After working with IDEAS for over a decade, combined with a lifetime of living overseas, I have come to realize three items that draw me to IDEAS.

While reading books on anthropology and history can give insights into cross-cultural living, it is much more fun to read novels that deal with these same issues. 

“Make sure you say goodbye” I text these words to my youngest son, followed by “It’s important to say your goodbyes.”

War steals and destroys life. Refugee women give and build life. 

Recently, I sat with a young friend over tea. She and her husband are moving overseas in a few months with their precious baby girl. As she shared her thoughts, fears and excitement, the memories of our first overseas move with children began to flood back.

I expect you have heard the expression, “he gave me a leg up.”  We know by dictionary definition this expression means “the act of giving someone assistance, or giving them a boost.”  It also refers to gaining some form of advantage.

I felt that I’d been gone too long – over three years.  I was desperate to get back to the familiar "home" of the States.  I wanted back to familiar people and places.

 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.