To love God and others in our world today requires a willingness to know and share God’s word through discipleship of others.
Hudson Taylor, the founder and former leader of OMF International (OMF) believed that “God’s work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.” As a result, OMF’s philosophy is dependence on God for the ministry’s provision through the reliance of a free will offering of God’s people.
In Matthew 22:36-42 when Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’”
We believe missionaries—and those called to full-time ministry—are uniquely qualified to disciple believers and non-believers alike. Paul directs us in Romans 12:2 to “not to conform to the patterns of this world.” Missionaries exercise obedience to the call God has put on their lives, by choosing to serve God instead of themselves. The cultural misconception of “fundraising” is to benefit oneself versus inviting others into partnership based on a missionary’s laboring on behalf of others. This is a critical and biblical distinction that must be made.
We live in a world focused on materialism. There is a tremendous need to introduce and reiterate what David reminds us in 1Chronicles 29:11, that “everything in the heavens and earth is yours O Lord and this is your Kingdom.” We should be better stewards of God’s resources. In Matthew 6:20-21 we are commanded to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moths and vermin do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
There is a need for accurate and honest communication regarding how Christians are called to view their finances and engage in world evangelism. We see this need for intentional discipleship and loving encouragement as part of our role as developers for the kingdom of God. Only as we share openly and frequently about these truths can we truly partner together for the sake of East Asia’s people.