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Why Take a Global Job and How Scatter Coaching Can Help
“A global job is really any job outside of your home country,” says Rhiannon King, Program Specialist with Scatter Coaching. “And there are lots of good reasons to consider taking a global job.”    Rhiannon is from the United Kingdom and worked in West Africa as a physical therapist for four years. Today, she uses that global work experience to develop Scatter Coaching Cohort Learning Experiences.    Scatter Coaching is a staffing and recruiting service offering high-quality career coaching for Jesus followers. So, if you desire to work internationally but aren’t sure where to start, Scatter Coaching can come alongside you as you prepare for and explore the global job market.    As someone who has global job experience and works as a career coach, Rhiannon explains the process of preparing for a global job.    Q: Any job search can be challenging. So, is a global job really worth all the time and investment?    “Absolutely. Working overseas can provide a huge boost to your career and allows you to develop professionally and personally in ways not possible back home,” says Rhiannon.    Working cross-culturally sharpened Rhiannon's skills because she often found herself in new and challenging professional situations and taking on higher levels of responsibility sooner than she typically would have working back home. Gaining a lot of transferable skills, really accelerated her career.    While professional growth and opportunity are great, working in another culture also helped Rhiannon discover more about how God uniquely shaped her.  She saw first-hand how her gifts and skills can make a difference in other parts of the world, especially places where Jesus is less known.     Even though Rhiannon wasn’t always sure how to navigate all the changes and challenges, she was flexible and open-minded, which helped her embrace the adventure of it.     Q. What kind of job opportunities are there globally?    “There are loads of opportunities out there in any industry and any country,” says Rhiannon.     In some cases, there are great incentives for talented individuals with certain skills to live and work in specific countries due to a growing global shortage of talented workers. This lack of talent can often be found in countries where many people have not heard the hope of Jesus.     Q: So, how does someone prepare and look for a global job?    This is where Scatter Coaching comes in to help equip you, Rhiannon explains. Scatter Coaching offers an 8-week cohort learning experience with others who are on a similar trajectory as you.    The cohort consists of 13 modules. Each module has videos, activities, and discussion boards covering different topics including beginning the job search, writing your resume/CV, personal branding, using LinkedIn effectively, preparing for international interviews, and cultural awareness.    Q: Why the Scatter cohort versus individual coaching?    Peer feedback, accountability, and motivation are the main reasons the group cohort format is so valuable. This rings true for a recent cohort participant David, an engineer from Uganda.     “Before the cohort, I had tried a couple of times to focus on the international job search but lost momentum,” David said. “(I) got discouraged along the way.”    But after joining the Scatter Coaching cohort, David felt connected and encouraged by others navigating similar journeys. “The cohort learning really helped me finish the assignment materials in time and I have the motivation to proceed long term since we keep tabs on each other.”     Q: How diverse is the cohort?    The cohort consists of “diverse group(s) of people coming from many countries (and) wanting to go to many different countries,” says Rhiannon. Scatter Coaching offers live group sessions throughout the course where participants connect with a Scatter Career Coach on Zoom to dig a little deeper into the content.    “I really enjoyed the Zoom meetings – learning from others with different professions and goals,” says Anna, another cohort participant who is a nurse practitioner from North America.    “My favourite thing about the cohort learning was meeting other(s) like me at different stages in pursuit of this journey,” David adds. “As we discussed and reviewed each other's work, I was encouraged to know that we are many walking this path of intentional international employment.”   At the end of this eight-week journey, Scatter Coaching will match you with an individual career coach to help personalize an individual job search strategy. “Your coach will be there for the rest of the process, giving you one on one coaching as you start your job search,” says Rhiannon.      Q: What industries and job experiences are right for the cohort?    “We have several participants that are currently navigating the job market right now in various different industries,” says Rhiannon. “From arts to engineering to teachers, some participants have been on vision trips (to specific countries) and are getting excited about potential opportunities.”     Some of the most recent participants come from all over the world, including countries in Africa, North America, and South America. They have job experience in various industries ranging from healthcare, technology, education and the arts.     Q: How can I get started?    We know the international job hunt can be intimidating - but it doesn’t have to be. Scatter Coaching wants to walk alongside you and equip you with the skills, confidence, and community you need to get there.    Here’s what a few recent participants had to say:   “If you are, or know someone who is, looking to take their career overseas, intentionally, do not hesitate and reach out to Scatter Coaching,” says Robert, a software developer from North America.    "...Scatter is not something you're going to regret. It's worth the cost as is, but every minute of a group session you engage in and every discussion board you interact with doubles the value," adds Ethan who is in the information technology industry from North America.    Do you think a global job is your next career move? If so, start preparing with Scatter Coaching and get equipped to take that first step towards a global job. Connect with a coach and schedule a ten-minute Discovery Call today!   Article By: Nay Mi Chele    
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Worship in Your Work
First-century Christians had nuanced but necessary choices to make, primarily tasked with the question – in which way should we worship? Some took to the keeping of creeds – recording & writing an observed reality on how we ought to live our lives in Christ. Others decidedly ducked away into the catacombs – to paint and preserve the Image of God in Christ Jesus.    In a situation like this, we might ask: who was worshipping the right way? And in such a case (with such a question), I would propose to you that both ways of worshipping were not only correct, but both would be absolutely necessary in influencing future followers of Jesus... and the world at large.    I’ve learned that worship isn’t limited to a genre of music or the way we feel (or respond) when we listen to it. It doesn’t just happen within the walls of a church on Sunday or in small groups somewhere around your city. Worship is the way that we work. Worship is the loving way that we engage in cultural issues. Worship is the lens through which we view ourselves and others. My friends, worship is a way of life… and when we adopt this perspective & pursue our purpose with it, others can’t help but see the Glory of God – in who we are & what we do.   So, how do you view your life and work? What if every moment and meeting was an opportunity to worship - to point people to God?   Have questions about what it looks like to fully participate in God's kingdom story in and through your everyday life and work? Check out our Scatter Foundations Video Series or signup for our Scatter Email.    Written By: Global Contributor Nigel Wallace – Artist & Educator Using creativity & communication to evoke thought & inspire action.    NIGEL WALLACE – is a purveyor of all that is true, noble, good, and lovely. His formats and interfaces take just about every form—live lectures, poetry, illustration, podcasts, community organizing, and social justice work. No matter the medium, Nigel consistently communicates one resounding message: there is hope for the healing of humanity. Nigel calls East Atlanta home and is the proud father of no less than thirty houseplants. He spends his days in the rhythms of earnest work, deep soul rest, the pursuit of curiosity, disciplined introspection, and profound commitment to good meals. He is the author of Fragments & Finality, his latest creative project, and is now available for purchase here.  
