Serve Asia is OMF’s program for those who want to serve East Asia’s peoples for anything from 2 weeks up to 12 months. With a focus on mission discipleship, it is designed to equip and encourage participants, and their sending communities, to find their place in all that God is doing in East Asia and beyond.
Serve Asia doesn’t just focus on “going” in mission and “doing” something. It’s about learning and discovering more about what is at the center of God’s heart. It’s a journey of learning more about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and following him into places that need to hear the Good News. Serve Asia is therefore not just about the short-term, it’s about gaining long-term vision and being part of God’s global mission.
Each year more than 700 short-term workers from 25 different countries serve among East Asia’s peoples. More than half of Serve Asia workers are ethnically East Asian. And while most workers are under the age of 30, OMF is also seeing a growing number of retirees participating in the program.
A community of Serve Asia Coordinators, Mission Mentors and Mobilizers around the world is responsible for journeying with Serve Asia workers. Though a lot of their time is spent organizing Serve Asia trips, they are most passionate about discipling Serve Asia workers, seeing lives transformed and helping people to find their place in mission.
An important part of any Serve Asia experience is the opportunity it gives to spend time with long-term workers, get involved in ministries and gain insight into what life is really like in cross-cultural mission. OMF’s hope is also for each placement to be a meaningful part of a Serve Asia worker’s lifelong growth as a disciple of Jesus.
Serve Asia offers short-term placements in a wide range of ministry areas. In addition to experiencing what mission is like, it is also important that Serve Asia placements give participants the opportunity to be directly involved in helping to share the gospel with the least-reached peoples of East Asia.
OMF regularly partners with churches, Bible colleges, seminaries, schools and even other organizations to send individuals and teams to East Asia. Through Serve Asia, the hope is for individuals not just to grow as disciples of Jesus but also for them and their sending communities to find ways to be strategically involved in reaching East Asia’s peoples.
Is God leading you to serve East Asia’s unreached peoples firsthand? For more information visit omf.org/serveasia.
We are also praying for more coordinators, mission mentors and mobilizers. Could you be one of them? For opportunities to support those reaching the unreached through Serve Asia visit opportunities.omf.org.
Mobilizing your community to join God’s work through Serve Asia is a vital ministry. Will you encourage others to pray and serve? What resonates in your heart? How do you want to get involved? Visit omf.org/serveasia for more information.
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