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Girls in the cities in Central Asia have more opportunities these days to become doctors and politicians and important members of society, but traditionally, in this Central Asian culture, boys are valued more highly than girls. As Christians who come from outside this culture, what is our response?
I call myself a missionary. And I still find some forms of evangelism hard. My shy nature doesn’t like going up to people and striking up a conversation about Christ, or about anything, really. But Christ is in us.
Is it possible that that our Christian service can be become, albeit inadvertently, about us, rather than for others? In an era where selfies--often polished to perfection--rule the roost, is our identity rooted in our selves or still immersed in Christ?
There are days when I feel guilty for taking my kids away from their country and their family to live here in Central Asia. But it’s on these days that I need to remind myself that God loves my kids so much more than I do. He's called us here as a family. God is doing a work in my kids’ lives.
In a way, I will always be both people. Many different people in many different places. I will never forget that person I used to be, the adventures she had, the blood and sweat and tears and triumphs. But, it does not do to dwell on memories and forget to live.
After the glamour and glitz of moving wears off and the hype and excitement of living in a new country dies down, the realization of the magnitude of what just happened hits like a ton of bricks. In order to move forward, you have to acknowledge things are different than they once were. Life is different now, and you have to adjust accordingly. But that's hard.
I had been on six short-term trips, and when I finally became a “real worker,” I thought I was ready to serve. Since then, however, God has used a variety of experiences and people around me to teach me some important lessons.
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.
Being here on the mission field on the far reaches of the earth, we catch glimpses of the amazing things God is doing. But if we're perfectly honest, most days can be a slog. It’s hard, keep-your-head-down work. There are days that suck our energy and leave us shattered and empty, and we wonder why we're here doing what we're doing in the first place and if we're really making much difference at all.
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.
Now that we have been living cross-culturally for a while, we have our own stories. And sometimes, we find ourselves identifying more with the locals in the stories that we’ve read than with the missionaries.
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?”