January 2021

You Are Going to Hate It

by Amy Medina on January 31, 2021

You know that country you’ve been dreaming about? The one that you have been praying over and researching? You’ve been talking about it endlessly these days, building a team who will support you when you move there. You are ready to uproot your family, your job, your entire life to pour your soul into the […]

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Neither Here Nor There, I Do Not Belong Anywhere

by Editor on January 28, 2021

by Chris Moyer Not fully in France. Not in America, Not by the Seine, Not by the Susquehanna. My belonging is mixed-up, Sam, you see. I do not belong fully here or there. I do not fully belong anywhere! If you are a Third Culture Kid like me, you may read the word “belonging” and feel […]

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Grief, the Painter

by Editor on January 25, 2021

by Shannon Brink This year, this season, this current reality: wow. We have pivoted as a family too many times to count, making two cross-continental moves mid-pandemic. After another layer of disappointment was added recently, I was having a difficult time and wrote this. Maybe you can relate. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Grief is the painter and my […]

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A Moral Gut Check for the Coming Year—and Beyond

by Craig Thompson on January 22, 2021

If you’re like me, you saw at least one of the “those we lost” montages covering the deaths of notable people over the last year. And when you see some of the names and faces, you react for some with “I didn’t know they were gone” and for others with “That just happened this year?” […]

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The question you might be asking

by Amy Young on January 18, 2021

“Is this the end of the movie,” she whispers leaning towards me but keeping her eyes on the screen. “No, sweetie, this is still the middle,” I whisper back. Satisfied, she doesn’t ask again until near the end. In recent weeks this scenario has repeated itself every time we watch a movie. At first I […]

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How Well Do You Know Your Host Nation?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 14, 2021

I’m a bit out of words lately. I’m in seminary full-time. Covid. Elections. Wars. Planes crashing. Racial tension. Political violence. Conspiracy theories. It’s a lot. I have way more questions than answers. Some of my questions are around the gaps in the training I received before moving abroad and in the ongoing trainings and mentorships […]

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Marilyn Gardner, Jonathan Trotter, and I shared this note on Facebook last week. Since some of our readers receive only the e-mail articles, we thought it would be worth sharing in this format as well. ~Elizabeth We at A Life Overseas are a community of global Christians. We seek to serve and support the work […]

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World Events & the Fragility of Goodness

by Marilyn on January 11, 2021

It’s a Monday and depending on where you are in the world, and in what time zone you woke up, you have most likely been assaulted by different headlines around the globe. In Indonesia, divers are still searching wreckage for the tragic air crash that killed all those aboard. Lebanon considers a tighter lockdown as […]

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Announcing a New Online Event for Women

by Editor on January 8, 2021

by Arden Howell Exhaustion, Isolation, Loneliness, Burnout… Do these seem like the words defining the season? If so, you’re not alone.   This seems to be a frequent topic among the missions community and other ministry workers, but what are we, as a global Christian body, doing to combat the issue?   There’s tremendous energy and momentum toward getting global […]

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