Dear International Worker, You May Grieve From Far Away

Sharing this again because we unexpectedly lost a family member a few days ago. Loss is something everyone deals with. Dealing with loss can be tough when you are living as an expat. So I am sharing this again. Thanks for reading. I hope this encourages other international workers who have experienced sudden, unexpected loss. …

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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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Dear International Worker, Learn the Language

Yes. For so many reasons, learn the language. When I reached proficiency in my second language, many people expressed how excited they were for my new skill. "You'll be able to help other people and share God's love around the world!" was a commonly expressed sentiment. True. But my own life, understanding of God, people, …

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Dear International Worker: Receive (Part 2)

Dear International Worker, Receive. Part 2. Here is the rest of my Post on Receiving, Thanks for reading! ❤ Chrissy Receiving well: Demonstrates the truth that I have something to learn. I don’t know everything about life in my host country, no matter how long I’ve been here. Listening well and receiving new ideas from …

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