April 18 2019
should One Mission Society seek to help longtime partners from Africa, Asia,
and Latin America (aka the Global South) actively express their missionary
nature? As in the book of Acts, God, by his Spirit, put the desire in them to
take the Gospel beyond the boundaries of their own people. It’s a growing
passion, burning in the hearts of more and more of these partners. So why
change organizationally to welcome and help them?
churches in decline in many Western nations, a new wave of mission passion
is coming from the Global South.
from the Global South often can access people and places much less
accessible to missionaries from North America and Europe.
more than a century of mission experience, we can sensitively share
effective tools, strategies, and other resources while graciously helping
our Global South brothers and sister avoid the mistakes we have made.
America and Europe, once strongholds of the Christian faith, are now
mission fields in need of workers from the Global South.
many contexts, missionaries from the Global South can be more effective
than those coming from North America and Europe.
is not a call for a moratorium on missionary sending from Western
nations! God can use, and is using, workers from these countries in powerful
ways. More are urgently needed. But it is a call to embrace and empower, in
humility, cross-cultural workers coming from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
After all, God’s mission is a global mission . . . involving people from
anywhere to anywhere as ambassadors of Christ, our deliverer and Lord.
Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society
April 12 2019
In April 2018, ONE man attended a HOPE61 training program in Kiteezi, Uganda, to learn how to prevent
human trafficking in his area. In HOPE61 training,
participants learn what is causing people to be vulnerable to becoming involved
in human trafficking. They also learn that EVERYONE has assets, skills, and
resources to help those in their community who are vulnerable. This man
realized that young men in his community were vulnerable to becoming involved
in human trafficking because they were uneducated and unable to obtain good
employment to provide for their families. Many young men, in this situation,
end up seeking work overseas, and this is one of the easiest traps that
traffickers can use to enslave people.
This young man also knew that he had a skill for
furniture making and other types of woodworking. He decided to begin training
these young men in carpentry and furniture making skills as a way to reduce
their vulnerability to human trafficking. He opened a storefront and called
the business Blessed Furniture. At Blessed Furniture, these young men have
learned to make beds and dressers, as well as more detailed woodworking like
turning bowls and chalices on a lathe. They are making a good wage now and will
soon have the skills to open their own businesses. The activity around the
small shop is all based on the love of Jesus Christ, and the message of the
Gospel is being shared with the young men working there and many other people
who pass by the shop. This young man understood that as he ENGAGES ONE, HE IS ABLE TO REACH MANY.
There is a particular Muslim girl who is a
friend of one of the young men. She has been hanging around the shop with her
friend and hearing about the love of Jesus and his desire for all to be saved
by calling upon his name. Although she has not accepted this gift yet, she is
well on her way to welcoming Jesus into her life. This is what HOPE61 is all about. Encouraging people to use their own gifts and
resources to help those around them,
sharing the Gospel with them, and welcoming them into the community of the
local church to be discipled in the Word is the vision for the HOPE61 ministry.
By Tom Overton,
Director of HOPE61
March 6 2019
April 3 2019
Why Billion.Global? Connections. Cooperation instead of competition. Even collaboration in God’s work resulting in greater impact and effectiveness.
Using social media creatively and strategically, a Billion.Global partner (“A”) is reaching into a country where access to the Gospel is critically low. Many people there are learning about Jesus for the first time and making decisions to follow him. The numbers given opportunity to do this, in the hundreds of thousands, are incredibly encouraging. But how do these people access God’s Word in their heart language, especially with so many of them being oral learners who prefer to hear the Word as opposed to reading it … living in a setting where printed copies of God’s Word are hard to find and dangerous to have?
Another Billion.Global partner (“B”) specializes in digital voice recordings of God’s Word. These are done in multiple languages, using native speakers of those languages. A voice recording of the entire Bible in the predominant language of the people being reached with the Gospel by “A” has been done by “B.”
It is strategic, kingdom-advancing, and eternally impactful to bring “A” and “B” together. Billion.Global has done just that. By downloading a digital Bible, access to God’s Word for seekers and new disciples is discreet and easy.
Connecting the dots … “A” now aware of and working with “B” for an eternal purpose … results in disciples being made and the Good News of Jesus Christ advancing! This is a part of God’s work through Billion.Global.
Editors note: Billion. Global is a passionate vision to give ONE BILLON people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ by the year 2026. It was conceived in the heart of OMS President, Bob Fetherlin.
