|Short Term Trips|
A strong desire of OM Ireland is to see many Irish Christians serving throughout the world—impacting other cultures through creative arts, sports, practical skills, and other unique ministries. One of the great privileges we have as a field is the ability to connect individuals, groups, or families with opportunities to serve on a short-term capacity.
For 2013 we selected four outreaches where we hope to go with an Irish team and one of the staff members of OM Ireland. Join us now!
2013 Overseas Opportunies
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Love Moldova (Creative Arts)
The purpose of this outreach is to help the local churches in their ministries, reaching out to children, youth and elderly. You will be working with local churches, organizing a day camp for children, visiting elderly people, helping practically.
During the day camp you will be organizing games, doing crafts, sharing a bible story, singing songs etc. Depending on the church you will be also encouraging elderly people or needy families, possibly doing practical work. Most likely you will be working in 2 different churches/villages.
In addition OM Ireland hopes to send a team out that has an emphasis on Creative Arts. The team will be trained in puppets ministry, and kids' activities etc.
The GO conference
Every year OM organises 2 Global Orientation (GO) Conferences (January and August) for approximately 200 and 250 people joining OM. They come from all over the world to be trained and equipped before going to their particular country or field. This summer the conference will be held in de Kroeze Danne. You can have a look on www.kroezedanne.nl
Many volunteers, about 70 a week, are needed to run the conference in August. Are you available?
For which period(s)?
Whole Conference: Sunday afternoon 18 August – Saturday afternoon 31 August
First Period: Sunday afternoon 18 August - Sunday afternoon 25 August
Second Period: Saturday 24 August - Saturday afternoon 31 August
Clean-up: Friday 30 August and Saturday 31 August
Coming for both weeks is absolutely the best way to provide continuity and good service to the participants, but you are very welcome to come for only one of the weeks indicated above.
We will start with an introductory meeting on Sunday evening 18 August and on Monday 19 we will have a day of orientation for all volunteers so you feel confident in the role you will have.
The clean up the last 24 hours is often trying, tiring, anticlimax, etc. and we could use the extra help. So if you can only help for those days, please do come and energize that last afternoon and day, 30 and 31 August.
What are the available jobs?
Crèche/nursery, Children’s Program, Cleaning & Laundry, A-team/Security, Local transport, Dining room, Kitchen, Dish Washing, Snack bar, and Serving Coffee.
What can you expect?
We love to work with volunteers and want to make your experience at the conference worthwhile. We would like you to have fun while working 8 hours a day, but we also pray you will be enriched by the teaching, by learning new skills, by getting to know new people, by praising God together. There will be a time of devotions each morning or evening just for the volunteers and you are welcome to join any meeting in your free time. If you come for two weeks, we will try to give you one day off to rest, go shopping or sightseeing.
What does it cost to work as a volunteer?
In addition to your travel cost, we would like you to pay a EUR 20 registration fee (which can be paid through your OM office or at the Info Desk at the conference). Your food and lodging is paid for by the conference, so you only need money for your personal spending on snacks, books (for sale at conference), renting bikes, trips to town…
Any contribution you wish to make though towards your food and lodging (15 euro a day) is very welcome, but not obligatory.
Rich in beauty, history and culture, Russia is the biggest country in the world, stretching across 11 time zones and many changes in culture and climate. After the tremendous social and political upheavals of the twentieth century, Russia is still undergoing a time of change and transformation. The horrors of World War II and seventy years of communism have left an indelible impression on the older generation, while social problems such as alcoholism, drug abuse, a rapidly increasing HIV rate, divorce and a growing contrast between the super rich and desperately poor are deeply affecting the daily life of Russians today.
How to make the Gospel real and Christianity relevant in the middle of all these challenges? This is a big question facing the Russian church and OM today. As OM Russia, they count it a privilege to partner with Russian churches in their lives, projects and outreaches, supporting them in many varied ways. Nearly half the team is made up of Russians; their fluency in both language and culture is a hugely positive influence on OM's ministry and effectiveness.
Further details about the outreach will be available soon.