When I was in high school, I spent my summers as a hired hand on a farm ranch in southeast Idaho. The ranch property was in a small valley in the mountains. Most of my days were spent moving cattle from one area to another, fixing many miles of fence, or planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops in the fields.

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South Sudan turned 10 years old as a nation this summer. Congratulations to the youngest nation on earth! By comparison, the U.S. is 245 years old, and China is approximately 5,000 years old.

As the science teacher for the Physician Assistant training program at Earth Mission Asia (EMA), I have been tackling the challenges of online teaching in a unique cross-cultural context alongside my fellow teachers. 

A few years ago, I invited an American friend to come with me to visit my home country, South Korea. We both taught together at the same school in the Middle East. I was excited to see my friend fully enjoying the culture and people of South Korea.

How does medicine make its way to those who are sick in remote parts of the world? Come along on a medication's journey to the jungles of Myanmar!

Did you know that local ownership is one of the goals that IDEAS projects work towards? Training local practitioners to own a project that meets the holistic needs of their community takes patience and time but leads to long-term sustainability and transformation.

Forgiveness is a journey of grief and courage that involves honestly tending the painful wounds inflicted by another. In my own journey of forgiveness, I wrestle with resentment and ways to bring about justice in my own way and timing.

Although the pandemic outlook in the U.S. is optimistic as restrictions are rapidly loosening, many parts of the world remain in crisis.

The upheaval of this past year has provided the opportunity to establish new norms and to think outside the box in every aspect of life, especially professionally.

Growing up, I had a lot of hobbies. Then I got married and had children. I no longer had time for fun and leisure activities. My life became filled with work, family responsibilities, kids’ homework, running my kids to their after-school activities—life.