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This Is Who We Are

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 21, 2017

Who are we over here at A Life Overseas? As editor-in-chief of this blog collective, I’d like to give you my answer to that question. A Life Overseas is an online space where writers and readers show up to tell their stories. We share stories of wounds and stories of healing. We share stories of […]

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For the times when you ask, “What good is that?”

by Elizabeth Trotter on February 22, 2017

The feeding of the five thousand is such a familiar story to me, it seems like I’ve always known it. Jesus sees a huge crowd of people coming to look for Him and asks Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” When Philip only answers that they don’t have enough money […]

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Your kids aren’t going to remember what you get them for Christmas. They’re just not. At least I don’t. My mother died when I was a teen, my dad when I was in my early twenties. And when I think of the holiday seasons with them, I remember them. I don’t remember their gifts. I […]

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Why Are We Here?

by Jonathan Trotter on February 1, 2016

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Why are we here? Why have we chosen lives that cause us to engage suffering in very raw ways? Visible ways? Why do we expose our hearts to people in pain? Why do we use our passports for more than an occasional vacation? Why do we live in places where we sweat more than we […]

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If I’m Perfect

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 11, 2015

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I know I’m not perfect, but if I’m really honest, I want you to think I am. I want to learn the language well. I want to serve my neighbours well. I want to relate to my team well. I want to communicate to my supporters well. I want to write well. I want to […]

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When You Have to Wash Seven Times

by Editor on June 25, 2015

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I was a city girl dropped suddenly into the jungle. It was 2013, the hardest year of my life. Our family of four had packed up and moved to Papua New Guinea and the transition hadn’t gone smoothly. In addition to the two little people who depended on me for everything, culture shock had hit […]

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When You Have to be Carried

by Editor on December 3, 2014

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It’s December and with it the season of Advent, with all of its hope, expectation, and waiting.  Today’s piece is a beautiful picture of allowing ourselves to be carried, carried by that Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. You can read more about Erin at the end of the piece but for […]

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The Hard Questions

by Marilyn on March 26, 2014

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It was late afternoon and the sun was slowly setting across the solid blue, desert sky. The call to prayer echoed across the city of a thousand minarets. My blonde-haired 7-year-old looked at me, her deep blue eyes serious. “Is Faiza going to Heaven?” We were living in Cairo, Egypt and Faiza was our baby sitter […]

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Words Matter

by Marilyn on August 26, 2013

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In health care we have a story we call “The 71-Million Dollar Word Story”. It involves a young man from Cuba, the absence of a skilled interpreter, and a misdiagnosis. The man was 18 years old and had just graduated from high school. He was riding around with his friend when he complained of a […]

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Boxing Match. with God.

by Editor on July 5, 2013

I feel like we’re in an epic boxing match with God right now. And he’s the one most definitely winning. It’s as if we’re stuck living a bad version of Groundhog Day, the cycle of hope and disappointment playing out in a thousand different scenarios. It goes a bit like this: 1. We think God is […]

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