Searching for home after a global upbringing

It’s book month on A Life Overseas!! I love books and I’m especially excited to be able to share a little about my latest book, Love At The Speed Of Email, with you today. I’ve got three electronic copies to give away (PDF, MOBI, or EPUB versions available). Find out how to enter below. Love … Continue reading Searching for home after a global upbringing

The Aim of Language Learning

I posted a note on Facebook about a language lesson and received this comment, “Are you still studying language? I thought you’d be fluent by now.” Ouch. It has been more than a decade. What’s my problem? I can make a list of excuses. I speak two, sometimes three languages. I had two-year old twins … Continue reading The Aim of Language Learning

Thieves, Cannibals, and other Comic Relief

This guest post comes to us from Colleen Mitchell, missionary in Costa Rica.   ————————————- Because the stress levels that accompany missionary life can often be so over the top and we are constantly battling our fears and fighting for peace, it is imperative that we as missionaries keep our sense of humor and ability … Continue reading Thieves, Cannibals, and other Comic Relief

Reminiscing and Dreaming

Today’s guest post comes from missionary mom Shannon Kelley. Here, Shannon shares a practical idea for being intentional as family as we leave last year behind and look forward to the New Year. ********* I’m a big fan of the New Year. There is something hopeful and exciting about it. I love reminiscing over the past … Continue reading Reminiscing and Dreaming

Surviving Christmas as a Missionary

As a missionary, Christmas can be a season which summons our most intense feelings of homesickness. -You are away from friends and family. No matter how broken family structures become, people always get together over the holidays. -The nation you serve in often does not “feel” like Christmas. The first warm weather Christmas I experienced … Continue reading Surviving Christmas as a Missionary

When the pieces don’t fit

Finally… It has been an absolutely and totally crazy first semester to my son’s senior year of high school. It hasn’t been anything like what I hoped and dreamed for him. In August – barely a week into the new school year – the river rose, the dike failed, the campus flooded and school abruptly … Continue reading When the pieces don’t fit

10 Reasons Not To Become a Missionary

1. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Think You Are Going to Change the World. First, high expectations doom to disappoint, but, also, maybe your desire to change the world is trumping your desire to serve. Ask yourself if you would be happy moving overseas to a much harsher environment in order to quietly help a local, while getting … Continue reading 10 Reasons Not To Become a Missionary