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17 November 2019

Stories from the Archives

The archives hold many stories of what God has done.

Telling these stories gives God the glory.

How Indigenous Are the OMF Asian Home Councils? Tracing the History of their Establishment.[1]

Synopsis: This paper recounts the birth and development of OMF’s Asian Home Councils, points out the key issues faced by these councils, identifies changes that have emerged over the years, and considers whether Asian Home Councils can be legitimately considered indigenous. Koyuki Sami Koyuki Sami joined OMF in 1992. She worked among the urban and [...]

Extract from China’s Millions (1877): Plan of the Operation of the China Inland Mission

This article from China's Millions (April 1877) describes the CIM's plan to move into the nine inland provinces lacking missionary witness. The journeys made by these young men covered thousands of miles. Traveling by foot, horseback, and boat, they faced danger from the terrain, bandits, and illness. More details of these amazing journeys can be [...]

First missionaries sent by Korean Home Council

The year 1965 opened a new chapter in the history of Overseas Missionary Fellowship when work began to set up Asian Home Councils in East Asian countries where OMF had been working. In Korea, the Home Council was formally launched in June 1980. Byun Jae Chang and his wife Byun Cho Eran were the first [...]

Who Will Pick Up the Torch?

By Walter McConnell Walter directs OMF International's Mission Research Department Department. An American, he has previously served in Taiwan as a church planter and theological educator, taught Old Testament at Singapore Bible College where he also directed the Ichthus Centre for Biblical and Theological Research, and served as pastor at the Belfast Chinese Christian Church. [...]

“God’s guidance for me meant commitment to OMF”

By Doh Moon Gap April/May 1982 east Asian Millions (North American edition): 187 Doh Moon Gap, who was formerly working for Korean Air Lines, joined OMF Korean Home Council in 1980 and became OMF Home Secretary for Korea. In that role, he not only represented OMF in Korea, but also recruited and trained Korean missionaries [...]

Mission Research: Connecting People Today with Their Personal History

“Who influenced my grandfather’s spiritual journey?” That was the gist of the question asked by a Chinese national who contacted our colleagues in Australia. The old family photographs attached to an email included brief inscriptions of names and places written in Chinese and English. When asked “Can you tell me about these people?” the mission research team [...]

Mission Research: Responding to Requests from OMF Leaders

In 2020 the Korean Home Council will be celebrating its forty-year history of sending missionaries to serve with OMF International. As senders, they know the encouragement that comes when one can see what God has done over the years—story by story. And sharing these stories helps mobilize more people for missions. To help tell these [...]

The First North American China Inland Mission Party

Synopsis: David Michell recounts the stirring story of God's work through a fascinating interweaving of lives and events that birthed the missionary movement to China from Canada and New York State. The story traces back to 1885 when Jonathan Goforth received a copy of Hudson Taylor’s China’s Spiritual Need and Claims. At the conference at [...]

A Description of CIM Missionary Workers to the Tibetan Highlands Prior to 1950

Synopsis: This research paper describes the sociodemographic characteristics of early CIM pioneers who sought to take the gospel to the Tibetan plateau prior to the withdrawal of CIM from China in 1952. By Zi Yu Mission Round Table Vol. 12 No. 1 (January-April 2017): 42-46 Introduction The Tibetan Highlands, also known as the Tibetan Plateau, [...]

God’s Mission to the Lisu

Synopsis: The article focuses on one of the most familiar stories in CIM/OMF history told in the biographies of J. O. Fraser and books by Leila Cooke and Isobel Kuhn. Is it possible to say anything new? Are we familiar with the other missionaries who labored among the Lisu? This article tells some things in [...]

Surrounded by So Great a Cloud of Witnesses

Synopsis: This article dips into CIM history by recounting a story of brigands kidnapping and murdering missionaries who sought to serve the Lord during a time of political upheaval. Claire McConnell Claire is the Archivist at the International Center and contributing Editor of the Mission Round Table. Surrounded by So Great a Cloud of Witnesses [...]

With Bethel in Manchuria, 1931

Synopsis: This excerpt from Leslie Lyall’s inspiring account of the Bethel Bands[1]—a significant indigenous evangelistic movement in China in the first half of the twentieth century—recounts the evangelistic work in Manchuria by Andrew Gih, John Sung, Frank Ling, Lincoln Nieh and Philip Lee in 1931. Leslie T. Lyall[2] Son of an itinerant evangelist, Leslie Lyall [...]

CIM/OMF and the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement

Synopsis: This paper traces the response of CIM and OMF leadership to the challenges of accepting members from Pentecostal and charismatic backgrounds into a mission that is broadly evangelical. These challenges have not gone away. The discussion concludes with considerations about how we can maintain unity amidst differing theological understandings and practices. Walter McConnell Walter’s [...]

“Jesus, Crowned with Glory and Honour”

Synopsis: An article from China’s Millions (June 1912)[1] by George Gibb who was CIM General Director from 1935 to 1940. The article includes stories of several Chinese who heard and responded to the gospel and how they remained faithful in their faith until death. George W. Gibb Born in Aberdeen in 1869, George trained as [...]