Lessons on humility and hygiene

"Growing up in a household with two sisters, no brothers and a mother who was committed to raising ladies, potty talk was not encouraged," said OMer Ellyn. "However, after almost eight years of living mostly in Asia, my view on potty talk has changed; not because I’ve become vulgar, but because I’ve realized the reality and the humanity of the subject."

The value of team

"Team is one of those things we sometimes wish we weren't a part of, but mostly are so thankful that we are!" shared OMer Beth. "You can't choose your team (for the most part) just like you can't choose your family."

Switching on the light

"One of the most well-known and often-quoted passages of Scripture came from the mouth of Jesus in Matthew 28 when He said go into all the world and make disciples." said Andrew. "Its context, in our modern-day usage, is evangelism, with an emphasis on going; and yet, for various reasons, we Christ-followers have a hard time on the go.’"

“So, what’s your story?”

"After countless nights of sharing my story with complete strangers during street evangelism – and even after sharing with my family the worst parts of my past – I found myself completely frozen last week in front of a friend who asked the seemingly simple question: 'so, what’s your story?'" 

Packing 'life bags'

"Growing up, my dad used to share an analogy about the bags we pack in life," explained OMer Renette. "He said parents pack ‘life bags’ for their children, filling each bag with traditions, beliefs, perspectives and stories. The child repacks his/her bag as they interact with the world and have new experiences." What's in your life bag? 

The reluctant missionary

"I had no intention of being here in France working with short-term outreaches," remembered OMer Paul. "I grew up in West Africa, the son of a missionary, and returned to England when I was seven years old. Although I had (and still have) great respect for my parents, theirs was not the life I wanted for myself. At the age of 14 I decided I wanted to be a teacher, so that’s what I did. Paul, French teacher extraordinaire! That lasted all of two years before I decided I’d had enough of that!"