While some people may find themselves wondering what it’s like to live abroad, two years ago I took a leap of faith and decided to experience it. I used to be that person who wondered what it would be like to live abroad because many of my friends left to teach abroad after we graduated from FAMU in 1998. Looking back in retrospect, it just wasn’t my season because I was a single mom with a small child still trying to figure things out.
Fast forward to years later, when I heard about the opportunity to teach abroad, it was through a casual conversation. I had just finished a stage production, which I wasn’t exactly happy about because I did it outside of God’s timing, (lesson learned). One of the singers from the production asked me if I had ever heard of a company called, “Teach Away.” I hadn’t so she advised me to look it up. I didn’t realize that God was speaking through her at the time about my next move. That night, not really taking anything seriously, I looked it up and decided to start the profile that they required. I saw that it was teaching abroad, so I really didn’t give it a second thought. Low and behold, the very next day, the recruiter called me and asked me to complete the profile. I obliged, and little did I know within the next two weeks, I would have completed a phone interview and in-person interview in New York. Looking from my hotel window at the Grand Marquis in Time Square, I had no idea that my life was about to change drastically.
My husband agreed that it was fine to go through the interview process because I don’t think he really believed that this was going to happen. When I received the job offer, it shocked him a bit because he was retiring that school year, and then I know that God finally gave him peace and he was on board. I met some resistance along the way from other areas, but when I tell you that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers us from them all, he did just that!
Here’s why I’m glad I took the leap of faith:
- I’m experiencing the good life in the Middle East, learning a new culture, and interacting with the local people who are very kind and compassionate people; unlike what the media portrays.
- I am living a quality life. My son is in private school, I have a live-in assistant, which helps make life easier so I that we can focus on our goals, and I’m finally able to stop living from pay check to pay check, (that was a mindset issue).
- My husband is extremely happy because he’s able to continue doing what he loves, and he’s made many relationships that are centered around music.
- We can travel the world and do ministry as God leads us.
- It has given me a broader perspective about people and life and help me to realize that truly God is everywhere, and I have an opportunity to let my light shine even more being in the Middle East.
Don’t allow fear to paralyze you and keep you from following your dreams. It will come with obstacles, but God has given us the power to overcome every challenge that we face on this earth. HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT!!
Grace and Peace!!!