With excitement and a smidge of trepidation, this launches my very first blog post. I am creating this site as a more creative, fun, and effective way to communicate with my support partners. As a staff person on the ReNew team with Church Resource Ministries, I am entering a very challenging new lifestyle: activist-entrepreneur-fundraiser-missionary-leader-spiritual guide-cross cultural learner-crazy person. (OK, some would say I have been a crazy person for a long time.) There will be a thousand new experiences and learnings. I want to share them with those generous souls who are sending me into this new season via their financial and emotional support, plus anyone curious to peek into what this formerly rational normal person is getting herself into. My hope is that RyahVida will inform and inspire its readers to live with radical courage and love their near-neighbor with practical compassion. Let’s grow the beloved community together.