2018

3 Quick Ways to Improve a Short Term Missions Trip

by Craig Greenfield on April 19, 2018

Got your t-shirts printed? Your passport up to date? Crowd-funding page all set? It’s almost time to go! The Short Term Mission season is almost upon us, and very soon swarms of teams will converge on poor communities around the world. They are ready to paint orphanages and hand out tracts in a language they don’t […]

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Parents, Call Out the Beauty

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 18, 2018

I don’t know if there are studies about this or if it is purely anecdotal, but I have heard over and over that how kids respond to a life overseas is directly related to how parents, especially moms, respond to it. No pressure, moms. Seriously, no pressure. All is Grace. But also, seriously, how ya […]

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by Katie Rowe For those of you who participated in or have been following the missionary attrition study from last fall, this is the post that you have been waiting for. It is time for some initial results! Back in November of 2017, Andrea Sears wrote a post that explained the necessity of research on […]

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Adopting While Living Overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on April 13, 2018

We did something I thought was impossible. We adopted a child while living overseas. Adoption has been on my heart for years. Even before we were married I shared with my husband my dream of building a family entirely through adoption. In 2012 we adopted our son from the US foster care system and a […]

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10 Questions to Routinely Ask Your TCKs

by Editor on April 11, 2018

by Lauren Wells It is important for parents raising children anywhere to be continually engaging and checking in with their kids. When you are raising TCKs, this is even more important. TCKs are privy to struggles that mono-cultural children don’t often have to face, so being aware of that and taking time to routinely ask […]

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Failed Missionaries and “But God…”

by Marilyn on April 9, 2018

When my husband and I left what was supposed to be a three-year missions commitment in Pakistan after one year, we were angry, hurt, and deeply wounded. We didn’t leave Pakistan, but we did leave a missions community that I had been a part of since birth. This community had raised me, loved me well, […]

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Ask a Counselor: Easter realities

by Kay Bruner on April 5, 2018

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men […]

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Check out this collection of our most-read articles

by Jonathan Trotter on April 5, 2018

Consider this the Table of Contents for a book on missions, cross-cultural living, grief, TCKs, MKs, missiology, common pitfalls, transition, short-term missions, relating to senders, and a whole lot more. I figured it was time to compile our most-read posts and present them to you, organized by topic. So here they are, 85 of our […]

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Dear Missionary Mom of Littles

by Amy Medina on April 3, 2018

Dear Missionary Mom of Littles, I see you. I’m starting with that, because I know that often you don’t feel seen. You stay home with the kids while your husband goes out to teach the Bible study. You hang around the back of the church, trying to keep the baby quiet. You have to leave […]

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Who Are ‘The Least of These’?

by Abby Alleman on March 29, 2018

  If I close my eyes, her vivid image appears. She sits, destitute, outside the SPAR supermarket. Skin wrinkled and leather-like, she has been in the sun too long. Her life has become reduced to a tiny meal here. Perhaps there is a smoke there.  And, in the end, a cup of cold water? Her […]

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Debriefing: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

by Craig Thompson on March 28, 2018

After I wrote about debriefing last month, some people responded with versions of . . . Sounds like a good idea, but where should I go? That’s a great question, and I’d like to point you to a place where you can find some options. Here at A Life Overseas, click on the Resources link at the […]

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Someone recently pointed out that our picture pops up on a Google search for “blended family” (just a few spots behind the Brady Bunch).       That was a pretty cool moment. I felt a little famous. Like the internet finally found out about the Joneses.   Then some more friends passed this little gem […]

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