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SCATTER STORIES: Uniquely Shaped and Specifically Placed
Dr. John Randal – Robotics Surgeon in North America   “Healthcare just has an easy connection to Christianity because God invented it,” says Dr. John Randal.  “In medicine, we understand a little niche of God's creation differently than other people and I get to show (patients) his handiwork.”   Dr. Randal is a highly experienced robotics surgeon and one of the early robotics adopters in North America. This means that many invasive surgeries that once required large incisions, longer recovery, and risked more complications are now done laparoscopically, thanks to advanced robotic technology. This is Dr. Randal’s niche.   And while most patients will never fully realize every benefit that comes from this skill set, for Dr. Randal, that’s ok. He made a promise a long time ago to do whatever it took to glorify God in the process. Justice, mercy, and humility (Micah 6:8) in and through his work are Dr. Randal’s success metrics.   “I walk through my days, and I don't know what's going to be in the next room. But I know God just wants me to fill that space with as much Jesus as I can pack into it. And then (I) come back and see what he’s done with it,” Dr. Randal explains.   It’s 10 pm and Dr. Randal has just wrapped up another complex surgery. Long and demanding hours are his norm, always moving from one surgery to the next. This rigorous schedule means that he doesn’t always have a lot of time to interact with his patients. And yet, God is using these brief moments to make a profound impact in the lives of his patients, both physically and spiritually.   “One thing that medicine affords is it just gives you automatic, deeper relationships – especially in surgery.  Because if somebody is facing surgery, they're scared and a lot of times, it's cancer or a really critical time in their lives,” says Dr. Randal.    Within the first hour of meeting, Dr. Randal might know more about his patient’s life and fears than even their closest friends and family. It’s through these very real, very raw conversations about their health and next steps that Dr. Randal has seen God move.   “To be able to speak Jesus into people’s situation, and sometimes their hearts, is just cool,” Dr. Randal says.   Alice is one such life impacted. Alice came to Dr. Randal in need of a complicated surgery to address two different cancers she was battling. The surgery was flawless, Dr. Randal remembers clearly.   Knowing the nursing department was short-staffed, he stopped by her recovery room to drop off a special carbohydrate drink and a warm blanket – items he knew would help post-surgery. Months later, Alice had fully recovered and was thriving. To his surprise, she had become a Jesus follower and credited much of it to him and his team.   “You showed me Jesus,” Alice shared. “Do you remember what you did,” she asked.     The successful surgery immediately came to his mind.   “Yes, the surgery,” she said. “But it’s when you brought me those blankets and got me those drinks,” she said. “I just saw Jesus so clearly.”   What a great reminder that God invites us into his kingdom story, allowing us to fully participate in ways we might never expect. In Alice’s case – it wasn’t the complex surgery that spoke loudest, but rather the simple act of her tired surgeon reaching out with a warm blanket and refreshing drink that reflected Jesus.   “Professional excellence is what gets us in the door,” Dr. Randal says. But it shouldn’t stop there. He has learned that being willing to make yourself uncomfortable and to suffer a little bit for another person often best reflects the heart of Jesus.   But Dr. Randal didn’t always dream of making a kingdom impact as a highly specialized robotics surgeon. It wasn’t until college that he began to explore medicine as a potential career path – and it wasn’t because of any special “calling.” In fact, he wasn’t even a Jesus follower at the time. No, Dr. Randal was looking for stability and financial security. “I wanted the security of it, (because) my childhood was anything but secure,” he shares.    Dr. Randal was a farm kid who grew up learning the value of hard work and hand-me-downs. Like most kids, he wanted to fit in at school and in an effort to avoid being teased for his second-hand clothes, he taught himself to sew. Little did he know, sewing was developing his fine motor skills right there as a kid on the family farm. These skills would be critical as a future robotics surgeon.    “Maybe (God) didn’t teach me fine motor skills in the way that I would have wanted, but who am I to complain? He found a way, even though I was still his rebellious enemy,” Dr. Randal remembers.   Looking back, Dr. Randal clearly sees God’s hand in his life, using every challenge and difficult moment to move, guide, and shape him into the surgeon he would one day become.   “Preparation doesn't always sound very attractive, but (God) takes you through it because he's loving, and he has a future that he already knows about. And when you get to that future, you turn around and go, ‘Oh, that's what that was about! That was preparation,'” Dr. Randal shares.   Fast forward to early 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic has severely burdened healthcare systems around the world. Dr. Randal and his fellow colleagues were struggling under their own caseloads and wrestling with the still unknown impact of the virus. One colleague was deathly afraid of contracting it because he had multiple high-risk comorbidities.    So, Dr. Randal volunteered to take all his COVID patients. To say this shocked his colleague, was an understatement. Who would willingly put their own health at risk for an adversarial colleague? Only someone whose own life has been radically transformed by Jesus.    This selfless act of kindness was a game changer for him. Suddenly, this highly competitive, and usually malicious, relationship transformed into friendship. Together, they began talking about everything from work to their personal lives – and especially Dr. Randal’s faith. Eventually, this colleague gave his life to Jesus.   “He thanked me for being his unexpected friend and said that I had proved myself faithful as a friend in Christ,” Dr. Randal remembers from one of their latest conversations.   Dr. Randal's story shows so clearly how God uniquely shaped and equipped him – even before knowing Jesus personally – for the good work that God had in mind from the very beginning (Ephesians 2:10). One of the ways in which Dr. Randal lives this out just so happens to be as a robotics surgeon.    You, too, were uniquely shaped by God to go into the world using your professional talents and gifts to do good work, bringing kingdom flourishing and reflecting the hope of Jesus in every place.    So, what would it look like for you to fully participate in God's Kingdom story in and through your everyday life and work? Check out our Scatter Foundations Video Series to learn more or signup for our Scatter Email.   Scatter Stories is a monthly series highlighting how God is using everyday people in everyday jobs to make a kingdom impact around the world.
