OMF UK National Conference 2019: looking back on 100 years of OMF at Swanwick

On the first weekend of March, over 450 people descended on the Hayes Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire for All Things New, the first OMF UK National Conference for four years.

Through seminars, prayer times, and Bible teaching the conference explored the theme of ‘the gospel in all its fullness’.

During Saturday afternoon’s Q&A time Patrick Fung (General Director), Hans Walter Ritter (International Director for Europe & Africa), Peter Rowan (UK National Director), and Hugh Palmer (Rector of All Souls Langham Place) responded to delegates’ questions from how to be sent from a ‘non-sending church’ to caring for cross-cultural workers’ mental health.

With so many present, the Hayes bustled with activity from early in the morning til late at night. Over cups of coffee, around dining tables laden with sumptuous food, and even in the corridors, conversations overflowed from each and every session.

Old friends caught up with one another, new workers got to know long-term prayer warriors, and many shared their stories of short-term mission at the Serve Asia exhibit.

Even the Hayes staff joined in proceedings, presenting OMF with a large cake celebrating 100 years since the first CIM conference at the Hayes in June 1919. If you weren’t able to make it, or would like to listen again, you can find the audio from the Bible talks and details of how to obtain the seminar recordings here.

New OMF book: Ultimate Grace

OMF UK’s first new book for nine years was launched at the All Things New conference.

Produced in partnership with 10ofthose, Ultimate Grace tells the story of OMF UK worker Levi Booth’s journey to Japan, the ups and downs and how he ended up playing for the Japanese national Ultimate Frisbee Team.

This short and engaging book is the perfect gift for those teenage readers who may never have considered how God could use their passions in his mission.

Ultimate Grace is available from 10ofthose for £2.99 a copy with discounts for bulk orders.

Visit or call 03302 233 423 to place your order.

New Resource: Silk Road Video Series

A new series of videos from a Serve Asia prayer journey along part of China’s ancient Silk Road are now available to watch and share on the OMF website.

In the main video, join Cat on her journey along the Silk Road exploring three very different cities and learning more about the people who call the region home. And in three one-minute food reviews you can see Greg’s take on local foods including ‘chewy yoghurt’, camel jerky and baozi. To watch the videos click here.

GOfest goes to Capernwray

After two years at Bible colleges in the south of England, the GOfest annual missions event is heading north to Capernwray Hall near Lancaster on Saturday 8 June. GOfest is a growing movement of churches and mission agencies, including OMF, partnering together to share God’s heart for the nations and inspire global vision for the UK Church. Derek Burnside, Principal of the Bible school at Capernwray Hall, explains that the day event gives focus to GOfest’s vision ‘of ‘whole life, whole Church, whole world’: whole-life disciples leading the whole Church to be involved in God’s mission across the whole world.’ But he added: ‘one thing that especially excites us about hosting GOfest is that it isn’t just about the event. It’s about building relationships with local churches before and after an event to serve and share in God’s mission together. That sort of partnership with the local church is very much on our hearts too, so we’re thrilled to be part of this.’ The keynote speaker is Jonathan Lamb who will be leading two sessions, drawing on his years of experience pastoring a local church and also working with UCCF, IFES, Langham Partnership and Keswick Ministries. The seminars planned include John Baxter-Brown, CEO of Global Connections, on ‘Developing your church’s vision’ and Molly Wall, co-researcher for Operation World, on ‘Praying for the World’. There will also be a Q&A session with the speakers, the GOconnect exhibition with numerous mission agencies on hand and an optional lunchtime BBQ to enjoy in the beautiful Capernwray grounds. Derek encouraged Billions readers and their friends to attend, saying: ‘GOfest is for anyone who wants to explore and celebrate what God is doing worldwide, and discover more about how they can play their part. That could be an individual or family seeking inspiration for God’s next steps for them, or a church group looking for ideas as they continue inspiring their congregation to partnership in world mission. It could be students working through how and where God plans to use their training and availability, or the early-retired looking for a new challenge. We’re praying it will be a day of inspiration, encouragement and challenge for everyone who comes.’ Adult tickets are £12, children (5-18) and full-time students £5. Tickets for the BBQ must be purchased prior to the event.

Find out more about GOfest  and book your place today at

Read more of our conversation with Derek about GOfest and Capernwray.