April 2 2019
March 26 2019
Mutu Kumar, at the tender age of 10 years old, became suicidal because of his poor grades in school.
In the Indian culture, education is crucial and without it, he felt like a failure, like he was letting down his entire family.
Mutu Kumar was ripe for some good news.
He needed hope.
A Christian friend invited him to a Sunday school class.
Soon after, he heard the voice of Jesus telling him, “Give your life to me and I will give you a
That is exactly what happened. However, he kept his new faith and connection to the church a secret for one year.
After all, he was born into a Hindu family and his father was a priest!
Eventually, his father found out.
He beat Mutu Kumar and locked him up in a room on Sundays.
Nevertheless, Mutu found a way out and returned to his new-found, nurturing Christian fellowship.
Later on, as he pursued his business IT studies, he made plans to go abroad and earn a good salary.
His pastor was struggling to provide for his family, and Mutu intended to help support him.
Instead, God spoke to his heart saying, “I want you, not your money!”
After several months of seeking a job, and facing many problems, he surrendered his life to serve the Lord in ministry.
Mutu Kumar launched out, doing ministry in the villages. Over time,
he saw 40 Hindus give their hearts to Jesus.
God did many miracles ...
A 10-year-old girl who could not walk because of polio began to do so after prayers were offered.
A leader in the village who was a slave to alcohol was set free. The man and his whole family came to faith in Christ.
Over a period of several years, Mutu established two churches, handing one off to new leadership.
In 2016, he attended the ECI Jubilee training event and began learning OMS' Train & Multiply strategy.
He has since established 12 new house churches with the help of 3 farmers he is training.
His vision now is to train 5 leaders and establish 25 worshiping groups in 5 years.
Long range, Mutu Kumar is asking God for 125 new churches within 10 years.
It is a lofty goal that will require God’s powerful working!
Mutu's story is just one of the many stories of one person impacting many people after being equipped through the ministries of One Mission Society (OMS).
When you give to the OMS Global Impact Fund you are helping train and equip individuals like Mutu to reach their communities and beyond with the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Will you consider giving to the Global Impact Fund today?
March 25 2019
Are you ready for your home going call?
Don (Rickards) had an order for medical equipment for a clinic in Haiti. He had made many, many calls to places that sold this kind of equipment, but there was nothing the mission could afford. (Next time you get a doctor bill and think it is expensive, you need to look at the prices for medical equipment!) A couple of examination tables could cost as much as a house. Finding medical equipment the mission could afford seemed impossible, except our God deals with the impossible!
At this point, Don was very ill and making many emergency trips to the hospital every week. On each trip to the hospital, Don would ask every doctor if they knew where he could get inexpensive medical equipment. When they would say no, he would go home and make more calls.
This went on for many months. On the last visit that Don made to the hospital, he was very ill. Even though he was sick and in much pain, he had an order for medical equipment he was determined to fill for Haiti. As another doctor was examining him, Don was told he probably only had three months to live. Since this was yet another doctor, Don had to ask the question, “Do you know where I can purchase inexpensive medical equipment?” I am not sure, at that point, if Don fully comprehended what the doctor had told him in reply.
The doctor looked at Don and said, “Let’s get you in a wheelchair. I want to show you something!” The doctor took us to the basement. He opened two doors and said, “Is this enough equipment for you?” There were two complete rooms of all types of medical equipment! It was piled high; there was enough equipment for two clinics. The hospital had just purchased all new equipment: lights, beds, operating tools, examination tables—hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment! The doctor proceeded to tell Don that he could have everything in the room, but it all had to be gone by noon the next day.
Don was no longer interested in what was happening to him—he had an order to fill! Quickly, I took Don to his room to make a phone call to his OMS buddy Phil Chandler. He told Phil he needed a truck and a couple of men to get to the hospital as soon as possible to get the medical equipment. He didn’t tell Phil that he had possibly only three months left to live. I don’t think that fact had sunk in yet as Don was focused on filling the order for Haiti.
God had given Don his last miracle! Don had filled the Lord’s last request that would help many Haitians! Three months later, to the day, Jesus welcomed Don home! There are other miracles to write, but I wrote this on the date of his home going.
A couple of years later, God took Phil Chandler home too. Makes me wonder what mission God has them doing together in heaven!
