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When did this place become home?

“If I am completely honest, I think I spent our first two years in Central Asia longing to go home to our home country (or even to the USA where we had lived for a short while),” admits Beth. “I would pray: Your will God but deep down I was hoping that His will was that we wouldn’t be here long.”

The ultimate home

“I was recently travelling by train through two countries, which meant a whole day of sitting on trains,” OMer Anja said. “There were many people coming and going on these trains, many people with whom you share space for a few minutes or hours, who you smile at or have some other kind of common courtesy interactions. But rarely do you talk more to the strangers around you, at least not in Europe.”

Leaving home and going home

"As my two year commitment with OM Chile comes to an end, I am beginning to seriously reflect on my time here," shares OMer Jessie. "There have been moments that I’ve wanted to extend my commitment and moments that I’ve wanted to end as early as possible. Now that I can count down the months I have left in Chile on one hand my heart really begins to hurt at the thought of leaving my home here."

Afternoons with Tia Cátia

"In the beginning we tried everything from telenovelas to sports to news. Then one day I found the cooking channel," remembered OMer Michelle. "There was this sweet middle age tia (auntie) making typical Portuguese food. In my new home (that didn’t yet feel like home) I felt a warm feeling of familiarity. As I watched it, and at the time understood maybe one or two words throughout the whole show, I decided that this would be my tool – a cooking show!"

Reverse cultural shock

I think sometimes we are afraid of what it could mean to give up everything and follow Christ. We try to explain it by saying “Jesus meant ... when he said that!” and start shaping our lives and Jesus into a version we are more comfortable with. A Jesus who wants us to live a balanced life, nothing too extreme (He would never ask us to leave our closest people behind!), and wants us to be comfortable and have an abundance of everything. 

I could choose to live my life as I once did  enjoying church on Sundays and seeking success based on what other people say: a family, a house, a car and a nice job. Or I could take an honest look at Jesus in the Bible and be willing to face the consequences of what might happen if I really believe and obey Him.