The Great Commission, missions, missionary—these words are thrown around in Christian circles, usually, with a particular connotation of “going” somewhere to evangelise/share the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a sense of sacrifice, giving up some level of material comfort for the sake of the gospel, or leaving behind family members or the like. However, the great mistake of the Great Commission is to think only of the “going” and not realise the call is so much greater.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
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During my teenage years, God placed in my heart a passion for the nations, the time at which I thought meant going and sharing the gospel in the deserts and jungles of Africa. Since then, I’ve grown to appreciate missions begins here at home, in our own homes with family and friends, our work collegues, and anyone God might be pleased to bring across our path.
As the new year begins, so begins a new chapter in my life and ministry. I’m honoured and privileged to be serving the numerous people who have dedicated their lives to the gospel call seeking to reach the unreached millions throughout East Asia. This year I will be joining OMF International as a Serve Asia Coordinator for Queensland, Australia.
OMF’s Serve Asia program is a short-term mission program with placements lasting between 2 weeks up to 11 months. The program is broad in its application yet specific in purpose and intent of developing long-term engagement in global missions for the Kingdom of God. It’s not about doing the “mission” thing or sightseeing while “serving” God, it is a genuine and purposeful opportunity to invest into the Kingdom of God.
OMF International (formerly Overseas Missionary Fellowship and before 1964 China Inland Mission) was founded by J. Hudson Taylor. It is focused and passionate about the unreached millions of East Asia, to the northern borders of Mongolia, around the pennisula of Korea, sailing south through the islands of Japan, Taiwan, Philipines to Indonesia, and back north through the region of the Mekong. There are more than 1,800 ethno-linguistic people groups marked by Buddhism, with pockets of Islam, a mix of syncretistic animism, and political Communist atheism.
I am privileged to join this ongoing legacy of faithful and humble servants of the Kingdom seeking to reach the nations for the Kingdom of God.