April 7 2017
My wife and I, along with our children, served as missionaries who traveled the
world on a ship and shared the Gospel at various port cities. When I returned
to Korea 15 years later, I saw that the world was coming to me, with thousands
of foreign workers migrating to Korea to find jobs.
As a result, I became motivated to start the Friends of All
Nations ministry. I met a pastor who spoke English and had studied in the
United States. We thought it would be a good idea to start a ministry to foreigners.
So, we started praying, researching, and visiting places where there were
already foreign worker ministries. After a few months, this pastor decided he
didn’t feel called to this ministry, but he thought I should continue. I spent
much time in prayer and felt God working in my heart to begin this ministry.
Many mentors encouraged me, so with their encouragement I began my ministry in
Namdong, an industrial district in Incheon, where there were 9,000 foreign factory
workers. On July 1, 2001, Friends of All Nations (FAN) began.
FAN provides free or reduced-cost medical care, Korean language
learning, meals, counseling, employment help, haircuts, and friendship to
foreign workers. A primary goal of FAN is to disciple and train (using Train
& Multiply materials) new leaders to start worshiping groups in Korean
factories and also in the foreign workers’ hometowns.
God has sent us workers from Bangladesh, Africa, Philippines,
Russia, Thailand, India, and Pakistan. FAN now has 35 FAN branches throughout
By David Jun, OMS partner and director of Friends of All Nations
April 4 2017
incredible 13 percent of the population living in the United State are immigrants
born in another nation. That’s 41,347,945 (read MILLION) people in total!
Within this group includes great ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity.
Immigration can enrich a nation’s culture, and simultaneously, challenge it to
the core. For the church of Jesus, it provides us with obstacles that when
placed in the hands of Christ become God-given opportunities for the Great Commission
to be accelerated in a supernatural way across the globe.
people arrive in a new country to live for the first time, they are often
disorientated. Initially, everything that is new is often seen as different but
interesting. But soon after arrival, it often changes to being uncomfortable
and difficult to manage. Often, new immigrants search for people of their
culture or language and live in close proximity to familiar food stores,
cultural centers, and place of worship, which remind them of home and make the
transition to living in the new country easier. For many places in America, the
cultural landscape has transformed within the last few decades. Pastors that
were trained to reach a white American culture now find themselves in
neighborhoods with a significant percentage of people who see the world differently.
There is not only a need to share the Gospel, but also to contextualize it so
that it can be understood and accepted. The wonderful news is that a
significant portion of immigrants are more open to new ideas, including religious
beliefs, than their counterparts who stay in their nation of origin. Moving
from one country to another often requires that a person is open to change. Immigrants
are often open to the Gospel, so if we can communicate its glorious truth in a
way that their cultural filters can understand, many can be reached.
in the U.S., there are immigrant populations from some of the hardest places on
earth to reach with the Gospel. People in these nations are traditionally closed
to Christianity, and the governments in these nations actually prevent evangelism.
As these people see the church living their faith in Jesus through loving them,
and as they understand their need for Christ, they often give their lives to him.
As they are discipled and grow, they become great missionaries to their own
people group. Those that live around them can hear in their own language, with
informed cultural sensitivity.
as these new believers grow, God will call some back to their land of origin.
They will not need a visa or language study.
forced or voluntary, is nothing new. Jesus in many senses was an immigrant, and
the church of Acts grew extensively through forced migration. Today, we hear of
the 10/40 window and the barriers to the Gospel. The people living in this window
(area where the least reached live) and from other places around the world have
come to us. As they are loved and engaged with the Gospel, Jesus saves,
restores, and commissions. Individuals, families, and communities will be
changed, transforming family trees for generations. Some will then return to
that area, and these new believers will be used to break the window.
Jonathan Morton, One Mission Society missionary, director of Nueva Vida
Editor note: This is the first in a series of blogs on OMS' immigrant or diaspora ministries. In the month of April 2017, we will post new stories weekly.
