As a church we are concerned that the people of all nations might hear the good news of Jesus and worship the one true God. We want to work together with Christians and churches throughout the world to make this possible.
Throughout the Bible, we see this is God’s concern. When human beings messed up God’s perfect world, God said he was going to make everything right and restore men and women to a relationship with himself. He told Abraham that all the people on earth would be blessed through him – not just his own people. The prophet, Isaiah, calls all the nations to worship the one true God. Habakkuk, also an Old Testament prophet, looks forward to the time when the earth will be filled with knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.
Jesus told his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, who in turn were to continue making disciples of all nations. The Holy Spirit was given so the disciples would have the power to be witnesses to the risen Jesus, first locally to their own people in Jerusalem, then to the surrounding area, even to their enemies, the Samaritans, and finally to the ends of the earth.
As those who have heard the good news of who Jesus is and rejoice in what he has done for us, we have a responsibility, not just to those who live close to us, but to all the peoples of the world to tell them about Jesus and give them the opportunity to become his disciples. God calls each of us to be a witness to Jesus, but he does not send every believer to distant places! Yet as a church, like the church in Antioch (Acts 13), we are responsible to send some members whom we discern are called by God to be witnesses to Jesus by their lives and their words and to make disciples of all nations.
From our congregation, Steve and Anna, who used to work in SE Asia, are in Latin America helping churches there to send members to take the good news of Jesus to different people groups in East Asia. Emma, who was involved in student work in South Africa, is now in leadership in an international mission agency. Another couple has been in SE Asia teaching in a university and helping fishing communities to make a sustainable living. This September Ruth has joined Mercy Ministries to teach the children of the families on the Africa Mercy ship, which provides medical care for poor people in West Africa.
OMF | São Paulo, Brazil
Serving in mission mobilisation in partnership with Brazilian mission agency Sepal
Pray for more Brazilians to respond to God’s call to serve cross-culturally in East Asia to reach the unreached for Jesus.
Pray for further partnerships to be established between OMF and other like-minded mission agencies in Latin America to facilitate the sending of more missionaries to East Asia.
May the Lord continue to raise up more Spanish speakers to serve in Latin America to help mobilize missionaries from across the continent to serve with OMF in East Asia.
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Ruth Cooper from September 2021 is living and working with Mercy Ships for two years in West Africa, as a teacher on board their ship, the Africa Mercy (and in the second year the brand new Global Mercy!). She writes: I am passionate about teaching (I’m now in my 23rd year!) and I’m passionate about my faith in the Lord Jesus so, volunteering as a teacher on Mercy Ships is something that I am very passionate about. Mercy Ships is a faith-based international development organisation that deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need. They have a school on board for the crew with families and I will be teaching 9, 10 and 11 year olds in the Mercy Ships Academy.