Features for 2018

Features - June 2018

Are mission organisations and churches failing millennials? Our guest author this month, Sarita Hartz, has conducted a revealing survey about the responses of millennials in mission. Her insight can help us understand if we're part of the problem or part of the solution. 

Are you getting enough time off to recharge your batteries? Holidays are important. Those who don't take proper breaks can be more of a liability than an asset. OSCAR's new accommodation section gives links to all sorts of solutions for breaks and vacations in the UK and around the world.

We've been updating some of our downloadable resource materials and have made most of them FREE! This includes Tony Horsfall's 'Time Out' studies for short-term teams and Claudia Smith's 'Steps on the Missionary Road' studies for new mission workers.

Subtitled 'The unexpurgated story of the Running Doctor!' this autobiography by Val Inchley OBE gives real insight into the life of a long-term medical missionary to Nepal.

Do you have a need for practical, skills based mission training? Maybe OSCAR can help. We already have three courses planned for the Autumn, in Winchester, Cardiff and Gloucester, and are open to others.

Features - May 2018

What is Hostile Environment Training (HET) and when and why might you need it? That's the question posed and answered by our guest author this month, Tim Mercer, along with some general advice about staying safe on the field.

As the title reveals, this book is all about attitudes to mission. The reviewer, Phil Jolley, says it's 'one of the most helpful books I have read on mission'.

30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World runs from 15th May to 14th June 2018. The theme of this year's 30 Days guide is 'symbols' in Islam.

This month sees the deadline for compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). You will already, no doubt, have heard from many charities about their latest privacy policies and how they affect you. OSCAR has also published our own Privacy Notice on our website. Please read.

We have our first major exhibitions for 2018 coming up later this month, Big Church Day Out. Come and say hi in the Bazaar if you're going to be there. If you want to advertise your jobs/opportunities on our jobs board at BCDO, the deadline is Friday 18th May.

April 2018

How do we build partnerships with people in developing countries without creating dependency? Jim Harries, missionary in Africa, helps us understand ...

Need a 'How to' guide to get you started with offering English classes to those in your local community? Then this book from ChristianTEFL is for you. It's been reviewed for OSCAR by Steph Rollinson.

On our new website, one of the most extensive sections which brings together resources for a whole range of ministry activities, is 'Ministry Resources'. If you know of useful resources in any of these categories, let us know and we'll add them.

NorthStar have been providing educational support to families and small schools in over forty countries around the world for twenty years. Now they are adapting to today's online learning environment to deliver IGCSE courses effectively and efficiently for families around the world.

Welcome to OSCAR's new website. We hope you like it. Take a few moments to have a good look around and see what we've done. There's more to come but we want to hear what you think first. Please send us a note about your first impressions

March 2018

As people who travel frequently, mission workers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their travel, particularly as one of the five marks of mission is to care for creation. Our article this month, by Caroline Pomeroy of Climate Stewards, helps us answer questions about pollution mitigation like: Does offsetting work at all? Isn't it based on dodgy science? Can it make any realistic contribution to tackling climate change? Doesn't it cause more harm than good? ... and the big one, 'Would Jesus offset?'

The late great Billy Graham said 'True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. Make it a habit, and when the need arises you will be in practice'. If you're looking for resources to improve your prayer life or lead others in prayer, the Christian Prayer Resources website is a real gift. It lists many mission related prayer resources but also general guidance and practical help on getting seriously into prayer

Whilst many things can be accessed online, there's no substitute for getting together with other people. OSCAR maintains a list of well over 100 events (conferences, retreats, courses and networking occasions) in the UK and around the world, for you to interact, share and learn with others. Why not find one near you and get along?

Ron and Bonnie Kotesky, member care consultants with Go International, have produced an amazing range of free, downloadable brochures on topics of interest to missionaries. These cover issues like transition, emotional stress, mental health, sexuality and relationships ... over 100 specific individual topics! Each brochure can be downloaded and printed too. Whatever stage you're at or difficulties you're facing in your mission experience, there is help and encouragement to see you through

OSCAR is planning a mission resource stand and jobs/opportunities board at many of the UK's major Christian conferences and festivals this year. The list includes Big Church Day Out, New Wine, Naturally Supernatural, One Event, David's Tent and CRE. Others are also in the pipeline. We are now accepting job card submissions for these. The first one, Big Church Day Out, is just over 2 months away so make sure our deadlines are in your diary if you want to advertise your jobs with us at these events

February 2018

Many mission workers live and work in potentially stressful situations, so it's important to know how you're reacting and what you can do to manage unusual stress levels. This month's guest article, the first from new organisation 'Thrive Worldwide', will help you recognise and manage your stress.

Good Neighbor Insurance provide a range of guides for mission workers and we have featured some of these before. This 60 page guide on travel medicine/medical concerns, available free online, is full of real-life tips and advice to keep you from becoming ill overseas. A 'must have' in the library of any mission worker, short or long term.

It's rare to find a novel that's written for teenagers and tackles important issues from a Christian perspective like the challenge of different faiths & cultures, forced migration, maturing and trauma. This book does it all and does it well. As one reviewer says 'I was moved to tears on several occasions. I highly recommend this book.'

One of the first questions that any international traveller has is 'will I be able to use my phone?' Your mobile phone provider may have certain roaming agreements with some countries, but what about outside of these? Before you rack up huge phone bills or get stuck somewhere with no signal or contact, check out OSCAR's Telephone page for a run down of your options.

OSCAR is running two day courses in London at the end of this month, both at Stewardship's offices. The first is Serving as Senders on Tuesday 20th and the second is Finance for Ministry on Thursday 22nd (in partnership with Stewardship). Both of these are designed to equip those who send and those who go into mission. If you're in or near London, it would be great to see you.

January 2018

A new year - a new start. New Year's Resolutions are all very well but they tend not to last. However, we worship a God of new starts and of fresh beginnings so now might be the time to apply some fresh thinking to your ministry at the start of 2018. Fiona Mearns from Stewardship is here to help us do this.

How do you support someone returning from mission work? There's so much more to do than meeting them at the airport. The process of re-entry takes months and the support of church, friends and family is crucial to make a healthy transition through the process. This new, practical book offers advice on ways of supporting that will benefit both parties. It includes personal stories, useful questions, practical advice and knowledge. It's available in paperback and Kindle formats.

In January, many people's thoughts turn to holidays. If you're in mission or ministry, you're probably looking for a holiday that's both affordable and conducive to Christians. OSCAR has a growing list of such locations in the UK for you. We've also recently added a number of properties from the former service Off Duty.

OSCAR holds the world's most comprehensive global mission guest house list. Some of these are owned by Christian organisations, some of them are private or commercial hotels owned and/or run by Christians. We have been updating this list ready for 2018 and the new version is now available. Just contact us explaining your mission credentials and we will email it to you.

Did you know that over 450 Christian organisations and churches now manage their own information on the OSCAR website? Each has an account to both update their organisational details and add opportunities/vacancies. We also have a large number of organisations adding their events to our events list, making it the UK's most dynamic source of 'what's on' mission-wise. You too could be a part of all this!