The Writers

 Editors, Monthly Contributors

Laura Parker. Co-Founder, Editor.  As a child, Laura wanted to be Amy Carmichael, and in college, she wanted to be an English teacher living in an African hut. When her first attempt at overseas missions became an epic failure, lasting three months instead of several years, she began to think that foreign ministry was perhaps more difficult than the books made it out to be. This was a truth made clear during her second stint living overseas, this time with three small children, in SouthEast Asia. As a freelance writer and avid blogger, Laura wrote gritty and honest about her time in the field, building a community of missionaries, hungry for authenticity about  the difficulties of living overseas. In addition to writing for her personal blog, LauraParkerBlog, Laura has also been a freelance writer and photographer for Compassion International. She has been published in RELEVANT Magazine, MomSense magazine, a Deeper Story, {In}Courage, SheLoves and other online websites. Currently, she is the Vice President of Communications  for a counter-trafficking NGO, theExodusRoad, which was founded by her husband. You can find her at her personal site, LauraParkerBlog and can follow her on twitter at @MrsLauraParker.

 

Angie WashingtonAngie Washington. Co-Founder, Editor. Angie has been living the adventure with her husband and their five kids in Bolivia for over a decade. Together they have started: multiple bible schools, an international office for equipping Latin leaders through media and conferences, a local church, a K-12 Christian school, and an orphanage. She has a personal blog called “The @“. Her blog topics range from street art to adoption to cooking with gas. Through her writing she hopes to push people to love God, love people and enjoy life. Straddling hemispheres creates a continual need for her to rely on Christ… and coffee! When not writing, chilling with the fam or doing missionary stuff she collects cactus plants, takes pretty pictures and hangs out with her friends. Facebook: atangie Twitter: @atangie

 

A Life Overseas photoMarilyn Gardner. Guest Post Editor. Marilyn grew up in Pakistan and as an adult lived in Pakistan and Egypt for 10 years. Marilyn has birthed 5 kids on 3 continents and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, fifteen minutes from the International Terminal at Logan Airport. She heads back to the Middle East as much as God allows but in the mean time works with immigrant populations in the Boston area.  She loves God, her family, and her passport in that order. She blogs at: Communicating Across Boundaries. She serves as our Guest Post Editor.

 

 

Monthly Contributors

Rachel Pieh Jones. Guest Post Editor. Rachel Pieh Jones is the mother of three (including twins) and the wife to Tom Jones (not the singer, better). Rachel has lived in Somalia and Kenya. She currently lives in Djibouti, the hottest inhabited country in the world, where she has been sweating, running, failing, learning about and from Islam, trying to see Jesus clearly, and writing about it for the past nine years. Rachel has written for the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, EthnoTraveler, Running Times, RELEVANT Magazine, the Desiring God blog, and others. She is also a contributing writer at SheLoves, published a cookbook Djiboutilicious, swims with whale sharks, and loses to her children at hula-hoop battles, Lego-building, and anything craft-related. Visit her blog at: Djibouti Jones, follow her Facebook page or on Twitter @rachelpiehjones.

Lisa McKay. Lisa is a mother (she is also an author and a psychologist who specializes in trauma and resilience, but during these foggy days of early parenthood those other identities sometimes feel remote indeed). Raised in Australia, Bangladesh, the States, and Zimbabwe, she has also lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Croatia. She is currently living in Laos, where her husband works for a development organization. When she is not busy saying things like “no eating, that’s yucky”, “give it to Mama”, and “pat the dog gently”, she is writing. Her award-nominated first novel, My Hands Came Away Redis set in Indonesia and tells the tale of a short-term mission gone horribly wrong. A memoir, Love At The Speed of Emailexplores the notion of home and tells the unlikely story of how she met her husband via email while he was living in Papua New Guinea. You can visit her website and blog at LisaMcKayWriting.

 

Chris Lautsbaugh. Chris lives in Muizenberg, South Africa. He serves with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), teaching and training missionaries and church leaders. Together with his wife Lindsey, they lead and steward training programs and ministries in and around Cape Town, reaching out to under privileged communities, planting churches, and meeting needs associated with the issues South Africa faces. They have been in missions for 35 combined years. They serve together with their two boys, Garett and Thabo. The boys keep them hopping and performing as taxi drivers for all their various activities. Chris loves coffee, watching sports, and traveling.  Chris blogs at www.nosuperheroes.com and has published a book on grace, Death of the Modern Superhero: How Grace Breaks our Rules. You can follow him on Twitter @lautsbaugh or on his Facebook page for NoSuperheroes.

 

Richelle Wright. Richelle is a disciple of Jesus,  wife to “Mr. wRight” (and yes, she HAS heard that joke many times over the past 18 years), mama chasing after eight marvelous gifts and the zookeeper to two dogs, four cats, two goats, four pigeons, a family of hedgehogs and, for the moment, one chameleon. Other current “employment” includes teacher of TCKs, swim instructor, Bible study facilitator, Zarma literacy worker, donut maker and full-time remover of the Sahara Desert which always seems to be infiltrating her home. After growing up in Oklahoma, she’s since spent time in inner city Boston (might as well have been a foreign land), Bangladesh, Thailand, Québec City and Niger. Home, for this season of life, cycles between Niger and mid-Michigan. She and her husband serve with a mission organization producing evangelistic and discipleship audio-visual tools, writing children’s radio dramas, assisting Nigerien church planters, encouraging the development of local Christian education and teaching women to read. She began blogging primarily so the grandparents would know their grandkids; Mr. wRight now encourages her to continue writing – internet connection cooperating. After all, it’s cheaper than therapy! You can find her online at Our Wright-ing Pad (family stuff and her personal musings) as well as at WBTN.org (ministry dedicated).

