Monthly Contributors

8 Things I Forget to Love About A Life Overseas

by Jerry Jones on September 21, 2018

  I’d like to say that it’s not lost on me but sometimes it is . . . the whole life overseas thing.  I’ve been at it long enough that most of the cross-cultural bloggy stuff (mine included) seems like it’s for someone else. I went through the stages of grief and the culture shock […]

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Role Deprivation and Guilt

by Amy Young on September 19, 2018

Last month I was part of Velvet Ashes’ Live Class for those in transition to the field. (Sidenote: it was a success and we will be doing future classes). But in one hour we could only dip our toes into a few vital subjects. One of the subjects I had to do a drive-by on […]

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10 Dangerous Things for Kids and One True Danger, A Quiz

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 17, 2018

(I wrote this a long time ago but never hit “publish.” Two of my three kids are now adults, which slightly changes my personal context. But, the essay still stands, a little encouragement for expats as we face life in sometimes challenging locations.) “You’re Much More Likely to Be Killed By Brain-Eating Parasites, Texting While […]

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If I Had to Get a Job

by Anisha Hopkinson on September 13, 2018

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to try to get a job back in the good ol’ USA after having lived overseas. Given the general bizarreness of my current overseas life in relation to my past US life, I imagine securing employment would be a somewhat awkward process. Life here is wildly different […]

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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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Moving Abroad Can Sure Mess with Your Autocomplete

by Craig Thompson on August 30, 2018

We can tell a lot about each other by looking at our autocompletes. For instance, start typing “I can’t find my” into a text message and see what it thinks will come next. For me, it’s “keys,” “wallet,” and “phone.” That’s pretty insightful: I have a car, I’m a guy, and I’m absent-minded enough to have my […]

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Why Cross-Cultural Workers Need Tent Pegs

by Elizabeth Trotter on August 26, 2018

Home is a complicated word. A complicated idea. What is it? Where is it? As global nomads, we’re not entirely sure how we feel about home. We’re not sure we have it, and we’re not sure how to get it. We know the correct spiritual answer – that Christ is our home. That He is […]

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Times of transition are hard. That’s not new information.   We have training for this. Brochures. Books. Blogs. It’s all good information that helps you push through the hard times but even for the shrewdest, sharpest most well trained serial expats, time spent figuring out a new normal can feel like time lost . . . or […]

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Tips For Your First Year

by Amy Young on August 17, 2018

And now I will state the obvious: your first year is memorable. Whether you’re a TCK going to the field as an adult or this is your first time to live on foreign soil longer than a summer project, you will remember your first forever. Here is a bonus tip from my first year: do […]

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Gourmet Expat Food: When Dinner is Popcorn and Bananas

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 15, 2018

(this post was originally published on the Multi-Cultural Kids blog) My first day in Somalia my two-year old daughter fell off the roof and I had to make spaghetti from tomatoes (no jar of Ragu) and beef (ground by yours truly) and noodles boiled in water that my husband drew from a cistern out front. […]

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You’re Doing It Wrong

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 13, 2018

I wrote this ‘letter’ when I first arrived on the field and found myself trying to navigate all the different opinions around me. It’s completely tongue-in-cheek. Well, maybe not completely 😉 Dear Missionary, It’s pretty clear you’re doing this all wrong. You missionaries living in guarded compounds, you’re obviously not really invested in your community. […]

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Is Missions a Joke? Answering the Critics

by Amy Medina on August 10, 2018

Editorial note: A Life Overseas is a place to share stories and have conversations about cross-cultural missions and international living. In this space we avoid personal attacks. The following piece is a critique of ideas currently being circulated among the missions crowd. It is not a personal attack on anyone whose words are quoted here, […]

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