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To help tell these stories, our Korean colleagues recently requested historical documents stored in the OMF Archives in Singapore which included letters exchanged between leaders in Korea and Singapore, minutes of council meetings, and ministry reports from different fields of service.
Only by telling these stories will God get the glory.
Mr. Doh Moon Gap wrote an article for the East Asia Millions magazine in 1981 to tell his story on how he left his job with Korean Air Lines and followed the the Lord’s leading to serve full time on the Korean Home Council as Home Secretary for Korea in 1980. In that role, he not only represented OMF in Korea, but also worked with candidates for overseas candidates. Read more >
Byun Jae Chang and his wife Byun Cho Eran were the first missionaries sent out by OMF Korea. In his article “A Korean Jonah,” Byun shared how God guided him in his journey to serve with his wife in Japan.
This article is an example of mission research done by an OMF Director to highlight critical questions for OMF leadership and missionaries to carefully consider.
The paper notes how Jesus’ ministry—even its geography—reminds us of how God works from the periphery, and that “the church’s existence in the margins is an intentional prophetic presence that calls attention to God’s purposes for the margins.” Might the growing number of people with disabilities in Southeast Asia be one of the “peripheries” which God is calling OMF to engage with?
The article “CIM-OMF and Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement” is an example of historical research undertaken in response to requests and questions raised by Fellowship leaders.
At different times in the history of CIM-OMF, leaders have considered the response that the mission should have toward questions related to the Pentecostal/charismatic movement. The ultimate purpose was to produce “a broad theologically grounded statement about how the Fellowship works in unity when there are issues about which evangelical Christians disagree.”