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It’s been a while since we first started on this adventure together….It’s been good and I’m thankful for this opportunity, but there are a few things I wish you had told me before I boarded that first plane. So I’m writing you this letter with the hope that the next person to join you will know some of these things beforehand. And that those already with you will know that they are not alone.”
OM writer Nicole details her experience helping organise the retreat to refresh OM missionaries serving in the Middle East and how she was able to bring a fresh, encouraging experience to OMers who are sharing the hope of the Gospel.
For yet another year, I will take up the challenge of thanking Him for the things I have, living a life that forgets the could-haves. Maybe this year, thankfulness will settle a bit deeper into my heart, and I will remember for a minute longer each day.
Some of the dictionary definitions of a foreigner say that it is “a person not naturalised to the country,” an “alien to the country,” or “a person from outside one’s community.” I have my fair share of experience with that. But sometimes, I have experienced this in my home country, too. And that made me feel even more like a foreigner than I ever did with any other foreign experience I've had before.
Maybe you’ve seen some of the OM short-term options, and you’re considering taking part in short-term missions (STM). Perhaps you’re asking yourself the question, “Can I really make a difference by spending nine days out of a year on outreach?”
There's a mysterious, timeless quality to this place, to these moments. Unfamiliar constellations spread across the velvety dark sky and an overwhelming sense of my own insignificance presses into my chest. It's this fear of the vastness, the awareness of unchanging rhythms of life, myself only a brief spectator, that creates this soul-deep wonder
This is Katie's second post in a two-part series she started in August about suffering depression while serving in missions. We received such enthusiasm for the post that she's returned to write a follow-up.
OMer Katanga discusses how learning that he has contracted asthma relates to his ministry life and how God is sufficient in all circumstances - and glorifying Him is the most important part of any Christian ministry.
Depression and its closely-related cousin, anxiety, are complex and controversial topics in church circles even without the complication of international missions work. Yet it's a conversation we need to have, because our people are suffering, usually in silence.
It’s almost a year ago now that I was reading a book about a missionary. As I was reading, it really struck me that, wow, God can really speak and answer clearly to someone. Quietly, I asked God if He could be that clear in my life, as well. Not that He hadn't been leading us over the years, of course, but I asked Him for something more.
If you are single on the mission field, you suddenly become hyper-aware of the fact that you are unmarried in a sea of unreached males. Any rumour of a Christian, single male in the vicinity could mean the end of your waiting. You’ve left everything – home, family, friends, culture – for the sake of the Gospel. Now, you’re wondering if you’re stuck single forever, or perhaps hoping that God is still preparing someone for you. Reminds me of a story I read once, about a woman named Ruth.
I'm learning how to hold on with open hands. What God gives, I will receive with gladness, all the while remembering that I am here on Earth for His purposes and to glorify His name.