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The Newbie. In August of 2001, that was me. Standing in the dirty house that was going to be my home, totally overwhelmed by the barrage to my senses–smoke in the air, humidity on my skin, roosters crowing. What on earth was I going to cook? How was I supposed to get anywhere? And what […]

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How to Communicate so People Will Care

by Jonathan Trotter on August 6, 2015

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Newsletters. Prayer updates. Itinerations. Reports. Furloughs. Presentations. Are you stressed out yet? For most of us, living and serving abroad means communicating back to senders. A lot. But this isn’t what we went to school for, and besides that, communicating in person or in print is scary. It’s exposing. It’s like learning a new culture […]

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Hello World!

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 3, 2015

to kiss or not to kiss

How do you greet people where you live? I asked this question recently on Facebook because I was working on an essay: To Kiss or Not to Kiss? (check out that piece for a somewhat more thoughtful look at cross cultural greetings). I wanted to see what greetings were like around the world. Even though […]

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“Feeling so fearful and alone since moving as a trailing spouse” Last month someone found my blog because they did an internet search for that phrase. It reminded me how much pain a trailing spouse endures. I remember the struggle; I remember the suffering. And while whoever typed those search terms is actually not alone, […]

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When a margin-less season really is just another grace

by Richelle Wright on July 22, 2015

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The last several weeks have been nothing short of overwhelming: kindergarten graduation high school graduation soccer championship realizing I probably need shoulder surgery… again fun with overseas visitors – friends we know from Africa who are either studying in the States or were visiting their former colonies camping two brand spanking new licensed drivers unexpected […]

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margin: the wasted space we desperately need

by Jonathan Trotter on July 16, 2015

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“Staying alive is not about how fast or how slow you go; it’s about how much margin you have.” That’s what a friend of mine here in Cambodia says when asked about how to not die while riding motorcycles in our little corner of Asia. And since he’s been riding and racing motorcycles since before […]

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Thoughts and Advice for a First-time Expat

by Marilyn on July 8, 2015

Ten commandments for Expats

A few weeks ago, someone who is moving overseas contacted me. This is her first time living overseas, she is going into the unknown, and wants to be as prepared as possible. Here is what I said to her: Dear Lucy (name has been changed) Wow – I’m excited for you and not a little […]

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If you are anywhere near a movie theater showing recent releases this summer, you absolutely must take yourself and your family to see Inside Out. This is not a movie about kissing the handsome prince or surviving an amazing outdoor adventure or defeating the bad guys. This is a movie about how to have a […]

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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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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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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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“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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