Change of Plans: Reflections from an OMS Summer Intern

August 14 2014

Four years ago, I made a conscious decision to attend a secular university. After looking at a few different schools, God made it obvious that Ball State University was where he wanted me. For journalism news majors, like myself, at Ball State, it is pretty much assumed that every student’s dream is to work for CNN or the New York Times. If national news isn’t the dream, local news better be the top priority.

So, when I told my professor that I was going to intern at a Christian mission organization, she was less than thrilled. In fact, I was told to rethink my life. I was shocked and angry, but little did she (or I!) know, that was exactly what I was going to do throughout my internship with One Mission Society.

From the first day of my internship when the Communications Department started singing songs from the “Frozen” soundtrack, I realized that those who work at OMS aren’t employees or coworkers … they’re a family. The people who walk the halls of OMS headquarters included me in their family. Though I was only there for 10 weeks, so many people went out of their way to ask about my life. I wasn’t just known about … I was known. It made me realize that this is the kind of place where I will want to work, and I want to thank OMS for treating me less like an intern and more like Christina.

I realized quickly that the atmosphere that I loved every day was possible because God is central in everything. Everything wasn’t always perfect or easy, but I found a lot of joy knowing that my work helped further the kingdom of God. That being said, the need for prayer became so much more evident to me this summer. I grew up in a Christian home and continue to attended church every Sunday, but prayer was never a regular part of my life. This summer, I saw the power of prayer through the people of OMS. I saw the relationships they have with Jesus, and I began to think about the impact that prayer could and should be having on my own life.

Sometime during the first week of my internship, I actually said the sentence “I’ve never felt called to go overseas.” I never thought that I had a reason to go overseas. I’m not a teacher, and I certainly don’t have seminary experience. My theological knowledge, compared to what I thought missionaries should have, is lacking. However, throughout my internship, I was reminded that God doesn’t ask all of us to attend seminary and learn how to read the Bible in different languages, but he does ask us to use the talents he has given us according to his will. Now, 11 weeks after that first week of my internship, I am planning a trip this winter to Hungary to work with the OMS team there and to help them with some communication needs.

I’m sure that this is not at all what my professor had in mind when she told me to rethink my life, but as I look back on the past 11 weeks, I’m realizing that this is exactly what God had in mind.

By Christina Franks, OMS Summer Intern, Communications Department

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​Praying for Our Plans

July 30 2014

If, three years ago, someone would've asked me where my life was going, I’d have a scheduled answer for them. You see, my life was on a timeline for two years. My boyfriend at the time and I were very serious. We had talked about marriage, and I was set on it! I planned it all out. We’d get engaged junior year and married before senior year. I knew where I wanted to get married, and I had already researched where we’d live. I was obsessed with this three-year plan! (Before you kindly tell me I’m crazy, let me reassure you that I already know!)

In case you didn't notice, the word “I” was just used a lot. The timeline that I was obsessed with was my own creation. In fact, I was so focused, making every detail come through that I never stopped to ask God about … well … any of it. I was so off base that God shut the whole operation down. The things that I had planned were not necessarily bad in themselves, but they would not have glorified God in the long run.

This was a big lesson to learn, and I still struggle with “me.” But I’m not perfect, and God is working on me through the surrendering process.

Missionaries are often looked at as “perfect Christians.” They’re admired for their courage and willingness to follow God, but that doesn't mean that they have all the answers. Even missionaries have to constantly pray for direction from God.

Though my time at OMS was short, the God-centeredness of the ministries was evident early on.

That doesn't mean that everything was always smooth sailing. Details, timelines, and deadlines constantly surround OMS, and it’s easy to get swept up in them! And this kind of planning is exciting! Mission trips, projects, and new fields all are great things—when they glorify God and are surrendered to his will. Just like the future I was planning by myself, if one of our plans or ideas will not glorify God, it’d be better for him to shut the door entirely than to have us try to make it work in our own human strength.

Give your plans to God today. Ask him for guidance and direction as you seek him. When you seek to glorify him in everything, the plans will follow.

And will you pray the same prayer for One Mission Society? As you read the Facebook posts about great things God is doing, will you join OMS in giving God the future? Each plan and project needs to be given to God for his guidance and his glory.

By Christina Franks, Summer Communications Intern

Editor’s note: We are going to miss Christina so much. She has contributed a lot to our team this summer, including all the blogs for the past 10 weeks. Please include her and her future in your prayers. She is praying about her next plans that just might include OMS in the future! She's also scheduled to write the next two blogs...

(Christina is in green in the center.)

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