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“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.”

When we lose sight

Sometimes it seems like much of my time is spent with the not-so-great parts of all that needs to get done," said OMer Anja. "Sometimes, or rather all too often, I lose sight. And when I lose sight, I wonder if I am the only one who feels this way. In those times, it is always the best choice to turn to God because He puts everything into perspective. His Word gives new sight because the Bible doesn’t just tell hero stories but portrays real humans, along with all their dirt. 

Am I doing enough?

"As an occupational therapist I do rehab and work with the families as best as I can, but as a foreign missionary working with poorer families I often have many more resources at my disposal than the locals do," shared OMer Beth. "Should I be giving money or the specialized equipment that the families often need? When does helping hurt those I’m working with? When does giving cause dependency on foreign resources and take away the pride and self-satisfaction of hard work of those who are on the receiving end?"

God brings encouragement in the City of Lights

I've been feeling a little frustrated as a “missionary” in recent months, because I don't have many friends that aren't Christians, as I work in our OM France office in Paris. But we've been trying to think of ways to overcome this issue and be light and salt to our few contacts. Little did I know God had His own plans.