Students and Professors Lead the Way

August 29 2017

While we were at Tokyo Biblical Seminary (TBS), we sat across the table from a young man who beamed with the fullness of the Spirit. We, of course, were eager to learn his story. His name is Yoshikazu Kasahara, but we call him Yoshi san. Here is his story:

Yoshi san lived in an area of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. As he sat on the ruins of his house, a few Christians from one of the Japanese Holiness Churches (JHC) served him water, food, and encouragement. He was so surprised and impressed by their love and kindness that he inquired more about why they were doing these acts of service. This led to Yoshi san hearing the story of Jesus and God’s love for him for the first time. Out of the wreckage of his material world and emotional upheaval, he opened his heart and mind to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, and he experienced true peace and joy in the midst of his losses. Soon, he was overwhelmed by the desire to learn more about God and how to live for him, so he enrolled in Tokyo Biblical Seminary (OMS’ oldest partner school). During his years there, God called him into ministry.

One of Yoshi san’s professors and advisors at TBS, Homare Miyazaki sensei, reports that Yoshi san is now married and serves as a pastor of one of a JHC church in Saitama-prefecture.

Bikash is from a Hindu Brahmin family in South Asia. When Bikash became a believer in Jesus, his parents forced him to leave their home and disowned him. Despite this, Bikash continues steadfastly in his faith and prays regularly for his unbelieving family. God has blessed him with a wife and children. As a district superintendent for an OMS partner church, he sharpens his knowledge and skills as he attends South Asia Bible College.

Our schools would not function without dedicated faculty. Let me introduce you to a few of them. Please pray for the faculty at our OMS partner schools.

Frans and Sony serve at N* Bible Seminary in the South Pacific, a highly Muslim populated nation. Frans and Sony have been instrumental in fulfilling the mandate to train pastors and church planters to be God’s servants and Christian leaders. For more than 40 years, this seminary’s graduates have established 420 churches in partnership with N* Evangelical Churches and many more churches through partnership with other denominations and Christian organizations. With full accreditation as a Bible college from the government, NBS still holds firmly to its original vision and purpose.

These faithful faculty members serve at Faith Bible College in the Philippines: Rev. Anna Penny Datu, academic dean; Rev. Oliver Bhem, director of student life and chaplain; and Rev. Ermalee Hidalgo, president. All the administrators also teach. Despit being a small school, it provides important instruction for both day and evening students who will serve as pastors, church planters, Christian education directors, and youth leaders.

Please keep the faulty of all our partner schools in prayer as they frequently serve with modest remuneration and in simple settings, yet are preparing men and women to serve God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind.

By Bill Vermillion, Theological Education team, Asia

* Abbreviated for security reasons.

Tags: theological education, training, seminary, bible school, students, student leaders, asia,

​Reaping Dividends in Ministry

March 21 2017

Taran* serves as a church planter in Southern Asia. His ministry includes evangelism, doing baptisms, planting churches, and leading discipleship training. By God’s grace, Taran has planted five churches and made four disciples (new leaders). Taran is learning to be an effective trainer using the Train & Multiply curriculum.

The distances between ministry locations where Taran serves in Southern Asia are far apart, so he must either walk long distances or use public transport, which takes a lot of time, money, and energy. Most days, he is unable to visit every location that he needs to in order to lead in those towns.

“If Lord helps me to get a motorcycle for ministry, (this is one he rented) I will be highly encouraged and able to be much more effective in my work activities. I sometimes use rented motorbike, but paying hourly is way too expensive for me.”

If you would like to donate toward the purchase of a motorcycle for Taran, please click here.

* Name changed for security.

Tags: southern asia, church planting, train & multiply, motorcycle, bikes for church workers.,

Gift of a Motorcycle = Good ROI

March 14 2017

LB, age 26, lives and serves in South Asia. Since 2010, or since LB was just a teenager, he has worked as an evangelist and church planter among unreached people. LB has planted three churches and supervises six churches.

