Life as a Foreigner

Issues With Volunteering Overseas

Romans 10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. As a teenager I went on several short-term volunteer trips which drastically changed my life.… Continue reading Issues With Volunteering Overseas

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Things I Learned in India

Recently I found some valuable ancient documents -- journal entries from my first trip to India. Some of the entries made me laugh, some made me cringe at my immaturity and others made me smile as I re-read the valuable lessons I learned which grew me into the person I am today.  Below are some… Continue reading Things I Learned in India

Life as a Foreigner

Losing Yourself in Your Host Culture

"'Am I compromising too much of myself to be here? That is the BIG question. Am I letting these new cultures, traditions and expectations cut me off from my own heritage, my own culture and the way I usually do things? Moving to another country (whether it be for love or just simply because you… Continue reading Losing Yourself in Your Host Culture

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Myself No More: Giving Up My Rights

We all want so much to fight for our rights; women's rights, minority rights, religious rights, etc. These are the basic things we need, the things we should have a right to: Food Shelter Good Health Sufficient Clothing Relationships with others Privacy But when we're living for Christ we may have to sacrifice some or… Continue reading Myself No More: Giving Up My Rights

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Culture Shock: from Giving to Receiving

Global Nomadism

If you’ve ever lived overseas for an extended period of time you will realize that culture shock is not a ‘slap you in the face’ one day event. It is a creeping process that grasps you like a slow growing ivy. Before you know it, you are overcome.

An American  friend of mine just shared with me that after a year in foreign culture, she is experiencing culture shock.  You will hear young travels who visit a foreign culture for 3 weeks say “It was awesome! I didn’t experience culture shock at all!”

Of course they didn’t. No one experiences TRUE culture shock without authentic friendships with national people.

One of the most powerful realization moments for me was about one year into my time in a mid size Indian city. I was working for a small IT company and had done my best to immerse myself in the culture…

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Accepting Jesus’ Friend Request and Managing Feelings

Lately I've been feeling down because of a sense of loneliness. Although I have good friends in spots in different parts of the country I've been living in, I've struggled to make close friends where I'm living due to several factors, mainly because it's a little hard and awkward to make close male friends, especially… Continue reading Accepting Jesus’ Friend Request and Managing Feelings