Can you make an impact as a short-term worker teaching ukelele? Will did, when he worked in a small church plant in Hokkaido, Japan.
Short-term mission doesn’t always result in a long-term call.
“But”, I replied, “the center is so much more than just a guest home…”
Working with Chicago teens prepared Rebecca for Manila.
He served in a place no other OMF missionary had ever served.
Parents, prayer and short-term mission
She had no idea who Jesus was.
And being used by Him was worth the relational uncertainty.
I learned to appreciate the support roles like my own.
My coping mechanism was to build walls. If I didn’t care about people then it didn’t hurt as much when they left.
Matthew went to Thailand planning to teach his students about his faith, but they taught him.
God brought Rachel to Japan as a short-term missionary and surprised her with an unlikely new friendship.
It looks like a shrimp chip but I’m sure it’s milk!
Serve Asia placements include serious times, but also the chance to try new foods!
Serve Asia Food Review 1: Baozi
I always felt somewhat detached from the reality of those labouring on the field.
Spending our summer-break in Samar (Philippines) has been a life-changing experience for us as a family, but also for the local communities we have met there.
When we are called to missions and answer that call, we soon find we are not alone.
I found myself questioning short-term missions.
God’s name is glorified when we accord equal value to each other and work with mutual respect.
A hand covered with black soot stretched out for a handshake. James and I grasped his hand.
I felt encouraged knowing all the children were in God’s hands wherever they went.
I wanted to tell everyone and anyone about the things I’d seen, done, heard and tasted.
Only God can give that joy and peace, this is in his will. I wouldn’t want to be elsewhere.
“This is where I belong.” I knew then, without a doubt, that I was called to be a missionary in Japan.
We wanted to find out how Taiwanese folk religion actually worked in people’s lives.
“It’s not about God’s will for my life but about how my life can fit into God’s overall plan in mission.”
‘There are lots of opportunities to come as a ‘long-term short-termer’ like I did.’
As a short term worker helping with child care, I thought I was just going to be babysitting.
I would say perspective is the thing I am most grateful for as a TCK. Perspective on life.
If He allows it, He will open the door. If you can go, just go!
Perspective is the thing I am most grateful for as a TCK. Perspective on life. I don’t want to waste my life.
I knew what it felt like to step out of the country you were brought up in & move to a completely new culture.
Home is no longer a physical location, but the presence of God, because where He is, there too is His kingdom.
We have confidence God is working in the lives of these Third Culture Kids according to His purpose.
It was great to journey with her for four months of short-term mission and to see God working through her.
As Joseph faced challenges of short-term mission God taught lessons that would deepen his desire to serve.
“I realized I don’t want to stick to possessions and security in circumstances.”
I have seen firsthand the need for more workers.
The journey was worth taking not because there were many people, but because that single lady mattered.
I’m grappling with trusting God in absolutely everything. He is patient & is revealing his trustworthiness.
Late nights, a crazy bus ride, and a few overwhelmed missionary hosts couldn’t thwart God’s plans.
I felt my main responsibility was to be like a sponge learning about cross-cultural work.
Every time I come back from a Serve Asia placement it refocuses me on what is important in life.
This trip has strengthened my faith in God and I experienced His faithfulness over and over again.
Living in the mission field was not easy but there were also many joys and surprises from God.
God why did you send me to Thailand? What are you showing me?
Sattha has caused me to think a lot harder about God’s salvation plan for the whole world.
Hear what Ruby and Mel loved about OMF’s one month mission discipleship training course.
4am – Ami was woken up by the sounds of a chicken squawking. Just in time for breakfast before sunrise.
How can supporters pray for your time with Serve Asia? Here are eight things to get them started.
Within 6 months of returning from his placement, he was on a plane to Asia again, this time on his own.
These times of prayer were particularly important to me, declaring his sovereignty.
God even uses short term workers who don’t think they have anything to offer.
I know I will return, but I am preparing to go & with that comes refinement and patience.
1 year later I still compare the UK to Japan & want to use the tiny bit of Japanese language I picked up.
Different language, different food, different culture. All of these pose significant challenges.
I have discovered so many things about a country that previously I really knew very little about.
My experiences on this trip to Japan taught me flexibility, boldness and trust.
Mission work is necessarily creative and can be as diverse as donning a Santa outfit, or decorating cookies.
I will never forget the summer I spent in Asia learning about God’s goodness.
“I love Christmas, but in Japan for the most part it doesn’t have a lot to do with Christ.”
“I was told there are now 60 churches amongst one indigenous people group in the mountains.”
“We had a baptism service where the team members were able to give encouragement to a new believer.”