 

Tara Livesay.  Tara is the mom to seven unique personalities and wife to her best-friend, Troy. The Livesays have been living, learning and working with women in Haiti for seven years. During that time they have come to recognize that God is not made manifest in their ability to “fix” anything, but in their own need to be fixed. Tara is a slow and aging distance runner that enjoys writing, potato chips, diet coke, and spending time with her family. She is a self-confessed cynic and a hard core realist. (No one has ever accused her of being an optimist.) She is passionate about maternal health and is pursuing her midwifery certification while she works in a relationship-based maternity center serving women before, during, and after labor and delivery. She writers regularly at: livesayhaiti.com.

 
 
profile pic no markKelley Nikondeha. Kelley is a thinker, connector, advocate, avid reader, mother of two beautiful children, lover of God’s justice & jubilee.  She leads theological conversations at Amahoro Africa and is chief storyteller for Communities of Hope. Kelley lives her life in transit between Arizona and Burundi. She’s in transit between continents but also in terms of her own experience of motherhood, discipleship, theological engagement and living into God’s dream for the world. She savors handwritten letters, homemade pesto and anything written by Walter Brueggemann. She is fueled by space and snacks (and Diet Coke). She blogs at kelleynikondeha.com and you an find her on twitter at @knikondeha.

 
Elizabeth TrotterElizabeth Trotter. After a military childhood, a teenaged Elizabeth crash landed into American civilian life. When she married her high school sweetheart, her life plan was to be a chemical engineer while he practiced law. Instead, they both fell headlong into youth ministry and spent the next ten years serving the local church. When her husband later decided he wanted to move overseas, Elizabeth didn’t want to join him. But now, after two years of life in Cambodia with him and their four children, she can’t imagine doing anything else. Elizabeth loves math, science, and all things Jane Austen. Days find her homeschooling her children, while nights find her eating hummus by the spoonful. Follow her blog at www.trotters41.com and visit her corner of Facebook at trotters41.

 

Jonathan TrotterJonathan Trotter. Jonathan lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with his wife of thirteen years and their four kids. He serves with the church planting mission Team Expansion, inviting people to follow Jesus through storytelling and Disciple Making Movement principles. In addition to his work with Cambodians, Jonathan also loves learning from and sharing with international teenagers (and their parents), and regularly speaks at events aimed at expat youth. Before crossing the Pacific, Jonathan served as a youth pastor for ten years and worked as a trauma nurse for three. Jonathan felt the pull of international missions from the time he was nine, although he detoured through studies in law and nursing before finally arriving in Asia, his heart’s new home. | www.trotters41.com | facebook: trotters41 | twitter: @trotters41

 

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Contributors

Alece HeadshotAlece Ronzino. After pioneering and leading a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece now lives in Nashville, TN. She is a Nonprofit Communications & Development Strategist, a freelance copywriter/editor, and the founder of One Word 365. She blogs occasionally but candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Follow Alece on Twitter and visit her blog, Grit and Glory.

 

AdeleAdele Booysen. At 25, Adele left native South Africa for a teaching job in Taiwan. It turned out that school that had recruited her didn’t yet exist, and thus began her adventures of living abroad. She found a job as a magazine editor and stayed on the island for almost eight years. Having obtained both a master’s degree and a doctorate, Adele has lived and worked in the Kenyan bush, the island of Jakarta, Indonesia, and her home country of South Africa. Currently, she oversees the leadership development program with Compassion International in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is determined not to move anytime soon. Happily single, Adele appreciates the company of wonderful friends around the world, while she practices her Thai cooking and taekwondo. Her silent travel companion is a 2-inch tall M&M called Kiptoo.  You can read more about her and Kiptoo’s adventures at www.adelebooysen.com.

 

Michele PerryMichele Perry. Word weaver. Paint slinger. Grace clinger. Sunset gazer. Pixel tamer. Dream wrangler. Artist, author and executive coach.  Michele spent six years in the bush of Southern Sudan rescuing children and establishing a safe place for them to grow and become all they are created to be.  She recently relocated to the USA after turning the bases in South Sudan over to their respective field leadership teams that have been raised up through the years. She continues to serve with Iris Ministries as the founder of their South Sudan presence raising awareness for the bases there and as a part of Iris’s global team.   Michele is now pioneering Create 61, a missional creative community with an Isaiah 61 mandate for His Presence.  Love Has A Face is her first book (2009). And her second, An Invitation to the Supernatural Life was released July 1, 2012.  She writes regularly about her personal faith journey at From the Unpaved Road and about art, faith and the creative life at Weaving the Wind.  You can find her online there or where all her online spaces connect, micheleperry.me.

 

Dustin Patrick
Dustin Patrick. After graduating college with a degree in family studies, Dustin moved to Mexico (with his wife) to work with 1MISSION, a community development organization focusing on housing and asset based community development. During his three years in Northern Mexico he recruited and trained a local team who is still running field operations today.  He has extensively studied many different theories behind leadership and missions (especially community development) and is trained in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) principles. Dustin lives in Phoenix with his wife and they had their first child in July of 2013. Read his blog (goodmud.wordpress.com), follow him on Twitter (@dustinpatrick), or find him on Facebook.
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