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East Asian cities are booming, not just with economic growth but also in population. Rural folk migrate to capital cities and provincial towns within and without the countries into other regional urban centers in search of better jobs and brighter futures.

This means ministry in the urban context today includes more than reaching the upwardly mobile ubanites, professionals, working class and student population. It also needs to serve the marginalized urban poor. These include the homeless, alcoholics, drug addicts, prisoners, etc. Materially driven, these people groups may be atheistic or may have inherited Asian traditional religions. OMF International is committed to reach, evangelize and disciple East Asians in urban areas regardless of socioeconomic status.

You could be a church planter to the Thais in Bangkok or to the slum dwellers of Manila. You could be a professional reaching businessmen in Tokyo or an English teacher reaching the working class in Taiwan. You may be a community worker in a development project helping sex workers leave their trade or ministering to ex-drug offenders in a rehabilitation service. You desire to see urban people groups thrive not just in their city environment, but also grow in the knowledge and love of Christ.

OMF International has long-term and short-term opportunities to serve the urban communities of East Asia. You should be a believer of Christ with heart for God’s kingdom and an excitement to see the Holy Spirit work amongst the nations. You should preferably have some formal ministry and bible training. Fluency in the local language is an advantage but not a prerequisite. A humble, servant-hearted attitude will be necessary. For long-term workers, the first 1-2 years will be spent in full-time language, culture and worldview study, before you serve in a ministry context. Housing in East Asia may differ from Western norm and you will need to raise your own support.

If you have a burden to reach the urban peoples of East Asia, contact us to share your vision and explore opportunities.

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