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Whistle Belly Thumps

by Tara Livesay on April 29, 2016

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One after the other after the other – after.the.other … The people, both large and small, that reside in my home, clenched their buttocks with superhuman strength and ran in desperation for the latrine. What began as one person with some loose stool for a single unremarkable day, somehow turned into a three-week multi-generational back-door […]

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Today’s guest post comes from Craig Greenfield, whose new book Subversive Jesus: an adventure in justice, mercy and faithfulness in a broken world is out this month. Subversive Jesus is the story of one family’s experiment in putting the most counter-cultural teachings of Christ into practice. When Jesus says invite the poor for a meal, Craig […]

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Let me tell you about Kassiah Jones

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 25, 2016

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This month my husband and I took our kids to the local home school co-op’s spring performance. Some of our friends were in the play. It was called “The Race” and was an original play based loosely on the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Every character in this play was modeled after an […]

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The Cult of Calling

by Editor on April 19, 2016

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I don’t like to say that God “calls me” anymore. When I graduated from a Christian college, I believed I would change the world.  I was determined to be useful, significant and different.  I wasn’t going to join the throng of sell-outs who eventually move to comfy white-picket homes in the suburbs and attend churches […]

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8 Ways for Expats Who Stay to Stay Well

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 17, 2016

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Before you move abroad there are orientation meetings and cross cultural trainings and seminars and books to read and lists to check off and personality tests to pass and character examinations. When you decide it is time to repatriate back to the ‘home country’ there are debriefs and readjustment seminars and repatriating coaches and Third […]

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Missions in a Conflict Zone

by Editor on April 11, 2016

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A year and a half ago our family lived through another war.  For over a month there were missile attacks launched against most of the country, with violence and terrorism in the city where we live. Practically speaking, this meant trips to the bomb shelter with our kids, avoiding certain parts of the city, and […]

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Infidelity on the Mission Field

by Editor on March 31, 2016

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Standing at the kitchen counter, drying dishes with a towel and wiping the sweat from my neck, I knew it was finally time to come clean to my husband. “I have been attracted to him for months.” And I wasn’t talking about my husband. He looked at me, without much surprise, and said, “I think […]

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Don’t give it all away

by Editor on March 17, 2016

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My internal situational analyst is part fascinated, part disturbed by Jesus’ challenge to give everything up and just follow Him. “If I go and do likewise,” it asks in a small voice, verging on terror, “If I give everything up, how will I live?” One of my organization’s guiding principles while I was serving in Uganda was […]

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The Language Learning Mother

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 16, 2016

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I moved to Africa with two-and-a-half year old twins. One of the first things people ask me about that year is how I learned language, because I did. And I don’t feel like I abandoned my kids or neglected my husband in order to do it. I’m focusing on the Mother here because I typically […]

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It’s Not That I Don’t Try

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 10, 2016

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I am a homemaker. My husband is a missionary helicopter pilot. A while back we had a “How was your day?” conversation that went like this… Husband: “We flew over to pick up a few people from the crash site and take them back to the hospital. Tom went back with stretchers to pick up […]

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This is not what I signed up for

by Andy Bruner on March 8, 2016

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  Here are some sad but true stories. Exhibit A: A young couple feels God’s call to the mission field. The husband was an avionics technician and skilled in all things related to radios. (This was back in the early 70s.) They joined a large mission organization and were recruited to go to Africa. They […]

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Danielle Wheeler, founder and editor of Velvet Ashes, has a special invitation for A Life Overseas ladies today. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Our job is not to heal our souls, but to make space for them so that healing can come.” – John Ortberg in Soul Keeping. When was the last time you made space for your soul? […]

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