October 2012

5 Mistakes I Made My First Year on the Mission Field

by Laura Parker on October 23, 2012

Just last year, I was a culture-shocked newbie stumbling through my first months living overseas.  And we came as independents {we still are}, brought three small children with us, and probably arrived before we had technically raised enough money to sustainably stay. You could say we’ve done a lot wrong in regards to our transition into full-time missions. But […]

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The Common Coffin Consolation

by Angie Washington on October 18, 2012

When missionaries gather we console each other. We encourage each other. We laugh together. We gripe together. We solve problems together. A particular consolation comes up frequently in my corner of the world. When things get hard or lonely we say, “At least we didn’t have to pack our stuff in a coffin.” Some missionaries […]

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10 Reasons Not To Become a Missionary

by Laura Parker on October 16, 2012

1. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Think You Are Going to Change the World. First, high expectations doom to disappoint, but, also, maybe your desire to change the world is trumping your desire to serve. Ask yourself if you would be happy moving overseas to a much harsher environment in order to quietly help a local, while getting […]

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Acquainted

by Angie Washington on October 13, 2012

They started telling me their stories. We call the orphans of our orphanage the Dreamers. It caught me at the throat when the children decided to speak about their mothers. Pure fantasy spewed from their lips. “My mother brought me a huge cake,” he said with arms extended indicating the enormous dimensions. “My mother is […]

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Sprint, Sprint, Sprint, Gut

by Angie Washington on October 13, 2012

The coach of our swim team during my younger years had this saying. But it really wasn’t a saying, it was a yelling. He had to make himself heard over the splashes and we were all wearing those flattering plastic caps that squeezed our ears making it almost impossible to hear anything. I guess it […]

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Entitlement and Titles

by Angie Washington on October 13, 2012

My jaw dropped as I watched a triangle of interaction take place. Having befriended a gal in our office I felt compelled to give her a little gift. The gift bag with froo-froo tissue paper hid two cute shirts. I practically skipped into the office. Seeing she was alone at her desk I sidled up […]

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Bloom Where You’re Planted and All That

by Laura Parker on October 12, 2012

I’ll be honest, this missions gig hasn’t gone like I thought it would.  When I was a teenager, I devoured books on Amy Carmichael, determined to live in some hut rescuing orphans. I wanted to “accomplish great things for God,” and I assumed that meant a dramatic adventure, namely, taking a plane somewhere. When I had kids and […]

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Short-Term Missions: Is the Price Tag Worth It?

by Laura Parker on October 12, 2012

Short term mission trips are a popular thing these days in Christian circles. In fact, estimates are that literally millions of individuals, mostly young people, serve on short term trips (1 week up to a year) every year worldwide. Now that’s a lot of people and a whole truckload of money. Here’s an article written […]

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You All Right?

by Angie Washington on October 10, 2012

The whitewashed staircase looms before her. She hesitates and tries to calm her elevated heart rate, “Breathe. You’ve done this before. It’s going to be ok.” But is it really? It’s been so long since she has stepped foot in such a place. Mixed emotions swirl as her foot slowly steps on the first stair. […]

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Avoiding the Missionary Kid Syndrome

by Chris Lautsbaugh on October 8, 2012

Missionary Family

We’ve all heard horror stories of P.K.’s (Pastors Kids), M.K.’s (Missionary Kids), and W.K.’s (Whatever other ministry oriented kid turned out bad). While my wife and I have a long way to go to declare success, here are some things we have been practicing to keep missions appealing. 1. Priorities I can hear all the […]

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Meet the Editors

by Editor on October 6, 2012

Angie and I have never met in real life. Instead, our journey was formed in blog comments and facebook posts. Our friendship begun via computers and twitter handles. She was in Bolivia, and I was living in SE Asia. She was the encouraging missionary with years under her belt saying, “You can do this,” while […]

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Coming Soon!

by Laura Parker on October 4, 2012

a Life Overseas will be officially launching November 15th. This collective blog-site will be a space to encourage, challenge, and help missionaries and humanitarian workers living overseas. Our articles will spark honest conversation, ask hard questions, and give glimpses into the realities of the missionary lifestyle. We have a line-up of writers from all over […]

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