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Work+Go 2022

We’re excited to introduce Work+Go, a new initiative which OMF is organising in partnership with Climate Stewards and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC).

Work+Go 2022 takes place in Manchester on 12 November. The day gives young workers in their 20s and 30s the opportunity to explore how to share the good news of Jesus across cultures – both in their workplaces and across the world. The event will be the first of its kind in the UK. We’re expecting a gathering of around 200 young adults from across the UK to listen to inspirational speakers, participate in vocational seminar streams, and network together over food. Work+Go responds to the reality that the workplace is more diverse than ever, full of people from different ethnicities, nationalities and social backgrounds. And that means when Christians apply the gospel message to their work, the workplace is where the good news of Jesus Christ can change cultures. The event will inspire delegates with the biblical principles and practical skills to do this. The morning plenary session will highlight the intrinsic value of work in God’s world and creation care, as well as affirming the unique opportunities delegates have in their workplaces. Seminars will help equip workers to engage in their specific vocational sector and sphere of cultural influence. The six seminar streams are represented by a biblical character:

  • Lydia – Business
  • Esther – Government
  • Bezalel – Arts & Entertainment
  • Priscilla – Digital & Media
  • Isaiah – Social Enterprises 
  • Luke – Education 

The afternoon plenary session is an opportunity for the delegates to be inspired and commissioned to put into action all they have learnt throughout the event. The day will conclude with a chance to continue conversations over food together.

To find out more about the event and book your tickets, please visit workandgo.org. If you can’t come yourself, could you share this event with someone in your church exploring how their vocation and sharing the good news of Jesus across cultures fit together?

Ngaira Smith
OMF (UK) Workplace Ministries Project Manager

Here comes Jesus

‘Here comes Jesus’, exclaimed Granny when she saw us walking towards her dwelling in Northeast Thailand. She couldn’t see our smiles behind the masks. All she knew was that a group connected with the local church was coming to help her.

A local church leader had told us about Granny and took us to visit the family. It was the first day our Nampu – Fountain – team working with families in crisis situations had the opportunity to visit this granny and her 3-month-old grandson, David.   The parents of little David had left him with Granny shortly after he was born. Both his parents are labourers and live wherever they can get work. It seems they have very little income and no money left to send home. Granny had to give up selling noodle soup when she had to look after the baby. She couldn’t pay the rent anymore and had to move out of her house. However, there was no running water, no electricity, no sanitary facility, and no safety.

We took along a basket full of clothing, formula milk and other necessities for the baby. After chatting for some time, finding out about the situation and assessing the need for our help, we referred to the exclamation Granny made when she saw us coming. We shared that we were followers of Jesus, who he is and what it means to ask him for help in our daily lives.

Since our first visit in January, neighbours have brought her food and water and the village head has arranged for her to get running water. Once the dwelling is registered, they will also help by installing electricity. Currently inflation is making life difficult for the local community so they have less to share with David
and Granny.

We continue to encourage and work with the local church to help Granny and David. We’re grateful for the funds to continue providing formula and other necessities for the baby through the church. Granny’s exclamation on our first visit encourages us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. Pray for more Thai churches to take opportunities to reach out into their neighbourhoods with the love of Jesus.

Christina Sutter
OMF Thailand / OMF Switzerland

Find out more about the Nampu Fountain ministry at nampu-fountain.com

Seven Years in China

Over 90 years after her parents set sail for China as missionaries with the China Inland Mission (CIM), Jean Wemyss-Gorman has put together a fitting tribute to their missionary service. 

Seven Years in China in the 1930s brings together over 500 of their letters home to their families 7,000 miles away in England, giving a unique insight into a difficult period in China’s history. Sailing in October 1931, John & Ruth Carpenter were among the last of the 200 new workers that the CIM had called for in 1929. The appeal was supported by Facing a Task Unfinished, the hymn Frank Houghton wrote in 1930 to spur the Church to action. John & Ruth faced seven challenging years in China, with war around them and much danger to face alongside the challenges of learning the language and adapting to a new culture. Contemporaries of John & Betty Stam and Gladys Aylward, the Carpenters’ letters offer a record of God’s faithfulness and delight in using believers’ ordinary, faithful lives to achieve his purposes.

Seven Years in China is available in paperback (RRP £11.99) or as a Kindle ebook (£4.79) through Amazon. To order, visit go.omf.org/7years