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The new command
is an old command
 
I recently read a study that estimated that today’s total Bible-believing missionary force is approximately 400,000 men and women among over 6.4 billion people who have yet to confess Jesus as Lord and Saviour (including nominal Christians and sects)—one missionary for 16,000 unreached people! Frankly, that is depressing and unacceptable. McDonald’s has 1.7 million workers worldwide; the Church has only 400,000 missionaries. It’s not a lack of resources, but hardened hearts. The great need, anywhere in the world, is for ‘ordinary people’ to share the good news among neighbours.
 
When Jesus said that the harvest is great but the workers are few, He did so at the pinnacle of His ministry and popularity (Matt. 9:37). Today millions are turning to Christ, often from least-expected areas. A pastor told me that 5,000 Muslims were coming to faith in Christ every week in Indonesia. It took 2,000 years to grow the Christian population to four per cent; in the last 60 years, we have leapt to twelve per cent. If that doesn’t amaze us and spark a reflex, we need to ponder why. You might say that the harvest is plentiful, but our response is pitiful.
 
Highlighting the harvest and need for workers, Jesus’ command was clear: Pray. My first introduction to the classic OM prayer meeting was in 1977. A group returning from serving with OM invited me to a small room, where I joined 30 others. The leader gave out a set of 52 simple prayer cards, saying that everyone should take a few and then pray aloud for the needs of those nations. Never had I dreamt of doing such a thing and I can’t remember the countries I prayed for. But the attitude of the group was life-changing for me: They prayed fervently in expectation that God would change the world through prayer. We need to bring that kind of prayer meeting back.
 
In a past era, teams would only advance through prayer and sacrifice. In place after place, there would be strong resistance, and so we waited on God. Of course it was not easy. Of course we had to be willing to encourage one another to keep praying, keep thinking about lost and suffering people. Of course we understood that our own needs paled in comparison and that God was in charge anyway. Is it time to capture that again? Of course it is.

Lawrence Tong
O.M. International Director.

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God has possibly called you into missions, but not sure when, how or where??? Come join others in the same boat, listen to a real missionary share their testimony, ask questions, pray together and enjoy fellowship.
 
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What it takes to be a missionary
by Rebecca

To be honest, the term missionary always TERRIFIED me. (Note the all caps; I’m not kidding.)

Missionaries were the cream of the crop on my mind. Holding well-worn Bibles crammed with bookmarks and highlighted passages, they knew the Bible backwards and forwards, had half of it memorised, and a verse for every occasion. The local language where they lived proved to be no feat; the average missionary could become fluent within two weeks. An "off week" was one where no one became a Christian through their efforts.

They didn’t struggle, they had life figured out. They were selfless people, willing to live anywhere and go to extraordinary measures to show God’s love to others.

To me, being a missionary was synonymous with being perfect.

And because missionaries were perfect, I thought I could never be one ... more
 
Book Corner
 
 

Managing God's Money A Biblical Guide

Is what we do with our money really any of God's business? Does God mind if we spend money on ourselves? What about debt? savings? retirement? How much does God expect us to give?

God cares immensely that we manage money with an eternal perspective. Scripture's teaching on this subject practically screams for our attention. In fact, Jesus says more about money than any other topic - including Heaven and Hell.

In a simple, easy to follow format, Randy Alcorn addresses exactly what the Bible says about how we should handle the money and possessions God owns and entrusts to our management.

 
 
Transform Calais
 
France: At the make-shift school on the outskirts of the Calais refugee camp known as “The Jungle”, Ruth and Paul had the opportunity to talk with a Sudanese Muslim man, a biomedical engineer forced to flee his home.

He told of his three-month journey to the north of France: in the early stages, he had entered a mosque in Italy to pray to Allah, but was asked to leave as he was black. He was amazed that a church then welcomed him in to give him a place to sleep and food to eat. It made him question his religion... more
 
 
 
Education in Bangladesh;
one child at a time

 
In rural Bangladesh villages, the cycles of poverty run deep. Families in extreme poverty hope to simply survive day to day. Illiteracy is a big issue in villages; being unable to read and write keeps communities downtrodden as people are taken advantage of. Many children do not attend schools because no government school exists in their area or it is simply too far away ...more
No longer stranded but firmly grounded

Austria: OM worker Kiet started life as a refugee. In 1980, his parents fled communist rule in Vietnam after the war, leaving two successful businesses and selling everything to buy passage on a boat.

With no food on board, the TV148 circled the South China Sea  ... more
Unseen Fruit

Turkey: Bahar has been a believer for many years. Her spiritual journey took a turn in 1994 when she was a 17-year-old high school student. Bahar’s mother asked her to go and visit the biggest floating book fair in the world. Her mother, who was a librarian, had seen adverts in the city and was very curious to see such a ship ...more

Love's touch

South Asia: Every year, around 10,000 Nepalese girls, most of them between ages nine and 16, are sold to brothels in India. More than 200,000 Nepalese girls are involved in this Indian sex trade ...more
 
God uses
every season

North Africa: Sitting in her living room, sipping on a cup of iced tea, Heidi pondered her experience as a childless woman in North Africa. “Sometimes you think, ‘Wow, in the Arab culture, children are so important!’ In a sense, being childless might be a hindrance or a barrier or something,” she suggested. “But to my surprise, being childless opened up other doors.” ... more
 
God speaks through thunder & whispers

Arabian Peninsula: One evening, while she was with friends, heavy rain began pounding the desert, complete with thunder and lightening. “Everything in me was soaking up the weather. I just loved everything about it,” Maddie remembered. Her friends, however, were afraid of the storm. “It’s not something they were used to,” Maddie explained. They told her, “if God makes a noise, you have to listen fearfully.” ... more
 
Taking the initiative

Zambia: “I love business; that’s my background, my profession,” said Eva, one of the leaders of Tabitha Initiative. “To see the potential of what people can do through business—to see them empowered, and able to empower others with what they learnt—is amazing.” ... more


For more stories about how God is transforming lives and communities around the world, visit OM's news site
 

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Opportunities to give towards missions
 
 
 
Chanua

In the centre of Cape Town, just off Green Market square, foreigners from all over the world have found a place of rest called Chanua. Here they can meet an OM team who care for them, helping them to thrive in their new country, hence the name Chanua which means thrive in Swahili.

We want to help these diaspora to Thrive practically, we offer English Lessons, Business Training, and Sewing/tailoring

To assist people to Thrive Spiritually;
  - We planted a church and have services on Sunday mornings
  - Together with a local church we reach out to the prostitutes on Friday nights
  - Bible studies with diaspora from Green Market Square
  - Do outreach to the Muslim community at Bo-Kaap

We would like to teach ladies how to sew with a machine, and we need sewing machines and overlockers – would you like to help fund the purchase of this equipment with R50, R100 or R500?

Cause Name: ZA-EW-CHANUA
(giving details at bottom of email)
 
Hi, I’m Thabo Bokaba 26 years old I’m married to Grace, we are both South Africans and love the Lord, I have been in mission for about four years  working with OM South Africa AIDS Hope team in Mamelodi. We are involved in Drug ministry where we go visit drug addicts in a shanty town nearby, Kids clubs, boys’ discipleship where we mentor teenagers aiming to help them become Godly men, and the after school program helping children from troubled homes with their homework.

Like our missionaries overseas, Thabo and Grace do not receive a salary, but trust God to lay their needs on those around them. Would you like to support them with R50, R100 or R500 per month?

Cause Name: EW-0080030988

(giving details at bottom of email)



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