As an international and interdenominational fellowship we have retained our original beliefs, vision, mission and values; and adapted with the times. We seek to remain anchored, while forward-looking. There is no lengthened shadow of an historic leader.
Under God, we aim to appoint successive leaders who, rooted in Scripture, can distinguish between the three Ps of principles, which never change; policies, which, while not easily changed, need the freedom to adapt to their time and context; and practice, which may need to change frequently for the front line to be effective at the local level.
Ulrich & Renate Kohler have just been dedicated as field directors for OMF Thailand. Please pray for zeal to honour the Lord in their daily walk with Him and for wisdom to ask questions and establish priorities in the years ahead.
OMF Thailand is just one of 32 centres across 25 countries making up OMF International. With diverse ministries, OMF Thailand is those who lead in five regions and the Bangkok office, those who train new workers and care for members, those in local church planting teams or student work, those partnering with Thai Christians in projects and those teaching in seminaries participating with the national church.
In July 2015, over a thousand gathered in North Thailand to ‘Remember. Rejoice. Renew’. Those ’24 skillful, willing workers’ prayed for by James Hudson Taylor on Brighton beach began a movement, now 150 years old which has frontline and support teams numbering 2,500 people from 40 nations.
Let us keep active in identifying the next generation of leaders and helping them learn the lessons from history. For a movement’s culture goes deeper than policies and practice over the period that any current generation could have observed. Seeing ourselves in the sweep of history, as guardians only for the moment, brings a right sense of humility. However, we are all fallen, and no movement is without the consequences of some short sighted judgments.
OMF Thailand has just published a book, titled ‘Beyond Ourselves’, OMF in Thailand, the first 60 years. Each chapter covers a decade and tells tales of how we seek to fulfill our mission – the urgent evangelization of Thailand. This history project is valuable reading for previous, current and potential cross-cultural workers. Please contact us if you would like a free copy of Beyond Ourselves and please pray with us for 15 new workers to join OMF Thailand each year.
With excerpts from an essay, ‘Staying Aligned’, by Julia Cameron, used with permission, found at https://www.lausanne.org/content/lga/2016-07/omf-at-150