Many times, what we see as our biggest regrets, failures, and mistakes become what God uses the most in our lives. God transforms our brokenness into something more beautiful than we can ever imagine. He takes our mess and creates a masterpiece.” - Shelley Hitz

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As a new IDEAS Associate, I’m still settling into my role as Director of Projects for one of our international partners in Tunisia. Recently, I asked one of the Project Managers what had inspired his passion for helping people with disabilities work towards greater autonomy.

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. 

Three months ago—in the middle of a global pandemic—I left the safety and security of my family, community, and well-paying job in California to move across the world to Tunisia. Here’s a glimpse into what I've learned in my first 90 days as a new IDEAS Associate.

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.

Yesterday I unexpectedly found myself by a lone bench on an empty ocean front. A boat was just off the shore, solitary but securely anchored in the sea. I ached with the unexpected beauty, the symbolic solitude of the boat. I felt like this boat.

What is your profession? Did you know you can join the work God is doing through IDEAS projects in agriculture, business, community development, education, and health and wellness?

Life is full of encounters that mold us and mature us. For me, experiences that have molded me and matured me are often accompanied with humility.

I feel incredibly privileged to be with IDEAS! My husband and I joined IDEAS in 1999, specifically because we embraced its vision to see transformed lives in communities of contagious hope. 

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 ...