I have just recently started to feel like I’m catching a glimpse of the “other side” of my loneliness after six long months here in my native-born country. My heart has been aching with loneliness: "New Situation," "I'm Different," "No Friends."

Gift-giving is a custom many cultures have in common. Giving is a universal language that communicates love, grace, and gratitude. Whether you are the one giving or receiving, gift-giving invites into vulnerability and humility, into openness and acceptance of what you have to offer and what others have to offer you.

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At IDEAS we focus on restoring hope to forgotten and overlooked communities. This year during Advent, I’ve been reminded that restoring hope often begins with simply being present.

Often we do not realize that much of our identity is based on our cultural foundation. Most of us are confident that we know how to operate in our daily lives—in familiar settings. We know our professional culture: how to complete our daily work, how relationships ought to be carried out, how to make small talk around the “water cooler.” We are familiar with ...

When my daughter lived in Hawaii, she worked with a non-profit that had a friendship and feeding ministry with homeless and low-income people.  Their ministry included interacting with the people they served, which was described as talk story.

 After working with IDEAS for over a decade, combined with a lifetime of living overseas, I have come to realize three items that draw me to IDEAS.

I expect you have heard the expression, “he gave me a leg up.”  We know by dictionary definition this expression means “the act of giving someone assistance, or giving them a boost.”  It also refers to gaining some form of advantage.

I felt that I’d been gone too long – over three years.  I was desperate to get back to the familiar "home" of the States.  I wanted back to familiar people and places.

 At IDEAS, we value and believe that community is formed by intentional relationships, and is the context in which we collaborate, work, serve and care.