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Mission Partnerships

The Bible tells us that we will be joined in heaven by a multitude from every nation. What an exciting vision of our future.

In supporting our Mission Partners, we want to invest in gospel ministry, particularly in South East Asia and the Pacific. Ten percent of our giving is allocated to both overseas and domestic Mission Partners.

We also support partners here in Australia who work to further mission, and reach unreached people groups.

After serving with OMF Taiwan for 10 years, Linda McKerrell is now serving with OMF Australia (QLD/NT) as a Mobiliser and Missions Mentor. With the OMF team, she helps young people and churches better understand the need for cross cultural missionaries, the reality of life of the ground and how they might: Learn, Pray, Go, Send, Welcome and Mobilise.

Steve and Saeko Manders have served with OMF Japan since 2006. Steve serves as the Japan Field Ministry Coach in the training of missionaries as well as serving at Hiragishi Izumi Christ Church (Sapporo) in English outreach, men’s ministry and as part of the church’s music team. Although officially retired from ministry, Saeko currently holds the role of Administration Assistant to the Training Sector for OMF Japan.

John Rowse is serving a wide variety of churches in Tanzania and neighbouring countries, seeking to evangelize ‘evangelists’ in East Africa. These days, with the support of Australian believers, he tries to encourage the ministries of nationals, such as Moses Makanta in Zambia, who is currently doing weekly B

ible studies on national radio and the local Isoka community radio. This has proved particularly powerful. 

John and Kay live in Geelong, Victoria. Now, their four children all live in Geelong—Rebecca, Philip, and Timothy, and Asha who lives with Mum and Dad.

James and Honoria Brennan serve with AFES working with international students at the the University of Queensland, developing relationships, providing support and introducing them to the Lord Jesus.

Their joy is seeing people, come to faith, grow and mature in their faith and serve God by witnessing to other students.

Danae works with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES), reading and teachinng the Bible to international students at the University of Tasmania.

Living Church partners with a number of school chaplains in our community. They provide a safe, positive influence for young people and help them to find better ways of dealing with a wide range of issues.

Ashley and Kim Hood are based at the Baptist Student Center, Bangkok, in Missions, Training and Curriculum Development.  Along with their Thai team they have been training all around Thailand, for churches and other organisations such as, Vocational Education Thailand, Universities,  the BMA – Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Thailand Royal Guard. They have a passion for teaching English as a ministry incorporating bible and cultural stories and teaching language for life, helping establish new churches through relationships developed with Thai students.   They are currently back in Brisbane settling their boys into university and involved in helping Churches with their ESL ministries and TESOL training whilst doing online classes for the Baptist Student Center.

Peter and Katharine Yock serve with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) at Griffith University (South Bank). We get to proclaim Jesus to students at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Queensland College of Art, and the Griffith Film School. We also have two young boys who keep us on our toes, Noah (2013) and Atticus (2015).

Maa’afu works as a bible translation consultant for United Bible Societies, overseeing a number of projects in the pacific including the Tongan Bible Project.

Ma’afu also pastors the Tongan Evangelical Wesleyan Church to reach out to Tongans and Islander people groups with the gospel.