October 2018

At the Night Market, Some Flavors Are Better Left Untried

by Craig Thompson on October 31, 2018

  In my last post, I talked about the cultural mistakes we often make when we move overseas—mistakes that can make us laugh or cringe or even wince in pain or regret. Below is one of my own that I enjoy laughing about. I invite you to laugh with me . . . and maybe cringe a […]

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TCK Lessons: “What About the Internet?”

by Editor on October 28, 2018

by Tanya Crossman In part one of this series, I explained the lesson “Everyone leaves.” This is something most TCKs “learn” through their experiences growing up internationally. I chose to leave space at the end of the piece to reflect on how this “lesson” affects TCKs, rather than jump straight to solutions. When we skip straight […]

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TCK Lessons: “Everyone Leaves”

by Editor on October 26, 2018

by Tanya Crossman The experience of living overseas as a child is very different to the experience of living overseas as an adult. The impact of childhood experiences last a lifetime. They are formative experiences – they teach us how the world works. We all internalise ‘lessons’ from our childhood experiences. TCKs grow up between […]

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Lord, Keep Me Weeping

by Editor on October 24, 2018

by Stacey Hare The day began by watching my deceased neighbor be buried in his front yard. The day ended by watching another neighbor beat a little boy violently. Death and violence are a part of everyday life here in the village. There is a part of me that asks the question: Is it ever […]

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Why Expats Love Community and Struggle to Find it Again

by Jerry Jones on October 22, 2018

I love me some community. Who doesn’t? Am I right? It’s one of those super-slick buzz words that makes every experience sound better. “Yeah, we live in a mud hut, have no internet, eat tree moss and get malaria twice a year . . . but the sense of community is amazing. “ “Heck yeah. Sign me up.” […]

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by Beth Barthelemy About a year ago, we had our very first visitors since arriving on South African soil (about a year before that). After months of anticipation, our pastor and friends from our U.S. church arrived to spend a week with us. They did not come as a short term team, with a particular […]

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A Dirty Little Secret of Singles on the Field

by Amy Young on October 17, 2018

I have just returned from spending a week in Germany with a group of missionaries. While with them I lead several workshops, one of which was “Being Single in Missions.” Since I’m still jet-lagging and processing conversations we had, today I will share a post from a couple of years ago about singles and online […]

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Let’s Talk about Sexual Harassment

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 15, 2018

#metoo Kavanaugh vs. Blasey Ford Running while Female (aka, living while female) Its time to talk about sexual harassment again. I am not coming at this from a political angle. But recent US political events highlighted, again, that sexual harassment is a very real and present danger and can have long-term consequences, sometimes leading to […]

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Signs You Need a Vacation Like RIGHT NOW

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 11, 2018

Greetings from Bali! My husband and kiddos are currently enjoying the roof top pool while I sit in the quiet of our hotel room sipping chai tea. About half an hour ago I had a 90 minute massage. An hour before that I had a caesar salad and steak lunch. Life is pretty good at […]

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Senders Make Sacrifices Too

by Elizabeth Trotter on October 10, 2018

Much of the time living in Cambodia, I don’t feel like I am making huge sacrifices for God. In fact, I’ve found many things to love about living here. I am so settled here that I sometimes forget that other people have made sacrifices for me to be here. Reminders come in the form of my children, when […]

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“Building bridges means moving beyond my enclave of cultural comfort, moving to a place of cultural humility and willingness to learn” – Between Worlds, Essays on Culture and Belonging  Five weeks ago we moved from an apartment in the multicultural city of Cambridge, Massachusetts to an apartment in a city nestled beneath the kewa rash (black mountains) […]

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Don’t Call Your Kids “World Changers”

by Jonathan Trotter on October 4, 2018

It’s tempting. I get it. It sounds motivating and inspirational. I get that too. But I’ve come to believe that the good-intentioned, hopefully inspiring practice of talking about children as “world-changers” is, in most cases, damaging. You can cover it with a spiritual veneer, you can call it “speaking truth over them,” you can call […]

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