Confusing Method with Message

by Amy Young June 15, 2018

My first summer in China was before the internet was invented. Okay, it had to have existed somewhere in the world, but it was not part of daily life and I did not know words like email, internet, Facebook, IM, DM, IG, WWW. LOL, or hashtag. I spent six weeks with other North Americans teaching oral English in […]

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Accompanying Spouse Job Description

by Anisha Hopkinson June 12, 2018

I used to have a job description. I had hours, and a lunch break, and yearly goals. I knew what was expected of me and someone paid me to do it. Then I moved overseas as an accompanying spouse. “What will you do when you move overseas?” people would ask. As an accompanying spouse without […]

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We Need Each Other

by Editor 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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“So – Is that out of state?” And Other Questions We Navigate

by Marilyn June 8, 2018

I felt my face grow hot. I was in a small town shopping at a smaller store when a well-meaning woman stopped and asked me about the purse I had with me. “That’s a beautiful purse” she said brightly. “May I ask you where you got it?” “Oh” I said, a smile lighting up my […]

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Ask a Counselor: is it a failure, or is it a growth opportunity?

by Kay Bruner June 5, 2018

Things I used to believe: You’re supposed to “deal with all your stuff” before you go overseas. If your stuff starts to resurface while you’re overseas, that’s because you didn’t deal with it enough beforehand. Stuff resurfacing is bad and an indication of failure. You better be perfect, or close to it–or else. If you […]

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Forbidden Roots

by Amy Medina June 3, 2018

Moving overseas starts as an experience. When you move to a new country, the remnants of your old life stay with you for a long time. At first, keeping in touch with your friends back at home is a big priority. You get lots of packages in the mail. You grieve the loss of all that […]

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Death is right around the corner. So live!

by Jonathan Trotter 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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Risk and the Cross-Cultural Worker: An Interview with Anna Hampton, Author of “Facing Danger”

by Craig Thompson May 30, 2018

Dr. Anna Hampton, along with her husband, Neal, have lived and worked for nearly 20 years in war-torn Islamic countries. This includes almost 10 years in Afghanistan, where they started raising their three children. Their experiences led Anna to write Facing Danger: A Guide through Risk (Zendagi, 2016), which is based on her doctoral dissertation at Trinity Theological […]

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Two Challenges That Homeschooling Families Face on the Field

by Elizabeth Trotter May 28, 2018

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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The Call Is Not Enough

by Editor May 24, 2018

by Ryan Kuja A few years ago, I visited a mission project in Haiti started by an American doctor. He had quite a bit of experience living in different areas of the world, using his medical skills to treat the sick. His desire to serve was clear and forthright. Yet, his project in Haiti ended […]

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25 Things They Don’t Put in the Life Abroad Brochure

by Jerry Jones May 23, 2018

This post is especially for those of you on the cusp of the BIG MOVE. What an exciting time, right? Packing the bags. Selling the stuff. Applying for visas. Family farewells. There is a wealth of expectation-setting information out there and a ton of draw-you-hither messages promising the adventure of a lifetime. “Make a difference!” […]

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To My Adult TCK Self: I See You

by Editor May 19, 2018

by Rachel Hicks When you’ve spent your whole life as a cultural chameleon, you end up not knowing what color you were when you started, who you might have been had you been from someplace, what it feels like to belong fully to a people, a tribe, a neighborhood, a city. What it feels like […]

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