For nearly 150 years OMF International has seen God call and equip men and women through whom he has touched millions of lives for eternity. OMF International was founded as the China Inland Mission on June 25, 1865. It was then that James Hudson Taylor knelt upon the beach at Brighton, England and “prayed for twenty-four willing, skillful laborers” to reach the inland provinces of China. His trust in his faithful God and determined love for the people of China drove him to his knees and to the innermost provinces with the gospel. The same faith and passion drives OMF International to bring the hope of Jesus to East Asians throughout the world today.
OMF International teams serve Buddhists, Muslims, animists and atheists in both urban and rural settings from Mongolia in the north to Indonesia in the south, from Myanmar through China eastward through the Philippines … and many other places in the world where Asians now call home. Our aim is to see Christ’s church established, developed and spreading the gospel. Click below to see the various ways OMF International brings hope:
Jesus is hope. Across the world there are billions of East Asians who don’t know him. Some have never even heard his name. Even as in recent years we have seen the surging growth of the church in locations around Asia such as China, Mongolia and Thailand, our hearts are set on pressing forward to those who are yet unreached with the gospel. Life by life, community by community … redemption ushers in hope. Read their stories.
As Mr. Nohara sat through a friend’s funeral, the young, Japanese law school student was captured by the messages of hope given by Christians at the service. Compelled and wanting to learn more, Mr. Nohara began biking regularly to church to attend worship services and Bible studies. One might think that the distance and inclement […]
Article featured in 2014 East Asia Insight Q2 Fourteen years ago, a Christian worker led Lek, a woman from Southeast Asia, to the Lord. Lek eagerly read her Bible to learn more about God. Aside from sporadic visits from a Christian friend who lived outside the country, Lek’s spiritual development largely happened in isolation. Even […]
Article featured in 2014 East Asia Insight Q2 Despite professional and material success, Carl,* a Chinese intellectual, could not get rid of his feelings of loneliness, emptiness and helplessness. Friends and relatives could not help. Reading celebrity biographies did not work. He felt lost in the wilderness. After Carl’s wife and son took a yearlong […]
by Managing Editor, OMF UK Christians in East Asia are seeing a growing number of Muslims wanting to read about Jesus in the New Testament, and longing to know him for themselves. Hamid was an unhappy man. His wife, along with 24 other villagers, had committed their lives to Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah). He tried […]
A tearful mother and her only child sat on the bamboo platform outside their one-roomed shack in a village in the central plains of a Southeast Asian country. At nine years old, Mie Mie should have been in school, but she was so disabled she could not even move her arms and legs, or make […]
Chau Seo Giao is a Hmong Christian leader in northern Vietnam. One day, the local authorities came to his house and took him away for interrogation. Chau was held for 24 hours without food or water. The authorities wanted him to give up his faith and lead the people back to their traditional animistic practices. […]
Attend services at any of Ho Chi Minh City’s larger churches and you are likely to witness a steady stream of people “praying the prayer” to receive Jesus as their Savior. Whether in regular services or special outreach events, altar calls are often made. Praise God that his church in Vietnam is so concerned for […]
By an OMF worker in Thailand It is incredibly difficult for a Shan person to profess Christian faith in an entirely Buddhist society. Take the three new Christians in Huay Phaa, for example: Tim*, John* and Melissa*. Tim, a young guy, is due to harvest his family’s rice field in two days. In order to […]