The OMF UK Communications department is working on improving the website for first-time visitors. Pray for wisdom and creativity in this project.
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
— 1 Corinthians 3:7
Give thanks with the OMF UK Finance department for the resolution of an important administrative issue. This means that it is now possible for Direct Debits to be set up online, making things easier for supporters and streamlining processes for our small Finance team.
Pray for OMF UK members who are coming to the end of their time of home assignment, but are having to wait before returning to Asia or transferring to a different ministry. Pray for those who need medical tests, to have these come through; for those awaiting visas to have favor with the authorities; and for those needing to raise more financial support before they can go overseas or transfer to another ministry to see God’s provision of the needed funds.
Praise God for the successful recruitment process of a new Serve Asia Coordinator who will take up the role in September. Pray for the successful applicant as he prepares to join the team.
Give thanks for the OMF UK Bridge Asia volunteers who mentor Serve Asia workers preparing to go out. Pray for mentors as they help workers in the final stages of preparing to serve.
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.