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 those young people and God answered her prayers! Mrs Clapp gave a 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 former international director of Operation Mobilisation.
At college, George and two friends met regularly to pray. They became burdened by the spiritual needs of Mexico. In 1957 the three friends sold some of their own possessions to raise money and gave up their summer holiday to distribute Gospels and other Christian literature in Mexico. The friends returned the following summer and the next… When they graduated in 1960, 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 Operation Mobilisation was born.
By 1963, 2,000 Christians had joined summer outreach teams in Europe. At the same time, the first year teams moved into the Indian sub-continent and the Muslim world. Their commitment was to reach those who had never heard the Gospel. Such simple beginnings have shaped OM ever since.
Today over 5,400 OMers are working in over 110 countries bringing God’s unchanging truth to literally millions every year.
History of OM Spain
The work of Operation Mobilization began in Spain in 1960. An extensive literature distribution along with a team during the year left a harvest of more than 800,00 people doing a Bible correspondence course. Many evangelical leaders began their ministry with OM at the time.
After the visit of the ship Doulos in 1978, gradually building was OM’s ministry in Spain with teams working in summer campaigns and establishing some churches, especially in Extremadura.
Since 1990, OM Spain has distributed over 3 million leaflets and organized more than 50 evangelistic campaigns, and has supported many who were planting churches with teams.
The office started in Barcelona, after step Talavera de la Reina and since 2008 was Naron, Galicia.