thirty :: Q&A (Where I answer 10 of the questions YOU sent in)
Day Thirty One :: Wrap-Up (We made it! Plus a special announcement!)