Overseas Material Aid: Helping Ministries in a Practical Way
Intercede International’s Overseas Material Aid program (OMA) was all about sending shipments of needed goods and equipment to national missionaries in other countries.
Intercede has discontinued future container shipments but is still receiving funds for the latest shipment sent to Turkey in late 2020.
OMA was a program that was started to help some of our partnering mission agencies with material aid, with goods that they can use among their people—to help them in their daily lives —like bicycles, a vehicle or computers—anything that would bring them up-to-date in today’s modern society.
“Overseas Material Aid was started because we saw the need for people to have a personal connection with giving,” observes Intercede President James Eagles. “Most of us can give our finances, but for a lot of folks, being able to have that personal connection, to make something or give something that they owned to help someone in another country far away, especially to children or families that are destitute, brings a lot of satisfaction here and a wonderful sense of being loved by the people over there.”
The OMA program started officially in 2002 with the first shipment going to Voice of Salvation and the Ebenezer Life Centre in Kenya. Other shipments have gone and are going to such disparate places as Ukraine, Pakistan, Haiti, Liberia and Sudan. The average container when filled can weigh as much as 15 tonnes or more and hold more than 4,000 cubic feet of goods.
God has blessed OMA in special ways. Recently, one truck company was transporting goods for OMA. OMA’s superintendent found out that the driver and his boss were Christians. The driver offered to give the Mission a discount, and after talking to his boss, waived the entire $800 charge.
Intercede is grateful to prayer partners who have contributed to past OMA container projects.