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  • 31 Jul
    Ep 11 | Poverty and the Hope of the Gospel

    Ep 11 | Poverty and the Hope of the Gospel

    Steve and his family are from the UK, but now live and work in a poverty-stricken city in East Asia. They are developing grass-root initiatives to help raise people out of these hard conditions, demonstrating the good news of the coming kingdom, and seeking opportunities to share how Jesus brings right relationship with God.

    Get in touch:
    Instagram @serveasiapodcast
    Email: uk.podcast@omfmail.com

    By Ryan Hunt Podcast
  • 18 Jul
    Letter addressing events related to a former OMF UK member

    Letter addressing events related to a former OMF UK member

    An Open Letter

    A former OMF member’s alleged misconduct in the 1990s and the early 2000s

    To whom it may concern:

    OMF International has recently received letters of complaints that, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, three women were inappropriately and forcefully touched by an OMF missionary who had worked extensively in Indonesia.

    OMF International deplores both, the behaviour alleged and that a missionary may have misused his ministry platform and the established trust with these women. This missionary’s alleged behaviour contravenes the standards and values expected of all our members.

    When the complaints were recently received by OMF International, the missionary had already stopped working with OMF for a number of years. OMF International UK has reported the allegations to the UK police, the UK Charity Commission, as well as the relevant Safeguarding Officer in the Church of England. It is not possible for OMF International UK to report to the local police, where the alleged incidents happened, as any report must be made by the victim directly in that jurisdiction. OMF is currently reaching out to the three women who came forward, to render any assistance needed.

    OMF is deeply sorry for any pain suffered by those affected by these allegations.

    OMF would like to convey our gratitude to those who have stepped forward and courageously raised their experiences with us. Our hope is that OMF’s acknowledgement of these allegations and the taking of appropriate action in relation to them will engender trust, and thereby encourage others who may have also been affected by this missionary’s behaviour to come forward. Persons affected are asked to write in to: Sam.Wunderli@omfmail.com.

    Such conduct is absolutely unacceptable to OMF. OMF International is committed to holding those who cause harm or behave inappropriately to account for their actions, while supporting those affected.

    Yours sincerely in Christ,

    For OMF International,

    Sam Wunderli

    Assistant General Director

    By Ryan Hunt Article
  • 04 Jul
    10 Reasons Why You Should Do an OMF Internship

    10 Reasons Why You Should Do an OMF Internship

    There are hundreds of Christian internships to choose from, so why do one with OMF?

    We asked past and current interns and their colleagues in the National Office.

    Here’s what they came up with:

    You get to…

    1) Do more than make coffee and photocopies

    OMF interns get to do a whole lot more than making coffee! They make a real contribution to our UK office team, using their skills to work on a whole range of exciting projects, whether it’s developing the handbook for our short-term workers, helping process their applications or producing content for social media.
    (Though, if you want to learn how to make coffee to a barista standard, we can help with that too!)

    Hear from our intern who never made coffee.

    2) Use your skills to contribute to God’s mission

    One of the most exciting things about doing an OMF internship is that you get to use your skills in a wide range of projects and tasks that tangibly contribute to God’s mission.

    3) Be flexible

    We welcome applications from anyone 18 and over. And an OMF internship can be a great experience before or after uni.

    We offer two internships. Our mission intern works with our Serve Asia short-term mission department while our media intern works in the communications team.

    There are also a number of options depending on the time you have available. Our mission internship is for 11 months while our media internship can be taken part-time, for 3 to 6 months or for up to 11 months.

    4) Gain practical workplace experience

    This experience, either before or after a university or college course, can give you an edge over other students or applicants for future jobs. And aspects from the internships can tie up with courses as diverse as film studies, history, English language and human resources.

    Interns also get real-life experience of areas of media interest or human resources, so you can try them out and see if they’re for you. In fact, through their time with us some of our past interns have developed their skills and found their path to their ideal career.

    5) Meet real-life missionaries (and other cool people)

    Based at the OMF UK National Office in Kent, you’ll get to meet OMF workers back in the UK and hear their stories of faith, service and how God is at work. Interns also get to meet new missionaries preparing to go out to East Asia and hear how God has been at work in their lives. And the UK National Office team are a pretty cool bunch too.

