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I am Idelette.

“Creative parents.” That’s what I usually say when people ask about my name.

So, I’d tell you my mom’s name is Ida and I am “little Ida.”

My parents made it up.

It’s also French and the “I” is like the “I” in “I-taly.” Not like the “I” in “I-daho.”

I am African.

I am a daughter of South Africa. I grew up during the height of Apartheid and that–that bubble of injustice combined with my own ignorance–has forever wrecked me.  It’s taken years to shake off the pain and shame of being “White Afrikaner”–but I can finally, thankfully take my seat at the table, thanks to many African brothers and sisters who have taken my hand and welcomed me in. I no longer shrink back.

Injustice is too ugly. We can’t.

The cost of being asleep, silent and separate is too great.

I am a Citizen of the World.

In 1995, after university, I moved to Taiwan and worked as a reporter and columnist for two of the English dailies. During my first years there, I explored Taipei mainly on my scooter, driving from press conference to interview to outdoor event with a map on my lap. I loved every moment in that city, from slurping fresh noodles at a corner store to dining with the diplomats. Strangely enough, amidst the smell of incense and the gray robes of my Buddhist monk friends, I also found Jesus.

I am Canadian.

In 1999, I moved to yet another continent–this time North America–to marry a Canadian. I took on the identity of immigrant and finally, after eight years, also citizen. My heart, however, belongs to many places and continents and I seem to stay awake over too many time zones.

I am wife.

I am mother.

I am daughter, sister, friend.

I am water.

You can read more of my story on SheLoves magazine.com:

What I do now, apart from raising and running with said three children:

  • SheLoves

SheLovesmagazine.com is the baby that was first seeded in my heart, sitting on a tile floor in Taipei. We launched the site in 2011 to become a gathering place for feminine voices who want to be a difference in the world. It’s a place where we give expression to a growing Sisterhood, honoring our many unique stories and experiences and mobilizing women to do small things (but also big things) with great Love.

  • The project that cracked open my heart for women & justice:

Discovering God’s Heart for Suffering Women: A 40-day Prayer Pilgrimage.

  • What’s growing in the belly?

I am currently working on a project about gathering up our feminine hearts and entering into the larger Story God is writing through women and girls on the earth. “Gathering Eve” is based on Psalm 68:11 and the Chinese proverb: “When sleeping women wake, mountains move.”

  • Speaking & Consulting on Purpose

I appreciate opportunities to connect with a larger world.  I’ve facilitated 3-day retreats, one-day retreats, women’s events, spoke at small and large gatherings and enjoy one-on-one work around your unique purpose. Please contact me at idelettemcvicker @ gmail . com to discuss your needs.

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