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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."

Missionary musings on faith and finances

Finances were, in fact, one of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome before ‘taking the plunge’ and living by faith. It wasn’t the idea of living on very little that concerned me – I was fine with that! It was the idea of support raising and the rather large support target that did. 

5 tips for a better transition

Reverse Culture Shock. Re-Entry. Transition. All terms for an elusive feeling that is difficult to define and even more difficult to explain. It's not easy. It's not simple. And it's definitely a process. So if you're in the midst of tough transition right now, here are a few tips for riding out the storm. 

Changing creations and an unchangeable God

Every talk about God will be different, because those talks are always influenced by the stories people live. I will never get bored of talking about Him, and I will never cease to be amazed at the variety our invariable God put into His creation.

When you're a foreigner in your own country

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.

Does God owe us something for our service to Him?

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.