One Year in Mission

OYiM is a global youth initiative designed to give teams of young professional (18+) an opportunity to magnify Jesus in the cities of the world through the Three Angels Message!

Before His ascension, Christ’s final words to His disciples reminded them to “reach the world,” making “disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19, 20, NKJV)


CITIES over 1 Million

5.2 Billion

Number of Non Christians





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Welcome Message

Right now, you are standing under the shadow of Jericho. The young armies of the Lord under your command are just waiting for their orders.

What will you do? Will you consult with the many excuses tempting you to abandon the cities of the world to the giants of crime, vice, poverty and godlessness or will you command God’s young people to move forward? Even now God is saying to you, as He did to Joshua “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king and the mighty men of valor” (Joshua 6:2). 

Right now, you hold in your hand a simple yet effective strategy for tearing down walls and rescuing the lost Rahab’s of the world. One year in Mission when intentionally planned, promoted, and implemented by youth directors at every level of the church is a mighty catalyst for city evangelism, revival and discipleship. 

I believe God through this youth and young adult initiative wants to blow the “ram’s horn”, as He did before the fall of Jericho. The ram’s horn is a beautiful symbol of the everlasting gospel. Just like it took the death of a ram to produce a horn, it took the death of our Savior to produce Salvation for the world. No wonder the Bible commands us to “…declare the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). 

Youth directors, now is the time to take the cities in your Divisions, Unions and Conferences for Jesus! “…and it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the walls fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, AND THEY TOOK THE CITY” (Joshua 6:20). 

Take the city! 

Pastor Gary 

GC Youth Ministries Director


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WORKSHEET 1 - The One Year in Mission Experience - BlanchardDownload
WORKSHEET 2 - One Year in Mission Made Simple - BlanchardDownload
WORKSHEET 3 - The OYiM Story - CangyDownload
WORKSHEET 4 - Challenges and Solutions - PillayDownload
WORKSHEET 5 - City Evangelism and the 3 Angels Message - WilsonDownload
WORKSHEET 6 - Creating Your Strategy - BlanchardDownload
WORKSHEET 7 - Culture and Daily Schedule - StanyerDownload
WORKSHEET 8 - Staying Salty - PeraltaDownload
WORKSHEET 9 - Leading the Leader - De los SantosDownload
WORKSHEET 10 - Role of an OYiM Leader - PillayDownload
WORKSHEET 11 - Fishing for Souls: How to Give Bible Studies - SernsDownload
WORKSHEET 12 - Fishing for Souls How to Hold a Public Evangelism Meeting - SernsDownload
WORKSHEET 13 - How to Plant a Church Planting in One Year - KrossDownload
WORKSHEET 13a - How To Plant a Church - Become a World Changer - KrossDownload
WORKSHEET 13b - How To Plant a Church: Harvest Cycle of Evangelism - KrossDownload
WORKSHEET 13c - How To Plant a - Church Relational Streams - KrossDownload
WORKSHEET 14 - Starting and Building a PCM Ministry - MoonDownload
WORKSHEET 15 - Senior Youth Leader Training Resource - MokgwaneDownload
WORKSHEET 16 - Five Ways to Fund Your Mission to the Cities and OYiM - VennDownload
WORKSHEET 17 - Making Prayer a Priority - BlackDownload
WORKSHEET 18 - Youth Alive - ReinertDownload
Comprehensive Health Ministry ResourcesDownload
OYiM Division CoordinatorsDownload
Global Mission CentersDownload
OYiM Manual June 2018Download
OYiM DiagramDownload
OYiM UniversityDownload
Urban Mission Training VideosDownload



Below are answers to questions you may have, just click on the question to learn more.  You may also download our power-point or PDF documents that overview the OYiM initiative.

What is “One Year in Mission”?

OYiM is a global youth initiative designed to give teams of young professional (18+) an opportunity to magnify Jesus in the cities of the world through the Three Angels Message!
FACT: The Apostle Paul was the first OYiM Missionary to Antioch (Acts 11:26).

Why do we need OYiM?

