God's story never ends

“Every movie, book or song tells a story. They all have a beginning and an end. When a song ends, the story seems over. When the killer is found at the end of that thriller, the movie ends. When the couple is finally together and they kiss on the last page of that romance novel, the book ends,” says OMer Anja. “But in life, the end of a story is never the end of it. It always goes on. When that book or movie is over, time seems to freeze and life as we know it seems to stay exactly the same.”

Diary of an OM woman on assignment

"I try to read some scripture at the airport but the noise and people are a bit too much to concentrate. Will try to do it tomorrow on my layover in Sao Paulo. ...This next two weeks will be intense. My time with God will have to wait until I get to Chile," writes OMer Camila. When she finally does have time with the Lord she wonders "How many days has God been knocking at my door? Has He been shouting my name and I didn’t hear?"

Join me

“After a few days of trekking up the mountain, we arrived at the village we would call home for the next couple of weeks,” explains OMer Ava. “The challenges began as a lot of what we planned to do changed spur of the moment. As we faithfully trudged through the days and went with the flow of the culture, we kept our plan to pray every day for one hour and fast every week for the community. Even though many of the people didn’t seem open or too interested in Jesus, spending a lot of time with God kept us hopeful.”

Not just numbers

“I’ve noticed the format [of reports] many times focuses heavily on the results. How many people did the project impact? What is the difference from last year?” says OMer Ivy. “While it’s important to examine the work, it’s hard to measure the lives of people.”

Taking time to rest

“I remember when our boys were younger you could just see their tiredness in everything they did, but they still didn’t want to go to bed. ‘I am not tired!’ But the moment they lay down, they slept. Even for us as adults, to rest can feel like a punishment or a sign of weakness,” shares OMer Loïs. “But there is no need to feel like that. God Himself created a day to rest.”

Embracing discomfort

“As I’ve stood in long immigration lines at airports or experienced lengthy delays, I’ve caught myself thinking about the impact of my attitude,” shared OMer Nicole. “When I’m impatient and annoyed, that’s what the people around me see—that’s how I’m representing my life as a Jesus follower.”

The ultimate home

“I was recently travelling by train through two countries, which meant a whole day of sitting on trains,” OMer Anja said. “There were many people coming and going on these trains, many people with whom you share space for a few minutes or hours, who you smile at or have some other kind of common courtesy interactions. But rarely do you talk more to the strangers around you, at least not in Europe.”

From Jesus to Martin Luther to Bonhoeffer to me

“I currently live in a VERY Catholic country and have sat in a number of Catholic churches. I have to honestly say that they are far from alive and inspiring in my opinion,” said OMer Michelle. “After reading a biography on Bonhoeffer and other books regarding the early church I realised it was not always this way. As I sift through various descriptions in many books, the one attribute that sticks out in a variety of churches of old is when the church did community.”

A writer's connection

“I finally did it,” said OMer Hannah. “After months of debating with myself, letting fear win the argument, shirking away from something potentially incredible…I finally womaned up and joined some coworkers on their weekly visit to a hotel where nearly 200 refugees live. My coworkers had been visiting for months, so they had pre-established relationships. I was just along for the ride.”

The hardest part is taking the first step

"What they don't know standing at the start of that escalator, is that once you get both feet on, you’re carried. That you don't actually need all the answers, you just need to start the journey," shared OMer Sarah. "I think stepping out into overseas work can be a bit like stepping onto an escalator for the first time. We talk a lot in the Faith about stepping out, but what does that mean? I guess it means going forward, not remaining in one place."

Joshua, Caleb and my mosquito net

“God will protect us from the enemy but we may still see and hear them. We sometimes need to glimpse the giants we are facing to experience the greatness of God. We sometimes need to see the Red Sea to witness God’s power as He makes a way,” shared OMer Renette. “The more we learn to trust in Him, the better we understand that He really WILL protect us and be with us. The giants before me and the mosquitos around me is the world challenging my faith. What will I hold onto in the moments of anxiety?”