Please Don’t Say, “They Are Poor But They’re Happy.”

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Katherine Boo talks about the western ‘conceit that poverty is ennobling.’ Tracy Kidder, in his book Mountains Beyond Mountains, quotes Paul Farmer, “There’s a WL (white liberal) line – the ‘They’re poor but they’re happy’ line.’ They do have nice smiles and good senses of humor, but that’s entirely different.” I am of the opinion … Continue reading Please Don’t Say, “They Are Poor But They’re Happy.”

Is the Purpose of Missions the GOSPEL or the KINGDOM?

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We sat across the table from them and they leveled questions at us about our work. It felt a little Spanish Inquisition, honestly. “What happens to the girls after they are rescued? Do you give them the gospel? Can you guarantee they end up in a Christian after care center?” And we had to honestly … Continue reading Is the Purpose of Missions the GOSPEL or the KINGDOM?

Outlawed Grief, a Curse Disguised

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Living abroad is an amazing adventure, but it comes with some baggage. And sometimes, the baggage fees are hidden, catching you by surprise, costing more than you planned.  You thought you had it all weighed out, you could handle this, squeeze right under the limit. But then it got heavy.  Your new friends moved away, … Continue reading Outlawed Grief, a Curse Disguised

O Holy Night

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Every direction you turn, images of Christmas are evident.You need not look far to find beautiful and thoughtful displays, tastefully decorated homes with glowing trees, and rows and rows of symmetrical twinkling lights. Step into one of these homes and the warm fire will greet you as you breathe in fresh scents of pine and … Continue reading O Holy Night

Celebrating 100 Posts!

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Well, friends-from-all-latitudes, it’s been a pretty amazing first six months here at A Life Overseas. When Angie (from Bolivia), and I (Laura, moving from SE Asia to Colorado at the time) first talked about creating an online space to honestly talk about what it means to serve internationally, we weren’t sure if the idea would … Continue reading Celebrating 100 Posts!

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

Welcome Tara Livesay . . . And A Few Announcements

Angie and I wanted to take a quick minute today to introduce you all to our newest monthly contributor, Tara Livesay. Tara lives in Haiti, with her seven children and husband, and is working with pregnant women and new mothers there.  We’ve been watching her for a while, and we think this community will be … Continue reading Welcome Tara Livesay . . . And A Few Announcements

Missionaries as Human Traffickers?

If you’ve read here for any amount of time and clicked on a few links, you’ll know that I am passionate about the injustices of modern day slavery. You’ll have read that my husband has been an undercover investigator into brothels and that we now work full-time promoting rescue efforts in SE Asia. Which is … Continue reading Missionaries as Human Traffickers?