Parenting in Less Simple Times

by Tara Livesay January 30, 2017

Raising children outside of their passport culture, parents can tend toward feeling guilty about certain things. True? It is not uncommon for parents of third culture kids to beat themselves up about the friends their kids have lost, the lack of community their kids may have, the lack of access to “normal” things (music lessons, […]

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So, What Does God Look Like to You?

by Craig Thompson January 27, 2017

Imagine getting a handwritten invitation from God the Father requesting your presence for a meeting. You quickly get ready, and you’re on your way. When you arrive at his door, you knock twice and hear, “Come in.” You turn the knob, push the door open slowly . . . and there he is. But before […]

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Dear Life Abroad — I’ll keep my identity, thanks.

by Jerry Jones January 25, 2017

“Loss of identity.” It makes every list doesn’t it?  Right near the top.  Up there with rootlessness, culture shock and horrible toilets. When you take a two column, pros and cons approach to life abroad, the word “identity” rarely makes it into the pro column.  In fact, if you compiled the sum of all of the […]

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Good Samaritan or Gullible Sucker?

by Rachel Pieh Jones January 23, 2017

A true confession of my confusion and black heart… I came out of my office, got in my car, and there was a taptaptap on the window. I wound down the window and chatted with the man standing there. “My wife just had a miscarriage,” he said. “She is bleeding. Can you help me?” This […]

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“Fernweh” and “Heimweh” — words for the one who’s far from home

by Elizabeth Trotter January 20, 2017

I found a new word on the Facebook profile of a missionary writer, and it’s the best new word I’ve heard in a long time. It’s called fernweh, and it’s a German word that means “a longing for faraway places.” The feeler of fernweh carries a desire — whether met or unmet — to travel to […]

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Getting to the Upside of Hard

by Editor January 18, 2017

In 1999, armed with 5 suitcases and a child in my belly, we traipsed halfway around the world to begin our overseas adventure. We spent each morning being compared to one another in language class, while our afternoons were filled trying to meet students and figure out this new culture. My less-than-stellar cooking skills became […]

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Let Us Pray (for each other)

by Amy Young January 16, 2017

I have ideas for posts, but repeatedly I sensed from the Holy Spirit: Amy right now, today, A Life Overseas create a space to pray together. Information and thoughts will hold for another month. Just pray for each other.  ***** How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, […]

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The Measure of Success

by Anisha Hopkinson January 12, 2017

The year I failed algebra for paying more attention to boys than the teacher, mom and dad grounded me for the entire summer. Freedom on one condition: I had to take algebra summer school and achieve an A in the class. I worked my rear end off. I puzzled out each equation in the math […]

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9 Steps to More Ethical Fundraising

by Editor January 11, 2017

Six years ago my wife and I were in the middle of a two-year effort to raise the necessary funds to move to the Middle East as long-term workers. While our fundraising journey had been exciting — as friends and family responded generously and lovingly to our call — it was also heartbreaking. We received […]

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To the One Who is Left Behind

by Marilyn January 9, 2017
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I watched with a sinking heart as my son walked through security and down the hallway to his gate. He was leaving from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts for a gap semester in Oxford, England. This was my youngest, my baby. The entire process of getting him ready and off was an event. I […]

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Ask A Counselor: What’s the self-care plan for 2017?

by Kay Bruner January 7, 2017

Hey friends, it’s January! I don’t care about resolutions, but I do care about our self-care plans, because if we don’t think about our self-care plans now, the year will roll on, and we’ll be left gasping in the dust somewhere down the road. Last January, I asked you this:  what would you do daily, […]

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How Do I Make Goals for 2017 When I Know I Can’t Meet Them?

by Amy Medina January 3, 2017

Missionaries are experts in high expectations.  I mean, who else has a job like this?  Most of us went through a stringent interview process just to get here.  Pages of applications, hours of interviews, weeks of training, our references were asked for more references.  We are held up as examples of godliness.  We have high […]

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