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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.”

Aeroplane stories

"Some of the very best missionary stories happen in aeroplanes. Aeroplanes or aeroports. You know the kind: 'I was 10,000 feet up between _____ and _____, and the Lord allowed me to lead my atheist fellow passenger to Christ.' And then what followed was a mini-revival on flight number AF1234 all because the intrepid Christian blog author got into a discussion about the article he was writing," said OMer Paul.

"Sorry. This is not one of those stories."

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."

Be a 'safe space'

"This is what I pray as I meet with younger women," shared OMer Beth. "That I can be a safe space for them; that they can trust me, be honest with me and that I can speak God’s truth into their lives. I don’t know all the answers and I can’t heal the brokenness, but I can point them to Jesus who can do all that and more!"

The Village

"Each time I visit the two OM ladies there I marvel anew at the strength I see in them – their dedication and desire to make Him known," said OMer Rebecca. "Staying with them and hearing their stories I see how God has sustained them and given them His heart for the people."

Upholding His righteousness

"It had been a big week for us," shared Michelle. "Our older boys had started at the local Portuguese school and the mom in me was taking inventory of all the uncontrollable influences they would be encountering.  

Sighing, I heard Jesus whisper in my ear “be willing to be contaminated, as I was contaminated for you.” I looked around the mess I was walking in and began to picture the moment Jesus stood from His throne in heaven and walked out in order to take on the flesh of man. That in itself was a deep contamination for His Majesty. And yet, He did it, joyfully and willingly.  

Dreaming again

For over two years Chile had been Jessie’s focus; fundraising, making preparations and then diving into life in a new country. Focused on learning a new culture and making friends, it was nearly a year before Jessie realized she hadn’t given herself space, or time, to dream beyond her two year commitment in Chile.