Rachel Pieh Jones

Justice, Race, George Floyd, and Cross Cultural Service

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 15, 2020

Why missionaries, humanitarians, and anyone working cross culturally needs to care about racial justice. I posted this at Do Good Better on June 1. So this is a partial repost. In that post, there is a YouTube video and several other links to really important articles. The last link shared there talks about why it […]

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What is an Expatriate Family?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 15, 2020

Originally published in Brain Child Magazine, 2013 My kids are the ones who bring the weird snack to school. The other kids have pain au chocolate (if they are French) or half a baguette with Smiling Cow cheese spread in the middle (if they are Djiboutian). Mine are the ones with homemade granola or banana bread. Nothing […]

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Are You Doing Enough?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 15, 2020

My daughter, a freshman in high school, said to me this week, “I don’t feel like I’m being productive right now.” We were on a long walk with our dog because we miss being able to go to the beach during this pandemic and we both wanted to see the water. We walked and talked […]

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COVID-19 and the Expatriate

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 16, 2020

Twelve years ago, I started writing a novel. I’m terrible at fiction and the novel didn’t get very far. But now, I wish I written the darn thing anyway. The world faced a massive and unstoppable disease. Borders closed. Flights stopped. The economy crashed.  Seemingly overnight, Americans like myself found themselves as refugees in the […]

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The International Traveler in the Domestic Terminal

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 12, 2020

*a version of this was first published at Babble, in 2014. When you are the international traveler in the domestic terminal, you look and smell really bad. Everyone else has just come from home or one other connection. You left home twenty-five hours ago and have already endured three or four airports. Your kids are […]

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Serving As the Broken

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 15, 2020

Have you ever noticed that the people the Western church tends to send abroad for service appear to be overwhelmingly healthy? Where I live, I have never met someone living and serving internationally for an NGO, humanitarian organization, or faith-based group who used a wheelchair. I have never met a deaf or blind Christian pastor. […]

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How to Help Our Kids Say Healthy Goodbyes

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 13, 2019

My kids have to say a lot of goodbyes. We live in Djibouti but my husband and I are both from Minnesota. Our family spends some summers in Minnesota and when we leave Africa, we have to say goodbye to friends and coaches and teachers. Then, come August, when we return to Africa, we have […]

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One Thing I Want to Tell Third Culture Kids

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 15, 2019

This week a university student and I connected over Skype to talk about Third Culture Kids. She is one, working on a really cool project about TCKs, and I’m the mom of three.  We talked about how valuable things like courage, vulnerability, and curiosity are. We talked about the gift that I believe TCKs are […]

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The Role of the Family Abroad

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 15, 2019

I’m on a whirlwind trip in the USA and am not going to waste your precious reading time with blathering nonsense that I summon through the mist of jet lag and book stuff, combined with medical stuff because When in the USA Thou Shall See the Doctor is one of the commandments for people living in the developing […]

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To Joyfully Be Manure

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 16, 2019

Annalena Tonelli was an Italian catholic who spent 34 years working among Somali nomads with tuberculosis in Kenya, Somalia, and Somaliland. Stronger than Death: How Annalena Defied Terror and Tuberculosis in the Horn of Africa is her biography, a story of courage, radical love, and crossing religious and cultural boundaries. The very first piece I […]

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15 Strange Habits I Picked Up Overseas

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 16, 2019

Living abroad changes a person. Here are some examples. No shoes in the house. People in Minnesota tell me to make myself at home and leave my shoes on. I struggle. I want to take them off. In Djibouti there could be goat/camel/sheep/human poop on those shoes, or road kill juice, or simply a lot of […]

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Dear American Church

by Rachel Pieh Jones on July 18, 2019

Dear American Church, Sometimes I feel cynical about you. This should not sound surprising, especially coming from an expatriate. I haven’t engaged deeply with you in almost sixteen years. My ‘church’ has been a motley crew of people from all nations and all denominations and all manner of theological bent in terms of eschatology, gender […]

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