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6 Ways Young Professionals Can Prepare for a Global Job
Are you a recent college graduate or a young professional who dreams of working internationally, but you’re not sure where to begin? Well, you’ve come to the right place!   Scatter Coaching is our staffing and recruiting service offering high-quality career coaching for Jesus followers. Today, we’re sharing six practical tips on how you can prepare for your future job today!   Tip 1: Unpack your unique, God-given S.H.A.P.E. (spiritual gifts, heart/passions, abilities, personality, experiences)   Start thinking about how God has shaped you. What are your gifts and talents that you have to offer to the world? What are the skills and experiences that you want to take globally?    The truth is, “sometimes understanding your purpose will take some time, and many times you will feel lost and confused,” says Paula, a recent Scatter Coaching cohort participant from Colombia, working in the hospitality industry. But once Paula gave God all of her goals and dreams, she realized that “every day is a new opportunity to serve God. If our lives and abilities serve to extend his kingdom, who are we to stop his work,” attests Paula.   Recent participants agree: “The program gave me a profound confidence and excitement about who God has SHAPE’d me to be,” says James, an actor from North America.   “Participating in the cohort has helped me better understand how my work is part of my calling from God to serve Him in all areas of my life,” adds Nathan, a teacher from North America.   Tip 2: Leverage your social network for a global job opportunity.   Everyone is online these days and if you’re smart, your online presence can help in the global search. Begin networking in college and focus on expanding your network overseas through your family, friends, and community – especially on LinkedIn.   Develop a LinkedIn profile and keep your resume up to date. Join LinkedIn groups to leverage your connections with people you know and the people your connections know. Scatter Coaches emphasize the importance of networking because it is the main way to find and land any job, including a global one.   Tip 3: Your social media can make or break a global job opportunity.   Now that we are living in the social media age, it is crucial to monitor your social media presence. What you post and what others are posting about you creates a digital footprint. Once out there, it’s really hard to remove it.    Research shows that about 98% of recruiters will do online research about potential candidates. So, it is important to think about what your post says about you to a future employer.   Tip 4: Take advantage of study abroad and travel opportunities.   Study abroad or travel to places where you might want to live. This is a great opportunity to explore new cultures, broaden your horizons, and imagine living and working in a new place.   While there are many global jobs that function in English, if there is a specific country you’re interested in, there’s never a better time to start learning a new language! Not only will this make you more competitive in the global job market, but you’ll be better able to connect with the local culture and your future colleagues.   If the cost of traveling is an issue, then research and read about different countries where you might be interested in going. Learn more about other cultures by reading ‘The Culture Map,’ by Erin Meyers, which also offers a culture mapping tool where you can map your home culture with a new culture. Pay attention to what might be similar and any potential areas of conflict where you might need to adapt or change.   Tip 5: Find global opportunities at home.   Consider volunteering at a local ministry or nonprofit, working with refugees or people from another country. You might be surprised by how international your current city or local neighborhood is.    Look for opportunities to learn about someone else’s home country and develop friendships. In the process, you’ll not only help them feel more at home in their new culture, but you’ll find out about what it is like to adjust and understand the differences in another culture. This can really help you prepare for and avoid potential mistakes when moving overseas.   Tip 6: Consider an internship or job opportunity with a global company.   Look for internship or job opportunities with global, multinational companies or organizations where you can potentially transfer to an office in a different part of the world. Global companies such as Google, Hyatt, Audible, and Facebook, to name a few, offer opportunities from remote to international jobs with many positions in various fields.   Most of the job opportunities you’ll explore through Scatter Coaching require a minimum of 2 years of work experience. So, if you’re ready to make the move or would like more in-depth support and guidance along the way, we can come alongside you as you prepare for your global dream job. Connect with a coach and schedule a ten-minute Discovery Call today!   And if you’re not quite ready for that global job just yet, we hope these six practical tips will get you started on your journey.  For more tips like these, signup for our Scatter Email.   Article by: Nay Mi Chele  
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SCATTER STORIES: Creating and Connecting
Paulo's Story – Software Developer in Southeast Asia.   As one of six siblings in his family, Paulo grew up constantly connected to others. “I love sharing and talking to people, listening to other people’s experiences, and being a part of their lives,” he says. “That connection somehow brings me closer to God as well. It’s just the way I was built.”   Paulo, a software developer, recognizes that his unique, God-given S.H.A.P.E. includes his natural ability to connect with people, as well as his care and compassion for those who have never heard of God’s love. It also encompasses his propensity for numbers and computer science.   Whether writing code, assigning functions, or finding bugs, every aspect of the binary world in which Paulo works energizes him, evidence of the passion and abilities God instilled in him.   Those things were already true as Paulo, originally from Angola, studied and started his first job as a software developer in Namibia. There, one of Scatter Global’s partner organizations visited his church. Their presentation reminded Paulo of his own desire to combine his professional experience with his heart for the gospel.   “I wanted to work, but I also wanted to do ministry somehow and also wanted to work for the Kingdom,” he shares.   He applied for another job in Canada, but the visa fell through. Returning home to Angola, Paulo prayed about his next steps. Through the partner organization, a Scatter Global coach reached out to Paulo and connected him to a recruiting partner, who ultimately found him his current job as a software developer in Southeast Asia.   “This was one of the last countries I was ever thinking of coming to,” he laughs. In fact, when he first accepted his job, which is with an Australian company, he thought he was moving to Australia. However, he quickly realized that the company was actually hiring him as a remote software developer for their offshore office in Southeast Asia.   Because of the pandemic, Paulo started his job months before he could relocate. Through the process, “Scatter has been awesome,” he says, mentioning their constant prayers, update calls, and concern for his well-being. Though he wasn’t expecting to end up in Southeast Asia, Paulo says he sees God working through his move. And, eight months in, he loves his new location.   “God made me a software developer to change the world in ways that some people can't,” Paulo recognizes. “He's shaped me to be in this specific place doing this thing for the expression of His Kingdom to make His word known.”   Professionally, that change comes in two ways, he explains. First, when some of his colleagues find out about his faith, they expect him to produce sub-par results. However, his work ethic and excellent output earn him respect and the ability to speak into their lives. Secondly, the software he develops directly impacts the way people live and do business.   “God is perfect. Being a software developer, I also always try to do my best. This is how I show God’s grace and make God known because of His perfection and who God is and the things we can accomplish,” he says.   Though his job is remote, Paulo doesn’t let distance or cultural unfamiliarity stop him from creating new connections and changing people’s lives.   Since he’s the only representative of his company in Southeast Asia, Paulo shares office space with two members of the Scatter community—other Jesus followers who helped him initially adjust to life in Southeast Asia and continue to form part of the community that allows him to thrive in the country.   Each person spends their days logged into their computers working for their respective companies, but they also take time to pray together and share their experiences with each other. Their diverse cultural backgrounds also cause a lot of “good fights,” Paulo jokes. “It’s so awesome when we see that God actually works in different ways… I have been learning a lot from the guys, and I know they also have been learning a lot from me.”   Outside of the office, Paulo continues to connect with his Australian colleagues as well. “Even after working hours, we message each other through Facebook and talk about things not related to work,” he says. Besides the casual conversations and exchange of memes, he also talks about leaving his family and living overseas. “We share stories, and they’re somehow inspired by what I’m doing here.”   Being based in a Buddhist country, Paulo has strategic opportunities to share God’s love in a place where most of the population have never heard the gospel. A self-proclaimed lover of computers and technology, he naturally turned to social media networks to create groups geared towards his other interests, including skating, biking, hiking, and camping.   Skating, in particular, has given him access to two distinct demographics: other ex-pats and local teens. In Southeast Asia, children are taught to respect their elders, so as soon as they find out his age, the teens automatically see Paulo as an authority figure with something to teach them. Recently, one of the teen skaters told Paulo his parents were getting divorced. “He told me how he was feeling, and then we prayed together,” Paulo shares. “He doesn’t know what the prayer is doing, but that’s the reason I created the group and put the kids together.”   As he engages with his different groups, sharing his life and his faith, Paulo sees God working because “people keep coming.”   Though he’s intentional about spending time with people and listening to them, he doesn’t see the connections he creates as anything extraordinary. “I just see it as me doing what God created me to do,” he emphasizes. “I like to do those things, so I do it.”   Curious about what it would look like to take your job to places like Southeast Asia? Explore our global jobs board or connect with a coach on a 10-minute Discovery Call!   Scatter Stories is a monthly series highlighting how God is using everyday people in everyday jobs to make a kingdom impact around the world
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New Bottom Line in the Workplace?
