The great missions challenge
It was a maiden effort.
Operation Mobilisation (OM) entities in Singapore organised their inaugural combined missions conference, “The Missions Challenge in a Fast-Changing World,” at Singapore Bible College on 31 October.
More than 80 pastors, key leaders and missions workers gathered for an afternoon hosted by the OM International Director's Office, OM Mercy Teams International, OM Singapore, and DA+, an OM ministry in Southeast Asia.
Jason Mandryk, author of Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation, spoke about how the Singaporean church can respond to emerging missions trends across the world today—in particular, the rise of poverty, religious pluralism and migration.
“These trends present both challenges and opportunities for the church in Singapore,” Jason said. “How will we respond? We must love the most vulnerable in the most radical ways. We need to speak truth in the marketplace of ideas. And we need to act spiritually in the power of the Holy Spirit. Armed with love, truth and power, the Singapore church can turn the world upside down.”
Participants also engaged in relevant breakout sessions on each of the trends. The sessions were facilitated by experienced practitioners: Alvin Tey, Executive Director of OM Mercy Teams International; I’Ching Thomas, an apologist and Area Communications Facilitator of OM East Asia Pacific; and Dr. Goh Wei Leong, Founder of Healthserve.
Rev. Choy Wing Yut, pastor of Changi Baptist Church, said, “I found the conference helpful in giving me an overview of the global missions landscape. I have always wanted to find out more… It is good to hear about what God is doing across the world.”
OM International Director Lawrence Tong issued a challenge to share the gospel: “The good news today is that we see an increase in the number of people believing in Christ. The bad news is that nine out of 10 persons in the world are still spiritually lost. Let’s go out there for the sake of these people.”
For more information on going on mission with God to OM's 110 fields worldwide, visit www.om.org/en/opportunities.
Published: Thursday, 19 November 2015
Credit: See Keen TAN