The Writing Team

Leadership Team

Elizabeth Trotter. Editor-in-chief. After a military childhood, a teenaged Elizabeth crash landed onto American civilian life. When she married her high school sweetheart, her life plan was to be a chemical engineer while he practiced law. Instead, they both fell headlong into youth ministry and spent the next ten years serving the local church. When her husband later decided he wanted to move overseas, Elizabeth didn’t want to join him. After eight years of life in Cambodia, it was hard to imagine living any other way, but covid brought them back to the States earlier than expected. She is now figuring out how to live in her passport country again. Elizabeth blogs at and is the co-author of Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker


A Life Overseas photoMarilyn Gardner. Monthly Contributor. Marilyn grew up in Pakistan and as an adult lived in the countries of Pakistan, Egypt, and Iraq. Marilyn has birthed 5 kids on 3 continents and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, fifteen minutes from the International Terminal at Logan Airport. She is the author of Between Worlds: Essays on Culture & Belonging and Worlds Apart – A Third Culture Kid’s Journey. She works as a public health nurse in Boston and heads back to the Middle East as much as God allows. She loves God, her family, and her passport in that order. She blogs at: Communicating Across Boundaries.


Jonathan TrotterJonathan Trotter. Jonathan and his wife Elizabeth served as missionaries in Cambodia from 2012 to 2020, when COVID-19 happened and they relocated to Missouri, USA. Before crossing the Pacific, he served as a youth and worship pastor for ten years and worked as a trauma nurse for three. Before all that, he went to law school, passed the bar, and became a licensed (but not practicing) attorney. In Cambodia, Jonathan provided marriage coaching, pre-marital prep, debriefing, and transition and grief coaching for cross-cultural Christian workers, NGO folks, Cambodians, diplomats, and others. Some were believers and some weren’t. Additionally, he helped lead an international church with folks from about 30 countries. His goal is to gently walk with people, whatever their nationality and background, towards Jesus and the healing and freedom he gives. | facebook: trotters41 | twitter: @trotters41


andy Andy Bruner. IT Specialist. Andy is a TCK who spent varying lengths of time growing up in Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Waxhaw, NC. He met his wife Kay at Bryan College and off they went in 1993 to the Solomon Islands to help the Arosi people translate the New Testament which was dedicated in 2005. Since 2007 he has been working as the finance systems manager for SIL Int’l in Dallas, TX.


Monthly Contributors

Amy Young. Life enthusiast. Author. Sports lover. Jesus follower. Equipper of cross-cultural workers. Amy is the founder of Global Trellis, co-founder of Velvet Ashes, hosts reading challenges at The Messy Middle, and is the author of five books (Looming TransitionsLove, AmyEnjoying NewslettersGetting Started, and Connected.)


ctCraig Thompson. Craig and his wife Karen, along with their five children, served as missionaries in Taipei, Taiwan, for ten years before returning to southwest Missouri. His experiences, as well as conversations with other cross-cultural workers, have made him more and more interested in member care and the process of transitioning between cultures. Craig blogs at


amhAmy Medina. Amy grew up in an MK’s paradise on the shores of Liberia but went to high school and college in California. Nine months after she married, Amy and her husband were on their way to the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. They spent 16 years teaching third-culture kids and training pastors, and they adopted 4 amazing Tanzanian kids along the way. In 2020, the Medina family relocated back to California and Amy is now serving with ReachGlobal as a pre-field coach to newly accepted missionaries. Amy believes the best conversations happen in the kitchen and is always thrilled when her dining room table is full of guests. Amy blogs at Not Home Yet, and you can find her on Facebook or Twitter @AmyEMedina.


Quarterly Contributors

abby2Abby Alleman. Abigail is a lover of story. She has endured many sorrows but has experienced the true joy of overcoming as God redeems her pain. Out of this place she writes of the good and hard of her overseas life and her current life in the Chicago area where she has just moved to minister to refugees. She has three rapidly growing children, an exceedingly patient husband, and one amazing God whom she adores—they are the beauty and sustaining strength of her life on this long road Home. She blogs her life and love of story at Abigail Alleman.


