For nearly a year before our family moved overseas, my mind was constantly processing the losses my young children would soon experience.

This time of year I’m reminded of how life springs forth from the dry and barren ground and from trees that appear to be dead, like they will never come back to life. This reality reminds me that new life is always preparing to emerge unexpectedly from whatever loss or death I'm experiencing.

Gift-giving is a custom many cultures have in common. Giving is a universal language that communicates love, grace, and gratitude. Whether you are the one giving or receiving, gift-giving invites into vulnerability and humility, into openness and acceptance of what you have to offer and what others have to offer you.

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At IDEAS we focus on restoring hope to forgotten and overlooked communities. This year during Advent, I’ve been reminded that restoring hope often begins with simply being present.

Working with IDEAS has opened my eyes and heart to the many needs and opportunities we serve worldwide. I am humbled and inspired by the sacrifices that you and our associates make in order to see lives transformed in communities of contagious hope.

To hope means to wait for something that has not yet happened. Waiting can be excruciating, especially if you are waiting for help, for relief, for a cure, for a safe home, for resources to live, and for physical, emotional, or spiritual healing.

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.

At IDEAS, we talk about leveraging our professional skills to restore hope in communities around the world. Three years ago, IDEAS introduced the short-term trip option that allows many professionals the opportunity to be involved in a small way towards the bigger picture.  I just returned from East Asia where I saw love and hope at work in a short amount ...

I recently spent several days in Cyprus collaborating with my colleagues and learning more about the details of their work. They came from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Cyprus, all ready to discuss how they have seen God work in and through their professional projects and how He is transforming communities one individual at a time. What I learned ...