Who We Are
We are a global community of Jesus followers. Since our beginnings, we have been driven by a deep conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to hear the Gospel at least once. So we went. No place was too hard, no people too far, no idea too crazy, no dream too big, and our failures did not hold us back. Tens of thousands have joined us, and hundreds of millions have heard the Gospel. But we are not done yet. We believe that the Gospel has the power to change everyone and everything, including the reality of those who are oppressed, forgotten and marginalised. We believe it is God’s mission to transform lives and communities as He reconciles the world to Himself. We have the privilege of joining with Him in this mission.
What We Do
Operation Mobilisation (OM) is an interdenominational international mission organisation dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission in partnership with the local church.
We recruit, equip and send God’s people, in partnership with the church, to share the love of Jesus with unreached communities all over the world. OM has more than 5200 workers currently working alongside local churches in more than 120 countries from Asia to Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, North America, Europe and the Middle East. We also have a ship ministry with the Logos Hope.
OM Singapore is the national office of OM in Singapore. Through prayer and partnership with the local church, we seek to mobilise Christians to serve God in local and global missions.
How We Began
OM started humbly in the summer of 1957 where three teenagers, one of them George Verwer, came together in a room to pray. Out of prayer, God inspired them to drive an old, beaten borrowed truck to Mexico to distribute Christian literature. There was no fancy plan, no big budget, no safety nets, just simply a pure love to share the gospel with unreached communities. That was how God birthed OM.
Years on, in 1981, Operation Mobilisation (OM) in Singapore was officially registered as a result of the visit of the OM ship, M.V. Logos. The office was started primarily as OM’s South East Asia Office. From the late 1970s to 1990s, we saw many recruits from Singapore and Malaysia sent out primarily to serve on board the OM Ships – M.V. Logos and M.V. Doulos. Subsequently, more Singaporeans served in land-based teams especially in countries like Pakistan and Turkey.
Many of these OM Singapore workers returned to Singapore to become pastors, full-time workers in churches, leaders and workers in mission agencies. Most of them attributed their involvement with churches and missions to OM being instrumental in providing them with formative training and exposure in the mission field.
Lawrence Tong, one of the early missionaries sent out by OM Singapore, was appointed OM’s International Director in 2013. The third International Director to helm OM after George Verwer and Peter Maiden, Lawrence said: “From OM’s earliest days, we invested in all kinds of people for one or two years, knowing that they would return to their churches or go to other organisations—or even start new ones. Many went to Bible school for training and onto leadership in ministry… As one of our contributions to the Kingdom, 25,000 Christians and mission leaders today trace their roots back to OM.”
Today, along with over 120 OM fields all over the world, OM Singapore remains steadfast to its core mission of bringing the gospel to the ends of the earth. Since 2000, we have more than 1000 short-term mission workers sent out from OM Singapore. Since 2012, we also saw an increase in numbers joining OM mission fields spanning one or more years. Today we have more than 40 full-time missionaries from Singapore serving in different parts of the world. We also have a local outreach work amongst the poor and marginalised – reaching out to streetwalkers, pimps and brothel caretakers in Singapore’s red-light district. We also partner with a group in reaching out to the elderly and needy living in one-room government flats.