    6) Grow in your discipleship

    An OMF Internship isn’t just about developing your professional skills, it’s also about your discipleship. We’re passionate about learning from and living out God’s word in our daily lives and in mission. So a key part of our internships is training that helps you to grow in your knowledge of God and of his heart for mission. This may include weekly training sessions through a local church as well as in-house training modules. In addition, we have daily prayer times and weekly Bible devotions in our office.

    7) Experience East Asia

    You don’t stay in the office for the whole internship: we want you to experience our workers’ ministry first-hand and to see God in East Asia. Your time in East Asia (usually a month ) takes place as part of our Serve Asia short-term mission programme, which makes sure you are appropriately prepared for, supported during and debriefed after your placement. We seek to ensure that your time in East Asia gives you the chance to be involved in the ministry or country that excites you most, best fits the gifts God has given you, and matches opportunities for meaning partnership with those in East Asia.

    8) Have fun!

    There are loads of great spiritual and professional reasons to do an OMF internship, but it’s also a lot of fun. From team building days involving escape rooms, duck herding (yes, really) to more serious spiritual retreats. And office activities like skipping at lunchtime (which is optional, of course)!

    9) Work inter-denominationally

    OMF is an inter-denominational organisation. This means that working with us you may get to hear new perspectives and meet people with different church backgrounds to your own, but also focus on how we unite together in God’s mission.

    10) Join an experienced team

    OMF has been involved in equipping and training people to get involved in God’s mission for over 150 years. We’ve been running these internships for several years and have loved seeing God develop the next generation of Christians using their professional skills for God’s glory. Could you be next?

    By reubeng Article Uncategorized
  • 13 May
    Ep 10 | How Do You Know If You’re Called to Go?

    Ep 10 | How Do You Know If You’re Called to Go?

    Levi Booth returns to the podcast (listen to Episode 2 for his previous interview) to talk about his new book ‘Ultimate Grace’.

    In the episode, we talk about the importance of local church, the joy and sacrifice of mission, whether you have to wait for a ‘calling’, how your passions can be used as a bridge to share about your passion for Jesus, and more.

    Win a copy of the book

    We are giving away 3 signed copies of Levi’s book ‘Ultimate Grace’. To enter with your chance to win, simply share the podcast, and send us a screenshot as proof – whether you’ve shared it in an email, a text message, on your social media, or however else.

    Email your screenshot to: uk.podcast@omfmail.com or send a direct message to us on Instagram @serveasiapodcast

    We can send the book to a UK address only.
    Terms and Conditions can be found here.

    Hear more from Levi

    gritgracejapan.com

    Follow @gritgracejapan on Instagram

    By Ryan Hunt Podcast
  • 25 Apr
    Ep 9 | Our Muslims Neighbours and Ramadan

    Ep 9 | Our Muslims Neighbours and Ramadan

    Dr. G lived in an Muslim community in East Asia for 10 years. In this episode, Dr. G teaches us about the Islamic festival of Ramadan. We hear about what it looked like in his East Asian context, as well as what it’s like in the UK, and what opportunities there are for Christians to build relationships with their Muslim neighbours during Ramadan.

    Ramadan 2019 in United Kingdom will begin in the evening of Sunday, 5 May and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 4 June (dates may vary)

    Resources:

    Get in touch:
    Instagram @serveasiapodcast
    Email: uk.podcast@omfmail.com

    By Ryan Hunt Podcast
  • 21 Mar
    Ep 8 | The ABC of Sharing Jesus

    Ep 8 | The ABC of Sharing Jesus

    Rob is a Marine Biologist who loves sharing Jesus, East Asia and… fish. How do these 3 passions come together?

    In this episode, we hear a first-hand account of someone who’s profession opened the opportunity to move with his family to the other side of the world, so that they could have the opportunity to share the hope of the gospel.

    Rob speaks about:

    • experiencing culture-shock
    • how God uses people of all different shapes, sizes & passions
    • a simple model for being ready to share Jesus, no matter where you are in the world

    and much more.

