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…
Purpose and intentionality will take you far when living abroad
Recently I read David McCullough’s new book on the Wright brothers. I knew the headline story but didn’t really know the details. Like many historical achievements, the background story featured strong personalities, powerful intellect, and incredible perseverance. But McCullough as he did in his biographies of John Adams and Harry Truman also captures what is unique in their story.
The Wright brothers were PKs (preacher’s kids)…
Don't do this when you share the gospel
We all have our own world views. It's easy to discuss in a classroom what a Buddhist believes; it’s quite another to dissect your own worldview. Yes, you have a worldview too. It’s not just "them" that see the world through a certain color of lens. We all do.
It's imperative, therefore, that we consider our own worldview when it comes to sharing the gospel. Let me break it down.
Pretend you grew up in suburbia where the nuclear family was pretty common. Dad worked, Mom stayed at home, and everyone went to church on Sunday. You were taught to think…
A CEO shows the justice of God in Asia
Three years ago I had the privilege of an accidental interview. I’d been asked to Skype with the CEO of a company in Asia to ask him for some feedback on an aspect of Skybridge we were trying to rework. But what happened instead was that I learned some amazing first hand knowledge on how a CEO who follows Jesus can actually make an impact for the Gospel on even the lowest level employees.
As this man, let’s call him Mark, began talking about ways to be intentional for the Gospel when working abroad, my own assumptions were challenged. While Mark was indeed a very busy man in his…
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…
How to share Jesus in the workplace, Part II
Last week we began a 2 part series on how to share Jesus on the job. You can read Part I here and Part II continues below.
While more employers are trying to create “religion-free zones” in the workplace, you have the legal right to express your faith within reasonable bounds. But be wise. Realize that you might encounter pushback, discipline or the threat of termination, even if you are responsibly exercising your right to free expression. Workplace evangelism is increasingly controversial; managers…
How to share Jesus in the workplace, Part I
A friend of mine worked for many years at a large organization. One day he shared his Christian faith with a fellow employee who was experiencing tough times. The colleague wasn’t overly responsive, but didn’t reject the gospel presentation, either.
End of story? Not quite.
Next thing my friend knew, he was being reprimanded by his supervisor for “harassment.” He barely avoided termination and was compelled to apologize in writing to the “victim” of his supposedly…
Teaching Overseas: Loving Italy's Poor Little Rich Kids-Part 2
This is part 2 of a series on teaching overseas in Italy. Read part 1 here.
In my last post I talked about being a teacher in a “locked ivory tower.” If you are like me, hearing about such brokenness typically conjures up tears as well as hypothetical images of myself in that environment caring for those students with fairy dust and happiness all around as if it were a Meryl Streep teachers movie. Well, the day-to-day reality is far from that. Like in any…