Honor the Grief, Honor the Goodbye

by Marilyn on March 8, 2018

“Make sure you say goodbye” I text these words to my youngest son, followed by “It’s important to say your goodbyes.” He is only leaving for the summer, he will be back on the same campus next year. But it is critical to me to say this to him. I want my children to be able […]

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How We Get Rootedness Wrong

by Editor on February 14, 2018

by Beth Watkins I had this nagging sense I was doing something wrong. I had decided to be a missionary. And while that in and of itself didn’t seem simple enough, the idea that I would go to one place, learn the language, be a part of a foreign place, integrate with the lives of […]


Is your passion for the glory of Jesus Christ stronger than anything else?  Do you believe in the depths of your soul that he is the greatest treasure of the universe, and that heaven and hell are real? You may envision the glory of adventure, you might be full of noble good works, and maybe […]


Ahh, busyness . . . sneaks up on you doesn’t it? Especially this time of year. Caught me off guard and I’m a bit overrun by cookies, carols and Christmas cheer to pause and post something fresh. So . . . please accept my apologies and this repost from The Culture Blend. Merry Christmas to […]


You’re probably going to leave the field. Someday, somehow, the vast majority of us will say goodbye, pack up, cry tears of joy or sorrow or both, and depart. How will that work out for you? Well, frankly, I have no idea. But I do know that there are some things you can do to […]


The Five People Who Shape You the Most

by Jerry Jones on 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 […]


“Don’t you just love it?”

by Editor on August 25, 2017

By Emily Casada It was the middle of a hot tropical summer in Cancun, Mexico. Sweat dripped down my staff t-shirt as I loaded a visiting mission team into the 15-passenger van for a winding, bumpy, 30-minute drive to our next ministry site. We were 4 or 5 weeks into an 8-week-long summer of visiting […]


Should TCKs Take Their Parents to College?

by Editor on August 10, 2017

By Lauren Wells When you become a parent, you quickly realize that there are a plethora of strong opinions about just about anything regarding the rearing of your children. When you are parenting TCKs, the voices are even louder. TCKs often have unique challenges that make parenting far from straightforward, and this is particularly true […]


The Language of Transition

by Marilyn on August 9, 2017

The vocabulary of those of us who are a part of A Life Overseas includes many words that focus on movement. Journey. Pilgrimage. Moving. Leaving. Re-Entry. Arriving. Transition. All of these come with stories – funny ones, poignant ones, and hard ones. Beyond the stories are adults and kids who are part of communities and […]


Dear New Missionary

by Amy Medina on August 1, 2017

Dear New Missionary, I spent last week with about 40 of you, helping with your training. I saw the fire in your eyes and the urgency in your prayers but heard the waver in your voice.  I saw myself in you, 16 years ago, when it was I who sat in your chair with the […]


Every summer I begin thinking about change and transition, about reentry and culture shock. With the first warm breezes of the season, I am transported to places and times where this was my reality. And I begin to hear stories from others who are going through these transitions. The stories are told in photographs and […]


June is the month of transition for overseas workers and their families. It’s the month where many make the decision to stay – or to leave.  Decisions to leave are not made lightly – I know this. They are made with butterfly filled stomachs, hurting hearts, and a lot of soul-searching tears. The decision to […]