Passion for the Lost

Date: Mar 15, 2024
- Mar 17, 2024
Time: 7:30 pm
- 10:45 am
Location: Collaroy Conference Centre, 22 Homestead Ave, Collaroy NSW 2097


OMF Mission Conference 2024 I March 15-17 @ Collaroy Conference Centre

Ajith Fernando’s Bible teaching I Sydney’s northern beaches I A weekend to inspire for mission

Jesus declared his disciples would be ‘witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8). The need and imperative to do so remains the same, and yet our context is vastly different. How are the words of Acts still relevant and applicable today? What might it look like for you to have a passion for the lost? Come and join to hear from internationally renowned speaker Ajith Fernando of the topic: ‘Paul’s Passion for the Lost in Acts’. What might this look like for you to have a passion for the lost? As part of a community – from a couple of friends to your small group, church or community organisation – how might you live out your first love for Christ? Come and join us as we hear inspiring messages from Acts, hear from missionaries, enjoy fellowship and pray for God’s work in East Asia at #PassionForTheLost.

OMF mission seminars I Cross-cultural Christian community I A time to pray with passion

Our cross-cultural workers will also facilitate in-person mission seminars. You’ll get to ask questions, discuss ideas, and gain insight into what it’s really like to live out Christ’s passion for the lost.

We’ll be updating this page with more details as news unfolds. You can also email us at to register for more info on #PassionForTheLost.

About Ajith Fernando

Ajith Fernando serves as Teaching Director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka after being National Director for 35 years. He is currently involved in counselling, mentoring and teaching staff and volunteers with Youth For Christ (YFC). With his wife Nelun he is active in a Methodist Church just outside Colombo, most of whose members are recent believers. His grassroots ministry has been and is primarily with the urban poor. Ajith has a wider counselling and mentoring ministry with Christian leaders and workers and a teaching ministry in conferences and theological schools in Sri Lanka and abroad. He is a regular visiting lecturer at Colombo Theological Seminary. You can find out more about his ministry at


Serving in mission with your profession
Why and how could you serve in mission using your profession? What joys and challenges might you face? Discover what marketplace ministry, missional business, and tent-making look like today. Learn how Christian professionals go where few fulltime Christian workers can enter and their lives and work can be light and salt in hard-to-reach places at various stratums of society.

Jo has served, led and journeyed with others in integral mission for over two decades. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping Christian professionals to serve in places where there are few Christians, and to bless these communities through their life and work.

How to love and bless Muslims
Be equipped to love and bless people God has placed around you. How might you remove the barriers that exist? What concrete steps might you take to initiate conversations? If someone shows interest, what might you do next? Learn from the experiences of Andrew and Sharon in East Asia, training others to do the same.

Sharing the gospel through digital media
Digital technology helps us accelerate the gospel into the world. Explore some of the ways digital content creators help build God’s kingdom throughout East Asia – and how you might do the same. Learn how digital evangelism and discipleship can complement in-person community with local Christians to transform the world through the gospel.

Scott has a passion for evangelising people of different cultures through digital media. He leads the OMF Australia communications team, providing support to inform, engage and equip other Christians for mission in East Asia.

Raising a family on the mission field
Gospel work overseas can potentially be very consuming for the zealous missionary. How do you best position your family to thrive in ministry? What are some common pitfalls? Learn how you might prepare to disciple your children in such a way that they grow in their relationship with Jesus, deepen in understanding of His Word and delight in the gospel.

Dave is married to Andrea and together they have three teenage children, with whom they served in a discipleship-focused ministry in northern Thailand for 11 years. Dave and Andrea are passionate about equipping people to navigate life’s challenges and be part of God’s plan for the salvation of His world and His people.

Building bridges to Buddhists
What are some bridges and barriers to reaching Buddhists – in Cambodia or in Sydney? Hear stories of God at work in the Buddhist world, and come away with ideas for how you can impact Buddhists for Jesus.

Simon and Angeline have been sharing Jesus with Buddhists in Cambodia for over 15 years, both in pioneer evangelism and in church contexts. They have two sons, Reuben and Gabriel, and a well-travelled Cocker Spaniel, Mocha, who has followed them around from province to province over the years.

Returnee Focus, Reaching out to East Asian
You meet, work and study with people from East Asia. They are settling in your city and neighbourhood, living where they are free to hear about Jesus. How might you share the gospel with your East Asian friends and others in your local community? Learn from experienced missionaries who have served in various East Asian countries and Australia. Be encouraged by stories of lives transformed by the gospel, and take your part in it.

Returnee Focus, Returning to East Asia with Jesus
Thousands of East Asian students are again coming to study in Australia. This is an opportunity for the gospel to reach people who otherwise would never hear of Jesus. Some of these students will respond to the gospel and two out of three will return home within five years. Sadly, because of poor preparation, life difficulties, and persecution, around 80% of those who become Christians overseas will abandon their faith within a year of returning home. This workshop will examine the issues that lead returnees to believe that Jesus no longer has a place in their lives and will consider strategies that can equip returnees to better thrive in their faith after they return home.

Pete and Jane served in East Asia for 20 years and have been serving with returnees in Australia for 10 years. They want to see returnees thriving in their faith and being a blessing to their families, communities and the world. 

Children’s Program

Kids @ conference offers an exciting program with activities, for 4-13 year olds, discovering God’s faithfulness in the life of a CIM/OMF missionary who had an incredible ‘Passion for the Lost’.

Children’s sessions will be from 9 am until 3 pm on Saturday 16th March, and from 9am to 10 am Sunday 17th March. A kids’ movie night is also planned for Saturday evening where we will be screening the movie ‘Bolt’.

For children up to 4 years old, a creche will be available with toys and activities, and loving carers to look after them.

Parents, there will be a form to fill in on arrival, covering any special needs or requirements for your child. Also please ensure that you sign your children in to each program or creche session, and sign them out when you pick them up for recess breaks, meals and at the completion of sessions.

Ticket Prices

Full Weekend
CHILD – AGE 6-12: $175
CHILD – AGE 2-5: $70
FAMILY TICKET – 2 ADULTS + 2 OR MORE (*MAX of 5 x AGE 2-17): $750
FAMILY TICKET – 2 ADULTS + 1 (AGE 2-5):$470.00
FAMILY TICKET – 2 ADULTS + 1 (AGE 6-17): $575.00

Saturday Only
ADULT: $80
CHILD – AGE 6-12:$35
CHILD – AGE 2-5: $15

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