Angie Washington

Cultural Immersion Checklist

by Angie Washington on June 27, 2014

How many can you check? Congratulate yourself for where you are at! 1. Attempt to learn the local language 2. Take public transportation 3. Buy food where the majority buys their food 4. Attend a typical wedding 5. Attend a typical funeral 6. Attend a typical birthday party 7. Visit a government office 8. Acquire [...]

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Bribery, Piracy and Police Fundraisers

by Angie Washington on April 28, 2014

One meets road blocks on our highways. A driver stops and the man by the shack saunters out with a huge rifle perched on his hip. He glances over the vehicle and says with tired bluntness and a slight curve of a grin, “The time has come for you to pay me.” He receives the [...]

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A Turnip for the King

by Angie Washington on March 16, 2014

Two brothers lived in a kingdom long ago. One survived off the land as a poor farmer. The other was very rich. While tending his crops one day the farmer noticed one of the turnips had grown huge. He pulled it from the ground and it filled a wheelbarrow. The idea occurred to him to [...]

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Cigarettes, Multiple Wives, and Loving Jesus

by Angie Washington on March 4, 2014

Imagine a man native to the region where you live. He gets Jesus. Grows. Starts a church. It flourishes. The dozens become hundreds. Your little missionary heart bursts with pride to see this man so successful. The church secretary and the volunteers overlook his hot temper and his prejudice towards people of a certain skin [...]

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31 Flavors of Foreigners

by Angie Washington on February 4, 2014

What’s your favorite ice-cream? Baskin Robbins’ 31 flavors of ice-cream are fairly well known in the States. They’ve added some more flavors, but they founded their fame on the great number 31. My 1st choice is Rainbow Sherbet. So yum! This is a get-to-know-you post! Let’s take it a little deeper than ice-cream preference, though, [...]

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Sink and a Dolphin Will Catch You

by Angie Washington on January 7, 2014

Though pixilated, I can see she is attentive. Her words come through clearly, even if the imaged is delayed. Our weekly Skype sessions have been a lifesaver during a very desperate time in my life. If you would have told me a year ago I would be seeing a counselor I would have rebuked you [...]

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Airplanes are Time Machines

by Angie Washington on November 26, 2013

We joke that airplanes are time machines. When we come back to South America from North America it feels as though we step back in time. The clinics feel outdated. The cows on cobblestone streets look like the pioneer days in the movies. The open fires in homes and restaurants tended by women in skirts [...]

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To My 25-year-old Self…

by Angie Washington on October 25, 2013

Hey there, you. Yes, you with the big dreams and full schedule. Yes, you getting ready to embark on the greatest mission of your life. Can I have a minute? I know you have laundry to do, support letters to mail, and noses to wipe, but if I may? First of all, let me assure [...]

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Ice-Cream Theology

by Angie Washington on September 30, 2013

Statistics show that the majority of people die.  This is an undisputed fact. Yet fear of death is one of the top phobias of the human race. According to Jerry Seinfeld it ranks right after fear of public speaking. Consult with wikipedia and you will find fear of death a bit farther down on the [...]

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Banished from Bolivia

by Angie Washington on September 4, 2013

We messed up. Most times I want to end that sentence with a question mark. We messed up? Truth is, we all mess up, sooner or later. Thomas Edison – scores of failures before the light bulb Abraham Lincoln – lost dozens of elections Albert Einstein – expelled from school because he was a dunce [...]

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Celebrate and Vacate

by Angie Washington on August 12, 2013

Today is my daughter’s Golden Birthday: 12 on the 12th! Yeah for Gabrielle! So today’s A Life Overseas post is dedicated to celebrations… and vacations! Celebrate the small stuff! Celebrate the big stuff! Don’t let the work take up so much room that you “don’t have (make) time” for: celebrations, travel, relaxing, fun, vacations, parties… [...]

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Who’s Side is God On?

by Angie Washington on July 8, 2013

In Iquique, Chile, at the fishing port you can feed the sea lions seafood scraps as you would feed bread crumbs to pigeons. They swim around the crowded fishing boats bobbing by the docks. Per sea faring legend each boat has a name painted to its side. One of the names caught my eye: EMANUEL. [...]

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