Practical

The Language of Sport

by Chris Lautsbaugh on March 26, 2015

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Language study is one of the hardest and most time-consuming efforts missionaries make. There is, however, a language which is common to the world and far easier to learn. This is the language of sport. When my family arrived in South Africa as lovers of sport, we missed a trip to the Super Bowl by […]

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How to Find Refreshment on the Field

by Editor on March 24, 2015

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Today we are excited to have Danielle Wheeler from Velvet Ashes share an opportunity for women in the ALOS community. Danielle has written for ALOS before and knows well the joys and challenges of a life overseas. ************ I was beginning to believe it was impossible.  Finding refreshment and renewal where I lived felt almost laughable. Alone […]

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10 Things Flying Taught Me About Missions

by Jonathan Trotter on March 19, 2015

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I love flying. It just doesn’t get old for me. I’ve jumped the Pacific a bunch; I’ve skipped over the Atlantic a few times. I have my own license to fly small aircraft, but still, every time I fly I feel like a little kid who’s milk got spiked with espresso. Sometimes I’m afraid the […]

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This time? Anything but typical!

by Richelle Wright on March 18, 2015

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What does your typical home assignment time look like? Ours has always looked like a whirlwind of travel – visiting with ministry partners, family and friends spread across several states – and a whole lot of busyness at our home church and the Christian school our children attend during those furlough times. Of course, that […]

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What do I do if I feel like I am struggling with cynicism and hardheartedness? Also, where is the balance between finding your voice in the hard stuff and not developing tunnel vision for it? For instance, I have been recently being more open about how often I take all the advice to be brave […]

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Keeping in Touch Long Distance

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 4, 2015

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Like pretty much all Life Overseas readers, my kids are growing up 12,290 miles from both sets of grandparents. Their aunts, uncles, and cousins are equally far away. Sometimes my youngest spends a month away from me in order to visit her grandparents. My oldest two attend boarding school. And yet, I think my kids […]

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Reader Question: How do we practically care for our marriage and stay connected when we are living in the rural bush in the middle of Africa? …very little privacy, no babysitter, no places to go for a “date”, homeschooling kids, daily life already takes so much energy, not a lot of things to do together […]

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Money Gives us Power over People

by Chris Lautsbaugh on February 24, 2015

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Last month at A Life Overseas, we discussed the dangerous stories we can tell in order to raise funds. This requires further consideration if we provide funds, pay national workers, or are just generous in any way. While the debate on this one is hot and heavy, I doubt we can make absolute statements. “Always […]

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The Purpose of Marriage is Not to Make You Holy

by Jonathan Trotter on February 12, 2015

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Before we moved abroad, we did some marriage counseling. What I mean is, we sat in an old guy’s office for fifteen hours and cried. It was amazing. He told us our marriage could be a safe-haven on the field. Or not. He said we could strengthen and encourage each other on the field. Or […]

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How to save world while destroying marriage

Kay and I moved to the Solomon Islands in 1993. We boarded a rusty ship and headed out to a remote island village with two small kids in tow, and I jumped head first into learning the Arosi language.  The sooner I learned the language, the sooner the Arosi people would have God’s Word in […]

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Our community at A Life Overseas knows what it is to leave and return. We know the anticipation of arrival and the tears of goodbye. We know the nervous stomach and gnawing unease of a new place and the warmth and comfort of an old place. And we know grace – oh how we know […]

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Jet Lag and Heart Lag

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 2, 2015

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Jet lag, sweet terrible jet lag. It leads to entire chocolate bars consumed at three in the morning or entire novels devoured in the first three days after an international flight. Might lead to sickness, crabbiness, headaches, complaints, arguments. Every expatriate knows about jet lag. Do y’all know about heart lag? Every time I come […]

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