Jonathan Trotter

Someone alleges abuse. Someone in power rushes to hush or silence the accuser, sometimes even using Scriptures or “biblical principles” as the gag. And it’s so wrong. It’s poison, offered as cure, both to the victim and those close by. But there’s an idea I’ve been developing that just might be an antidote. At least […]

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One Simple Way to Bless TCKs

by Jonathan Trotter on February 8, 2018

“My book is called Misunderstood because that is how many young TCKs feel.” – Tanya Crossman It’s true. Many kids grow up among worlds and end up feeling completely and totally misunderstood. They may feel misunderstood by the societies they’ve grown up in and the societies they’ve returned too. They may feel misunderstood by the nuclear families […]

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The Proverbs 32 Man

by Jonathan Trotter on January 1, 2018

Women have had their chapter long enough, and my wife’s written about how she’s pretty much failed at following it. I think it’s time for the men. It’s time we define the ideal man to whom we should compare all men, from henceforth and forevermore, regardless of context or culture, giftedness or calling, personality or […]


I hear you. Some of you are angry and disenfranchised. I’m on Twitter. I know. You see the church and politicians wedded at the hip, and you throw up. You feel like the American church has sold her soul and is rejoicing about the bargain. You’re embarrassed, like a cool kid with an uncool mother, Mac […]


On Fundamental Sadness and the Deeper Magic

by Jonathan Trotter on October 25, 2017

Some call it pessimism. Unspiritual. A sickness best treated with peppy music and cliché-riddled Christianese. They caution and guard against sadness, considering it a rabbit hole (or a worm hole) leading nowhere good. Others call it holy. Jeremiah-ish. Defending it with the label of realism – open eyes that see things as they truly are. […]


You’re probably going to leave the field. Someday, somehow, the vast majority of us will say goodbye, pack up, cry tears of joy or sorrow or both, and depart. How will that work out for you? Well, frankly, I have no idea. But I do know that there are some things you can do to […]


A Note from the Leadership Team

by Jonathan Trotter on September 28, 2017

May of 2013, A Life Overseas co-founder Laura Parker wrote an article celebrating the site’s six-month anniversary and its first 100 posts. At that time, our Facebook community numbered about 800 folks. As of this writing, regular and guest writers have published 742 articles, with a community on Facebook exceeding 11,000 people! Thank you for […]


Small Thoughts: giving some stray ideas a place to land

by Jonathan Trotter on September 4, 2017

Sometimes I cough up small thoughts. You know, the one-liners or one-paragraphers that end up floating, never finding a place to lay their pretty little heads? Well, here are a few small thoughts. Some are text, some are short videos, all are simple. They range from post-fall marriage to emotional nomenclature, from guilting people into […]

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When Missionaries Starve

by Jonathan Trotter on August 4, 2017

It’s something that’s caused the rise and fall of kingdoms. It’s confused the most erudite of the educated and been understood by the most childlike of children. It’s been cherished and treasured by some, burned and ridiculed by others, and it’s absolutely necessary to your emotional health while living and serving abroad. It is the […]


God Bless America! (and other dangerous prayers)

by Jonathan Trotter on July 1, 2017

I love America. I love her mountains and her National Parks. I love her North Atlantic coastline and her national anthem. I love her freedom of speech and her universities. As an attorney, I especially love her Constitution and her history of Law. God bless America! But that’s a dangerous prayer, because often, with the […]


The One Question We Must Ask

by Jonathan Trotter on June 11, 2017

It’s a simple question, carrying with it the power to clarify purpose and extend longevity. It’s a question that buttresses against the nasty cousins of burnout and bitterness. It’s a question we need to ask more often. It’s simply this: “What is it that I really need?” We’ve got to start asking our cross-culturally-working-selves, “In […]


It was an accident!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 3, 2017

I never wanted to be a writer. Ever. My first article for A Life Overseas was only the second article I’d ever written. Seriously. But God retains his sense of humor, and I retain my sense of gratitude. I’m grateful for the leaders of the site who gave me the bandwidth, and I’m grateful for you, […]