“I realised God was not calling me to serve the country of Ukraine but the Ukrainian people!” said Roberto Ramirez after leaving Ukraine due to the rising conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Raquel, a fashion designer from Mexico, uses her professional skills to share God’s love while helping Albanian women learn how to sew.
“I’ve never been so proud to be a Moldovan as I am today. People from all over the country are jumping to help the refugees from Ukraine,” Eugen, the OM country leader in Moldova, shared after witnessing the poorest country in Europe rise to the task of caring for those fleeing Ukraine.
Rosie Hooton (UK) serves in Athens, Greece. She works with women seeking alternative employment so they can escape prostitution. Rosie shares from her life experience what she’s learnt about the wonderful ways God works. Even when it’s not obvious at the time, He is in control and His plans are always best.
Seeing people put into practice what they’ve learnt to start their own businesses and then “at the end of the day, they’re actually able to be self-sustainable and provide for their families” is one of Jacob’s favourite aspects of the training.
“I think we, as Jesus followers, need to go to the least reached and share the gospel because it needs to be obvious that there is a possibility that life could be different,” said Silke.
“We should not get ahead of what God is doing…But actually, God is already doing something there. We will just join him in what He is doing,” shares Jonah as she reflects on how the Lord has directed her path.
Helen launches OM’s Face to Face course in Arabic and explains how Arab believers share the transformative material in their home countries.
“How does one make prayer a lifestyle?” Esther wondered. She felt the desire to talk to God during the day, to be His friend, to include Him in the little and the big events of every day.
OM worker Rafael grew up in a traditional Catholic family in Costa Rica. But even then God was preparing him to minister to society’s forgotten half a world away.
What started as a one-month commitment in 1979, quickly turned into something more for Rose.
To be working in the country of his birth is coming “full circle” for George. “I want to help people who are suffering,” he explained. “I want to do my best in helping them to know about Jesus.”
“I know that when we go out for God, God will provide. And God has been providing, sometimes it can be more or less, but God provides it all,” Rosea remarked.
“We may never know what effect our prayers have in the spiritual realm…But that’s okay because it’s for the Lord’s glory,” shares Heather, a woman of prayer.
Rodrigo and Daiane from Brazil serve with a church in Slovenia, whose gospel podcasts reach many people for the first time, including a young mother from a marginalised Roma village. After her disabled child is miraculously healed, many Roma people abandon occultic folk traditions to follow Jesus. Now a church is being planted among them.
From a least-reached people group herself, Tuvan translator Buyana wants Tsaatan reindeer herders to hear about Jesus and know the God who changed her life.
OM Ships :: Jareht hated his father, who’d walked out on five sons when Jareht was just four years old. By the age of 16, Jareht was close to ending his life. But God showed him what a true Father He is. Now, Jareht is serving on board OM’s ship, sharing God’s transforming love with others.
Women working as sex workers hold jobs they perhaps never want to have. Their struggles are not foreign to Siew* who has befriended and journeyed with many ladies as part of OM Singapore’s red-light district ministry.
Traumatized by her past, Catea never wanted to return, but God led her back to her home village, where she now shares God’s love with neglected elderly.
Though Nigel walked away from the Church, his family never gave up. “They didn’t just speak the gospel to me, but they lived it out for me. They had peace, joy and love,” Nigel said.
God planted the seeds for ministry growth in the heart of Khai, an OM leader in Myanmar. Over the last few years, the ministry expanded into more remote places where Christ is not yet known. And though COVID-19 seems to destroy many dreams, God is still at work.
As David learnt about countries in northern Africa, his interest piqued while his classmates focussed on other areas of the world. “I love challenges,” said David, “And that’s why I find myself here in central North Africa when no one else wanted to go.”