The Writers

Leadership Team

Elizabeth TrotterElizabeth Trotter. Editor-in-chief. After a military childhood, a teenaged Elizabeth crash landed onto American civilian life. When she married her high school sweetheart, her life plan was to be a chemical engineer while he practiced law. Instead, they both fell headlong into youth ministry and spent the next ten years serving the local church. When her husband later decided he wanted to move overseas, Elizabeth didn’t want to join him. Now, after six years of life in Cambodia, she can’t imagine doing anything else. Elizabeth loves math, science, and all things Jane Austen. Days find her homeschooling her four children, while nights find her eating hummus by the spoonful. Follow her blog at and visit her corner of Facebook at trotters41.


A Life Overseas photoMarilyn Gardner. Monthly Contributor. Marilyn grew up in Pakistan and as an adult lived in Pakistan and Egypt for 10 years. Marilyn has birthed 5 kids on 3 continents and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, fifteen minutes from the International Terminal at Logan Airport. She heads back to the Middle East as much as God allows but in the mean time works with immigrant populations in the Boston area.  She loves God, her family, and her passport in that order. She blogs at: Communicating Across Boundaries.



andy Andy Bruner. IT Specialist. Andy is a TCK who spent varying lengths of time growing up in Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Waxhaw, NC. He met his wife Kay at Bryan College and off they went in 1993 to the Solomon Islands to help the Arosi people translate the New Testament which was dedicated in 2005. Since 2007 he has been working as the finance systems manager for SIL Int’l in Dallas, TX.



Jonathan TrotterJonathan Trotter. Monthly Contributor. Jonathan lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with his wife of fourteen years and their four kids. He serves with the church planting mission Team Expansion, inviting people to follow Jesus through storytelling and Disciple Making Movement principles. In addition to his work with Cambodians, Jonathan also loves learning from and sharing with international teenagers (and their parents), and regularly speaks at events aimed at expat youth. Before crossing the Pacific, Jonathan served as a youth pastor for ten years and worked as a trauma nurse for three. Jonathan felt the pull of international missions from the time he was nine, although he detoured through studies in law and nursing before finally arriving in Asia, his heart’s new home. | facebook: trotters41 | twitter: @trotters41


Monthly Contributors

Rachel Pieh Jones. Rachel Pieh Jones is the mother of three (including twins) and the wife to Tom Jones (not the singer, better). Rachel has lived in Somalia and Kenya. She currently lives in Djibouti, the hottest inhabited country in the world, where she has been sweating, running, failing, learning about and from Islam, trying to see Jesus clearly, and writing about it for the past nine years. Rachel has written for the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, EthnoTraveler, Running Times, RELEVANT Magazine, the Desiring God blog, and others. She is also a contributing writer at SheLoves, published a cookbook Djiboutilicious, swims with whale sharks, and loses to her children at hula-hoop battles, Lego-building, and anything craft-related. Visit her blog at: Djibouti Jones, follow her Facebook page or on Twitter @rachelpiehjones.



Kay Bruner. Kay Bruner was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Brazil, Nigeria, and the wilds of Kentucky. She and her husband have raised their four children in Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and the great state of Texas. Kay is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and divides her work days between counseling and writing. She is the author of As Soon As I Fell and blogs at | facebook: kaybrunersblogfriends| twitter: @kay_bruner

She is available for counseling at her office in Dallas or via skype at a discounted rate to clients overseas.  For more information go to:

anisha headshot 1Anisha Hopkinson. Anisha grew up in Houston, Texas and realised in her teen years that emotional insecurity and a driving desire to prove your worth makes for, well… She got busted. A few more screw-ups later Jesus met her in a fit of tears, forehead to the bedroom floor. She’s been captivated by the soul mending power of the gospel ever since. At 19 Anisha set off for her first term in missions scrubbing decks and toilets on a hospital ship in West Africa. She now lives in Indonesia with her British missionary helicopter pilot husband, homeschools their wildly adventurous son, and uses written and spoken words to share Jesus with anyone who’ll listen. Anisha journals on


