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Dealing with Disappointment: Sharing Jesus with East Asians in Lockdown

At this time of year, many Serve Asia Workers would usually be preparing to go on short-term trips to help with God’s work in East Asia. However, in light of COVID-19, plans this year have changed. Travel restrictions mean that Christian workers are temporarily unable to go and serve overseas. This is just one way [...]

Praying together during lockdown

During the limitations and restrictions, this pandemic has brought, I think churches and individuals want and need to feel part of something bigger and brighter. Our recent virtual OMF Ireland mornings of prayer have provided one way to lean into this. Retired OMF workers, prayer group leaders, volunteers, OMF workers serving East Asians here, NextGen [...]

What does ministry training look like in lockdown?

Our second joint OMF and Friends International (FI) training day was planned to take place physically and in Cambridge on Saturday 2 May. What actually took place last Saturday, was an online conference using Zoom. Almost one hundred people, from four different continents, signed in to find out why we need to start preparing international students [...]

Dealing with the disappointment of my cancelled mission trip

Many people who would have been going on short-term mission placements this year are facing the disappointment of having their plans disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked our Serve Asia intern, James, to share his experience of dealing with his own disappointment: My name is James and I am the current UK Serve Asia [...]

Thriving in lockdown: 8 tips from missionaries who keep in contact with loved ones across the world

At the moment, when many people are trying to find ways to connect with family and friends when households are separated, we have something to learn from missionaries and the creative ways they've found to maintain meaningful connections with family and friends back home. In my role supporting over 60 families serving with OMF (UK), [...]

FAQs: OMF UK & COVID-19

Many of you will have questions about how you can continue to be connected with OMF (UK) at this time. We hope to answer some of those questions here. While some of the ways you would usually connect with us may not currently be possible, we hope there are new creative ways of connecting with [...]

COVID-19 and OMF UK

Update 20 April: At the time of writing our original statement in March, no OMF workers had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Now a small number of our workers have been infected. All are displaying mild symptoms. As far as we know, these workers have not been to any OMF office since developing these symptoms. They are […]

A postcard from Cambodia: serving in mission in later life

We’re eating Staffordshire oatcakes, but the conversation turns to curry, rice, baguettes and delicious Asian fruit. I’m lunching with Mike & Denise Woodward, who in their late 50s, gave up their jobs in England, to spend three years in Cambodia serving as Team Centre Managers with OMF. The Woodwards oversaw the smooth running of the [...]

Prayer and Mission: Looking Back on NextGen London 2019

“Let me take you back to a time when I…” Whenever I hear that. I feel like sitting back and getting comfortable as if it were storytime with grandpa. Although Viv Thomas, the speaker at NextGen London 2019, was not my grandfather(!), he had an amazing way of weaving stories into his thought-provoking teaching on [...]

Heard Nathanael on Premier Christian Radio?

If you heard Nathaniel Ayling interviewed this afternoon on Premier Christian Radio here are some of the things he spoke about. OMF in Japan NextGen Event The Serve Asia Podcast

Snapshots from International Student Ministry in Sheffield

On Monday morning, 15 July, a team of British and international students fanned out across the city centre in Sheffield to distribute flyers to international students, inviting them to join our Welcome Week activities. We were hopeful, but no one anticipated the enthusiastic response we were to see that evening! By 7pm, 60 students had [...]

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 […]

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