Laura Parker

New Girl

by Laura Parker on August 8, 2014

The following post is one I have been re-living as of late, as we re-enter living in SE Asia after a two year stint in the States (original post is here). The whole family is thrust constantly into those awkward situations of being the new kids on the block, and I’m reminded of how hard […]

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7 Things You “Need” Before You Move Overseas

by Laura Parker on July 9, 2014

I don’t know what it is about me (or us?), but every time I gear up to go live or travel to a different country for an extended period of time, I start scouring Amazon Prime. It doesn’t matter if the place I’m going to serve is a third world country, I somehow feel like […]

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We, the People of the Globe

by Laura Parker on April 9, 2014

We are the people of the Globe. Not a city or a state, or even a single country, but the whole wide world– the one He’s got in His hands. We are a people made tender by airport goodbyes and flexible by the travel we log after those tears have dried.  We are those who […]

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Big News!

by Editor on March 2, 2014

Dear Friends, We are continually so, so grateful for the ways this community and its conversations have spiraled out to the far reaches of the globe and down into the hard realities of working and seeking God internationally. Thank you for being here. We’re over 200 posts into this conversation about missions, and  1500 comments […]

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Let Me Make Your Kid a Buddhist

by Laura Parker on February 12, 2014

In true A Life Overseas fashion, we are marking this our 200th post (!!!) with a difficult conversation about the ethics involved in working with children overseas. As always, thanks for making this place an open space to hash out the realities of this living-and-working-internationally-thing. We’re grateful for your insights, experience, and grace, and we’re […]

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Is the Purpose of Missions the GOSPEL or the KINGDOM?

by Laura Parker on January 20, 2014

We sat across the table from them and they leveled questions at us about our work. It felt a little Spanish Inquisition, honestly. “What happens to the girls after they are rescued? Do you give them the gospel? Can you guarantee they end up in a Christian after care center?” And we had to honestly […]

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A God Not Limited by Geography

by Editor on December 27, 2013

Some thoughts on living in the United States and in Asia, and how God will never be limited by geography. I wrote this originally nearly a year and a half ago, when we first relocated back to the US:  It’s hard to reconcile the two lives I’ve lived in the past two weeks. One overlooking rice […]

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Happy Birthday, A Life Overseas!

by Editor on November 17, 2013

When Angie Washington and I dreamed of a safe place online for people in the trenches of working and ministering overseas, written by people living and ministering overseas. We wanted a community where honest conversations and gritty realities were honored, a space where challenge and encouragement could be shared with respect and intention. And now, […]

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Is This Really, Ever Okay?

by Laura Parker on October 30, 2013

The following video is one we took in the downtown tourist area in Chiang Mai, SE Asia, several months ago.  There happened to be a street preacher there that night, shouting Bible verses Navy-SEAL-style, in ENGLISH, while several people handed out literature to the tourists and locals passing by. And we walked away, trying to […]

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Help Us! Interview Your Local Friends

by Editor on October 6, 2013

So we think one of the greatest problems which we as a community can make when we talk about international missions is to only include voices from, well, white faces. This is why several months ago we introduced a feature here at A Life Overseas called Voice of the National. It was the idea that […]

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The Exodus Road: Discount for A Life Overseas Readers

by Laura Parker on October 2, 2013

As some of you may know, I’ve practically taken a virtual vow of silence online for the past several months as I’ve been writing my own, very-first, book. It’s the honest account of how we went from the world of humanitarian missions to the world of undercover investigations into the sex trafficking industry. It’s a […]

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The Purpose of Missions: Uh, What is It Again?

by Laura Parker on August 14, 2013

I’m not going to lie– my idea of missions has had an extreme makeover during the last several years. I pushed off shore thinking I knew so much about loving-well and Jesus-following in another culture, but I continue to learn that I probably know-wrong more than I know-right. And this can be very disheartening for the hit-the-ground-running missionary. Independent or […]

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