OM is celebrating 60 years in 2017. Weekly over the course of the coming anniversary year, we are presenting 60 defining moments that have shaped OM into what we are today.
Since 1975, OM ships have acted as a catalyst in the spiritual awakening of countless Koreans. Since then, thousands of Koreans have served with OM all over the world.
The story of how OM’s Ship Ministry began
After the impact of initial OM summer campaigns, George Verwer asked in 1963 if anyone would be willing to work with OM for at least a year.
No known believers from a Muslim background existed in Turkey when the first two OMers arrived in 1961. Now, nearly half of the 7,000 believers there can trace their journey...
Three men smuggled Bibles into Eastern Europe and witnessed God work in miraculous ways as they stepped out in faith.
Over 60 years, OM has witnessed its workers ‘sold out for the gospel’. During the Communist Era, OM conducted one of the largest Bible-smuggling operations behind the Iron Curtain.
In 1963, the first OM team travelled overland from Europe to India, sharing the gospel along the way and initiating a movement that would reached millions with the gospel.
OM’s work in the Middle East North Africa region has evolved from long road trips with literature, yet continues the same pioneering spirit and passion for the unreached.
In the '60s, George Verwer and his non-conformist followers brought a clear call to radical discipleship demonstrated in lifestyle and philosophy, not for a summer but for a lifetime.
In the 1960s, when OM accepted untrained people for short-term campaigns, it was unheard of. Today, it has become a gateway into missions.