“If you're considering moving overseas for your Map Years, just do it! Yes, there's lots to think through, process, and plan for in making sure you do it in a healthy and intentional way. But there is no time in your life like now that you're allowed to and encouraged to try hard things, learn, and even fail. Give God these years, and you'll be amazed at what he does with them.”
There are a lot of things to consider when deciding about living and serving overseas. If you’re anything like me, I imagine a multitude of questions appear in your mind. Is this going to be best for me in the long run? Will this help me move towards what I strive to accomplish and become? Am I doing what the Lord wants for me? Am I going to like where I am going? This is just a little glimpse into the chaos that a decision can entail.
It’s that time of year where we’re about to celebrate St Patrick’s Day! For most of us, our understanding about St Patrick and his life is seen through the filter of modern St Patrick’s day parties - drinking green beverages and wearing green clothes - or we may even be vaguely aware of the myth about him driving snakes from Ireland or using the clover as a theological metaphor.
Don’t wait until you graduate to be globally engaged! While you’re still in school, it’s a great time to start learning about what God is doing all over the world, and to join in! Here are five ways you can be globally involved from your dorm room:
Is the season after college a good time to take a Gap Year? Kinda but not exactly. Instead, consider going beyond a gap year in your first step after college.
The concept of taking a Gap Year after high school to travel, serve and learn by experience is normalized in several parts of Europe. In the last decade or so, it’s jumped the pond, and students and parents alike have warmed to the idea here in the US.
Figuring out how to live overseas and use your gifts abroad after college is only half the battle. Once you get there, the real fun begins. Only, fun may not be the right word for it. Living life overseas is a rich and often enjoyable experience, but sometimes you get blindsided by the fact that there are tons of things you didn’t expect the experience would entail, and it’ll often leave you scratching your head in the middle of a foreign street lamenting, “Why did no one ever tell me it was going to be like this?”
People usually think calling is about looking forward, but it’s actually about looking backward.
If you're like most Christians, you probably think that you need to have a lightning bolt type of calling to consider moving overseas for a couple of years. But, that’s not usually how God calls his people to his work...