(A Christian ministry is on standby in Beirut, Lebanon to offer support to those suffering the trauma of the Beirut blast on August 4th. Following is the conclusion to last week's blog, which an IDEAS Associate living in Beirut wrote for

(More than two months since the Beirut blast, emotional support comes from evangelicals, refugees, children and other unexpected sources. An IDEAS Associate living in Beirut, Lebanon shares an article he wrote for Christianity ...

Recently I’ve been thinking about firehoses, irrigation systems, and meeting the needs of the world.

(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.)

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has now infected more than 2 million people in 213 territories/areas throughout the world. While many in the United States are aware of the severity of the disease at home, what about its effects overseas?

I dedicate this blog to all the amazing educators who, with little or no advance warning, have stepped up to remotely teach the world’s children. The stories I share below barely scratch the surface of what I hear and see among the educators here in Jordan as well as across the globe.

Living in China during the rage of COVID-19 calls on our family to be thankful. From the epicenter of this pandemic, we’re thankful for the grace of perfect, sovereign-directed timing that allows us to now encourage you with how some of our Chinese friends have survived possibly the world’s strictest (so far) approach to controlling the spread of the virus.


We had just prepared our letter to loved ones in America. Corona is spreading everywhere, I wrote, but we are on lockdown, and perhaps safer here than we would be in the States. We have money, food, and good relations with neighbors. We plan to stick it out here.

Sometimes I can’t handle life anymore. It’s overwhelming, like a mountain I’m constantly climbing. There seems to be no end.

If you are like me, you are receiving daily emails from every airline you’ve ever flown explaining all that they are doing to keep you safe if you travel with them. With constantly changing news and health and travel advisories, perhaps you, like many in IDEAS, have been forced to rethink or change your upcoming travel plans, conference attendance, and daily ...