Mark and Taylor are living fulltime in the country of Bahrain, with Mark working as an HR professional in a major hospital system and Taylor taking care of their family at home. Their decision to live full-time in this mesmerizing country was fueled by an irresistible blend of career opportunities and the allure of a new cultural experience.
“It’s fantastic (because) I feel like I’ve found my people,” Taylor says smiling as she begins describing the eclectic community brought into her life since moving to the Middle East. There’s an 18-year-old young woman learning English and her mom who speaks not a word of it. Taylor's Arabic tutor and husband have become good friends, as well as a North American couple in their 60s they've met.
“It’s fantastic (because) I feel like I’ve found my people.” - Taylor
The languages, ages, and nationalities vary, but that’s the beauty of it! It’s a tiny glimpse of the beautiful diversity of God’s world coming together in the form of community.
This is what Mark and Taylor prayed for when they took a step of faith and moved to the region for a job opportunity. But picking up a life and family to start over in a new country wasn’t easy - particularly when it came to finding “their people.”
Mark quickly realized that he brought with him a set of cultural expectations that may not seamlessly transfer to his new work environment. Here are the 3 things he learned:
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