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Dear missions, I wish you had told me…

“Dear Missions,

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.”

5 things God taught me in missions

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.

It finally happened. After living in Africa for nearly two years I, Rebecca, am sick of the sun. Sitting in the sunshine, I've complied a list of things this Canadian girl misses about that wonderful, incredible, often-dreamt-of, wistfully-thought-of season: winter.

Nine common misconceptions about missionaries

During my years of service with OM, I have come across various opinions and ideas regarding my work, my life, and even my mental state. Some people (mostly non-Christians) don’t hesitate to share their negative feelings towards missions in general. At the same time, there are Christians that put missionaries on a pedestal and declare them to be saints. I believe the truth lies somewhere in between. Here are nine misconceptions I have heard or I shared myself before joining the mission field.

What people say and what they really mean in Guatemala

The meaning of what people in Guatemala say is often not straightforward. Public opinion is that the truth can be bent at least a little. Though the following points do not apply to all Guatemalans (and most certainly not to us in OM), they are actually used by a large enough percentage to take them seriously (which means to not take them too seriously). Here are ten things that people in Guatemala say - and also what they’re actually saying: