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.

“To see transformed lives in communities of contagious hope” is IDEAS' vision, but what does community look like in reality?

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.

There is a difference between satisfaction, joy, and contentment. I have rarely been satisfied in my life. Unsatisfied with choices, unsatisfied with circumstances, unsatisfied with people, and mostly unsatisfied with myself.

This season of life is a time of transition for many of us as the school year ends, as life opens back up, as new opportunities become available, and as many people relocate. Any transition involves ending one chapter well in order to step into a new beginning.

Although the pandemic outlook in the U.S. is optimistic as restrictions are rapidly loosening, many parts of the world remain in crisis.

To encourage means to make strong, to hearten, to give courage and hope to someone. Who in your life needs courage and hope today?

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.

I feel incredibly privileged to be with IDEAS! My husband and I joined IDEAS in 1999, specifically because we embraced its vision to see transformed lives in communities of contagious hope.