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Let Earth Receive

by Kay Bruner on December 22, 2014

Let’s just go ahead and say this right out loud:  when you live overseas, Christmas can be really hard. It’s hard to be away from family and friends.  That’s the big one.  It’s the season of Together, and you’re not. In addition, the carols are sung to the wrong tune, spiral-sliced honey ham does not […]

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Tempted to Tell All

by Richelle Wright on December 19, 2014

“Mama, when we were at the library the other day, I was tempted to tell someone about Jesus and how He was born to save us. Is that wrong?” I couldn’t help but smile. Funny question for a missionary kid to be asking… After all, isn’t that what missionaries do? Isn’t that what we teach […]

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Rethinking the Christmas Story

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 17, 2014

*edited and reposted from the original Rethinking the Nativity on Djibouti Jones and I encourage you to read the comments there. I am tired of the Christmas story. Clarification: I’m tired of the way I keep hearing it and seeing it and reading it. Of course I’m tired of the way consumerism has hijacked this holy […]

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Out of Darkness into Glorious Light

by Marilyn on December 15, 2014

Every day I ride the subway line into the city of Boston. It’s a short ride, going from Central Square in Cambridge to the busy Park Street stop just off the Boston Commons. At one segment in that short ride we come out from the deep underground of the city and we are above ground […]

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Real Housewives of Cochabamba

by Angie Washington on December 12, 2014

In Americana pop culture annals our time in history will be marked by the exposé-esque entertainment of: the reality tv show. Amidst the hundreds of shows about “real” people doing “real” stuff you will find a group with the prefix ‘Real Housewives of…”. We have a little joke in the missionary wife community here in […]

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A Christmas Prayer

by Jonathan Trotter on December 9, 2014

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” The Star of Bethlehem had a point, an important point. But the star was not the point. The star fulfilled its role of leading across cultures and religious paradigms, down dusty roads and around a paranoid prince, to […]

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Creating Traditions Abroad

by Tara Livesay on December 8, 2014

It may not be true for everyone reading, but many of us grew up celebrating Christmas in a certain way.  Part of the anticipation of the holiday season was wrapped up in the excitement of the traditions of the season. Growing up, my little nuclear family of four used to get the fondue pot out […]

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After we got married and moved overseas five years ago, my husband, Mike, introduced a concept that initially horrified me. He suggested that every year around New Years we name one thing we’d like each other to work on in the upcoming year. In essence, he proposed that we assign each other a New Years […]

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When You Have to be Carried

by Editor on December 3, 2014

It’s December and with it the season of Advent, with all of its hope, expectation, and waiting.  Today’s piece is a beautiful picture of allowing ourselves to be carried, carried by that Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. You can read more about Erin at the end of the piece but for […]

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Debriefing Resources

by Angie Washington on November 28, 2014

Thanks to the facebook followers of our A Life Overseas page we have a list of debriefing resource links. Please share any resources you have found helpful. We would love to bulk up the list with resources around the globe. Other names for debriefing include: home assignment, re-entry counseling, member care, and processing for repatriation. […]

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Do We Practice What We Preach?

by Chris Lautsbaugh on November 26, 2014

The other week, I made a trip to the local police station to get an affidavit. In South Africa, this is the venue you head to make a document “official”. The officer who helped me chatted with me a bit. He inquired how long I’d been in the nation and where I stayed. Finally he asked […]

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25 Kilo Turkeys and Cultural Humility

by Marilyn on November 24, 2014

We bought a turkey on Saturday – an almost 23 pounder, with no additives and gluten free (really — they had to tell us it was gluten free? Aren’t all turkeys gluten free?)  As this time of the year comes around I think of Thanksgivings we have spent all over the world and all across […]

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