Archives For Life overseas

Christmas as a Missionary

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 was a shock to my senses. Now, I find Christmas sneaks up on me as I serve in a nation without a lesser degree of the materialistic, “mall decorated prior to Thanksgiving” kind of atmosphere. It just doesn’t look or feel like the holidays.

– Most individuals and families have more traditions wrapped up in Christmas than any other time of the year. Missing those family gatherings or celebrations can bring a sense of isolation and loneliness.

A Life Overseas Missions Blog

November 15, 2012

I am pleased to announce the Launch of a fantastic new site. A Life Overseas is a collaborative effort by current and former missionaries to speak about life on the missions field.

Laura Parker and Angie Washington are spear heading the effort.

Laura is a well known blogger who recently returned from serving in SE Asia to continue the work Stateside. I guest posted on her blog while back. She is fantastic at creating content which engages people.

Angie guest posted on NoSuperheroes just a few weeks back and is a jack of all trades. She operates several blogs as well as ministers with her family in Bolivia.

These two ladies have recruited a great representation of bloggers and missionaries from around the world. You can take a look at all the contributors here.

I am so honored to be a part of this endeavor

Michael Hyatt wrote an article recently on the benefits of blogging.

When I saw this, I was excited and dismayed. Excited because Michael always has good things to say. Dismayed because I had the same idea in my blog lineup! Now everyone will think I rip off Michael Hyatt! Oh well.

Michael Hyatt has nearly 200,000 followers and over 1000 posts. As one of the industry leaders, his depth of learning is much greater than mine. His consistency of quality content is hard to match. Not only that, he is someone who is generous in passing on what has helped him. His blog is essential for any new blogger in the Christian or leadership arena.

What would a newbie say?

If you are like me, when I began, it is impossible to imagine publishing 1000 posts. You might wonder what it would be like to do a few posts; what would the benefits be?