Laura Parker

New Girl

by Laura Parker on August 8, 2014

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The following post is one I have been re-living as of late, as we re-enter living in SE Asia after a two year stint in the States (original post is here). The whole family is thrust constantly into those awkward situations of being the new kids on the block, and I’m reminded of how hard […]

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7 Things You “Need” Before You Move Overseas

by Laura Parker on July 9, 2014

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I don’t know what it is about me (or us?), but every time I gear up to go live or travel to a different country for an extended period of time, I start scouring Amazon Prime. It doesn’t matter if the place I’m going to serve is a third world country, I somehow feel like […]

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We, the People of the Globe

by Laura Parker on April 9, 2014

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We are the people of the Globe. Not a city or a state, or even a single country, but the whole wide world– the one He’s got in His hands. We are a people made tender by airport goodbyes and flexible by the travel we log after those tears have dried.  We are those who […]

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Let Me Make Your Kid a Buddhist

by Laura Parker on February 12, 2014

In true A Life Overseas fashion, we are marking this our 200th post (!!!) with a difficult conversation about the ethics involved in working with children overseas. As always, thanks for making this place an open space to hash out the realities of this living-and-working-internationally-thing. We’re grateful for your insights, experience, and grace, and we’re […]

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Is the Purpose of Missions the GOSPEL or the KINGDOM?

by Laura Parker on January 20, 2014

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We sat across the table from them and they leveled questions at us about our work. It felt a little Spanish Inquisition, honestly. “What happens to the girls after they are rescued? Do you give them the gospel? Can you guarantee they end up in a Christian after care center?” And we had to honestly […]

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Is This Really, Ever Okay?

by Laura Parker on October 30, 2013

The following video is one we took in the downtown tourist area in Chiang Mai, SE Asia, several months ago.  There happened to be a street preacher there that night, shouting Bible verses Navy-SEAL-style, in ENGLISH, while several people handed out literature to the tourists and locals passing by. And we walked away, trying to […]

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The Exodus Road: Discount for A Life Overseas Readers

by Laura Parker on October 2, 2013

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As some of you may know, I’ve practically taken a virtual vow of silence online for the past several months as I’ve been writing my own, very-first, book. It’s the honest account of how we went from the world of humanitarian missions to the world of undercover investigations into the sex trafficking industry. It’s a […]

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The Purpose of Missions: Uh, What is It Again?

by Laura Parker on August 14, 2013

I’m not going to lie– my idea of missions has had an extreme makeover during the last several years. I pushed off shore thinking I knew so much about loving-well and Jesus-following in another culture, but I continue to learn that I probably know-wrong more than I know-right. And this can be very disheartening for the hit-the-ground-running missionary. Independent or […]

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I read a lot of missionary blogs. When someone comments from Peru or Vietnam or Sudan, I click, and I read. Because the world fascinates me. It is a big, beautiful place, and God is doing amazing things on all corners of it. Absolutely. But, as I have read missionary blogs, and as I have watched videos […]

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Celebrating 100 Posts!

by Laura Parker on May 31, 2013

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Well, friends-from-all-latitudes, it’s been a pretty amazing first six months here at A Life Overseas. When Angie (from Bolivia), and I (Laura, moving from SE Asia to Colorado at the time) first talked about creating an online space to honestly talk about what it means to serve internationally, we weren’t sure if the idea would […]

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Why “Did You Have Fun?” is the Wrong Question

by Laura Parker on April 30, 2013

Sweaty heads and dirty feet tumbled into the car after an evening last week at BHJ Girl’s Home in SE Asia.  And we waved goodbye out the window as the gate was closed behind us, and I asked my three kids in the backseat, “Well, did you have fun?” And, immediately, my son started in– “I didn’t like the food.  […]

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Missionaries can be a negative, cynical bunch sometimes. And I’m not pointing fingers because I get it. I’ve drunk the kool-aid and have come up woefully short of expectations (of myself, the work and others), and I’ve done this same fall-on-my-face-move on four different continents. Hacking out a life overseas can make a pessimist out […]

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