Short-term Cost, Long-term Impact
Looking back 20 years, we can see that approximately one in five long-term workers was once an OMF Serve Asia worker (SAW). Even if SAWs do not return to OMF for future ministry, we know that they go on to grow God’s kingdom in other ways. Nearly all of our current long-term workers have completed at least one short-term trip, even if it was not with Serve Asia!
What our workers have said about SAWs
“We’ve found that running a soccer program attracts so many people. If our visiting soccer players aren’t afraid to share Jesus, we can start conversations about faith. After a soccer season, we usually have enough contacts to run inquirer Bible studies for a year.”
“After I finished language study I needed to travel to nearby villages to discern where I should move to and start ministry. I needed friends to come with me, to pray as we travelled and to ask God to show us a person of peace so I’d know where to start. A small team of Serve Asia workers with a heart for the lost and a willingness to pray enabled me to travel and to see possibilities. They were such an encouragement!”
“Serve Asia workers open doors for us. When they visit they create the occasion and supply the energy to help us throw parties for our neighbours. They open doors for new acquaintances; we build friendships over time and pray for opportunities to share the gospel.”