In Australia and around the world, OMS works through and with a variety of ministries.
Do you know about these six?
If you can't move to a new country but still want to be involved with missions to a specific place, action groups could be the right fit. Action groups exist to add value to fields where OMS serves. Prayer, fundraising on the ministry's behalf, and trips to the country are key parts of an action group. Participants work in close connection with the OMS office and the field's leaders to get more Australians involved in fulfilling the Great Commission.
You can join an existing action group for Cambodia, fill a high priority need for an action group leader to Taiwan, or learn more about beginning an action group for Mexico, Haiti, or other parts of Asia.
Dynamic Women in Ministry (DWIM)
In Australia, DWIM connects Australian women with missionary women overseas as a part of the Skype Sisters programme. To be matched up with a missionary "sister," you must be willing to Skype with her at least ten minutes per month, learn about her ministry to encourage and pray for her, and make a monthly financial contrbution to the work God has led her in. You may also elect to creatively plan funding ventures to partner with your Skype Sister's ministry.
DWIM also takes short-term trips to South Korea for "Adventures in English", or AIE. After a week of orientation participants will teach English to Korean Christians and future missionaries. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the Korean Church, build cross-cultural relationships, and give your time to workers going out into the harvest.
Women of the Lord, rise up to a new adventure!
Every Community for Christ (ECC)
OMS exists to multiply dynamic communities of believers, and ECC directly addresses that goal. ECC works in more than fifty countries including Australia. By partnering with denominations and church associations to see healthy churches multiplied, ECC desires to bring glory to God. In Australia, you can attend trainings to be encouraged by testimonies, learn to evangelise and disciple, and worship and pray together.
There are also opportunities to serve as a Church Multiplication Facilitator (CMF) or an Associate CMF overseas. Contact us for more!
Rainbow of Hope
What would the future look like for a country where one of every twenty one inhabitants is an orphan?
Rainbow of Hope exists to show love, mercy and compassion to Russian orphans and street children. National coworkers have been prepared to reach the orphans through craft, life skill classes, music, sports, games and summer camp programmes. These relationships, built inside of orphanage walls, are designed to continue when the children are on their own...typically at age sixteen.
You can join OMS in this ministry through the spiritual adoption programme (Commit to daily prayer for an orphan; you will receive a photo card and prayer points.), or by joining a work team to Russia.
Worldwide, an estimated 27-30 million men, women, boys, and girls are enslaved and exploited for the profit of others. HOPE61 is dedicated to preventing human trafficking through raising awareness and equipping the Church to be a community to the vulnerable. This includes those vulnerable to being trafficked, becoming traffickers, and fueling the demand. In Australia and New Zealand, by God's grace, HOPE61 focuses on inspiring and equipping the men of the Church to address legal prostitution and pornography addictions. Both are relevant issues that fuel the demand for sex trafficking.
You are welcome to join HOPE61 in four days (or fewer) of training to learn about human trafficking, the Church's role, and how to use skills and resources you may alread have. Offers to connect HOPE61 with your church, life group, or interested individuals are also appreciated. Finally, you can partner with HOPE61 by signing up for newsletters and/or weekly prayer requests.
Since our founding in 1901, intercession has been a vital part of the mission. Through prayer, missionaries in distress have been brought before the throne, the spread of God's glory has been celebrated, and prayer warriors have asked God to increase the workers for the harvest. Prayers have been answered - some much differently than we would have liked - and regardless of the answers OMS has witnessed God's provision and presence on a global scale.
You can take part in this rich heritage by joining the existing prayer group here in the OMS office (Ringwood East, Victoria) OR beginning one in your area!
Will you take a moment now to ask God if you are a good fit for one of these ministries?
Interested in learning about other OMS opportunities?
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