Programmes combine 'real world' biblical studies with cross-cultural adaptation and opportunities to experience an array of ministry options. Know what you believe, and why, and gain confidence in sharing your faith. Immerse yourself in learning another language and worldview. It's all part of wanting to change the world while being willing for God to change you. When can we expect you?
If you are interested in taking a year abroad, are looking for a college placement, or feel a career break might be needed in the near future, then Immersion should rank highly on your possibilities list!
Immersion in an 11-month programme designed for any young person who wants biblical training and full-time ministry experience. The first couple of months in Ireland are based at the OM headquarters, Lacken House, where Immersion participants study topics including evangelism, hermeneutics, and apologetics. As they grow in their knowledge and beliefs, they also learn practical ministry skills such as creative arts; and life skills like stewardship and time management.
After training, the remaining nine months of Immersion are spent at a ministry placement with partner churches located throughout Ireland. Smaller teams of Immersion students will share close community as they live together and serve the church in many different ways.
At the conclusion of the year, Immersion participants have the opportunity to lead a team of short-termers serving during Impact Ireland. Before returning home, Immersion team members will have grown in their walk with Jesus, ability to serve, and have a greater understanding of ministry life. All OM staff secure their own funding by private donations.
Participants need to:
- Have a love for Jesus and a desire to share your faith
- Have a God-given sense of "call" to serve abroad
- Be flexible and have willingness to work as a team
- Be between 18-30 years old - GAP students welcome!
- Have at least conversational English language ability
- Fulfill and abide by OM Ireland child protection requirements (much work will be youth and child focused)
The next team begins in September 2019, will you join us?
“I did a lot of thinking and praying. I thought about my fears, my hopes and dreams for the future. I thought about my fears about my hopes and dreams for the future. I let whatever emotion come that would come,” says Hannah. “I let the tears come if they wanted. Only the sheep, fields and river were there to see them. I let any – and every – thought come up, pouring it out before God…and then I left it there for Him to take control.”
After years of the team dreaming, the Big Red Bus finally joins the National Ploughing Championships during a windstorm.
“Christmas isn’t just a day, though. It’s a season, a feeling, a thought process that brings us to the realisation that we are small parts of a much larger picture. In the middle of the hustle and bustle, shopping, wrapping, giving, sharing, laughing and caring are we focusing on the right part of the season? Where are our hearts?" wonders OMer Hannah.
“Looking around that pub at the various people enjoying their tea, I started really thinking about what he’d said,” Hannah remembers. “Praying for revival…In a country that many have come to learn is spiritually dark, have we given up on praying for the people? Has the belief in revival died, or are we still trusting that God can move in a mighty way?”
“I can’t remember the last time I ran (physically or metaphorically) because I was so excited about something,” shares OMer Hannah. Can you?
Brandy and her daughter Alexia (USA) went to Ireland for a two-week outreach and left impacted just as much as they'd impacted others.