Anna Glenn. Anna is an agricultural missionary who has been living in Liberia, West Africa since 2016. She and her husband work with Hope in the Harvest, an organization that is committed to both agricultural and personal transformation in Liberia. Before moving to West Africa, Anna studied international development work at Texas A&M University and then worked as an agricultural extension agent back in her hometown of Baltimore County, Maryland doing community development work and education. She writes about faith, agriculture, and life in West Africa on her personal blog:


Emmy Lou Lopez. In the icy winter of 2008, Emmy and her husband Cole moved to Afghanistan, where they began learning life and language. After their first child was born, they moved to a more conservative corner of Afghanistan, where Emmy began wearing a burqa and learning yet another language. Their time in Afghanistan stretched into nearly seven years before they transitioned to the Arab Gulf, where they have been residing since 2015. Emmy spends much of her time with Afghan and Pakistani women. She loves mountain gazing, bird watching, and early morning runs. Emmy believes that openness about the darker aspects of global work deserves more attention, but is best served up with a healthy dose of humor and self-reflection. 


Tanya Crossman. Tanya spent most of her childhood as a local in Australia and most of her adulthood as an expat in China (with stops in the U.S. and Cambodia). Along the way she unexpectedly turned into an expert on millennial TCKs, wrote a book, and starting travelling the world to speak on her favourite topic: why TCKs are awesome and how to serve them well. After completing an MDiv in Australia, she recently got married (to a TCK) and moved back to Beijing. Now she’s enjoying rediscovering everything she loves about China. She can be found online far too often, usually on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and occasionally at her website.


Jerry Jones. Jerry lives in China with his beautiful blended family. Together they are on an adventure that has taken them around the world and back . . . and then around again. Specifically 7 years on the East side of the planet (China), two years on the East side of the U.S., and now back in China (on the East coast). They like the East. Jerry is a cross-cultural trainer and coach, which basically means he gets to help foreigners. It’s his thing. Having been a foreigner (both away and at home) for so long, he loves getting the chance to walk people through the joy and pain of crossing cultures. There’s nothing like it and he’s so blessed to work with people who have absolutely no clue what is happening around them: he can relate. Jerry blogs at The Culture Blend.


Past Contributors

Rachel Pieh Jones. Djibouti Jones
Anisha Hopkinson.
Kay Bruner.
Kathleen Shumate.
Lisa McKay. Lisa McKay Writing
Richelle Wright. Our “Wright”-ing Pad
Chris Lautsbaugh. No Super Heroes
Alece Ronzino. Grit and Glory | One Word 365
Sarah GoodfellowBut Now to Live the Life
Adele Booysen.
Kelley Nikondeha.
Dustin Patrick. @dustinpatrick 
Levi Benkert. BringLove.In / @levibenkert
Justin Schneider. @JustSchneider



Laura Parker. As a child, Laura wanted to be Amy Carmichael, and in college, she wanted to be an English teacher living in an African hut. When her first attempt at overseas missions became an epic failure, lasting three months instead of several years, she began to think that foreign ministry was perhaps more difficult than the books made it out to be. This was a truth made clear during her second stint living overseas, this time with three small children, in Southeast Asia. As a freelance writer and avid blogger, Laura wrote gritty and honest about her time in the field, building a community of missionaries hungry for authenticity about the difficulties of living overseas. In addition to writing for her personal blog, Laura has also been a freelance writer and photographer for Compassion International and has been published in several other online spaces. You can follow her on twitter at @MrsLauraParker.


Angie Washington. Angie recently returned to the United States after living in Bolivia for over a decade doing various missionary works. She and Laura met through their blogs many years ago. The online connection grew into a friendship. ‘A Life Overseas’ was born from the visionary foresight of Laura and the organizational strength of Angie. If you would like to hear more about re-entry and what life looks like after a life overseas you can find Angie on her blog:, as well as on Facebook: atangie, Twitter: @atangie, and Instagram: @photosangie.

If you’d like to submit a guest post, please email Elizabeth at and write Guest Post in the subject line. Please note: due to the volume of submissions, we are not able to reply to every one. Thank you for your understanding!


7 thoughts on “The Writing Team”

  1. This is a wonderful forum with superb content. I grew up as an MK after WWII (China, Ceylon). Later after a personal struggle, not wanting to be a missionary, I surrendered.
    I’m writing about that now in a book I might call “The Captain’s Daughter”. My dad had bought a former minesweeper he rebuilt to be a Gospel Ship. That ship separated our family for months at a time, forcing us together for school holidays in its cramped cabins. No joyride.

    This forum is rich with the experiences of others who have gone through – or are going through – the multiple mix of joys and sorrows in a life overseas.
    I’m glad I found you. Thanks for creating this!

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