When your “exotic overseas life” feels ordinary

by Elizabeth Trotter September 25, 2017

For months now I’ve had writer’s block at A Life Overseas. I’ve been busy, yes, but mostly I’ve had writer’s block. So you haven’t seen me around here much. I have so many things to say in general (and I do so, on my personal blog), but when I sit at the computer and ask […]

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Shouldn’t I Have It All Figured Out By Now?

by Editor September 22, 2017

By Kris Gnuse I went from zero to sixty in the time it took to realize that the internet was down. Again. From nurturing wife planning a trip to the grocery store, to snipping, snapping grumpiness. The previous 10 days had been busy with blessings. A long brunch at a cozy café shared with other […]

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The Five People Who Shape You the Most

by Jerry Jones September 20, 2017

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (Jim Rohn) Soak in that for a minute. Think it through. Is it true? For you personally? For everyone? For me it is one of those brilliantly profound and profoundly frustrating statements. It makes sense. A lot of sense. So much […]

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To My Expat Friends

by Rachel Pieh Jones September 18, 2017

Dear expat friends who have my back and hold my heart, When I say my husband and I are arguing about packing suitcases and that my back hurts, you know what I mean. You’ve also slammed doors and said things you regret because peanut butter weighs a lot and tennis rackets don’t quite fit. Thanks […]

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Where your story is held

by Amy Young September 15, 2017

Years ago, standing in our parent’s basement one of my sisters wondered what it would be like to deal with all of our dad’s paperwork. While not a hoarder in other areas, every piece of paper the man had touched through his life, he kept. In that moment, the Lord gave me this insight: All […]

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Support Raising and the Dreaded Big Need

by Anisha Hopkinson September 13, 2017

This year, we needed a lot of extra money – $38,000.00 extra to be precise. Even though we’ve been at this whole support raising thing for more than a decade, that big number left me feeling a bit wobbly. I had two major doubts: Yeah God has provided in really cool ways in the past, […]

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Should we send “ordinary Christians” as missionaries? What I’ve learned from the Ugandan church.

by Editor September 11, 2017

By Anthony Sytsma Should churches send out “ordinary Christians” as missionaries? That is the question that came to my mind when I read an intriguing tweet from Chuck Swindoll: “Missions aren’t just for superstars. A missionary is just like you. Ordinary folks through whom God does the extraordinary.” On the one hand, I agree with this […]

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Is Calling in our DNA?

by Marilyn September 8, 2017

“So” said the kindly woman at the Baptist church. “You must want to be a missionary too when you grow up! Do you think God will call you too?”  I recoiled. I hoped she wouldn’t see the visible distress on my face. She was so kind. She was so excited about my potential. How could […]

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Ask A Counselor: How’s my self-care plan holding up?

by Kay Bruner September 5, 2017

Hey friends, I usually write a self-care post in January, but I just wanted to run through a quick self-care check-up with you this month, and give a few ideas if you find yourself needing a little pick-me-up. I like to use the Biopsychosocial model as a guide to make sure that we’re covering all […]

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Small Thoughts: giving some stray ideas a place to land

by Jonathan Trotter September 4, 2017

Sometimes I cough up small thoughts. You know, the one-liners or one-paragraphers that end up floating, never finding a place to lay their pretty little heads? Well, here are a few small thoughts. Some are text, some are short videos, all are simple. They range from post-fall marriage to emotional nomenclature, from guilting people into […]

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The Ineligible Bachelor Overseas

by Editor September 1, 2017

By Dave Parker I began what I thought would be a long career as a single male missionary in 2002. My years of education and preparation got me through many challenges, but when I arrived, I was not ready for the impact of cultural gender roles. I soon learned I was an enigma in the […]

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10 Reasons Why Our Good Intentions to Fight Poverty Backfire

by Craig Greenfield August 29, 2017

Good intentions to alleviate poverty are not good enough. Sometimes our helping hurts the “helped.” I hesitate to write these words, because I know how easily an article like this can be misconstrued, and even used to justify the opposite of generosity. “What’s the point of giving then?” you might be tempted to ask. “It’s […]

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