August 2020

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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Life on Loan

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 13, 2020

This morning the bible app on my phone sent me Matthew 6:34: “So don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring its own worries.Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Staring at the screen I thought, “Huh. Well, I don’t have the capacity to worry any more this year anyway.” Not exactly a great spiritual insight, […]

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Decision Making and Transition

by Marilyn on August 9, 2020

In all my years of coming and going, of moving and transition, I’ve never experienced anything like the transition and confusion that the last months of pandemic chaos have brought into our world. Its impossible to quantify the amount of grief and loss that people around the globe and in this community have experienced. I […]

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An Appeal – A Life Overseas

by Marilyn on August 9, 2020

On November 14, 2012 Laura Parker, co-founder of the A Life Overseas blog and community space posted a “Welcome Video” to the site. That was the beginning of what has now become an online community thousands strong. We are a diverse group linguistically, culturally and theologically, but we all agree that taking the step to […]

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A Letter to My Son About Covid Grief

by Editor on August 6, 2020

by Shannon Brink I wrote the following letter to my son about the grief that he is feeling right now. Our family had to come back suddenly to Canada and it’s not the Canada we looked forward to, nor the one we left.  I hope it resonates and encourages other TCK parents out there who […]

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The Day We Didn’t Go Home

by Jonathan Trotter on August 3, 2020

We were supposed to go home on August 6th. We had tickets and plans, we had dreams and ideas. But when we left Cambodia back in March, we did not have an awareness of how COVID-19 would turn the world upside down. So we’re not flying home on August 6th. As a result of passport […]

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