Growing up, I never liked sports. I was one of those girls who was slow at running and afraid of dodge ball in P.E. class. Thankfully, I was gifted in music. Somehow that compensated my lack of interests in sports. “It’s OK because I am good at music,” I thought.

My refugee friends are teaching me what it means to seek the well-being of the city that has become my home.

(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 ...

Meet XiaoQin and XiaoHu! These two young adults share their stories of transformation through an IDEAS project that meets long-term holistic needs of rural communities in China by providing clean water, hygiene training, improved agricultural techniques, and a sponsorship program that allows children to graduate school, find good jobs, and give back to ...

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

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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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.