November 29 2016
the church can reach out to the Sikh community
recently reached out to the Sikh community in my neighborhood to discuss how Christians
could serve and love them. Many of the current leaders do not speak English,
but English-speaking Sikhs are beginning to outnumber the non-English speaking
ones. Therefore, the guys I met with are training to be the next generation’s
arrived, Gurpreet and Subeg sat with me on the floor and served me traditional
Indian food. We ate and small talked through the meal, getting to know each
the meal, we went to another room to talk more about ministry. I discovered
that Sikhs believe many of the same things about God as Christians. They
believe that God is one, who is all powerful, he loves his people, and has a
great plan for them. Sikhs have three core principles that Christians also
hold: 1. Call out to God. 2. Earn an honest living. 3. Share what you have
earned with the less fortunate.
began to dawn on me – aside from needing English classes for the older
generation, Sikhs do not need compassion ministry. They already have most of
their physical needs. So how does the church build a relationship with people
who don’t need our help? Then it came to me … by serving alongside them!
already provides clothing for the homeless, food for the poor, and takes care
of the widows and orphans. By inviting Sikhs to serve alongside us establishes
our common goals with their community. Working with the Sikh community tears
down barriers of unfamiliarity. This allows the church to see them as valuable
people in our country. It also provides Sikhs with the opportunity to feel more
secure in the U.S. because they now have American friends.
importantly, partnering with the Sikh people can build friendships that may
lead to opportunities to sow the Gospel. Our ministries will not only help the
direct recipients of our compassion ministry, but also indirectly grow the kingdom
through Gospel sowing. How exciting to perhaps double the impact of our ministry!
Jason Ferkel, OMS U.S. Diaspora Ministry Coordinator
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September 15 2015
We drove through cornfields and Hungarian countryside for barely a kilometer before we started seeing the clusters of people walking toward bus stops and train stations. They were recognizable by their dirty, disheveled appearances, their small packs and their weary faces. We passed them and continued on toward the place from which they had eagerly departed. The poorly paved road suddenly was congested with buses and cars, news media vans, and police vehicles. And then we were there … the make-shift campsite where thousands of refugees were waiting to be processed by Hungarian officials and granted asylum.
I stepped out of my vehicle and stood a moment just taking it all in. Everywhere my eyes looked, there were tents, and trash, and people. All sorts of people: men, women-old and young, children, and infants-able-bodied and disabled. Everywhere I looked, there were people. I tried hard to get a sense of my surroundings and wondered where the best place to start was when I was startled by a man’s voice. So deep in thought, I did not see the middle-aged man that had walked up beside me. He spoke broken English, but the urgency in his voice was unmistakable.
“Shoes?” I quickly turned to face him, drawn back from my overwhelming thoughts to the reality in front of me. “I’m sorry?” I mumbled. He saw the confusion in my face and attempted again, “Do you have any shoes for me? I need shoes.” I quickly glanced down at his feet. Soiled feet in torn and flimsy sandals stood before my clean and nicely tied tennis shoes. “I’m sorry...” I managed to reply, “I don’t have any shoes today.” The man nodded and said, “Thank you,” and quickly disappeared back into the crowd of people.
The rest of the team had already begun cleaning and picking up trash as I reached for the box of M&M’s I had brought to pass out to some of the children. They were happy and full of smiles as I started to hand out the small bags of candy. In spite of their pleased faces, I couldn’t stop thinking about the man’s desperate plea for shoes. His was the first request I heard, but unfortunately it wasn’t the last. And a picture was quickly painted for me of the amount of desperation these people were feeling.
Yes, desperate for shoes, or clothes, or food, or blankets ... but also desperate to be able to stop running. Desperate for information or help or safety. Desperate for freedom and desperate for hope.
I realized as I returned home that night and gave our daughter a bath in a nice tub of warm, soapy water, and as I helped our boys finish their homework and pack their lunches for school the next day, that I don’t know the kind of desperate that these people do. I’ve never had to pack up my family because our street was blown apart by bombs or war. I’ve never left all my earthly possessions behind and lived out of a backpack for weeks with small children. I’ve never had to walk 18 hours a day, for more than 50 days straight, across foreign countries because I feared the border would be closed before my family reached freedom. But I am reassured by the One who knows this kind of desperate. Jesus helped desperate people. He healed. He fed. He gave hope. He calls us to show his love and his mercy to the least of these. He calls simply for us to offer what he himself would give. He calls us to be his hands and his feet and his mouth, showing his love to all people, bringing light to the darkness and hope for the desperate.
By Corinne Long, OMS Hungary missionary
June 27 2014
We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 29) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary in Spain and international regional director (IRD) for Europe and Central Asia, Scott Murphy. Scott shared about his call to missions, dealing with adolescent depression, growing up an MK (missionary kid) in Brazil, his relationship with Kathy (his wife), and their 31-year journey with OMS in missions.
Scott shared about their church planting ministry in Spain (Spain has less than 1% evangelical Christians), along with his responsibilities as IRD for Europe and Central Asia. He also shared about how God is using the team Across Europe as they build house churches and work a lot with immigrants.
Everyone has a story ... enjoy Scott's!
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