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.

True or false? “If you’re a fan of compost, you’re a believer in holistic transformation.”

After 75 hours of travel with COVID restrictions, 3 kids under the age of 5, and 8 bags, we landed in the U.S. for the first time in 3 years feeling stunned, excited, exhausted, and overwhelmed.

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.

After the Covid hiatus, international sports are back, and I’m enjoying them even more after numerous cancellations this past year resulting from the global pandemic. I’m aware now, more than ever, how much I love being connected to the rest of the world through sports.

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.

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.

It hit me like a punch to the gut: news of another colleague moving on. However, rather than doubling over - the normal reaction to receiving a wallop to the entrails - I took a deep breath and turned to the next email in my inbox.