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Alexander - Middle East Updates

Class of 2015
Language Acquisition Curriculum Development in Middle East
Track: Languages - Linguistics track
Region: Middle East
Hey there, I go by the name Alexander!

Where to start? I like all things hot and caffeinated, long runs calm me down, and rainy days excite me. Give me a new book and I'll read it, or a new sport and I'll play it! Foreign languages are my love language, but if you don't know one of those we can settle for talking about Lord of the Rings. In all reality Im just a Jesus loving, nerdy linguist with highly social introverted tendencies. In the words of young Carl Fredricksen from Pixar's "Up", "Adventure is out there!", let's go find it.

The Nations Prove

By on Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

Ever hear the song “Ill be home for Christmas” and openly weep giant man tears? Yea, me neither. Not only is this my first Christmas away from home (and all the hot cider, goofy sweater, candy filled stocking goodness that accompanies that), but it is also my first Christmas in a completely unfamiliar place that for the most part could not care less about celebrating Immanuel. There are few Christians here, but all that means is that when we do get together to celebrate the Lord’s birth, the pressure is on to do it right…no slacking. I’ve already learned and experienced many things during my… Read more >>

Houston, We Have Lift Off

By on Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

Here's a fun fact: NASA astronauts spend 6-8 hours a day in underwater replicas of the International Space Station in order to prepare for their upcoming missions. We can call it dedication, or adult swim on steroids. Despite all this training, something tells me when they finally get into outer space they are nonetheless surrounded by an inexplicable aura of differentness. Despite hours of weightlessness in an Earth-bound pool, surely nothing can completely prepare oneself for the otherworldy sights, sounds, smells, and feeling of space.  I feel like an astronaut. Granted, my GPA was likely… Read more >>

Look Up

By on Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

“…palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy” No, those are not the lines from a popular early 2000s rap song. On the contrary, those words are the finite description of the wearisome reality I landed myself in over a month ago as I all but crawled up a mountain in the Ouchita National Forest of the Arkansas back country. I love backpacking. I love backpacking like Kel loves orange soda and like Baptists love fried chicken. However, as thrilled as I am about being in no man’s land for days relying on nothing but Cliff Bars and sheer wit for survival, when there is nothing but the July sun… Read more >>

A Mid Summer Update

By on Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

[Note: This post is an extension and edit of my newsletter update]             What a summer it has been, and what a good God we follow! We’re just over halfway done with the summer, so I wanted to catch everyone up on where I’m at right now. Nine weeks ago I embarked upon the summer support raising process in order to make my move to the Middle East, and it is safe to say I’m not the same person I was nine weeks ago…in a good way! The past nine weeks have been full of challenging conversations, personal growth, countless meetings, and seeing God’s hand at work and providing in ways I’ve… Read more >>

Holy Awkward

By on Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

“You strain out a gnat, but swallow a camel.” I think we all understand what imagery Jesus was going for here, and his first century, Jewish audience certainly did as well. I can’t help but imagine these words being followed by a thick silence and a few of the religious elite blushing a new shade of crimson. “Did he really just say that?” It had to have been awkward. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it is helpful to think that even the Son of Man orchestrated a few awkward scenarios of his own.                 Such a thought is all too comforting for me, especially because the past 5… Read more >>

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