Expat Family

Third Culture Kids in the World of Faith

by Editor on April 7, 2014

A topic dear to many of us is third culture kids and with good reason. We either are raising them ourselves, know someone else who is raising them, or we are them. If that sounds confusing it’s because the whole topic can feel confusing! In our guest post today we hear a new voice – [...]

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Home Assignment Blues

by Richelle Wright on March 24, 2014

I remember when I used to think that teachers had the best job in the world BECAUSE they had a whole summer vacation. Many of my Nigerien friends think that that distinction actually belongs to missionaries on home assignment BECAUSE they have a whole YEAR vacation. Halfway through our home assignment year, halfway through our [...]

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Ever seen a baby lizard dressed in Polly Pocket clothing?

by Richelle Wright on February 24, 2014

I have. I wish I had a picture… But I don’t. All I have is the memory. And that memory often gets me thinking about this fact. Sometimes, we missionary types take ourselves a little too seriously. We want to be effective,  impact lives, not just do what we do well but very well – [...]

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Let’s Talk About Love

by Lisa McKay on February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Before I jump into all things love (because, really, what else could I write about today), I just want to say thank you for the lovely comments and notes I received after my last post about my husband’s cancer diagnosis and our sudden (hopefully temporary) departure from Laos. We’re still in Australia. [...]

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Let Me Make Your Kid a Buddhist

by Laura Parker on February 12, 2014

In true A Life Overseas fashion, we are marking this our 200th post (!!!) with a difficult conversation about the ethics involved in working with children overseas. As always, thanks for making this place an open space to hash out the realities of this living-and-working-internationally-thing. We’re grateful for your insights, experience, and grace, and we’re [...]

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Tumbling in the Undertow

by Richelle Wright on January 29, 2014

I’ll never forget the first time I went body surfing. Only a tiny part of a much larger set of events, it remains vividly stamped upon my mind… Ten years old! Traveling – on a plane for the very first time that I could independently remember! On a trip with my swim team and without [...]

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The Dreaded Question: Where Are You From?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 27, 2014

A young white woman asked my daughter Lucy to spin the globe and point at where she was from. Lucy rotated the globe until her hand hovered over Africa. Before she could be more specific the woman laughed and said, ‘no, tell me where you are from,’ and spun the globe toward the United States. “I’m [...]

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How Will You Know When To Go Home?

by Lisa McKay on January 22, 2014

Three weeks ago, just after Christmas, we learned that my husband, Mike, has testicular cancer. We were in Thailand at the time, on a three-day getaway from our home in Laos. Mike had noticed something different downstairs ten days previously, and we’d scheduled an appointment to get it checked out in Thailand while we were [...]

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On separation, grief, and forgiveness

by Tara Livesay on January 18, 2014

  Inevitably, moving away from friends and family means changed relationships. Pray, plan, and try as you might; things still change. We have hated that fact, fought against it, deeply grieved it, been angry, and attempted numerous times to make it untrue … To no avail. When people ask us, “What is the hardest part [...]

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How to Transition to the Foreign Field and not Croak (Part 2)

by Elizabeth Trotter on January 16, 2014

In Part 1, we looked at three issues that can cause heartache for missionaries. Today I’ll explain three more issues that affect daily life overseas. 4)      Pornography/sexual sin 5)      Team stress 6)      Not getting enough pre-field training   4) PORNOGRAPHY/ SEXUAL SIN Unaddressed sin problems are going to show up on the mission field. There [...]

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How to Transition to the Foreign Field and not Croak (Part 1)

by Elizabeth Trotter on January 15, 2014

I believe if a missionary family is happy and healthy, they will be more sustainable in the long-term. I also believe that the key to happy and healthy missionaries is preparation. One of the things I’ve learned while living overseas is that there is a lot of heartache among cross-cultural workers. I’ve also noticed that often, people’s heartache had common characteristics, and could have been addressed [...]

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A God Not Limited by Geography

by Editor on December 27, 2013

Some thoughts on living in the United States and in Asia, and how God will never be limited by geography. I wrote this originally nearly a year and a half ago, when we first relocated back to the US:  It’s hard to reconcile the two lives I’ve lived in the past two weeks. One overlooking rice [...]

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