Aeroplane stories

"Some of the very best missionary stories happen in aeroplanes. Aeroplanes or aeroports. You know the kind: 'I was 10,000 feet up between _____ and _____, and the Lord allowed me to lead my atheist fellow passenger to Christ.' And then what followed was a mini-revival on flight number AF1234 all because the intrepid Christian blog author got into a discussion about the article he was writing," said OMer Paul.

"Sorry. This is not one of those stories."

Leaving home and going home

"As my two year commitment with OM Chile comes to an end, I am beginning to seriously reflect on my time here," shares OMer Jessie. "There have been moments that I’ve wanted to extend my commitment and moments that I’ve wanted to end as early as possible. Now that I can count down the months I have left in Chile on one hand my heart really begins to hurt at the thought of leaving my home here."

Bibles and bullets

"When I was asked to go on assignment to eastern Ukraine to document the vibrant communities of Christ followers that were growing at astonishing rates despite the ongoing conflict, I, along with many others I talked with, was unaware a conflict even existed in Ukraine," admits OMer Garrett.

A season under the sun

"For me, I have to constantly remind myself that there are many seasons in my life because it helps me to be focused, disciplined, grateful and motivated," shared OMer Ava. "It does this for me because I’m reminded that once the season is over I can never go back to it. I may go through another very similar season but never the exact thing."

Melodies of hope

"I started wondering what my songs are," said OMer Anja. "What are the melodies that remind me of God’s faithfulness in times of hopelessness? Melodies in the form of songs, Bible verses or people that spoke truth into my life. How did God encourage me in moments of despair?"

Stewardship

"Stewardship is understanding that what I have now is not mine, it is for God, and from God, to glorify God," shared OMer Renette. "Things move in the Kingdom, funds move from a donor to a ministry to a community school to a teacher to a vendor at the market to a businessman to a church to a missionary. Nothing stands still in the Kingdom; it moves. Things are temporary but wherever I am and whatever I do, I should do it knowing that it is from God; that I’m taking care of what He has given me and that I will do it with a faithful and grateful attitude."

Be a 'safe space'

"This is what I pray as I meet with younger women," shared OMer Beth. "That I can be a safe space for them; that they can trust me, be honest with me and that I can speak God’s truth into their lives. I don’t know all the answers and I can’t heal the brokenness, but I can point them to Jesus who can do all that and more!"

Afternoons with Tia Cátia

"In the beginning we tried everything from telenovelas to sports to news. Then one day I found the cooking channel," remembered OMer Michelle. "There was this sweet middle age tia (auntie) making typical Portuguese food. In my new home (that didn’t yet feel like home) I felt a warm feeling of familiarity. As I watched it, and at the time understood maybe one or two words throughout the whole show, I decided that this would be my tool – a cooking show!"

Our failures did not hold us back 

"OM just launched a video called “Our Story” which expresses how we desire to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. One line in particular stood out to me," said OMer Ivy. "'Our failures did not hold us back.' I wrote it down to ponder on, not knowing that God was preparing me to put it into practice."

God uses your differences

“If you go to there, you’ll be the first brown missionary they've ever seen,” warned one missionary to me as I prepared to serve God in South Asia," OMer Ava remembered . "I laughed at those words, not knowing how much they would affect my daily life when I moved to Asia in January 2017."