Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. (Isaiah 25:1)
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

For 150 years, Christians all over the world have sung out with passion the chorus of the great hymn, To God be the Glory: “Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice; Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice; Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory; great things He hath done.” As we start off 2024 we would like to look back on all the answered prayer this past year and join together with one voice proclaiming, “To God be the glory; great things He has done!”

January 1 • Unity among teams

OMF began with one man praying for 24 workers to go to China. Today, our team of over 2,500 people from over 40 countries serve East Asian people around the world. Praise the Lord!

January 2 • Laos

Thank God for over 1,200 churches in Laos and a growing number of believers who patiently endure hardship as a result of their faith.

January 3 • Expanding work in Taiwan

The ministry to working-class shopworkers, which began in Taipei, has expanded with new outreaches in the cities of Hsinchu and Kaohsiung.

January 4 • New candidates

​​​​​​​God has continued to bring high quality candidates throughout this past year. Japan has the highest interest. Praise God we have refined our process to improve the candidate experience.

January 5 • Healthcare missions

Praise God that there is a 3-year memorandum of understanding with a hospital in a SE minority region.

 January 6 • Projects in Japan

OMF is part of a project in Hokkaido that aims to see city and countryside churches cooperating together in worship and prayer, as well as sharing gifts and resources. They find creative ways for churches and their members to use their gifts, encouraging and empowering them. Praise God for this project.

January 7 • Better connections

Praise God for the gift of new software (Microsoft 365) that has given our U.S. Third Culture Kid (TCK) Care Team tremendous opportunities for better connection and organization with each other as well as with the families we serve.

January 8 • U.S. Member Care

Praise the Lord as he has blessed OMF Member Care this past year, adding to their number and knitting them together as a multi-faceted team. Praise the Lord for their joy in connecting with and coming alongside workers, especially during the summer Home-side Encouragement & Retreat Time (HEART), as well as for opportunities in professional development from conferences and trainings.

January 9 • Going home to share

Give thanks for the number of diaspora peoples taking the good news back to their hometowns and family members.

January 10 • U.S. Development Team

The Development Team has connected with a ministry partners for the last two months of 2023. The phone conversations have been profound and edifying. The feedback is helpful in understanding the needs of those who support the U.S. Team. Praise God for the body of Christ as we work together for the needs of East Asia’s billions.

January 11 • Bouyei believers

Praise God for Bouyei believers who have wandered to far away cities and foreign countries to do what God has called them to do.

January 12 • Cambodia

​​​​​​​Praise God for the growing vision and independence of the Khmer church. Fellowship Churches of Cambodia (FCC) were planted by OMF over the last 30 years. Several of them have been handed over to the Khmer. It is exciting to see the initiative FCC took in 2023. They have organized a church training, youth events, and sent a short-term team to Snuol to encourage a new church. Praise God for what He has done and is continuing to do through the Khmer believers.

January 13 • Restrictions lifted

Covid related travel restrictions for tourists were removed in September 2023, allowing for Serve Asia workers to freely come to Taiwan, a huge praise!

January 14 • Serve Asia

Praise God for 64 Serve Asia participants who served East Asia’s peoples in 2023. We rejoice that a woman in northern Thailand came to faith after a Serve Asia participant shared God’s Word with her. Now the long-term team can follow-up and disciple her.

January 15 • U.S. IT

Thank God for adding two new members to the IT team, increasing our capacity to serve the U.S. team well. We’re thankful we have reached the end of the year with Microsoft 365 up and running, giving the team new tools for the ministry God has called us to.

January 16 • Mental health professionals

The mental health needs in Cambodia have been daunting at times. But years of planting seeds in the lives of others with God’s direction have started to produce sprouts that are turning into more stable, mature plants. Three people have recently completed higher education degrees with several more working toward this end. Praise God for raising up these mental health professionals in the Khmer church!

January 17 • U.S. team growth

Praise God for bringing and preparing the right people to the right positions in His timing. God has increased the U.S. team in abundant ways in 2023.

January 18 • Legally registered

The Pearl Family Garden (outreach to women in the sex trade) has been given interim approval by the Taiwan government to be legally registered as an association, a necessary and difficult step in the full indigenization of this ministry. 

January 19 • Gathering with other believers

For believers in some Southeast Asian countries who live with restrictions on their faith, it can be a great blessing and encouragement to meet with other believers in a large gathering. Such an occurrence happened recently as 5,000 believers from different countries went to Malaysia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Bario Revival. Praise God for a rich time of fellowship, anointing, teaching and a fresh stirring of the Holy Spirit.

January 20 • Social Media

​​​​​​Praise God that in places where the population seems closed to the Good News, He is calling people to Himself. Several teams are finding people of peace through social media and the gospel is being shared with online conversations and in-person visits.

January 21 • Shan

We are seeing the Thai send missionaries to the Shan, Shan believers reaching out to their own people through evangelism and radio ministries, and new foreign missionaries coming to reach the Shan.

January 22 • Hudson Taylor movie

​​​​​Praise God for funding progress for the Hudson Taylor movie project — over USD$1.5 million has been received so far toward the USD$7 million production budget.

January 23 • Prayer in Japan

Praise God that six short-term prayer journey teams have visited the Tohoku region of Japan in 2023 to support the various ministries through their prayers.

January 24 • Partnering with churches

In 2023 many U.S. churches took steps to get more involved in missions. Praise God for the engagement and consultation opportunities between churches and OMF.

January 25 • Mission Conferences

Praise God for Mission Conferences in Thailand! Some have been for Asian youth in general and some for Thai Christians specifically. Hundreds of people are attending and showing interest in missions!

January 26 • Partnerships

Praise God for open doors to partner with a new group of churches in the Kanto region (Japan) that share our vision.

January 27 • Thailand

Praise the Lord that Thailand still has freedom of religion. There are a myriad of opportunities to share the gospel, make disciples and establish churches. Praise the Lord that OMF has visas so that they can teach the Christian faith in Thailand.

January 28 • Meeting together

In May 2023 there was a gathering of OMF TCK workers from all over the world. Praise God for the fellowship and collaboration of the ones who serve our families and children.

January 29 • Children’s book in Khmer

Praise God that Hudson Taylor’s story for children, Hudson Taylor and the Great Impossible, was published in November 2023 in Khmer. Pray this book will bring God glory in Cambodia!

January 30 • Faithfulness in hardship

Faithful believers continue to meet together to worship, pray and study scripture despite persecution and hardship. Praise the Lord for faithful brothers and sisters all over the world.

January 31 • All the details

God, we praise you for all the details you work out to get workers into East Asia. From visas to work permits to schooling options for kids to housing to plane tickets, you are in all the details! Praise God that He is Jehovah Jireh–the God who provides.

Click here to download the January 2024 Prayer Powerlines.

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