July 3, 2015

How to pair theology and cigars in the Middle East

By BJ

Allow me to introduce you to George. George* lives in one of the larger, highly unreached cities of the Middle East.  He and his wife have lived in the city for a little more than a year.  While George is older, he and his wife practically jumped at the opportunity to live and work abroad with the local petroleum company a year before.  They come from a great evangelical church in their home country.  For some time George has known the importance of sharing his faith in the workplace.  He knows the importance of having a great work ethic, consistent faith-evident lifestyle, and being…

July 10, 2015

How a teacher took her job abroad to live missionally among Muslims

By Guest Blogger

Maggie Fox got a surprise when she handed her Muslim coworker a Bible — the woman told her she had always wanted to read one. So did her husband! It was a divine encounter that confirmed Fox’s calling: Combining her love of teaching with a passion to take the gospel to hard places.

Fox, whose name has been changed to protect her security, taught for several months at a school in a country closed to traditional missionaries. Now she’s going back indefinitely to continue living missionally while she teaches at that same elementary school. And she’s urging other professionals to join…

July 24, 2015

Make a plan of action to launch your career overseas

By Guest Blogger

Today's blog post is a guest post written by a past LAUNCH attendee. 

The invitation to attend the LAUNCH conference in March 2015 came at a perfect timing. I had just been offered an opportunity with my company to transfer from the North American team to the International team and I sensed God paving the way for this career move, but also calling me to make it count eternally. From the time I was in college I have dreamt of business plans that integrated the engagement of lost people, but the dreams never turned…

July 31, 2015

Three challenges (and solutions) to professionals reaching a diaspora while working abroad

By Guest Blogger

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…