Pursuing missions

Maddi Shaw | United Kingdom

“And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

Dominic Notegen, a 27-year-old ELCO (English Language Community Outreach) student at OM Lifehope, felt he was called to spread the Gospel abroad when he was in Israel and a Swiss evangelist told him that he would work in missions.

Prior to that conversation, Dominic, from Switzerland, had already felt bored with his job as a computer specialist. The evangelist may have been the catalyst that helped open his eyes to new opportunities.

Soon after, Dominic saw a flyer at his local church about OM's ship ministry, Logos Hope, and called Operation Mobilisation about pursuing missions.

To prepare for his service on the ship, Dominic joined the three-month ELCO programme at OM Lifehope to improve his English. In the autumn of 2014, he plans to start serving on board Logos Hope for two years.

“At first it was difficult to work with all the people from different countries,” said Dominic. He discovered there were significant culture differences, such as tone of voice in a conversation. Dominic says for him, it’s normal to speak in a louder voice, but for some people at OM Lifehope, that comes off as aggressive.

Despite the culture differences that Dominic has been learning to hurdle, he feels himself growing spiritually. “I’ve learnt to take it easy here,” says Dominic. He says that before coming to OM Lifehope, he used to become angry when problems arose, but now he shakes them off more easily.

“I’ve also learnt to love people as they are,” he said. Dominic hopes these lessons will stay with him for the rest of his life.

To learn more about OM Lifehope's ELCO programme, visit OM Lifehope’s website at: http://www.lifehope.om.org/index.php/training/elco.

Published: Thursday, 04 September 2014
Credit: Maddi Shaw
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