Partnering in Mission
We have a growing global network of sending partners in India, Latin America, Africa and Europe. These sending partnerships enable us to send people from places where we don’t have an established OMF sending base. All of these partnerships enable us to see the good news of Jesus Christ shared with East Asia’s people. Some OMF partner organisations around the world include:
Is OMF the right mission agency for me?
We are looking for people with skills in bible teaching, healthcare, IT, media and more. Our global team is made up of families, couples and singles. If God has called you, there's a place for you.
We equip our workers to develop strong language and culture skills, so they can be at home and effective in their ministry context.
Effectiveness over the long term requires wholistic support, so we have a strong focus on the care and development of our workers. This support is made possible through our established local teams, facilities and leadership.
Training & Development
We prioritise the wellbeing & wholistic development of our workers. Everybody in OMF has the opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops. This varies according to the length of commitment made to serve with OMF. The goal of all training is to facilitate growth of relationship with Christ, as well as cultural intelligence and sensitivity to the people among whom we serve.
OMF missionaries typically spend their first four years in training – their whole first term. This shows East Asians that we love their culture, we love their language, we want to understand them, and we want to hear their heartbeat. Our desire is to share the good news of Jesus Christ, but we want them to see that it is their good news, not our imposed news.
One-month Orientation Course in Singapore or online
There is also an opportunity to meet the international leaders, medical advisors, IT specialists, training, and others providing support services.
Candidates Course in your sending country
We expect individuals to also journey closely with their churches throughout this whole time. Short-term workers will also attend a training course before their placement.
OMF combines language and worldview learning into one training. We call this Daniel Learning (Daniel 1:3-4). This phase will have the following:
A Learning Plan: A realistic plan to guide your learning of language and culture.
Learning in Community: Learning from-and-with the host people.
Assessment: Various ways of measuring progress in learning.
To encourage ongoing development we offer training topics and courses such as:
- Teaching & Preaching Across Cultures
- Church Planting
- Teamwork & Strategy
- Creation Care
All of us have a God-given capacity and responsibility to influence others to grow in God's purposes for them --whether as a leader, one who inspires mission engagement, an evangelist or a facilitator of a Bible study group.
Families and Children
What is a Third Culture Kid?
Third Culture Kids are those who spend a significant part of their childhood away from their parents’ passport culture. This has a profound impact on their sense of identity and belonging. We care for and equip families by providing resources, encouragement and educational support while advocating for TCKs in line with the vision of OMF.
I am reminded of the story of another man in the Bible who was also a TCK. He was born in Bethlehem, became a refugee in Egypt as a baby, spent his youth in Nazareth, and travelled vastly in the last three years of his life. Although he was known as Jesus of Nazareth…
Young adults are included in financial support, administration etc. up to age 24. All TCKs whose parents have served with OMF are considered part of the OMF family.
Medical Care & Wellbeing
Medical care for our workers is provided by a network of Medical Advisors. These advisors are supported by an International Medical Team based in Singapore. Physical, mental and emotional health is important to us and we offer:
Screening, Medical Advice, Counselling, and Insurance advice and support
“Good medical care seeks to enable workers to serve more effectively and longer, enhancing health and minimising attrition. To provide good medical member care, wise stewardship must be exercised.”