All in Middle East

When Muslims are more like Jesus than I am

“While I waited the remaining few minutes for my flight, I processed what had just happened. I recognised too much of the ‘Good Samaritan’ parable in the situation, and, unfortunately, I wasn’t the unlikely passer-by who went out of the way to help: it was the Muslim woman,” shares OMer Nicole.

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."

Heart of worship

"Maybe I needed to be set apart that first evening, though, so that I could perceive my prejudices and learn to tune my heart, again, to worship the God who is bigger—much bigger—than my comfort zone."

OMer Nicole shares what she learnt about worship, and herself, during a church youth event in North Africa. 

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Iraq travelogue

OM writer Nicole James visited Kurdistan, northern Iraq in summer 2015. She spent a week with long-term workers, NGO partners and local pastors, interviewing them and learning about how the events of the last year have impacted their lives.

Stories poured over coffee

OM photographer Garrett shares about chatting with men at an Arabic coffee truck in the Middle East. He thought he went there to document the cultural significance of the truck but quickly discovered the story instead was the men visiting it, including a Syrian refugee named John*.