Dear International Worker, Don’t Forget God is Writing the Story.

Dear International Worker,  Don’t forget God is writing the story. Accurate accounts of Him at work in and around you are beautiful, real stories worth sharing.   Recently I read about a worker who embellished his newsletter so that his work and relationships sounded like much more than they really were. He felt the need to …

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Culture Shock vs. Culture Stress

Most people know about culture shock, but culture stress is something different. When my family first moved to South Asia, we often experienced culture shock.  It gradually decreased, but for a few months to around two years, we had new experiences that felt either captivating or startling.  Eventually these experiences became normal parts of our …

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Dear International Worker, You May Grieve From Far Away

Many years ago, I remember sitting in my dorm hallway in university late at night, worried about a child in my extended family who was extremely ill. At that point in my life my extended family lived only one state away, but I felt the distance acutely. I realized if I continued on the path …

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Christmas Past. Christmas Present.

Christmas Past: South Asia. Nearby mountains. Cold. At our community's Christmas gathering, our Fijian friend wrapped chicken in banana leaves, then roasted it in the ground while his wife made fresh bread and prepared for the guests. Around a huge bonfire in their yard, we all ate and sang the evening away while our children …

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Expect Change. Live in Hope. Part 2

Here is the 2nd half of my post from last week. ____________________ When our family first moved to South Asia, we had good plans. Some were our own ideas we wanted to see happen. Some were things we strongly felt God wanted to do through our family. (Perhaps there is a little bit of both …

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Expect Change. Live in Hope. Part 1

Dear International Worker,    When it comes to your life and work, plan well and be wise. Continue your training. Draw from your experiences and resources. Do all of this. It’s smart.  But don’t forget that change, transition, and the unexpected will increasingly be part of the lifestyle you’ve chosen. Even though you’ll never know …

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I’m not one of those people who…

"I'm not one of those people who...   learns languages easily."   God has gifted in languages."   memorizes things easily." is brave enough to practice language in public."   I started hearing statements like this when I began studying my second language. I still hear similar things and I'm on my fourth. If I'm having a bad day sometimes I …

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