All in Photo Essay

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.

When most people think of missionaries, they envision pastors, evangelists, and church planters. But missions in a modern world is so much more. An ever-expanding element of missions is the arts, from music to painting to dance. Christian artists are using their skills and passions to preach the Gospel by touching hearts and minds.

On the road in South Sudan

While it’s a place full of so much need and so much uncertainty, there are some truly great people who live there. No matter what happens, they will be there, continuing to help people toward the peace that they so desperately need. That’s one certain thing in a place where almost nothing else is certain. 

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*.

Listening to refugees

f you’ve even glanced at the news lately, you’ve almost certainly read about the flood of refugees fleeing toward Europe from the conflict in Syria and Iraq. While it may dominate international headlines today, in many countries like Lebanon, the refugee crisis is anything but news. Instead, over the past four years, it’s become a constant reality of daily life.