Because city evangelism “is the essential work for this time” and will result in starting “a mighty movement such as we have not yet experienced” (Medical Ministry p. 304). The “everlasting gospel” is the only real antidote for the poverty, crime, vice, racism, disease and corruption found in the cities of the world (see Netflix documentaries, “Underworld Inc.” and “DOPE”).

What outcomes are expected from OYiM?

Several examples can be found in the Bible, but for now we will use Antioch (in the book of Acts). The gospel preached specifically to the unsaved (11:20, 13:38-39, 4613:46), New churches planted (13:1), Ministry to the suffering provided (11:29), Local churches revived (11:14-15), Souls saved and discipled (13:43, 48), Entire cities and regions positively impacted. (13:44, 49), Opposition and persecution from within and without (13:45,50). New church leaders raised up and sent (13:2-4).

What method does OYiM use?

Since only one method works, OYiM missionaries will practice “Christ’s method alone” (Ministry of Healing, p 143). They will work together as a team to plan and implement an effective strategy that contextualizes Christ’s method (socialize, sympathize, serve, share) with their city’s unique culture

Who can be an OYiM Missionary?

Missionaries need to be young adults ages 18-35 who have, at the very minimum, graduated from high school. They should be:

1. Committed Seventh-day Adventist
2. Active in their local church
3. Good team player
4. Highly recommended by their pastor
5. Willing and able take an entire year off from work/school to focus on this ministry

Aren’t our other mission initiatives enough?

Without question the Seventh-Day Adventist church has many wonderful mission initiatives around the world and the General Conference Youth Ministries Department (GC) supports them all! However, OYiM is unique because it targets urban populations, and empowers teams 6 EVERY UNION ONE YEAR IN MISSION | of young people (15-30) to work together. OYiM also provides mission opportunities for young adults who may not attend our schools or who have already completed their post-secondary/ higher education (college, universities, trade schools, etc).

OYiM is a global initiative certified by the 13 Divisions and the 2 attached fields, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Israel.

What is our new Vision for OYiM?

In an effort to expand the impact of OYiM and to heed the call to reach the cities, the General Conference Youth Ministries Department, with consensus from the GC and Division Presidents are challenging every Union around the world to work with their Division to plan, recruit and conduct a One Year in Mission.

Praise the Lord that would be 122 OYiMs in 2019-2020!

Who should lead the OYiM initiative?

Of course, the initiative should be carefully and prayerfully overseen by the Union Youth Director but the day-to-day operations and leadership should be done by two trusted, tested, and mature OYiM leaders (35+). They need to have the skills to lead a team of between 15-30 young adults. If the OYiM team consist of male and female, the leaders would be of both genders. Youthful Pastors who are able to focus on the OYiM initiative would be ideal for this role.

How would the Division Youth Leaders lead this global initiative?

Step 1: (Jan-July 2018) The Division Youth Directors should promote the vision among their Union Youth Directors and Presidents. The GC Youth Ministries Department will make the resources (visual presentation, promo video and manual) available on their website, for free download. 7 EVERY UNION ONE YEAR IN MISSION | During this time, the Division Youth Leader should also encourage their Union Youth Directors to apply for funds quickly and if necessary appoint an OYiM Division Coordinator.

Step 2: (July-January 2019) The Division Youth Director should form an OYiM Strategic Team made up of your Union Youth Directors who catch the vision and want to move forward. Each Union Youth Director should then work with their conference youth directors to:

1. identify a city,
2. acquire a center of influence,
3. recruit two OYiM leaders, and
4. begin mass recruiting in their Union.

Step 3: (2019-2020) Following a Union-wide dedication service each Union should launch an OYiM in 2019. These OYiMs should ideally end before the 2020 General Conference Session. At that time, each division should send their report regarding the success of OYiM to the General Conference Youth Ministries Department. The reports should be done by video and/or live stream.

VISION: Following the 2020 General Conference Session we would like to challenge every conference to lead a OYiM! Imagine the impact that would leave.

How will OYiM Leaders be trained?

An online 10-day (4-8 hours daily) training school will be available January 22-Feb 2, 2019. This is a tentative date, we will confirm later.

1. Both OYiM leaders from each Union should join the event from their Union office.
2. The Union Youth Director should be present for the training.
3. The participating Conference Youth Directors should be present for the training.

