Expat Family

by Katie Von Rueden Before my husband and I arrived in West Africa to minister in remote village among a minority people group, it was pretty clear (to us) what we were going to do. We were to be literacy specialists, as our heartfelt prayers had prepared us for, and our degrees had trained us […]

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Return to Life

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 5, 2021

The 2000 film Return to Me is a family favorite. The movie features Bob and Elizabeth, who have been together since high school and who are still very much in love. One tragic night Elizabeth, who was an organ donor, is killed in a car accident. We watch as doctors transfer her heart to Grace, a woman […]

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Neither Here Nor There, I Do Not Belong Anywhere

by Editor on January 28, 2021

by Chris Moyer Not fully in France. Not in America, Not by the Seine, Not by the Susquehanna. My belonging is mixed-up, Sam, you see. I do not belong fully here or there. I do not fully belong anywhere! If you are a Third Culture Kid like me, you may read the word “belonging” and feel […]

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To the Fathers of Third Culture Kids

by Editor on December 2, 2020

by Chris Moyer Woosh…….Pop! For as long as I can remember I have found immense satisfaction in the sound and feeling of a baseball hitting a mitt just right. Of all places, this love of mine started as a 7- or 8-year-old in suburban Paris while playing countless hours of catch with my dad in […]

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by Andrea Sears There are many things about living on the mission field that can influence the physical health of missionaries and their families. When the body does not cooperate, even the most simple of tasks can become difficult. Sickness can necessitate trips to the home country for treatment, or even permanent relocation to an […]

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by Michèle Phoenix My pastor got a car. His van was totaled in a wreck and, just as he and his wife were considering what it would take to finance a new vehicle, someone they know offered them a Volvo. This past Sunday, he spoke with awe in his voice about the miraculous provision for […]

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Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Need to Ask

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 16, 2020

I wrote a couple of posts about questions that Third Culture Kids are often asked. Some they dread, some they love. Same for their parents. There is a problem inherent in these posts and these types of posts. They center the TCK and the expatriate adult. They make us the most important person in conversations […]

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by MaDonna Maurer The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is a saying that most overseas workers would agree with. We do not have easy access to trusted family members to help us in times of need. We rely on those in our host country to help. I live on the […]

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My youngest has been fascinated with finding places on Google Earth. He recently brought me the iPad and said, “Mommy, help me find HOPAC.”  My son is in third grade, and Haven of Peace Academy is where he went to school for kindergarten through second grade. But even before that, HOPAC was always a part […]

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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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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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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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