The hardest part is taking the first step

"What they don't know standing at the start of that escalator, is that once you get both feet on, you’re carried. That you don't actually need all the answers, you just need to start the journey," shared OMer Sarah. "I think stepping out into overseas work can be a bit like stepping onto an escalator for the first time. We talk a lot in the Faith about stepping out, but what does that mean? I guess it means going forward, not remaining in one place."

Joshua, Caleb and my mosquito net

“God will protect us from the enemy but we may still see and hear them. We sometimes need to glimpse the giants we are facing to experience the greatness of God. We sometimes need to see the Red Sea to witness God’s power as He makes a way,” shared OMer Renette. “The more we learn to trust in Him, the better we understand that He really WILL protect us and be with us. The giants before me and the mosquitos around me is the world challenging my faith. What will I hold onto in the moments of anxiety?”

Would you rather...

"If you read the first half of the Bible, it is full of stories of people who made choices when faced with God – many of them Bible heroes!" said OMer Paul. "Think about Noah: he didn’t need to obey God’s instructions to build a giant boat. He chose to. And Moses – he made a choice to go to Pharaoh, then chose to lead the people through the desert. Isaiah, when faced with a vision of God and the question 'Whom shall I send?' was like that kid in class during primary school who always had his hand up to answer the teacher’s question, 'Send me, send me!' almost out of his seat with excitement! This was not an onion soup moment, this was a 'Yes, I am IN!'"

I am a foreigner

"Why was being a foreigner a problem though? It isn’t wrong. It’s not a bad thing, nor anything to be ashamed of. It simply means ‘I’m not from around here.’ But in my mind to be called a local would have meant that I had made it – that I had fully adapted and that I ‘belonged.’ And while it is important and recommendable to assimilate into the local culture where you are, it is equally important to remember that the world is not our home," said OMer Rebecca

Crossing borders

''But the world needs many more heroes. It needs people who are willing to go without knowing whether they will come back. We need risk-takers who step out and face the difficulty of opposition because it is the right thing to do,'' said OMer Anja. ''We need people who go out and cross difficult borders because God’s name needs to be proclaimed. These borders might not be physical. The difficulties might look different. But they are still there, they are still difficult and they still need to be crossed.''

To touch the 'untouchable'

"This story brings me back to my knees in prayer for God’s forgiveness and love," shared OMer Ivy. "My love is too limited and I need God to help me overcome the fear...I need to daily remind myself that love is the reason why I am here and it’s risky. I know there will be times when I want to run away and pray from a distance, but instead I need to run to God and ask for His power and love to fill me and help me reach out my hand to touch the 'untouchable.'"

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.

Leaving Egypt

"And yet, in this season of my life, I read [the Israelites] moans and I have compassion," shared OMer Sarah. "Yes, being thousands of years removed from it, and knowing the whole story, we can look in disbelief.  But in that moment–yes they had been freed from slavery–but they had also left their homes. They had been in a place where they had grown, where their parents had grown and died.  Where they had roots. Where they knew the streets, and the places to rest. Maybe the best place to buy bread, or the best place to watch the sunrise. They left a place of memories of seeing their children run and play and laugh. They left their homes where their children had crawled and walked for the first time, and where they had sung praises to God together."

Buying the knife

"I suppose that’s what I wanted to grasp onto—why I was so quick to buy the knife," shared OMer Andrew. "When I return to America this month, I’m not just taking a bunch of disconnected experiences in a vacuum. I’m taking a completely different outlook on life."

Zero is a number too

"In the Bible, the New Testament often uses the analogy of a human body to illustrate the church. The illustration is that the body is composed of many members with many gifts and abilities and because of that we can achieve more," shared OMer Simon. "But you don’t hear the hands taking credit over the head or the head over the legs. Yet, in my discussions with my wife, I seem to forget this important lesson."