OMF International, formerly the China Inland Mission (CIM), was founded by J.Hudson Taylor in 1865. CIM was a forerunner of the faith missions movement, which became one of the most respected missions working in China.
Hudson Taylor and the mission’s early pioneers felt compelled to obey Christ’s command to preach the Gospel to all and committed their lives to planting churches in every inland province of China.
In 1951, CIM made a reluctant exodus from China. The leadership responded to God’s challenge to redeploy CIM missionaries to the East Asian nations that rimmed China. This represented a new beginning for CIM, which was renamed Overseas Missionary Fellowship in 1964 and become OMF International in 1993.
As part of an international body of more than 1400 members from 30 nations reaching 70 people groups in Easia Sia, OMF Singapore is committed to mobilise Singaporeans for the urgent evangelisation of East Asia’s millions.
|1832||James Hudson Taylor is born.|
|1853||Hudson Taylor embarks on his first missionary voyage to China.|
|1865||Taylor founds the CIM (China Inland Mission).|
|1866||Taylor, his wife, four children and 16 missionaries, sail for China. During the journey 20 crew members become Christians.|
|1900||The Boxer Uprising. Thousands of Chinese Christians and hundreds of missionaries are murdered, including 58 adults and 21 children from CIM.|
|1905||Taylor dies in Changsha, China, aged 73.|
|1949||The Communists take over China.|
|1950||The evacuation of CIM workers begins.|
|1953||The ‘reluctant exodus’ of CIM workers is complete. OMF missionaries are now working in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.|
|1975||OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) and BEM (Borneo Evangelical Mission) integrate their work.|
|1980||Rapid changes in East Asia’s economy enable Christians with professional skills to work in countries that are closed to traditional missionary work.|
|2006||Patrick Fung takes over as OMF’s first Asian General Director|
|now||We currently have just under 1400 members from 40 nations working throughout East Asia , and serving in Western nations where East Asians work or study .|