Announcing Our First Ever Christmas Contest!

Announcing our first ever A Life Overseas Christmas contest!

If you have a poignant holiday memory from your time abroad, or if you have a reflection on the meaning of Christmas in light of the Great Commission, we want to read your stories!

We’ll accept fresh essays, along with essays previously published in personal newsletters or personal blogs (but not collective or organizational blogs). If security is a concern, we’re happy to publish your piece under a pen name.

Submissions are due to Elizabeth Trotter at by Tuesday, December 5th. We will choose two winners and notify them by December 9th. Then we’ll publish their essays on A Life Overseas in the two weeks before Christmas.

Many thanks to ALO writer Abigail Follows for inspiring this contest.

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Elizabeth Trotter

Elizabeth lived in Southeast Asia for 8 years and fell in love. Then covid happened and brought her back to the States, where she is currently figuring out how to do life in America again. Before moving to Asia, Elizabeth worked in youth ministry for ten years. She and her husband co-wrote "Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker." Find her on the web at

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