ROCKY RE-ENTRY

the realities of life after living cross culturally

Thoughts, encouragement, and resources for those transitioning off the field from those who’ve been there.

Losing the Celebrity Status

When you live overseas sometimes people treat you like a celebrity. “You must be super spiritual to be able to put up with the difficulties of living in that strange place.” “You must have it all together if you can pick up...

Poem: Back in the States

Today we have another great description of re-entry by Craig….I’d also encourage you to check out some of Craig’s other writings about reentry on his own blog. Back in the States after being gone for a long time, I’m...

Re-Entry: An Internal Monologue

This week we’re welcoming Rachel to Rocky Re-entry as she shares her re-entry story… It took six months for the honeymoon to be over.  By that point, I’d figured out where to grocery shop and where to buy clothing cheaply. ...

Share Your Story

Have your own reentry experience? Sometimes hearing others’ experiences helps to normalize our own. If you’ve written a blog post or article about your reentry story, please post the link in the comments below so others can click and read...

10 Reflections on Ten Years of Reentry

It’s been 10 years!  Ten years since I made the unexpected move back to the US after working internationally.  This morning I sat with my journal and my advent candles lit thinking about hope and longing and reflecting on the last ten...

More Resources for those in Reentry (Groups...

Here are some great resources for those in the re-entry season that have crossed my path recently: Facebook Groups: Reentry Stories:  This group led by Helen Watts is a place for people to share ideas, thoughts, stories about re-entry.  It...

Themes from your Church & Reentry...

As I interact with people transitioning back to the US…the theme inevitably eventually comes up:  How to navigate fitting back into the church subculture.  And I hear yet another story not just about going to a service on Sunday...

Navigating Church in the Re-entry Season...

I heard it again recently… “I thought coming back to the US that church would be the one place I would feel most at home, and instead it is the place that is the hardest.” …and I thought again…why is church so...

When leaving the field feels like leaving...

The other day someone asked me why I no longer live overseas.  “What made you move back?”. I haven’t been asked that question in a while.  These days many of my acquaintances don’t know I’ve lived outside the...

7 Things I Learned about Transitioning

Today, we have some great re-entry wisdom from Amy Young.  Amy has recently been through her own re-entry transition.  I have gotten to know her through her work with Velvet Ashes {a great online community to encourage and support women...