May 2018

Death is right around the corner. So live!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 31, 2018

I’ve always thought like this. I’ve always believed my life was going to be very short. Nearly every time I publish an article or preach a sermon, I think, “Well, I said it, I guess I can die now.” I don’t have a desire to die, it’s just that I live with a gut-level realization […]

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Dr. Anna Hampton, along with her husband, Neal, have lived and worked for nearly 20 years in war-torn Islamic countries. This includes almost 10 years in Afghanistan, where they started raising their three children. Their experiences led Anna to write Facing Danger: A Guide through Risk (Zendagi, 2016), which is based on her doctoral dissertation at Trinity Theological […]

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In 2016 my friend Tanya Crossman published her book Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century. Tanya worked with Third Culture Kids in Beijing for over a decade before writing her book, and I greatly value her insight into the hearts of TCKs today. I’m passionate about homeschooling my four TCKs, so […]

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The Call Is Not Enough

by Editor on May 24, 2018

by Ryan Kuja A few years ago, I visited a mission project in Haiti started by an American doctor. He had quite a bit of experience living in different areas of the world, using his medical skills to treat the sick. His desire to serve was clear and forthright. Yet, his project in Haiti ended […]

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This post is especially for those of you on the cusp of the BIG MOVE. What an exciting time, right? Packing the bags. Selling the stuff. Applying for visas. Family farewells. There is a wealth of expectation-setting information out there and a ton of draw-you-hither messages promising the adventure of a lifetime. “Make a difference!” […]

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To My Adult TCK Self: I See You

by Editor on May 19, 2018

by Rachel Hicks When you’ve spent your whole life as a cultural chameleon, you end up not knowing what color you were when you started, who you might have been had you been from someplace, what it feels like to belong fully to a people, a tribe, a neighborhood, a city. What it feels like […]

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Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 18, 2018

What a season of books for A Life Overseas! I loved seeing Amy Young’s post earlier this week about All the News That’s Fit to Tell. And Elizabeth Trotter released a book recently as well, Hats. Such a privilege to write alongside these wise and creative people. Definitely check out their books! And I’ve got […]

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by Abuk Cross The rain was pounding down outside. It was a year ago and I was sitting on the couch with my cup of coffee, my phone, computer, and crutches. I was frustrated. Our family had planned to head to a renewal conference. We’d been planning it for most of the year, and I […]

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I wrote this for you

by Amy Young on May 14, 2018

I backed into this writing gig through the same door you may have: newsletters. For years I wrote monthly ministry newsletters and taught writing to both ESL (in the US) and EFL (in China) without a thought of being a writer myself. Sixteen years into my work in China I started a blog. About a […]

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How to Return Overseas from Furlough (in 55 easy steps)

by Anisha Hopkinson on May 11, 2018

Purchase plane tickets. Signup for the 30 day free amazon prime membership. Pull out suitcases. Give yourself a pep talk: You can do this. Make the “I promise to still love you at the end of this” pact with your spouse and children. Ask children to compile their most special belongings for packing. Check the […]

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  One of the best-known yet least known stories in the Gospel of John is about a woman known simply as the “Samaritan Woman.” The familiar story tells us that Jesus had left Judaea and was returning to Galilee. The trip took him through the region known as Samaria where, tired and thirsty, he sits […]

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by Michèle Phoenix I’ve written extensively in the past few years about attitudes and choices that can help MKs and TCKs to avoid some of the pitfalls inherent to being multi-cultural. Here are, in my estimation, the top ten most valuable of them. 1. I will believe that I am not weird—I am complex.  It’s […]

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