Before coming to Thailand to become an instructor for Karen students training to become physician assistants, I had heard about how wonderful the Karen people are. Now that I have been in Thailand for a year, I can attest to this and how one student in particular has impacted me.

At 4:00am I hear my phone vibrate. A message appears: “Hi, my teacher. Are you ok? Can I get food?” 

5 Getaways at Home

Apr 27, 2020 10:07:45 AM Sarah Rymer General, Hope, Life, travel

If you’re getting cabin fever during these homebound days (like we are!) and counting the days to roam around the world again, check out these 5 ways to “get away” without leaving your home.

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.

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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 ...

Last night I received a text from one of my English students. “Sorry to bother you, teacher. What does ‘capeesh’ mean? It’s not in the dictionary.”  

Hope is transforming communities around the world! 15,000+ marginalized people are receiving healthcare, clean water, better farming techniques, quality education, & life skills through IDEAS projects. Thank you from those whose hope is being restored worldwide through these projects. . .

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Gratitude is appreciated in any language and culture. Gratitude benefits everyone - the giver and the receiver. Studies show that those who regularly practice gratitude have dozens of mental and physical benefits, including. . .