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The Normal Fallacy

by Rachel Pieh Jones on July 1, 2015

The Normal Fallacy

I stopped believing in ‘normal’ a long time ago and I can pinpoint the moment when the loss of that belief crystalized for me. I was in Minnesota, sitting in a hot tub at my parents’ home. Friends and family were eating brats and hot dogs, playing raucous games of spoons, enjoying the view of […]

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5 Reasons to Keep Reading

by Abby Alleman on June 28, 2015

Our Life is a Journey

My Venezuelan sister-in-law quotes her father as always saying, ‘Turn the Page. Keep Reading.’ It means a lot coming from her, and him, as they have faced much hardship and severe trials in their country, yet they continue to have hope. It’s a broken, broken world. But, there’s much left to live, so many battles […]

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When You Have to Wash Seven Times

by Editor on June 25, 2015

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I was a city girl dropped suddenly into the jungle. It was 2013, the hardest year of my life. Our family of four had packed up and moved to Papua New Guinea and the transition hadn’t gone smoothly. In addition to the two little people who depended on me for everything, culture shock had hit […]

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10 Ways Teachers Can Support Third Culture Kids

by Lisa McKay on June 24, 2015

10 Ways Teachers Can Support Third

I was talking to the principal of an international school recently, and he had never heard the term “Third Culture Kid” (TCK). This really surprised me. By now, after more than three decades of research dedicated to understanding the impact of growing up globally mobile, I had assumed that those working with TCKs would at […]

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You Remember You’re a Repat When . . .

by Editor on June 21, 2015

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Repatriation—to borrow a phrase from John Denver—is coming home to a place you’ve never been before. In the hallowed tradition of “You Know You’re an Expat / Third Culture Kid / Missionary when . . .” lists, I offer my own version for repats. This is for the times when you’re reminded that your plug […]

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Angry, Mean, and Redeemed

by Elizabeth Trotter on June 18, 2015

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I lost my mind this hot season. Became unglued. Went a little nuts. Whatever you want to call it. Yes, everyone’s crabbier and more uncomfortable this time of year, and it would be mighty convenient to blame my meltdown on the heat. It would also be unfair, for I can’t in good conscience blame the […]

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5 Thoughts for the Local Church

by Chris Lautsbaugh on June 17, 2015

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The local church and missionaries on the field should be on the same team, but often a wedge of misunderstanding is driven between the two. There is a danger when missionaries feel entitled to the support of a local body. Many dig their own grave in destroying relationships with their sending churches. Equally, misunderstanding can come […]

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Stones of Remembrance

by Marilyn on June 14, 2015

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When I was four years old, my parents thought they may not be able to continue living in Pakistan. They were tired. They were discouraged. They felt they had seen so little, for so much work. Mom and Dad were getting ready to go on a furlough and wisely decided not to make a decision […]

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The Psalms: A Reentry Handbook

by Editor on June 11, 2015

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I remember hanging suspended upside down inside a squished cab of a pick up truck alongside the road. The ambulance arrived, and two paramedics stuck their heads in from either side of the cab. They told us they would have us out in no time, they inquired as to how we were doing, and then […]

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When Trust Stands Tall

by Richelle Wright on June 10, 2015

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I saw or heard that phrase somewhere this last year, and it has hung with me… …because I need trust to stand tall. Like now! A few days back, I went with my freshly graduated 18 year old to her yearly physical (she won’t have her license for a few more weeks). As the nurse measured […]

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Worthless

by Jonathan Trotter on June 7, 2015

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I feel worthless. The feeling rises and crests like an impending wave barreling towards the surface of my heart. And with each wave of worthlessness comes an intense weariness of soul, a near drowning. The breakers seem to rise from nowhere. I can’t predict them, and that makes me mad. They’re not tied to whether […]

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wildebeests

“Over the years, we’ve said goodbye to so many friends and colleagues.  What can we do about all the loss and grief that’s piled up?” It’s that time of year again in the expat universe, when the Great Migration takes place. You’re coming or you’re going.  You’re leaving or you’re staying. It’s your first move, […]

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