What if you could have a Christmas party that lasted after the mince pies, gifts, and glitter are gone?
As she listened, she became convicted that she, too, needed to touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak.
Leslie followed God’s call, but what would she do when she faced a team overcome with conflict?
“What would she write back to those who had been praying to her?”
“All of the sudden, God has opened up the opportunity to share the gospel in Thai and English”
“We were blessed by a short term team who cleaned our house once the flooding subsided”
Maybe this dream trip to Japan was not about my plans, but God’s!
OMF workers share their passion and hopes for Japan. We’re praying for 200 workers by 2020 to serve.
“I was shocked when I realised that Japanese students had little to no knowledge of Jesus.”
“The short-term team was reaching a demographic of people that I, someone in my 30s, was unable to.”
“The gospel alone can turn enemies into family members and bind old wounds into marks of grace.”
“The team didn`t pray for the sake of praying, they were serious about prayer.”
“Praise God that the woman who would once make us feel nervous is now serving alongside us.”
“It was a blessing for me to see how God touched lives through the sport of soccer.”
“I remembered feeling as though the Spirit was tugging on my heart to say yes.”
“The fellowship grew even deeper and warmer during the nightly meetings in our living room.”
“The team got to run children’s programs, attend church and prayer walk through the villages.”
“God set up divine appointments to convict me of how He listens to every prayer we utter.”
“During that day I personally was having conflicting thoughts about why we were here…”
“We are beginning to see more and more short-term workers come from East Asia.”
“Take heart, my friend! If you can’t speak Japanese, you can still have an impact here!”
“It only took a little time spent with the shop workers to see the true value of OMF’s ministry.”
“Together, they were able to spend time investing in the students and their families.”
“My heart desired to serve Him, but God didn’t call me to the field immediately.”
“The missionaries were interested in who I was & why I chose to be a short-term worker in Japan.”
“I went on the trip asking, “Am I called to be a missionary?” and anticipated a lightning-bolt answer.”
“Only 1 short encounter during a 3 day short-term training has yielded such long-term faithfulness!”
“An inspiration & privilege for both of us was listening to the stories of missionaries we met.”
“Around me, smoke and incense burn and multitudes of followers lay their offerings in front of Buddha.”
“I had the wonderful privilege of spending 14 weeks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.”
“God reminded me through this one incident that reading the Word and praying is where I find the real truth.”
“God opened many doors for the first time with students, their parents and other coaches through them.”
“My first year, I really didn’t know why, except that God’s hand was at work to lead me to join.”
“This is the hope, through the engagement of sport, Jesus becomes our supreme concern.”
“I want to help mobilise another team to go again next year – and I’m willing to lead it.”
“My new ‘parents’ taught me to enjoy dried fish and sambal with my rice for breakfast”
“They grew in their understanding and heart for God and mission and so did their church. “
“The Lord showed me that just by our being there he had already started working in their lives.”
“The role of Serve Asia is not necessarily to raise up more long-term workers.”
“Her passion was contagious. My students learned that what you love you do well.”
“Learning Japanese took much longer than I was expecting, in fact I’m still working on it.”
“She took us to the homes that most needed prayer and we prayed for issues influencing the village”
“God was at work and I continue to pray for the village and a spiritual revival since returning home.”
“It was through a German missionary at the church that she connected to Bukang Liwayway.”
“We were able to visit and actively participate in the homebuilding & gardening projects.”
“I believe short term is an imperative puzzle piece that plugs into this bigger picture.”
“I was invited to determine whether the seas of Marabut could support a livelihood project.”
“Relationships & having time for other people is more important in the Manobo culture.”
“Watching them worship was so moving; their faith and love for God is inspiring.”
“Vietnam, though one nation, is in fact a colourful tapestry of 114 minority people groups…”
“I so admired his dedication, persistence and intentionality in learning about God.”
“A year later, the Hong Kong doctor and three specialist team members arrived at the airport.”
“The three stories shared here are an attempt to capture my greatest takeaways from my trip.”
“John came on a short-term team in 2004 to Chiba to help run some kids programmes at a local church.”
“How do you begin to introduce the idea of church to an area with little/no idea of Christianity?”
“TCKs have a precious time of learning together to supplement individual studies.”
“With globalisation the question of how to disciple in such a short time begins to appear.”
“With the few words I knew, I began to play some games with the children.”
“This year blew my mind in seeing what God has done, seeing Him at work.”
“After they heard the Christmas message, so many people left smiling and happy.”
“The first few times that I walked into Manggahan by myself, I walked fast and looked down.”
Whatever your age, God can use a short term mission trip to change your life.
There are other ‘hands on’ ways to become directly involved in the Great Commission.