Practical

Embracing Life From the Second Row

by Editor on June 20, 2018

by Kris Gnuse I was not just upset;  I was upset with myself for being upset. After years of “maybe someday,” I had finally auditioned for worship choir. Kick your thoughts of robes and high sopranos to the curb. This group was cool. I stepped onto the risers that first Sunday, trembly with nerves. My heart was full […]

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Third Culture Kids, College, and Culture Shock

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 18, 2018

This year two of my three Third Culture Kids are graduating. Last year, we went on college tours in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We observed some, um, interesting cultural things. Our observations were specific to the Midwest and our perspective comes from 16 years in the Horn of Africa. But, they just might help you with […]

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We Need Each Other

by Editor on June 10, 2018

by Renette The African saying ‘Ubuntu’ never resonated with me. I knew the definition for years: “I am what I am because of who we all are.” But it wasn’t until recently that I came to realise how much truth the saying holds. We commonly ask one another to ‘tell me more about yourself’ or even ponder it ourselves: ‘who […]

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Death is right around the corner. So live!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 31, 2018

I’ve always thought like this. I’ve always believed my life was going to be very short. Nearly every time I publish an article or preach a sermon, I think, “Well, I said it, I guess I can die now.” I don’t have a desire to die, it’s just that I live with a gut-level realization […]

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In 2016 my friend Tanya Crossman published her book Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century. Tanya worked with Third Culture Kids in Beijing for over a decade before writing her book, and I greatly value her insight into the hearts of TCKs today. I’m passionate about homeschooling my four TCKs, so […]

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Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 18, 2018

What a season of books for A Life Overseas! I loved seeing Amy Young’s post earlier this week about All the News That’s Fit to Tell. And Elizabeth Trotter released a book recently as well, Hats. Such a privilege to write alongside these wise and creative people. Definitely check out their books! And I’ve got […]

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When a Third Culture Kid Goes “Home”

by Editor on April 29, 2018

by Nicole Baldonado Out of place. Emotionally unstable. Awkward. Overwhelmed. These are all common experiences of third culture kids who “go back home.” In other words, they return, or move for the first time, to live in the country listed on their passport. Regardless of citizenship, a third culture kid’s identity and sense of home […]

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3 Quick Ways to Improve a Short Term Missions Trip

by Craig Greenfield on April 19, 2018

Got your t-shirts printed? Your passport up to date? Crowd-funding page all set? It’s almost time to go! The Short Term Mission season is almost upon us, and very soon swarms of teams will converge on poor communities around the world. They are ready to paint orphanages and hand out tracts in a language they don’t […]

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Parents, Call Out the Beauty

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 18, 2018

I don’t know if there are studies about this or if it is purely anecdotal, but I have heard over and over that how kids respond to a life overseas is directly related to how parents, especially moms, respond to it. No pressure, moms. Seriously, no pressure. All is Grace. But also, seriously, how ya […]

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by Katie Rowe For those of you who participated in or have been following the missionary attrition study from last fall, this is the post that you have been waiting for. It is time for some initial results! Back in November of 2017, Andrea Sears wrote a post that explained the necessity of research on […]

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10 Questions to Routinely Ask Your TCKs

by Editor on April 11, 2018

by Lauren Wells It is important for parents raising children anywhere to be continually engaging and checking in with their kids. When you are raising TCKs, this is even more important. TCKs are privy to struggles that mono-cultural children don’t often have to face, so being aware of that and taking time to routinely ask […]

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Failed Missionaries and “But God…”

by Marilyn on April 9, 2018

When my husband and I left what was supposed to be a three-year missions commitment in Pakistan after one year, we were angry, hurt, and deeply wounded. We didn’t leave Pakistan, but we did leave a missions community that I had been a part of since birth. This community had raised me, loved me well, […]

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