All in Europe

Back to work

"Officially, I have been “out of work” for six years. That ended abruptly 18 months ago, when I woke up one morning and said to my wife, 'I have a feeling I am going back to work,'" said OMer Daniel.

Wish it were true

"I read something in my cabin from the seventeenth century French Philosopher, Blaise Pascal, that startled me," said OMer Richard. "He said that there is little point trying to persuade people with Christian belief. Instead, the way to impact people was that, having caught a glimpse of this rich and satisfying life that was being offered, to make people wish that it were true."

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."

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."

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.

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?"

Afternoons with Tia Cátia

"In the beginning we tried everything from telenovelas to sports to news. Then one day I found the cooking channel," remembered OMer Michelle. "There was this sweet middle age tia (auntie) making typical Portuguese food. In my new home (that didn’t yet feel like home) I felt a warm feeling of familiarity. As I watched it, and at the time understood maybe one or two words throughout the whole show, I decided that this would be my tool – a cooking show!"

Running side by side

How do you define friendship? After praying for two months for a local friend OMer Michelle realized that she already had the friend she was looking for – the friendship just looked different than she was used to. 

The reluctant missionary

"I had no intention of being here in France working with short-term outreaches," remembered OMer Paul. "I grew up in West Africa, the son of a missionary, and returned to England when I was seven years old. Although I had (and still have) great respect for my parents, theirs was not the life I wanted for myself. At the age of 14 I decided I wanted to be a teacher, so that’s what I did. Paul, French teacher extraordinaire! That lasted all of two years before I decided I’d had enough of that!"