When You Struggle

Dangerous Stories

by Chris Lautsbaugh on January 22, 2015

Sometimes the stories we tell of those we minister to can become dangerous. I’ve been at this missions thing for 23 years now. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I often reflect on things I did in the past and cringe. Hindsight is always 20/20, but perhaps others can learn from my mistakes. One mistake […]

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Singing Songs of Joy in a Foreign Land

by Marilyn on January 7, 2015

In Psalm 137 the song-writer gives us a picture of a people displaced, in exile. They are by a river and they are weeping. They hang up their musical instruments and those around them shout at them to sing songs, songs of joy. “Pull up your bootstraps people! Sing songs of joy. It’s not that […]

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My Hope For You in 2015

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 5, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if I could hope for you only and fully that all your days be merry and your nights be bright and your path be smooth and the sun shine gently on your face? I do hope the road rises to meet you and that you find joy in every relationship and […]

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Why Knowing Our Stories is so Important

by Editor on December 26, 2014

When I first read this post from Abigail Alleman, I knew it had to be published around Christmas. For it is a story about entering into stories, about becoming more a part of the places we live, entering the world God has called us to, fully with all our broken pieces. It is a story […]

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Out of Darkness into Glorious Light

by Marilyn on December 15, 2014

Every day I ride the subway line into the city of Boston. It’s a short ride, going from Central Square in Cambridge to the busy Park Street stop just off the Boston Commons. At one segment in that short ride we come out from the deep underground of the city and we are above ground […]

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Debriefing Resources

by Angie Washington on November 28, 2014

Thanks to the facebook followers of our A Life Overseas page we have a list of debriefing resource links. Please share any resources you have found helpful. We would love to bulk up the list with resources around the globe. Other names for debriefing include: home assignment, re-entry counseling, member care, and processing for repatriation. […]

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Ask A Counselor: Do I need counseling?

by Kay Bruner on November 19, 2014

Welcome to the first in a new series here at A Life Overseas:  Ask A Counselor! (It sounds kind of like a game show title.  I feel like there should be flashing lights and funky music.) Let me tell you just a little bit about myself before we get started this first time.  I’m 48 […]

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Just Be Faithful

by Marilyn on November 17, 2014

“I’m so tired” I think as I’m walking to the subway. Rain is falling and my feet hurt. I’m dragging at six thirty in the morning. I want to cry in this world of cold and rain. Just be faithful – It’s not like I see the Heavens open and hear the voice of God […]

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Avoiding Mission Drift

by Chris Lautsbaugh on October 29, 2014

We’ve seen Christian organizations publicly wrestle with change in recent times. InterVarsity is facing this pressure to allow non-Christians to be a part of their leadership. This is resulting in them being banned from certain campuses. Will they change some of their core values? World Vision battled with adopting new policies, leading to a back […]

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Distractions and the Voice of Jesus

by Elizabeth Trotter on October 23, 2014

Follow Me. Jesus whispered these words to me a few months ago. I was in church. It felt like He was right there in front of me, pointing His finger at me and saying, “Elizabeth Trotter? Yes, you. I want you to follow Me. You — just you — follow Me.” Rarely does Scripture come […]

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Want to see what a porn-addicted missionary looks like?

by Andy Bruner on October 21, 2014

Look pretty normal don’t I? Ok, I admit I was a bit scrawny but I come from a long line of skinny people and it was 95 degrees with 90% humidity in the Solomon Islands, so it tends to curb the appetite!  My point is that you’d never know by looking at me that I was […]

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the gift of a voice

by Kay Bruner on October 20, 2014

“I feel awful.  Something inside me is squeezing me so bad I can hardly breathe.” With those first words of Letters Never Sent, Ruth Van Reken spoke straight to my TCK heart.  It was 1988, I was a senior in college, the book was brand-new, and for the first time in my life, somebody besides […]

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