March 7, 2016

10 things successful expats do

By Guest Blogger

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…

March 14, 2016

Learning to love foreigners well

By Guest Blogger

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…

March 21, 2016

What to do when your boss doesn't share your faith

By Guest Blogger

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…