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A gift for Gift

Prompted by God, Gail (USA) took a wheelchair on outreach to Zambia, not knowing that she was an answer to fervent prayer.

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One in prayer

Students and staff of OM Zambia join local churches in prayer during the annual Global Day of Prayer.

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A pivotal moment

The second generation of village missionaries reach out to a new village along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

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A hopeful Gift

A Zambian missionary's story of hope, trust and perseverance after a tragic car accident in 2011 left him paralysed

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Transforming teachers

Zambians are trained to become teachers that will transform students and entire communities for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Manna for Makwati

The daily meals students receive at Makwati School help the kids learn and help the parents who cannot provide enough food for their families.

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Created in the image of God

Two lifelong friends from the US bring a message of hope, friendship and a future to marginalised locals during OM Zambia’s first-ever wheelchair camp.

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Fishers of men

Working and living in fishing communities on Lake Tanganyika in Southern Africa, OM workers disciple locals in the ways of Christ.

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The Pure Girls

The life of a girl in Mpulungu, Zambia, is not easy. But OM has found a way to share God’s love with these vulnerable girls.

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Jesus likes the cinema too

“Seeing how these boys lived…put my own life into perspective,” said Anne Davidson, after spending time with youth living on the streets of Lusaka.

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The headman's story

Dimas, the headman of a small village along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, shares about the challenges of being a headman and Christian.

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Going the distance

OM Zambia participates in Run4TheWorld for the fourth year, offering 35-km and 65-km cycling routes, in addition to the 10-km run.

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Just one ball

It's more than just a sport. OM is using football at Lake Tanganyika to train and empower young boys.

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BLOG: Be all there

After the glamour and glitz of moving wears off and the hype and excitement of living in a new country dies down, the realization of the magnitude of what just happened hits like a ton of bricks. In order to move forward, you have to acknowledge things are different than they once were. Life is different now, and you have to adjust accordingly. But that's hard.

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BLOG: When prayer is the only way to respond

OMer Rebecca shares about a situation in Zambia that made her uncomfortable, and then made her think. What can we do when the horrible situation in front of us seems impossible to change, and how can we have compassion for all of God's children?

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BLOG: When you're sick of the sun

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.

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Taking the initiative

Tabitha Initiative in Kabwe, Zambia, gives business training and small loans to vulnerable women, empowering them to start sustainable businesses in their communities.

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Why me?

How one man who is affected but not infected by HIV is helping his community.

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'They now have hope'

Cecilia dreamt of being able to provide a safe place for at-risk girls. In January 2016 that dream was realised in Hope House.

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Compost and dreams

AIDSLink is opening a new care centre in Zambia to teach people living with HIV and AIDS to care for themselves and others.

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Bursting with life

God's vision is unfolding in Mkushi, Zambia as he makes his plans clear to a worker named Mary and blesses the work of the team.

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Positive testing

The Good News II School in Mpulungu, Zambia, decided to offer HIV testing to the students to encourage the children and their guardians to know their status as well as break down some of the stigma surrounding a positive status.

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Answers for Kapembwa

With the fishing season going poorly in Kapembwa, Zambia, the people want to know why, and to find the answers, they’ve called in a witch doctor. 

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Food for the body and soul

For the past five years OM Lake Tanganyika has visited the local police station providing for the physical and spiritual needs of those awaiting trial.

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No longer vulnerable

From trying to survive each day to leading their community in bringing development, the members of a Self Help Group are being transformed drastically.

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BLOG: Cultural lenses

"We all look at the world with our different cultural lenses," said OMer Ivy. "However, I feel like I am the only one wearing yellow glasses among people wearing either green or red glasses.

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To touch the 'untouchable'

"This story brings me back to my knees in prayer for God’s forgiveness and love," shared OMer Ivy. "My love is too limited and I need God to help me overcome the fear...I need to daily remind myself that love is the reason why I am here and it’s risky. I know there will be times when I want to run away and pray from a distance, but instead I need to run to God and ask for His power and love to fill me and help me reach out my hand to touch the 'untouchable.'"

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'Don’t give up on me'

It’s common for the OMers in Kapembwa to have people associated with witchcraft coming for deliverance, but Wilson wanted more than that.

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'Ba Coach'

Kasama is known for sports and vulnerable kids; two subjects that OMer Noel is passionate about.

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Building more than muscles

“I have always wanted to do more than coach specific sport skills,” Joseph said. “This approach touches all areas of fitness: physical, emotional and spiritual–all aspects of a human being.”

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Planting hope

The OM team in Kasama receives land from an area chief to start a farm that will provide food and financial stability for local ministries.

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Home of Hope

Construction has begun on the first Home of Hope building, a place for vulnerable children in Kasama.

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Not just numbers

“I’ve noticed the format [of reports] many times focuses heavily on the results. How many people did the project impact? What is the difference from last year?” says OMer Ivy. “While it’s important to examine the work, it’s hard to measure the lives of people.”

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Building on

From doing their lessons on the ground to learning at desks in classrooms, the students at Makwati Community School have come a long way.

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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.”

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Let us go around the walls again

“When I read the Bible, I sometimes even pretend that I am interviewing the characters. This helps me find new insights in the scripture. Recently I came across the story of the wall of Jericho. As I acted out the scene in my brain, I imagined it in a gaming style,” says Ivy.

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Serving where God wants

Even though she didn’t want to go to Africa in the beginning, Abbie believes God prepared her for it and reflects on her experiences.

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Do you miss home?

“This is the beauty and the tragedy of being a missionary in a foreign land. We are connected to many places deeply but belong to nowhere fully,” shares Ivy. “I will miss home wherever I go and I will create a new home wherever I move. I am adopting cultures and creating a third culture of my own.”

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Cleaning for Jesus

“While we are trying to find ways to do the ‘big things’ and win the ‘big people’ for Jesus, let us start small,” said Ivy. “Let us learn from Namman’s young servant. Let us do our daily routine with Christ. Let us cook and clean among those who do not know Him. Then, when the opportunity comes, we will share with boldness about the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ."

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Turning over the table

“I knew before I came to Africa that I would face the issue of poverty cycles, but I didn’t know there would be poverty cycles in ministries as well. I was so emotional about my friend’s situation that I wanted to do something. In Chinese, we call this feeling ‘turning over the table.' Chinese are usually reserved people so turning over the table means that someone could not hold back the emotion any more,” explains Ivy. “They have to do something to express what they are feeling.”

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Crocodile Island

Realising the need for biblical role models, OM partnered with a local church to send a couple, Kelvin and Florence, to Crocodile Island as missionaries.

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Dong! Dong! Dong!

“Dong! Dong! Dong! That is the sound I imagine of how the boy jumping around during kid’s ministry in the photo grew into a big strong man,” says Ivy. “…You never know what is happening in the lives you are touching right now, but God finds people to carry on all parts of His work. No missionary can claim to have done all the work themselves and everyone should rejoice together with the great work of God at the end.”

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Afraid of missing out

"Since my childhood, I have been anxious about missing out. I remember not wanting to sleep whenever I heard the adults chatting in the night. I wanted to be part of it all. Later on, in high school, I said “yes” to every event and outing, which ended up crashing so many times. I couldn’t choose. I wanted to be there to celebrate all the fun moments but also share all the tears in the low moments," says Ivy.

"However, this lifestyle of being afraid of missing out could not continue when I joined missions. I have had to learn how to let go when I miss out on opportunities to create precious memories with family and friends in my home country."

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