In Southeast Asia, OM teams and partners are working to teach the next generation that love is a great unifier.
Caring for people
In an area where the population is mostly Buddhist, OM workers are seeing people turn to Christ after seeing the difference He makes.
At 04:00 on 6 February 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by several large aftershocks, took place near the city of Gaziantep, Türkiye, in the southeastern part of the country. People across Türkiye, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Israel were reported to have felt it. Since then, OM's partners have responded to help many.
Since 1999 the Tamar Center has been reaching women in a red-light district in Thailand, offering them the hope of Jesus.
“It is worth it to lose everything, to be able to find Jesus," says Alla, a Ukrainian woman who recently came to faith. Though her family has lost much since the war began, she sees God at work in their lives.
Since the war in Ukraine started in February 2022, the city of Rivne has seen an influx of displaced people in desperate need of aid. OM teams have seen God at work through the hard times.
“We love because He loved us first,” said Love. “God wants us to be the light to others.”
The OM team in Poland rallied hundreds of volunteers to serve the needs of Ukrainians impacted by the war.
Philip and Rachel were not sure where God was calling them, but they knew what He was calling them to be: faithful people.
"I want to learn to give like you give," said a man having observed the quiet, positive way WayEn and ShunShun served the community.