Not Hating Your Husband’s Ministry

by Angie Washington August 23, 2013
Danielle Cevallos Thailand

We welcome Danielle Cevallos as our guest writer today. Her words come to us from Bangkok, Thailand where she and her beautiful family serve. Early in our marriage my husband and I did ministry alongside of one another. However, in the past 5 years, God has called my husband to something that has forced me […]

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Plays well with others

by Tara Livesay August 21, 2013

Plays well with others Follows directions Shows respect   In elementary school, they used to have a pretty simple way of letting us know how we were doing in life, at least according to their limited observations in a few key categories. They graded us fairly simply; we were either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. When I […]

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What do they need?

by Dustin August 19, 2013
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It’s a simple question. It typically comes from a genuine place in our hearts. We enter a community, or we visit one, and one of the first things we see is the overwhelming need. Whether it’s the splintered relationships of a gossipy suburb in America or it’s the vast physical poverty of the Mathare Valley […]

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Bring the Rain

by Alece Ronzino August 16, 2013
Alece Ronzino Bring the Rain

Africa has the greatest storms. The rainy season finally comes after months of drought, and by the time the first drop falls, the earth is cracked and parched. Lakes and ponds have all but dried up. The tall savannah grass is brown and brittle. The earth is thirsty. Ready. Waiting. And then, out of nowhere […]

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The Purpose of Missions: Uh, What is It Again?

by Laura Parker August 14, 2013

I’m not going to lie– my idea of missions has had an extreme makeover during the last several years. I pushed off shore thinking I knew so much about loving-well and Jesus-following in another culture, but I continue to learn that I probably know-wrong more than I know-right. And this can be very disheartening for the hit-the-ground-running missionary. Independent or […]

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Celebrate and Vacate

by Angie Washington August 12, 2013
Washington kids (Gabrielle is in the middle)

Today is my daughter’s Golden Birthday: 12 on the 12th! Yeah for Gabrielle! So today’s A Life Overseas post is dedicated to celebrations… and vacations! Celebrate the small stuff! Celebrate the big stuff! Don’t let the work take up so much room that you “don’t have (make) time” for: celebrations, travel, relaxing, fun, vacations, parties… […]

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Carrying Water

by Editor August 9, 2013
Tamara White Carrying Water

Today’s guest post comes from Tamara White, former domestic missionary, current international consultant and therapist. When I was in Haiti, high up in a mountain village, I was greeted every morning by a little girl who carried water for her family. The container was as big as her torso, perched perfectly on her sweet head. […]

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The Introverted Expat

by Rachel Pieh Jones August 7, 2013

Introverts seem to be getting more attention these days, which might make most of us uncomfortable. 35 Quotes for Introverts. 27 Problems Only Introverts Understand. Susan Cain’s book Quiet. Donald Miller wrote about How to Get Along With an Introvert. How about the expatriate introvert? Hi. I’m Rachel and I’m an introvert. I don’t like […]

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Can Nations Change?

by Chris Lautsbaugh August 5, 2013
By: SuSanA Secretariat

Many negatives characteristics describe the nations we serve in. Some of these issues may even be the reasons we are serving overseas. Issues of crime, corruption and poverty are common to most nations where we as missionaries reside. Although, the irony is, these issues are no longer limited to the developing world, but are rampant […]

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Nasty Nighttime Whatifs

by Richelle Wright August 2, 2013

We all know – and have probably told (at least once, or more, if I’m honest) – one of those classic missionary horror stories about traffic cop corruption or bugs or snakes or exotic parasites or nauseating food. People almost seem to expect that. Well, at least they do some of the time. But so […]

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When Envy Rots the Soul

by Marilyn July 31, 2013
Cairo, Mosque

We sat in our postage stamp size garden, tea and home made cookies in front of us. The weather was beautiful — a cloudless seventy degrees, typical of a Cairo spring. It was early afternoon and the call to prayer had just echoed through the area from a nearby mosque. We were talking about language […]

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On Driving and Unsurpassable Worth

by Tara Livesay July 29, 2013

Jesus said things. ‘Love your neighbor’, ‘Love one another’, ‘Love your enemies’. As we go about our day in the capital city of Port au Prince, we are frequently given a chance to demonstrate a higher level Jesus-variety-type of love.  In the reverse we are given a chance to be an overtly aggressive giant ass […]

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