Well hey there, and thanks for dropping by!  We’re the Trotters and we’re happy to meet you.

We lived as missionaries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 2012 to 2020, when COVID-19 forced us to relocate back to the States.  You’ll find all the other details about who we are and what we do now on this site. Check out our latest articles, as well as our most popular posts, in the sidebar.

Thanks for dropping in, and may God bless you as you live all for One…

Jonathan & Elizabeth


Check out our new book, now available in Kindle and print editions: Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker

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13 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Just read your post “10 Reasons you should be a missionary” shared by my friend matt in Rwanda. Laughed so hard I peed. So true. Every. Last. Word! Since I was here, I thought I’d take a look around and learn a little about you & your call to missions. Super stoked to learn about you & privileged to pray for you today! I teach a world missions class to junior high and high school kids. Each week we spend time in prayer for missionaries in the part of the world we are exploring. Guess where we are this week? May I share about you with the class, and have one of our prayer groups lift you up? #nosuchthingascoincidence

    • Absolutely! Thanks so much, Kindra, and may God bless your work with teenagers! There’s a special place in my heart for teens, so give them a big HOWDY from Cambodia for me! : ) — Jonathan

      If any of your students are interested in contacting us directly with questions or anything, they’d be more than welcome!

  2. i have been following your blog for about a year now and i wanted to say thanks for the great writing and the encouragement. My family and i plan to transition to the mission field next year and your writings have been so helpful. praying for you guys.

    • Thank you so much for reading and for sharing this comment, Roger. It’s always been our hope to help people get to the field, so it’s good to hear we may have helped someone 🙂 Thank you for the prayers, and may you and your family be blessed as you prepare to move and during the ever-chaotic actual transition process. May you settle your bodies and your hearts in your new home, and may you thrive when you get there! ~Elizabeth

  3. Are you folks still on the field? We are missionaries in the Philippines for many years and just came across a hard copy of the 10 reasons…don’t even know where it came from…..my pile of papers…….so great ..loved it….and thought your were actually writing from the Philippines…..and I’ll use it to encourage at our conference coming up next week. Wanted to give you credit, so I just went to the site listed on the paper and here you are! Looking forward to reading your posts.

    • Hey and welcome! Yep, we’re still on the field — in Cambodia actually 🙂 We’ve been here for 4 years. Thanks for dropping by, and glad you liked my husband’s 10 things post! ~Elizabeth

  4. Hi i have been reading your posts on alifeoverseas and just wanted to let you know what a blessing you are to me. Im a missionary in Dominican Republic for almost two years now and i can always relate easily to your stories! thank you for making me laugh and letting me know im not alone in my feelings or experiences. God bless you and your family and thank you for serving!

    • Thanks so much for the note and encouragement, Bernadette! What a privilege to walk alongside of folks who are serving all over the planet! God bless! — Jonathan T.

  5. Hi both of you – just want to say how much I appreciate your writing. I have been following you on A Life Overseas and this site for a while, and have just read your books. My husband and I are veteran missionaries – he reached 50 years since he first went to Taiwan a few months ago – and we are still based there. In this season we have switched more to the area of training and mentoring those who are going out, and it is in that context that I have been so blessed by your writing. Thanks for all you do to support and encourage folk on the field, wherever they are serving, to help them last out for the long haul. Keep it up!
    Oh, and being more of your Mum’s generation, Jonathan, I have been very touched by your posts from her journal. Thanks for those too.

  6. Hey there, Christine! Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging note. And congrats on the 50 years! Wow! : ) And hey, if you’d be interested in leaving an honest review of Serving Well on Amazon, our publisher tells us that really helps new people find the book. Thanks again for your years of faithful service, and for your continued ministry to cross-cultural folks. God bless! — Jonathan T.

  7. I encountered your writings through one of Jonathan’s posts on A Life Overseas. From there, I learned of your book Serving Well. What an enjoyable and encouraging read it was!
    Thank you for sharing your hearts and heartaches, your lives and His life through the stories you share. Thank you for the candor, humor, wisdom, and forthrightness with which you approached each topic. As I said in my Amazon review, your book is like a caring, trusted friend. I needed that friend.
    My husband and I joined a team of citizen missionaries who are endeavoring to establish a healthy indigenous church among a remote people group in Papua New Guinea. Now we’re deep into learning this language and studying this culture. After only five years on the field, we’re already in the “weary cross-cultural Christian worker” category.
    So thank you. Thank you for speaking from your hearts to touch the hearts of so many others.

    • Well hey there! Thanks so much for the encouraging note. I’m so glad Serving Well conveyed that sense of friendship we tried to pour into it. And may the Father bring you deep rest and hope as you serve in PNG. — Jonathan T.

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