Get Involved Taiwan

Opportunities to Get Involved

 

People involved in missions are not “super-Christians” or highly trained specialists. Those involved in missions are normal people who allow themselves to be used by God.

What can you do to help bring the gospel to the unreached people of Taiwan?

*Please note that we have specific opportunities available that are not necessarily listed here*

1. Come to Taiwan

Short-term (up to 6 months)

Short-term Mission (up to 6 months)

“Short-term mission for a Long-term vision”

Serve Asia Teams

Serve Asia is the  OMF short-term program. Teams visit Taiwan for several weeks. They help us make contacts in the local community through English teaching, drama, song, coffee shops and vacation camps.

When you join a Serve Asia team, you will:

· Meet new friends

· Learn about Taiwan

· Try out local delicacies (like pearl tea or squid-on-a-stick!)

· Find out what a missionary’s life is really like

  • Discover that God can use you in ways you had never imagined!

There are two ways you can join a Serve Asia team:

1. Mobilise a team from your own church or Christian fellowship. We are happy to host teams for 2-4 weeks at certain times of the year. Teams strategically serve in a variety of ministries through a program put together by the hosting missionaries and Serve Asia Coordinator. We provide orientation to the Taiwan and OMF ministry, oversight for the duration of the trip, and debriefing before departure.

2. Join one of our international teams. Each year we organise a number of teams which are open for individuals around the world. We will organise the program, train you and lead the team.

Most Serve Asia teams are run in July-August, or December (prior to Christmas).

For more information write to our Serve Asia coordinator, Katherine Tang, at tw.sac@omfmail.com or contact the OMF office in your home country.

Individual Serve Asia Workers

What if I can’t join one of the Serve Asia teams? Can I still come short-term by myself?

In certain situations we can also accept individual short-term workers. Our priority is to help give a foundation for those seriously considering options for ongoing involvement in cross-cultural missions.

If you have specific skill that one of our ministries needs, then we may also have a place for you. This might include: office skills, especially computer, media or finance skills; or training in social work or counseling that would allow you to assist our ministries to marginalized people.

Serve Asia individuals can visit for as short as a week or as long 6 months.

If you are interested then contact our Serve Asia Coordinator, Katherine Tang, at tw.sac@omfmail.com .

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Internships (1-2 years)

Missionary Internships (1-2 years)

Maybe you’re not quite ready to commit to long-term ministry, you’re still thinking through where the Lord is leading you.

If you would like the opportunity to do more than just join a short-term team for a few weeks, then we have an internship program that will enable you to spend one to two years in Taiwan. You can get involved in ministry, learn about missionary work and think through the next step in your journey with God.

OMF Taiwan’s internship program was established for people who are willing to join one of our ministry teams for a period of one to two years. Interns gain experience in ministry on the mission field and also receive training from experienced missionaries.

What are the goals?

  • To provide ministry experience and on-the-job training in a cross-cultural setting.
  • To help clarify whether God is leading you towards long-term work on the mission field.
  • To assist OMF missionaries through participation in their ministries.
  • To mobilise missionaries, pray-ers and supporters for Taiwan.

Whom is the program for?

This program is for people who think that God may be leading them into cross-cultural ministry but are not clear on their future direction, or are not yet able to commit to a longer term involvement. It is an internship, so it is not really intended as a substitute for long-term mission involvement—but rather as a stepping stone toward that goal.

What qualifications do I need?

An interest in exploring the possibilities of long-term mission/full time ministry and a willingness to learn.

We expect that most interns will not yet have theological training. At the end of the internship period, interns will be encouraged to return home to receive formal theological education before engaging in further ministry. Interns who have already completed theological training would have the option of converting to long-term membership with OMF.

What would I be doing?

As an intern, you would join one of OMF Taiwan’s ministry teams and will be under the supervision of an experienced OMF missionary. As language ability allows, you would participate in a range of ministries that contribute to OMF’s work in Taiwan. Ministries could include church planting, student work and children’s ministries.

