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Introducing OMF's new General Director

Joseph Chang, with Lori, has been appointed as the next General Director for OMF. He took over from Patrick Fung, who has been General Director since 2006, on 27 November at an event for OMF leaders in Thailand.

Joseph is OMF’s 11th General Director in its nearly 160-year history. Trained as a medical doctor, Joseph started his ministries in community health development. Later, he became involved in diaspora and returnee ministries, reaching out to Thai and Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan and assisting them in church planting back home. Subsequently, Joseph became the Executive Director of a ministry where he oversaw non-governmental organisations
and marketplace ministries, as well as missional businesses. Most recently, Joseph has been an International Director and a member of OMF’s International Leadership Team since January 2020.

Joseph & Lori have two adult children, Mu-Hsin and Mu Yin. Originally from Taiwan, Joseph & Lori will relocate and be based in Singapore.

We thank Patrick & Jennie Fung for their dedication and work with OMF. They are looking forward to continuing to serve with OMF in a different capacity, with Patrick taking on the role of OMF Global Ambassador.

Hidden in Plain Sight

We believe God’s heart for the nations is revealed throughout the whole Bible and doesn’t just appear in the Great Commission in Matthew 28. So how do you demonstrate that in a creative way?

Our new seven-part animated video series Hidden In Plain Sight reveals God’s heart for the nations from Genesis to Revelation. Each of the thought-provoking 2-to-3-minute videos tackle a different part of the Bible, showing how the unfolding story of God’s love includes all nations.

We’ve developed a set of discussion questions for each video. So why not watch the videos with a small group and let them fuel a conversation about sharing the good news of Jesus with others.

Watch the series and find the discussion questions at
omf.org/uk/hiddeninplainsight

Work+Go Manchester 2023

Our second Work+Go event took place in Manchester on 4 November. Workers from around the UK gathered to explore how having an international career and sharing the good news of Jesus cross-culturally can go together.

Plenary speakers included President of OM USA Andrew Scott, Daniel Ghinn, founder of Worship.Works and Sarah Hunter, who shared about her international roles at GlaxoSmithKline and opportunities to live for Jesus in her career.

The main sessions highlighted the value of work in God’s world and inspired and equipped delegates to share the good news of Jesus in their workplaces.

Practical seminars brought together workers from the charity sector, computer coders and healthcare professionals to explore how knowing Jesus shapes and transforms their vocation and how it connects with the wider culture.

The event also saw the formal launch of the Work+Go Pathway, which aims to equip and send marketplace workers to East Asia to live and work among people with few opportunities to hear about Jesus, making the most of the gospel opportunities that presents. The Pathway provides marketplace workers with specific cross-cultural training to help them prepare to serve in their workplaces in East Asia, to partner with their local church in sending them and connects them with other Christian workers in their destination country. By the time you read this we’re hopeful that the first worker will already be beginning their international role through OMF (UK) and the Work+Go Pathway.

Ngaira Smith 
OMF (UK) Workplace Ministries Project Manager 

Treasurer Vacancy

We are looking for a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees. This is a key governance role. The Treasurer leads the Board in its consideration of all financial and accounting matters of OMF UK. This voluntary role requires an accountancy qualification and involves a time commitment of approximately 12 -15 days per year.
If you are interested in applying to become Treasurer, know someone who might suit the role, or would like to find out more please visit omf.org/uk/treasurer

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