When I give lectures on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) my students and I inevitably have lively discussions on the triple bottom line for modern business: profit, people, and planet.    Today, businesses not only purpose to make a profit, but also to treat people (employees, suppliers, and customers) and the planet with dignity and respect.  But recently, I was reflecting on a section of the New Testament where Jesus taught his disciples to pray: "Give us today our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). It occurred to me that perhaps there is a fourth bottom line for business. Let me explain.   It seems to me that Jesus understood that God would normally answer our prayers for bread (and many other needs) through human agents, through normal people doing normal work on behalf of the common good.    In other words, Jesus probably didn’t want us to expect that our bread would supernaturally descend from heaven each day.  Rather, it seems more reasonable to assume that Jesus knew that God planned to use people such as farmers, millers, bakers, transporters, store clerks and others in the supply chain to answer our prayers for bread and other needs.   Supply chains are amazing but not particularly supernatural.   Many supply chains today have thousands (even tens of thousands) of people working interdependently to provide us with the goods and services we need and want. These include supplies and services for housing, food, security, health, clothing, education, travel, communications and much more.  In Jesus' time, supply chains were undoubtedly smaller, but their existence is well documented. It seems to me that when Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray in Matthew 6, he already knew that God planned to use people as the normal means by which he would answer our daily prayers for bread and other needs.   That being the case, it gives extra dignity and significance to everyone (Christians and non-Christians) in the supply chains who are supplying products and services (knowingly or unknowingly) for the common good. Consequently, I will be more patient and respectful with the next trucker who forgets to dim the high beams on a dark night... especially if it is a bakery truck!    If God is actively working in and through people in their daily jobs to help supply our food, health, shelter, clothing, security, etc… WOW!  Lord help me be more appreciative of educators, police, healthcare workers, administrators, construction workers, etc. etc.   So, could there be a quadruple bottom line in addition to:  1) profit, 2) people, and 3) planet?  Could that fourth bottom line be a strong “yes” to the question, “Does my business or work supply goods or services that could be an answer to someone's prayer ”… give us today our daily bread (i.e. daily needs).”     In other words, does my work contribute to the common good of my family, community, nation, or world?  And if it is true that God is using thousands of people from all walks of life to meet my needs and answer my prayers, how can I better demonstrate gratefulness, respect, and love towards everyone in the supply chains that help keep me fed, healthy, safe, educated, sheltered, etc.   Have questions about what it looks like to fully participate in God's kingdom story in and through your everyday life and work? Check out our Scatter Foundations Video Series or signup for our Scatter Email.    Written By:  Global Contributor Dr. Scott Breslin – Management Consultant and Leadership Coach  
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SOUTHEAST ASIA: Bringing a Redemptive Edge to Business – Part 2
For me, my ministry and my recruiting work here in Southeast Asia go hand-in-hand. There is no line that divides going to work and then going home and engaging in church or ministry activities.   The difference between my situation and others here is that I’m privileged to work for a Kingdom-minded company and with a Kingdom-minded team. My job is to use that wonderful base of operations to connect Kingdom-minded professionals with jobs here—one of the places where Jesus is least known—so that they in turn can live as compelling representatives of Christ, wherever they work.   In other words, they build Christian community as they’re building their careers. Success in both really hinges on the attitude they bring as they live out the adventure that God has designed for them.   One thing I stress over and over to people considering a move here: You have to be very open-minded. That may sound simplistic, but it’s critically important.   When you move your career here or any other country, your success in great part depends on managing your own expectations.    If you're open to differences—in cultures, in worldviews, in perspectives on God—and you can accept (or even celebrate) them without hurting your personal integrity, you’ll set yourself up for success much better.   For example, I’ve had to learn to not take it personally just because somebody does something in a different way from what I’m accustomed to. Again, this may sound like a simple concept, but adjusting your expectations in just that one aspect will go a long way in your conversations and how you process the behavior of local people here.   Without that flexibility, I might not have discovered one of the most wonderful things about this country: People here are pretty open to spiritual conversations.    Of course, it has a lot to do with the approach you take when you jump into a conversation like that, but it would probably surprise a lot of people how open people are. As long as there's always a measure of respect in the way you present your faith, people will leave room for conversation.   The logical result of that kind of respect and flexibility is community.   Community isn’t built by accident, though. To make the most of your opportunity as a believer living a God-inspired adventure, you must be very proactive in your relationships.   Granted, on the one hand, you could just live out your life here and still be professionally successful.   Let's say you were a software developer who comes here and works completely remotely. You could do your life here from a home office without having any interaction with other people besides going out for your groceries or the occasional meal out. As long as you did your job well, you could make a living and be a “success.”   