Jonathan Trotter

It’s hot season here in Southeast Asia. It’s also there’s-not-enough-power-and-water-to-go-around season. It’s odd to have a full day with water and power and sanity. Now, I know the audience here understands what I’m talking about. Some of you are roughing it WAY more than we are, and some of you aren’t. But you know, I’m […]

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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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When the Thief Steals

by Jonathan Trotter on March 3, 2019

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ Jesus Thieves steal. Sometimes the impact is NOW; you know it immediately and you feel it deeply. Other times, it takes some time; the bomb’s on a delay. And then it […]

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The Missionary Life Cycle (in Five Stages)

by Jonathan Trotter on January 31, 2019

Like any really good assessment, these five categories are totally made up. There are no peer-reviewed studies parsing these five stages of cross-cultural work. There is no quantified, objective data set; still, please feel free to say you’re in “Stage 3 – Wing 4.” That would make me happy. And remember, if you say anything […]

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10 Life Lessons That Leading Worship 600 Times Taught Me

by Jonathan Trotter on January 4, 2019

It just sort of happened. As a teenager growing up in an a cappella church with an a cappella youth group, I sang a lot. In a non-instrumental church, any guy who can loosely carry a tune will be asked to carry that tune. And so I was. Over and over. And over. No guitar […]

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Cross-cultural workers often have tons of sympathy. We see the needs (physical, spiritual, etc.), we answer the call, and we GO. And that’s just great. Sometimes we stir up sympathy for the poor and the marginalized; we fund raise with pictures aimed to generate pity and money. And that’s not so great. But it is […]

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Would You Even Like Jesus?

by Jonathan Trotter on November 1, 2018

Would you even like Jesus? Would you like him, if he came into your church and started yelling about houses of prayer? Or would you call him just another angry man? Would you like him if he told you to sell even some of your stuff and give the proceeds to the poor? Or would […]

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Don’t Call Your Kids “World Changers”

by Jonathan Trotter on October 4, 2018

It’s tempting. I get it. It sounds motivating and inspirational. I get that too. But I’ve come to believe that the good-intentioned, hopefully inspiring practice of talking about children as “world-changers” is, in most cases, damaging. You can cover it with a spiritual veneer, you can call it “speaking truth over them,” you can call […]

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Out of Office Reply

by Jonathan Trotter on September 3, 2018

Some things will just suck the blog right out of you. Furlough and book editing are apparently two of those things. Our family spent the summer back in the States, and while we very much enjoyed catching up with friends and family, it was exhausting. You all know that already. We’ve been back less than […]

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Death is right around the corner. So live!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 31, 2018

I’ve always thought like this. I’ve always believed my life was going to be very short. Nearly every time I publish an article or preach a sermon, I think, “Well, I said it, I guess I can die now.” I don’t have a desire to die, it’s just that I live with a gut-level realization […]

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Despair is Where Hope is Born

by Jonathan Trotter on May 2, 2018

Sometimes I get tired of talking about sad things. Sometimes I want to talk about peace and love and joy. So recently, when I was asked to join two other speakers in presenting on the theme, “Emotions in the Psalms,” I asked if I could do something on the happy side. I’m tired of talking […]

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Check out this collection of our most-read articles

by Jonathan Trotter on April 5, 2018

Consider this the Table of Contents for a book on missions, cross-cultural living, grief, TCKs, MKs, missiology, common pitfalls, transition, short-term missions, relating to senders, and a whole lot more. I figured it was time to compile our most-read posts and present them to you, organized by topic. So here they are, 85 of our […]

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