To be honest, the term missionary always TERRIFIED me. To me, being a missionary was synonymous with being perfect. And because missionaries were perfect, I thought I could never be one. Then God called me to join OM and move to Africa.Read More
Written by Julia
I painted a wall. Not my wall. A public space.
Some call it graffiti. I prefer to call it Street Art.
I felt compelled and inspired to paint a message of HOPE amidst the streets of the capital city in which I lived. For nine years, I've lived and served with my young family in the Near East. For nine years, we drove through the concrete jungle of this densely populated Arab city.
We pray, we share Scripture, and we befriend locals. We serve through a local NGO to provide basic education for Bedouin and Syrian refugee children.
This past year, the capital city experienced a different hardship and discouragement. It was like many of the locals had lost HOPE.
Then I read this Scripture: “Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech.” – Proverbs 1:20-21 (NIV)
I’m not a rebel, and I didn’t even know where to buy spray paint. Yet I was compelled to paint a message in the “public square": that there is HOPE. Art calls the audience to ask questions and seek answers. Therefore, I desired to prompt locals to look for HOPE.
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” – Psalm 39:7 (NIV)
There are many other women who are taking risks for God in missions. Hear more about their stories below:
OMer Anja shares what she learned about teamwork and leadership, while she was cooking Chinese food with a multinational team.Read More
In the second part of this two-part series, OMer Meredith shares her experience as a "third culture kid," growing up on the mission field and what she learned about embracing your cultural identity, as well as becoming part of the change you want to see in both your and your parents' cultures.Read More
In the first part of this two-part series, OMer Meredith shares her experience as a "third culture kid," growing up on the mission field and what she learned about embracing your cultural identity, as well as becoming part of the change you want to see in both your and your parents' cultures.Read More