People are not our Project

by Chris Lautsbaugh on September 30, 2015


As a zealous, young missionary I seemed to make  the same mistake over and over. Now as a veteran, I find the same never-ending truth must remain continually before me. People are not our projects.   We never set out to do this intentionally. Our mistakes are made in ignorance. Our desire is to do good, […]


Failing at Fatherhood (how moving abroad ruined my parenting)

by Jonathan Trotter on September 6, 2015


I sat on the floor, weeping. I was two whole days into living abroad, and I was already losing it. Those tears portended more, and in our first year overseas, the thing that knocked me down the most, the thing that discouraged and distracted and depressed me the most, was the sense that I was […]


The Teary Expat Mom, Shopping

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 4, 2015

The Teary Expat Mom, Shopping

A confession… I am that woman who balances twenty boxes of shoes at the register in Payless. Four pairs of shoes per person. The same shoe in incrementally larger sizes for the kids. Buy one, get one half off. I am that woman who, in late August, needs two carts at Target. I am that […]


Boats on Mekong

I am five months into our time in Port Vila now, and it’s been almost six months since Cyclone Pam devastated large parts of Vanuatu. All things considered, we’re settling in well. One thing that’s caught me by surprise during this move, however, is how much I think back to Laos. We spent five years […]


With A Little Help From My Friends

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 11, 2015


A year ago my life could be described as a constant state of exhaustion, amoebic dysentery, language learning brain mush, and heat rash. I fought daily with my husband, picked bugs out of our food, yelled at bully neighbours, and told anyone who asked how I was doing, “Oh, I’m ok.” Yeah… I was not […]


How to Communicate so People Will Care

by Jonathan Trotter on August 6, 2015


Newsletters. Prayer updates. Itinerations. Reports. Furloughs. Presentations. Are you stressed out yet? For most of us, living and serving abroad means communicating back to senders. A lot. But this isn’t what we went to school for, and besides that, communicating in person or in print is scary. It’s exposing. It’s like learning a new culture […]


Hello World!

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 3, 2015

to kiss or not to kiss

How do you greet people where you live? I asked this question recently on Facebook because I was working on an essay: To Kiss or Not to Kiss? (check out that piece for a somewhat more thoughtful look at cross cultural greetings). I wanted to see what greetings were like around the world. Even though […]


When a margin-less season really is just another grace

by Richelle Wright on July 22, 2015


The last several weeks have been nothing short of overwhelming: kindergarten graduation high school graduation soccer championship realizing I probably need shoulder surgery… again fun with overseas visitors – friends we know from Africa who are either studying in the States or were visiting their former colonies camping two brand spanking new licensed drivers unexpected […]


Lost in Translation: 10 Foreign Language Fails

by Anisha Hopkinson on July 13, 2015

This lady. Yeah. I think we

I’m Anisha, an American new (again) to living overseas. A year into life in Indonesia and the opportunities for making a fool of myself are endless. They are also endlessly hilarious if I let them be. One of my favourite things to do is swap stories of culture and language blunders with fellow cross-cultural workers. […]


A life overseas - abuse

Today’s post has been submitted anonymously as a follow up to a piece published here, at A Life Overseas, in 2013. Today we hear from the daughter of ‘Jessica’ that wrote that article in 2013.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Koman ou di?” – translation – “How do you say?” That is how it all started. As an eleven-year-old […]


5 Reasons to Keep Reading

by Abby Alleman on June 28, 2015

Our Life is a Journey

My Venezuelan sister-in-law quotes her father as always saying, ‘Turn the Page. Keep Reading.’ It means a lot coming from her, and him, as they have faced much hardship and severe trials in their country, yet they continue to have hope. It’s a broken, broken world. But, there’s much left to live, so many battles […]


Angry, Mean, and Redeemed

by Elizabeth Trotter on June 18, 2015


I lost my mind this hot season. Became unglued. Went a little nuts. Whatever you want to call it. Yes, everyone’s crabbier and more uncomfortable this time of year, and it would be mighty convenient to blame my meltdown on the heat. It would also be unfair, for I can’t in good conscience blame the […]