Abigail (USA) joined the OM team in Paris for a three-month short term mission trip. She tells about one particular aspect the Lord taught her during her time in France.
Mirroring the New Testament’s call to build up the global church, students from my university have an opportunity each summer to participate in the Acts Project, a “vocational internship in a missions context.” Through my school in America and a partnership with OM France, I, from May to July 2014, was one of those participants.
With several years of French study and a long-standing desire to travel to France, I began exploring the different countries where Acts Project interns could go and, to my pleasure, saw that the placement in France called for someone interested in communications – my field of study. I applied, was accepted, and soon found myself on the long flight to Paris.
Before this summer’s group of interns left for their fields, we each selected a passage of Scripture to carry with us and meditate on during our months away. I chose the verse I held in my heart during the application process: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” Ephesians 4:1
Though I came to OM France under the title of “communications intern,” it feels strange to be getting academic credits for all that I’ve done. Most mornings I would file TeenStreet registrations, but other mornings, I’d find myself helping with finance; on slow days, I would vacuum or paint or stuff envelopes, and provide childcare in the afternoons. It wasn’t until I had one month left in France that I began to take photographs of the outreaches, design creative reports, and write articles, like this one here.
During those first six weeks, I found it difficult to be cheerful, frustrated that the work I was doing for OM wasn’t exactly what I had pictured. Time and time again, I felt the Lord turning my attention back to my words for the summer: live my own unique calling, which meant, during my weeks in France, to do whatever tasks assigned with joy.
And, after countless hours spent in the office and on three outreaches across France, I can say that I was reminded of God’s creativity in making me unique, and in making my summer with OM unique.