Struggling Missionaries (or, Does our Suffering Help the Cause?)

by Levi Benkert January 1, 2013

Something has changed. I am not sure exactly when it happened, and only in looking back can I see that it did.  But there is no arguing it; things are different now than when we first got off that plane. Back then we were fired up – and ready to take on the needs of […]

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Resolution: To Love Relentlessly

by Adele Booysen December 28, 2012

This is true of me: I don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I try and live by a motto of resolving what I want to accomplish on a particular day, a specific week, or during a particular season. It is, however, that time of year when we reflect on the blessings of the past […]

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Landfill Harmonic and Redeeming Rubbish

by Angie Washington December 26, 2012

A missionary friend shared this little video with me. Maybe us mission minded folk here at A Life Overseas can talk about it too.   Take a walk in our town and you will pass by large green trash bins, usually overflowing. If you see the lid of the dumpster propped open with an empty […]

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Merry (Tacky) Christmas

by Laura Parker December 24, 2012

This Christmas Eve, I’m remembering another Eve not so long ago which was spent in flip-flops and not snowboots, with skype and not flesh-and-blood. And this season, as I pray for you, my friends who are living internationally, I will ask that your holidays be rich with the love of Jesus– even if you are […]

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Sunday’s Inspiration

by Editor December 23, 2012

The histories of hymns fascinate me. I feel connected to the flesh and blood humans who poured their life into words we let our lips form to lift our spirits. My favorite Christmas carol is no exception. Here is the story from good ol’ wikipedia: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” first appeared in 1739 in […]

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Surviving Christmas as a Missionary

by Chris Lautsbaugh December 21, 2012

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 […]

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When the pieces don’t fit

by Richelle Wright December 19, 2012

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 […]

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Fighting Fear: Peace Like A River

by Lisa McKay December 17, 2012

Last month I wrote about how much I miss the promise and illusion of safety the developed world offers when my baby is sick over here in Laos. I know, however, that the fears that underpin my longings aren’t caused by living in Laos. They are only magnified. This month I thought I’d take another […]

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Sunday’s Inspiration

by Editor December 16, 2012

Dear Jesus, It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately. These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated. The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons […]

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The Song that Made Them Stand

by Laura Parker December 14, 2012

Generations collide on the mission field today, like they do all over the world, I guess. The differences in the ways we view the world, the way we do life, the way we engage in other cultures can be leagues apart from those 25 years older, or younger, than ourselves. And oftentimes an error the […]

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Pianos Aren’t in the Bible

by Angie Washington December 12, 2012

You can find verses about stringed instruments. There’s stuff about joyful noises and music. But you go ahead and try to find mention of a piano in your bible. Not gonna happen, my friend. Water purification systems aren’t in the bible either. Neither are AIDS prevention programs. Not a mention of slave trafficking awareness. You’re […]

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My Job Description

by Michele Perry December 10, 2012

The trees.  They know how to lift their arms to heaven and let go. Autumn comes late to Florida. All the way in early December.  I watch the old season as it turns gold, catches flame and surrenders to the wind.  Our autumn comes in an instant and usually lasts less than a week.  It […]

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