November 2013

A Communal (Running) Life Overseas

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 29, 2013

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*Read the first post in this series here: A Practical (Running) Life Overseas I didn’t intend to build a running community. I didn’t even intend to start running. But loneliness will make you do incredible things and five years later, I am amazed. I started running when we had a woman working with us for […]


Airplanes are Time Machines

by Angie Washington on November 26, 2013

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We joke that airplanes are time machines. When we come back to South America from North America it feels as though we step back in time. The clinics feel outdated. The cows on cobblestone streets look like the pioneer days in the movies. The open fires in homes and restaurants tended by women in skirts […]



by Chris Lautsbaugh on November 22, 2013

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Missionaries are good at many things. We are adaptable, we are frugal, and we often carry a global perspective. In my experience, one area we are weak in is in planning for the future. Our strength lies in our ability to respond and change, but at times this keeps our focus on the here and […]


Today! It’s my favorite day!

by Richelle Wright on November 19, 2013


I’ve spent a lot of years, now, reading and rereading The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, featuring Pooh, his pal Piglet and the rest of their cohorts from the Hundred Acre Woods. It’s a good thing I’ve never tired of either him or his pals. Actually, the longer I read, the more I notice the […]


Happy Birthday, A Life Overseas!

by Editor on November 17, 2013

When Angie Washington and I dreamed of a safe place online for people in the trenches of working and ministering overseas, written by people living and ministering overseas. We wanted a community where honest conversations and gritty realities were honored, a space where challenge and encouragement could be shared with respect and intention. And now, […]


To the Parents of Third Culture Kids

by Marilyn on November 15, 2013

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  To the Parents of Third Culture Kids If you are raising your children in a country other than their passport country, you are raising third culture kids. The definition used most often is this one from the late Dave Pollock: “A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part […]


on launching kids from great distances

by Tara Livesay on November 12, 2013


“You’ve given her roots, now give her wings.” That is what they all say. “God loves her more than you, trust Him with her.” That is what the spiritual and wise will advise. As mothers and fathers choosing to live and work far from our passport countries and most of the institutions of higher learning, […]


Are you playing to win, or playing not to lose?

by Dustin on November 8, 2013


I’ve often heard people explain their motivation for Christian missions work as: to keep other people from going to hell. This kind of motivation has always rubbed me the wrong way, but I could never articulate why… until now. When we are so loud about what we’re against, what we are for gets lost in […]


If you have a toddler or young child and you’ve moved overseas, you might have learned (as I am learning) that the adage that kids are resilient doesn’t mean that change doesn’t cost them. Most children might be generally adaptable, but many are firmly attached to valued routines and known, safe spaces. Moving comes at […]


Step Away from the Guilt

by Alece Ronzino on November 1, 2013

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I was worried I’d grown numb to it. Maybe I’d become calloused. Hardened. Immune. Because poverty wasn’t affecting me like it used to. When I faced it as a teenager—on mission trips to places like Nicaragua and Botswana—my eyes and my heart were opened to things I never knew existed in the world. I was […]