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The Language of Transition

by Marilyn on August 9, 2017

The vocabulary of those of us who are a part of A Life Overseas includes many words that focus on movement. Journey. Pilgrimage. Moving. Leaving. Re-Entry. Arriving. Transition. All of these come with stories – funny ones, poignant ones, and hard ones. Beyond the stories are adults and kids who are part of communities and […]

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Visiting Home Might Not Be Everything You Dreamed

by Amy Medina on April 30, 2017

When I’m overseas, I dream about Target.  Everything I need, all in one place, at reasonable prices!  So when our furlough started a month ago, I visited Target the day after I arrived. We’ve been missionaries for 13 years, so I should know better by now.  Target’s awesomeness can be a little too much to […]

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Dear Life Abroad — I’ll keep my identity, thanks.

by Jerry Jones on January 25, 2017

“Loss of identity.” It makes every list doesn’t it?  Right near the top.  Up there with rootlessness, culture shock and horrible toilets. When you take a two column, pros and cons approach to life abroad, the word “identity” rarely makes it into the pro column.  In fact, if you compiled the sum of all of the […]

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A couple of months ago I had an exchange on facebook with a friend of mine from university days. Sal and her husband have been living in the Middle East for the past three years. They moved there with their three young children so that they could immerse themselves deeply in the context and culture, […]

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A Holy Disturbance

by Amy Young on August 13, 2016

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This was written several years ago, two nights before I left the country I had called home for nearly 20 years. /// I texted her You want to go for a walk? It had been a day of defrosting and sorting while the rain poured cleaning out the air. Still full from lunch, I wanted to walk […]

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8 Ways for Expats Who Stay to Stay Well

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 17, 2016

Before you move abroad there are orientation meetings and cross cultural trainings and seminars and books to read and lists to check off and personality tests to pass and character examinations. When you decide it is time to repatriate back to the ‘home country’ there are debriefs and readjustment seminars and repatriating coaches and Third […]

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On Staying, Leaving, And Which Is Harder

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2016

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  I lie in a hospital bed. Tubes run in and through me. Though I remember that I am in the hospital, I do not know why I am in the ICU of Szent Imre Korhaz.  It is morning.  The light glides over my bed, streaming through tall glass windows as it bounces off the […]

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It’s been five weeks since we said farewell to the house in Laos that we were still calling “new home” and boarded a plane to “Nana Papa home” in Australia. It’s less than a week now until we get on another plane that will take us to “ocean home” in Vanuatu—a place the kids and […]

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When Friends Do the Next Right Thing

by Elizabeth Trotter on May 29, 2014

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What do we do when the people we love do the next right thing? What if that next right thing leads them away from us? When we say yes to God, we must often say no to the places we already know. And when God leads us overseas, we enter a communal life that is punctuated by […]

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How Will You Know When To Go Home?

by Lisa McKay on January 22, 2014

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Three weeks ago, just after Christmas, we learned that my husband, Mike, has testicular cancer. We were in Thailand at the time, on a three-day getaway from our home in Laos. Mike had noticed something different downstairs ten days previously, and we’d scheduled an appointment to get it checked out in Thailand while we were […]

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O Holy Night

by Tara Livesay on December 13, 2013

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Every direction you turn, images of Christmas are evident.You need not look far to find beautiful and thoughtful displays, tastefully decorated homes with glowing trees, and rows and rows of symmetrical twinkling lights. Step into one of these homes and the warm fire will greet you as you breathe in fresh scents of pine and […]

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If you have a toddler or young child and you’ve moved overseas, you might have learned (as I am learning) that the adage that kids are resilient doesn’t mean that change doesn’t cost them. Most children might be generally adaptable, but many are firmly attached to valued routines and known, safe spaces. Moving comes at […]

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