LB shares, “In the past, my life was a living hell before I had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I used to steal things from the neighbor’s, from the grocery shops, and anywhere I could steal things I wanted. The villagers knew I had this bad habit, so they used to abuse me or mock me. My parents were also ashamed, and we were never invited to any special occasions in my village. A Christian pastor used to visit our home and others in the village. My mother shared my bad habit of stealing with the pastor. The pastor spoke to me humbly and shared the life of Jesus Christ with me. I am grateful to the Lord as I decided to give my life over to Christ. At first, I was afraid people wouldn’t accept me as a good person as they knew my bad habits.

“But I give all praise to the Lord as he made my path easy, and now being his servant, I am the happiest man on the earth. My parents are happy with me now, and my life is full of peace. I want to continue to serve his kingdom, sharing his Good News among the unreached so that their lives are also saved.”

LB visits the churches he supervises, as well as explores new places and opportunities for ministry using his bicycle. He spends many hours each day on his bicycle in order to reach his desired destinations. LB’s supervisors say he is an active and dynamic church planter, but could do so much more if he had a motorcycle for the ministry and reaching his goals of planting churches, baptizing believers, and forming many new disciples.

Would you be willing to give all or a portion of the cost of a motorcycle for LB? This is a gift that your ROI or return on investment for the kingdom would be multiplied over and over again.

Give here.

Tags: bikes for church workers, south asia, motorcycle, church planting, evangelism,

Making Disciples Near and Far

March 7 2017

In Haiti

In the mountainous area of Boukan Michel of Borgne in northern Haiti, trainers Job and Janiel traveled three hours until the road deteriorated to a simple path with a very steep valley on one side and a mountain on the other. Leaving their motorcycles, they walked three more hours in the rain and mud and spent the night at church planter Maxim’s home. Two couples studying the Train & Multiply booklet “Baptism” with Maxim wanted to be married so they could be baptized. One couple had been living together for 25 years, and the other for 20 years. Marriages are a strong witness to the community and bring maturity to the church.

Once a month, two of the eight church planters being trained leave their homes at 3:00 a.m. to arrive at the 9:00 a.m. training. They, in turn, train the other six church planters, resulting in three generations of worshiping groups.

In South Asia

Lashar is a dynamic church planter in South Asia. He supervises 10 churches, with more than 250 church members. He has 20 disciples under his supervision. Every month, he visits these churches, leading training and participating in baptisms, using his bicycle. Lashar often brings his wife to visit the churches so that she can minister directly with the women.

Lashar is one of our church planters that could exponentially increase his ministry if he had a motorcycle. Churches must be nurtured with frequent accountability visits. To strengthen the existing churches, to plant and multiply new churches, to baptize more believers, and to train multiplying disciples, Lashar needs a motorcycle that will save him time as he travels long distances. This year, he plans to plant six new churches and reach many hundreds of unreached people with the Good News of Jesus.

If you would like to donate to purchase a motorcycle or bicycle for a church worker around the world ... and KNOW that your investment is making an eternal difference, click here.

Tags: evangelism, motorcycles, church planting, asia, haiti, church workers,

​Investing for a Greater Cause

March 2 2017

Young serves as a church planter in Asia. He’s involved in evangelism, baptisms, church planting, and discipleship training. Young shares, “By God’s almighty grace, I have planted eight churches and trained eight leaders. These 8 disciples are further planting 12 new cell groups. Praise the Lord!”

Young uses the Train & Multiply curriculum, which has helped transform people in his village. The distance from village to village in my country are far apart. Usually, I either have to walk or use public transportation, which takes a lot of time and energy. In a day, I am unable to reach all of the places I need to, so evangelism, which takes much time, cannot be completed in each location.

“If Lord helps me to get a motorcycle, then I will be highly encouraged, and my work activities will increase in areas of evangelism, doing baptisms, church planting, and discipleship training. Sometimes, I rent a motorbike, paying for it by the hour, but this is much too expensive for me to bear often,” said Young.

If you would like to invest in a greater cause, would you consider donating today for OMS to purchase Young a motorbike? To give, click here.

