#201: On Outsiders and Idols with Rachel Jones

Do you ever feel like an outsider no matter where you are? Do you need motivation to be courageous and talk to the people that could be "your people”?

Rachel lives and writes in Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa. Her family has learned (is still learning) how to struggle well, while living as cultural and spiritual outsiders in this Muslim country. She has published a book about raising kids abroad: Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World and has a book coming out in October. It’s a biography of "Somalia's Mother Teresa", a woman who also struggled well in Djibouti, fighting against terrorism, disease, and fundamentalism.

Rachel writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture (for places from the New York Times to Christianity Today), and loves encouraging others to live with love and courage. She is also the runner that I want to become! I know you're going to love hearing from this inspiring lady!

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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the culture of Djibouti

  • what led Rachel and her family to move to Djibouti

  • what it’s like for Rachel to be an outsider both culturally and spiritually

  • what Rachel has learned from about faith in a primarily Muslim country

  • what Americans misunderstand about Muslims

  • starting a conversation with someone from another culture

  • the pros and cons of raising kids in a foreign culture

  • why Rachel and her husband decided to send their kids to boarding school

  • how living in Africa has changed the way Rachel sees God

  • how the African culture honors the connection between our spiritual and physical lives

LINKS MENTIONED:

Altra running shoes

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