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in East Asia.

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God specialises in the unexpected

Who is the most unlikely and unexpected people group to share the Gospel with Japanese people? Perhaps Chinese. Yet God is doing a surprising thing in Japan.

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 [...]

Why does OMF do Mission Research?

OMF International traces its history to 25 June 1865 when James Hudson Taylor, after hearing a particularly stirring sermon, removed himself from the church meeting to wrestle with the sad reality that more than a thousand English Christians could gather to enjoy a sermon while millions of Chinese were dying without a knowledge of Jesus. [...]

Working as English teachers in Japan

Because of the positions we are in, we’ve become friends with many of the surrounding English teachers. We’ve also become involved in our local church.

Stories from East Asia

God specialises in the unexpected

Who is the most unlikely and unexpected people group to share the Gospel with Japanese people? Perhaps Chinese. Yet God is doing a surprising thing in Japan.

Diary: Visiting a temple

Our four short term workers (Serve Asia Workers - SAW) have worked with us for almost two weeks. As part of cultural learning, we are bringing them to a temple visit. 2:30pm Our SAW team arrives to the Temple of the Jaded World. Six groups of people are already here in the open front court, [...]

How schools respond to emotional and social difficulties

We wish we learned earlier the importance of having a working relationship with a school's counselling department, and being able to gain wisdom from them. Role of school counselor Since coming to Puxin, we wanted to reach families. Most of the parents and the communities (and even churches) are often primarily concerned for their children's [...]

“Pigsy”, lust and the sex industry in Taiwan

One of the most surprising things I’ve seen in a tea shop (a place where men drink tea or alcohol with hostesses) is this god statue. Zhu Bajie (猪八戒) is a major character in the novel Journey to the West. Zhu means "swine". In many English versions of the story, Zhu Bajie is called "Pigsy" or "Pig". [...]

Working as English teachers in Japan

Because of the positions we are in, we’ve become friends with many of the surrounding English teachers. We’ve also become involved in our local church.

Not all Japanese people wear black suits

Mr. Saiba always answered my questions about Japanese culture, but he also said that while most Japanese people acted that way, but he didn’t.

Missionaries need holidays too

Coming here for a few days, a couple times a year has been a huge blessing and I think it has helped me stay the long haul—long-term missionary in Japan

The Word for a New Generation: Updating a Bible Script

In 1866, American Baptist missionary Josiah Nelson Cushing arrived in Burma (now called Myanmar) as a missionary appointed to the Shan people. Few, if any, of the Shan people in Southeast Asia had heard about the Lord Jesus Christ. Through Cushing’s and his fellow missionaries’ efforts, that was about to change.   Mine is the [...]