Tags: every community for christ, asia, motorbikes, evangelism, church planting, t &m

South Asia Medical Missions Trip in April

January 10 2017

Tags: south asia, medical missions, short-term missions, medical trip, dynamic women in missions,

The Little Church With a Big Heart

February 26 2016

To say our little church with about 175 attenders has a love affair with missions would be an understatement! Nineveh Christian Church has supported One Mission Society missionaries for longer than I have been a member (2002). But over the years, our involvement has grown in so many exciting ways, and I count myself fortunate to be part of that growth.

Our pastor, Tom Knight, and our elders have a unique philosophy that if we expect blessings from the Lord, financial or otherwise, then we must first bless others. 2 Corinthians 9:10 expresses that philosophy: “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” As you will see, the Lord has fulfilled that promise for our church many times.

As I recount the many ways our church has increased our missions giving and involvement, it is not to pat ourselves on the back, but to inspire other churches to realize you don’t have to be a mega church to do great things for God – you just need to be a church with a “mega” heart.

At first we supported several OMS missionaries. But in 2007, just as we were in the middle of building an addition on our own church (a $460,000 project), God impressed on our leaders that we should simultaneously plant some seeds by building a church in India through OMS. Due to the generous giving of our congregation, we ended up borrowing only $50,000 toward our remodel and took on the India church build of $13,500. Paying off both of these projects was not a long, drawn-out process, but rather, was completed in less than a year.

Soon, we were building two churches/schools in South Asia, broadening our missionary support, and in 2010 – 2012, we gave $25,000 to build one floor of a training center in South Asia.

Just as exciting as our congregation’s giving heart was the fact that we had become a sending church. I took my first mission trip with Dynamic Women in Missions in 2012 to Ecuador. Of course, my excitement spilled over and within the next couple years, the women of our church were involved in two trips to Haiti. The second of these trips had 10 women from our church, including our pastor’s wife.

In 2014, we tore down the parsonage across the street from our church to build a Life House – a building suited to our junior and senior high youth. This $360,000 project should have been a challenge for our small congregation, but once again, our building fund had grown due to our generous congregation. Our pastor and elders prayed about where we could sow some seeds of blessing. We had grown to love the people of Haiti, so while we were paying off our Life House, we also financed two homes for earthquake victims in Bon Repos, Haiti.

God continues to challenge the hearts of our people for missions. It is so exciting that this spring we will be sending a work team to Haiti, a team that will include men for the first time.

We have learned that we can never out-give God as we bless others by planting seed in their ministries. We recently bought a piece of property near our church. We are asking God to show us how we can use this property to bless others. I can hardly wait to see what God has in mind!

By Gail O’Connor, Dynamic Women in Missions Volunteer

Tags: little church, generous giving, missions, haiti, india, south asia,

A God of the Impossible

July 21 2015

For his church’s 60th anniversary celebration this pas weekend, OMS missionary in Asia, Dave Aufrance, shares the testimony of one of their former sisters in Christ from Ethiopia who has now been resettled in Canada. The story is one of those things that only God could arrange. We share the story with her permission. Her name is Ada, and this an amazing thing God did for her.

I baptized Ada in the spring of 2014 at our church anniversary service. She had been baptized as an infant, as was the custom in her country, but she wanted to do it again as an adult, now that she understand what it really meant. Ada was part of our church most of the three years she was in Asia.

Last October, Ada got word from the UN that she was going to be resettled in Calgary, Canada. When I heard that news, I thought …“Ah, two of my former students, Randy and Wendy Lui live there. I wrote to him and told him that Ada would be coming there in November, and I wondered if his family was willing to take Ada under their wings, so to speak, to help her get settled and connected there. I also connected Ada, Randy and Wendy on Facebook so they could communicate beforehand and try to answer any questions. Randy and Wendy were very happy to help her and even take her into their home for Christmas. Everything was arranged, and Ada was happy that she would know someone when she arrived in Calgary.

