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.

I admit, I have far too often packed way too much stuff when I have traveled. And I have so often regretted it! But over the last few years I’ve learned the advantages of traveling with a carry-on only.

“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?