A missionary crams a life into a suitcase and begins a journey into foreign places, both geographically and spiritually. Assaulted by cultural stress, ministry challenges, learning a new language, and the trauma of culture shock, missionaries long for community– a sense of connection, regardless of if they are the boiling water alone in an African hut or battling public transport in a crowded Indian city.  No doubt, living overseas can be brutal — on a family, on a faith, and in a soul. But, there’s no doubt, too, that it can be one of the most depth-giving experiences an individual can embrace. Like all of life, though, our stories are understood best when we have a community to share them with.

The blog collective ‘A Life Overseas’ provides that place of online connection for Christ-following missionaries and humanitarian aid workers living in foreign countries– from the past, present, or future.  As a team of writers who have logged years of overseas experience ourselves, we want to create an online space where expats of many nations come together to interact, encourage, and find a community that ‘gets it’.

At this site, you’ll find honest conversation about the role and realities of international missions, practical advice from others on the foreign field, and faith-based inspiration for the days when you’d just rather go home.

Whether you are new to the mission field, thinking of moving internationally, or have already spent years on foreign soil, Welcome to A Life Overseas. We invite you to interact with the people who step through this online door–  leave comments, consider writing a guest post, read and share articles that impacted or challenged you.  Subscribe to our blog (below or sidebar) or connect with us on facebook. We’re hopeful that the doorways to different worlds, perspectives and stories here will lead you to a bigger faith, a more effective ministry, and a greater understanding that you’re not alone.

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Our email: alifeoverseasblog@gmail.com

Angie Washington and Laura Parker

co-founders of A Life Overseas (but no longer managing site)

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  • HisFireFly

    found you on the OneWord site – must be God’s timing as my husband and I are in the preparation stage for long term mission work in Malawi – I look forward to jumping in here

  • KenyaKate

    “Somehow” (a word used often in Kenya for just about anything) I found this blog, and just love it so much already. Really resonates with me and ministers to my heart, each and every posting. Thank you thank you thank you; for being there, for articulating and understanding so well what it means to live a life overseas somewhere, for each posting I’ve read “getting it” so right. We’ve lived in Kenya as medical missionaries for 12+ years (over the past 20) and are headed back again for a few more, next year. Without a doubt, this blog is one I will continue to read, faithfully. Asante sana na Mungu awabariki (thank you and God bless you so much)!

  • Paula

    I just found this website also (via a friend’s post on Facebook)! My husband and I moved to the middle of Africa in 1989, but I’m still learning to ‘walk the talk’. Sure look forward to good reads…