At OMF, “Six Ways to Reach God’s World” are: going, praying, sending, welcoming, mobilizing and learning. We like people to think of these as habits that World Christians practise regularly in their lifestyle.
These are six significant ways you can contribute to God’s work in the world. As you read through it, think about how you can serve God now and in the future.
In the ongoing work of the Kingdom of God, nothing is more important than intercessory prayer (Richard Foster). Interceding, or talking to God about the needs of other people, is a vital activity to growing God’s church. Commit to praying for a specific missionary, ministry, or people group (II Thessalonians 3:1).
Often lost in the going of missions is the sending. Missionaries do not just go overseas: God’s people send them. As we so often find throughout the New Testament, the sending and going relationship is one of interdependence: the sender needs the one who goes, and the one who goes needs the sender. Intentionally send missionaries through encouragement, logistical support, and financial giving (Romans 10:15).
Thousands of students from the region around us have come to Singapore to study. Of these, many come from the unreached parts of the world or from countries where the Gospel cannot be shared freely. God can use you in cross-cultural ministry in your city right now. Find a local English class or international student group to serve during the years these future influencers live in your neighborhood (I Kings 8:41-43).
Have you heard glamorous stories of missionary jungle life? What about tales of extreme risk, suffering, and faith that seem well beyond the capacity of the average Christian? God doesn’t call super-Christians to be missionaries; he calls you to live for him in another place. For some, this is just for a few weeks on a short-term trip. He gives others the opportunity for deep impact and strong relationships through many years of life in another country. Give God freedom to place you overseas for as long as he chooses (Luke 4:43).
Picture yourself trying to build a new house. Would your first few days of work be more strategically used cutting wood or finding committed friends to build with you? Mobilization is drawing others into the work of building God’s church. It’s so much more about steadily encouraging people you know than it is about speaking at a conference. Share the vision God has given you with people you know (Luke 10:2).
Explore and study what God has stirred up in your heart. Equip yourself to be fully successful in the missions ministries God gives you. There are excellent resources available in every area of missions involvement, just like the training you received for your career. Take a class or read a book to strengthen your ministry.
How many of these opportunities are God leading you to right now? Are there any of the Six Practices that you see God preparing you to do in the future? Contact us with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us in discovering what God is doing in various countries in Asia – you can PRAY for OMF’s work & missionaries, GO on a short-term trip, SUPPORT OMF workers and help to MOBILISE for OMF’s work among East Asians.