Hello World!

by Rachel Pieh Jones
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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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When You Realize You Are Privileged

by Abby Alleman
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I think I am pretty self-aware. This is probably an indication I am not. 😉 So, it shocked me to realize that my default status in the world is one of privilege. It is still difficult to grasp and I want to say that it is not true. I grew up on a dairy farm […]

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One Down, Three to Go

by Editor
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I can remember when my wings sprouted and I longed to fly the coop. All I wanted was to be on my own and what I perceived to be free. I took any and every opportunity to do my own thing (for better or worse) and I’m not sure I even blinked when it was […]

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A Dirty Little Secret of Singles on the Field

by Amy Young
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I’m not a fan of dirty little secrets. Dirty little secrets are laced with shame and create hiding and distance. I am a fan of having confidants and knowing how to hold a confidence. Oh the joy of being known and feeling safe enough to trust someone with a piece of yourself! I first became […]

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Open letter to trailing spouses (and the people they’re married to)

by Elizabeth Trotter
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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
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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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Hidden

by Editor
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In this age of social media it is so easy and tempting to be seen. I can post an Instagram of my daughter and I reading a book, or what I am chopping for dinner. I can share a funny quote from my kids. And I have total control over how I curate these moments. […]

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margin: the wasted space we desperately need

by Jonathan Trotter
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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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Encountering God: A Tale of Two Bushes

by Craig Thompson
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I want to hear God. I want to know his specific will for my life. I want him to tell me what to do next. I want . . . A Burning Bush It worked for Moses. When he was on Mt. Horeb and saw the bush that burned but didn’t burn up, he went over to get a […]

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Lost in Translation: 10 Foreign Language Fails

by Anisha Hopkinson
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I’m Anisha, an American new (again) to living overseas. A year into life in Indonesia and the opportunities for making a fool of myself are endless. They are also endlessly hilarious if I let them be. One of my favourite things to do is swap stories of culture and language blunders with fellow cross-cultural workers. […]

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Telling My Story: Sexual Abuse on the Mission Field

by Editor
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Today’s post has been submitted anonymously as a follow up to a piece published here, at A Life Overseas, in 2013. Today we hear from the daughter of ‘Jessica’ that wrote that article in 2013.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Koman ou di?” – translation – “How do you say?” That is how it all started. As an eleven-year-old […]

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Thoughts and Advice for a First-time Expat

by Marilyn
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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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