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
"'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
This past month has been very hard for our whole family. In November my Amith's dear Uncle Ajith died very suddenly and went to be with the Lord. He was like a second father to my husband and was always loving and supportive of us as a couple. He loved Jesus, and Amith would call… Continue reading A Difficult Month
I went down to the parking lot last night, when suddenly I heard loud cries of, "ANNA!" "ANNA!" "ANNA!" "ANNA!" "ANNA!" I was swarmed by the resident children of our apartment complex. They had painted their faces white with black and red splotches. They said excitedly, "Today in your country there is one...Halloween? A holiday?"… Continue reading Hello November 2017!
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
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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Thanks to our honeymoon in Thailand, this will probably be the first winter I have even been tan. I have not written a blog post in many moons because Amith and I were busy, y'know, getting married and stuff. So consider this my Christmas post, and shortly I will continue to write about my thoughts from… Continue reading Merry Expatriate Christmas
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