All in Latin America

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?"

What I know now

"What would I tell that 19-year-old girl boarding her flight to leave home? Tears in her eyes saying goodbye to her family, but unbelievably excited to start an adventure," wondered OMer Jessie. "To be honest, I think if I could have told her all the amazing things that would happen she might not have gotten on that flight. For that 19-year-old girl it would have been too much to know all the beautiful and challenging things God had in store for her."

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."

“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?'" 

When the excitement fades

OMer Jessie went from arriving in Chile with nothing, to God providing everything, to feeling like she had been stripped of it all all over again. But even when it was difficult to pray Jessie knew that the Holy Spirit would intercede on her behalf. 

Mexico: Color and Culture

Many of the stories told about Mexico feature its many problems and struggles. And those discussions are valid and have their place. But it bears remembering that this country also has a long and beautiful cultural heritage we would all be blessed to enjoy. I’m thankful for colorful, beautiful Mexico.