January 2014

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The call from the American University in Cairo came on a Sunday morning, a business day in the Middle East. I had worked the night shift as a nurse and arrived home in time to eat breakfast and  hug my husband and three children, sending them on their way to church while I got much […]

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Tumbling in the Undertow

by Richelle Wright on January 29, 2014

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I’ll never forget the first time I went body surfing. Only a tiny part of a much larger set of events, it remains vividly stamped upon my mind… Ten years old! Traveling – on a plane for the very first time that I could independently remember! On a trip with my swim team and without […]

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The Dreaded Question: Where Are You From?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 27, 2014

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A young white woman asked my daughter Lucy to spin the globe and point at where she was from. Lucy rotated the globe until her hand hovered over Africa. Before she could be more specific the woman laughed and said, ‘no, tell me where you are from,’ and spun the globe toward the United States. “I’m […]

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Disappointed by A National

by Chris Lautsbaugh on January 24, 2014

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If you have been in missions any length of time, you have experienced disappointment with a national person you’ve trusted. It’s not a question of if, but when. Someone will break your trust, they might steal from you, or worse. I know of national workers who were entrusted with a ministry only to overthrow the […]

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How Will You Know When To Go Home?

by Lisa McKay on January 22, 2014

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Three weeks ago, just after Christmas, we learned that my husband, Mike, has testicular cancer. We were in Thailand at the time, on a three-day getaway from our home in Laos. Mike had noticed something different downstairs ten days previously, and we’d scheduled an appointment to get it checked out in Thailand while we were […]

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Is the Purpose of Missions the GOSPEL or the KINGDOM?

by Laura Parker on January 20, 2014

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We sat across the table from them and they leveled questions at us about our work. It felt a little Spanish Inquisition, honestly. “What happens to the girls after they are rescued? Do you give them the gospel? Can you guarantee they end up in a Christian after care center?” And we had to honestly […]

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On separation, grief, and forgiveness

by Tara Livesay on January 18, 2014

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  Inevitably, moving away from friends and family means changed relationships. Pray, plan, and try as you might; things still change. We have hated that fact, fought against it, deeply grieved it, been angry, and attempted numerous times to make it untrue … To no avail. When people ask us, “What is the hardest part […]

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How to Transition to the Foreign Field and not Croak (Part 2)

by Elizabeth Trotter on January 16, 2014

In Part 1, we looked at three issues that can cause heartache for missionaries. Today I’ll explain three more issues that affect daily life overseas. 4)      Pornography/sexual sin 5)      Team stress 6)      Not getting enough pre-field training   4) PORNOGRAPHY/ SEXUAL SIN Unaddressed sin problems are going to show up on the mission field. There […]

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How to Transition to the Foreign Field and not Croak (Part 1)

by Elizabeth Trotter on January 15, 2014

I believe if a missionary family is happy and healthy, they will be more sustainable in the long-term. I also believe that the key to happy and healthy missionaries is preparation. One of the things I’ve learned while living overseas is that there is a lot of heartache among cross-cultural workers. I’ve also noticed that often, people’s heartache had common characteristics, and could have been addressed […]

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Commandment vs Commission

by Dustin on January 10, 2014

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  There’s a passage in the New Testament that has become a kind of battle cry for Christians everywhere. In fact, the Christian college I attended had this verse literally written in stone on the bell tower in the center of campus. It’s commonly called The Great Commission. Therefore go and make disciples of all […]

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Sink and a Dolphin Will Catch You

by Angie Washington on January 7, 2014

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Though pixilated, I can see she is attentive. Her words come through clearly, even if the imaged is delayed. Our weekly Skype sessions have been a lifesaver during a very desperate time in my life. If you would have told me a year ago I would be seeing a counselor I would have rebuked you […]

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Embrace the Chaos

by Editor on January 3, 2014

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We are happy to welcome guest writer Michael Andrzejewski to A Life Overseas. As you read his story take a moment to be aware of the gift of chaos on your life right now. How can you embrace it as the divine provision that it is? Normally supper starts out calmly at our house. We […]

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