Often it is amongst great suffering where people can experience a deeper relationship with Christ. This is a review of the book Why God Calls us to Dangerous Places by Kate McCord from her time as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan. It's a collection of testimonies woven together with Bible verses.
In this, OSCAR's 20th year and leading up to OSCAR's 20th birthday we are featuring various people and ministries helped by OSCAR. This month we feature Hannah Mulvihill from Mercy Ships who talks about the orientation training that OSCAR provides for staff going to work on the hospital ship 'Africa Mercy'.
Stewardship together with a number of investors have agreed to purchase the entire share capital from Kingdom Bank owners Assemblies of God Property Trust. Kingdom Bank offers a range of services for both savers and borrowers, where the relationship is truly personal and caring. With it's unique aims and values in the banking sector, it's a great choice for Christians in the UK.
First Rock International will be merging with Sanctuary International to provide worldwide security cover for missionary organisations and faith-based NGOs. This will include Consultation, Security Surveys and Hostile Environment Awareness and First Aid training to equip individuals and groups in the Great Commission. At present they have representation and offices in Ireland, UK, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.
OSCAR has had a map and search upgrade! This includes the homepage map which now plots over 2500 Organisations and Resources in addition to the Opportunities. You can toggle between UK and Global, and zoom into any area and select or deselect any categories of organisation. The Organisations directory also now has a new map and filter search. Give it a try ...
On 21st September OSCAR is running our next re-entry day course, called 'All Change', for those recently returned from the field and those who care for them. It will be based at the beautiful Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire. The cost for the day is £45 which includes lunch, refreshments and all materials. Join us and learn all about re-entry, for yourself or someone you support.
For those wishing to advertise vacancies or opportunities with OSCAR, but who aren't currently on our Gold package, we have an amazing offer for you. From Sep 1st we can offer the Gold package for the rest of the year at 33% of the annual fee! Whether you're an organisation, church or Christian company, that gives you a great opportunity to try out our full vacancy advertising service for 4 months for one low fee.
A new resource paper has been released by Stewardship to help Christian workers communicate with supporters. This is part of Stewardship's great set of resource papers for Christian workers entitled 'Finance for Living' specifically aimed at those who have to raise their own financial support.
If you're going to one of these festivals in August: Creation Fest, Bangor Worldwide, David's Tent or Westpoint, come and say Hi to OSCAR in the exhibition. OSCAR will be hosting a job/opportunities and advice stand at each of these events. If you have a role that you want to advertise on our board, the next deadline is 16th Aug.
This month sees the launch of this new book by Stuart Simpson subtitled Discovering Your Destiny by Understanding Your Design. It’s a good overview/introduction to the basics of discovering your purpose, with some great exercises and further links so readers can go as deep as they like, when they want to unpack a little more.
Aetna International, a global health insurance and benefits provider, has produced some interesting destination guides useful for anyone moving countries to work. The info includes culture and lifestyle, staying safe, business etiquette, cost of living and finding a home amongst other things. Over 20 countries are currently featured.
With June ending with an extraordinary heatwave across Europe, it's a reminder that many mission workers endure high temperatures all year round. One of the hardest things to do in a hot climate is sleep, so here are 24 tricks to survive hot nights (without air conditioning) from the Greatist website.
OSCAR hosts a job/opportunities stand at several major Christian festivals and conferences during the year. These include Big Church Day Out, Creation Fest, Bangor Worldwide, David's Tent, Westpoint and CRE. Four of these are taking place in the next two months. 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 26th July.
Did you know that April is stress awareness month? So it's a good time to feature a book entitled Resilience in Life and Faith by former OSCAR trustee Tony Horsfall and Debbie Hawker. We like practical, helpful books tailored for those in challenging mission or ministry situations, and this book seems to measure up. It's reviewed by Phil Jolley.
Our article this month is just one story. We have over 650 opportunity listings, 130 UK opportunity listings (more than any other Christian jobs website) and over 80 organisations advertising with us at this point in time. Contact us if we can help you advertise or send you email updates about jobs.
Kingdom Bank have launched a new range of savings products for individuals, churches and charities These not only have very competitive interest rates but also enable Kingdom Bank to provide its other products, like mortgages for missionaries and churches. It's a great way to build the kingdom with your savings.
OSCAR will be in Kenya in early May 2019 to lead a week of one day stand-alone training courses for the mission community in the region. If you're within reach of Nairobi, don’t miss this unique opportunity to undertake some practical development training taking place in your area. We would love to meet you.
What are the strangest gifts that missionaries have received from their supporters? This was a question asked of a number of missionaries and you might be surprised or shocked at the answers. Fiona Mearns from Stewardship helps us think through what missionaries really need and how we can best support them.
If you're entering the UK from overseas, whether for the first time or after a long period away, this great 'guide to life in the UK' from Friends International will help you understand British culture and settle into life in the UK. It's designed for students but has plenty of useful info for anyone.
We have changed our main menu selections, losing the title Directory and spliting this into Organisations and Resources. You'll also see that we have introduced content tables into the Resources area to help you see and navigate through the sub-sections. Let us know what you think. Your views are valued.
Find out how God is changing the lives of families everywhere through prayer - from the frozen Arctic to the hottest desert, on the highest mountains and in crowded cities. This new book "Window on the World" brings alive the culture, history, and traditions of all sorts of different people that adults and young people alike can pray for.
Whether you're looking for a career in Christian or mission work, or looking to change roles within the Christian work sector, OSCAR has it all. We list more opportunities and organisations than any other Christian website in the UK. That's why OSCAR should be your starting place for your search. You can also subscribe to our weekly email for the latest job adverts, called the 'Opportunities Update'.