When You Struggle

What to Write

by Editor on August 20, 2014

Productivity and results. These are hallmarks of the west, demonstrations of success that prove our worth. And when you are accountable to others, even if you live a world away, the pressure can build to show results, to document success. Our guest poster, Laura, takes us into this topic with gracious honesty. You can read [...]

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New Girl

by Laura Parker on August 8, 2014

The following post is one I have been re-living as of late, as we re-enter living in SE Asia after a two year stint in the States (original post is here). The whole family is thrust constantly into those awkward situations of being the new kids on the block, and I’m reminded of how hard [...]

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When People Hate My Home

by Editor on August 6, 2014

If there is anything that convicts a third culture kid it is a post like this! Because it’s not easy to love our passport countries and sometimes we fall into the category of the biggest criticizers. And that’s why I love this post by Lindsey Lautsbaugh – because she walks us through what it means [...]

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When You Second-Guess Your Life

by Lisa McKay on August 4, 2014

Last night while we were getting ready for bed, my two year old started to tell me a story. He told me this story three times in a row, getting more excited and delighted every time. Was this story about the herd of cows we’d seen blocking the road to our house that morning? Or [...]

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Set Them On a Path

by Tara Livesay on August 1, 2014

A friend recently wrote and shared this from Barbara Kingsolver, the author of the Poisonwood Bible: There was a quote in the author’s notes at the beginning that blew my doors off.  Barbara is thanking her parents for being good ones and lists a few traits she particularly values. She states the final thing she [...]

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The Ignorant Bliss of a Know-It-All

by Angie Washington on July 30, 2014

When we stomped off to mission school we knew we were headed to Bolivia. We knew the five-fold reach of our ministry would be: churches, bible schools, social outreaches, Bolivian missionaries sent out, and mass media productions. Our shiny vision statement listed everything in plural with big numbers. We knew that we knew, beyond a [...]

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Please Stop Running

by Jonathan Trotter on July 27, 2014

In my former life (and I mean that in a totally non-Buddhist way), I worked as a trauma nurse at an inner-city emergency department in the States. One of the first rules new hires had to learn in the ER was that No.One.Runs. Even if someone just got shot or stabbed or is actively dying, no one [...]

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How Do You Write Your Name in the Land?

by Elizabeth Trotter on July 24, 2014

The streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia are littered with garbage. The garbage stinks, and the open sewers reek. The construction on my street can be deafening, and I sometimes tire of all these sights, sounds, and smells. But in the middle of this assault on my (admittedly sensitive) senses, I catch a glimpse of perfection: palm trees, right in [...]

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Yesterday was my 30th wedding anniversary. My husband and I met back to back at an Indian restaurant on Devon Street in Chicago. He was a cute grad student at the University of Illinois. I was a cute nurse newly deported from Pakistan. A week later I said to someone “I think I’m going to [...]

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I have to Believe

by Tara Livesay on July 2, 2014

Sunday … The chaos begins shortly before 7am. Clothing, hair, and breakfast all seem to be reasons for little ones to fight. By the time we leave the house we’ve traded terse words over things of little consequence. We load up the kids, three crammed in back, three in the middle with whichever guest is [...]

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What If I Fall Apart on the Mission Field?

by Elizabeth Trotter on June 29, 2014

They say that living overseas will bring out all our bad stuff. They say it like it’s a warning, like it’s supposed to scare us out of going. Like only a superhuman could go and survive. And what if they’re right? What if moving overseas does bring out all our dark stuff, putting it on display for all to see? What [...]

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Cultural Immersion Checklist

by Angie Washington on June 27, 2014

How many can you check? Congratulate yourself for where you are at! 1. Attempt to learn the local language 2. Take public transportation 3. Buy food where the majority buys their food 4. Attend a typical wedding 5. Attend a typical funeral 6. Attend a typical birthday party 7. Visit a government office 8. Acquire [...]

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