This time? Anything but typical!

by Richelle Wright
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What does your typical home assignment time look like? Ours has always looked like a whirlwind of travel – visiting with ministry partners, family and friends spread across several states – and a whole lot of busyness at our home church and the Christian school our children attend during those furlough times. Of course, that […]

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Ask A Counselor: How do I Cope with Difficult Emotions?

by Kay Bruner
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What do I do if I feel like I am struggling with cynicism and hardheartedness? Also, where is the balance between finding your voice in the hard stuff and not developing tunnel vision for it? For instance, I have been recently being more open about how often I take all the advice to be brave […]

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Little Lives In Big Transitions: 14 Ways to Help Children Cope Better With Change

by Lisa McKay
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It’s been five weeks since we said farewell to the house in Laos that we were still calling “new home” and boarded a plane to “Nana Papa home” in Australia. It’s less than a week now until we get on another plane that will take us to “ocean home” in Vanuatu—a place the kids and […]

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I Can’t Handle This

by Angie Washington
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The barista brought us our fru-fru coffee all decorated and foamy. I would be leaving Bolivia in a couple days and my friend wanted to spend some time with me. She and I had history. You get connected to someone when you’re climbing a mountain (literally) with them. I went to Bolivia with mountain moving faith. 13 […]

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Missionary or Indiana Jones?

by Editor
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When we talk about missions, how do we frame the conversation? Is it about adventure for God? About putting your life at risk for the gospel along with a helping of pride? Today our guest poster, Tera, talks about this. Once you read it, will you join the conversation at the end of the piece? […]

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Keeping in Touch Long Distance

by Rachel Pieh Jones
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Like pretty much all Life Overseas readers, my kids are growing up 12,290 miles from both sets of grandparents. Their aunts, uncles, and cousins are equally far away. Sometimes my youngest spends a month away from me in order to visit her grandparents. My oldest two attend boarding school. And yet, I think my kids […]

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Connecting the Head and the Heart

by Marilyn
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  I heard difficult news last night, and suddenly all the world is blanketed in loss. I can barely breathe from the heaviness. This loss — it suffocates so it is all I can see, all I can think about. There is so much loss in a life of movement. There are the tangible, concrete […]

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Ask A Counselor: How do we keep our marriage strong in strange circumstances?

by Kay Bruner
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Reader Question: How do we practically care for our marriage and stay connected when we are living in the rural bush in the middle of Africa? …very little privacy, no babysitter, no places to go for a “date”, homeschooling kids, daily life already takes so much energy, not a lot of things to do together […]

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Money Gives us Power over People

by Chris Lautsbaugh
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Last month at A Life Overseas, we discussed the dangerous stories we can tell in order to raise funds. This requires further consideration if we provide funds, pay national workers, or are just generous in any way. While the debate on this one is hot and heavy, I doubt we can make absolute statements. “Always […]

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“I’m Not Supposed to Have Needs” | Lies We Believe

by Elizabeth Trotter
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Last month I began a series on life in ministry families and the thinking patterns we absorb along the way. As I mentioned then, this conversation is for everyone — whether you grew up as a Pastor’s Kid (PK) or Missionary Kid (MK), whether you entered ministry as an adult, or whether you love people who […]

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Repairable

by Tara Livesay

If you are anything like us, this has been a really tough week or two.  Open up your computer and you are likely to read of loss, suffering, and persecution.  Turn on television news and find more of the same. Facing devastating world news on top of the daily challenges of whichever place you have […]

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The Purpose of Marriage is Not to Make You Holy

by Jonathan Trotter
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Before we moved abroad, we did some marriage counseling. What I mean is, we sat in an old guy’s office for fifteen hours and cried. It was amazing. He told us our marriage could be a safe-haven on the field. Or not. He said we could strengthen and encourage each other on the field. Or […]

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