September 2014

Run Away! Run Away! (And Other Conflict Styles)

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 28, 2014

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I don’t like conflict. I’m scared of it. I don’t want people to be upset with me; I don’t want people to think I’m upset with them. Conflict is stressful and instills in me a strong desire to RUN AWAY. I shut down both physically and emotionally, and I fail to deal with the issue […]

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Parasites and Paperwork

by Angie Washington on September 26, 2014

When it feels as though parasites have taken up permanent residency just know... this too shall pass.

These two topics arise during the conversation at almost every gathering of foreigners: parasites and paperwork. They hold the same high level of disdain and elicit low begrudged groans. Parasites How many times have parasites, amoebas, or other unfriendly bugs assaulted you? How many of those nasty sicknesses can you tick on a list? Does […]

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Anger Abroad

by Jonathan Trotter on September 24, 2014

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Two friends were planning to meet for lunch one day when one called to cancel, stating that she had a terrible headache. This wasn’t a typical headache, and it hurt badly. Her friend admitted that she too had a horrendous headache, and suggested they go to the ER together. (This is just one step beyond […]

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A Life Alone

by Editor on September 23, 2014

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After writing the post on single missionaries about a month ago a number of people who are working overseas and are single contacted A Life Overseas. And it was so good. Because we realized we had been neglecting this critical part of our community. Today our guest poster Geren St. Claire talks about what he has […]

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Don’t Shun the Small Things

by Kelley Nikondeha on September 19, 2014

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Often in community development work we focus on the big things – the massive ideas that will transform the local economy, the construction of classrooms or strategies for improving local human rights. The challenges are not small, so our work efforts expand to meet the needs – we make our best, biggest attempt, anyways. Today […]

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When a Colleague Fails…

by Richelle Wright on September 17, 2014

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How are we supposed to act when a colleague sins? It happens, and I’m not talking about the respectable sins with which we all struggle. I’m talking about the big ones – the ones that result in missionaries sent home from the field or pastors asked to leave their churches… What are we to do? […]

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Living Between Worlds – A Post on TCKs

by Marilyn on September 14, 2014

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For as long as I can remember I have lived between worlds. My first memories of life are from a rooftop in the southern area of Pakistan. The high, flat roof surrounded by walls was a perfect place to keep cool when the hot months came in early May. We slept on rope beds covered […]

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Seventy Times Seven, Conflict and Forgiveness

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 9, 2014

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  The conflict in mind as I wrote this piece was not related to a team conflict issue. I used to think that when Jesus said to forgive seventy times seven times, he meant that people would be so mean, so sinful, that they would keep sinning against me (and I against them) and I should forgive […]

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When All You Can Say is “Sí! Sí! Sí!”

by Abby Alleman on September 5, 2014

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Early September doesn’t just mark the beginning of the school year for children, it also marks the beginning of language learning for both newcomers as well as those who have been in their adopted countries a long time. Because let’s be honest here – fluency takes a lifetime and more. Trying to get our tongues […]

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One of the first questions people often ask me when they learn that I’m a psychologist is, “are you practicing?” They are invariably disappointed when I tell them “no, I’m still busy with our young children, and I’m trying to start a business on the side.” Here, like many other places I’ve lived abroad, there […]

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Four Things You Could Do

by Tara Livesay on September 1, 2014

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There is no shortage of  instructions on the interweb. In any given month it is quite likely you will be instructed on multiple topics.  The list could include:  Ten things not to say to your single friends Five things Christians should stop saying Ten things for a healthy marriage. Five reasons your teen is rebelling. […]

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