Jonathan Trotter

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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Walking alone at a park, a friend of mine saw a woman busily walking towards her, dictating something into her phone. The woman looked earnest and concentrated. She came closer and closer, and as her words became more distinct, my socially-distancing friend heard these slow, simple words: “Sadness is an ocean with nothing in it. […]

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New Podcast Episodes: Marriage, Conflict, and Sex

by Jonathan Trotter on May 6, 2020

Elizabeth and I recently carved out some time to go sit in a van in a park and talk about marriage. As a result, we’d like to share with you three new episodes of our Trotters41 Podcast! This series on marriage is not specific to cross-cultural folks, although some of it is. It’s also not […]

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The End of All Things

by Jonathan Trotter on April 9, 2020

Darkness and grief, shadow and death The Hope that had been Sags low without breath Weak and alone, absorbing the pain The one who was Love Endures for my gain “Forgive them,” he prays, “Jews, Romans, all!” Redeeming us from our sins and the fall “It’s finished!” he yells For his sons and his daughters […]

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Furlough is Coming

by Jonathan Trotter on March 3, 2020

  ‘Twas the day before furlough and all through the house, Everybody was crazy, even the mouse. With kilograms counted and carry-ons packed, The dad will get asked, “Can I fit this last sack?” With Ma on her IG and Pa on his Twitter, They’ll update their close friends through one last newsletter. Frazzled and […]

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Sex and the Married Missionary

by Jonathan Trotter on February 4, 2020

We don’t talk about sex very much. Sure, we might joke about it (the first working title for this article was The Missionary Position), but we don’t actually talk about it very much. Truth is, most folks are scared to death to have an honest, non-joking, realistic talk about sex. Maybe with a good friend, […]

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Gandalf’s Scream, Love, and Why We Need More Anger

by Jonathan Trotter on December 5, 2019

Anger is a wonderful, powerful, amazing, informative, life-giving, protective resource. Or at least it can be. Anger can be a redemptive sword, when it’s wielded by love.  “Anger is a surgical weapon, designed to destroy ugliness and restore beauty. In the hands of one who is trained in love and who can envision beauty, the […]

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For the Times When You’re Exhausted, Discouraged, and Tempted

by Jonathan Trotter on November 3, 2019

Some truth is just worth remembering. These musings about discouragement and temptation spilled out six years ago; perhaps they can encourage people even still… We moved to Cambodia about two years ago, and it’s been good. But it’s also been very hard. I’ve had my days of doubt, fear, and deep discouragement. I’ve looked around at the poverty, […]

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Ouch! I think I strained my life!

by Jonathan Trotter on October 3, 2019

You know what I’m talking about, right? The moment it catches up to you (mid-thirties, usually) and you realize you’re going to have to stop and get gas. I bent over to field a grounder and couldn’t walk for 3 days. I sneezed too enthusiastically and my neck wasn’t right for a week. Or I […]

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So Much N O I S E! (and a Book Giveaway)

by Jonathan Trotter on September 3, 2019

I grew up in rural America. We had neighbors, but you couldn’t see them. In fact, get this, you couldn’t even hear them. And I know this stretches the bounds of believability, but you couldn’t even smell the neighbors’ food. They were acres away. We were closer to cows than people. Now I live in […]

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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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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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