How to become a missionary

We know becoming a missionary is a big step. We offer the direction and support you need to serve God in East Asia.

Explore serving God overseas with us.

God uses all kinds of people to share the gospel. He uses church planters, theology lecturers and Bible study-leaders. But he also uses administrators, architects, frisbee-players, mountain bikers and radio producers to introduce people to Jesus.

We know becoming a missionary is a big step. So, we provide support every step of the way. From exploring the call to mission, to raising funds, we provide the help you need to get overseas. Once in East Asia, there are established systems to support and train missionaries and their families, too.

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Bruno & Ana already had some mission experience in Thailand. Connecting with OMF helped them get the support they need to thrive as a family serving God overseas.

“OMF cares about excellence in ministry, focuses on the people, and always has the Bible as a rule of faith and practice. The attention given to the children of missionaries also touched our hearts. We are still at the beginning of the journey, but we have already learned a great deal from our leaders Steve & Anna Griffiths about life with God, teamwork, love of missions and others.”

Dave & Fi Rickards from the UK served as our first Director for Fellowship Services in Singapore.

Their role was to help ensure our workers had everything they need to serve effectively. The Rickards led a team of specialists in human resources, IT, finance, training, ministry development and inspiring others to get involved.

“After about three years on a church planting team, OMF asked us to serve as the Field Directors for the Cambodia team. This would mean a move away from the ‘front line’, the people we loved and the work we had been doing. But we went back to our calling – to go where we were needed – and felt that God was in this move.”

Frequently asked questions

No. We enjoy working with churches to help them send missionaries. We know in some countries, the idea of sending missionaries cross-culturally is quite new. However, the process could take longer if your church hasn’t sent any missionaries before.

We rely on God to provide our financial needs, through prayer, trusting God will move people to respond. The amount of financial support needed depends on where you will be living and it’s hard to give an exact figure early on. If you’re considering taking your profession overseas, or running a missional business, financial arrangements will vary and we can discuss these with you.

Yes, we have agreements with many governments in East Asia, although availability depends on the length of service and type of ministry. Once you’ve been accepted to serve with us, we will be able to work toward a solution.

Usually, yes, especially if you are planning on serving for several years. We recommend two years full-time training if you are serving more than three years. We also recommend courses that prepare you for cross-cultural service, not just for pastoral work in your home country.

Yes! Our OMF family includes over 900 children from newborns to university students. Our personnel will come alongside you to help in transition, making decisions about education and promoting child safety. It is our intention that your whole family will thrive as you serve God with OMF.  

For more information, go to this link.

Yes. There are many opportunities for Christians from doctors to farmers, teachers to IT workers, to use their skills in mission. For example, around 100 OMF workers serve in East Asia as doctors, surgeons, dentists as well as a whole range of other medical roles. Working overseas is a great opportunity to live out your faith, model Christian work ethics and minister to others in the workplace.

Find out more about how you could use your profession.

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