Practical

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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by Natalie Arauco You can’t prepare for the culture shock that hits you when visiting your passport country. You go, excited to reconnect with friends and supports, but something feels off. Things are not the same as they used to be. Has the world changed so much while you’ve been away? Or is it you […]

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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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10 Ways to Host Friends and Family Well

by Editor on August 29, 2019

by John Walsh When friend and family visit you while living overseas, it can be a tremendously uplifting time of re-connection, support and encouragement. It also gives you an opportunity to show off your adopted country to your loved ones. But, frankly, these visits also have the potential to be exhausting. The pressure of entertaining […]

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by Natalie Arauco It’s a terrifying shiver that runs through you the first time you step foot in a new country. You’re ready to conquer the world and nothing can stop you. You start off in a hard sprint. But before you know it, you struggle, slamming into one wall after another. Life as a […]

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Should We Have Waited Until We Were Older?

by Amy Medina on August 12, 2019

Gil and I met at 21 years old, married at 23, and were living in Tanzania by 24. We had been married all of nine months before we moved overseas. We had gotten to know each other as co-leaders of a cross-cultural ministry in California, and our desire to be missionaries was one of the […]

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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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Cross-Cultural Economics

by Editor on July 30, 2019

by Heather Pubols About a week after my husband and I moved to Kenya in 2009 I took my first real trip through the grocery store to look for items that I needed for our home. The store near where we lived had an amazing variety! You could buy everything from a loaf of bread […]

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How to Fall in Love With Normal Life Again

by Editor on July 26, 2019

by Kris Gnuse I got off the plane and stepped out into the height of rainy season. The hard stuff struck me like the honeymoon glow of language school blowing its first transformer. Mold in full bloom on our car seats and furniture. Trash scattered on the streets. The cramped feel of our house after […]

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by Natalie Arauco I did it! I remember the adrenaline burning through my veins four years ago. I had made it through missions training. I had asked and received 100% support from different churches and families. I had bought my one-way ticket, stuffed my two suitcases to 48 and 49 pounds exactly and had said […]

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9 Ways MKs Can Navigate Their Grief

by Editor on June 21, 2019

by Michèle Phoenix Someone asked me, recently, why there is such an emphasis on grief and loss in my speaking on MK topics. The answer is simple: they are highly influential emotions experienced by a majority of MKs. A young man named Muki, who recently transitioned back to his passport country, articulated it best: I’ve […]

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Expatriate, Immigrant, Racist?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 18, 2019

I’ve always assumed I’m an expatriate (this is not an ex-patriot or an ex-pat or an ex-patriate). A few years ago an article called this into question, and the conversation is ongoing. The Guardian published Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? I regularly hear from people concerned that I call […]

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