As an intercultural writer and mentor with iFACE Ministries, my passion is to support internationals who want to grow and make a difference in their communities. I enjoy developing cross-cultural friendships and meeting the felt needs of internationals in the U.S. I also love to work with people who seek God's purposes for their lives and enjoy learning! My driving force comes from these two sacred texts:
“Don’t mistreat any foreigners who live in your land. Instead, treat them as well as you treat citizens and love them as much as you love yourself” (Leviticus 19:33,34).
“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand so it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good you do and will praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
To learn more about my work, please visit my website: www.shealavastbinder.info.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh, my! That's a hard question to answer. I LOVE to read so I have a lot of favorites. If I must choose, then I'd say: 1. C.S. Lewis' anything! I particularly like his Space Trilogy. 2. Anne Lamott's "Traveling Mercies." She's so funny and honest as she faces the life issues we all wrestle. 3. Leslie Newbigin's "The Gospel in a Pluralist Society." He's great at balancing respect for other faiths while also honoring his own. 4. Thrity Umriga's "The Space Between Us." She handles the class differences in India (and everywhere, for that matter) with gentle but firm hands. 5. Lisa Samson's "The Passion of Mary-Margaret." All I can say is, "Wow!" If you haven't read it, you WANT to now.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost anything clean, funny, romantic, or optimistic! I love mysteries, sci-fi, and fantasy--adult, youth, and juvenile. I also enjoy Christian theology and most things related to the faith of other people.
“10 Things You Need to Know” is designed to offer support during the interval between leaving your home country and when you’ve adjusted to new life in the U.S. In the original book, you’ll find helpful resources and information about relocating. This workbook acts as a supplement by providing checklists and charts to take you step-by-step through each of the sections described in the first book.
Moving to a new country is one of the hardest things you can do. Learning another language. Connecting to a new community. Adapting to an unfamiliar culture. These adjustments take years, but this practical guide provides information that will make your move easier. All ten themes are inspired by the author’s personal experiences and those of her many International friends. Welcome to the U.S.A.!