Non-Chinese speakers would undertake an initial period of up to six months in full-time language study. This is required so that interns will live comfortably in Taiwan, be prepared for some ministry involvement in Chinese and gain a realistic insight into what is required for effective long-term mission.

You would also participate in training designed to develop your ability to minister in a cross-cultural setting.

Training involves:

  • development of biblical and theological understanding
  • development of ministry skills (evangelism, teaching, relationships, leadership)
  • growth in personal godliness.

Training is primarily “on-the-job” but will also involve some reading projects relevant to cross-cultural ministry.

Long-term (4+ years)

Long-term (4+ years)

Why long term?

Long-term or “career” missions is a frightening thought. It involves a commitment that is hard to contemplate. So why is career missions at the heart of OMF’s strategy for Taiwan?

If you want to deeply impact people, you need to get to know them.

Although we promote short-term missions, we believe that, by far, the greatest impact comes when we are willing to stick around for the long haul. It comes from those people who learn the language and culture, build deep relationships and demonstrate by their love that Taiwan and her people matter—not only to them, but also to God.

With our focus on reaching working-class people, long-term is especially important because of the need to gain trust and establish relationships before the gospel can be heard. Building relationships takes time!

This is why long-term mission is at the heart of our ministry strategy. (Long-term can be anything from four to 40 years.)

If we want to reach a significant number of Taiwan’s working class with the gospel, we need more missionaries who will stay here for the long term—many more!

Opportunites

Browse through the rest of this website learn about some of the ministries our long-term missionaries do, including: work with children and families, personal evangelism, church planting, discipleship, work with the urban poor, and much more.

We have urgent needs for people to join some of our new ministry teams here in Taiwan. We need people to join our youth and family outreach in Wanhua, Taipei; to expand our church planting teams, and to help establish our new ministry to prostitutes, and several more. There are tremendous opportunities and many open hearts, but there are simply not enough people to bring in the harvest.

If you would like to know more about the sort of people we are looking for and the work to be done, either contact us or find out about our most urgent needs here.

Too hard?

Mission with OMF is not just about doing a job. It is also about joining our OMF family. When new workers arrive, we place a premium on looking after them, giving them the best training in the Chinese language (up to two years full-time), and helping them establish a solid foundation for a lifetime of fruitful ministry. In fact, OMF International is renowned for its excellent orientation, member care and ongoing training.

Taking that step of long-term commitment is hard. But if this is where God is leading you, you certainly won’t regret it. Read a testimony from one of our members here.

Anyone who is considering a career in missions will have a lot of questions. It is important to choose the right fit in terms of mission agency, country and ministry. We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Write to us at tw.web@omfmail.com or contact OMF in your home country.

2. Pray for Taiwan

Gospel ministry involves spiritual warfare. Only by the work of God will any of our efforts bear fruit. That’s why we regard prayer as central to all we do and the most important thing you can do to support our ministry.

You can pray by:

  • Downloading our prayer guides
    The Taiwan prayer guide contains 30 true stories about the spiritual needs of Taiwan’s working class people (in English and Chinese). The Reaching Taiwan’s Working Class prayer guide contains 14 stories about OMF ministries which are reaching working class people in Taiwan.  We can also send you a hard copies of these prayer guides if you contact us.
  • Receiving Taiwan Tinder
    Monthly prayer requests sent out by OMF missionaries serving in Taiwan. Read Taiwan Tinder here.  You can also receive these by email or as a hard copy by contacting us at tw.field@omfmail.com.
  • Subscribing to the Ten Seconds for Taiwan email
    A short prayer request for Taiwan’s working class sent out by email every two weeks.
    Subscribe to Ten Seconds for Taiwan in English, German or Chinese from the Ten Seconds for Taiwan website.

Prayer for more workers

New missionaries face significant challenges in preparing for cross-cultural ministry. Please pray for the preparation, health, financial support and visas for those preparing to join our teams. And pray for those currently studying Chinese to make good progress and to persevere.

Thank you for your partnership with us in serving the gospel in Taiwan.