2017

Am I supposed to love people I don’t even know?

by Kathleen Shumate on November 22, 2017

As we prepared to go overseas as missionaries, people often asked us: “Why Taiwan?” It was a good question. Out of the whole wide world, how did we choose to serve in Taiwan? These people may not have realized it when they asked, but as Christians—both missionaries and senders—we’ve built up a set of expectations […]

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The Challenge of Thankfulness

by Jerry Jones on November 19, 2017

Blah. Blah. Blah. That was my gut reaction when I got this challenge recently. Identify three things that you are thankful for and start every day focused on them.  See what happens. In fairness to me — I come from a place where “thankfulness” has been sugar-coated, watered down, sucked dry and beaten to death.  A place where “count your blessings” […]

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Third Culture Kids and Social Media

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 17, 2017

This summer, The Atlantic published a fascinating article called Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation? I encourage every parent, especially of tweens and teens, to read it and discuss it with your children. I read the article with a particular mindset, that of a parent raising teenagers who also are Third Culture Kids. I wondered, […]

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For Those Who Wait {Which is all of us!}

by Amy Young on November 15, 2017

Today I’m excited to talk with Tanya Marlow author of Those Who Wait: Finding God In Disappointment, Doubt, And Delay. Years ago Tanya asked me to guest post for her God and Suffering series. (That series, by the way, is a gold mine.) Over the years, Tanya and I have become friends, real friends. We’ve never met […]

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Managing Stress Overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 12, 2017

Moving overseas, I thought trusting Jesus and obeying what he asked me to do would get me through thick and thin. I’d been through some major tough stressy stuff in my pre-overseas life, and leaning hard into my bible study and prayer led me through. So I should be good, right? I’d like to give […]

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by Andrea Sears Craig Thompson published a very informative article here at A Life Overseas in July about studies that have attempted to discover the primary reasons that missionaries return to their home countries. What really struck me in that article was that: The research is dated, as much has changed on the mission field in […]

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A Salute to Faithfulness

by Marilyn on November 8, 2017

My father died two weeks ago. It was not a tragic death, except as all death in our broken world can feel tragic; his life was rich and full, lived across oceans and continents. He was a veteran missionary and pastor who loved God, his family, the Church, and people in general. As I think […]

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Ask a Counselor: no child soldiers, no child sacrifice

by Kay Bruner on November 5, 2017

Jesus talked quite a bit about the Kingdom of Heaven and its King. Jesus told us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like: Seeds, broadcast into a field Yeast in a loaf of bread A treasure, hidden in a field A pearl of great price A net full of fish.  (Matthew 13) Jesus told us […]

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To the Returning Missionary

by Elizabeth Trotter on November 1, 2017

You have walked with God in this place a long time, and He has walked with you. He has been beside you and inside you this whole time. The same Spirit remains in you and with you in your new place. This place has changed you, and you have changed this place. Do not be […]

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When Christians Think Like Elijah

by Editor on October 30, 2017

By Tamie Davis Recently a church from another state in Australia decided to do a church plant into my home city of Adelaide. In their fundraising video, they described the church situation in Adelaide as rough, desperate, and crying for help from outside, because there was no church in Adelaide that could viably look outside […]

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What Did I Do Today? I Made a Copy. Woohoo!

by Craig Thompson on October 27, 2017

An imagined but quite possible day in a life overseas . . . This morning I woke up with my to-do list waiting for me on the nightstand. Item number one was Get out of bed (I’d written that one down so I could start the day by crossing it off). Number two said Copy document. […]

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On Fundamental Sadness and the Deeper Magic

by Jonathan Trotter on October 25, 2017

Some call it pessimism. Unspiritual. A sickness best treated with peppy music and cliché-riddled Christianese. They caution and guard against sadness, considering it a rabbit hole (or a worm hole) leading nowhere good. Others call it holy. Jeremiah-ish. Defending it with the label of realism – open eyes that see things as they truly are. […]

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