5 Steps to Landing a Job Overseas
You have the itch. Something inside you has been stirred. Maybe it was a recent sermon, maybe you read a blog post, or maybe you just have seemingly “stumbled” across the idea. However it occurred, something has changed. For the first time in your life, you are actually considering working overseas, and it may not mean you have to become a "vocational missionary."
So how do you begin to look for opportunities to do what you love to do, do what you went to college for and stay in the industry you work in currently?
Here are five basic building blocks to consider when…
Should I start a blog if I live overseas?
The short answer is YES. You definitely should.
But why, Julie?
Oh let me count the ways.
It’s not just your story. You are a piece of the puzzle You are part of a grand narrative that God has been telling since the beginning of time. God is using you as part of HIS mission to reach the lost around the globe through people with regular jobs, expat wives, and more. The reality is that there are others involved in what God is doing through you in your country. People praying for you back home will be so much more involved if they are able to…
What to do when your boss doesn't share your faith
Prior to full-time vocational ministry, I worked in the banking world. Most of the men and women for whom I worked did not share my faith. And, admittedly, this presented some challenging moments for me.
Recently, I read through the book of Daniel. As I read this text, I began to notice the working relationship between Daniel and the kings under which he served. Initially, none believed in his God. How did he work under their authority? And what lessons can we learn?
For those who find themselves working for a boss who doesn’t share your faith (which is probably most), here…
Learning to love foreigners well
People gathering together is a universal activity that translates into every culture.
And there’s nothing quite like a room full of women who gather bringing international food! The air quickly fills with smells of curry and sounds of repetitive conversations. We each have to restate words several times to comprehend what is being said through thick international accents. (Or, in my case, a thick southern accent.)
Learning to love foreigners is a process.
We don’t automatically love foreigners. Have you noticed that? Yet, scripture says, “The foreigner residing among…
10 things successful expats do
After 12 years as an expatriate in Somalia, Kenya, and primarily Djibouti, I have seen expatriates come and go, thrive and struggle, engage in the community and hunker down behind high walls. Over time I have noticed some patterns, things that thriving expats tend to do, or not do. Could be here, could be in other countries.
1. They don’t complain. Djibouti is one of the hottest, driest countries on the planet. Temperatures can soar over 120 degrees in the summer and less than six inches of rain falls per year. With 60% unemployment, poverty is rampant. Garbage has…
10 things to know when visiting a Russian home
While living in Moscow for two years, my wife and I were fortunate to spend many evenings in the apartments and homes of dear friends. Here are some things we learned (sometimes the hard way) that really helped us look less like strangers in a strange land.
1. DO bring a snack.
Even if it’s not requested or discussed about during the invitation, it’s always nice to bring a drink or snack to any get-together. It can be anything -- drinks like juice or soda, or sweets to have with tea. A bottle of wine. A small gift from your home country. Flowers from the…
5 questions to ask yourself about business, language and church planting
1. How do you define business? Will you be totally supported by your operations or will you still receive outside funding?
If you are okay with being subsidized through outside funding and able to raise such funding, even if for an initial timeframe, this will allow for more options. One option could be to spend more time learning a language for a period while you do some business-related work. Another benefit if you started a business would be that this support could sustain a period of losses, before profitability is reached. However, if you wanted to be totally…
Seven tips for finding a job in Spain
If you've been bitten by the Spanish bug during a study abroad experience, vacation, internship or even just hearing about life here, you're not alone. Many foreigners decide to try their hand at finding a job in the land of Don Quijote.
If you think God might be leading you that way, here are a few tips to keep in mind during your search:
1. Be patient. If you're starting the job search from scratch, keep in mind that unemployment in Spain is at nearly 20 percent. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there - prayerfully - but remember that God may allow you…
4 great resources for teaching English overseas
One common way people get a job overseas is by teaching English. For most of you reading this blog, you already have a necessary skill to do this-you speak English! However, you probably have a lot of questions about the practical steps to actually making this dream job a reality. We've complied this short list of resources that will help you understand the next steps you can take to teaching English overseas.
FAQs about Teaching Abroad-this website answers all of your basic questions.…
Three challenges (and solutions) to professionals reaching a diaspora while working abroad
Years ago we lived in Europe, desiring to be salt and light among urban professionals. We wanted to find ways that we could take the gospel to this people group segment. We quickly learned that we could not do this well with a missionary identity nor could we as a non-profit helping the community. We could make contacts but we were operating on the fringe of the segment we were desiring to engage.
We found out that people who worked in the marketplace often made better missionaries than we could as full time Christian workers. They could actually get deeper into the…