    Be sure to subscribe to get alerts when new episodes are released, and follow us on Instagram @serveasiapodcast

    Get in touch

    uk.podcast@omfmail.com
    Direct message on Instagram @serveasiapodcast

    By Ryan Hunt Podcast
  • 21 Jan
    Ep7 | Why the Gospel Is Bigger than You Might Think

    Ep7 | Why the Gospel Is Bigger than You Might Think

    Is the gospel just about fighting for social justice, or is it just about seeing individual souls saved? In this episode, Donna Jennings explains that an authentic gospel witness that is faithful to the scriptures doesn’t make a dichotomy out of these two things. We look at the common pitfalls and misunderstandings that Christians can have about the gospel, and what it can look like when a community of Jesus followers proclaims the gospel in all of its fullness.

    Donna’s Recommendations

    Books

    Personality Typing
    Enneagram test

    All Things New – National Conference
    Book onto the conference here

    Get in touch with your local OMF Representative

    By Ryan Hunt Podcast
  • 03 Jan
    Meet our Media Intern

    Meet our Media Intern

    Stephen joined us in September 2018 to do one of the OMF Internships, specifically the Media Internship. Here’s a little bit about him and why he joined us…


    Tell us about your background
    I was born in Chengdu, China, and have spent 14 years of my life there as a Third Culture Kid (TCK). I moved back to the UK in April to Bournemouth until moving over here to Kent in September. I’ve just finished secondary school this summer and I have a Foundation Diploma in Art, Design, and Media.

    What hobbies do you have?
    My biggest hobby right now is by far photography. It’s just about all I ever do in my free time. I have started taking an interest in filmmaking and it is something I am hoping to pursue more in the future. I’m also a big football fan and enjoy both watching and playing football. I enjoy playing in defence and my favourite football club is Southampton FC.

    Why did you apply for the Media Internship?
    I wanted to apply for a media internship because I hope to gain valuable work experience in media production and learn to work as part of a team before I go to university.

    What are you hoping to get out of this year?
    As well as gaining valuable work experience, I hope to broaden my skills in branches of media that I am not very familiar with, such as design and illustration. I hope that my experiences and familiarity with China and East Asia will be beneficial to the work I will be doing at OMF. As a young maturing Christian, I also want to work in an environment that can help strengthen my faith in Christ.

    What do you hope to do in the future?
    As for the future, I know that I want to do something behind a camera lens! What exactly that is, I’m not sure yet, but I know that ultimately I want to use it to serve God. I will most likely be going to Bournemouth University in September 2019 to study Film for three or four years, and then after that on to wherever God takes me on from there!


    If you are interested in the OMF Internships (or know of anyone who might be) then check out/pass on the Internship page for more information.

  • 25 Oct
    Ep6: “Solid, lasting missionary work”

    Ep6: “Solid, lasting missionary work”

    “Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work.” – Oswald Chambers

    The final episode of our mini-series on ‘Technology’ is all about helping you to pray for the things that we’ve explored in the first five episodes.

    It opens with a story from over 100 years ago about how a humble prayer group in England contributed to Gospel advance in a people group in China.

    We hope that this mini-series has blessed you. The Serve Asia Podcast will continue in the new year with fresh content for your ears.

    Be sure to subscribe to get alerts when new episodes are released, and follow us on Instagram @serveasiapodcast

    Get in touch

    uk.podcast@omfmail.com
    Direct message on Instagram @serveasiapodcast

    Music

    Organic Meditations Two Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

    **http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/**

    By Ryan Hunt Podcast
  • 18 Oct
    Ep5: How Instagram Changed Short-Term Mission and Representing Christ Online

    Ep5: How Instagram Changed Short-Term Mission and Representing Christ Online

    In this episode of The Serve Asia Podcast we interview Heather who works for OMF International in Digital Communications.

    We pick her brains about using social media in a way that is honouring of Christ, and how we have to remember that everyone behind a digital profile is an image-bearer of God.

    Heather reflects on the way in which Instagram has affected perception of short-term mission, and how important it is to keep short-term mission trips Christ-centered.

    For information about Nextgen 2018 and to book, visit:

    omf.org/uk/nextgen

     

    By Ryan Hunt Podcast
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