loneliness

Dear Missionary Mom of Littles

by Amy Medina on April 3, 2018

Dear Missionary Mom of Littles, I see you. I’m starting with that, because I know that often you don’t feel seen. You stay home with the kids while your husband goes out to teach the Bible study. You hang around the back of the church, trying to keep the baby quiet. You have to leave […]

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By Elizabeth Spencer The first time I spent 2 months in Ethiopia by myself, I returned to America and announced to my parents that I wouldn’t go overseas for an extended period of time until I was married because it was just too isolating. That was almost 10 years ago, when I was in college. […]

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5 Thoughts for the Local Church

by Chris Lautsbaugh on June 17, 2015

The local church and missionaries on the field should be on the same team, but often a wedge of misunderstanding is driven between the two. There is a danger when missionaries feel entitled to the support of a local body. Many dig their own grave in destroying relationships with their sending churches. Equally, misunderstanding can come […]

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A Life Alone

by Editor on September 23, 2014

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After writing the post on single missionaries about a month ago a number of people who are working overseas and are single contacted A Life Overseas. And it was so good. Because we realized we had been neglecting this critical part of our community. Today our guest poster Geren St. Claire talks about what he has […]

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New Girl

by Laura Parker on August 8, 2014

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The following post is one I have been re-living as of late, as we re-enter living in SE Asia after a two year stint in the States (original post is here). The whole family is thrust constantly into those awkward situations of being the new kids on the block, and I’m reminded of how hard […]

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Send Someone Else

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 10, 2014

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Do you ever have days you wonder why God sent you? You doubt in the dark what you knew in the light? Questions about whether we are making an impact set in. As you contemplate your next big endeavor, you feel like saying… “Please, Not Me!” You are in good company. This is exactly the […]

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The Inevitable Pain of Loneliness

by Editor on April 25, 2014

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There is a depth of loneliness that one experiences while living overseas that is difficult to articulate. Away from all that is familiar, the nagging ache can accost us at odd times, almost like grief. Yet in a very real way, as a fellow writer friend said “Loneliness gives me my humanity. She connects me […]

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A Communal (Running) Life Overseas

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 29, 2013

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*Read the first post in this series here: A Practical (Running) Life Overseas I didn’t intend to build a running community. I didn’t even intend to start running. But loneliness will make you do incredible things and five years later, I am amazed. I started running when we had a woman working with us for […]

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Holiday Grace

by Marilyn on July 3, 2013

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Tomorrow is the 4th of July – Independence Day in the United States and a national holiday. It’s a day that causes laughter and cross national joking in expatriate communities where those from Britain and the United States work and play side by side; where nation building dissolves and friendships build strong. I grew up […]

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Coping With Loneliness

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 8, 2013

Have you ever found yourself asking, “What am I doing?” “Is this worth it?” “Is this what we signed up for?” If so you are not alone in your emotions, although these feelings can make you feel very isolated. Missions and any form of leadership carries with it an aspect of loneliness. Ordinary friendships become […]

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When Your Missionary Teen Struggles

by Editor on December 3, 2012

Today’s guest post comes from missionary mom Colleen Mitchell. Here, Colleen talks honestly about the struggle of watching a teenager battle isolation overseas. ****** I have often written about how one of my greatest struggles in living life as a missionary is a battle with loneliness. After nearly a year in our current mission, I […]

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