Homeside Ministry Teams

Resources

Here you will find a compilation of resources that we believe will be useful for HMT or general use. We attempt to keep this list up to date, however if you notice any issues with the links or if you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

For general information about OMF, please visit our OMF website.

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Prayer resources


Country resources

  • News items for their country – stay sensitive to news and what is going on
  • OMF prayer group and prayer letter for a particular country
  • Operation World
  • Asia Harvest for an extract of profiles of countries in Asia from various sources
  • World factbook on countries including leaders and maps
  • A People Loved aims to educate people about South East Asia’s Muslims


Recommended Books / videos


Missionary care


Mission websites

  • The Traveling Team (a US-based organisation which focuses on Campus Mobilisers on every campus in US)
  • Mission Frontiers (a US-based bi-monthly magazine dedicated to fostering and supporting a global movement to establish indigenous and self-reproducing church planting movements)
  • US-based Missions Resource Network exists to help Churches of Christ plant strong congregations around the world through strategic vision, equipping for missions, planting church worldwide and nurturing missionaries
  • The Joshua Project is a research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups with the fewest followers of Jesus Christ
  • Persecution.org (A website seeking to bridge between the Western Church and suffering Christians around the world by providing daily news on Christian persecution in over 45 countries)
  • Second Wind (An Aussie-based organisation that helps Aussie believers in their 40s and over to use their life and career skills to share their faith in cross-cultural situations)
  • https://sites.google.com/site/missionforchurches/ (Resources for website)


Learning a 2nd language


From a missionary couple

1. What has the sending role looked like in practice? 

3 John 8.  Goers and senders are co-workers of the truth. Senders are not just playing a secondary role behind the scene.  Rather they are as important as the field workers.  It is like the two blades of a pair of scissors.  We would have been very limited and ineffective if we were trying to do all the work of mission by ourselves.  We see them not just as a source of finance or prayers, but rather as genuine partners with us in our ministry.  They have an interest and a burden for our field country and their people, and not just passionate for us because we are their friends.

2. What are some of the ways your church, HMT and supporters have partnered with you, and how that has contributed to your work?

  • Communication – regular news from HMT, feedback re newsletter/news update. Giving encouragement/morale support. One HMT member called the wife when the husband was away.  We did our best to inform them and as a result we felt that they were involved in our work.
  • Prayer – individually and as an HMT team/prayer group, especially at times when we face special challenges and difficult situations.  Many times we were at our wits end.  It was a huge comfort to know that we are in their prayers, and that we are seeking Father’s will and His grace for our ministry. They truly wrestle with us in prayer (Romans 15:30).
  • Practical help – sending out newsletters, emails, get stuff we need (e.g. baking utensils, ingredients, tax return etc.)
  • Visit on the field – one HMT member visited us in early October, and another couple in December.  The sweet fellowship and their understanding of our work and our situation brought us closer as partners.
  • Financial support – supporters and churches have given sacrificially and generously.  Otherwise, we would not be able to serve on the field.
  • Serve Asia programme – two couples came short term, and a single came short term over our term. We are encouraged by their direct participation and contribution to our field work.
  • Support to our family in Sydney – This is the first time we left our daughters behind.  The HMT and a few friends from church have reached out to them when they faced specific needs – moving home, looking for a second hand car, when car broke down, cooking food for my daughter when she was truly busy etc.  It was a great relief that others were able to fulfil what we would dearly love to be able to do for our children.


From an HMT member 

1. What motivated you to get involved in being a sender?

I came to know our missionaries through church and we were in the same care group. They used to share about their work and their passion for the people of their field country in the care group meetings.  They distributed the prayer bulletins and prayer letters about the country too.  That piqued my interest and gradually I started to attend the Prayer Group for that country at OMF office.

It was a step by step progression and brings to mind the 6 ways to reach programme:

a. Learn – about the country and her people

b. Pray

c. Go

d. Send

e. Welcome

f. Mobilise

When our missionaries left for the field, I was invited to be part of their Homeside Ministry Team. Being a sender, I learned so much and am still learning. It is so exciting to see how God is working amongst people in that part of the world.

2. What have been the joys of partnering with your missionaries?

Partnering with our missionaries has enabled me to see how much work there is still to take the gospel to so many who have not heard. What little we give to God, He has increased manifold and His work is growing and touching lives.

