Stuck in the mud

“Just like the children’s game ‘stuck in the mud’ we need others to help us, to set us free. Sometimes the game gets so crazy that people don’t know you are stuck and need help," explains OMer Renette.

Choices and questions

“Did we pray enough? Did we ask the right questions? Did we challenge them enough? Should we have invited them to spend more time with us? Did we fail?” These are some of the questions that OMer Beth wrestles with when a friend marries a non-believer.

Turn to Him

“People would ask me how it was going, how I liked the city, and without fail some comment about the weather would pop out of my mouth quicker than I could swallow it back. The weather. That’s what I chose to talk about day after day. Because it was safe,” shares OMer Rebecca. “I didn’t want to admit it, but I was struggling. I wasn’t sure what I was doing or where I was going in life. But saying that I was struggling out loud felt like failing and I am not one for failure.”

God's story never ends

“Every movie, book or song tells a story. They all have a beginning and an end. When a song ends, the story seems over. When the killer is found at the end of that thriller, the movie ends. When the couple is finally together and they kiss on the last page of that romance novel, the book ends,” says OMer Anja. “But in life, the end of a story is never the end of it. It always goes on. When that book or movie is over, time seems to freeze and life as we know it seems to stay exactly the same.”

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?"

Join me

“After a few days of trekking up the mountain, we arrived at the village we would call home for the next couple of weeks,” explains OMer Ava. “The challenges began as a lot of what we planned to do changed spur of the moment. As we faithfully trudged through the days and went with the flow of the culture, we kept our plan to pray every day for one hour and fast every week for the community. Even though many of the people didn’t seem open or too interested in Jesus, spending a lot of time with God kept us hopeful.”

Not just numbers

“I’ve noticed the format [of reports] many times focuses heavily on the results. How many people did the project impact? What is the difference from last year?” says OMer Ivy. “While it’s important to examine the work, it’s hard to measure the lives of people.”

Taking time to rest

“I remember when our boys were younger you could just see their tiredness in everything they did, but they still didn’t want to go to bed. ‘I am not tired!’ But the moment they lay down, they slept. Even for us as adults, to rest can feel like a punishment or a sign of weakness,” shares OMer Loïs. “But there is no need to feel like that. God Himself created a day to rest.”

Embracing discomfort

“As I’ve stood in long immigration lines at airports or experienced lengthy delays, I’ve caught myself thinking about the impact of my attitude,” shared OMer Nicole. “When I’m impatient and annoyed, that’s what the people around me see—that’s how I’m representing my life as a Jesus follower.”

The ultimate home

“I was recently travelling by train through two countries, which meant a whole day of sitting on trains,” OMer Anja said. “There were many people coming and going on these trains, many people with whom you share space for a few minutes or hours, who you smile at or have some other kind of common courtesy interactions. But rarely do you talk more to the strangers around you, at least not in Europe.”

From Jesus to Martin Luther to Bonhoeffer to me

“I currently live in a VERY Catholic country and have sat in a number of Catholic churches. I have to honestly say that they are far from alive and inspiring in my opinion,” said OMer Michelle. “After reading a biography on Bonhoeffer and other books regarding the early church I realised it was not always this way. As I sift through various descriptions in many books, the one attribute that sticks out in a variety of churches of old is when the church did community.”