Dear Re-entry

by Katherine Dear Reverse Culture Shock, I have not enjoyed spending time with you. You are a sneaky thief. Beyond that, your identity is ambiguous. You have made moving back to my passport country horrible. I’m never sure whether I should call you Reverse Culture Shock or Re-entry. And if Re-entry, how do I spell … Continue reading Dear Re-entry

Leaving Early Has Complicated All the Complicated Emotions of Re-Entry

My youngest has been fascinated with finding places on Google Earth. He recently brought me the iPad and said, “Mommy, help me find HOPAC.”  My son is in third grade, and Haven of Peace Academy is where he went to school for kindergarten through second grade. But even before that, HOPAC was always a part … Continue reading Leaving Early Has Complicated All the Complicated Emotions of Re-Entry

When Re-Entry is Hard

by Lauren Neal No one can prepare you for re-entry, not even your closest friends and family who have walked alongside of you through this season. Neither can a countless number of books and podcasts nor accumulated hours spent in therapy. Oh, or copious amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and rum (Barbancourt to be precise). Re-entry, … Continue reading When Re-Entry is Hard

4 Ways to Give Yourself Grace During Re-Entry

by Bernie Anderson White Subarus and silver Toyotas back out of their respective driveways, plodding their way to respective workplace destinations. I don’t know where. Department stores, manufacturing plants, and office buildings with cubicles.   I wonder how many of these folks love what they do? That could be me. I sit on the borrowed … Continue reading 4 Ways to Give Yourself Grace During Re-Entry

Coming Back From Narnia: What Re-entry Feels Like

by Beth Watkins It’s been a little more than a year since my husband, a new immigrant, and I relocated back to the U.S. after I’d been away for more than 6 years. It’s hard being back. They call it re-entry shock – the special kind of culture shock that happens when you’re back in … Continue reading Coming Back From Narnia: What Re-entry Feels Like

The bumpy road back: Five ways to support families during transition and re-entry

We’ve been deep in the throes of transition during the last two weeks. Just after Christmas last year we left Laos in a rush and headed for Australia so that my husband, Mike, could receive treatment for cancer. Now that he’s received the initial all-clear (hooray) we’re in the process of reassembling normal life. To … Continue reading The bumpy road back: Five ways to support families during transition and re-entry

What Does It Really Mean to ‘Take a Sabbatical’?

by Jillian Sirianni When we hear the word sabbatical, what comes to mind? Is this just a long sought after vacation that never happens, or is this something we can truly integrate into our life in ministry? For many, the thought of sabbatical stirs up deep longings for personal and spiritual refreshment, while simultaneously bringing … Continue reading What Does It Really Mean to ‘Take a Sabbatical’?

Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Dread

Next month I will share Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Love, so stay tuned. You just arrived in your passport country. Someone is approaching. You can’t remember who they are. You can’t remember where you are. What time is it? What language do they speak here? They are getting closer and closer and … Continue reading Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Dread

Strangers in Covidland

by Katie Hoffmann Blurry-eyed after 36 hours of flying with kids, we handed over our passports. The customs official returned a hearty, “Welcome Home.”  Those words felt almost digestible as we entered the Seattle International Airport after years overseas working for a Christian non-profit. Although we were grieving all the goodbyes, I felt ready to … Continue reading Strangers in Covidland

The “Ministry 7 Year Itch” and What To Do About It

“Amy, what resources do you have for this question?” A friend forwarded an email she received from a co-worker in her organization: I have noticed patterns in workers and myself who have been overseas roughly 5-10 years. I have asked our member care folks about this as well. The bulk of resources for cross-cultural workers … Continue reading The “Ministry 7 Year Itch” and What To Do About It

Laughing in the Face of Transition

Hey expat.  You too repat.  When was the last time you laughed? Like really laughed.  Belly laughed until your ears hurt and you actually had to force yourself to think of something sad for fear that you might pull a muscle in your gut.  Laughed so hard that you had to fight to catch your … Continue reading Laughing in the Face of Transition

How to Fall in Love With Normal Life Again

by Kris Gnuse I got off the plane and stepped out into the height of rainy season. The hard stuff struck me like the honeymoon glow of language school blowing its first transformer. Mold in full bloom on our car seats and furniture. Trash scattered on the streets. The cramped feel of our house after … Continue reading How to Fall in Love With Normal Life Again