May 2019

Dear Missions, It’s been a while since we first started on this adventure together. There’ve been ups and downs just like everyone said there would be. There’s been a lot of laughter, a lot of tears. Many learning experiences and cultural faux pas. It’s been good and I’m thankful for this opportunity, but there are […]

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There have been a lot of books written about Third Culture Kids but not so many for them, especially for young TCKs. Swirly, written by adult-TCK Sara Saunders and illustrated by Matthew Pierce, helps remedy that. It’s a picture book that tells the story of a little girl, Lila, who moves with her family overseas, returns back to […]

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originally posted on The Culture Blend It’s that time of year again.  Leaving time. This is the time when thousands of individuals and families who have spent time living in a foreign country, will pack it up and call it a day.  If you’ve never been that person you may be surprised that there is […]

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How to decide to end a part of your ministry

by Amy Young on May 17, 2019

Church world is known for allowing programs to limp along for years instead of ending them. The same could be said at times for overseas work. One week ago, a campus ministry I volunteer at decided that at the end of this school year the weekly lunch we host will stop meeting. Several of us […]

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15 Things I Want to Tell Graduating Third Culture Kids

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 15, 2019

Originally published on Djibouti Jones You can always come home. Home might not be this house but home is always this family. Come rejoicing, come weeping, come whole, come broken, come lonely, come with packs of friends, come in silence, come and spill it all. This table, meaning the table I’ve set in my heart […]

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I’ll be your friend if you let me.

by Anisha Hopkinson on May 12, 2019

We were the same age and seemed to have a lot in common. I remember thinking, “She’ll be my friend.” I was wrong. Moving  to our new location overseas I believed making expat friends would be as easy as making friends has always been for me. Smile, engage in conversation, look for common ground, and […]

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I can’t remember when Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter first entered my online writing life. Perhaps it was when the former ALOS site founder and I were discussing one of their posts, perhaps it was before – no matter, at some point I realized that our online friendship had become one that I looked to for […]

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Touch the Untouchables

by Editor on May 7, 2019

by Ivy Chiu To love God and His people is the core of missions. That’s why missionaries leave their homes and move to places far away from anything familiar. Love is the reason for this crazy movement. Well, that sounds all great and wonderful. But as I’ve entered long-term missions, I’ve realised it’s not always […]

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It’s hot season here in Southeast Asia. It’s also there’s-not-enough-power-and-water-to-go-around season. It’s odd to have a full day with water and power and sanity. Now, I know the audience here understands what I’m talking about. Some of you are roughing it WAY more than we are, and some of you aren’t. But you know, I’m […]

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What to Know Before You Go

by Amy Medina on May 1, 2019

Let’s say you are boarding a transatlantic flight and hear, “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen; this is your pilot speaking. I’m 21 years old, and I’m excited to tell you that this is my first commercial flight! But don’t you worry; I’ve flown my Daddy’s crop duster at least a half dozen times. What I […]

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