- Written by James Meason
How we got here
Summer 2006: James came to work at OMUK as an employee as a finance officer. No one usually gets paid for this work but have to raise their support. OMUK needed a finance officer and offered a salary to fill the position.
Winter 2006: Meg is given a temporary job as a receptionist while OM find someone to fill the position. During this period Meg becomes a Christian partly from the influence of the OMUK team, the morning devotions and seeing the difference in their lives. Here James & Meg also meet and James runs a discipleship course for Meg and Deejay.
Autumn 2007: Meg leaves OMUK and goes to college for 2 years to study Childcare. Her desire is to serve Jesus and to start an orphanage in Africa. James continues to work as an employee at OMUK . His desire is to serve Jesus and see many more people saved. They start looking for a Church, pray it through and God leads them to ChristChurch Wrexham. So now they are both saved, attending the same Church and both have a desire to serve God as missionaries overseas. They see a future together and feel God calling them into partnership.
Over the next 4 years Meg passes her course and works with babies & young children for 2 years in preparation for Africa. James continues to work with OMUK as an employee. They marry and get involved in summer camp outreaches and other local ministries but their desire is to serve overseas still.
Spring 2011: Meg is feeling unsettled in her job and feels God moving her on. James is feeling unsettled in finance and feels his gifting's are in IT so speaks to members of the OMUK leadership team about moving. This is prayed through and the unanimous decision is that God is calling James to IT. Meg has always wanted to work in the mission field and pushes the door with OMUK by applying for the job James is leaving in finance. Through prayer, speaking to others and the interviewing process God gives a clear yes and Meg joins the team as an employee.
Before we both joined OMUK the IT & Finance roles we were called into were paid positions. This was due to the critical nature of such roles and needing them to always be filled.
Since that time it has been widely recognised that our hearts are fully committed to full time mission at home and abroad. The next logical step for OM and for us was to make the move from Employee status to full time missionary status. This means we are not locked into the paid jobs we started with but are free to develop and pursue other training and development opportunities within the office here in the UK as they arise, but it also means we can begin the task of raising our full support now, in the safe environment of OMUK, so that when the time is right we can be quickly released to serve abroad in what ever capacity God calls us to, using the gifts and training we have acquired and honed here.
All finance that comes in for OM Staff working in the UK, and any gifts that come in for the work of the OMUK HQ goes into 1 pot which is shared out amongst OMUK missionaries. Though we are all encouraged to raise our full support OMUK recognise the challenge that many missionaries face with raising finance in countries like the UK that are not traditionally seen as mission fields.
Unlike many mission/charity organisations that take a sizeable percentage out of every gift that is given to it to pay their employees, OM takes a different approach that aims to foster and build personal connections between the supporters (individuals, churches, businesses etc.) and the missionary being supported. That relationship is then encouraged to grow through mutual prayer and regular contact, and will hopefully follow that missionary throughout the entire length of their calling . It is also true that some missionaries come from very affluent areas, and find support raising far easier, and so those who are under-supported will be helped out by those who are over-supported. This pooling mechanism means that our jobs are secure for the time that we keep our position here in OMUK. This security is of course still reliant on the support of friends, family, churches, businesses and organisations, as OM as a missionary charity, has no revenue stream other than the good will and support of people like you.
This is based on Exodus 16:17-18 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.
As well as 2 Corinthians 8:13-15 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need,so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”
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