May 2014

When Friends Do the Next Right Thing

by Elizabeth Trotter on May 29, 2014

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What do we do when the people we love do the next right thing? What if that next right thing leads them away from us? When we say yes to God, we must often say no to the places we already know. And when God leads us overseas, we enter a communal life that is punctuated by […]

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Sarah Goodfellow

We welcome my “neighbor” Sarah Goodfellow, who lives in Peru (I am in Bolivia), as our contributor today. I am so very excited that there are now two regular writers from South America on the team for A Life Overseas. Yeah! Learn more about Sarah on the Writers Page. Even if you do not have […]

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Today’s guest post is a gift to those who have just finished their first year overseas as well as to those who have been overseas for 15 or 30. Corrie Commisso takes us on a journey through her first year in Dakar, Senegal — a year of new words, new foods, new ways of interacting, […]

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Hosting Short-Term Mission Trips: Devotions

by Kelley Nikondeha on May 23, 2014

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Photo Credit: Tina Francis When I was young I remember embarking on my first short-term mission trip – to Hawaii. I don’t recall much of what we did while on the island, but I remember when we clustered under the buckling metal patio cover for morning devotions. The team leader opened up his Bible and […]

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of dust and criticism

by Richelle Wright on May 21, 2014

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Living on the back side of the Sahara Desert for 13 years, I became intimately acquainted with dust. Keeping desert dust from simply moving in and taking over the house? Well, I jokingly (sorta) say that THAT was my full time job. Or battle. If I stick with the battle metaphor, it was one I […]

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Learning to Live Flexibly and Intentionally

by Marilyn on May 19, 2014

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Several years ago I read a newsletter from a couple who have spent many years living and working in Amman, Jordan. The letter was an honest look at how they decide to spend their time. In it they described their particular styles and personalities — she was relaxed and spontaneous, always ready for an interruption […]

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10 Reasons You Should Be a Missionary

by Jonathan Trotter on May 16, 2014

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Sometimes, we’re a pretty serious bunch, and sometimes, that’s ok. But when I was a teenager and our house had five kids in diapers (long story), my dad used to say, “If we don’t laugh, we’ll cry.” He was right, and we chose to laugh. A lot. (The five in diapers hadn’t learned this maxim yet, […]

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Here I Am To Worship

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 14, 2014

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I spent our early days in the Horn of Africa going to the market in the morning and learning how to decipher goat from beef from camel meat that hung in fly-covered slabs and then grinding it myself, how to make French Fries from potatoes instead of from the Drive-Thru, and studying language. Sort of. […]

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Send Someone Else

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 10, 2014

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Do you ever have days you wonder why God sent you? You doubt in the dark what you knew in the light? Questions about whether we are making an impact set in. As you contemplate your next big endeavor, you feel like saying… “Please, Not Me!” You are in good company. This is exactly the […]

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Can I Speak Love in English?

by Editor on May 7, 2014

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Anyone who has spent a fraction of time living and making their home overseas knows what it’s like – the overwhelming, exhausting, inadequacy of language. The learning it, the using it, the not knowing enough of it. And that’s why I love this post by Shannon Malia Heil. Because she takes us to a different […]

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Book Giveaway: My Hands Came Away Red

by Lisa McKay on May 5, 2014

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This month, Moody Publishers has offered to give away three copies of my Christy-award-nominated first novel, My Hands Came Away Red. Below  is a little about how I came to write this novel and what I learned during the process. You can find out how to enter to win a copy of the book at […]

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Adventures in Awkward

by Tara Livesay on May 2, 2014

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 A little humor for your weekend… Disclaimer: If you struggle with prim and properness to the point of easily offended you should not read this post.  There are words that are used to describe human bodies. One day my husband, Troy, declared that his “life had become far too weird for description.” I beg to […]

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