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Weary teachers and moms put best faces forward to students through a difficult spring

In Jordan, this spring has been a repeat of last spring — but more devastating. A year ago, Jordan was a bright spot in coronavirus prevention measures. The nation shut down early and kept cases low while the United State and Europe erupted with infections. Fast forward to this spring, and the nation is once […]

Enrollment and class offerings increase despite the pandemic

  The drive to support refugee families never stops at the Good Shepherd Center. The staff at the school in Jordan worked through their Christmas break to plan the semester ahead and assemble desperately needed food baskets for students and their families. Staff members couldn’t wait to see their students in person when they made […]

Relief efforts needed as pandemic squeezes refugee families

The relatively small nations of Jordan and Lebanon kept the coronavirus from spreading widely in the first several months of the pandemic. Students enjoyed mask-free classes in September because cases were largely contained over the summer. The tight control ended in the last half of October. Cases continue to skyrocket. Jordan, a nation of ten […]

Iraqis reclaim symbol of faith that ISIS used to target them

As the Good Shepherd Center staff worked with children, they quickly saw that parents needed help. Most of them were in shock from leaving behind the homes and communities that had been home to various Christian sects for centuries. Often they were too devastated to know how to begin helping their children. Principal Dawlat Hijazeen […]

School provides hope for families who are afraid to return to their homeland

Five years ago, Iraqi Christians began flowing into Jordan to get ahead of ISIS as it swept into northern Iraq. The families had faced an ultimatum from ISIS: convert or die. They did neither. Instead they headed to Jordan, where they found themselves in a peculiar bind. They were not technically refugees, so they were […]