Monthly Contributors

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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Adopting While Living Overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on April 13, 2018

We did something I thought was impossible. We adopted a child while living overseas. Adoption has been on my heart for years. Even before we were married I shared with my husband my dream of building a family entirely through adoption. In 2012 we adopted our son from the US foster care system and a […]

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Failed Missionaries and “But God…”

by Marilyn on April 9, 2018

When my husband and I left what was supposed to be a three-year missions commitment in Pakistan after one year, we were angry, hurt, and deeply wounded. We didn’t leave Pakistan, but we did leave a missions community that I had been a part of since birth. This community had raised me, loved me well, […]

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Ask a Counselor: Easter realities

by Kay Bruner on April 5, 2018

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men […]

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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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Dear Missionary Mom of Littles

by Amy Medina on April 3, 2018

Dear Missionary Mom of Littles, I see you. I’m starting with that, because I know that often you don’t feel seen. You stay home with the kids while your husband goes out to teach the Bible study. You hang around the back of the church, trying to keep the baby quiet. You have to leave […]

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Debriefing: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

by Craig Thompson on March 28, 2018

After I wrote about debriefing last month, some people responded with versions of . . . Sounds like a good idea, but where should I go? That’s a great question, and I’d like to point you to a place where you can find some options. Here at A Life Overseas, click on the Resources link at the […]

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Someone recently pointed out that our picture pops up on a Google search for “blended family” (just a few spots behind the Brady Bunch).       That was a pretty cool moment. I felt a little famous. Like the internet finally found out about the Joneses.   Then some more friends passed this little gem […]

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To Donate or Not to Donate?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 18, 2018

*This was originally published as Don’t Send Your Used Shoes to Africa on Djibouti Jones in 2014. I bring it up again because on a recent flight to Kenya, my husband sat beside a Kenyan small business owner. Her clothing shop sells locally made dresses using Kenyan materials and Kenyan employees. She said these used […]

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Have You Read?

by Amy Young on March 16, 2018

As the author of Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service, I can tell when people have a Looming Transition by looking at my Amazon sales page. This makes me happy. Not for the reasons you might think. True, every time a book sells, I earn a few dollars. But ain’t nobody writing books for missionaries […]

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Life in 4 Suitcases, 22 Kilos Each

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 14, 2018

Last night I dreamt our visa paperwork came through and when I woke in the morning packing panic woke too. Imagine with me: You have to figure out how to fit your family’s current and 1.5years of future life into 4 suitcases, 22kilos each. Why don’t we just buy what we need when we get […]

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Honor the Grief, Honor the Goodbye

by Marilyn on March 8, 2018

“Make sure you say goodbye” I text these words to my youngest son, followed by “It’s important to say your goodbyes.” He is only leaving for the summer, he will be back on the same campus next year. But it is critical to me to say this to him. I want my children to be able […]

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