Did you know there's a trust that gives small grants to those embarking on mission trips, placements or gap years? Christians in Overseas Service Trust (COST) was established in 1972 to assist short term volunteers to obtain initial funding, which enables and facilitates them through the provision of monetary grants. COST is open to applications only from Christians who are British nationals.
How have the challenges of cross-cultural workers changed over the last few years? What about the effects of the pandemic on them? Christine Paterson from Field Partner International gives us her personal takeaways on a survey they conducted earlier this year amongst cross-cultural Christian workers.
We have updated our pages with details of job advertising and package offerings for 2024. There are quite a few changes. Prices are increasing slightly and we are introducing some different elements to packages plus a whole new level - Platinum! If your organisation isn't on a package yet and you sign up now for 2024, you get the rest of 2023 for FREE!
What's it really like to be a single person on the mission field today? Is it really much different from being single in any situation? We may all have our preconceptions but it's only when you are in the situation that you really understand the reality. Sophie Parker, of Unreached Network, has been chatting to single men and women who serve cross-culturally to find out what it's really like for them. This article details some of her questions and a summary of the answers given.
This new book by Carrie and Morgan Stephens weaves the Book of Ruth with real life stories from their multiethnic, multigenerational, and socioeconomically diverse church. They highlight the power of unique friendships in God's greater missional story. A good read if you're longing to build relationships with people of very different backgrounds.
Patrick Johnstone has written a fascinating article documenting the current world factors that are dismantling globilization. These have big implications on how and where we concentrate our mission efforts and will, no doubt, be steering some of the discussions leading up to next year's Lausanne Soeul 2024 conference.
Next month the Christian Resources Exhibition will be taking place in Birmingham. Within the larger exhibition, there will be a 'Mission on the Map' area sponsored by OSCAR with a range of mission organisations exhibiting. There are mission themed seminars and the usual jobs and resources boards from OSCAR. Come to meet us and network with FREE tickets on OSCAR!
During the recent air traffic control problems in the UK, we found outselves relying on flight tracking sites to give us the most up to date info on the flight of an international guest who was staying with us. Here's a good summary guide to some of those available. If you don't use these, you should take a look.
We are just back from David's Tent, a great weekend of connecting with people and talking about calling and mission. If you attended a Christian festival this Summer, please tell us what you thought. In particular, if you visited the exhibition and browsed the stands, how was that? What could those of us who exhibit do differently in the future that would appeal to you? We are always keen to listen and learn.
From Sep 1st we can offer our Gold advertising package for the rest of the year at just 33% of the annual fee! That gives organisations and churches a great opportunity to try out our all-inclusive advertising service over 4 months for one low fee. See our Packages page or contact us directly for a quote for your organisation or church.
A personal mental health guide by Don Mingo for missionaries, pastors, and other Christians, too. It was developed over years of learning to deal with his own mental health during challenges that arose from abuse during his childhood years, then witnessing horrendous atrocities during a twenty-two-year missionary career in Africa, added to his PTSD struggles.
Many people have delayed or curtailed their holiday plans this year, due to the increased cost. If that's you and you haven't sorted out your Summer break, OSCAR's Holiday section could provide you with the inspiration and value you are hoping for. Many places listed offer discounts for Christian workers.
Later this month we will be at Refuel festival in Moray, Scotland, for the week. If you are at the event or in the area, come and meet us. It's FREE to attend (if you book online before 9th July). If you want to advertise any jobs/opportunities or resources on our board at Refuel, please book via our exhibitions page. The deadline is Friday 14th July.
It's not just the 'Unreached' who need missionaries. There are categories of 'Reached' who do, too. A.J. Gibson explains, with the help of the apostle Paul, that there have always been three groups of 'Reached' people who also need great commission workers. Some of these groups may be closer than you think!
Times are changing, and conventional methods of funding missionaries are shifting. Churches in Africa, Asia, and Latin America no longer depend on Western funding for sending out their own missionaries. How then does the Majority World fund missionaries? This new book, by Tim Welch, looks at seventeen alternative missionary financing methods learnt from the Majority World.
Penhurst Retreat Centre has been serving the mission community for over 20 years, by providing a place for mission and ministry partners (overseas and UK) to find physical rest and spiritual restoration. They also provide opportunities for debrief in a supportive, caring, neutral and unhurried setting, both during specific debrief retreats and individual stays.
OSCAR provides a flexible range of mission-related training products that can be applied to a huge variety of situations. We can also tailor-make sessions with exactly the things your team, group, organsiation or church needs and deliver them for you in any location or online at very reasonable cost. Contact us with your requirements.
Rekonnect camps offer mission children and teenagers five fun-filled days with others who have lived overseas and now find themselves back in the UK. There are camps for those aged 6-12 (rekonnect kids) and those who are 13-18 (rekonnect teens) planned for this Summer and they still both have spaces!
Have you been following the Asbury outpouring/awakening/revival? Many Christians, particularly across the Western world, have been watching it unfold with interest, wondering about the nature and impact of what's taking place. What does it mean? Will it spread beyond the USA? Will it lead to a renewing of the Church or a new move of mission? We have collected together a number of links to official websites, stories and reports so you can read and see for yourself what's been happening.
Ukraine Christian Ministries have published six downloadable resources for use in a church service, small group, personal prayer time, or any other setting, to encourage prayer for Ukraine. Published to coincide with the one year anniversary of the most recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, but will remain available for the next month.
Stewardship has provided training in support raising for over ten years now. Whilst their training is only available to account holders (why not sign up?), they also have a series of free videos entitled 'What I wish I knew before I started support raising'. These bring together a summary of things people have learnt whilst living on support.
OSCAR is planning a Christian job and mission opportunities board at some of this year's Christian festivals and exhibitions. The first one is Refuel in Scotland in July. That event is free, so if you fancy a few days with us in the Scottish highlands, come and join us! Bookings for job cards at all events are now open.
How does your church's practice reflect the cultures represented in its members or the surrounding community? John Root has some very interesting insights and observations from his many years of working in culturally complex London. Cross-cultural understanding and skills are often needed in any multi-cultural situation, overseas or at home.
How should Christian New Year resolutions differ from any other? Perhaps they should be much more outward looking and maybe not just for our benefit? Surely for God's glory too? Starla, a Christian life coach, has created a very helpful guide with lots of ideas for setting your own Christian New Year Resolutions.
This is the first year since the pandemic where there have been no restrictions in the UK, so travel is practically possible but the financial and climate impact are still very much under consideration. OSCAR's holiday section can link you with UK based holiday solutions aimed at those in Christian mission and ministry.
Last year we advertised more jobs than in any previous year! Our online job advertising prices are remaining the same for 2023. That includes both our individual listings and our package fees. As the most comprehensive, most viewed and most reasonably priced Christian jobs website in the UK, that makes us even better value than last year!