Our Christmas section not only lists places where you can buy cards, gifts and alternative gifts all for the benefit of mission. We also highlight a number of Christmas resources that you might find useful ... especially if you're in a place where good resources are hard to come by. For instance, how about using some of the online advent guides to help you prepare for Christ's coming?
Here's a US based website with a similar heart to OSCAR, which we love! Visit them for any resources you need stateside, like accommodation or travel, plus otherÂ?resources provided by the US mission community. Like OSCAR, many of theirÂ?resources are useful for anyone involved in mission anywhere in the world.
A review of this e-book by Carole Hallett Mobbs packed with practical tips and lists to help your family with moving internationally. The author also runs aÂ?website calledÂ?www.expatchild.comÂ?with additional resources and tips, including a packing list/checklist offered as a free download.
Every December we encourage all those who use the OSCAR website to consider supporting this free-to-access service. It actually costs us around 20p for every visit made to our website. With around 800 visits per day, this makes OSCAR significantly dependent on donations to operate. Your contribution enables us to continue to freely serve all users with the tools and resources they need to carry out God's mission. Please help if you can.
Mission and aid workers, as well as those who work on the support side, can often be exposed to traumatic situations, whether directly or indirectly through reviewing stories and material. In the second of two articles (the previous one was back in August on resilience), Fiona Dunkley helps us recognise trauma symptoms so we know when further support is needed.
Features - September 2018
You could say that all church planting is cross-cultural. It's certainly true that cross-cultural church planting skills learnt in an overseas context are increasingly useful in a UK context. Alex Hawke, missionary in South-East Asia, shares his thoughts and suggestions for those planting churches cross-culturally. Many of these are good principles for anyone serving in mission.
This is an unusual book to feature but one that could be immensely useful for anyone moving overseas. This relocation-focused bullet-type Journal helps you organise the many lists of ‘things to do’ before you move. It includes a planner, a to-do list, a diary, a notebook and a journal making it not only a useful aid but a great record of your transition to a new location.
The purpose of this website is to provide information for Christians living in Europe about the languages spoken by the people we see arriving in our countries from other nations, and to give links to any Bibles or Bible stories that are available in those languages. These include videos and audio recordings, as well as text resources.
The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide have a scheme that offers bursaries of up to £1000 for individuals undertaking trips to a Christian community in a culture other than their own. Some age restrictions apply and trips should be longer than 4 weeks. Check their website for other eligibility criteria.
This Autumn, we're offering our Gold package at half of the annual rate. This means that for as little as £45 you get all of this for the rest of 2018:
- advertise all of your opportunities/jobs on our system
- a highlighted listing and profile page for your organisation
- a free job card on display at CRE in London in October
Features - August 2018
This new book by David & Lorene Wilson has been collated to help churches understand their role in fulfilling the Great Commission by raising up and sending out the next generation of missionaries. It is a collaboration of 40 different authors from churches, agencies, parachurch organizations, as well as cross-cultural workers on the field.
This great resource site is designed to help you share God’s Word with children. You can use and adapt these free resources to teach any age group in all kinds of teaching situations. It’s actually a collection of over 170 bible stories, each with lots of practical resources to help children explore and learn.
If you’re looking to campaign on a Christian issue or you’re keen to see God’s justice established in specific situations, you might be interested to know about various pressure groups set up to equip and resource you for this. OSCAR has a new section for listing these. Let us known about any we’re missing.
Features - July 2018
If you’re going on mission or travelling to visit people across the world, make sure you’re covered for every possible eventuality. Insurance isn’t so easy to find for many mission destinations and activities, but our new expanded insurance section has lots of advice and links to get you on the right track.
OSCAR hosts a job/opportunities stand at six major Christian festivals and conferences over the next two months. These include New Wine, Naturally Supernatural, Creation Fest, Bangor Worldwide, One Event, David's Tent and CRE. If you have a role that you want to advertise on our board, make sure you submit it in time. The first deadline is Friday 20th July.
Features - June 2018
Features - May 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
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.
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!