TCK Higlight: Karissa Chmil (Storylight Blog Tour)

Dear friends, where to begin? It’s been several months since my last posts. I’ve been applying to universities like crazy, and doing senior year, and trying to work on Truth4TCKs 2022 (more info on that soon!). Although I don’t have a new post for you today – I will soon – I have a lovely interview with TCK and writer Karissa Chmil for you. Enjoy.


What’s your story? (Not where are you from, because that’s an annoying question.)
Well, where to begin?
My name is Karissa Chmil, a young nomad on a quest to let the banner of Soli deo Gloria fly across the world one story at a time.
I was born in the United States, and by the age of seven I had picked up a few nomadic qualities—traveling six hundred miles every three weeks will do that to you. A little under three years later, I moved to the French alps, spent a few wonderful years there, and currently live in Western Africa.
Things haven’t always been easy—in the past five years I’ve said countless goodbyes, had siblings spend weeks in the hospital, have lost friends back in America to suicide, and more. But I don’t think I would change any of it—because, by the grace of God that I’m named after, all this fire has only served to bring out the gold.


What brings you joy?
Little moments—laughing with siblings over the most random of things, teasing my friends, walks in the twilight, singing when I’m alone in the house, hearing the little girls I take care of finally learn to say my name, the quiet at prayer meeting as we all cry out to the Lord and let His peace wash over us, long talks with my mom, watching candles flicker at night, teaching my friends simple words in English, slipping into stories, endless email threads with my best friend. . . As a friend’s mom says, “happiness is a feeling; joy is a choice.”
And I will choose, every day of my life, to find joy in the tiny, hidden moments.


What are your favorite latest reads?
I’ve just finished the Wingfeather Saga, which was definitely worth the read. Because of Mr. Terupt is also one I finished (re)reading recently, and I’d highly recommend it. On the nonfiction side, I’ve just begun a book called I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, and, so far, it’s proved fascinating.


How does your multi-cultural worldview affect your reading life?
I would say that my multi-cultural worldview makes every book I read deeper, because I can see it from so many different angles. French culture, American culture, honor-shame culture—all of it makes me see the characters and their decisions in a much more significant light.


Tell us about your blog!
Storylight is a blog that focuses around the tagline Remember the stories, which champions the idea that, when you’re hurting or confused or you’ve messed up at something, you can go back to the stories you’ve read, to the character’s you’ve grown with, and let them teach you and heal you.
It features flash fiction, bookish articles (such as Is Reading a Waste of Time?), book reviews, book recommendations, and soon-to-be author interviews—in short, it’s a hopeful, purposeful, bookish atmosphere, and I’d love to see you over there!


There you have it, dear friends! I’m planning on getting back to posting regularly after this long hiatus, and thanks for being patient with me. I hope you go and check Karissa’s new blog out!

TCKs For Christ Launches Today

Over a year ago, I met a beautiful young woman named Clarissa Choo. She, like me, had grown up in several countries. She, like me, had parents who were business people. And she, much more than me, loved Jesus. 

She had started a “TCK Letters” ministry… sending out newsletters to third culture kids to encourage them in their walk with God. On the other hand, I was just starting to write and blog more for and about third-culture kids. It was a perfect comradery. We began to write weekly and dream and plan. I remember when we started a TCK group chat and discussed what other ministries would be possible. 

Out of the small community we created grew Truth4TCKs, my organization that offers conferences and seminars for Jesus-following TCKs. 

However, that wasn’t the only ministry that grew out of our community. I want to share with you my dear friends’ project, TCKs For Christ. Their website launched today!


TCKs for Christ is a website ministry that strives to serve, encourage, and challenge teenage Christian third culture kids and young adult TCKs. These include business kids, cross-cultural kids, mixed-cultural kids, diplomat kids, etc. 

Does TCKs for Christ have an Email List?

Yes, they do! Upon signing up, you will receive exclusive content of one TCK letter and one newsletter per month in your inbox.

The TCK Letters convey heartfelt experiences through words, in which a few of our writers talk about the struggles and triumphs of their TCK life.

The Monthly Newsletter is a fun, convenient summary of new articles and interviews published on our website for the month.

Interested? Hit subscribe.

An Excerpt from a TCKs for Christ article:

The Identity of Home by Elisha McFarland.

Have you ever struggled with the idea of “home”? I know I have. As TCKs, we often battle this relentless onslaught of insecurity about our legitimate home. Throughout my entire life, the only insecurity I battled was found within a question:

Where is home? Do I have several, or none at all? What qualifies as a home? …

Questioning Home is a Difficult Insecurity

It bites deep, leaving us vulnerable and depressed. To make matters worse, this malady is not physical; it cannot be cured by drugs or remedies. This malady is of the spirit, and so we must turn to the One who created our spirit.

This answer was first given to me at TCK Camp Uganda 2016. The time spent in this camp was world-rocking. Sermons were preached, hearts were changed … and homes were found. …

Read more of this article in TCKs for Christ.

Where Can I Connect with Them?

Their social media handle is @TCKsforChrist. Connect with them through FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.


Please, friends, go check their website out and subscribe to their newsletter. You won’t regret it. Their team is made up of unique, diverse, and Jesus-loving people. I’m so proud of them. 

Fifteen Blog Tour

Hello dear friends! Today, I have the immense honor of hosting a part of Amie Anne Woleslagle’s Blog Tour & Scavenger Hunt for her new poetry book, Fifteen, which releases on October 23rd! I got to interview her about herself and her book, and I am so happy, practically struck by stars, to be able to share this with you.

I’m happy because I need a book like this. I struggle with thoughts in my mind – dark shadows floating and piercing – and poetry is such a beautiful way to shine a light into people’s hearts.

Also, here is the beautiful cover:


Hello Amie Anne! I’m so glad to have you as a guest on my blog! First of all, if you could describe yourself with four words, what would they be? *Also I really love your name, it’s so unique and beautiful.* 

Awe, thank you. I think I would describe myself as loyal, ingenuitive, dedicated, and vivacious.

Also, what’s your favorite flavor of tea, or if you aren’t a tea person, go-to Starbucks drink?

See, I love both tea and Starbucks, so I shall answer both. My favorite flavor of tea is lemon at the moment, though it changes. I also love chai, Irish breakfast, English breakfast, and Earl Grey. 

Can you give us a quick description of your book?

Absolutely! “You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.”

Why did you write this book and what was the process like?

I wrote this book as a project given to me by a friend, and then it snowballed from a freebie for my email list to a book that I’m publishing. Definitely not where I saw it going, but I believe God knew just where it needed to go and who needs to read it. 

What has been the funnest (that’s a word) part of the process?

Definitely connecting with people. It’s been such a wild ride, but it’s been amazing to be able to connect with authors and readers alike.

What has been the hardest part?

Not giving in to the anxiety. I’ve never done all of this, and every step of the way there’s been these crippling fears and moments where I just want to scream because I. Don’t. Know. What. I’m. Doing. But God’s been there, and He’s given me grace and people to help me through this. 

Who/what has been the most influential in the creation of this book?

There are so many life experiences and people who have influenced this book. Each of the poems speaks to a different experience and different lessons learned thanks to different people.

What are your plans/dreams for the future?

*laughs* Well, those don’t really exist once the new year appears, so I guess everyone (including myself!) shall just have to see. 


If this hasn’t gotten you excited, I don’t know what will. I am so thankful to have been part of the tour. I have already gone and pre-ordered the book, and you should too! 

You can pre-order the paperback copy here, and the e-book copy here. If you pre-order it, you can sign up for some beautiful pre-order goodies that will be sent to your doorstep! You can fill out the form for the goodies here