​Belated Tears

November 22 2019

I found out that my friend had died when an email bounced back. Knowing her age, I had the immediate sense of "knowing" the reason why. It takes time for those email inboxes to either fill up or come to an end. So, I googled obituaries for my friend's name and state, and there it was, her obituary with her photo. She had passed away over a year ago, but the news didn't reach me overseas until nearly one year later. The news was old, but the grief is fresh for me.

This is not the first time I have had belated tears. Finding out after the fact, finding out in unexpected ways, not having an opportunity to share in the celebration of life and the telling of stories, that is part of missionary life. Belated tears shed in the presence of Jesus, a bittersweet celebration of the gift of a friend, coworker, supporter, and sister or brother in Christ.

When missionaries go back home, we have to catch up not only on the happy events but the sad ones too. For us, it might be the first time to see that empty chair at the table. So, if you see a tear well up in a missionary's eye, and there seems to be no reason for tears, perhaps it's a belated tear.

By OMS Ukraine missionary, Colleen Weaver

Tags: missionary life, missing out, grief,

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Valetta Steel Crumley

December 6 2013

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Valetta Steel Crumley

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Dec. 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Valetta Steel Crumley, retired OMS missionary, yet continues to serve full-time through the OMS book ministry, writing, discipling and mentoring young missionary women, coaching new candidates in funding, and speaking on behalf of OMS at many churches and retreats. Valetta has served OMS for 54 years!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Valetta shared her incredible testimony, that is very Job-like. She has endured GREAT loss in her life and experienced the deepest grief possible. Yet, her life and testimony, shared in several books available on Amazon, and in brief in this radio interview, will inspire and encourage you to fully grasp this verse: "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" --Romans 8:31.

All books mentioned on this broadcast can be purchased through our OMS store on Amazon or by calling the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org. Here is what Valetta talked about: Another Valley, Another Victory, Another Love, by Valetta about her tragic but inspiring journey; Steel Valleys, by Shirley Carlson, a book based on Another Valley, but written for children; and Streams in the Desert, by OMS cofounder, Lettie Cowman, in which she writes, "Praise changes things."

You can also purchase Mission Accomplished Under Sentence of Death, by OMS missionary Ed Erny about the life of Valetta's first husband, Henry Steel, and his battle with cancer.

You may also be interested in buying a book by Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright. Valetta mentions this book, How to Know God's Will Through the Sound Mind Principles. He quotes, "With your thinking, considering your skills, ability, and life situation, where can you reach and help the most people find Jesus."


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Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, life changing story, missions, trusting god, world missions, griefloss of loved one