March 19 2018
As the HOPE61 trainer for Japan, I had the privilege of leading the first HOPE61 Engage training in Japan with the OMS Christian Mission Church on February 3. Nine people attended the training, with a mix of missionaries and Japanese church members being trained. This training marked the first time that the Japanese and missionary church members sat down together to talk about their ministry and outreach strategy as a church.
It was a joy to see the church getting so excited about reaching out to vulnerable people in their neighborhood and to see them thinking so strategically about how to use the gifts God gave them to help others. The participants came out of the training with a new understanding about human trafficking, but also with a new enthusiasm to make a difference in their community and share the Gospel with their neighbors.
Though I am currently in the U.S. raising support, I hope to move to Japan by late April to continue laying the foundation for the HOPE61 ministry to begin there. God is moving in Japan. So many doors have been opened for HOPE61 in Japan by the grace of God. I have several church groups interested in having me come share with them about the ministry and the training we offer once I move there.
Currently, less than 1 percent of people in Japan are Christian. But I believe that HOPE61 can be a catalyst for the church in Japan, to get them out of the church building and into the community, loving and serving their neighbors in tangible ways. With that, more and more Japanese people will come to know the Lord because they will see that God really loves and values them enough to take action.
~Pam Duhrkoop, OMS Missionary and HOPE61 trainer
May 19 2017
March 14 2018
My husband, Allann, and I traveled to Brazil to lead HOPE61 workshops in February. Allann is Brazilian, so from the beginning, he had a desire to bring this human trafficking prevention material to his country and his people.
We were invited to lead training workshops in two churches. One was in Allann’s church in the south and the other was in Brasilia, the capital.
The people that attended the first training came because of the relationship we have with them and didn’t initially understand the concept of human trafficking or how that applied to them. Those that came to the second training understood the complexity of human trafficking and wanted to gain better knowledge as to what it was and how to prevent it.
For the first training, basically the whole church showed up, around 35 people, and they were invested in the information and how to make it more impactful in their community.
We had one woman come up to us and tell us she was offered a job in Germany a few years ago, and she was supposed to go work in a factory with her uncles, but they only asked her for a body picture. It didn’t faze her then, but for certain reasons, she wasn’t able to go. She told us that now she realizes that she was most likely going to be trafficked and that now that she knows, she can warn others!
We had another girl come up and tell us that when she went to high school, there was a man who would always follow her and her brother to and from school. They told their parents, but they didn’t take it too seriously. Now, after the training, she realized that human trafficking does happen, that it happens where she lives, and it could’ve happened to her. So she told us she would be more aware and tell others too.
In the second training, we had around 40-45 people come from three churches.
Several people came up to us afterward to show us their projects and were excited to put them into practice. One woman, using her abilities and talents as an artist, created a project to go into schools and use art as a tool to teach kids about human trafficking and how to prevent it.
We handed out surveys in both training sessions. They rated their experience in the training with an 8.25 on a 1-10 scale of helpfulness. All respondents said the training increased their knowledge of human trafficking. Only two people said they weren’t challenged spiritually. And the only thing they wanted to change would be to add more time to the training workshops (keep in mind the trainings were 7 hours and 9 hours each). So, this means they liked the material and wanted the training to last longer!
By Stephany M Eddy, HOPE61 Trainer, Spain
March 7 2018
During this time of physical pain that has brought me back to the U.S. for a time, God has been showing me in Scripture about "greater things" (John 14:12-14) that He is doing, which I believe are eternal things. Physical healing is truly great, but God is also doing eternal things, in and through us, that are even greater.
Bruce and Mabel Callender, who started the OMS (One Mission Society) work in Mozambique, sent me a book about two of the founders of OMS, Charles and Lettie Cowman, The Story Behind Streams in the Desert, which is Lettie Cowman's journal during the last year of her husband Charles' life. (He died of cancer at the age of 56.)
What God continues to show me is that His higher thoughts and ways are for greater things, whether or not they include physical healing. We praise God for healing when it comes, in life or death, but we can know that He is doing eternal things. As I read the book, I was encouraged to see that Lettie had come to the same realization.
"There came to me today the thought which I believe was given me of God that there is something greater than healing for us. God may have a far deeper thought than just healing. We shall yet see it...God is using this affliction to teach us of Himself and when it is complete we shall find that we have more than healing." (L. Cowman)
I do believe that God will heal me in this life. It's hard to wait on Him, feel pain, and trust in His will, but I know that He is doing greater eternal things.
Charles and Lettie were living in Los Angeles at the time of Charles' death, where the OMS offices were. I recently visited the cemetery where they are buried to reflect and thank God for the extraordinary things He did through their lives, their suffering, and their faithfulness.
