February 2014

Pardon My Dust

by Editor on February 28, 2014

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I taste it on my lips after a long car ride. I feel it in the pores of my skin at the end of the day. I resign that no matter how much I scrub, my feet with never be free of it. I brush it from my children’s hair at night and from my […]

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Chasing the wind

Today A Life Overseas welcomes Jody Fernando as a guest poster. Today Jody writes an insightful post on the ‘good life’ and the Christian message and it’s guaranteed to generate some good conversation. You can read more about Jody at the end. ****************** A deep bass beat rippled through the darkness of the dance club. […]

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Ever seen a baby lizard dressed in Polly Pocket clothing?

by Richelle Wright on February 24, 2014

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I have. I wish I had a picture… But I don’t. All I have is the memory. And that memory often gets me thinking about this fact. Sometimes, we missionary types take ourselves a little too seriously. We want to be effective,  impact lives, not just do what we do well but very well – […]

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Its Not About You

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 20, 2014

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“You will not receive praise in heaven; no one will glorify your name. No one will say to you, ‘This person is here because of you.’ The praise will all belong to him because he has accomplished it all,” Elyse Fitzpatrick, Comforts from the Cross You know the song, that tear-jerker everyone sang for special […]

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Their Purpose is NOT to Give Us Money

by Chris Lautsbaugh on February 18, 2014

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There is a subtle mindset which can creep into our thinking as missionaries and social activists. We can begin to think that there are those who are called to go, and those who are called to give. Jesus himself said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the […]

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Let’s Talk About Love

by Lisa McKay on February 14, 2014

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! Before I jump into all things love (because, really, what else could I write about today), I just want to say thank you for the lovely comments and notes I received after my last post about my husband’s cancer diagnosis and our sudden (hopefully temporary) departure from Laos. We’re still in Australia. […]

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Let Me Make Your Kid a Buddhist

by Laura Parker on February 12, 2014

In true A Life Overseas fashion, we are marking this our 200th post (!!!) with a difficult conversation about the ethics involved in working with children overseas. As always, thanks for making this place an open space to hash out the realities of this living-and-working-internationally-thing. We’re grateful for your insights, experience, and grace, and we’re […]

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A Cautionary Tale: Expats & Expets (What not to do)

by Tara Livesay on February 10, 2014

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This month I’m writing in the air while I fly away from my island home. My feet will touch the ground in five cities today before I arrive at my final destination. Leaving the kids and the work behind, of course my mind is filled with all sorts of ‘A Life Overseas’ things, but I […]

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31 Flavors of Foreigners

by Angie Washington on February 4, 2014

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What’s your favorite ice-cream? Baskin Robbins’ 31 flavors of ice-cream are fairly well known in the States. They’ve added some more flavors, but they founded their fame on the great number 31. My 1st choice is Rainbow Sherbet. So yum! This is a get-to-know-you post! Let’s take it a little deeper than ice-cream preference, though, […]

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