Stories

Reflections of God

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 11, 2014

Many times in missions, we speak of the difficulties with greater frequency than the good things. We talk about racism. We speak of our various phases of culture shock. Stories of being hurt by those we work with abound. Even at times, we venture into difficult topics like trauma or loss. What of the positive? [...]

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The Existence Of Poo (On Shame, Part I)

by Lisa McKay on April 4, 2014

Almost four years ago now, on a velvety Friday night, my husband, Mike, and I had a hot date. We’d been married a year and a half by that stage, and living in our new home-town of Luang Prabang, Laos, for three whole weeks. We decided to go somewhere special to celebrate. That somewhere was [...]

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A few words of introduction to my post for today… The essay below was written several years ago now, in an attempt to redeem one of the silliest things I have ever done in all my years of traveling. And, oh my word. There have been a lot of silly things I’ve done involving airports [...]

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On Compassion and Fighting Fatigue

by Tara Livesay on March 10, 2014

A young woman laid on the bed writhing and crying out in unbearable pain. She had been coming to classes at our Maternity Center for many months. She had been given sufficient time to know us, but had never really come to trust us. Her baby had been born. She had spent some time recovering [...]

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Ever seen a baby lizard dressed in Polly Pocket clothing?

by Richelle Wright on February 24, 2014

I have. I wish I had a picture… But I don’t. All I have is the memory. And that memory often gets me thinking about this fact. Sometimes, we missionary types take ourselves a little too seriously. We want to be effective,  impact lives, not just do what we do well but very well – [...]

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A Cautionary Tale: Expats & Expets (What not to do)

by Tara Livesay on February 10, 2014

This month I’m writing in the air while I fly away from my island home. My feet will touch the ground in five cities today before I arrive at my final destination. Leaving the kids and the work behind, of course my mind is filled with all sorts of ‘A Life Overseas’ things, but I [...]

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Tumbling in the Undertow

by Richelle Wright on January 29, 2014

I’ll never forget the first time I went body surfing. Only a tiny part of a much larger set of events, it remains vividly stamped upon my mind… Ten years old! Traveling – on a plane for the very first time that I could independently remember! On a trip with my swim team and without [...]

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Disappointed by A National

by Chris Lautsbaugh on January 24, 2014

If you have been in missions any length of time, you have experienced disappointment with a national person you’ve trusted. It’s not a question of if, but when. Someone will break your trust, they might steal from you, or worse. I know of national workers who were entrusted with a ministry only to overthrow the [...]

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Is the Purpose of Missions the GOSPEL or the KINGDOM?

by Laura Parker on January 20, 2014

We sat across the table from them and they leveled questions at us about our work. It felt a little Spanish Inquisition, honestly. “What happens to the girls after they are rescued? Do you give them the gospel? Can you guarantee they end up in a Christian after care center?” And we had to honestly [...]

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Embrace the Chaos

by Editor on January 3, 2014

We are happy to welcome guest writer Michael Andrzejewski to A Life Overseas. As you read his story take a moment to be aware of the gift of chaos on your life right now. How can you embrace it as the divine provision that it is? Normally supper starts out calmly at our house. We [...]

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Unforgettable

by Richelle Wright on December 20, 2013

When you live on the backside of the desert… in a land that has not traditionally recognized your favorite holidays and special life moments the way you always have… …it’s easy to feel at a loss as to how to make those moments special. Which sometimes encourages me to not look forward to those times. [...]

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When Cross Cultural Differences Are Shocking

by Lisa McKay on December 3, 2013

I was busy working yesterday morning during my daily precious kid-free hour, when I heard my three-month-old baby give a great shriek of panicked distress from outside. It was the sort of scream that makes a mother drop everything and bolt for the source. When I located the source he was naked, sucking frantically on [...]

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