~Aimee Howarth, OMS missionary in Mozambique
March 5 2018
trafficking, another phrase for modern-day slavery, is the second largest
illegal business in the world … only behind the illegal arms trade. Most
reputable sources agree that there are more than 40 million people living in
slavery around the world today.
trafficking victims include those that are exploited in the sex industry; those
that are forced to work in other, non-sexual, types of jobs; those that are
forced into military service as children; and those that have been tricked or
lured into giving up a bodily organ.
best way to fight a problem like human trafficking is to prevent it from
happening in the first place. This is the mindset and vision of HOPE61,
the human trafficking prevention ministry of One Mission Society. The local
church, around the world, sits in a perfect position to recognize the
vulnerabilities to becoming involved in human trafficking and reduce those
vulnerabilities through intentional community building and abundant Gospel
HOPE61 trains and
equips churches worldwide to understand the issue of human trafficking, identify
the causes of vulnerability of local people to become involved in human
trafficking, and discover the gifts, talents, abilities, and resources that God
has given each church to reduce the vulnerability of those around them. At its
core, HOPE61 is an evangelism and discipleship catalyst aimed at people
who are vulnerable to become involved in human trafficking.
Society has church partnerships across the globe, which has given HOPE61 thousands of
opportunities to train pastors and lay leaders on six continents. Through the
ministry, in 2017 alone, more than 1,000 pastors and lay leaders were trained
in seven countries. There are many more churches that are waiting to be
trained, and we pray that the Lord of the harvest would provide more workers
for the HOPE61 ministry. There are opportunities to serve as a
residential missionary in several countries, opportunities to serve as an
itinerant missionary who travels to an assigned country a few times per year,
and opportunities to serve in the United States, ministering to the local
churches in your community.
February 21 2018
Dr. Billy Graham is now with the Lord. What an amazingly wonderful reception that must have been!
What can we do to honor this servant of God? We can continue his legacy of making Christ known. Billy shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with an estimated 200 million+ people in his lifetime. This was a passion of Billy’s, a deep commitment he lived out faithfully and well.
At One Mission Society, we along with many partners want to follow in Billy’s footsteps. While we may not have the packed stadiums, communication skill, and evangelism gift Billy had, we can have the same passion, the same heart for lost people. With hearts filled with the love of Christ, we can be used to help them understand and respond to Good News. A redeemer has died for all of us, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God! May we honor Billy, and more importantly honor the resurrected Christ, by having a heart of passionate love for people far from God. Every believer has a part to play, a contribution to make. May we never shrink back from making Christ and his salvation known to our family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors . . . and to the millions around the world who have not yet had the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe!
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16).
~Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society
February 20 2018
Renewed. Edified. Aware. Excited. These are just a few of the words that participants in the 2016 OMS Illuminate Conference mentioned in response to their experience after attending the event.
Two years have gone by quickly, and once again, it’s time for another OMS conference. June 27-30, 2018, is sure to be another time of connecting with new and old friends; listening to topnotch speakers, participating in challenging, relevant workshops, and engaging in inspiring worship times. Take time to dive into the world of missions as you learn how to be a light to our world.
Canadian Charlotte Kroes attended the last conference, and had this to say, “At Illuminate, I made friends that will continue to influence my life memories to last a lifetime.” If you’re like Charlotte, the conference is a great place to reunite with old friends, make new ones, and network with potential future coworkers.
“Illuminate challenged us to get involved wherever we are, regardless of geography,” Martin Mishler from Kansas shared. It’s quotes like these that encourage others to think outside the box of missions.
Johnny Song traveled all the way from South Korea to attend in 2016. He stated, “I can now bring a wider perspective on missions with me and be able to implement these new insights in my ministry.”
How about you? Would you like to learn to shine?
Do you want to learn more about missions by attending life-changing sessions about preventing human trafficking, modern missionary movements, and harvest fields becoming harvest forces, among other topics? You can register at oms.events … by March 31 for the early-bird discount!
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” ~Matthew 5:14-16.
February 13 2018
Sometimes, we need to turn off all the noise surrounding us to be able to hear God speak.
OneWeekend is a special time to step away from the daily hustle and bustle to slow down and truly hear what the Lord is saying to you regarding your life and the calling he has given you as his disciple.
Watch the video or read this real testimony of how OneWeekend reminded Lora and Jason what is really important in life.
Jason: “For me, OneWeekend really just helped to confirm God’s calling on my life and allowed me to see that One Mission Society and One Mission Kids was the answer to the call of my heart, which was to serve the Lord in full-time children’s ministry.
"We were engaged at the time, and now we’re married. But at that time one of the things that was going through my head was, 'What am I going to be able to learn? Is this just going to be a review of things I have heard my whole life?' But one of the things I was not expecting was it brought us closer together, being able to see missions from the same perspective.
