South/Central America

The Ignorant Bliss of a Know-It-All

by Angie Washington on July 30, 2014

When we stomped off to mission school we knew we were headed to Bolivia. We knew the five-fold reach of our ministry would be: churches, bible schools, social outreaches, Bolivian missionaries sent out, and mass media productions. Our shiny vision statement listed everything in plural with big numbers. We knew that we knew, beyond a [...]

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I have to Believe

by Tara Livesay on July 2, 2014

Sunday … The chaos begins shortly before 7am. Clothing, hair, and breakfast all seem to be reasons for little ones to fight. By the time we leave the house we’ve traded terse words over things of little consequence. We load up the kids, three crammed in back, three in the middle with whichever guest is [...]

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One-Uppers

by Tara Livesay on June 2, 2014

For some reason 2014 is the year that I cannot seem to formulate many serious or deep thoughts when discussing my “life overseas”.  I would like to believe it is simply “a season”, and not some major personality flaw. With a virus spreading like wild-fire, life in Haiti has been especially rough for the last [...]

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We welcome my “neighbor” Sarah Goodfellow, who lives in Peru (I am in Bolivia), as our contributor today. I am so very excited that there are now two regular writers from South America on the team for A Life Overseas. Yeah! Learn more about Sarah on the Writers Page. Even if you do not have [...]

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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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