Members from the docked OM ship find numerous opportunities to share the Gospel in Zimbabwe.
"Sometimes, we missionaries suffer in silence from a range of personal, work and spiritual issues," shares OMer Simon. "In those times, we cannot see Christ at work and simply want the emotional pain to subside. The weight of the conflict that rages inside us threatens to crush the ministry, our families and even our faith itself. We yearn for someone to talk to, someone who will actually listen and not just jump to a default response - “pray harder” or “pain and suffering is for your benefit.”
One of OM Zimbabwe's 10 students lost his mother shortly before the training started. Being the oldest in his family, he was expected to pay for the funeral and used the money he had raised as his training fees since the church was not paying for him. He is allowed to stay for two weeks at the Training base but a day before that grace period the rest of the student contributed money to cover his training fees for two months
"In the Bible, the New Testament often uses the analogy of a human body to illustrate the church. The illustration is that the body is composed of many members with many gifts and abilities and because of that we can achieve more," shared OMer Simon. "But you don’t hear the hands taking credit over the head or the head over the legs. Yet, in my discussions with my wife, I seem to forget this important lesson."