Changes at A Life Overseas


Change. We in this community know this word and all of its connotations all too well. We have experienced both the good and the difficult of change.

In order for things to continue to run well, change is often necessary. So I’m here today to tell you about good change for this community. 

For the past nine months, perhaps even longer, Elizabeth Trotter has acted not only as Guest Post Editor, but as Editor in Chief. She is amazing. She does this along with parenting, homeschooling, loving others close to her (and many of us far away), writing excellent content both in this space and her own blog, and I’m pretty sure she cooks, does laundry, boils water, and all the other stuff that comes with raising a family overseas. She is officially our new editor as I (Marilyn) have had to step into some other responsibilities.

Elizabeth’s husband Jonathan is a well-known force at this space and continues to write and support Elizabeth in ensuring excellent content and sanity for all.

Andy Bruner is our tech editor – if our site looks better on your mobile devices or tablets, you have him to thank. We are so grateful to him for keeping the site online and running well!

I will continue to be helping with some social media and supporting the rest of the team.

This space is technically made possible because of the hard work of the people I’ve mentioned above, but we know the site would be nothing without you, our readers. Thank you for reading, sharing, encouraging, arguing, laughing, agreeing, disagreeing and emailing. We are so grateful for you and for this community.

In St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, chapter 3 he says this:

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

I offer this to you today, as a prayer for this community. As part of the unstoppable global Church, may we know Christ. May we share Christ, May we grow more like Christ. 

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An adult third culture kid, Marilyn grew up in Pakistan and then raised her own 5 third culture kids in Pakistan and Egypt. After finally learning how to live in the United States, she finds herself unexpectedly living in the Kurdish Region of Iraq working at a university. She is the author of Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging and Worlds Apart - A Third Culture Kid's Journey. Her writing appears in Plough Magazine, Fathom Magazine, and a few other places around the web. You can find her blogging at Communicating Across Boundaries: Communicating Across the Boundaries of Faith & Culture.

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