On the other hand, if you're practicing your relationships with local community, you will have a very rich life here and open doors just by being an authentic believer who cares about his neighbors. In addition, you’ll grow personally and professionally as you build your network of local people.   But that’s not all, because as believers acting as ambassadors for Christ, we know that what God calls us to is not self-empowered. It’s done by faith—with the Holy Spirit Himself moving you and guiding you.     The bonus is, with the Spirit as your guide, you can come here knowing that you're not walking this life alone. After all, you are taking a leap of faith. You are entering a culture that is much different from your own upbringing. And the Holy Spirit is crucial in the way you experience that life and the decisions you make.   I have to tell you: I feel absolutely free here. There is such a freedom that exists here spiritually, but also mentally and emotionally—just knowing that I am where God wants me to be. I wasn’t in that place the majority of my life before I arrived here.   Just knowing that allows me to enjoy my life much more. And all it took was a little leap.   Curious about what it would look like to take your job to places like Southeast Asia? Explore our global jobs board or connect with a coach on a 10-minute Discovery Call!   Written By: Le Minh Tam Business Development & Recruitment, Southeast Asia  
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SOUTHEAST ASIA: Bringing a Redemptive Edge to Business – Part 1
I work for a Kingdom-minded talent acquisition company in Southeast Asia. I have a great job in a beautiful country with great people.    At times, my journey (back) to this country was anything but great. But God, being rich in mercy, has put me in a place that is full of people open to the gospel of Jesus — but also teeming with professional possibilities for people who want to shine for Him in their everyday work life.   Let me start at the beginning.   Returning Home the Hard Way   I was born in Southeast Asia, abandoned as an infant and adopted shortly after that by my parents, who are from Belgium and raised me there. In 2018, as a young adult, I decided to return here to my birth country — not to find a job, but to find my biological parents.    My original quest didn’t work out, but in the process, I found two things that did: a relationship with God and a career that’s proven to be more than I thought possible (as you’ll see, for me, those things are deeply intertwined).   Moving back here was anything but easy. Even though I looked the part, I didn’t know the local language, the culture or where on earth I would work if I stayed. But here’s the thing: I’ve learned that in making yourself available to God and trusting Him to make it work, even when multiple factors are working against you, He always works it out for good.    In fact, even before I had decided to live and work here full-time, God had already put the pieces in place for me to end up where I am. At each stop, He took care of me in a way that I hope would inspire everyone to trust Him fully with their career journey.    God Connected Me    After living here for a while, I decided to stay a bit longer and look for a job.    I was living at a hotel, and I asked the receptionist if she knew of anyone who could help me find an apartment. She put me in touch with a friend of hers who found me an apartment right away. I then asked that woman if she could connect me with any local job leads.   Connect me she did.   The woman she introduced me to was a recruiter for a Belgian company. She got me an interview for a job (which I did not expect), and I got hired pretty quickly (which I really didn’t expect). Then, right after I got the job, the Holy Spirit told me in no uncertain terms to ask that recruiter out to lunch and share my faith with her.   Now, understand, I believed in Jesus, but I was not walking the walk or talking the talk at that point. I was going through a rough time. So, I was more than a little surprised to hear from Him like that.   But I did what He said. I took her out to lunch, shared my faith and found out that she was (and is) a committed Christ-follower who had been living out her faith in the marketplace for the previous couple of years. But that was just the beginning.   She then connected me with a male friend of hers who was involved in a local church. He gave me a Bible and then introduced me to an Australian architect who I would say was literally using his hands to build the kingdom of Christ in this country. He became my mentor, helped me through the struggles I was dealing with and connected me to a whole new group of believing friends here.    At that same time, God clearly spoke to me again and said, “You will do Christian recruitment. And I just fell on my knees, right there. I knew that God wanted me here for that purpose. He filled in a blank that I didn't know was the last and final solution I needed to stay here full-time.   At the company I work for, we recruit for a number of industries — primarily health care and high-tech, but others as well. We are bringing a redemptive edge to business: hiring people with a love for Jesus and a real talent for what they do vocationally.   It’s a joy, and it has helped to infuse my and my wife’s life here with godly purpose.   More on that in Part 2.   Curious about what it would look like to take your job to places like Southeast Asia? Explore our global jobs board or connect with a coach on a 10-minute Discovery Call!   Written By: Le Minh Tam Business Development & Recruitment, Southeast Asia  
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Blessings or Kind Regards
