Volunteering with OMF is a great way of being involved in world missions. We’ve been asking a few volunteers from different OMF centers about why they got involved and what their volunteer roles look like.
Will volunteers with OMF UK as a Mission Advocate, encouraging others to explore how they could get involved in world missions.
Why did you decide to get involved and volunteer with OMF?
Ever since I went on a short-term mission trip as a student (to Mozambique with OM), I have had a heart for world mission. For many years this was mostly exercised through personal research and prayer.
As my wife Sami and I shared an interest in Japan from before we met, we developed a heart for Japan together and, during my curacy in the Church of England, we were seeking God’s will as to whether a call to long-term mission in Japan might be the next step. We went on a Vision Trip with OMF to discern this, and had a very positive, enlightening and encouraging time, but on returning we had the clear answer that this wasn’t where God was calling us, at least for the time being.
It was around this time that Bridge Asia (OMF UK’s volunteer ministry) was first being set up, and I was delighted that through this there was a way I could be involved in world mission in an organised and supported way, even though we were not being called to go cross-culturally ourselves.
What is does your role involve?
I am a Mission Advocate with Bridge Asia, which pretty much does what it says on the tin – my role is focused on advocating for world mission in whatever ways possible. Thus far, this has involved arranging an OMF missionary event in my own church, working with church small groups on world mission using OMFs six ways of being involved in world missions to show that everyone can be involved in some way, and supporting OMF stalls at university Christian Union mission events. Also, I am part of the North of England Team, which for a couple of years took on extra roles to cover the lack of an Area Representative in the North of England (which has now been filled), so I have also been involved in helping Serve Asia candidates and liaising with missionary-sending churches. Depending on what is happening, it takes anywhere between 3 -1o hours of my time a month, so it is not too demanding.
For me, Bridge Asia is a wonderful opportunity to serve God’s mission throughout the world in a way that is feasible for me in a voluntary capacity.
Will you pray for The Task Unfinished?
- Give thanks for volunteers like Will and how God has led them to serve OMF by giving their time and gifts.
- Could you pray about how God might be leading you to be involved in his mission to take the gospel to all peoples? Everyone has a part to play – why not ask him what your part might be in 2019.