When You Struggle

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 the Backpack is too Heavy

by Marilyn on June 11, 2021

Sheila Walsh tells a poignant story of her son wanting to leave home at the tender age of six. Evidently he set out with his backpack and jacket, heading toward a pond near home. She, wanting to allow freedom but aware of his young age, kept a watchful eye from a window where she could […]

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God of Loss and Love

by Marilyn on May 16, 2021

Yesterday I unexpectedly found myself by a lone bench on an empty ocean front. A boat was just off the shore, solitary but securely anchored in the sea. I ached with the unexpected beauty, the symbolic solitude of the boat. I felt like this boat. Alone, aching, but securely anchored. As I stood there, I […]

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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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To the New Expat…

by Marilyn on March 12, 2021

A few weeks ago, someone who is moving overseas contacted me. This is her first time living overseas, she is going into the unknown, and wants to be as prepared as possible. Here is what I said to her: Dear Lucy (name has been changed) Wow – I’m excited for you and not a little […]

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Winter ripe for birth

by Jonathan Trotter on March 4, 2021

What a winter we’ve had. The pandemic, the politics, the panic. Jobs lost, and family members too. Too many hopes (and people) dead. And somehow, spring reminds us that winter is ripe for birth. Winter is always ripe for birth. As Lewis writes, the seed, myself, that which is deep-buried, may not die, if He […]

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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 Global Pandemic and Ambiguous Loss

by Marilyn on February 12, 2021

How has grieving been different in this pandemic year? Read about ambiguous loss on today’s post.

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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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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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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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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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