When the Lord Jesus looked upon the vast crowds who followed him from place to place, “…He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew (9:36). Since 1853 The Open-Air Mission has gone out to where those same lost sheep are today and share with them the good news that there is a Saviour who loves them.
Douglas Young preaching using visual aids on a typical Mission display board
So few people today attend a place of worship. The majority of our population would never darken the doorstep of a church and so, “How shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14b) Surely, there is a need to take the gospel to them, where they are. It is arguably more urgent today than it has been for many generations.
Our evangelists and Associate workers are doing this vital work throughout the year, right around the UK. We seek to proclaim the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ in a biblical and winsome manner.
Not only are we engaged in proclaiming the gospel, we also seek to help others in their evangelism. As a Mission we are available to help, encourage and train individual Christians and churches to reach out in the open-air. We are glad to lead seminars followed by the practical application of going onto the streets in order to preach the gospel and engage with people one-to-one about the things of the Lord. We also produce large amounts of gospel literature, including tracts/leaflets, booklets, CDs etc. The Mission also provides follow-up for those who express an interest in knowing more. We are always keen to direct people to good local churches.