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Living the Expat Life

by Richelle Wright on June 20, 2014

It feels normal and strange all at once – but that’s to be expected. I have been back in my home country for nearly a year… Another year to go before we head back into the expat life and scene. The routines here are finally comfortably familiar, again! I’m still loving all the things I love [...]

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“But it’s not [stamps foot] what I wanted!”

by Richelle Wright on April 21, 2014

Remember being a kid and looking forward to birthday presents from Grandma and Grandpa? Yes, you had to go through the long, drawn out process of taking forever to open and read the card, but afterward? Rip, tear and toss away, finally diving into a box of something sure to bring pure delight. After all, [...]

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Reflections of God

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 11, 2014

Many times in missions, we speak of the difficulties with greater frequency than the good things. We talk about racism. We speak of our various phases of culture shock. Stories of being hurt by those we work with abound. Even at times, we venture into difficult topics like trauma or loss. What of the positive? [...]

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O Holy Night

by Tara Livesay on December 13, 2013

Every direction you turn, images of Christmas are evident.You need not look far to find beautiful and thoughtful displays, tastefully decorated homes with glowing trees, and rows and rows of symmetrical twinkling lights. Step into one of these homes and the warm fire will greet you as you breathe in fresh scents of pine and [...]

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Today! It’s my favorite day!

by Richelle Wright on November 19, 2013

I’ve spent a lot of years, now, reading and rereading The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, featuring Pooh, his pal Piglet and the rest of their cohorts from the Hundred Acre Woods. It’s a good thing I’ve never tired of either him or his pals. Actually, the longer I read, the more I notice the [...]

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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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on launching kids from great distances

by Tara Livesay on November 12, 2013

“You’ve given her roots, now give her wings.” That is what they all say. “God loves her more than you, trust Him with her.” That is what the spiritual and wise will advise. As mothers and fathers choosing to live and work far from our passport countries and most of the institutions of higher learning, [...]

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You’re in Good Company

by Dustin on October 4, 2013

If you are a missionary overseas, what you do (if you’re doing it right) is not easy. It’s hard work and despite how others picture it, it’s not always rewarding. We’ve all heard stories of missionaries who have worked for years and have done little more than survive. This can be discouraging and for me [...]

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It was one of those conversations that I could have never planned on happening… and it was so super awkward when it did – but God allowed it… He even had it happen with most of my biggers standing right there and listening… absorbing… But first, a tiny bit of the back story. Our son [...]

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Plays well with others

by Tara Livesay on August 21, 2013

Plays well with others Follows directions Shows respect   In elementary school, they used to have a pretty simple way of letting us know how we were doing in life, at least according to their limited observations in a few key categories. They graded us fairly simply; we were either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. When I [...]

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Celebrating 100 Posts!

by Laura Parker on May 31, 2013

Well, friends-from-all-latitudes, it’s been a pretty amazing first six months here at A Life Overseas. When Angie (from Bolivia), and I (Laura, moving from SE Asia to Colorado at the time) first talked about creating an online space to honestly talk about what it means to serve internationally, we weren’t sure if the idea would [...]

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The Joy of Giving

by Dustin on May 27, 2013

In 1 Chronicles 29, David prays a prayer over the new temple in Jerusalem. In verse 14 he says, “Who am I, and who are my people that we should be able to give like this?” He was mystified that the creator of everything would deem him and his people worthy of giving anything. He [...]

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