Because each outreach is based on the local culture, geography, and ministry vision of the local OM leaders, it is impossible to determine what your specific outreach will involve. Every outreach will be fulfilling some part in the overall mission of OM: making Jesus known among the unreached and marginalized through transformational church planting.
Some will have the opportunity to experience a variety of ministries which may include literature distribution, music, drama, video, coffee houses, children’s clubs, open-air street preaching (including sketch boards), church meetings, and door-to-door evangelism.
Teams in Muslim countries will not be permitted to share Christ in large, public settings, but will be involved in personal/friendship evangelism. Be ready to share your personal testimony!
Again this will be determined by the local culture as well as the vision and personality of the local OM leadership. You might start early each day or you might not start until noon. You might be finished by dinner, or you might not finish until bed time. Regardless of the schedule, please realize you are there to support the work of the local OM leadership.
Who will lead my team?
Teams are usually co-led by a man and woman. Leaders usually have had previous cross-cultural and/or leadership experience in their church, college, or job. Team leaders will work under the direction of long-term OM missionaries and/or local pastors. These long-term missionaries live every day in the culture where you are serving for a short time. They have invested much time and many resources into their ministry there. Your outreach will support their overall strategy for ministering in that area. Please submit yourself to their leadership. Years of ministry could be permanently damaged by not paying attention to their instructions.
Where will I be living?
Most teams will be housed in churches which means sleeping on floors in sleeping bags and having limited washing facilities. Depending on the area, some teams may stay in the homes of local Christians, in local hotels or at campsites. You will be given instructions regarding your accommodation before you leave for the field.
What if I don’t know the language?
Knowledge of a foreign language is helpful, but it is not required. Translators will be provided for public meetings. Obviously in-depth personal conversations will be limited without foreign language fluency. In some areas (e.g. Europe) the people (especially the younger ones) are more bilingual than the average American and may know some English. Literature in appropriate languages will be provided for distribution. You may be taught a few phrases as well as Christian songs in the language of the country in which you will be serving. Team members may have a vital contribution through involvement in music, mime or drama, prayer, and helping with practical tasks. It is always a good idea to know these basic phrases: hello, good-bye, please, thank you.