Laura Parker

The Purpose of Missions: Uh, What is It Again?

by Laura Parker on August 14, 2013

I’m not going to lie– my idea of missions has had an extreme makeover during the last several years. I pushed off shore thinking I knew so much about loving-well and Jesus-following in another culture, but I continue to learn that I probably know-wrong more than I know-right. And this can be very disheartening for the hit-the-ground-running missionary. Independent or […]


Boxing Match. with God.

by Editor on July 5, 2013

I feel like we’re in an epic boxing match with God right now. And he’s the one most definitely winning. It’s as if we’re stuck living a bad version of Groundhog Day, the cycle of hope and disappointment playing out in a thousand different scenarios. It goes a bit like this: 1. We think God is […]


I read a lot of missionary blogs. When someone comments from Peru or Vietnam or Sudan, I click, and I read. Because the world fascinates me. It is a big, beautiful place, and God is doing amazing things on all corners of it. Absolutely. But, as I have read missionary blogs, and as I have watched videos […]


Celebrating 100 Posts!

by Laura Parker on May 31, 2013


Well, friends-from-all-latitudes, it’s been a pretty amazing first six months here at A Life Overseas. When Angie (from Bolivia), and I (Laura, moving from SE Asia to Colorado at the time) first talked about creating an online space to honestly talk about what it means to serve internationally, we weren’t sure if the idea would […]


Why “Did You Have Fun?” is the Wrong Question

by Laura Parker on April 30, 2013

Sweaty heads and dirty feet tumbled into the car after an evening last week at BHJ Girl’s Home in SE Asia.  And we waved goodbye out the window as the gate was closed behind us, and I asked my three kids in the backseat, “Well, did you have fun?” And, immediately, my son started in– “I didn’t like the food.  […]


Missionaries can be a negative, cynical bunch sometimes. And I’m not pointing fingers because I get it. I’ve drunk the kool-aid and have come up woefully short of expectations (of myself, the work and others), and I’ve done this same fall-on-my-face-move on four different continents. Hacking out a life overseas can make a pessimist out […]


Is Justice Worth It?

by Laura Parker on March 17, 2013

As I scoured the internet last week for inspiration for The Exodus Road, the nonprofit I help my husband lead which fights modern day slavery, I stumbled upon this video about justice. . . And I immediately thought of you all. Because you, this community at A Life Overseas, you make others– the different, the […]

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Welcome Tara Livesay . . . And A Few Announcements

by Laura Parker on February 28, 2013

Angie and I wanted to take a quick minute today to introduce you all to our newest monthly contributor, Tara Livesay. Tara lives in Haiti, with her seven children and husband, and is working with pregnant women and new mothers there.  We’ve been watching her for a while, and we think this community will be […]

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When Missions Goes Hollywood

by Laura Parker on February 25, 2013

 Anybody can have a good website. Anybody. And that includes missionaries and ministries and humanitarian efforts that want and need. . .  money. And oftentimes, what you see IS what you get– honest efforts at helping others, effective means of sharing God’s love with a community whether it be in education or poverty reduction or […]


Rice Christians and Fake Conversions

by Laura Parker on January 28, 2013

I remember our first year on the field literally thinking, “No one is ever, ever going to come to faith in Christ, no matter how many years I spend here.”  I thought this because for the first time in my life, I was face-to-face with the realities that the story of Jesus was so completely […]


Want Exotic? Go Live Overseas.

by Laura Parker on January 11, 2013

One of the most wonderful things about raising a family overseas is the unique experiences the entire family gains from the local culture. And while culture shock is a beast and culture pain can strip you bare, there is a deep goodness in tasting life in a foreign land. Below is a small collection of […]


Merry (Tacky) Christmas

by Laura Parker on December 24, 2012

This Christmas Eve, I’m remembering another Eve not so long ago which was spent in flip-flops and not snowboots, with skype and not flesh-and-blood. And this season, as I pray for you, my friends who are living internationally, I will ask that your holidays be rich with the love of Jesus– even if you are […]

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