Practical

Should Debt Disqualify a Missionary?

by Jerry Jones on October 20, 2017

I don’t usually start a blog post with an “I’m sorry” . . . but I’m not above it. I offer my sincere and heartfelt apologies to anyone who clicked on this link looking for a solid, definitive answer. I don’t have one . . . but maybe you do so I would love to […]

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6.5 Myths About Expat Life

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 18, 2017

(this is a repost from Djibouti Jones) Myth 1: Adventure I’m an expatriate! Cue the Indiana Jones soundtrack, give me a whip and a cool hat, and let’s have an adventure! Okay my husband does have an Indiana Jones hat and I have used an Ethiopian whip, but life as an expatriate is not all […]

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7 Signs You Need a Sabbath Break

by Editor on October 11, 2017

By Karis Piawong There’s a race that we inevitably sign up for when we answer the call to mission work. Whether we like running or not, we find ourselves a part of a marathon. The race goes on for many years, and it’s all GO, GO, GO. We are careful to live as good Christians. […]

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You’re probably going to leave the field. Someday, somehow, the vast majority of us will say goodbye, pack up, cry tears of joy or sorrow or both, and depart. How will that work out for you? Well, frankly, I have no idea. But I do know that there are some things you can do to […]

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Relationship cliches about living abroad There’s a well-worn line in expatriate circles that goes something like this: “Moving overseas will either strengthen your relationship, or break it.” And here’s another one that gets rolled out regularly: “If your relationship was strong before you moved, it will become stronger. If there were already problems, moving overseas […]

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A Note from the Leadership Team

by Jonathan Trotter on September 28, 2017

May of 2013, A Life Overseas co-founder Laura Parker wrote an article celebrating the site’s six-month anniversary and its first 100 posts. At that time, our Facebook community numbered about 800 folks. As of this writing, regular and guest writers have published 742 articles, with a community on Facebook exceeding 11,000 people! Thank you for […]

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When you visit a country where the people don’t speak your language, there are several important phrases you should know how to say: things such as “Hello” and “Goodbye,” “How much is this?” “Where’s the bathroom?” and “Can I have ice with my water?” But when you move to that country, the stakes become higher. The […]

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Shouldn’t I Have It All Figured Out By Now?

by Editor on September 22, 2017

By Kris Gnuse I went from zero to sixty in the time it took to realize that the internet was down. Again. From nurturing wife planning a trip to the grocery store, to snipping, snapping grumpiness. The previous 10 days had been busy with blessings. A long brunch at a cozy café shared with other […]

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By Anthony Sytsma Should churches send out “ordinary Christians” as missionaries? That is the question that came to my mind when I read an intriguing tweet from Chuck Swindoll: “Missions aren’t just for superstars. A missionary is just like you. Ordinary folks through whom God does the extraordinary.” On the one hand, I agree with this […]

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The Ineligible Bachelor Overseas

by Editor on September 1, 2017

By Dave Parker I began what I thought would be a long career as a single male missionary in 2002. My years of education and preparation got me through many challenges, but when I arrived, I was not ready for the impact of cultural gender roles. I soon learned I was an enigma in the […]

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10 Reasons Why Our Good Intentions to Fight Poverty Backfire

by Craig Greenfield on August 29, 2017

Good intentions to alleviate poverty are not good enough. Sometimes our helping hurts the “helped.” I hesitate to write these words, because I know how easily an article like this can be misconstrued, and even used to justify the opposite of generosity. “What’s the point of giving then?” you might be tempted to ask. “It’s […]

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Can mold really be an adventure?

by Kathleen Shumate on August 23, 2017

Mold is my constant companion — and my undying enemy. I even composed a haiku for it, which anyone living in tropical regions will appreciate: Mold creeps in as spores Like fuzzy burglars intent On stealing my shoes It’s annoying. Not earth-shattering, just annoying. But sometimes you wouldn’t know the difference from my reaction. Jammed […]

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