Amy YoungAmy Young. When Amy Young first moved to China she knew three Chinese words: hello, thank you and watermelon. Often the only words needed in life, right?! She is known to jump in without all the facts and blogs regularly at The Messy Middle. The tag is “where grace and truth reside.” People tend to be drawn to grace, grace, grace OR truth, truth, truth. Either side doesn’t require much discipline, do they? Instead they foster auto-pilot living. But real life happens … in the messy middle, with both. It can be maddening, right? But also exhilarating! She also works extensively with Velvet Ashes as content creator and curator, book club host, and connection group coordinator. Her book Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service was written with you in mind. It also has two companion resources: 22 Activities for Families in Transitions and Looming Transitions Workbook.


ctCraig Thompson. Craig and his wife Karen, along with their five children, served as missionaries in Taipei, Taiwan, for ten years before returning to southwest Missouri. His experiences, as well as conversations with other cross-cultural workers, have made him more and more interested in member care and the process of transitioning between cultures. Craig blogs at



amhAmy Medina. Amy grew up in an MK’s paradise on the shores of Liberia but went to high school and college in California. Nine months after she married, Amy and her husband were on their way to the coast of Tanzania in east Africa. They spent 10 years ministering to TCKs and Tanzanian students at an international Christian school, and are now providing theological training to East African church leaders. Along the way, they have adopted four amazing Tanzanian kids, who can dance way better than Amy can. Living most of her life in the tropics has made Amy an expert at sweating, cutting up pineapples, and killing mosquitoes (one-handed!). She thinks the best conversations happen in the kitchen and is always thrilled when her dining room table is full of guests. Amy blogs at Everyone Needs a Little Grace, and you can find her on Facebook or Twitter @AmyEMedina.


jjJerry Jones. Jerry lives in China with his beautiful blended family. Together they are on an adventure that has taken them around the world and back . . . and then around again. Specifically 7 years on the East side of the planet (China), two years on the East side of the U.S., and now back in China (on the East coast). They like the East. Jerry is a cross-cultural trainer and coach, which basically means he gets to help foreigners. It’s his thing. Having been a foreigner (both away and at home) for so long, he loves getting the chance to walk people through the joy and pain of crossing cultures. There’s nothing like it and he’s so blessed to work with people who have absolutely no clue what is happening around them: he can relate. Jerry blogs at The Culture Blend.


Quarterly Contributors

Lisa McKayクーポンで10%OFF 学習机 カントリー 学習机 2017年度 DXシリーズ オリジナルデスク100cm 3点セット カントリー家具 ナチュラル家具 カントリーデスク 勉強机 天然木 パイン材 カLisa is a mother (she is also an author and a psychologist who specializes in trauma and resilience【最安値挑戦中!SPU他7倍〜】業務用エアコン 三菱 PLZ-ERMP63SEEM P63 2.5馬力 単相200V ムーブアイ ワイヤード [♪▲], but during these foggy days of early parenthood those other identities sometimes feel remote indeed)Well Tuned Piano【中古】. Raised in Australiaダイヤモンド ネックレス一粒ダイヤ 一粒 大粒ダイヤ0.50ct ソリティア ミル打ち ホワイトゴールドk18 4月誕生石18k 18金【楽ギフ_包装】0824カード分割【コンビニ受取対応商品】, Bangladesh【まとめ買い】シューズストレッチャー きつい靴、痛いくつを無理なく調整 左右兼用 【30点】shimizusan, the Statesウォルナットストロングデスク幅120奥行60cm, and Zimbabweフランシス?ダンビー 山流 M30サイズ M30号 910x606mm ※個人宛配送?代引不可※絵画 インテリア 額入り 壁掛け 油絵 フランシス?ダンビー, she has also lived in Indonesiaプラチナ ダイヤモンド ピアス 一粒 プラチナ・ダイヤモンド0.5ct(鑑別書付) スタッドピアス 1粒ピアス【あす楽対応】, the Philippinesル?クルーゼ ココット?オーバル2502 27cm チェリーレッド, and Croatia碁石 日向特製蛤碁石 34号 実用 (厚み9.5mm). She is currently living in Laos, where her husband works for a development organization. When she is not busy saying things like “no eating, that’s yucky”, “give it to Mama”, and “pat the dog gently”, she is writing. Her award-nominated first novel, My Hands Came Away Redis set in Indonesia and tells the tale of a short-term mission gone horribly wrong. A memoir, Love At The Speed of Emailexplores the notion of home and tells the unlikely story of how she met her husband via email while he was living in Papua New Guinea. You can visit her website and blog at LisaMcKayWriting.


