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When 'good'byes feel more like 'bad'byes

“At some point just before midnight, I realised that we would never again be in a setting like this to celebrate the new year,” remembers Loïs. “Our friends will get married in the spring and move to the USA. Our other friend just got divorced from her local non-believing spouse and will, together with her son, move back to her family in another country. Again a year of goodbyes.”

We are not a travel agency

“…to many host ministries, short-term outreaches can be a blessing or a curse,” shares OMer Ivy. “Here I would like to share some tips that help me feel less like a tour guide and more like I’m helping facilitate an exposure trip for the Kingdom.”

Turn to Him

“People would ask me how it was going, how I liked the city, and without fail some comment about the weather would pop out of my mouth quicker than I could swallow it back. The weather. That’s what I chose to talk about day after day. Because it was safe,” shares OMer Rebecca. “I didn’t want to admit it, but I was struggling. I wasn’t sure what I was doing or where I was going in life. But saying that I was struggling out loud felt like failing and I am not one for failure.”

Running side by side

How do you define friendship? After praying for two months for a local friend OMer Michelle realized that she already had the friend she was looking for – the friendship just looked different than she was used to. 

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?"

When the excitement fades

OMer Jessie went from arriving in Chile with nothing, to God providing everything, to feeling like she had been stripped of it all all over again. But even when it was difficult to pray Jessie knew that the Holy Spirit would intercede on her behalf. 

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. 

What it takes to be a missionary

To be honest, the term missionary always TERRIFIED me. To me, being a missionary was synonymous with being perfect. And because missionaries were perfect, I thought I could never be one. Then God called me to join OM and move to Africa. Did that mean I was a missionary?