Postcards of Hope

IMG_2593 Today I taught at the school that JRS created for refugee kids.  Most of them are from Syria but some are Iraqi . I shall have some postcards to give you when I am back home. My sorries if you get one of mine-there are going to be about 4 of them. The rest are very nice.

They were put together by ages 9-16, so they are really from 4th-the middle year of high school. They look nice. Also, I TAUGHT the classes. I gave out the postcards out that you guys made as gifts. Every one was happy to see such nice cards.


It was a very moving experience. How the kids acted, and how I felt about them, is a little too personal to be put in print.

IMG_2587In one of the classes, the kids spoke descent English. Thus making it easy for me to not speak Arabic. The second class, the children there spoke barely to no English. I had to speak maximum Arabic. The teacher did the rest. Well, I will teach again at this school on Thursday. Tomorrow, we go to Byblos to a different school.


If all is well in Alaska, that’s good enough for me. Ping me on the comments, ask questions, etc.

See you soon,


10 thoughts on “Postcards of Hope

  1. Were you warm enough? Your shirt could have used a jumper on top considering the other kids in the photos were wear jackets and layers.

    What did you teach? Was it basic English (A,B,C,D) or conversational (Hi, my name is ______) or did you talk about geography (Alaska, world map, etc.)?

    • Hey Mom,

      I’m ALASKAN!!! It was only about as cold, from what you tell me, Texas is like in the winter. THAT, is not cold. It just simply isn’t. I was teaching postcard making classes. We got all the gauche, brushes, pencils, colored pencils, and paper to do it. I think that the art teacher is going to get the left over stuff. Yay, more supplies!

  2. Hi William –

    I am glad that you and Dad arrived safely and it is good to see pictures of you handing out the post cards. I imagine that it is both exciting and challenging for you to use your Arabic. Mr. Johnson is out of the building today because he is at a technology conference so he may not share your postings until he gets back to school tomorrow.

    Enjoy your time in Byblos.

    Dr. C.

    • Hello. Dr Cohen,

      It is disturbing to find how I forgot how using my Arabic in day-to-day life. And I totally get and respect that Mr. Johnson is at a conference. Today, at Byblos, I taught at another school. It is an experience to be taught, but an even bigger one TO teach. And we did enjoy it. Hope all is well in Alaska!
      Best Wishes,

    • Hello Hannah!
      Staying safe is hard for me, But I’ll try. It’s not hard to stay safe, as long as you aren’t completely insane, of which jumping in front of cars, licking gum off of handrails(No, it’s not free candy), and the like. People here don’t seem like good drivers. There are also no possibilities of crossing the street, except for Jay-walking. Even then, drivers are so used to it, they stop when a person is crossing, like it’s a normal day-to-day thing, unlike Alaska.
      To make a long story short, I came up with this when you could address a postcard to “Any Soldier” and it would go to any USA soldier. I took this isdea with refugees, waka waka.

  3. it very nice 😉 with what you are doing with them hope to see you soon you were like those ladies with those it cool that you got to stand with models.It is gross that they rot there teeth out and smoke in cafes.You were like those sweet hot ladies and thanks dad for letting me stand with the models.
    Mason Hardesty

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