"At the same time, I was reminded of something very important that anybody in ministry, no matter how many years you have been involved, needs to be reminded of and that’s the fact that God cares more about our relationship with him than he does with what we’re doing for him. And it’s easy to get so busy all the time doing great things for him that we kind of forget about the relationship part, and OneWeekend was a good reminder of that."
Lora: "For me, the best reminder or encouragement that I received at OneWeekend was to know that the desires of my heart, when I surrendered them to the Lord, he would fulfill them with a calling or a ministry that was exactly what the desires of my heart were all along.”
You can have an inspiring experience at OneWeekend just like Jason and Lora this April 13-15 at the OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Click below to learn more or register now!
February 6 2018
The beginning of One Mission Society more than 117 years ago is a remarkable story of God’s divine appointments. In 1901, God laid the foundation of OMS for a worldwide ministry of evangelism, church planting, and leadership training through the providential meeting of Charles and Lettie Cowman and Juji Nakada at a missions convention at Moody Church.
Sitting next to one another, Juji shared the plight of the 57 million Japanese souls waiting to hear about Jesus. Juji’s words gripped Charles’ heart deeply. He later wrote, “I made an unreserved, unconditional, cheerful, and eternal surrender of myself to God.”
More than a century later, OMS continues to offer opportunities for people, just like Charles, to learn more about world missions.
This June, One Mission Society invites you to the OMS Illuminate 2018 international missions conference. This four-day event is your opportunity to dive into the world of missions! Whether you desire to reach people across the globe or in your own backyard, Illuminate 2018 will help you discover your role in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Activities include engaging, top-notch speakers; attending your choice of a variety of breakout sessions on topics ranging from preventing human trafficking to steps to sharing your faith; worship times; optional participation in a 5K walk/run, benefitting an OMS ministry; and times of fellowship to connect on a deeper, more personal level. And if you have children, we offer a dynamic program for them as well, including six exciting sessions of energy-filled music, Scripture memory (ESV), power challenges, imaginative crafts, Bible stories, and lessons on missions to grow their missionary hearts.
So, if you are someone interested in learning more about missions, plan now to attend Illuminate 2018 from June 27-30, 2018, at Community Church of Greenwood.
January 23 2018
1. In that unnervingly quiet elevator
elevator ride is the perfect opportunity to share your testimony. Why? Here are
a few reasons …
is usually no one talking, so you have an open floor.
may have several people to hear your message.
can’t walk away from you.
music can make a dramatic story even more so.
are sharing with strangers, so if you stammer, it’s no big deal.
The only thing that stands between you and elevator evangelism success is the small amount of time you have to share your message. Have you ever heard of an elevator speech? It is a speech that can be presented during the length of an elevator ride. It usually last about 30 seconds. What if you had a 30-second testimony prepared and ready to share that allows someone to hear the Gospel … maybe for the first time?
It goes like this (fill in your own blanks):
was a time in my life when I was ____. I surrendered to Jesus and decided to
follow him. Now I am ____. Do you (would you like to) have a story like
2.While waiting in the
never-ending bathroom line
you see a long line for the bathroom, I am sure your first thought isn’t “Yes!
Perfect! Now I can share the Gospel with all these people,” but it should be!
Every moment we encounter people is an opportunity to share the Good News of
Jesus with them! If the line is long enough, you’ll have enough time go through
the whole plan of salvation.
3.When you see your
Facebook “friends” IRL (in real life)
You’re sitting at Starbucks, sippin' on your favorite mocha when you see someone waving hello to you from across the room and then walking toward you. Your mind races, trying to place that slightly familiar face. Then it hits you, one of your FB "friends" has come to life and is now approaching you, expecting real conversation. Are they a friend from high school? A former coworker? Wait, maybe you went to band camp with them in junior high school...
You might consider averting your eyes and making a bee-line for the door, but instead, why not just say "hi,” and ask how they are doing. When they ask, “How you have been?” or “How is life?” you can jump right into your 15-30-second testimony! They will be astonished at how Jesus has changed you so much over the years and may want to know more about him.
4.In the midst of unwelcome
you're just minding your own business when a well-meaning guy or girl comes up
and tries to start a conversation. Maybe at times you don't mind, but there are
other times when you don’t know how to politely say "no thanks."
Since you already have a captive audience, why not use that opportunity to
Your response can be similar to Peter’s response to the lame man at the gates of the temple, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.” Let them know that the light of God in your heart is what they really want, and you'd be happy to share that with them.
5.During the uncomfortable silence of your
of us have been there. You leave your friends after a nice dinner and hop in
the backseat of a large sedan the Uber app sends your way. Who knows who came
up with the idea of ridesharing, but it is brilliant and awkward all at the
same time. Ask any Uber driver and they will say they have heard everything.
They have picked up sweet little old ladies going to the doctor and young party
goers who could barely walk … and everyone in between. Your 10-minute ride back
home is an opportunity to minister to that driver and share the Gospel.