December 9, 2015

Help for moms during your first months abroad

By Guest Blogger

I can remember our first day here in Istanbul so clearly. We were driving from the airport to our apartment and my thoughts went a little like this: "What was I thinking? I cannot raise kids here! ...Oh my word. We almost just hit that kid! Ellie (our daughter) will never go into the street, ever!  I'm never going to make it here. I might as well get back on the plane." And, on and on and on the fearful thoughts went, and more and more feelings of dread overwhelmed me.

While spending a summer in Istanbul as a student, I decided that my dream, my one and only dream, would be…

November 2, 2015

When belonging isn't easy

By Guest Blogger

“How do you find community?”

This question has backed me right into corners sometimes. Corners where I am left dissatisfied, lonely and growing colder towards a place I'd set out to love.

We moved to Africa when I was young and I could have adapted to nearly anything at that point. When I moved back to the US for college, I sang to a different tune. I considered myself a ‘former African’. It was as if I was forced into a whole new body and existence coming back to my ‘home’ country. To cope, I buried myself in Skype conversations with people in far away places and avoiding…

June 26, 2015

So a tentmaker, a missionary and a businessman walk into a room…

By juliemasson

Over the last 20 years, the acronym BAM has grown increasingly popular. Many missions organizations have embraced Business As Missions (BAM). Evangelicals took a deeper look at Paul and realized he was kind of a BAM guy. Paul went on numerous missionary journeys and supported himself by making and selling tents. This is the genesis of the term “tentmaking,” and in most circles is synonymous with BAM. Both of these methods provide abundant opportunities to spread the gospel. In fact, church planters are often such self-starters…

June 18, 2015

How to be a Dad who raises kids to love Jesus while living abroad

By juliemasson

It’s no secret that raising kids is a challenge. If you’re a follower of Jesus then you know that your task as a parent is even harder. In honor of Father’s Day this weekend (for those of you that adhere to the American holiday calendar), here are 3 practical ways you can raise kids to love Jesus even when you’re living outside of the comforts of your home culture where there is a church on every corner and a Christian bookstore at every mall. 

Tip #1: It doesn’t matter where you live; if you don’t live like you love Jesus, you’re kids will probably not love Jesus…

May 22, 2015

Can Skybridge help me get a job overseas?

By juliemasson

Whether we are at a conference or someone shoots us an email, we get this question a lot. The short answer is . . .  maybe. Let me explain.

The driving force behind Skybridge has always been that we are a community of Christ followers who believe that God is using all kinds of people and their various jobs and skills to accomplish His task of taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Our hope is that the members of Skybridge will join in on God’s missions when He sends them…

May 8, 2015

God is bigger than a mosquito

By kmasson

In the US, Mother's Day is just a few days away. I was asked by Skybridge to repost this story from my blog a few years ago when our son was born. May you be encouraged, fellow Mom, wherever you are in the world today. Our God IS bigger than a mosquito.   It’s hard to fight your instincts. When you see a big, fat mosquito land and start chowing down, all you want to do is smack it from here to Timbuktu (about 969 miles). I lifted my hand to do just that, but the mosquito was sitting on Pape’s precious little face while he sat a couple feet away in his bouncy chair. …

March 6, 2015

A complete guide to avoid going crazy while living overseas

By imtimrhodes

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.  

Don’t forget the good moments I have a folder in my e-mail client titled “For the Times I Become…

November 10, 2014

How to deal with anxiety while living overseas-Part II

By Guest Blogger

Last week, Guest Blogger Joe Joe Harrington gave us a reality check. If you work and live overseas, you may be more stressed than you realize. Today, she's sharing her own story of depression. 

From an early age, my relationship with Christ guided my steps. Support and the presence of family and friends marked my childhood, but I also knew some difficulty. Circumstances of my young years led to an early pattern of anxious thoughts and bad coping habits. Those don’t go away like our baby teeth do.

October 22, 2014

The Day I Wanted to Leave Moscow

By imtimrhodes

It snowed that day, I know for certain. But it didn't begin like that. It was the middle of November in Moscow. The weather was cold, but not frigid. In the U.S. I would have probably bundled up, but here I was content with a light jacket. Despite below freezing temperatures, it was still more comfortable than what we were becoming used to. After breakfast in the morning, I took off for our main offices in the city to pay some bills and fill out paperwork. These monthly trips to the office were something I never really looked forward to -- for all of Moscow’s incredible public…

October 3, 2014

4 Expat Tips That Helped Me Survive the First Two Months

By juliemasson

Today we are featuring another Guest Blogger, Britt, a new expat in China. Don't miss her first post! This is part of a month long series on mental health tips for expats living overseas. This week Britt has been sharing with us the realities of transitioning a family to another country.

If you read my other post, then you know that I'm still deeply entrenched in the process of transitioning abroad! However, there are a few tips that have helped. Here are 4 “ex