Uniquely, beautifully, complex

"Just the other day I was sitting by the beach and observing all the surfers," remembered OMer Michelle. "There were young surfers, old surfers, male surfers and female surfers. First timers and pro’s, tourists and locals. After a few minutes of taking inventory I began praising the Lord for taking something so simple as surfing among the surfers and making it so uniquely, beautifully, complex."

Cultural lenses

"We all look at the world with our different cultural lenses," said OMer Ivy. "However, I feel like I am the only one wearing yellow glasses among people wearing either green or red glasses.

Being thankful

"A new year. A time to look back and a time to look ahead. Of course there are lots of memories from this past year. And when I sit down and think, even more come. Memories that make me smile and memories that hurt and make me sad," shared OMer Loïs. "As I go over this year, I feel it has been hard in different ways. I can honestly say that it has been one of the hardest years of being on the field."

Reflections of beauty

"It had been one of those days I needed an escape," admitted OM intern Jana. "After coming face-to-face with many of my own weaknesses and receiving news of an unexpected death, my heart was heavy. But as my two friends and I made our way to the top of the closest rock pile, I realised I had escaped right into the presence of my Creator. In those moments, the heartache melted away and all I could do was worship."

My passport is my roadmap

"To me, my greatest accomplishment is that I filled all the pages of my passport before it expired," stated OMer Renette. "Sometimes when I feel like I haven’t done any real ‘adult’ stuff I open my drawer, find my travel pouch, take out my passport and flip through the pages. Sometimes I flip through fast, imagining a man is jogging on the top right corner of the pages. Most of the time, I just look through each page remembering the trips I took, the space I was in when I travelled. There are so many seasons captured in those passport pages."

Don't think twice, it's alright: part II

"I realised that I needed the weekly worship, the fellowship, the accountability," OMer Andrew said. "When I signed up to do missions work, I figured being a traveling journalist would be easy, given that I’m just a little bit introverted (people who really know me and read this will laugh because honestly, I’m pretty much a hermit), and it’s not difficult for me to uproot and move around from place to place. 

And life on the road is easy for me, in that sense; but I didn’t realise how attached I’d become to my church in South Africa."

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?"