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The Reluctant Missionary

by Editor on February 25, 2021

by Shannon Brink Ever think maybe, just maybe, you would be a better missionary if you just weren’t one? I do.   When did this term, this identity, get wrapped up in so many unrealistic expectations? Expectations from generations of history, from sending and receiving agencies, from churches, from supporters, from other missionaries, from Facebook, Lord help […]

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Grief, the Painter

by Editor on January 25, 2021

by Shannon Brink This year, this season, this current reality: wow. We have pivoted as a family too many times to count, making two cross-continental moves mid-pandemic. After another layer of disappointment was added recently, I was having a difficult time and wrote this. Maybe you can relate. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Grief is the painter and my […]

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by Krista Horn Joseph is my favorite person in the Christmas story.  He doesn’t get as much attention as other people (and, I would argue, not as much attention as he deserves), but Joseph offers something to the narrative that can impact us deeply if we let it.  Joseph offers an example of how to respond […]

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Making Peace With 2020

by Editor on December 23, 2020

by Sara Simons At the turn of 2020, I wrote this reflection exercise and shared it here at A Life Overseas. It included a simple, transferable process to gain altitude and perspective on the year that had passed. Little did I, or anyone at that time, know the disturbingly drastic change of events that the […]

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I was always blown away by the number of funerals. During the years our househelper in Tanzania worked for us, I lost count of how many times she asked for time off to attend a funeral for a family member. She was my age, but during those years she lost her mother. Her mother-in-law. A […]

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A Global Pandemic and Lives Interrupted

by Marilyn on November 8, 2020

In our house we have a saying. “Don’t speak while I’m interrupting!” Other people don’t find it quite as funny as we do. We are a family of interrupters, none worse than me and my husband. Sometimes I wonder if that statement is what God might say to me with a gentle grin as he […]

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Why We Need Kindness Right Now

by Editor on October 27, 2020

by Gina Butz Sometimes as I think about this strange season we’re in and how much longer it’s going to be, I wonder how we will get through. What I keep coming back to is this: we need a lot more kindness. We need to be kind to ourselves, and we need to be kind […]

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Caring for TCKs During Covid

by Editor on October 23, 2020

by Lauren Wells Back when COVID first began to wreak havoc on the lives of expat families with whom I work, I put together a spontaneous video series. I had talked through the same points, concepts, and answered the same questions with many families in those early weeks of quarantine and decided it would be […]

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My youngest has been fascinated with finding places on Google Earth. He recently brought me the iPad and said, “Mommy, help me find HOPAC.”  My son is in third grade, and Haven of Peace Academy is where he went to school for kindergarten through second grade. But even before that, HOPAC was always a part […]

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Is God Really With Me?

by Editor on September 25, 2020

by Corella Roberts “Can you help with this project?” Who else is on the team? “Do you want to go see that movie with me?” Well, I don’t know. Who’s asking? “Let’s take a road trip!” Hmm, who did you say would be driving? The who in my story usually influences my decisions more than […]

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Uprooted with no RAFT

by Marilyn on September 11, 2020

It is mid-September and six months since borders closed, masks became mandatory, and life changed for people around the globe.  While fall is always a time of movement and change for expats and third culture kids, for TCKs transtioning to college, and for those who have tried to make transitions during the summer from their […]

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The God of My Gaps

by Editor on September 8, 2020

by Krista Horn This summer we learned about a place called the Dead Mail Center. Apparently, when the United States Postal Service deems a piece of mail to be undeliverable and unreturnable, it goes to the Dead Mail Center, which is a giant warehouse in Atlanta that collects all such mail. As far as we […]

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