Are you looking for a short-term mission trip in East Asia? Use your skills, stretch your faith, share God's love, learn more about how you can get involved!
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Serve Asia is OMF’s short-term missions programme for those who want to serve East Asia’s peoples for up to 12 months.
With a focus on mission discipleship, it is designed to equip and encourage you, and your sending community, to find your place in all that God is doing in East Asia and beyond.
Over the past decade, Serve Asia Singapore has seen more than 100 people sent out to participate in Serve Asia, serving in many different roles across various places in East Asia.
More information on the different short-term mission opportunities available through Serve Asia can be found below. Click on any of the categories to view opportunities in your chosen ministry area. Alternatively, you can browse all the short-term mission opportunities available through Serve Asia by visiting the OMF Opportunities website.
Discover mission trip opportunities to serve across East Asia for up to 1 year. Click on the images to view opportunities available.
Use your gifts in children's ministry at community outreach clubs or join in and support OMF families at conferences.
Contribute to existing community and relationship development projects on an Enlgish teaching mission trip.
Missionary internships allow you to dvelop transferable skills for your future career and experience mission life.
Media & Technology
Advance God's Kingdom by using your gifts and abilities in media an technology to serve God's people in missions.
Build relationships and serve the community while providing helathcare on a Christian medical mission trip.
Be part of a prayer team interceding for the people of East Asia. Whether visiting in person or meeting online, you will get to learn more about the region's people and culture.
Bring your coaching or playing skills to join a team and use sports to serve and reach the community.
Shape future leaders by getting involved with campus work, sharing Christ and helping to disciple students.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I be serving in missions?
You can do a wide range of things, from student outreach and prayer journeys to medical work and English teaching. We work in diverse locations across East Asia, from huge cities like Tokyo to the villages of Thailand. Each placement contributes to our long-term work to share the good news of Jesus. If you’re looking for a team experience, we regularly partner with churches, Bible Colleges, Seminaries and schools to send short-term teams.
Where can I go?
Serve Asia placements are available in 17 different East Asian countries where OMF has long-term workers. You can browse current Serve Asia opportunities by location on the OMF Opportunities website.
When can I go and for how long?
The Serve Asia programme runs all year around. Currently for overseas placement, you can serve for anything from 3 to 12 months alongside OMF’s long-term workers in East Asia. Some of the Serve Asia opportunities listed online have set dates, while others are more flexible and can be arranged to suit both you and the host country.
One or two week mission trips are popular with those who are already in close proximity to the ministry location. Although only in the field for a short time, Serve Asia workers can be involved in many ways that work towards growing God’s church in Asia.
For those looking to go on a more long-term mission trip we have lots of opportunities available. We will do our best to find a place where you can serve in a ministry using your specific skills and gifts to meet a need in the field. By going for 6 weeks to 12 months it gives you an opportunity to be immersed in, and learn about, culture and language. You will also receive spiritual and personal support and mentoring from an OMF missionary.
Which trip is right for me? How do I choose?
If you are unsure which placement is right for you, our local Serve Asia Coordinator can help you to prayerfully consider how your gifts and skills could be used on the mission field and help to match this to current short-term mission opportunities in East Asia.
Serve Asia regularly partners with churches, Bible Colleges, Seminaries and schools and other groups to send teams to East Asia. We want to support and serve churches and other sending communities as they find ways to be more strategically involved in reaching East Asia’s peoples, and as they spur their members into deeper areas of discipleship.
The cost of a Serve Asia trip will vary depending the host country. Most trips will cost (SGD) between $1300-4000 per month not including airfare and other one-time departure expenses (insurance, vaccinations, etc). However, more detailed costs will be provided by the Serve Asia Coordinator when enquiring about a specific mission trip.
If you are interested in applying for one of the Serve Asia mission trips listed online, please register with the OMF Opportunities website. Answering these few quick questions helps us to connect with you. Once you have created an account it enables you to submit an inquiry about the opportunity which interests you.
After you submit an inquiry, our Serve Asia Coordinator will contact you and ask you to complete a set of application forms. Once these have been reviewed, you will meet an OMF representative for an interview. After the interview, your coordinator will let you know whether you have been accepted into the Serve Asia programme.
In some cases, people may not be able to participate in an on-the-ground Serve Asia placement because of medical or personal issues. The wellbeing of both the applicant and the long-term ministry are paramount to us as we thoroughly screen each application.
Once your application has been accepted you will be invited to attend a training day or weekend locally to help you to prepare for your mission trip.
Yes, you will be! You’ll benefit from our help and support in learning the language and culture, pastoral care and medical care.
What happens when I return home?
Our support doesn’t stop when your placement ends. We hope your time with Serve Asia will be part of your life-long growth as a disciple of Jesus playing a part in his global plan. We provide mentoring, ways to stay involved in God’s work in the world and advice to help you and your church make the most of your experience with us.
The term 'discipleship' doesn’t appear in the Bible. What do we mean by it?
By mission discipleship we mean that we hope to walk alongside each Serve Asia worker as they try to discern where and how they fit into God’s mission.
Before the Great Commission, Jesus simply asked His disciples to “Follow me.” (Matthew 8:28) For three years the disciples walked, talked, learned important lessons, ate, slept, witnessed miracles, got involved in ministry, and more as they followed Jesus. Through their following they learned. Through their following they were equipped. Through their following their commitment grew – so much so that when Jesus gave the Great Commission, their hearts were fully engaged, and their lives shaped for the long-term journey.
Serve Asia is not just about the “doing”.
In Serve Asia, we don’t just focus on going to the mission field and “doing” something. It’s all about learning and finding out more about what is at the centre of God’s heart. It’s about learning more about what it means to follow God, even if this is to hard places. Serve Asia is not just about the short-term, it’s about gaining long-term vision and commitment.
Upon returning home, we help each Serve Asia worker to integrate and process their experiences. We walk with them as God leads, exploring further involvement in mission through praying, going, sending, learning, mobilising, or welcoming East Asians.