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What to Do About Short Term Missions

by Editor on May 25, 2015

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-+*Yesterday I discussed the Mess of Short Term Missions. Today, I’m going to offer ten ways to do a short term mission trip well. These ideas are for anyone leading or going on a short term mission trip — or for anyone who’s trying to decide whether or not to go on a particular trip. […]

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The Mess of Short Term Missions

by Editor on May 24, 2015

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-+*(yep, that’s me on a short term missions trip trying to hold babies–guilty as charged) Needless to say, there has been a ton of debate around the topic of how to do short term missions trips well, and it’s a sensitive issue. I’ve read countless articles and heated debates on blogs, both lauding and criticizing short […]

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-+*The last four months we’ve been exploring the ideas in Timothy Sanford’s book “I Have to be Perfect” (and other Parsonage Heresies). Here are the first four posts if you need a refresher: The Little Word that Frees Us “I’m Not Supposed to Have Needs” “I Can’t Trust Anyone” “God is Disappointed in Me” Today we’ll […]

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They Are Not Ready…

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 20, 2015

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-+*“They are not ready…” These may be some of the most frequently uttered words when missionaries consider passing the baton of leadership. They can also be the most painful. One of the leaders I work with shares the story of being a young, oppressed worker in South Africa during the time of apartheid: A white […]

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A Note from an Impostor

by Marilyn on May 18, 2015

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-+*On Wednesday of last week, Laura Parker announced changes and new leadership here at A Life Overseas. Later that day I received a lovely note on Twitter from Denise James, co-author of the amazing blog Taking Route. Two days later, I received another encouraging note from Jillian Rogers, another woman from this community. And with […]

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God Can Heal Our Broken Potatoes

by Editor on May 14, 2015

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-+*Another beautiful, healing post from an Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) who returned to one of his host countries for a couple years to work with middle school and high school TCKs.   One night we asked our middle schoolers, “What’s the hardest thing someone could ask you to do?” Here are some of their […]

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-+*The A Life Overseas community began over two years ago; it was an idea birthed from two moms who had found their voices via their own blogs, written from the Bolivian countryside and the Asian jungle. We wanted to launch an online community where authentic conversations, honest experiences, and spiritual encouragement could be shared around […]

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Who do you want to be when you grow up?

by Richelle Wright on May 13, 2015

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-+*I can only ever really remember wanting to be a missionary… except for one brief period in my life. And that single, brief period of disillusionment came after an encounter with another missionary. A woman’s group at my church had volunteered to collect clothing to donate to a missionary our church supported, an individual who […]

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Longing for a Better Country

by Editor on May 10, 2015

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-+*It was May of 1989.  I was 12 years old, and my family was getting ready to leave the country where I had spent most of my childhood. We were leaving Liberia to go back to California for a year-long home assignment.  We packed up our house and put all our personal belongings into the spare […]

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-+*After last month’s column addressing the question of domestic violence, a reader asked these questions in the comments section: How much abuse is too much abuse? How much abuse constitutes grounds for divorce? My quick answer was:  ANY abuse is too much abuse, and ANY abuse constitutes grounds for divorce. The reasons I think this? […]

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Before You Cry “Demon!”

by Jonathan Trotter on May 5, 2015

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-+*A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal. I believe the enemy is real. I […]

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6 Ways to Be Certain of the “Call”

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 4, 2015

6 Ways to Be Certain of The Call

-+*There is much debate and discussion around The Call. Mysterious, spiritual, dreamy. Everyone else’s Call story is better. The Call is supposed to come in a flash and be so powerful that it under girds every decision and emotion and experience for the rest of your life, no questions asked, no doubts ever encountered. It […]

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