Stories

With A Little Help From My Friends

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 11, 2015

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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 […]

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How to Communicate so People Will Care

by Jonathan Trotter on August 6, 2015

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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 […]

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Hello World!

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 3, 2015

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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 […]

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When a margin-less season really is just another grace

by Richelle Wright on July 22, 2015

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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 […]

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Lost in Translation: 10 Foreign Language Fails

by Anisha Hopkinson on July 13, 2015

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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. […]

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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 […]

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5 Reasons to Keep Reading

by Abby Alleman on June 28, 2015

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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 […]

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Angry, Mean, and Redeemed

by Elizabeth Trotter on June 18, 2015

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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 […]

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Worthless

by Jonathan Trotter on June 7, 2015

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I feel worthless. The feeling rises and crests like an impending wave barreling towards the surface of my heart. And with each wave of worthlessness comes an intense weariness of soul, a near drowning. The breakers seem to rise from nowhere. I can’t predict them, and that makes me mad. They’re not tied to whether […]

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They Are Not Ready…

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 20, 2015

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“They are not ready…” These may be some of the most frequently uttered words when missionaries consider passing the baton of leadership. They can also be the most painful. One of the leaders I work with shares the story of being a young, oppressed worker in South Africa during the time of apartheid: A white […]

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Who do you want to be when you grow up?

by Richelle Wright on May 13, 2015

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I can only ever really remember wanting to be a missionary… except for one brief period in my life. And that single, brief period of disillusionment came after an encounter with another missionary. A woman’s group at my church had volunteered to collect clothing to donate to a missionary our church supported, an individual who […]

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Longing for a Better Country

by Editor on May 10, 2015

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It was May of 1989.  I was 12 years old, and my family was getting ready to leave the country where I had spent most of my childhood. We were leaving Liberia to go back to California for a year-long home assignment.  We packed up our house and put all our personal belongings into the spare […]

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