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A global movement

For over 60 years, OM has been working around the world to motivate and equip Christians to share God's love.


In 1957, George Verwer and two friends took a mission trip to Mexico. What began with three men who deeply desired to share God’s love with those around the world who did not know it multiplied into a global movement of believers with the same passion.

Today, more than 5,000 OM workers representing 134 nationalities are serving or in partnership in over 147 countries, in addition to on board OM's ships.

God has used us to take the gospel around the globe, and we won’t stop now. Over 2 billion people in the world today have not had the good news of Jesus presented in a way they could hear and understand. OM teams are actively working to establish vibrant communities of Jesus followers among these least-reached communities. As George Verwer himself said: “We will press forward until every creature has heard the gospel…the world is our goal!”

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We want to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached.

Spotlight Regions

Reaching out to the least reached

Over 2 billion people in the world today have not heard the good news of Jesus presented in a way they could understand.

Together, we are called to share God's plan for redemption with all people. OM's five spotlight regions were selected as places around the world with a high percentage of least-reached people, and where, thanks to your support, OM teams are uniquely placed to make a difference.

“We are on a mission to bring the gospel to the farthest corners of the world, fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation. There is no place too far, no task too difficult, and no human we won’t try to reach.”

Lawrence Tong
International Director

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Guiding Values

We imitate Jesus and participate in holistic, Kingdom transformation of all life and creation as we cultivate a biblically just and diverse community; with strategic innovation in our ministries, we remain in mutual commitment to the cause of Christ and care for people.

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A legacy of love

We trace our roots to the prayers of an American housewife. In the 1950s, Dorothea Clapp began to pray faithfully for the students in her local High School. She asked God to touch the world through the lives of those young people. And God answered her prayers!

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An inspiring example

Successfully stewarding a multi-national organisation with an extraordinary vision requires leaders committed to excellence, innovation and servant leadership. OM is blessed with a dedicated team of executives and board members who exhibit these qualities.

Meet the leaders