COVID-19

Strangers in Covidland

by Editor on June 10, 2020

by Katie Hoffmann Blurry-eyed after 36 hours of flying with kids, we handed over our passports. The customs official returned a hearty, “Welcome Home.”  Those words felt almost digestible as we entered the Seattle International Airport after years overseas working for a Christian non-profit. Although we were grieving all the goodbyes, I felt ready to […]

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What Are You Even Doing Here?

by Editor on May 27, 2020

by Corella Roberts Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I was a fresh, excited, bi-vocational missionary-teacher in Alaska. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to partner with God. I wanted to use my gifts and my training and my time to spread the gospel. I wanted to shine His […]

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by EC Nance April and May are usually a grieving season for mission communities. This year it has been particularly rough. Schools closed without warning. People evacuated with a day’s notice. Graduation ceremonies moved online. Children face the prospect of never seeing friends again, without having done the leave-taking. I wrote the following poem as […]

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Cultural Hope

by Marilyn on May 11, 2020

“But what on earth can I write?” This was what I wrestled with last week as I thought about writing for A Life Overseas. Half of you are displaced, wrestling with when you can get back to your host countries and homes. Half of you are sheltered in place in various places around the world, […]

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The Privilege of Freedom of Movement

by Editor on May 8, 2020

by Nicolette Hutcherson Lebanon has never been an easy place for us to live. We’ve been here long enough that we’ve passed through some really difficult times – suicide bombings, the garbage crisis, threat of war. This year has been an absolute doozy. 204 days (and counting!) of Revolution. Economic collapse. And now corona. Schools […]

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Hope as the Church’s Long Game

by Editor on May 4, 2020

by Jacob Sims March 21, 2020 – It’s a beautiful morning as the sun rises over Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The predictably sweltering heat and sticky humidity are not quite yet descended on the city as I make my way across Sihanoukville Boulevard just east of Independence Monument.  In a mere 10-minute walking commute to work […]

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Since being unexpectedly wrenched from our Tanzanian home a month ago due to COVID-19, my family has been living as vagabonds in California, moving in with various relatives every couple of weeks. (It’s hard to shelter-in-place when you have no home.) This week we’re with some in-laws, and I’ve been walking the neighborhood daily. Whenever […]

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Oh, the Questions We Hear from Those We Love

by Craig Thompson on April 29, 2020

I saw a headline a couple weeks ago that pressed down on my chest like a heavy stone. It read, “‘Don’t You Love Us?’ Millennials Say Their Parents Are Making Them Feel Guilty for Turning Down Invitations to Come Over for Passover and Easter.” While the lead-in question is directed at young adults, asked by […]

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by Alyson Rockhold At the end of last year, my husband and I found ourselves unexpectedly back in the U.S. Our missions agency was in the middle of transferring us from Zambia to South Sudan when instability in the region forced us back home. We had left friends in Zambia believing God was leading us […]

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Entitled to Suffer

by Editor on April 21, 2020

by Krista Horn Several years ago, a missionary friend of mine made the difficult decision to leave the mission field because of serious health concerns that couldn’t be addressed in her host country.  She had spent a long time enduring physical suffering and attempting to find answers locally before her condition became so complex and […]

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Sources of Stress During COVID-19

by Amy Young on April 19, 2020

It is no surprise to you that COVID-19 is stressful. Yet, I found that simply saying, “This is stressful” wasn’t very helpful. Oh sure, it helped a little, but in the way that eating a bit of chocolate helps me in the moment. Five minutes later, that bit is long gone and fast forgotten. Instead […]

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by Anna Glenn For the past few weeks, our minds have all been collectively spinning. Many of us have spent hours wondering and praying, either out loud as we lay in our beds or silently within our own heads, about what we should do. We’ve turned it over and over again in our minds, examining […]

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