South/Central America

Say Less, Listen More, Love More

by Tara Livesay on April 2, 2014

The world is a garish, noisy neighborhood. Decibels and pixels abound. The phone in my pocket spews more information in hours than I can assimilate in years. I’m reminded of my college speech prof who counseled tongue-in-cheek, “Shout louder if your argument is weak.” There’s a whole lot of shouting these days.  -My Uncle, Rick [...]

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On separation, grief, and forgiveness

by Tara Livesay on January 18, 2014

  Inevitably, moving away from friends and family means changed relationships. Pray, plan, and try as you might; things still change. We have hated that fact, fought against it, deeply grieved it, been angry, and attempted numerous times to make it untrue … To no avail. When people ask us, “What is the hardest part [...]

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Commandment vs Commission

by Dustin on January 10, 2014

  There’s a passage in the New Testament that has become a kind of battle cry for Christians everywhere. In fact, the Christian college I attended had this verse literally written in stone on the bell tower in the center of campus. It’s commonly called The Great Commission. Therefore go and make disciples of all [...]

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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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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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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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Tales of the Awkward

by Tara Livesay on July 1, 2013

  If you have ever left your birth-culture and spent any length of time in a host or second culture, you have likely come to realize that cultural norms and differences in customs can take some getting used to; a learning curve is to be expected. For some of us, the curve is less like [...]

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My Kid Can Cuss in Two Languages

by Angie Washington on June 24, 2013

When the new normal cuts against your soul like a cheese grater on your knuckles, what do you do? Do you lift those bloody knuckles and fight back? Or do you woefully bandage them, let them heal, and wait for the next time the scraping starts again? We live in Bolivia. We are a bi-lingual [...]

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And the Winner Is . . .

by Editor on June 17, 2013

We so enjoyed watching 176 votes/comments come in for the international photo contest we ran last week. We asked you to submit your favorite pictures representing “The Face of My Nation,” and we were stunned by the captions and beauty you highlighted from the people you live among around the world.  And now, without further [...]

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Photo Contest: The Face of My Nation

by Editor on June 9, 2013

We were so thrilled to have had so many wonderful submissions for our internationally-flavored photo contest from readers last week. The theme was Face of My Nation, and I think you’ll agree that these pictures paint beautifully the people that our community here at A Life Overseas is blessed to interact with daily. Here’s how [...]

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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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