A few weeks ago, I found out that Young Life was pulling the plug on Amsterdam. At first I was extremely frustrated. All that work over the past year seemed like it was wasted. The rest of the day was spent praying about what now. Throughout the day though, God reminded me that He called … More When Life Hands You Lemons, God Can Give You Water & Sugar
Traditions are a part of all of our lives and can be hard to let go of. And it becomes difficult to establish new ones without remembering the old ones. Living abroad/moving/settling into a new place makes traditions a difficult thing to deal with. … More Traditions…letting go of the old and embracing the new
Many people have heard about culture shock. But it’s reverse culture shock that can really make life difficult. Reverse Culture Shock happens when a person lives outside their “home” country for an extended period of time and then return to their old home only to find things have changed and they have changed. Let me … More Reverse Culture Shock…be patient with us dealing with it
I stopped doing my blog and podcast several months ago for one reason, depression from loneliness. My status on Facebook was “It’s not the stress, culture, or money that would keep me from continuing to do ministry abroad…It’s loneliness.” Everything kind of came to a head in October where I wasn’t sure if I wanted … More Loneliness…it’s a ministry killer
My last post focused on why family ministry is important. Rather than just tell you why family ministry is important, I thought it’d be helpful to share a few ways I found building relationships with families easy. If you have any ways you’ve found to be handy at building relationships with families, please share them in … More Connecting With Families And Youth
As I work with expats and international families, people often ask me what is an expat and what is a third culture kid? So I figured it would be good to take some time to describe them. What is an Expat? Let’s start with the definition of an expat. The Miriam-Webster dictionary describes an expat, or expatriate, … More What is an Expat And Third Culture Kid?
You Ordered What!? I remember it like it was yesterday, despite being over three years ago. It was the first time it hit me that I was doing ministry in a completely different culture than what I was used to. I had just landed a few days before and was somewhat still jet lagged. The … More Culture Shock!