The Myth of a White Picket Fence – Part Two

by Levi Benkert December 1, 2012

Welcome back! Today we continue talking about the Myth of the White Picket Fence.  In Part One we addressed a few reasons why people refrain from responding to the call of God on their lives. We’ll touch on three more today. 4. “I am Staying Behind to Support The Missionaries” (and other silly excuses Christians […]

Read the full article →

The Myth of a White Picket Fence – Part One

by Levi Benkert November 30, 2012

White picket fences– I am not a big fan. I’m more of a modernist when it comes to architecture; I see them as a bit of a antiquity in the design department.  But we’re talking about a different kind of white picket fence today. —– So many people have come up to me and boldly […]

Read the full article →

On Finding Community

by Adele Booysen November 28, 2012

I had hardly been in Kenya a month when friends came to volunteer at the children’s home where I was working. They hand-carried a care package from a lady at our home church: Some notes from her Sunday school class. Some Christmas treats. And a little green guy: an M&M character whom we promptly named […]

Read the full article →

Are you Succeeding As a Missionary?

by Chris Lautsbaugh November 26, 2012

Missionary success is difficult to measure. People are our job, so what is the measuring stick of success? Salvations? Newsletter Headline Inspiring Events? Good Conversations? While it is nice (and often true) to say if one person believes,  it is worth it;  will the missions committee or our financial backers agree? We define success in […]

Read the full article →

Sunday Inspiration. Sunday Prayer.

by Editor November 25, 2012

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life– your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit […]

Read the full article →

Generating Gratitude?

by Richelle Wright November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is this week… and so I feel a bit stupid starting out like this –   I REALLY can’t stand listening to a generator.   I know. You’re wondering, “What’s the big deal?” First, I’ve listened to them an awful lot lately. Additionally, generators are noisy, they stink, there’s usually a big puff of black […]

Read the full article →

When my child is sick: Missing the promise and illusion of safety

by Lisa McKay November 19, 2012

On Friday my fifteen-month old baby, Dominic, started running a fever for the first time in his life. We live in Northern Laos. The hospital beds here are full of dengue fever patients at the moment, and fevers of any kind aren’t to be taken lightly. I did what any worried mama living out of […]

Read the full article →

Friend of Missionaries

by Angie Washington November 15, 2012

Alternate title: “Missionaries are like Manure”   Musicians love music. They make their own music but they revel in the music others make, too. Artists love art. They create their own pieces but they thrive on experiencing the creations of others. Technicians love techie stuff. A game designer plays hundreds of hours of games on […]

Read the full article →

Welcome to A Life Overseas {Vlog}

by Editor November 14, 2012

The day is here! We’ve been working behind the scenes and our first official post will hit the online space tomorrow, November 15th. But, before we get into the actual articles from our amazing team of international writers, I wanted to take a minute to personally welcome you to this site which is written by global […]

Read the full article →

5 Mistakes I Made My First Year on the Mission Field

by Laura Parker October 23, 2012

Just last year, I was a culture-shocked newbie stumbling through my first months living overseas.  And we came as independents {we still are}, brought three small children with us, and probably arrived before we had technically raised enough money to sustainably stay. You could say we’ve done a lot wrong in regards to our transition into full-time missions. But […]

Read the full article →

The Common Coffin Consolation

by Angie Washington October 18, 2012

When missionaries gather we console each other. We encourage each other. We laugh together. We gripe together. We solve problems together. A particular consolation comes up frequently in my corner of the world. When things get hard or lonely we say, “At least we didn’t have to pack our stuff in a coffin.” Some missionaries […]

Read the full article →

10 Reasons Not To Become a Missionary

by Laura Parker October 16, 2012

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 […]

Read the full article →