Faith/Inspiration

Embracing Life From the Second Row

by Editor on June 20, 2018

by Kris Gnuse I was not just upset;  I was upset with myself for being upset. After years of “maybe someday,” I had finally auditioned for worship choir. Kick your thoughts of robes and high sopranos to the curb. This group was cool. I stepped onto the risers that first Sunday, trembly with nerves. My heart was full […]

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Forbidden Roots

by Amy Medina on June 3, 2018

Moving overseas starts as an experience. When you move to a new country, the remnants of your old life stay with you for a long time. At first, keeping in touch with your friends back at home is a big priority. You get lots of packages in the mail. You grieve the loss of all that […]

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The Call Is Not Enough

by Editor on May 24, 2018

by Ryan Kuja A few years ago, I visited a mission project in Haiti started by an American doctor. He had quite a bit of experience living in different areas of the world, using his medical skills to treat the sick. His desire to serve was clear and forthright. Yet, his project in Haiti ended […]

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by Abuk Cross The rain was pounding down outside. It was a year ago and I was sitting on the couch with my cup of coffee, my phone, computer, and crutches. I was frustrated. Our family had planned to head to a renewal conference. We’d been planning it for most of the year, and I […]

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  One of the best-known yet least known stories in the Gospel of John is about a woman known simply as the “Samaritan Woman.” The familiar story tells us that Jesus had left Judaea and was returning to Galilee. The trip took him through the region known as Samaria where, tired and thirsty, he sits […]

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Despair is Where Hope is Born

by Jonathan Trotter on May 2, 2018

Sometimes I get tired of talking about sad things. Sometimes I want to talk about peace and love and joy. So recently, when I was asked to join two other speakers in presenting on the theme, “Emotions in the Psalms,” I asked if I could do something on the happy side. I’m tired of talking […]

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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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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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Announcing the retreat that comes to you

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 2, 2018

Hello to the ladies of the A Life Overseas community! This post is a special announcement for Sustain, this year’s Velvet Ashes retreat. It’s being held April 19-22. In case you haven’t heard of the Velvet Ashes personal retreats before, let me just give you a quick explanation of how they work: The retreat materials […]

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I have nothing to prove

by Kathleen Shumate on March 2, 2018

Sometimes I think I must be a fool. Of course, I know that much of my cherished wisdom is foolishness to God. And sometimes it’s foolish even in my own eyes. But what makes me feel quite foolish sometimes are the opportunities I’ve let go of. If you’ve given your life to missions and ministry, […]

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by Jen Oshman “I don’t know, Jen, are we even ‘doing’ anything there? Or is it just a thing to…feel like we are doing something?”  My dear friend emailed me those words last week. Our two families have been going each week to the apartment of a newly arrived Somalian refugee family. We drive across town […]

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How We Get Rootedness Wrong

by Editor on February 14, 2018

by Beth Watkins I had this nagging sense I was doing something wrong. I had decided to be a missionary. And while that in and of itself didn’t seem simple enough, the idea that I would go to one place, learn the language, be a part of a foreign place, integrate with the lives of […]

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