Practical

An Appeal – A Life Overseas

by Marilyn on August 9, 2020

On November 14, 2012 Laura Parker, co-founder of the A Life Overseas blog and community space posted a “Welcome Video” to the site. That was the beginning of what has now become an online community thousands strong. We are a diverse group linguistically, culturally and theologically, but we all agree that taking the step to […]

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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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COVID 19 is a dirty, rotten criminal. Ironically, not even a smooth one. It sneaked in and no one saw it coming, but it made a bunch of noise and stayed way too long. Got greedy. Got cocky. Thought it could take everything. Got news for you COVID … you don’t get everything. Not even […]

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When Your Story Gets in the Way

by Editor on July 23, 2020

by Rebecca We are our stories. Psychologists like Dan McAdams have been telling us we all have a narrative identity by which we come to terms with society, our past and our future. Missionaries also have a public story we use as we speak at churches, send out newsletters or maintain a blog.  We share […]

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by Naomi Johnston When my husband and I decided we wanted to go and do long term missions we literally had no idea where to start. We had both been on short term mission trips separately, but both of us hadn’t really done anything typical. My husband had gone to Russia and ended up designing […]

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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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Justice, Race, George Floyd, and Cross Cultural Service

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 15, 2020

Why missionaries, humanitarians, and anyone working cross culturally needs to care about racial justice. I posted this at Do Good Better on June 1. So this is a partial repost. In that post, there is a YouTube video and several other links to really important articles. The last link shared there talks about why it […]

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Strangers in Covidland

by Editor on June 10, 2020

by Katie Hoffmann Blurry-eyed after 36 hours of flying with kids, we handed over our passports. The customs official returned a hearty, “Welcome Home.”  Those words felt almost digestible as we entered the Seattle International Airport after years overseas working for a Christian non-profit. Although we were grieving all the goodbyes, I felt ready to […]

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Raising Healthy Third Culture Kids

by Marilyn on April 16, 2020

It was in the fall that I first saw the announcement from Lauren Wells that she would be writing a book about raising third culture kids. Like many TCKs, I get skeptical any time I hear that someone is writing a book about us. But Lauren’s approach and the fact that she herself is a […]

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Are You Doing Enough?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 15, 2020

My daughter, a freshman in high school, said to me this week, “I don’t feel like I’m being productive right now.” We were on a long walk with our dog because we miss being able to go to the beach during this pandemic and we both wanted to see the water. We walked and talked […]

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Last weekend, my wife and I used Facebook to video chat with two of our sons, their wives, and our four little grandkids. That’s what you do when your children are serving in a faraway land. That’s what you do, too, when your children, like ours, are close by but COVID-19 protocols tell you to […]

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The International Traveler in the Domestic Terminal

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 12, 2020

*a version of this was first published at Babble, in 2014. When you are the international traveler in the domestic terminal, you look and smell really bad. Everyone else has just come from home or one other connection. You left home twenty-five hours ago and have already endured three or four airports. Your kids are […]

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