What is in your hand? You don’t have to have all wisdom and talent for God to use you—just what he has given you and a willing heart to be used! Little is much when God is in it! Thank you for your faithfulness and allowing God to use you!
By Carol Rickards, Retired OMS Missionary
Editorial note: Don and Carol Rickards served at the OMS World HQ for nearly 43 years. Don served as the purchasing/shipping coordinator, responsible for crating, receiving, shipping, and travel
March 8 2019
March 12, 1922 – February 27, 2019
William “Bill” Franklin Douce was born to Richard, a farmer, and Elva, a housewife, on March 12, 1922, in Martel, Ohio. The family attended Martel Methodist Church where Bill committed his life to Christ at age 13. After graduating from Martel School, he worked on his father’s farm for two years. During that time, he received his call to missions. It was in recalling this time that Bill wrote, “I felt a very definite call to become a medical missionary and made plans to prepare myself.”
Those plans materialized for Bill over the course of many years of education, local ministry, and service to his country. In October 1942, Bill began serving in the U.S. Army and was enrolled in one year of study at Indiana University to prepare for service as a surgical technician. Bill assisted with surgeries in the European theater, an experience that would undoubtedly prepare him for later endeavors on another side of the world.
The end of the war would provide stories for millions of young Americans who would settle down and never again leave the homeland after returning victorious. But Bill Douce had an eternal perspective, and God was not done writing his adventure story.
Bill enrolled at Asbury College and completed his pre-med degree in 1948, preaching at a mission church in his free time. It was at Asbury that Bill met Ilene E. Mosher, and the two were married on June 3, 1949. They had three daughters together over the next several years: Mary Rebecca, Grace Elizabeth, and Janet Elaine, and two sons thereafter: Philip Earl and Carlos Albert.
After graduating from the Philadelphia School of Osteopathy in 1955, Bill traveled to Dayton, Ohio, for an internship at Grandview Hospital. It was during this time of his life that Bill expressed that he had heard Christ’s call to begin work on the mission field.
Dr. Douce spent a short time developing his Spanish language skills and flew to Ecuador for the first time in 1957. His first project was setting up an urban clinic in the coastal city of Guyaquil. To the south of this big city lay the rough jungles and mountains of Ecuador, populated by indigenous peoples who, for the most part, had not heard the Good News about Jesus Christ. They also lacked basic medical care that Bill knew he could offer.
Thus, Bill and Ilene immersed themselves in the rugged area in and around the town of Saraguro. The Douces dedicated the next three decades of their lives to serving the physical and spiritual needs of the people native to this previously unreached region. This began with developing a medical clinic, where Bill would share a biblical message of hope to all of his patients prior to their treatment.
Dr. Douce also led efforts to organize medical caravans into more remote towns in the surrounding jungle. At times, the journey to and from these towns was treacherous, but God held the Douces in his hands throughout.
In 1962, when a mob of more than 100 indigenous nationals wielding clubs and machetes began beating down the door to the Douces’ clinic, seeking to drive the Americans out of town, several brave townspeople of Saraguro came to their defense. Provincial leaders even sent Ecuadorian Army forces to break up the mob. After just a few years, the Douces were seen as an indispensable part of the community.
A more fortified medical clinic was built in the years following this attack, which provided a platform for Bill to lead more evangelism efforts and to help set up the Carboncillo Bible Institute to develop new disciples in the region.
On March 10, 1993, Ecuador’s Independence Day, local leaders, including the provincial governor, presented Dr. Douce with an award recognizing his decades of service to the people of Ecuador.
Later in life, the Douces would continue to bring more missionaries with them back to this area, and Bill would drive the big red Chevy truck into the jungle for medical clinics and to evangelize the next generation of people around Saraguro. The legacy of Bill and Ilene Douce’s work in Ecuador is one that will undoubtedly continue to glorify God for many more generations to come.
On February 27, 2019, Dr. Bill Douce was surrounded by Ilene, his children and grandchildren. He passed into heaven while his loved ones were singing hymns and choruses and joined a great celebration of souls he had touched through the love of Jesus Christ.
Our OMS family sends our love to you, Ilene, your children, and the extended family. Be assured of our continued prayers during these difficult days. We mourn with you the tremendous loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. But we are also encouraged by the wonderful example of Bill’s relationship with Jesus Christ and for the hope he was able to share with so many lost souls. We can rejoice in knowing that Bill is now in the presence of his Savior, who he has faithfully walked with during his time here on Earth.
