Finding a job abroad can prove rather tricky if you’ve not arranged something prior to going; or been out-posted by your job, or sponsored. It’s the dream to retire upon a pension, and to have the means to live without concern for your next meal. And as Christians, not everyone’s been called to a Church ministry. The majority of Christians have secular jobs in which to work and earn a living, as the Lord needs His witnesses everywhere. There are many factors to why a person would move abroad, but first and foremost, as a child of God, we’re called to be the witness in the vicinity the Lord has placed us, and a light in the darkness, by how we live. We’re to show Jesus to an unconverted world by how we conduct ourselves, even before we open our mouths to preach the gospel, be it in the workplace, our community or our homes. As the Lord’s ambassadors, we’re forever being watched.
Don’t rely on your host country to have work for you, if you’ve not arranged this beforehand. There’s a shortage of work due to current events, and many of their nationals are fleeing to find a better life abroad, the grass is always greener on the other side… but as Christians if we’re seeking to live an obedient God fearing life, it would’ve been something that we prayed about earnestly; asking for God’s guidance, wisdom and discernment, to ensure that it’s His will for our lives, to relocate.
Finding your niche
A person needs to be resourceful and come up with legal ways to make a living with the gifts the Lord has giving them. It’s thinking of ways to offer a service that’s beneficial to someone else, be it near or far. Do you have a special skillset? What’s lacking? Sometimes you might actually need to take a course or teach yourself, and nowadays tutorials are readily available online for free. Can you teach English? Sit down and list all the things you can do naturally and usually take for granted, as this is your area of gifting. How can you use it to bless others, if you’re not doing so already? If you’re not sure of what it is, because usually we’re blind to these things, ask the Lord to reveal what He has gifted you with. What do others praise you for, and you turn round and say, “It’s easy!” and then look at them sideways, because you genuinely find it easy to do, and then they declare that it’s not something they can do? That is usually your gift, to be nurtured, and expanded upon.
Utilising your Gift
How can you utilise that gift to make multiple streams of income? For example, just say you can fix a car, that’s a niche area. As well as doing your regular day job fixing cars, you can expand that business by milking it. You can teach others what you know and charge for it, either in person or via an online course or little snippets of “how to…” fix this or that, do an oil change etc. To you this isn’t rocket science, but to someone who doesn’t know how to do these things, it’s a blessing. Places like YouTube and udemy, along with many others, opens up this possibility. As long as you have more knowledge than someone else in a subject, you can teach it! For example, you have your language in your mother tongue, which you can teach. Plus, if you know another language, you may not be fluent in it, but what you do know… you can teach it. Why? Because you have more knowledge than someone else, who hasn’t begun learning it. You could also become a digital nomad, where you can work anywhere. 20 Digital nomad jobs you can do from anywhere / Working nomads
Sit down and think and get creative. If you’re good at admin stuff, or have a hobby maybe you can offer that service on fiverr? Again you don’t need to be an expert, you just need to have more knowledge than someone else, and that person will be your target audience. Offer what you CAN do, and what you already have! Do you have a spare room or empty garage? Rent it out. Do you own a car? Utilise that asset.
Pray for the Lord to guide you to the job He has ordained for you. Think positive knowing that God will open a door of opportunity for you. You have to step out in faith believing. Change your mindset knowing that you can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you, gives you wisdom, grace and guidance. Ask for this daily and when you receive it, don’t forget to give thanks. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude, and not one of entitlement. The Lord always sends people or leads us to people who can help us, I’m living proof of that, a whole another story… Trust that the Lord works everything for good, and we know He does all things well, knowing that He has a plan for our lives. He had a plan and a purpose ordained for you from the foundations of the Earth. Ask for His will to be done in your life. Remember according to your faith, be it unto you and whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!
Knowing who your God is
The Lord knows your needs and will make provision for you. If He cares for the sparrows, how much more you? As I always say, the Lord meets our needs, not or greeds, the Bible says, give us this day our daily bread. Sit down and get a game plan together and think outside the box. Think smart! If you don’t have wisdom, ask God for it, He’ll give it freely! “Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11)
Prayer: I thank the Lord that you have come to know Him as your Lord and saviour. May He bless the works of your hands, and meet you at your point of need, be it physically, mentally or spiritually. May He give you abundant grace, guidance and wisdom in all that you say and do. May He drawer you closer to Him, nurturing a pure and simple devotion unto Him, and give you His peace, knowing that He is sovereign and knows the beginning from the end, and that He is on the throne and has overcome the world! Amen
Article by Lori McPherson / Photo by Ono Kosuki