If you’re already telecommuting from home for work, why not move your home to a place where you can make disciples for Christ?
That’s the way Skybridge members Tony and Vivian Allan* see it. So they hope to move to a major European city next year to try it out.
We love interviewing Skybridge members and other people who are living and working in another culture, for the sake of the Gospel. Today however, we are doing a completely different interview. Meet Caleb Crider, a missiologist who is passionate about the mission of God and redefining the words associated with "missions." We sat down to ask him some basic questions about missiology (the study of God's mission) in hopes that our members will feel more equipped to live on mission wherever they live and work around the world.
Living in another country is a daunting task. At this time, both my brother and sister live outside of the US. They are both married with children. I have not once received an email from either of them saying, "living abroad is a cake walk!" Anyone who has lived overseas with a family in tow knows it can be very challenging. Sure, there are plenty of unique experiences that make your lives richer, but the mundane of daily living can wear a person down. Today, I want to offer you 5 tips for maintaining a healthy marriage while living abroad.
Let's be honest. For many of us, the idea of taking our job to another country is both exciting and intimidating -- especially intimidating. Assuming you're not daunted by the prospect of an international job search (which scares the fool out of me!), there are plenty of other pitfalls to navigate: visa issues, language, culture shock, family transition, children's education... the list goes on. Now, add sharing your faith with a Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim or atheist to that list and you might feel like you're drowning. With so many unknowns, where do you even start?
Before we get started, I want to be clear that your definition of a tentmaker is probably not the same as mine. I come from a background of vocational missionary work. When God opened up my eyes to the Church's responsibility to take the Gospel to the nations, I assumed He was calling me to become a front line church planter and missionary in another country. I was burdened for the lost. I wanted to see people from every tribe, tongue and nation come to know Jesus as their savior. Then I actually spent a summer, and later in life, 2 whole years "being a missionary."
Did you know that we accept submissions from our readers? Today's blog post is a personal story from a reader who wanted to tell us how God used her while living in a country in Central Asia. May you be encouraged and challenged to ask God how He can use you in similar ways to reach the nations through your career or studies. We'd also love to hear from YOU!