I have come to know of so many who have a heart for missions and are standing in the gap interceding for God’s work in that corner of the world.

To me the special joy is knowing that there are Christians inside that country, who despite so many challenges are holding on firmly to their faith. That is a great encouragement to me to continue to pray for them.

3. What has helped you to take part in Father’s work in the field country?

Through our missionaries, I have also learned to see the bigger picture to include their team members and their families, the wider missionary community, the people and also the country.

Encouraging other Christians to be interested in the work in the field country, reading books on being a sender and attending workshops are some of the ways that has helped with being more involved. As some of the members of our HMT have been to visit our missionaries, I hope to be able to do so too in the future.

From a missionary couple
 

1. What has the sending role looked like in practice? 

3 John 8.  Goers and senders are co-workers of the truth. Senders are not just playing a secondary role behind the scene.  Rather they are as important as the field workers.  It is like the two blades of a pair of scissors.  We would have been very limited and ineffective if we were trying to do all the work of mission by ourselves.  We see them not just as a source of finance or prayers, but rather as genuine partners with us in our ministry.  They have an interest and a burden for our field country and their people, and not just passionate for us because we are their friends.

2. What are some of the ways your church, HMT and supporters have partnered with you, and how that has contributed to your work?

  • Communication – regular news from HMT, feedback re newsletter/news update. Giving encouragement/morale support. One HMT member called the wife when the husband was away.  We did our best to inform them and as a result we felt that they were involved in our work.
  • Prayer – individually and as an HMT team/prayer group, especially at times when we face special challenges and difficult situations.  Many times we were at our wits end.  It was a huge comfort to know that we are in their prayers, and that we are seeking Father’s will and His grace for our ministry. They truly wrestle with us in prayer (Romans 15:30).
  • Practical help – sending out newsletters, emails, get stuff we need (e.g. baking utensils, ingredients, tax return etc.)
  • Visit on the field – one HMT member visited us in early October, and another couple in December.  The sweet fellowship and their understanding of our work and our situation brought us closer as partners.
  • Financial support – supporters and churches have given sacrificially and generously.  Otherwise, we would not be able to serve on the field.
  • Serve Asia programme – two couples came short term, and a single came short term over our term. We are encouraged by their direct participation and contribution to our field work.
  • Support to our family in Sydney – This is the first time we left our daughters behind.  The HMT and a few friends from church have reached out to them when they faced specific needs – moving home, looking for a second hand car, when car broke down, cooking food for my daughter when she was truly busy etc.  It was a great relief that others were able to fulfil what we would dearly love to be able to do for our children.

From an HMT member 

1. What motivated you to get involved in being a sender?

I came to know our missionaries through church and we were in the same care group. They used to share about their work and their passion for the people of their field country in the care group meetings.  They distributed the prayer bulletins and prayer letters about the country too.  That piqued my interest and gradually I started to attend the Prayer Group for that country at OMF office.

It was a step by step progression and brings to mind the 6 ways to reach programme:

a. Learn – about the country and her people

b. Pray

c. Go

d. Send

e. Welcome

f. Mobilise

When our missionaries left for the field, I was invited to be part of their Homeside Ministry Team. Being a sender, I learned so much and am still learning. It is so exciting to see how God is working amongst people in that part of the world.

2. What have been the joys of partnering with your missionaries?

Partnering with our missionaries has enabled me to see how much work there is still to take the gospel to so many who have not heard. What little we give to God, He has increased manifold and His work is growing and touching lives.

I have come to know of so many who have a heart for missions and are standing in the gap interceding for God’s work in that corner of the world.

To me the special joy is knowing that there are Christians inside that country, who despite so many challenges are holding on firmly to their faith. That is a great encouragement to me to continue to pray for them.

3. What has helped you to take part in Father’s work in the field country?

Through our missionaries, I have also learned to see the bigger picture to include their team members and their families, the wider missionary community, the people and also the country.

Encouraging other Christians to be interested in the work in the field country, reading books on being a sender and attending workshops are some of the ways that has helped with being more involved. As some of the members of our HMT have been to visit our missionaries, I hope to be able to do so too in the future.

  • Prayer letters and updates from your missionary
  • Prayer guides (available from OMF)
  • Keep a journal of prayers and note how God answers prayer
  • Prayercast (a website which uses technology, specifically videos, to fuel prayer)