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 my Identity on my Layover: Who am I...

Living overseas gives us an opportunity to build a pretty cool identity! Maybe we got to… ….travel to exotic places {even if it didn’t feel exotic to you}. …work on solving real life and death issues on a daily...

Why Reverse Culture Shock is Worth It {5...

What are some of the benefits to living through reverse culture shock? Sometimes during re-entry, life just feels hard!  Our days are filled with longing to be in a different place {whether physically or emotionally}.  We wonder if we will be...

When you’ve got nothing cool to write...

When we have nothing “cool” to write… I got it last week…the quarterly alumni magazine from my Bible college Alma Mater.  I read about different updates to the campus {a lot has changed in 10+ years}.  Good things are...

Reverence {#OneWord365}

Reverence {#OneWord365} I’ve heard the idea for several years…pick one word for the year.  And I’ve thought:  that’s a nice idea, maybe someday I’ll do that.  But I’ve never actually picked one.  This...

place you might feel at home during reverse culture shock

5 Places You Might Feel Surprisingly at Home...

Reverse culture shock is famous for making places we once felt like home feel quite the opposite.  It’s pretty common in this season of our life to feel like a fish out of water.  But I’ve also been surprised by some of the places...

Debriefing and Expat Reentry Resources

Looking for debriefing resources for you and/or your family as you make the transition back to the USA?  Here are list of some of the different debriefing options.  This list is primarily focused on locations for debriefing in the...

Letter to Returning Missionaries

8 Things I wish Someone Had Told Me Before I...

To all of you who have recently returned after living overseas, you have a special place in my heart because not too long ago, I was walking in your shoes.  So here it is…my letter to those returning from the field to tell you what I...

Books about Reverse Culture Shock

Books about Reverse Culture Shock &...

Looking for good books about reverse culture shock or repatriation?  There are several books available for missionaries and expats who are transitioning back to the USA to give you insight on what the transition is like.  It’s not an...

Unpacking the Suitcase of Shame

We end up back in our “home” countries for different reasons… …maybe our time or term has ended. …maybe we’re longing for freedom from our life overseas. …maybe this was the best of the bad...

Favorite Blog Posts About Re-entry and...

One of the reasons I started this blog is that there does not seem to me to be a good collection of articles specifically about missionary’s experience with re-entry in one place.  And sometimes hearing other people’s stories...