George Verwer was quite simply the most extraordinary, revolutionary person I’ve ever known. His courage and willingness to push beyond the existing norms changed the face of missions.
As OM grew, George recognized the importance of national leadership. He invited a whole new group into the ‘who’ of mission. The work in India led by nationals became similar in size to the rest of OM, becoming its own movement.
One of the leaders from that time told me: “Many missions’ leaders did not take George or OM seriously because we were a bunch of untrained young people. We didn’t fit their idea of a missionary.” But George pressed on, and thousands more followed.
Courage to take risks
George had an incredible ability to take huge risks. As a 24-year-old, he decided things were moving too slowly. “What if we had a ship?” he said. Since then, OM has had five ships transporting crews of hundreds of Jesus followers worldwide.