Faith/Inspiration

What if you used these “7 Household Rules?”

by Amy Young on June 21, 2021

I preached on Sunday about “What does it mean to be the family of God?” In preparation I studied about how family language is used in the Bible; I also pondered how family language forms us. The idea of being siblings (plural) is used more than 150 times and the singular form of a sibling […]

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Why I Will Not Say “I Never Made a Sacrfice”

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 15, 2021

This was my original post on A Life Overseas in 2012 when the site launched. Today it is my last regular post. I am stepping away, pulled by my other writing, being in seminary, family, and work and I know there are fresh voices out there to hear from. It has been an honor to […]

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When Hard Things Happen There While We’re Here

by Craig Thompson on May 27, 2021

Ten years. That’s how long we served overseas. And next month, that will be how long since we moved back to the States. This year, this month, is also a milestone for Joplin, MO, where we live. It’s the ten-year anniversary of the F5 tornado that devastated our city on May 22. I’ve mentioned the […]

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I Could Never Do That

by Amy Medina on May 2, 2021

“I could never do that,” she exclaimed. “But that’s because I have kids.” It was fifteen years ago; I was sitting behind a table at a missions conference, the church members perusing the displays of flags and brochures. She was a young mom, about my age, and was commenting on my husband’s and my decision […]

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Finding Jesus in a Slum

by Editor on March 23, 2021

by Rahma Ten years ago, I moved to Indonesia with one suitcase and a heart full of hope. I planned to live in a slum, learn the language, and seek the Kingdom of Jesus. Of course, the first year had many challenges. There was so much to learn and adjust to: the language, washing clothes […]

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The Reluctant Missionary

by Editor on February 25, 2021

by Shannon Brink Ever think maybe, just maybe, you would be a better missionary if you just weren’t one? I do.   When did this term, this identity, get wrapped up in so many unrealistic expectations? Expectations from generations of history, from sending and receiving agencies, from churches, from supporters, from other missionaries, from Facebook, Lord help […]

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A new answer to an old question

by Amy Young on February 21, 2021

“Are you better?” After two months of being in pain, thinking I had a tear in my left biceps, it was a relief for the doctor to say that I had not torn anything and would not need surgery. My doctor also said that I had probably been doing all of the things I needed […]

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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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Let’s Not Put Too Much Hope in 2021

by Amy Medina on December 31, 2020

I can picture the house I was in on New Year’s Eve 1999, but I don’t remember who it belonged to. Which is odd, actually, that I was willing to go to a stranger’s house on the night when we thought the world might end. I guess you do those kinds of wild and crazy […]

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Better Than Potions — A Look at Decision Making

by Editor on December 30, 2020

by Jacqueline Scott How do we decide? Does God just say, “You make the choice…any way you decide, it’s good, as long as you honor Me”?  Or does He sit up there waiting to see if you can figure out what His perfect will is for you or for this situation?  Both paths seem distant […]

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An Invitation to Wonder

by Marilyn on December 11, 2020

won·der /ˈwəndər/noun a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. We put up our Christmas tree on Saturday. As empty nesters, it’s our tradition to either have any adult kids who happen to be in the area over to help us or, in their absence, invite a friend […]

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Hearing Voices

by Editor on October 30, 2020

by Alyson Rockhold When an email requesting volunteers in Tanzania hit my inbox, it was a knock-you-off-your-horse type moment. Gratefully, God didn’t strike me blind like Paul, but I definitely slid off my chair and onto my knees in recognition of His Voice. I had been studying missions for a year and was consumed with […]

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