Marilyn

A Third Culture Kid’s Story of Faith

by Marilyn on April 10, 2017

There is no single story when it comes to the third culture kid; the missionary kid. While we can learn and grow from research and the common themes that have emerged to form a perspective, each child has their own story. Like fingerprints, these stories are unique, formed by family of origin, personality, and life experience. […]

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Before I called you, I saw you

by Marilyn on March 10, 2017

Within mission circles, the term “call” or “called” is loaded. It is loaded with story and passion; with grit and determination. It is also loaded with hurt and condemnation; with wrecked dreams and spiritual baggage. A few years ago I wrote a piece called “Lost to a Call.” It was a short essay, written from […]

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Thoughts on Sharing our Stories

by Marilyn on February 6, 2017

“Perhaps the greatest danger of our global community is that the person in LA thinks he knows Cambodia because he’s seen The Killing Fields on-screen, and the newcomer from Cambodia thinks he knows LA because he’s seen City of Angels on video.” ― Pico Iyer Years ago at a dinner party in Egypt, our English host was waxing wise about China. […]

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To the One Who is Left Behind

by Marilyn on January 9, 2017

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I watched with a sinking heart as my son walked through security and down the hallway to his gate. He was leaving from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts for a gap semester in Oxford, England. This was my youngest, my baby. The entire process of getting him ready and off was an event. I […]

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A Weary World Rejoices

by Marilyn on December 9, 2016

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Note: The following piece was reworked from a piece that I wrote a few years ago. There is no Christmas tree and no turkey. We have not heard “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” one time since arriving  and our gifts fit inside small stockings. Our world is stripped of some of the traps that […]

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Relax! God was at Work Before you Arrived!

by Marilyn on November 9, 2016

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In August of 2015 I had the privilege of going to the Kurdish area of Iraq to work with refugees. On my first day there, I was traveling to a mobile health clinic when I got into a conversation with a pharmacist. One year before she lived and worked in Qaraqosh in the Nineveh province of […]

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No Easy Answers

by Marilyn on September 9, 2016

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My mom and dad raised five children in Pakistan. At the time, options for educating children were limited. Here is her story about kids, trust, and ultimately learning that God loves and cares for her children. All five of us have come to know the God that she trusted. ***** “Do YOU think it’s right […]

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The Gift of Saudade

by Marilyn on August 9, 2016

We returned to our apartment in Cambridge yesterday after a long weekend away, and I felt a familiar longing. I turned to my husband and asked him if he felt like our home in Cambridge, was indeed ‘home’. Because I don’t. Not always. Despite my work and church and friends and general life being here, the sense […]

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To the “Non-Missionary” Living Overseas

by Marilyn on June 8, 2016

You are the one who is not a missionary. You are the Christian whose husband is with the foreign service or military. You are the Christian whose wife is a physician in a well-known hospital far away from your passport country. You are the business or military or foreign service family who moves too many […]

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Changes at A Life Overseas

by Marilyn on May 10, 2016

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Change. We in this community know this word and all of its connotations all too well. We have experienced both the good and the difficult of change. In order for things to continue to run well, change is often necessary. So I’m here today to tell you about good change for this community.  For the past […]

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When There is No “Other Hand”

by Marilyn on May 9, 2016

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Although I’ve not seen it in years, Fiddler on the Roof is one of my favorite shows/movies. I’ve watched the movie many times and seen the performance live as a musical theatre production at least twice. The scenes that have found a permanent place in my memory are what I call the “other hand scenes.” These […]

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From my spot across the room, I heard an older woman talking to a young intern. “It will get easier – I promise!” We were in a hard area. An area where poverty pounded the pavement and homeless gathered in shop doorways, waiting for their evening meal at any shelter they could find. The intern was […]

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