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Information about the international Christian mission organisation Operation Mobilisation/Operation Mobilization. Read about Operation Mobilisation's history, work in Central Europe, the Czech Republic, and around the world.

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The Brandons with OM in the Czech Republic:
We hope you’ll be inspired by the history and work of Operation Mobilisation worldwide. We first joined OM on a short term mission to the Czech Republic in 1998, then worked with them full-time for almost two years (2004-2005). We can thoroughly recommend OM as a caring, professional organisation, dedicated to cross-cultural mission.

Warning: once OM gets hold of you, it’s very hard to let it go!

If our story inspires you:

  • ! We’d love to hear from you!
  • Pray about it! Maybe the Lord is leading you to work for him in missions.
  • Contact your local OM office—they have all sorts of long and short term missions available all over the world.

Stephen, Benji and Varya Brandon

On this page:

Brief history of Operation Mobilisation
What does Operation Mobilisation do in the Czech Republic?
The OM Ships
OM’s Work in Central/Eastern Europe
OM’s Work in New Zealand
Some Other Examples of OM’s Work Around the World
Resources (links)

Brief History of Operation Mobilization

It all started with the faith of one elderly lady.

An elderly lady in New Jersey, USA, faithfully prayed for the pupils of her local school for 17 years! She sent students copies of John’s Gospel and as a result the young George Verwer committed his life to Christ at a Billy Graham rally in 1955.

After spending holidays distributing gospels in Mexico, George and several student friends arrived in Spain in 1960. In the summer of 1962, over 200 young people joined together for prayer and Bible study. They then spread across Europe in small teams targetting major cities and millions of pieces of Christian literature were given out. This was the first ‘summer campaign’.

The following year 2,000 young people joined the effort as 80,000 towns were visited. By 1970, when Operation Mobilization’s first ship, was purchased, teams had already begun to reach out to the Midde East and the Indian subcontinent. The organisation grew steadily drawing recruits from Asia, Latin America and the Middle East as well as the traditional missionary sending areas of Europe, Northern America and Australasia. Today Operation Mobilisation (OM) has over 3,000 full time staff in over 85 nations and three OM ships, with a combined crew of over 500 — a dynamic, interdenominational, multi-cultural and global ministry. (Text used with permission from OM New Zealand)

What does Operation Mobilisation do in the Czech Republic?

  • Supports and resources local churches, with workers, expertise, training, premises, literature, short term missions teams, Alpha courses etc.

  • Runs English Classes for Czechs (ECC)

  • Runs twice-monthly English Bible Meetings (EBM)

  • Presents programmes on world mission and evangelism to Czech churches, youth groups and Bible colleges

  • Supports Czech nationals on the mission field around the world

  • Runs Teen Street Central Europe (new in 2005)

  • Supports church-planting initiatives around the Czech Republic

See also: OM Czech Republic


The OM Ships

The OM ships visit port cities throughout the world, supplying vital literature resources, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, training young people for more effective life and service, providing needed relief and sharing a message of hope in God wherever there is opportunity. Since 1970, OM’s ships have visited over 435 different ports in 140 nations around the globe. On average, 1 million visitors are welcomed on board every year!

An international crew and staff, representing 50 nations, lives and works on board the OM ships. All are volunteers, usually staying for two years. Some serve in their professional capacity as deck or engineering officers, seamen, carpenters, welders and electricians, or as a doctor, nurse or cook, while others come to participate in training programme on board. Each training programme participant combines a full working week in their assigned department with other training programme elements such as devotional studies, discipleship, prayer and learning ministry skills. Teaching is strongly linked with opportunities to translate theory into first-hand experience. Some participants also work toward recognised qualifications in engineering or seamanship. Crew members receive cross-cultural exposure through life as an international community. Port visits offer unique opportunities to see the needs around the world and join with local believers in sharing God’s love with port residents. A highlight in many ports is the International Night programme, usually held in a high profile onshore venue and attended by hundreds or even thousands of local people. The event focuses on the multinational nature of the ship community through costume, song, dance and drama and provides a platform to share the hope in God that brings life, unity and purpose to the ships’ crew and staff. Whether maintaining the engines, cooking for the crew, supplying literature, speaking to individuals or crowds, sharing about their cultures and faith, or providing relief to needy people, the ship community learns, and serves, with joy.

In total, over 30 million visitors have come aboard to purchase from the selection of 4,000 titles available. Titles cover a wide range of subjects, such as science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, philosophy, medicine and children’s books, as well as faith in God and living life in God’s service. The books have been carefully chosen to be of interest to every member of the family, and with the educational, social and moral needs of the local community in mind. Books are on offer at a fraction of their retail value, while in certain ports, books are also donated. Additionally, every visitor to an OM ship (where possible) is given the opportunity to take a piece of free literature which explains more about the need for a right relationship with God.