Why online—not face to face?

Four reasons:

1. Cost: less money spent for travel means more resources for the OYiM missions.
2. Culture: all training can be more easily contextualized.
3. Connection: this gives the OYiM directors a chance to connect with their Conference/Union directors face to face.
4. Continuing Education: create an OYiM training hub at

Where will OYiM missionaries stay and minister?

Missionaries serve and sometimes live at the “center of influence” a term coined by Ellen White. These places can be rented or purchased facilities, churches, schools or homes. If at all possible, the missionary’s living and serving locations should be at different places. “Centers of influence” are places where our OYiM missionaries can give Bible Studies, hold workshops, have church and conduct evangelistic seminars, etc.

How much does it cost our OYiM young adults?

The cost is up to the overseeing Union and Division. Some may cover all housing, food, and transportation, while travel to and from the mission, as well as basic necessities are left up to the individual missionaries. Please note that the OYiM Missionaries should carry at least some of the financial burden themselves.

How will the Union fund OYiM?

We are promised that “As we do this work, we shall find that means will flow into our treasuries…” (Evangelism p. 62). However, there are at least three potential streams of financial support.

1. The local Division/Union/Conference evangelism, youth and church planting budget.
2. The GC Youth Department will invest $40,000 in every Division that garners a minimum of 3 Union support (this money could be used as a matching fund). There is also $5,000 for each additional participating union after the first three.
3. Mission to the Cities offer up to 150K per city once your application with them is approved. Visit their website for information on applying for a grant.

Again, we must never forget that the same God who fed 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish, is the same God who “shall supply all of your [our] needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).

If we pray, plan and implement God will provide!

What about our Division OYiM Coordinators?

Yes, each Division should already have a coordinator in place. Please make sure this is a reality in your Division. Also, make sure your OYiM coordinator is on high alert and knows the strategy outlined in this document. We are praying that hundreds of young people will be rallying to join OYiMs around the world and these coordinators have to be well informed, positive and helpful. To assure this each Division Coordinator should be a member of the OYiM Strategic Team.

Why such an emphasis on this initiative now?

We are fast approaching one of the most important gatherings in the history of the SDA church, the 2018 Global Youth Leadership Congress (July 31-August 4). This congress will provide the perfect setting to motivate and direct our youth and young adult leaders around the world. Now is the time TO GO BIG SO WE CAN GO HOME!


interesting stats

The challenge of sharing the Three Angels’ Message of Revelation 14 can seem overwhelming if you are standing in Saudi Arabia, Northern India, or Cambodia. Seventh-day Adventists have made very little progress in reaching many of the massive people groups of the 10/40 window, and multiplied millions in these areas know nothing of a Savior. But we aren’t giving up. In fact, the difficulty of the situation is calling us to even greater focused attention.


We are told the cities must be warned, the challenge is great.  There are 336 cities with over 1 million people.


There are still many people who have never heard of Jesus, 84% of Muslims have never met a Christian.



use the map and list below to find the coordinator in your part of the world

ECDNairobi, KenyaTeresa Atika[email protected]
ESDMoscow, RussiaPastor Gennady Kasap[email protected]
EUDBern, SwitzerlandMrs. Alexandra Mora[email protected]
IADMiami, Florida, USAPastor Al Powell[email protected]
ISRAELJerusalem, IsraelMs. Dara Doroshenko[email protected]
NADColumbia, MarylandPastor Tracy Wood[email protected]
NSDIlsan, South KoreaPastor N. H. Kim[email protected]
SADBrasília - DF, BrasilPastor Carlos Campitelli[email protected]
SIDPretoria, South AfricaMs. Alveena Pillay[email protected]
SPDWahroonga, AustraliaPastor Nick Kross[email protected]
SSDSilang, Cavite, PhilippinesPastor Anthony Stanyer[email protected]
SUDHosur, Tamil Nadu, IndiaMr. Srikanth Shendikay[email protected]
TEDSt Albans, EnglandMrs. Judy Plaatjes[email protected]
WADAbidjan, Côte d’IvoireElder Paul Ogaga[email protected]



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