The face of the workforce at the U.S. Mobilization Center (US-MC) is looking younger! In the last few years, a dozen young adults have taken on some key positions at the home office. They now make up 25% of the US-MC “workers behind the workers,” contributing to recruiting, training, sending and sustaining global mission workers. Bringing in fresh perspective and new energy is this group of 20-30 somethings.
What makes these young adults special?
First, over half of them come with mission experience, most as MKs (kids of mission workers). Second, they are faithfully responding to God’s call on their lives when other more lucrative jobs are available to them. Third, many are bravely taking on the task of raising some, or all, of their financial support – an increasingly difficult challenge for U.S. mission workers. Fourth, they are jumping into a “cultural shift” in the organization due to lots of rapid world change in technology, society, politics, and economics to name a few.
What vision/hope/goal has God given you as you serve at the US-MC?
It is exciting to see God shaping One Challenge for the future through the collaboration of these millennials and a predominantly baby-boomer US-MC. We asked several of them this question, and this is what they said:
Josh, Lifeworkx trainer
“God has given me a vision of creating healthy mission workers and their teams. God has made me passionate for them, and I long to serve them however and whenever possible. The greatest tool I know of to help bring about healthy teams is Lifeworkx, a ministry that helps individuals better discover how God has uniquely created them. When this is done in a mission team setting, there is greater understanding of each other on the team for greater unity and effectiveness.
Serving at the US-MC is a blessing for me. Lifeworkx was born out of and is part of the OC family of ministries. The US-MC is a meeting place for our Lifeworkx team of three to work together. It also allows me to brush shoulders with the great people of OC and provides me opportunity to learn from them their wisdom and passion in missions.”
Carole, Admin Assistant to Mobilization
“My hope was to work in a more fulfilling job, and in an organization with a broader impact. This hope is confirmed continually as we bring more people on board. It’s very inspiring to get to see firsthand how many people really do come on board.”
Thomas, Coordinator – Learning Management
“My goal in joining OC has been to leverage my training and gifts in support of kingdom workers. In my current position, that looks like creating tools and space for collaboration as well as personal and team growth.”
Matt, Member Care: Transitions Coordinator
“God cares about each of our journeys. He invites us to be fellow pilgrims with those who are going overseas or returning to the U.S. My goal is to walk like fellow pilgrims with our overseas workers and their kids.”
Sophia, OC prayer letter editor
“I could not have chosen a better group of people to be my work family. My work with OC has given me so much more than just a job. I have joined a thriving community of Kingdom-oriented men and women who are all committed to sharing the Good News and encouraging one another in their work.
As I continue in my position, my goal is to serve these amazing people by streamlining their communication with each other and with their supporters as they do good work around the world.”
Joshua, OC mobilizer (“recruiting”)
“I have realized the importance of obedience to the Lord in little things, and the power of a lifetime of process that begins with the willingness to take the first step.
God has given my wife, Emily, and I a vision to serve in the Philippines long-term, and we are seeking to obediently take whatever step He places in front of us.”
Sara, Admin Assistant to Personnel
“OC has given me the opportunity to follow my calling and my passion to provide support and resources from home (U.S.) for those who have been called overseas.”
Nate, Chief Development Officer for Lifeworkx
“God called me to missions four months after I became a believer at age 22. In the ten years since that time, He has shown and grown in me a burning desire to see the lives of leaders transformed by discovering their true God created Identity. When the life of a leader is overwhelmed by Christ, their influence spreads the Gospel like wildfire among those they impact.”
Kelli, Communications Journalist
“The reason I serve as a journalist at the US-MC is because God is doing amazing work through One Challenge workers all over the world. But most of us aren’t great at telling our own stories. So, with words, pictures, and video, I get to be the person that champions our people and celebrates what the Lord is doing through their ministry. It’s a sweet gig.”
How you can join in
Do you share these US-MC workers passion? If so, there are a few things you can do.
- You can pray for them. If you like, you can subscribe to their monthly newsletters (paper or electronic) through the OneChallenge.org website or with a phone call to One Challenge (719) 592-9292.
- You can give to the General Fund to help support the work they do or for those raising individual support, you can give directly to their account.
- You can become a “worker behind the workers” part/full time or as a volunteer? Contact Mobilization@oci.org.
We seek to empower the whole body of Christ to bring a transforming love and hope to all people. The role of the OC US-MC is to recruit, send, and care for the administrative and personal needs of all those being sent from the USA. The US-MC is one of 11 Mobilization Center members of the OC Global Alliance, partnering together to effectively deploy people to serve on multiethnic and multinational OC Global Alliance ministry teams in nations around the world. We have teams in East Asia, Europe, Latin America, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, North America (Canada and USA), Southeast Asia, Southern Africa – over 20 countries in all. We have impact ministry in many more.