Did you know that within the United States there are communities of people from every nation in the world? Where I live in Southern California, children from 170 nations are studying in the public schools.

Who could have anticipated the difficult challenges and surprising changes this year would bring? No one is exempt from the impact of a global pandemic and the losses that have come with it, such as loss of life, loved ones, health, finances, plans, job, and normal. We at IDEAS have felt the weight of these challenges and losses. However, with these new ...

In the midst of a challenging year for all of us worldwide, we at IDEAS are continually moved by the good God is doing through our Associates, projects, and partners around the world.

I have heard that people near the end of their lives often have regrets. What they regret is what surprises me. Those who are dying don’t nearly regret the things they had done as much as the things they hadn’t done. In spite of regretting their mess-ups in life, they regretted even more the things they never tried.

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It turns out that living overseas is the best preparation for a world-wide pandemic a person could ask for (or not ask for).

Even though life abroad has many challenges, there’s a reality we often don’t talk about. I’ve recently been reminded that I benefit from a certain favorable bias or privilege afforded to me as a white, English-speaking foreigner living overseas.

(The following post was written by one of our Associate families living in Beirut, Lebanon. This is their update to their friends and family immediately following the explosions in Beirut on August 4, 2020.)

During my medical training in the U.S., friends and family members would often ask me to share my best stories from life in the medical world. 

When you live and travel on a regular basis, it’s easy for your children to learn about the world. But even if you can’t travel, which is limited for everyone during COVID, you can still teach your children to have a mindset that values different people and cultures. 

We all wrestle with different anxieties, whether fear of spiders, heights, germs, confined spaces, or the dark. Yet, something that tends to impact all of us is fear of the unknown.