Two weeks before Ada was to leave, she got word that …no, she was not going to Calgary, but to Halifax, which is more than 5,000 kilometers away! Ada did not know anyone there, and neither did I. So when she came to church that next Sunday, she was disappointed and crying. We did our best to try to comfort her, and we reminded her that God had preserved her life in getting her out of Ethiopia and that he somehow had a plan, even in this seemingly unfortunate situation. Cindy (my wife) prayed that God would give her some good friends in Halifax.

So, Ada got on the plane in mid-November and left for Halifax. Over a week later, I saw she was online on Facebook, so asked her how it was going in Halifax.

She told me that after she had been there for about a week, she was riding in a taxi. She got to talking to the taxi driver and found out he was from Ethiopia. In fact, she said he reminded her a little bit of her dad. As they continued to talk, it turned out that the taxi driver was her uncle …her dad’s brother! Ada and her family did not even know he was alive. Her uncle had also left Ethiopia, and the last they had heard from him was when he was in a refugee camp in Kenya. For all they knew, he had died there! Then, God arranged it so that Ada needed to ride in a taxi, and the driver was her uncle, an uncle she did not even know was alive, who “just happened” to also live in Halifax,Canada!

We serve a God of the impossible. I get teary-eyed when I tell the story. I hope it encourages you as well. Even when we can’t understand what God is doing, we can be assured he is working things out to our benefit.

This is Ada (center), along wither her uncle and his family in Halifax, Canada.

Tags: powerful testimony, god of impossible, asia, canada, ethiopia,

Asia Training

June 1 2015

“Our homes are often ransacked, and our Bibles are confiscated; then they have Bible burnings, building huge bonfires in the community. Sometimes they also light fires outside our churches to scare and intimidate us.” The young lady spoke in a matter-of-fact tone of voice.

I was in a country in Asia training people to evangelize, make disciples, and form new churches - any of which could mean severe retaliation and serious persecution if they are caught. I looked at the young woman with respect, admiration, and compassion; but as a valiant soldier of the cross, she wasn’t looking for any of those responses from me.

She knows the risks of practicing her faith and obeying God’s command to be His witness. I thought to myself, “She is very young. She has her whole life before her. She could be living for herself and desiring a peaceful future without danger, but instead, she has come to be trained.”

She and dozens more came to be trained. They had made the decision to follow Jesus, regardless of the possible cost to their lives. They are not choosing to live safely or to walk an easy path. They are choosing to live obediently.

It was humbling to meet these brave ones. I felt a heavy weight of responsibility as I equipped them to undertake ministry that could cost them their lives. However, I know that the Gospel has always been spread through the shedding of blood. For generations, we have had it easy in the United States. I wonder how many of us would follow suit. II Timothy 3:12 also states, “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

As we see our religious rights disappearing, perhaps it’s time to ask ourselves this question.

Tags: asia, training, witness, peace,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - IRD Stories

February 5 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Feb. 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring our Global Story Trek in which OMS 4 of our 5 international regional directors (IRD). John-Mark Brabon and Rod Williamson share about Asia; Kris Kappler shares about his ministry in a Muslim nation in Asia for the past 10 years and about his new position as the IRD for Africa; and Jeff Edwards shares about Latin America and the Caribbean. Each shares information and stories from a few of the countries where OMS is serving. Our IRD for Europe, Scott Murphy, can be heard on a previous program, archived on our podcast here: http://omsradio.podbean.com/e/scott-murphy-europe/

Everyone has a story ... enjoy OMS' from around the world!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for the ministries of the Philippines, especially post-typhoon and all of Asia and our ministries. Pray for Kris and the Kappler family as they make the big move from Asia to Africa. Pray for Latin American and the Caribbean churches to be even more involved in becoming sending fields, as well as fields that receive missionaries. And pray for church planting and special new ministries taking place in Taiwan.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media, with links to many different resources.

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org. The first 100 to respond will receive this free gift.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS missionary Millie Young, who served in Colombia for many years, especially reaching out to children. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

PODCAST: If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: world missions, regional ministries, mission stories, philippines, asia, person of peace,