Sprint, Sprint, Sprint, Gut

by Angie Washington October 13, 2012

The coach of our swim team during my younger years had this saying. But it really wasn’t a saying, it was a yelling. He had to make himself heard over the splashes and we were all wearing those flattering plastic caps that squeezed our ears making it almost impossible to hear anything. I guess it […]

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Entitlement and Titles

by Angie Washington October 13, 2012

My jaw dropped as I watched a triangle of interaction take place. Having befriended a gal in our office I felt compelled to give her a little gift. The gift bag with froo-froo tissue paper hid two cute shirts. I practically skipped into the office. Seeing she was alone at her desk I sidled up […]

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Bloom Where You’re Planted and All That

by Laura Parker October 12, 2012

I’ll be honest, this missions gig hasn’t gone like I thought it would.  When I was a teenager, I devoured books on Amy Carmichael, determined to live in some hut rescuing orphans. I wanted to “accomplish great things for God,” and I assumed that meant a dramatic adventure, namely, taking a plane somewhere. When I had kids and […]

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Short-Term Missions: Is the Price Tag Worth It?

by Laura Parker October 12, 2012

Short term mission trips are a popular thing these days in Christian circles. In fact, estimates are that literally millions of individuals, mostly young people, serve on short term trips (1 week up to a year) every year worldwide. Now that’s a lot of people and a whole truckload of money. Here’s an article written […]

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You All Right?

by Angie Washington October 10, 2012

The whitewashed staircase looms before her. She hesitates and tries to calm her elevated heart rate, “Breathe. You’ve done this before. It’s going to be ok.” But is it really? It’s been so long since she has stepped foot in such a place. Mixed emotions swirl as her foot slowly steps on the first stair. […]

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Avoiding the Missionary Kid Syndrome

by Chris Lautsbaugh October 8, 2012
Missionary Family

We’ve all heard horror stories of P.K.’s (Pastors Kids), M.K.’s (Missionary Kids), and W.K.’s (Whatever other ministry oriented kid turned out bad). While my wife and I have a long way to go to declare success, here are some things we have been practicing to keep missions appealing. 1. Priorities I can hear all the […]

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Meet the Editors

by Editor October 6, 2012

Angie and I have never met in real life. Instead, our journey was formed in blog comments and facebook posts. Our friendship begun via computers and twitter handles. She was in Bolivia, and I was living in SE Asia. She was the encouraging missionary with years under her belt saying, “You can do this,” while […]

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Coming Soon!

by Laura Parker October 4, 2012

a Life Overseas will be officially launching November 15th. This collective blog-site will be a space to encourage, challenge, and help missionaries and humanitarian workers living overseas. Our articles will spark honest conversation, ask hard questions, and give glimpses into the realities of the missionary lifestyle. We have a line-up of writers from all over […]

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The Most Important Question for a Missionary

by Chris Lautsbaugh October 1, 2012

This may be the most important missionary message I have ever shared. It certainly is one I must apply the most frequently. The longer I am in missions, the more I gain a sensitivity to a perceived sense of superiority. It is not intended, but it is the message we often communicate. I hear it […]

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