August 2017

10 Reasons Why Our Good Intentions to Fight Poverty Backfire

by Craig Greenfield on August 29, 2017

Good intentions to alleviate poverty are not good enough. Sometimes our helping hurts the “helped.” I hesitate to write these words, because I know how easily an article like this can be misconstrued, and even used to justify the opposite of generosity. “What’s the point of giving then?” you might be tempted to ask. “It’s […]

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By MaDonna Maurer “Your daughter has a rare genetic syndrome called Cri-du-Chat Syndrome, and she needs a feeding tube.” My dreams, my desires to live overseas, seemed to shatter with that diagnosis. The past 10 months all made sense. This was the reason she was hospitalized in Beijing for bronchitis at 3 months old. This […]

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“Don’t you just love it?”

by Editor on August 25, 2017

By Emily Casada It was the middle of a hot tropical summer in Cancun, Mexico. Sweat dripped down my staff t-shirt as I loaded a visiting mission team into the 15-passenger van for a winding, bumpy, 30-minute drive to our next ministry site. We were 4 or 5 weeks into an 8-week-long summer of visiting […]

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Can mold really be an adventure?

by Kathleen Shumate on August 23, 2017

Mold is my constant companion — and my undying enemy. I even composed a haiku for it, which anyone living in tropical regions will appreciate: Mold creeps in as spores Like fuzzy burglars intent On stealing my shoes It’s annoying. Not earth-shattering, just annoying. But sometimes you wouldn’t know the difference from my reaction. Jammed […]

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When Hard Things Happen Back Home

by Jerry Jones on August 21, 2017

There is something surreal about being on the other side of the world while major events unfold in your home country.  It leaves you feeling both connected and disconnected at the exact same time.   It is 7158 miles (11,520 kilometers) from where I am sitting right now to Charlottesville, Virginia (USA) but there is […]

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Home in the Spaces

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 19, 2017

(revised from an essay published originally by She Loves Magazine) My kids have lived abroad since 2003 and now we’ve started college tours in the US. I knew every tour guide would ask: Where are you from? So I preemptively asked one of my daughters, “Where is home?” Ah, the dreaded, complicated, richly beautiful question […]

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This truth hit me smack between the eyes. I didn’t see it coming. I’m not sure I like it. (Hello, one seems fun but maybe a bit shallow and the other purposeful, deep, you know, important.) But the truth is marching bands and missionaries are basically the same. It is marching band camp season in the […]

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Furlough (for the uninitiated)

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 14, 2017

After three years serving overseas, our agency asks personnel to take a 6 month furlough to reconnect with supporters, spend time with loved ones, and decompress. As we geared up for spending half a year jobless and living out of suitcases in other peoples’ houses I wondered: Will we even survive? Yes, change and transition […]

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Should TCKs Take Their Parents to College?

by Editor on August 10, 2017

By Lauren Wells When you become a parent, you quickly realize that there are a plethora of strong opinions about just about anything regarding the rearing of your children. When you are parenting TCKs, the voices are even louder. TCKs often have unique challenges that make parenting far from straightforward, and this is particularly true […]

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The Language of Transition

by Marilyn on August 9, 2017

The vocabulary of those of us who are a part of A Life Overseas includes many words that focus on movement. Journey. Pilgrimage. Moving. Leaving. Re-Entry. Arriving. Transition. All of these come with stories – funny ones, poignant ones, and hard ones. Beyond the stories are adults and kids who are part of communities and […]

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Letter of the day: “I’m coming to you at this moment as a desperate mom in need of a resource, like, today for my 10 year old son. Briefly: After 5 years living in _____, we’re packing up and heading back to the states in 3 1/2 weeks. My anxiety prone son, who is very […]

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When Missionaries Starve

by Jonathan Trotter on August 4, 2017

It’s something that’s caused the rise and fall of kingdoms. It’s confused the most erudite of the educated and been understood by the most childlike of children. It’s been cherished and treasured by some, burned and ridiculed by others, and it’s absolutely necessary to your emotional health while living and serving abroad. It is the […]

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