Did you know that thinking like a librarian has the power to transform lives?

When I first moved overseas fifteen years ago, I was told over and over, “You are going into a new culture.  Be a learner.  You don’t know this culture.  Be a learner.”  Over and over…

 At IDEAS, we value and believe that community is formed by intentional relationships, and is the context in which we collaborate, work, serve and care.

“Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

One of the challenges of living in a new culture is that things often don’t make sense.  Why do local people act in ways that aren’t logical?  Why do they look at me strangely when I act in perfectly normal ways?

Do you have skeletons in your closet? Our Associates in Egypt do, and he even has a name – Max.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a first-year, first grade teacher in your first year overseas? Read how one IDEAS volunteer is learning to thrive in the classroom and navigate a new culture and community!

I just had one of those uncomfortable moments with one of my adult children.  I asked about doing something that concerned his family, got a negative nonverbal reaction, and because of time, we didn’t get it figured out.  All day long my mind has been exploring reasons why my request elicited that response.  

Can I love my enemies and pray for those who persecute me?

For Christians and many others in Lebanon, the answer to this question can be difficult and complex.