Pray for three NextGen events taking place in February – events in Ireland and the north of England will be in-person, while the east of England event takes place online. These events help the next generation of Christians consider their place in God’s global plans. Pray they will run smoothly and be a source of inspiration and encouragement for those who attend.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
— Psalm 18:2
Pray for our OMF (UK) finance team as they continue to work through the 2021 financial year end processes. Pray especially for Jeff (Director for Finance & Corporate Services) and Tracy (Senior Finance Officer) as they recover from illness, and for Lou (Finance Manager) as she juggles responsibilities in this busy time.
Praise God for the new OMF (UK) media intern, Rose, who has arrived safely from the USA and has started work this week (17 January). Pray she will settle quickly into the UK and OMF, that she would feel welcomed, and that she will enjoy her year with the team here.
Pray for grace for the OMF UK finance team as they handle challenging tasks and juggle multiple responsibilities. Pray for stable and efficient systems that will help them do their work to the glory of God.
The next European Candidates Introduction Course (ECIC) takes place in person from 5-10 December in the UK . This course aims to prepare those who are looking to serve long-term with OMF, equipping them to establish a network of prayer partners and supporters and for the practicalities of getting ready to go. Pray for protection from COVID for everyone attending, particularly those traveling from abroad.
The United Kingdom (UK) consists of England, Wales, Scotland (which make up Great Britain) and Northern Ireland. Out of a population of about 65 million people, the English make up more than 80%; the Scots nearly 10%; and the Welsh and Northern Irish most of the rest. The UK is also home to diverse immigrant communities, mainly from its former colonies in the West Indies, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Africa. East Asians form only about 1-2%.
The UK, a leading trading power and financial center, is the second largest economy in Europe after Germany. The UK was an active member of the European Union (EU) from 1973 to 2016; but on 23 June 2016, it voted to leave the EU. The effect of “Brexit” on the UK economy is uncertain, with question marks hanging over possible future tariffs and investment. Net migration has already fallen.
There are an estimated 1.8 million church-going evangelicals in the UK (about 3% of the total population). Evangelicals in the UK overall are declining, but are reducing at only about half the rate of non-Evangelicals. As a result, by 2020, an estimated 46% of all church goers in the UK will be evangelical. Decline in many churches is largely due to the absence of young people. The average age of Christians in the UK is 45 against an overall population average of 40.
Against this overall decline, new shoots of growth are emerging, particularly among churches identified as New Churches, Pentecostals, the Orthodox and other small denominations. Growth is especially strong in Black Pentecostal churches, which are estimated to make up 23% of all church goers by 2020.
These trends mean that organisations like OMF face a decline in their traditional constituency of supporting and sending churches. Also, churches are engaging in cross-cultural mission in a greater variety of ways, and not necessarily through mission agencies.
OMF UK’s vision is to put local churches in the UK at the heart of OMF’s mission, focusing resources on empowering churches to engage in world mission, with special attention on East Asia’s unreached peoples. Our relationship with churches continues to evolve, with a strong focus on partnering with them in mission engagement.
- Total: 65.6 million
- Anglo Saxon/Celtic: 85.2%
- Asian: 6.3%
- European: 3.3%
- Middle Eastern: 1.9%
- Afro Caribbean: 1.4%
- Christian: 59.66%
- Non religious: 34.49%
- Muslim: 3.2%
- Hindu: 0.94%
- Sikh: 0.63%
- from Operation Word 7th edition, p.624
Thank you, God, for the churches and individuals who have given their prayer, care, and support to missionaries from the UK. Please equip churches to fully support their mission partners in prayer, finances, care, and practical help. We also ask that you would raise up people to help support and care for missionaries.