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IBAN: FI75 2022 1800 0211 21
Reference number for missions: 61311
Markus and Annie Laurinkari, and their two children (Joanna 6 and Joonatan 3) have been serving in Taiwan with OMF International since 2011.
OMF International was formerly known as CIM (China Inland Mission) and was founded by Hudson Taylor. The vision was to reach the inlands of China with the gospel. Nowadays OMF is working all over East Asia with the same vision of reaching those who have not heared about the Good News. Structures, strategies, and spheres of ministry may have changed but OMF’s essential objectives have remained consistent for 150 years.
"We met while serving on the MV Logos II (Operation Mobilisation). Since then God has put a burden for mission on our hearts. Working towards the goal of serving God in mission, we went to the Belfast Bible College and for Markus' final year of study to Redcliffe Bible College. A short-term mission trip to Taiwan in 2007 opened our eyes to see the need to share the Good News among Taiwanese working class. We applied for the OMF and were accepted in 2010.
Taiwan has 17 million working class people, which makes 2/3 of the population of Taiwan. Only 0.5 % them are Christians. Many worship idols and are superstitious, and suffer from the destruction it brings along. We work in a church planting team seeking to evangelize, to make disciples of and to mobilize Taiwan’s working class through pioneering ministries and partnering with local Christians. We live in a more rural setting, where most people have never had any contact with the gospel, and try out creative ways to reach out.
We are now on our second term of service. This term we are working with a team whose focus is especially reaching out to young families. The area we are living and working in is call Sanhe, which is situated in Zongpu, Chiayi County, in the south of Taiwan. Our team has established a small gospel centre which we use as a venue for regular Bible study and vairous outreach programs. We also go out to a local park every Sunday afternoon to do outreach. We try to build contacts via vairous outreach ministries such as park, mom’s group, summer camp,etc. Through the partnership with a local Taiwanese church, we are able to provide regular family worship service for the few new believers and people who are interested in the gospel. Our vision and mission statement is as below:
Our mission is to partner with Taiwanese to plant a locally-led church through sharing the Gospel in all its fullness to families in Sanhe.
We aim to see a healthy, self-supporting, growing church that transforms the San-he community and beyond through the power of the Gospel.
Prayer and partnership
Boldness and perseverance
Living and proclaiming the Gospel