Faith/Inspiration

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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by Natalie Arauco You can’t prepare for the culture shock that hits you when visiting your passport country. You go, excited to reconnect with friends and supports, but something feels off. Things are not the same as they used to be. Has the world changed so much while you’ve been away? Or is it you […]

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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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Are You Tired?

by Editor on September 1, 2019

by Julie Francis Have you ever wanted to quit? Give up? Throw in the towel? Throw up your hands? Walk out the door? Are you tired? Tired of turning the other cheek? Putting others before yourself? Praying for your enemies? Blessing those who curse you? Are you weary? From stress? Obligation? Conflict? Boredom? Same old/same […]

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Why Do You Keep Going Back?

by Editor on August 25, 2019

by Anna Glenn When we joined AgriCorps, we said that we would be going to Liberia for one year. One year later we were packing our bags for a flight back to Liberia. When we joined Hope in the Harvest, we said that we would be going to Liberia for two years. Two years later we […]

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The sword hangs by a thread, suspended above the throne, pointing down. Threatening. One strand of horsehair, fastened to the pommel, is strong enough. Barely. One breeze, one bit of weakening fiber, and death is certain. And so, no matter how powerful the king becomes, no matter how many successes he has, the sword remains […]

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Dying to Self

by Editor on July 23, 2019

by Madison Strauder The past two weeks have been some of the hardest days of my life, but not for reasons you might think. There is no illness, family emergency, impending natural disaster, or local political upheaval that has me on edge. It’s nothing that can be easily worded or is simple to communicate. I […]

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The cure for my contempt (and yours too)

by Jonathan Trotter on July 3, 2019

There’s so much contempt in the world. Do you sense it? I hear it crashing through our walls in Cambodia as our neighbors fight and scream at each other. I see it in the taxi driver in Prague as he grips the steering wheel hard, honking and yelling at those who’ve deeply offended him. I […]

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What Kind of Legacy Will We Leave Behind?

by Editor on June 26, 2019

by Beth We planted a walnut tree in our garden in Central Asia. As we sat in its meager shade (it’s still a small tree) my husband smiled and said: “Just think, one day our grandchildren will be able to climb this tree and enjoy a view over the whole city!” For a few moments […]

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Expatriate, Immigrant, Racist?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 18, 2019

I’ve always assumed I’m an expatriate (this is not an ex-patriot or an ex-pat or an ex-patriate). A few years ago an article called this into question, and the conversation is ongoing. The Guardian published Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? I regularly hear from people concerned that I call […]

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15 Things I Want to Tell Graduating Third Culture Kids

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 15, 2019

Originally published on Djibouti Jones You can always come home. Home might not be this house but home is always this family. Come rejoicing, come weeping, come whole, come broken, come lonely, come with packs of friends, come in silence, come and spill it all. This table, meaning the table I’ve set in my heart […]

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I can’t remember when Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter first entered my online writing life. Perhaps it was when the former ALOS site founder and I were discussing one of their posts, perhaps it was before – no matter, at some point I realized that our online friendship had become one that I looked to for […]

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