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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Acquainted

by Angie Washington October 13, 2012

They started telling me their stories. We call the orphans of our orphanage the Dreamers. It caught me at the throat when the children decided to speak about their mothers. Pure fantasy spewed from their lips. “My mother brought me a huge cake,” he said with arms extended indicating the enormous dimensions. “My mother is […]

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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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