It’s several years since I last changed my glasses. Not that I’ve got a problem with change, it’s just that I’ve got used to my present pair. However, at the same time, if you were to ask me how well I see, I’d have to confess that I find myself having to hold my books further and further away from my face in order to read them.
What’s true in my case might just as easily be true for organisations like OM. We’ve been around for a long time, we have our own way of doing things. Why change then? Isn’t our message one that has an unchanging relevance? Yes, of course, but in the same way as a visit to the optician could be beneficial, it might be advisable to stand back and think afresh about our organisation’s vision.
For three years now, OM International has been working at this colossal task, trying to pinpoint the DNA of our work. Amongst all our increasingly varied activities, what is it that makes us “OMers”? What is it that motivates us to get up each morning with genuine enthusiasm? What is our fundamental passion?
Our story (see overleaf) explains where we’ve come from. We are a global community of Jesus’ followers. But more than that, our history must push us forward. We want to multiply! We want to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. Our activities are not goals in themselves. They must all lead us in the same direction. Our mission provides us with our goal, and our activities provide the method for reaching that goal.
Thank you for your prayers. In the coming months our aim is to align our ministries to this new mission statement from OM International. May the Lord help and direct us, allowing us to see more and more dynamic communities of Jesus followers throughout the beautiful country of France!
Simon Yeomans, OM France field leader.