2020

How to Overcome Shame: The Potency of Story

by Abby Alleman on September 23, 2020

 “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” Revelations 12:11 (ESV) There are many ways to die of shame. But, there are even more ways to live without it. It’s my heart to help you choose life today. A […]

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When your role changes and you wish it hadn’t

by Amy Young on September 20, 2020

I’ve written extensively before about role deprivation when someone moves to the field. You are the newbie and trying to figure out where you fit and what your role will be. Though uncomfortable, this process is not unexpected. But what about when your role changes because of a pandemic, organization shift, illness, or any of […]

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Questions Third Culture Kids and Their Parents Love

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 17, 2020

The last post in this series was a set of questions Third Culture Kids have a hard time answering. Today is a set of questions that might be a little easier for them to address. And next month I’ll have a post about parents and TCKs to encourage us to ask better questions ourselves. How […]

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Finishing Thoughts

by Anisha Hopkinson on September 14, 2020

The time has come to write my last post here at A Life Overseas. I have very much enjoyed sharing with you over the last few years, always impressed by the quality of conversation we find. Thank you for that. As I’ve mulled over these finishing thoughts, I found myself wishing we could talk face […]

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Uprooted with no RAFT

by Marilyn on September 11, 2020

It is mid-September and six months since borders closed, masks became mandatory, and life changed for people around the globe.  While fall is always a time of movement and change for expats and third culture kids, for TCKs transtioning to college, and for those who have tried to make transitions during the summer from their […]

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The God of My Gaps

by Editor on September 8, 2020

by Krista Horn This summer we learned about a place called the Dead Mail Center. Apparently, when the United States Postal Service deems a piece of mail to be undeliverable and unreturnable, it goes to the Dead Mail Center, which is a giant warehouse in Atlanta that collects all such mail. As far as we […]

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When God is Disappointing

by Amy Medina on September 2, 2020

The disappointments just keep piling up like dirty laundry in a teenage boy’s bedroom. We were required to leave our overseas home of sixteen years three months early. We didn’t get to say proper good-byes. We finished out the school year in front of screens, including my job as principal. We lived out of suitcases […]

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Imposter Syndrome and the Cross-cultural Worker

by Craig Thompson on August 31, 2020

When I was a young elementary-school student, one of the highlights of my year was going to the store with a teacher-mandated list in hand to buy classroom supplies. Not only was there the possibilities inherent in blank tablets of paper, there was the just-oozing-with-creativity box of brand new Crayola Crayons. Not off-brand crayons, mind […]

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by Peter Olson We suspect you’ve been feeling it too. A frustrating sense of ‘molasses’ clogging your thoughts. A fatigue you just can’t seem to shake. Feeling ‘tired’ or ‘worn-out’ as you search to journey through normal days that simply don’t feel as normal as they should. As we have both watched and experienced the […]

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This summer I read The Actor’s Life by Jenna Fischer who is best known for playing Pam on The Office.  It is an introductory book for anyone who wants to break into the acting scene in the U.S. While I have no interest in (or delusions about) becoming a working actor, I was curious what advice […]

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by Andrea Sears In reviewing the cultural factors that are part of a missionary’s decision to return to their passport country, it is relevant to consider where survey participants served. Of the 714 survey participants who answered this question, the following chart represents the proportion that served in each region: For the purposes of the […]

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Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Dread

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 18, 2020

Next month I will share Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Love, so stay tuned. You just arrived in your passport country. Someone is approaching. You can’t remember who they are. You can’t remember where you are. What time is it? What language do they speak here? They are getting closer and closer and […]

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