With deep gratitude to our Lord for Bill’s example of a life well lived for God’s honor and glory,
One Mission Society USA
If you would like to give a memorial gift in honor of Dr. Douce, you can give here to the Saraguro Scholarship Fund, to help fund indigenous pastors seminary training.
March 8 2019
As a missionary, I am frequently asked where I serve. Ordinarily, I am not shy, but this question always makes me a bit nervous. It isn’t that I don’t have an answer. No, this awkward feeling in the pit of my stomach is because, well, my response isn’t what most people expect. You see, my mission field is the USA– the place I have lived my entire life.
My husband Jason and I live in a duplex in the suburbs with our cat Cheddar. We don’t eat unusual foods (unless, of course, we choose to). I didn’t attend language school, get a passport, or apply for a visa. I am keenly aware when I describe my missionary life in this way, it sounds less like missionary work and more like an ordinary life, at an ordinary job. After all, don’t missionaries live in remote areas of the world in order to reach the world for Christ?
Yes, some do. For others, however, like my husband and me, the answer is more difficult to explain than simply naming a specific geographic location. There is no refuting our lives differ from our missionary friends serving overseas, but if you ask us why we are missionaries, you will discover that there is shockingly little difference. Regardless of where God has us, we all desire to make a global impact for Christ. We long for all men, women, and children to have an opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ … no matter where that is. We all work with the same goal in mind, the same heartbeat, the same purpose. Where and how we do this just looks different.
In Jason’s and my case, we are two big kids with a global heartbeat who God has chosen to impact the world for him by helping grow missionary hearts right in our own country. We do this through One Mission Society’s ministry of One Missions Kids (OMK), a unique kids’ ministry that partners with churches, camps, schools, and families to teach world missions to the next generation.
The impact that helping grow these young missionaries’ hearts has on the world is profound! In fact, just this past year, we trained more than 1,000 kids through OMK programs and witnessed them reaching far beyond the U.S. borders, all the way to the other side of the globe to the people of South Asia! These mission-focused programs gave kids opportunities to learn about other cultures and better understand how God wants to use them to share his love with everyone. During small group prayer circles, they prayed for their world. They used prayer tool and prayer calendars to pray for missionaries and discovered new ways to pray through interactive prayer stations. Their bold faith moved the hand of God and moved adults. As they prayed, the kids asked God how he wanted them to personally be involved and it moved them too! They listened to God cheerfully and sacrificially giving their time, talents, and treasures. This, in turn, inspired others to give more than $15,500 to God’s work. More than $9,600 went to the Be a Light in South Asia project, providing emergency relief aid and life-changing opportunities to hear the Gospel for 82 families. In addition to learning about, praying for, and giving to missions, they discovered how to go out and tell (GOAT) others about Jesus!
Time and time again, I am amazed at all that God is doing here through kids in my homeland and it is in those moments I am reminded why God has me here; and it is the same reason he has placed you where you are to best impact our world for him!
By Lora Campbell, One Mission Kids
Editor's Note: If you'd like to give to the OMS Global Impact Fund that will help ministries around the world, including One Mission Kids, give here.
February 28 2019
In 1944, OMS had recently entered Colombia to begin ministry in the midst of WWII and a lot of countrywide violence. OMS leaders Bud Kilbourne and Harry Woods decided a Bible institute was needed to set a firm foundation for the growing ministry. But where would they find a property for a seminary? And where would they find the funds to purchase it?
Well, in only ways that God can work, within hours, they had found a property at a reasonable (albeit seemingly unattainable) price. The seller demanded $20,000 in cash. Unbeknownst to Kilbourne and Woods in Colombia, 10 days earlier the Lord had spoken to then OMS President, Lettie Cowman, instructing her to empty the coffers of her Streams in the Desert account and have the money sent to Colombia. (The OMS bookkeeper thought she had misunderstood Mrs. Cowman as it was such a strange request.)
The next day, Kilbourne and Woods received four checks of $5,000 each or $20,000 total … the exact amount needed to purchase the seminary … and this in 1944 in the midst of war! Only God …
After 75 years of ministry at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia, God still continues to graciously provide in miraculous ways. He uses people like you to change one life at a time. Would you consider giving a gift today to train tomorrow’s leaders for Colombia and beyond? Click below to give to the Biblical Seminary of Colombia.