Elizabeth Trotter

A Book is Born: Serving Well is now available!

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 23, 2019

Jonathan and I are thrilled to introduce you to our new book, Serving Well. It is our deepest hope that this 400+ page book will encourage and equip cross-cultural folks through the various seasons of life and ministry. It’s available on Amazon here. If you’re in the States, our publisher is also selling the book […]

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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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Why Cross-Cultural Workers Need Tent Pegs

by Elizabeth Trotter on August 26, 2018

Home is a complicated word. A complicated idea. What is it? Where is it? As global nomads, we’re not entirely sure how we feel about home. We’re not sure we have it, and we’re not sure how to get it. We know the correct spiritual answer – that Christ is our home. That He is […]

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In 2016 my friend Tanya Crossman published her book Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century. Tanya worked with Third Culture Kids in Beijing for over a decade before writing her book, and I greatly value her insight into the hearts of TCKs today. I’m passionate about homeschooling my four TCKs, so […]

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Announcing the retreat that comes to you

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 2, 2018

Hello to the ladies of the A Life Overseas community! This post is a special announcement for Sustain, this year’s Velvet Ashes retreat. It’s being held April 19-22. In case you haven’t heard of the Velvet Ashes personal retreats before, let me just give you a quick explanation of how they work: The retreat materials […]

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To the Returning Missionary

by Elizabeth Trotter on November 1, 2017

You have walked with God in this place a long time, and He has walked with you. He has been beside you and inside you this whole time. The same Spirit remains in you and with you in your new place. This place has changed you, and you have changed this place. Do not be […]

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When your “exotic overseas life” feels ordinary

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 25, 2017

For months now I’ve had writer’s block at A Life Overseas. I’ve been busy, yes, but mostly I’ve had writer’s block. So you haven’t seen me around here much. I have so many things to say in general (and I do so, on my personal blog), but when I sit at the computer and ask […]

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“What are people there saying about Syria?” This question was posed to me during a Skype conversation with a friend back in the States. My answer? “I’m not talking to anyone about Syria. I’ve got things to deal with in my own personal ministry, and I’ve got things to deal with in my team ministry. […]

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It’s not hard for me to put down roots in a new place. Roots are all I want. That may sound unconventional coming from a Third Culture Kid, but Army life was unsettling, and even small tastes of stability were tantalizing to me. I’m always searching for roots. Specific places can be very healing to me, but […]

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This Is Who We Are

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 21, 2017

Who are we over here at A Life Overseas? As editor-in-chief of this blog collective, I’d like to give you my answer to that question. A Life Overseas is an online space where writers and readers show up to tell their stories. We share stories of wounds and stories of healing. We share stories of […]

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Regarding Burnout (and some ideas for avoiding it)

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 31, 2017

Last year I flirted with burnout. I was camping out along its edges, and I didn’t even know it. Only after some conversations with my husband and with a spiritual director, did I recognize what was going on and how I’d been complicit in my own spiritual sickness. These are the things I’m doing to […]

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For the times when you ask, “What good is that?”

by Elizabeth Trotter on February 22, 2017

The feeding of the five thousand is such a familiar story to me, it seems like I’ve always known it. Jesus sees a huge crowd of people coming to look for Him and asks Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” When Philip only answers that they don’t have enough money […]

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