News & Stories
Update #4 Report from OMF Philippines Crisis Management Team: 18 Nov
18/11/2013 4:41 pm
The OMF Philippines Crisis Management Team has received a first-hand report from our member, Peter McKibbin, after he returned from the town of Paranas, where OMF couple Fred and Fely Tanoja serves. Paranas is about 72 kilometers (45 miles) north of the heavily affected Tacloban City in the island of Samar. Peter’s report provides a vivid picture of the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).
Update #3 Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan: God Sees, God Hear and God Helps.
18/11/2013 10:19 am
Two days after super typhoon Yolanda devastated Eastern and Western Visayas, 4 missionaries from different organizations came together in the same church they attend.
“What can we do to help?” they asked each other.
After assessing the situation, the friends decided to bring relief not only to the hardest hit but to a place where the media and help are not going. A hard task that the four felt called to.
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Update #2
18/11/2013 10:02 am
‘Maybe God is cursing us. First war, then an earthquake, now a typhoon,’ a taxi driver mused to OMF worker Andrea, his passenger. He had tried to call his cousin in Tacloban but there was no answer. He then just shrugged his shoulders, ‘They're gone, I'm sure. They had a little house by the sea. He must be gone, along with his wife and children.’
Super Typhoon Haiyan , Philippines, Vietnam
12/11/2013 10:32 am
OMF International is greatly concerned for the people in the areas devastated by Super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”). According to the BBC, 4 million people have been affected by what looks like the most devastating natural disaster to hit the Philippines. The International Red Cross says up to 10,000 people may have lost their lives.
08/10/2013 12:12 pm
You always know when Christina is in the room. Her laughter, her exuberance and the sheer contagion of her bubbly personality lifts even the most dismal of damp tropical days. The volume and imagination of her questions could leave one wondering if they should be teaching at all! However my lessons of Bible stories to this group of new believers were never predictable or dull whilst Christina was around.
Cross-cultural team co-operation
22/08/2013 3:48 pm
The blessings and the challenges of cross-cultural team experience are as old as Christian mission itself. The day of Pentecost was a truly international affair, so it was natural that, as mission teams began to form, the international experience would be maintained – including the biggest hurdle of all, swallowing pride and working with Gentiles! We know Luke travelled widely with Paul, for instance, and we can be certain this gave early opportunity to look to God for abundant grace.
A Valuable Volunteer
31/07/2013 11:18 am
When you first meet her, Phi Nam seems to be a shy and quiet woman, but when you engage her in conversation, you soon learn, that she is a strong woman or, to be frank, she grew into being a strong woman.
A Mission Support Masterclass
07/06/2013 4:24 pm
There are many ways you can support missionaries. People feel comfortable with different ways of doing it. Here's a grab bag of ideas you might like to consider.
Hurry up and die
06/05/2013 10:49 am
"Hurry up and die!" Haan's husband words tore into her soul and tormented her. The picture from their wedding showed a happy couple in love - but that was a long time ago.
"If I get better, I will leave him" she said, and who would blame her! Eight months ago Haan did look like she was going to die at any moment.
Pioneer missionary in the East Malaysian revival dies
26/04/2013 4:53 pm
Dr William Lees 1924-2013
Bill Lees died on 14th March 2013 in Reading where he had lived since 1966. His earlier ministry in Malaysia had continued to be a major part of his life so that it was appropriate that the main address at his Thanksgiving Service was by Dr Philip Lyn from Skyline Church, Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia.