May 2013

Celebrating 100 Posts!

by Laura Parker on May 31, 2013

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Well, friends-from-all-latitudes, it’s been a pretty amazing first six months here at A Life Overseas. When Angie (from Bolivia), and I (Laura, moving from SE Asia to Colorado at the time) first talked about creating an online space to honestly talk about what it means to serve internationally, we weren’t sure if the idea would […]

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Fundraising

by Angie Washington on May 29, 2013

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The summer heat of Oklahoma turned our dingy, grey duplex into an oven. I shuffled papers around, crouched over my bulging belly on the crusty, rust colored shag carpet. Expectancy within, the birth of our third child. Expectancy all around, our impending move to Bolivia. The two events would occur in the fall, just weeks […]

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The Joy of Giving

by Dustin on May 27, 2013

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In 1 Chronicles 29, David prays a prayer over the new temple in Jerusalem. In verse 14 he says, “Who am I, and who are my people that we should be able to give like this?” He was mystified that the creator of everything would deem him and his people worthy of giving anything. He […]

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God Bless THE WORLD

by Justin Schneider on May 23, 2013

Our last Sunday at church before moving to Thailand. The church was decorated in "The Lord

Monday, May 26, 2013 marks Memorial Day in the United States.  For those of you who may not be familiar with the U.S. holiday, it is day intended to honor members of the U.S. armed forces who have died in service.  The Sunday before, many churches all over the U.S. honor those who have died […]

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Bruising Seasons

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 21, 2013

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I stand at the entrance to the airport with my arm around her. Four of our children slide backpacks and trunks through scanners, turn for a last wave goodbye. One, for the last time. He’s graduating from their boarding school this year. Mine won’t get that old, will they? I counted, on the drive to […]

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Fate - Homes in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan. [1500x1000] - Imgur

As soon as the angry words came out of my mouth, I regretted them. I was speaking to Rehmet, the woman who helped me care for my kids and my home. She was a Punjabi woman, uneducated, illiterate, with a smile that stretched across a beautiful, weathered face and a personality as big as her […]

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Traveling Missionaries

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 14, 2013

Being a missionary carries a great cost, but does have some benefits. It is not all doom and gloom, complete with vows of poverty and poor fashion choices for clothing. In today’s day and age it is easy to benefit from one aspect of the missionary life. Frequent travel. The nature of missions involves being […]

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Voice of the National ~ Aminatou

by Richelle Wright on May 9, 2013

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About a month ago, we had a conversation here about one of those unsettling and sometimes divisive (at least as far as opinions about best practices) components of our expat, international lifestyle – local men and women employed to handle those domestic tasks and home maintenance labor. One thing I did pick up from that […]

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When I first moved to Laos with my husband Mike, I tagged along on one of his work trips out to a rural village where Mike’s organization had recently helped set up a gravity-fed water system. During this trip, Mike and the staff (and, by extension, me) were the guests of honor in the village […]

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Do It Afraid

by Tara Livesay on May 2, 2013

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More than ten years ago I got to watch my oldest son Isaac take his first steps.  He was 11 months old at the time. Considering we lived in two different countries at that point in time, it was great timing on his part. I was in Port au Prince visiting him toward the end of his […]

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