I know, that is the most boring title I could think of, too.
Regardless, I’d love for you to take a minute to check out two things I’m excited have come together just this week.
1. First, for any of you who have been here with me any amount of time, you know that I became freakishly connected to the online world during my time overseas, out of necessity for human interaction with people that spoke my language. I wrote over 500 posts about living internationally, and I must admit if felt good good to whine about how hard it was to serve in Asia and have lots of people feel sorry for me in their comments. Ah-hem.
I did, however, notice a real need of expats for connection with each other, especially online, since even most remote villages have an internet cafe of some sort these days. And through my own writing here and through connecting with other missionaries, an idea began to form about creating a collective space where quality writers come together to talk about all-things-missions. The site was to take the title of my former blog-site, “aLifeOverseas.com.” Angie Washington from Bolivia jumped in to help, and we’ve been working on the site for the past two months.
Right now, we have a team of nine writers from literally all over the globe who are contributing to the site. We have a lady who wrote for the New York Times and is living in a Muslim country, and we have a guy who adopted an Ethiopian baby who was “cursed” and had dirt stuffed in her mouth as a newborn. We have writers from Bolivia, Thailand, Africa, the U.S. We have marrieds and singles and married-with-eight-kids. The team represents a wide array of religious backgrounds and international service backgrounds, as well– from working with Compassion International to starting a ministry to orphans from scratch. The conversation at aLifeOverseas will be honest and inspirational, practical and, maybe-even-sometimes controversial.
If you are living overseas currently, if you’re preparing to move internationally, or even if you are just interested in the world of missions and humanitarian aid workers, check out the new site which launches today:
Over there you’ll find a terribly chatty welcome video of me explaining the purpose of the site. I’d LOVE for you to like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter (@alifeoverseas) or subscribe so that you can keep updated with the global conversation that will be happening there. There’s also a page where you can link up your own international/missions blog.
2. Also, our friend and Marketing Director for The Exodus Road, Justin, did a video interview of Matt and I, explaining The Exodus Road and how it began. It’s about 5 minutes long. Enjoy and feel free to pass it along.
So, leave us a link to your favorite post or project you’ve been working on or have read/seen in the last week. What’s struck you, changed you, challenged you, made you laugh?