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Singapore is one of the world’s major commercial hubs, and enjoys a per capita GDP higher than most developed countries. However, the population also has one of the highest levels of income inequality.

 

OM Singapore started actively recruiting young people into cross-cultural missions in the 70s, at a time when cross-cultural missions was hardly on the radar of the local church. Short-term missions (as distinct from today’s mission-trip phenomenon) was viewed with suspicion, made worst when some returnees moved on from their home churches for various reasons.

 

In the 80s, as one of the few missions agencies to offer cross-cultural missions, about 20-30 people joined OM annually. As the missions scene in Singapore matured and grew in the 90s, churches and denominations started initiated church-based and denomination-based missions, and the number of people joining OM dropped to about 10 a year. The role of external agencies such as OM had to be newly-defined.

 

In 1997, OM Singapore launched Kids Plus, a local missions awareness ministry to help children get involved in supporting Christian workers. This was well received by the local church and over the years, many children were able to respond to the call through prayer, financial support and short-term mission exposure trips to neighbouring countries. Local ministry to Indian construction workers was also initiated locally, and further developed in 2001 as OMers reached out to immigrant workers in Singapore.

 

Kingdom-building (not empire-building) partnerships enabled through an extensive network in over 110 countries as well as specialised missions training at home and on the field have helped OM Singapore bridge the gap between churches and missions over these past 10 years. Many of the 300 – 400 people sent out with OM have become pastors and/or ministry leaders. Atleast 100 Singaporeans have participated in OM’s missions exposure programme annually since 2000. The missions scene in Singapore remains very dynamic today!

 

 MERCY TEAMS INTERNATIONAL (MTI)

 

With its headquarters based in Singapore, Mercy Teams International (MTI) champions holistic ministries in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and Laos. Through education, health care, development and discipleship, MTI seeks to reduce suffering and oppression amongst the poor and needy.

 

With the help of volunteer doctors, teachers, social workers, occupational therapists, construction workers, pastors, builders, home-makers and secretaries, MTI is able to rescue and rehabilitate children who are abused or at risk on the streets, run aquaculture fish farms, offer preschool, primary and vocational educational opportunities, and provide basic life-skill and other preventative measure training.

Many teams are still in the pioneering stage and require flexible, passionate workers who practice radical discipleship and can demonstrate love and compassion to the destitute or poor.

Facts about Singapore
Population:
238 million
Languages:
Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Saraiki (a Punjabi variant) 10%, Pashto (alternate name, Pashtu) 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balochi 3%, Hindko 2%, Brahui 1%, English (official; lingua franca of Pakistani elite and most government ministries), Burushaski, and other 8%
Religion:
Muslim (official) 96.4% (Sunni 85-90%, Shia 10-15%), other (includes Christian and Hindu) 3.6%
Economic Overview:
Decades of internal political disputes and low levels of foreign investment have led to underdevelopment in Pakistan. Pakistan has a large English-speaking population, with English-language skills less prevalent outside urban centers. Despite some progress in recent years in both security and energy, a challenging security environment, electricity shortages, and a burdensome investment climate have traditionally deterred investors. Agriculture accounts for one-fifth of output and two-fifths of employment. Textiles and apparel account for more than half of Pakistan's export earnings; Pakistan's failure to diversify its exports has left the country vulnerable to shifts in world demand. Pakistan’s GDP growth has gradually increased since 2012, and was 5.3% in 2017. Official unemployment was 6% in 2017, but this fails to capture the true picture, because much of the economy is informal and underemployment remains high. Human development continues to lag behind most of the region.
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