Aid and relief work, as an expression of God’s love and concern for people in needy countries visited by the OM ships, may take many forms – medical aid, construction projects, or major donations of literature, as well as spontaneous gifts of food and clothing. In the past, ship personnel have donated textbooks and reference volumes to schools, libraries, colleges and universities, distributed medical or food supplies, renovated clinics and orphanages, and assisted in the construction of schools and church buildings.

Each ship is owned and operated by a registered charitable trust and is financed mainly through sponsorship of individuals on board and general giving. Each individual working with the OM ships volunteers their time and is sponsored by friends, supporters and their local church. Books are supplied by respected publishers and shipped by container to restock the bookshops on board. Local language materials published in the countries visited supplement stocks of books. Income received from sales in the bookshops is used to purchase more literature and other supplies, and to pay freight and customs charges. Technical projects, relief projects and fuel costs are often financed by designated gifts from supporters around the world.

Most of the all volunteer crew and staff serve on board for two years, although there are always opportunities for professional crew to serve with the ships for shorter periods of time. Needed professionals include deck and engineering officers, seamen, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders, doctors, dentists, nurses and cooks.

The ships are maintained and continually upgraded to comply with international shipping regulations and safety standards. Without this dedication to keeping the ships in top condition, there would be no ship ministry. Technical projects often require the services of additional skilled workers – engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and welders. Both long and short-term volunteers are always welcome. Just as individuals serving on the ships trust God for their support, the OM ships also trusts God for the finances needed for these major technical projects. Donations of equipment and supplies are invaluable, and projects are financed by specially designated gifts from supporters around the world.


To serve as a crewmember or to partner financially with the OM ships, contact your local OM office for more information.


Operation Mobilisation’s Work in Central/Eastern Europe

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OM short and long term missions operate in, or have operated in, most countries in Greater Europe and the Balkans. For many years Operation Mobilisation has had an annual mission to Europe called “Love Europe” which sent out teams to Central Europe; “Love Balkans” sent teams to Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. Now, though, there are numerous opportunities for short, medium and long term mission in the area. If you want to find out more about the Operation Mobilization missions, check out our links page.

Long and medium term work continues in most countries too. In the Czech Republic the emphasis is on supporting and resourcing the Czech Church — helping Czech churches in evangelism and church planting, organising short term missions such as Teen Street and Teens in Mission, and promoting worldwide missions to churches. Many different types of outreaches are used, from English teaching classes and camps, to street evangelism, to sports camps and concerts.

If you would like to be a part of any of these exciting opportunities, please contact your local OM office (see links page).



Work in New Zealand


We couldn’t let this page go by without a plug for the Operation Mobilisation team in New Zealand!

A new venture from the NZ team which will bring in OMers from all over the world is called "TEA" (Training/Evangelism/Adventure)- it’s a 3 month programme of adventure sports (well, tramping/hiking anyway), teamwork, bible study and evangelism/missions training. A pilot was held in early 2003, and this year sees programmes starting in January, July and October 2004. If you’re interested, please contact the OM office in New Zealand.

The NZ team is mostly responsible for looking after the some 50 Kiwis who are out on the field in many different countries. NZ has a proud tradition of sending out missionaries, and the number continues to grow. Tasks include helping with finance and support raising, helping with communications and newsletters, and helping to raise the profile of missions to New Zealanders.



Work in Other Places - just a few examples of OM’s work around the world


India: Operation Mobilization India has more than 1,000 Indian men and women devoted to serving Christ in their nation. These national workers serve in unique capacities matching their ministry skills and spiritual calling.

There are three main kinds of teams on which OM India workers are serving: Good Shepherd Holistic Ministries Teams, Long Term Disciple Making Teams, and See the Light Field Teams. In addition, OM India’s workers are involved in disaster relief and rehabilitation, literature publishing, prayer networks and educating the Dalits of India.

Zimbabwe: OM Zimbabwe is helping to develop an indigenous African model for missions through mentoring and partnering with the local church. A large part of this is training Zimbabweans in ministry, equipping them to serve, be it in Zimbabwe, or internationally.

The Tonga are the least reached people group in Zimbabwe and OM’s focus. They are an animist people, living in isolation in a very inhospitable area along the shores of Lake Kariba in northwestern Zimbabwe. There is a strong commitment to traditional ancestral worship, which in the past included a lot of human sacrifice, particularly of children. Witchcraft is a potent force and heavy drinking is another problem.

Mozambique: OM’s work in Mozambique is based around a training center in Mocuba in the north of the country. Mozambican churches choose and send members who show the most promise — the cream of the crop — to participate in a training programme.

At the training center, students receive Bible teaching and practical missions training, all in Portuguese, the common language of the country. They put their training into practice as they visit churches to teach and visit isolated areas to take the Gospel to unreached people.





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