Related to the OMF workers transferring from overseas work into diaspora ministry, pray for creative ways of providing good “orientation” to these members who are moving all over the world.
Now, LORD, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
— Acts 4:29
Pray for new OMF Diaspora Returnee Ministries (DRM) members, especially those transferring from overseas, to settle and transition well in their new contexts, to understand the Returnee focus that DRM has, and that the Lord will use them greatly.
Pray for OMF’s Diaspora Returnee Ministries’ leadership team meetings taking place in Seoul, Korea. There is much to cover in the meetings, but the team also wants to connect well with the local Korean home office there in order to understand their context as they see more and more Diaspora arriving in their country.
OMF’s Diaspora Returnee Ministries team has been blessed with a larger-than-usual number of OMF workers transferring from overseas to work with DRM. Pray for good processing of all these transfers, that nothing falls through cracks (since we lack a full-time Personnel Manager).
OMF’s Diaspora Returnee Ministries (DRM) team urgently needs someone to take up the Personnel Manager role. Pray that someone with the gifting and time to do this will step forward soon. The DRM team also has numerous other services roles that need to be filled: Services Manager, Mobilization Coordinator, Serve Asia Coordinator …and more! Pray for God to raise up the right people to fill these positions.
About East Asia’s Diaspora
Vietnamese in Macau. Chinese students in Kansas. Japanese students in Oxford. Whether voluntarily or involuntarily, East Asians are moving across borders, and the global church is reaching out to them. Many of these East Asians will return to the country of their birth. Before they return, will they be prepared to thrive as Christians back home?
On the Move
There are over 250 million migrants around the world today and 85 million of them are from East Asia. Five million international students bring diversity to universities – forty percent of all international students come from China alone. Many leave their homeland for economic or political reasons. Some are the victims of human trafficking. Others are tourists. In 2016, there were 122 million Chinese tourists overseas. People are often more open to the gospel when they are outside of the comfort and pressure of their home.
Welcoming the Stranger
Moving to a new land is always disorienting. The Church has a great opportunity to show Christ’s love in action through welcoming internationals: meeting newcomers at the airport, helping them settle and adjust to life in a new country, inviting them over for a meal, helping out with language or career development skills.
Evangelism and Discipleship
To be a disciple of Jesus is to follow Jesus. As the Father sent Him, so He sends His followers. The vision is to see the worldwide movement of East Asians discipled and sent out to their own people and beyond! Pray for Asians returning home with Christ, to thrive and be missional in their home country. Pray for those that go on to other countries to be cross-cultural in mission.
East Asians tend to be open to the gospel while overseas and many make a commitment to Christ through campus ministries. However, there is a great tragedy about ministry to the Asian diaspora. Experience shows that eighty percent of new Christians do not continue in the church when they return to their home countries. Family, societal and governmental pressure, high work demands, and failure to connect with a local church are among some of the reasons for this problem.
- Total: 85 million
- (figures from field)
- Over 10% of International students globally are from China
- 28,000 Vietnamese students in Japan
- 18,000 Malaysian students in the UK
- 6.2 million Indonesian migrant workers globally
Lord, you know the needs for East Asia’s Diaspora. We pray that Asians on the move would hear the gospel and believe. Please help believers all over the world to welcome the stranger. We ask that you would help Asians to return home with Christ, prepared for the pressures they will face, and to continue growing in their faith.