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Don’t you just love the line in ‘Oh, holy night’: “A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices…”

Our weary world needs that thrill of hope. A world weary of war, natural disasters, hatred, division and hopelessness.

This Christmas is an opportunity for you to impact our weary world with the desperately needed thrill of hope that can only be found in Jesus.

By supporting OM this Christmas, you’re enabling us to continue our core ministry: to share the message of Jesus with the world.

When you give, you become an integral part of our Gospel Impact ministry – inspiring, training, and sending people out into the world with the life-changing message of the Gospel.

We simply could not do this without your generous support!

Your gift isn’t just a donation; it’s an investment in seeing lives, communities, and nations changed for eternity. Why? Because like us, you’re deeply passionate about the hope of Jesus reaching every person in the world.

We understand that giving involves a sacrifice, especially during these challenging economic times. Please know that your gift, no matter the amount, will have a much needed Gospel Impact.

It will ensure that our workers and ministries all over the world can continue sharing the Gospel with those who have never had the opportunity to hear it!
Thank you for making a Gospel Impact this Christmas!
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Stories of Hope

Brett's Story

Brett grew up in a Christian family in Australia, where he remembers listening and reading the Bible as a child, and thinking: “Wow, these disciples were ordinary people. If this message really is for me, and for everyone else, then God’s not after perfect people. He’s just after people who would obey Him.”

“I also realised that God had given me skills in certain areas and that I was to use those for His glory,” said Brett. These convictions—as well as his love for adventure—stuck with Brett as he studied at university to become an engineer, attended Bible study with colleagues at his workplace, joined OM and, later, as he stepped into a leadership role in a South Asian country. “My life started out okay: I went and did well at school and university, was an engineer and was designing and testing cars—the dream job that many boys want—but I realised I was just making money for a big company. What I really wanted was to impact lives. And that’s why I stepped into ministry.”

While leading the team for the past four years, Brett has used his giftings, passions and convictions in a variety of ways. At the start of the year, he shared with his team about five church planting principles that have helped his team to better obey Jesus. These principles include the way Jesus chose 12 normal men to disciple and do life with, based His teachings on Scripture, modelled His faith to His disciples, gave His disciples assignments and then followed up with them—principles that can help anyone who follows Christ to shape their life and ministry as Jesus did.

“What we’ve realised is that you can’t just disciple someone with a few hours every fortnight or a couple times a year; you have to spend time with them—like Jesus did. So we place our teams in villages among the people so that they can disciple them daily,” said Brett. “Our teams connect with people, meet with them, share with them, study the Bible together, work and laugh together—just live life together—because when you do that, there are so many opportunities to demonstrate how Christ transforms lives.”

In one village, a witch doctor’s son was unable to be healed no matter what rituals his father did or medical treatment he received. Finally, the son was healed when a local Christian, who had been discipled by OM workers, prayed for him. After witnessing this healing power, the witch doctor and his family decided to follow Christ. As word of the boy’s healing and transformation spread, four other families in the area also came to faith. “The five families came to faith in various ways,” Brett explained. “One family would share with the next, and some were given Bibles to read and then decided to follow, and they saw the lives of others changed by their decision to follow Jesus.” Through follow-up calls and remote discipleship, the team was able to support this new fellowship to grow in their understanding of who Christ is and what it means to follow Him.

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Lachlan's Story

When Lachlan’s friends invited him to TeenStreet in Queensland, little did he know that it would be the start of an adventure of a lifetime.

“I hadn’t grown up knowing God, so it was a very eye-opening experience,” says Lachlan as he reflects back on his first TeenStreet.

“I didn’t actually know how much Jesus was involved. My friends just talked me into going.”

TeenStreet is OM’s Youth Movement, a discipleship event that takes place in dozens of countries. It challenges and equips Teens to radically follow Jesus and share His love with their world.

By the end of his first TeenStreet, Lachlan had given his life to the Lord.

“I just really experienced the love of God through the people. After that, my life was set on track for a lot of new things.”

At TeenStreet the following year, he felt prompted by God to sign up for a mission trip to Nepal. There he experienced first hand the impact OM was having in the world. He also discovered he could use his university studies in anthropology to serve God, and so with his new wife, Tiffany, started looking for opportunities to relocate to a place in need of the Gospel.

Lachlan and Tiffany are now living in Albania, serving and loving the marginalised and those in need.

Knowing the impact TeenStreet had on their journey, they now want to see Albanian teens have to same opportunities. In 2022, they lead the first TeenStreet in Albania, which saw over 100 young people discipled and inspired into discovering God’s purpose for them.

“It was so amazing to see God working in their lives the same way He worked in mine,” Lachlan shared.

Karun's Story

Karun’s* journey with Jesus spans from an Indian Tamil Hindu temple in Apartheid South Africa to a Muslim mosque in Central Asia, and from a life of drugs and depression to sharing his story of freedom. Today, as an OM leader in Central Asia, he embraces his cultural value of community, regularly hosting leaders, co-workers, and local friends around his family’s kitchen table.

Raised in a religiously diverse environment, Karun initially aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Hindu priest. However, around the age of 13, Karun felt unfulfilled spiritually, turning to drugs and gangs during his high school years. During that time, he lost two close friends. Realising he was headed for the same outcome, he sat on his bed one day and said: “God, if You can hear me, help me.”

The next day, a neighbour invited Karun to a Christian youth group. Despite intending to disrupt the gathering, he was captivated by the joy of the Jesus followers. A few weeks later, he joined the group for a camp, packing drugs and alcohol alongside his other overnight essentials.

At that camp, he heard a voice summon him to the main event hall, saying, “I want to meet with you.” When Karun followed that prompting, he found himself kneeling in the front of the room, tearfully responding: “Yes, Lord.”

At that moment, Karun committed to following Jesus and was immediately delivered from his drug addiction. Surprisingly, his father supported his decision, having embraced diverse influences himself. Even with early exposure to other religions, Karun said one of the main barriers to the gospel in his Hindu community is the same one that exists amongst Muslims in Central Asia, where he’s lived for over two decades: identity. “You feel like if you give up your religion, you’re giving up on your people,” he shared.

Still, the freedom Karun found in Christ was stronger than his fears about losing his culture. “I was trapped,” he explained. “And I prayed a lot. I did a lot of rituals, but it wasn’t setting me free. And then Jesus comes along, and He says, ‘I can do this for you.'”

Shortly after, Karun joined OM’s missions training program in South Africa, beginning his discipleship journey. “A lot of who I was in Christ came out, a lot of deliverance, the offloading of baggage, understanding who Father [God] is and His heart for me and His mission all happened during that period,” he said. “I see the value of coming into OM and being discipled in OM and then growing from there.”

Transitioning to Central Asia, he shared his transformative story with drug-addicted young men and engaged in conversations about faith with an aspiring Islamic teacher. One significant encounter resulted in a young man’s decision to follow Jesus. Karun also served among a marginalised people group, drawing on his experiences of segregation in South Africa.

Karun now serves as an OM leader in Central Asia. Reflecting on his life, he knows his experiences have not gone to waste. “The Father uses every part of your journey, not just one,” he emphasised. He hopes to impart that lesson to those around him — whether Hindus, Muslims or others who have not experienced the difference Jesus makes. “To journey well is to share everything: the highs, the lows…, and to show them that this is how Christ impacts us in all those different situations. Even though it’s difficult, I still have hope, and I have a Father I can run to,” he explained.

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