Practical

How Well Do You Know Your Host Nation?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 14, 2021

I’m a bit out of words lately. I’m in seminary full-time. Covid. Elections. Wars. Planes crashing. Racial tension. Political violence. Conspiracy theories. It’s a lot. I have way more questions than answers. Some of my questions are around the gaps in the training I received before moving abroad and in the ongoing trainings and mentorships […]

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Making Peace With 2020

by Editor on December 23, 2020

by Sara Simons At the turn of 2020, I wrote this reflection exercise and shared it here at A Life Overseas. It included a simple, transferable process to gain altitude and perspective on the year that had passed. Little did I, or anyone at that time, know the disturbingly drastic change of events that the […]

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by Jillian Sirianni When we hear the word sabbatical, what comes to mind? Is this just a long sought after vacation that never happens, or is this something we can truly integrate into our life in ministry? For many, the thought of sabbatical stirs up deep longings for personal and spiritual refreshment, while simultaneously bringing […]

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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 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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The Expat Cookbook

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 16, 2020

I made another cookbook and it is specially designed for us, for expatriates. I know we all have cookbooks and the internet and who needs another one. But this one is special. It is designed with us in mind. Expats. People who travel and move and go places and who love people on all sides of […]

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I Never Thought I Would Miss the Spiders

by Amy Medina on November 1, 2020

Earlier this year, my kids and I were still in Tanzania, and while driving home, we stopped at a roadside fruit stand.  I asked for a huge bunch of bananas, handed the seller my money, and she passed the bananas through the window to my pre-teen son, sitting in the passenger seat. This was routine; […]

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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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by Rebecca Hopkins Editor’s Note: In Part 1, we looked at the findings from Barna’s latest research on the Future of Missions. Part 2 discussed deconstruction of missions’ past. Today we talk about the movement within the African American community to join missions—and call for reform.   Less than 1 percent of American missionaries are black, […]

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by Rebecca Hopkins Editor’s Note: In Part 1, we looked at the findings from Barna’s latest research on The Future of Missions. Today we talk to Ted Esler, president of Missio Nexus on the current trend of deconstruction of missions. ~~~~~~~~~~ If you want to get people excited about joining missions, you may need to […]

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by Rebecca Hopkins A note about this series: Barna recently released The Future of Missions, a 100-page report about trends in American missions. Some of the findings indicate that in the future, Americans may choose to stop referring to themselves as missionaries who “convert” and “make disciples,” out of principle. The data indicates that younger generations […]

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Uprooted with no RAFT

by Marilyn on September 11, 2020

It is mid-September and six months since borders closed, masks became mandatory, and life changed for people around the globe.  While fall is always a time of movement and change for expats and third culture kids, for TCKs transtioning to college, and for those who have tried to make transitions during the summer from their […]

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