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."

'Life with God in a different land'

"Once, a friend back home messaged me and said, 'I’m so surprised you have internet. I thought you were struggling over there with no electricity out in the jungle,'" said OMer Ava. "Another friend when he heard I was making dinner said, 'I thought you guys had someone to do all your cooking, cleaning, shopping and all you have to do is ministry.' At first, I thought these comments were quite absurd, but then I realised that I would have thought the same thing if I wasn’t here."

No more goodbyes

"How do we allow our kids to process, to grieve well, when we're so busy trying to deal with our own grief and pain and stress of transition? How do I model healthy grieving for my kids when it takes all my effort not to collapse in a puddle on the airport floor when I'm saying goodbye?" wondered OMer Beth. 

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."

Pray Give Go

"The great thing about Discovery Bible Study is that you figure out the text as you go along," explained OMer Renette. "As people shared what they learnt about God and about man in this passage, we all started talking about the different roles each of them had. Moses’ solely role was to keep the rod up, Joshua oversaw the battle and Aaron and Hur were there to support Moses. It struck me that this is an example of the tagline we have in OM: Pray, Give, Go."

What I know now

"What would I tell that 19-year-old girl boarding her flight to leave home? Tears in her eyes saying goodbye to her family, but unbelievably excited to start an adventure," wondered OMer Jessie. "To be honest, I think if I could have told her all the amazing things that would happen she might not have gotten on that flight. For that 19-year-old girl it would have been too much to know all the beautiful and challenging things God had in store for her."

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."

Cultural lenses

"We all look at the world with our different cultural lenses," said OMer Ivy. "However, I feel like I am the only one wearing yellow glasses among people wearing either green or red glasses.

Being thankful

"A new year. A time to look back and a time to look ahead. Of course there are lots of memories from this past year. And when I sit down and think, even more come. Memories that make me smile and memories that hurt and make me sad," shared OMer Loïs. "As I go over this year, I feel it has been hard in different ways. I can honestly say that it has been one of the hardest years of being on the field."

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."

My passport is my roadmap

"To me, my greatest accomplishment is that I filled all the pages of my passport before it expired," stated OMer Renette. "Sometimes when I feel like I haven’t done any real ‘adult’ stuff I open my drawer, find my travel pouch, take out my passport and flip through the pages. Sometimes I flip through fast, imagining a man is jogging on the top right corner of the pages. Most of the time, I just look through each page remembering the trips I took, the space I was in when I travelled. There are so many seasons captured in those passport pages."