abby2Abby Alleman. A farm girl at heart, Abigail (Abby) loves the surprising stories God writes. Since her first plane trip at the age of twenty landed her in Barcelona, Spain, Abby knew her life would never be the same. She holds degrees in both Math and Spanish and is a former high school teacher. She has served as a translator and short-term missionary in Latin America and inner city Philadelphia. But her most treasured journey is when her big dreams came crashing to the ground, when heartbreak and humility brought her home to her family, God and eventually right to her husband, Jared. They have worked with the student ministry of CRU for nine years in both the U.S. and Hungary, her current home. She has three small kids who are lovingly called ‘sour cream blonde’ in the streets of Budapest. She blogs her life and love of story at Abigail Alleman (


Kathleen Shumate. Kathleen is a daughter of God in awe of how He brought her from death to life, happy wife to Jonathan, and grateful mother to six children. They are missionaries in Taiwan with Mission to the World. Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Rice University and her master’s degree in counseling at Covenant Seminary, and she is passionate about fostering healing for women who are wounded and the flourishing of families. You can find her online at



Laura Parker. As a child, Laura wanted to be Amy Carmichael, and in college, she wanted to be an English teacher living in an African hut. When her first attempt at overseas missions became an epic failure, lasting three months instead of several years, she began to think that foreign ministry was perhaps more difficult than the books made it out to be. This was a truth made clear during her second stint living overseas, this time with three small children, in SouthEast Asia. As a freelance writer and avid blogger, Laura wrote gritty and honest about her time in the field, building a community of missionaries, hungry for authenticity about  the difficulties of living overseas. In addition to writing for her personal blog, LauraParkerBlog, Laura has also been a freelance writer and photographer for Compassion International. She has been published in RELEVANT Magazine, MomSense magazine, a Deeper Story, {In}Courage, SheLoves and other online websites. Currently, she is the Vice President of Communications  for a counter-trafficking NGO, theExodusRoad, which was founded by her husband. You can find her at her personal site, LauraParkerBlog and can follow her on twitter at @MrsLauraParker.


Angie Washington. Angie recently returned to the United States after living in Bolivia for over a decade doing various missionary works. She and Laura met through their blogs many years ago. The online connection grew into a friendship. ‘A Life Overseas’ was born from the visionary foresight of Laura and the organizational strength of Angie. If you would like to hear more about re-entry and what life looks like after a life overseas you can find Angie on her blog:, as well as on Facebook: atangie, Twitter: @atangie, and Instagram: @photosangie.

Past Contributors

Richelle Wright. Our “Wright”-ing Pad
Chris Lautsbaugh. No Super Heroes
Alece Ronzino. Grit and Glory | One Word 365
Sarah GoodfellowBut Now to Live the Life
Adele Booysen.
Kelley Nikondeha.
Dustin Patrick. @dustinpatrick 
Levi Benkert. BringLove.In / @levibenkert
Justin Schneider. @JustSchneider


If you’d like to submit a guest post, please email Elizabeth at and write Guest Post in the subject line. Please note: due to the volume of submissions, we are not able to reply to every one. Thank you for your understanding!