Let's face it — when it comes to taking your career abroad, healthcare professionals have some extra hurdles to jump. There's licensing, continuing education requirements, not to mention laws that may affect your ability to share the gospel. So we asked Dr. Rebekah Naylor for help.
If you are living in another country right now and that country is not considered a "Christian" nation, this post is for you. If you find yourself longing for home and an Easter service you can understand, this post is for you. I am here to encourage you to find deep joy in a unique situation.
I know it's weird to celebrate holidays when you live abroad. You often don't have access to the foods you want, and you probably don't have family around to celebrate with. But have you ever thought about that amazing opportunity you have been given?
It’s tax season, and for Skybridge member Jay Ryan,* that means long days at the office. But that’s not stopping the 20-something accountant from pressing ahead with plans to take his career abroad. Instead of spending the summer at his home in Kansas, Jay hopes to be in East Asia sharing the gospel. His goal is to go as a business volunteer or an English teacher initially, and then pursue full-time work there as an accountant. It’s a huge shift from the traditional career paths of many of his peers, and so I asked Jay how God had led him to become a professional-on-mission.
It sounds like the opening line of a bad joke: What do a New Jersey trauma surgeon, a Louisiana electrical engineer and a California marketer all have in common? But this isn’t a stand-up routine. Instead, it’s evidence of a growing trend that’s transforming the way Christians are responding to the Great Commission — they’re using their careers to take the gospel abroad.
You embraced the call to the nations, decided you wanted to make an impact for Christ through your work, and you went. Your visa came through, you connected with a ministry in that area, and you're settling in as you juggle your job (whatever work you do) and your joy (leveraging your life in this new country for the advance of the gospel). Great!
Then one evening, you're at a dinner party in your new home country and a stranger strikes up a conversation: "So, what do you do?"
Winters in Moscow were brutal. At times, even pretty painful. It was the first time I had seen a city and it’s inhabitants basically hibernate for 3+ months. Our social life decreased, time outdoors plummeted, and a tiny one room apartment felt even smaller. If there was any time when we felt most like throwing in the towel it was then. But there were several goals that kept us going, even in the darkest (both literally and figuratively) moments of our life overseas.