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Our History

Operation Mobilisation traces its roots to the prayers of an American

housewife. In the 1950s, Dorothea Clapp began to pray faithfully for

the students in her local high school. She asked God to touch the world

through the lives of the young people. And God answered her prayers.

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Mrs. Clapp’s son gave the Gospel of John to one of the students, who later gave his life to the Lord at a Billy Graham meeting. That young man was George Verwer, the founder and International Director of Operation Mobilisation. At college, George and two friends met regularly to pray. They became burdened by the spiritual needs of Mexico.

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The three friends sold some of their possessions to raise money and gave up their summer holiday to distribute Gospels and other Christian literature in Mexico. The friends returned to Mexico the following summer and the next.

When they graduated, George and his friends traveled to Europe. They began work in Spain, sharing the Gospel and distributing literature. But the task of reaching the whole of Europe seemed overwhelming. George and his small team realised that God’s plan was to mobilise His Church to reach the nations. As they began to share their vision, hundreds of Christians responded. So a movement called Send the Light was born.

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2,000 Christians had joined summer outreach teams in Europe. At the same time, teams moved into the Indian sub-continent and the Muslim world. Their commitment was to reach those who had never heard the Gospel.

Ministry begins spreading around the globe via the Logos ship in 1970 and the Doulos ship in 1977.

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Send the Light officially changes its name to Operation Mobilisation.

OM celebrates 50 years!

Such simple beginnings have shaped OM. Today over 4,000 workers in OM’s family of ministries, representing over 100 nationalities, are bringing God’s unchanging truth to literally millions every year.

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We look at the world with
hearts of compassion and a
genuine burden for those who
have not yet heard about
Jesus or experienced
His amazing love.
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Following God's call and
mandate, we hold five ideas to
be foundations which, along
with prayer, must shape and
guide each of us as we serve,
and as we inspire and prepare
more Jesus followers
for God's mission.
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A posture of love and care is
not only evident in our prayer,
worship and interactions, but
in our systems, processes and
structures. We lead with love
in our work and life, and with
our finances
and resources as well.