For years, I felt like I was walking through life with my feet in two different worlds.   Navigating these “worlds” meant learning to be extra attentive to my audience and my interactions, including my language and the tone of my correspondence. So, I developed a system to help:  two email addresses with two different sign-offs – “Blessings” or “Kind Regards.”    One of these “worlds” represented my work as an intercultural consultant and coach in the corporate world. The other is as a member of a global, faith-based organisation. Sometimes when friends were enquiring about one or the other, they would refer to either my “business” or my “ministry.”   Though some may have seen this as “business” versus “ministry,” both of these "worlds" were integrated. They each afforded me different opportunities to learn from and contribute to God’s Kingdom.    The work with the global faith-based organisation afforded me the opportunity to live in six other countries and travel to over fifty. This exposure helped me gain a global perspective. I was challenged and inspired by people, cultures and situations very different from my own. It also allowed me to build international friendships. And in some small way, it presented opportunities to contribute to the lives of people and communities beyond the borders of whichever country I happened to live in at the time.   On the other hand, my consulting work with national and multinational companies and global corporate leaders sharpened my ability and desire for excellence. This work gave me access to a very different demographic of people and an environment in which I could naturally build authentic relationships.    We could talk about our values and faith – all of life. Our family often had the privilege of inviting clients – people from all over the world with various convictions –  into our home for meals and conversations.  And we enjoyed the same moments in their homes.   At times, navigating these two "worlds" was challenging. But as an interculturalist, navigating different worlds and training others is what I do.  And I enjoy it!  But along the way, I've learned that my actions and how I say things may need to change depending on the context. Crossing and navigating cultures well, requires the ability to style switch.   Yet, whatever “world” I find myself in doesn’t change my identity.    Neither does it change the rationale for my engagement with whatever group or person I serve. The motivation is always to show love.  Paul reminds us that ultimately, “… whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31   That’s why, no matter my context, whomever I engage, or whether I sign my emails with  “Blessings” or “Kind Regards,” all of my work and each interaction is equally significant to God.  No matter what “world” I find myself navigating, all of my life ought to reflect and bring Him glory.   So, what about you? Are there aspects of your life or work that you regard as spiritual or ministry and others that you regard as secular work? What would it look like to approach all of your life for the glory of God – no matter the space you find yourself?    Written By: Global Contributor Reinhold Titus – Chief Strategy and Inclusion Officer    Stay up-to-date with the latest Scatter Global content and learn how your life can make a kingdom impact around the world by subscribing to our email list here. 
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Don't Settle For YOUR Best Life
Living your best life … living an Instagrammable life … following your heart. These and other similar slogans lie at the heart of American society’s vision for a fulfilling life—and completely apart from the life of holy adventure God has for you.   But if God’s good and gracious plan is to put us on a lifelong adventure trek for His kingdom, what is it that keeps us from living that way? What keeps us from metaphorically stepping out of the boat so boldly that we would change jobs or even countries to take a step of faith?   Could it be that we’ve let ourselves be taken in by our culture’s worship of the Self?   When we talk about going on adventure with God in the marketplace—allowing God to transfer you, as it were, to a job and place where Jesus isn’t known—it’s all about giving up your right to a self-fulfilled career and instead embracing a kingdom-focused life of service using the skills God gave you. It’s actually a repudiation of living your best life and rather a dedication to living out God’s plan for your life, which he began structuring when He gave you your unique gifts and skillset. He gave us those skillsets not so we could use them to build our own kingdoms but that we would use them to build His.   If that’s not counter-cultural, nothing is.   When you think about it, venturing out as God’s ambassador in the international marketplace is really just a retelling of the Apostle Paul’s story. Paul is often celebrated for his missionary journeys (and the fact he wrote most of the New Testament), but we’re told in Acts that Paul was by vocation a tentmaker. That's why we use the term today.   Paul used that particular skill (as he also used teaching, church planting and mentoring) as a way to pay the bills and edify the communities around him as he traveled throughout the Roman world. Multifaceted skillset in hand, Paul lived his life utterly at the service of those around him—Jews, Gentiles, friends, enemies, and even political leaders.   Paul wrote about the Christ-like attitude that helped him do this: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant that yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4, ESV).    Why this rejection of the Self?   Because Jesus said in Luke 9 that if anyone would come after Him, the first thing they have to do is deny themselves. Deny your Self. In other words, do the exact opposite of what the world tells you will win you success. Don’t seek your best life, but rather seek first the kingdom and His righteousness. Don’t just live to show your best moments to the world, but rather build others up in the faith. And don’t follow your heart, but rather follow Jesus and His commands.   If you want to live the life you were truly meant to live, on adventure for God, in community with other like-minded Jesus followers on the same journey, you will have to purposely reject the world’s ideas about success and ultimate fulfillment (and really, hasn’t our culture proven its bankruptcy thoroughly enough?). Then you will have to thoroughly invest yourself in God’s idea of success—submitting your dreams, desires, skills, and talents to Him as He puts you in places far beyond what you could ask or imagine. When you do that, Jesus says, you will gain the life you’re looking for. You’ll gain Him.   Reject the Self’s notions of fulfillment, vocational or otherwise. Look at your life as an adventure that God Himself already has designed for you.   Jesus is the best at everything, including life planning and job coaching. Don’t settle for your best life. Set your sights on Him and open yourself up to the adventure He has planned for you.   Do it today.   Speaking of adventure – learn more about how God can use your life and work to make a kingdom impact around the world! Connect with a coach on a ten-minute Discovery Call. 
