Faith/Inspiration

But I’ve done all these good things . . .

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 24, 2016

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The question came as Jesus was beginning His last journey to Jerusalem. It came as He was heading toward His most heart-rending task, as He was starting the long descent toward death: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” We all know the story. A young, rich, religious man calls Jesus good and […]

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It’s Not That I Don’t Try

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 10, 2016

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I am a homemaker. My husband is a missionary helicopter pilot. A while back we had a “How was your day?” conversation that went like this… Husband: “We flew over to pick up a few people from the crash site and take them back to the hospital. Tom went back with stretchers to pick up […]

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Danielle Wheeler, founder and editor of Velvet Ashes, has a special invitation for A Life Overseas ladies today. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Our job is not to heal our souls, but to make space for them so that healing can come.” – John Ortberg in Soul Keeping. When was the last time you made space for your soul? […]

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Out of the Pit and Back Again

by Editor on February 29, 2016

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What is a psalm but a human emotion, poured into words? Perhaps it is a heartbreak, as in Psalm 137; or a rage, as in 109. Perhaps it is a teaching, as in 119, or a shout of praise, as in 145. But perhaps it is a desperate wail from the pit, as in Psalm […]

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On Staying, Leaving, And Which Is Harder

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2016

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  I lie in a hospital bed. Tubes run in and through me. Though I remember that I am in the hospital, I do not know why I am in the ICU of Szent Imre Korhaz.  It is morning.  The light glides over my bed, streaming through tall glass windows as it bounces off the […]

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Love and Loss: A Poem

by Editor on February 21, 2016

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The accumulated losses of the years I’ve spent abroad Sometimes make me start to wonder if I serve a loving God. Where is love in loss and failure? Where is love in hard goodbyes? Maybe love—to understand it—must be seen through diff’rent eyes. – If I trust that You are loving, bringing rain through darkest […]

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Dear Single Missionary

by Editor on February 4, 2016

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I once was an “expert” single person. After five years in China, I knew how to travel across the world with 100 pounds of luggage, stay in hostels alone, barricade myself on bunk beds at night on 27 hour train rides, and cook for one. Sometimes it was fun, but often it was lonely. At 32, […]

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Why Are We Here?

by Jonathan Trotter on February 1, 2016

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Why are we here? Why have we chosen lives that cause us to engage suffering in very raw ways? Visible ways? Why do we expose our hearts to people in pain? Why do we use our passports for more than an occasional vacation? Why do we live in places where we sweat more than we […]

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Rats As Reminders

by Tara Livesay on January 29, 2016

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In total, two rats have met their maker long before they hoped or imagined inside my home at the hands of Troy Livesay, semi-pro rat slayer. Both of the aforementioned rats were the unconscionable and  truly despicable variety that dare to come all the way upstairs in a people house.  <Gah!> On one occasion my […]

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But Are You Safe?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 18, 2016

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ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab Civil war Typhoid, malaria, Ebola, cholera, tuberculosis Airplane crashes, car accidents Pirates Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis Theft Human trafficking, kidnapping Murder Rape I’m not trying to scare you, I’m simply listing the things that go on around the world that we could be afraid of and this is only a miniscule portion of […]

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The Radical Spiritual Art of Staying Put

by Editor on January 8, 2016

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If any group of people has a long and convoluted history with evangelical church traditions, it’s missionary kids. Like pastor’s kids, the emotional baggage around church is piled higher than the lost luggage corner at the Johannesburg airport. We tend to camp out either around the “wounded/bitter/cynical” baggage claim belt, or the one labeled “guilt-ridden/never […]

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Who Do You Want to Be?

by Alece Ronzino on January 1, 2016

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I finished 2015 much like I did the years before it: seemingly crawling to the finish line, ready to kick the year to the curb. 2015 was challenging in all sorts of ways — some old and expected, others new and unanticipated. I’ve seen this gif floating around The Internets: And it always makes me […]

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