Jerry Jones

Why Expats Hate June

by Jerry Jones on June 21, 2017

Summer “home” time is in full swing and while I would love to take a break from binging on family road trips, quality Gramma/Grampa time and high-fructose American corn syrup to write a new post I have finally surrendered to the reality that it’s not happening. Here’s an oldie from The Culture Blend that has been […]

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Cross-cultural life can be a perpetual string of chaotic disruptions or beautiful rhythms — perspective and expectation make all the difference.   We’re about to do summer.  For us, as is true for many expats, June and July are two of the most discombobulated months of the year.  Going “home” (those are finger quotes) for example, is […]

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Three Things I Love About An International Church

by Jerry Jones on April 24, 2017

The Church has issues. Can I get an amen? In all of its forms — in every place — regardless of name, denomination, age, size, musical preference, preaching style, tradition, creed, constitution, by-laws, baggage, building size, history, quality of leadership or any other feature, factor or flavor, you will not find a local church without […]

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Leaving Happy or Leaving Well?

by Jerry Jones on March 22, 2017

We’re bracing around here, for the annual Expat Exodus. If you’ve lived abroad for more than a year you get the reference.  It may look different where you are but it’s always a part of the gig . . . people leave and often they leave in herds.  So, in the context of finishing another […]

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Questioning Your Calling

by Jerry Jones on February 17, 2017

This is not a post with 5 steps that help you find your calling.  There are lots of those out there.  You should Google it. This is also not a post exposing the pitfalls of posts with 5 steps that help you find your calling.  There is some good advice out there (some flaky advice too but all of […]

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Dear Life Abroad — I’ll keep my identity, thanks.

by Jerry Jones on January 25, 2017

“Loss of identity.” It makes every list doesn’t it?  Right near the top.  Up there with rootlessness, culture shock and horrible toilets. When you take a two column, pros and cons approach to life abroad, the word “identity” rarely makes it into the pro column.  In fact, if you compiled the sum of all of the […]

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Ten Things I Love About Christmas Far Away

by Jerry Jones on December 19, 2016

Cue the music.  Sing it with me. “Christmas Eve will find me Where the love light beams I’ll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams” Stop. What a sad, sad song.  “If only in my dreams?”  This guy spends the whole song building up the joy and jubilation, which is the magical connection […]

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Just three weeks before we moved to China we celebrated with some of our very best friends.  Their son was turning 7 (that’s him totally owning the noodles).  We partied like we were shipping out tomorrow (even though we still had several days left and we were taking a plane). The ironic twist to that story […]

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I Love Travel Days

by Jerry Jones on October 20, 2016

There are SO many bits of expat life that make zero sense to the normal people. So many. Here’s one, though, that makes no sense whatsoever, even to me:  I absolutely love traveling with my family. I know what you’re thinking.  “Who doesn’t?!” But I’m not talking about being there, I’m talking about getting there. […]

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The Beauty of Unrequired Sacrifice

by Jerry Jones on September 26, 2016

Long winding country road leading through rural countryside in the English Peak District with beautiful evening sunlight.

This post gets awkward really quick.  Sorry about that. I’ve been pondering something that I think has huge implications for people living cross-culturally.  For some it changes everything.  For others it’s business as usual. I was recently asked to teach from Acts 16.  It’s a chapter that teachers and preachers have been getting excited about for […]

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What does a missionary look like?

by Jerry Jones on August 21, 2016

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  “The white guy with a van.” That’s how my Kenyan friend answered my question, “what does a missionary look like?”  To this day it may be my favorite definition. A teenage girl sitting in the same room had a different answer. “My dad.” She said.  It was a very sweet moment . . . […]

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Going Home

by Jerry Jones on July 19, 2016

I sometimes catch myself using finger quotes when I say the word “home.”  You too? I’m writing this on an airplane and am currently 3 hours and 8 minutes away from “home”.  Simultaneously and ironically I am also 9 hours and 4 minutes away from “home.”  I’m in that weird spot that expats love and […]

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