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SCATTER STORIES: Building a Vibrant Community in the Workplace
Dakota – Operations Manager, USA.    "That's why every Monday morning, I tell my guys to take their shoes off so I can wash their feet. Just Kidding,” Dakota says jokingly. No, for Dakota, an Operations Manager at a remodeling company, kingdom impact looks like “serving the team so that they'll serve one another."   This is what excites Dakota most about his job: it’s making a kingdom impact in his community by doing good work and using his God-given wiring to serve his colleagues and clients every day.    Dakota's role requires him to work in all sorts of different fields and capacities, but his main role is ensuring the company implements the corporate vision. For Dakota, he loves when he hears about a customer who had a great experience with his team or when a coworker succeeds on a project.  Although Dakota might not be physically washing feet every day, he’s changing the culture around him by reflecting the hope and goodness of Jesus in his everyday moments of life and work.   “Everybody is in a position of coming into work and affecting those that you directly touch," explains Dakota.    You see, Dakota understands that his unique, God-given shape has a kingdom impact in and through his role at work. "The reality may be (that) you only impact ten people's lives, but then think if each of those people are impacting ten other people's lives, then you may have an influence on one hundred people now," Dakota states.   One of the ways he uses his influence is by giving space for his team to share ideas. Dakota hopes that through this encounter he is able to make each team member better by the way he shows excitement for them.   By keeping this kingdom lens, Dakota sees how God is using him – with his unique skills, passions, personality, and experiences – to uniquely influence the lives of the people he works with. And this impact is causing a ripple effect in the lives of others and the surrounding community.    Dakota’s heart is to see those around him feel loved and served. But he didn’t always view his work and workplace this way. It wasn’t until a boss at work stopped long enough to show that he really cared about Dakota as a person – not just an employee – that God began to transform how he viewed his work and the people around him.    Dakota was mourning the loss of a job he loved and feeling restless about the future when his boss noticed a shift. In a season of transition with a lot of unknowns, Dakota appreciated that his boss cared enough about him personally to reach out. Dakota felt as though his boss was really concerned about his life by creating a safe comfortable environment for him to open up.   "He (Dakota’s boss) had created something where I could feel so at ease to the point of tears, and I'll never forget that," Dakota states.     This experience transformed how Dakota views his workplace. Now, he tries to create this “safe place” on his own team by being intentional with the influence he has been given in the company. That's why once a week, Dakota gathers his whole team into one big room, has them sit down, and gives them space to share experiences from the week.   The team is encouraged to share how others have exemplified servanthood, integrity, responsibility, and other company core values. Given this time and space, Dakota’s team has built a vibrant community and created a positive culture.   Dakota is not alone in being able to make a difference in his workplace. In fact, every person is uniquely wired, by God, to go out into the world and represent Him. Everyone has influence over their workplace and can proactively contribute to building a vibrant community wherever they are.    For Dakota, this comes easily because he recognizes the way God has shaped him.   "I really resonate with this reality that we are made by a Creator to create," he explains.    Dakota has learned that God created him to be an image-bearer who goes into the world, reflecting Him, and that God has uniquely equipped him to do so. This is his S.H.A.P.E. (skills, passions, abilities, personality, and experiences). For Dakota, he‘s discovered that God has uniquely shaped him to be patient, a gentle listener, an advice giver, and a teacher – all skills he uses daily in his role as an operations manager.    "I love listening to people's feelings and (the) deeper meanings behind why they are the way that they are," Dakota states.   That’s why, when Dakota sees others struggling, he is quick to jump in to help bring clarity and offer gentle guidance. Dakota’s shape is helping build a vibrant, kingdom community within his workplace.    So, what about us? Can God use anyone for his kingdom?    Yes! God created each of us to image him and his kingdom in the everyday moments of daily life. This includes our work –  in whatever field that may be. By using our God-given shape in and through our work, we can take part in pointing people to Jesus and being part of building vibrant communities that experience the abundant life of God’s kingdom today!   "Faith is a big time part of why I do what I do, '' Dakota says simply. So when one coworker reached out about planning a team event, Dakota was quick to support the idea. Seeing God move within his team as he watches his teammates serve and love one another excites Dakota.   So how do we reflect Jesus in our everyday workplace?    Dakota finds that the best conversations start naturally. One story that comes to mind, Dakota shares, started out like any other day. Dakota remembers going with a coworker to a job for a client but left sharing Jesus. While Dakota and a coworker were installing showers into a woman's home, they began to simply talk with her. The conversation eventually led to his coworker being able to share how he encountered Jesus.   "She prayed with us and for us, and we prayed for her and left that day just kind of shocked that we had this experience together," he shares.   Dakota walked away from this experience amazed at what God had done in a simple encounter while installing a shower for a client. Dakota recognized, then and there, the incredible opportunity that he and his team have and the need for God’s kingdom within his community. Through many experiences of seeing his job as a part of the kingdom flourishing, Dakota has seen the power of using work to transform a community. Dakota has found that work is a big part of the process of becoming more like Jesus.    "The reality (is) that work is hard, and you have to do (it),” he says. “ (But) it changes you. And the way in which you do it can become an experience where you become more like Jesus,"    Dakota recognizes the influence he has in impacting the community as well as how it has transformed his own life. So, what advice would Dakota give to others seeking to obey and follow Jesus? It’s simple: invite Jesus into every area of life.    "Get as close to Jesus as possible. [...] you will NOT find life, in work alone" Dakota states.   Dakota sees firsthand the abundant life found in God’s kingdom and how that has transformed his own life. "If the gospel, the good news, if it's actually transformed your life, then the next thing should be how am I going to help transform the next person's life?" Dakota asks.   Imagine what your community, your workplace, and the world around you would look like if followers of Jesus really started using their God-given abilities for a kingdom impact. The marketplace – and surrounding community –  would be transformed. As an image bearer of God, we all can take part in seeing the kingdom flourishing in every industry and every place.    While Dakota may not be physically washing people's feet, he is still having a kingdom impact every day. So can you! How are you using your influence in the workplace? How are you transforming the community around you?    To learn more about how God can use your job to make a kingdom impact in communities around the world, connect with a coach on a ten-minute Discovery Call.    Written by: Elle Soistmann    Scatter Stories is a monthly series spotlighting how God is using everyday people in everyday jobs to reflect His kingdom around the world.   
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SCATTER STORIES: How a Young Marketing Professional is Changing Her Workplace
Kaylee – Marketing Professional, USA    “Marketing is an industry where we are literally a mouthpiece. We get to speak to the world,” says Kaylee. “We grab (people’s)  attention in so many different ways through social media, through email. We have the opportunity to bring light and love into all of those channels.”    The marketing field, however, often gets a bad reputation. It can be seen as deceitful and manipulative. But what if we shifted the narrative? What if we could be kingdom communicators in a space surrounded by darkness? Kaylee, a young marketing professional, is committed to doing just that – both in how she approaches messaging, as well as how she interacts with colleagues and clients alike.   “Questionable practices go beyond (just) marketing,” she says. “It goes into all of the business world.” Kaylee explains that it’s not that everyone in the industry has bad intentions; it’s just the way things are expected to work.    “My boss and I both have a desire to show people that there's another way,”  Kaylee shares.   But Kaylee didn’t always see marketing as a place for redemption. In high school, she wanted nothing to do with the business world. She knew of the stereotypes and decided that she wanted no part of it. It wasn’t until her senior year, however, that God began to change her mind. In fact, he started to reveal that she may be wired for marketing.   “I have always felt like I didn't fit in any box because I'm very logical and analytical, but I'm also creative and I love art. I wondered, how do those things go together? And for a long time, I believed that they didn’t. But marketing really brings all those things together so well.”   That’s when Kaylee started to pay attention to the things God put inside her, the way she was created: the things she’s good at, the things that cause her heart to ache, and the things that make her unique. She began to see that God actually shaped her for marketing. But not marketing in the way she had previously understood it.    Instead, Kaylee decided to use her unique, God-given shape to pursue marketing with integrity. This approach sets her apart from others in her industry and allows her, even as a young professional, to take part in changing her workplace. And this lens impacts everything - from how she creates messaging and design to how she interacts with her clients and colleagues.    Being two of the few Jesus followers in the office, Kaylee and her boss are both committed to intentionally reflecting the hope of Jesus every day.  One way that they do this is by praying for the team each week. This time is open for anyone to join. There’s no hidden agenda, no mandatory attendance – just two people committed to interceding in the midst of their work day. While only the two of them have shown up each week, their consistency is changing their office culture.    Team members now know that they can share their burdens and prayer requests with Kaylee, even the unspoken ones. It’s in these little moments that Kaylee has seen God at work the most.   “As a Christian, (it’s) those little moments where you just show intentionality and listen. (It’s even) apologizing when you mess up… Those are things that exemplify Christ,” Kaylee explains.    Recently, Kaylee had an awkward interaction with a colleague. She didn’t intend to hurt this individual’s feelings; she simply disagreed with his idea and made that known. Only later did she learn that while not intended harshly, her words had stung. So, she found her colleague and apologized. That’s just the natural response when we wrong someone, right? Well, not always.   Her colleague was genuinely shocked by Kaylee’s apology. “I have never had a coworker go out of their way to apologize to me,” he explained.    It’s seemingly little moments like this that make a big impact in the workplace and go a long way in changing the culture for the better. It’s making a kingdom impact simply by showing up and doing what is right in the everyday moments, big and small.    So, pause and pay attention. Look for ways you can bring kingdom into the little moments.  No matter if you’re just starting out in your career or you're at the top of the company, you can make a kingdom impact right where you are.   So, take the time to discover and embrace your God-given shape! Then go and live it out – in every place, space, and role along the way.    To learn more about discovering God’s original intent for your life and work, check out our Scatter Foundations video series or these blogs on unpacking your God-given S.H.A.P.E in Part 1 and Part 2.    Written By: Alyssa Valentine – Content Coordinator at Scatter Global    Scatter Stories is a monthly series spotlighting how God is using everyday people in everyday jobs to reflect His kingdom around the world.