One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight

November 15 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring One Mission Society missionary Carolyn Knight, serving as a trainer with Every Community for Christ.

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

Carolyn shared many stories about her time in Africa before she joined OMS ... and boy, are some of those stories life-changing! She also shared about her travels to Africa and Asia with OMS as a trainer/facilitator with OMS' Every Community for Christ ministry. And finally she shared about a local ministry she involved with to minister to women in the stripper industry. As you listen, you hear Carolyn's heart for evangelism and church planting.

GO:

Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities. ECC is seeking church planters and church multiplication facilitators in several countries around the world.

GIVE:

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

INFO:

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of several University of Indianapolis nursing students and staff who recently participated in a short-term medical missions trip to Ecuador. 

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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Asia Pacific Relief Needed

November 14 2013

Asia Pacific Relief Needed

Year after year, the people of the Asia Pacific region hold their breath in anticipation of the next typhoon/cyclone, tropical disturbance, or severe flooding due to the tropical cyclone season from November 1 – April 30.

This past Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, causing widespread destruction and killing thousands.

Some meteorologists report that this might be the most powerful storm to ever hit land. According to CNN, “The typhoon was 3.5 times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina, which hit the United States in 2005. It wasn’t the storm’s 250-kph (155-mph) gusts that caused most of the damage—it was a mammoth storm surge that reached up to 5 meters (16 feet) high.”

The storms triggered landslides, uprooted trees, and destroyed homes and entire communities as its destructive forces moved quickly though the islands.

Early Monday, powerful winds also forced thousands to evacuate their homes in northeastern Vietnam. Destruction, to some extent, is evident throughout the Asia Pacific region.

OMS will send relief to the areas of the Asia Pacific region where we have ministries and workers on hand to do the most good. In one country, we have "boots on the ground," ready to put his military and relief experience to work to get immediate help into the hands of those that need it most.

Today, six days later, in many areas of the Asia Pacific region, we still see: No electricity. No food. No water. Widespread looting. Dead bodies scattered on the streets. Missing people. Hospitals overrun with patients. Houses and buildings demolished. And medical supplies running out.

This is how you can help today. Send your donation to One Mission Society, a ministry you know and trust.

We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available.

To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”

Thank you in advance for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Joel Silverman

November 1 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Joel Silverman

                    

                                                                  We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 3) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring One Mission Society missionary Joel Silverman, serving as the executive director of OMS USA.

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

Joel, a former businessman and director of the BMV in Indiana under Gov. Mitch Daniels, shared about his experiences as a shepherd or mentor to the people of Myanmar through our Every Community for Christ ministry, about being raised in a Jewish home, and about his role and ministry today as the U.S. executive director for OMS.

GO:

If you are interested in serving, either short- or long-term, with OMS, check out the opportunities

GIVE:

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

INFO:

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of several University of Indianapolis nursing students and staff who recently participated in a short-term medical missions trip to Ecuador. 

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

October 16 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

We hope you enjoyed last night's ENCORE presentation (Sunday, Jan. 12) of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Dr. Wesley Duewel, who is 97 years old and has served with OMS for nearly 75 years, including 25 years in India, several as OMS President, and most recently has spent decades writing books.

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

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

Dr. Duewel talked about church planting in India. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places around the world.

If you would like to purchase the book, Touch the World Through Prayer, featured in today's program, you can purchase it on Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313. You can also purchase any of Dr. Duewel's books this way.

Would you like to read OMS' magazine, OMS Outreach online? You can subscribe to it here for free.

Here is one of many of Dr. Duewel's poem. This is what he shared on the program:

ARE YOU HIDING THE WORD OF GOD?

You have the words which the Savior gave,

You have the book which millions crave,

You have the Truth which alone can save—

Are you hiding the Word of God?

 

Millions are groping in sin’s dark night,

Searching the pathway to truth and right.

You in your hands have the only Light—

Are you hiding the Light of God?

 

Millions engage in a deadly strife,

Foes of the soul and of God are rife;

Millions are losing the fight for life—

Are you hiding the Sword of God?

 

The need still exists though seasons roll,

Millions are fainting far short their goal,

Millions tonight have a hungry soul—

Are you hiding the Bread of God?

 

Millions haste on to a Christless tomb

Treading the pathways of sin and gloom,

You, if you will, can avert their doom—

Will you give them the Word of God?

 

--Wesley L. Duewel

(Allahabad, India; December 22, 1943)

 

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving in Mexico.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast, so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us.

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Using Our Talents

October 8 2013

Using Our Talents

    

In between our most recent ministry trips, we enjoyed serving in our local fellowship in our hometown of Decatur, Indiana. In February, a couple in the church asked all of us who attend to consider an activity based on Matt. 25:14-30, on how we were using our talents for the Lord. They offered to give anyone who felt led to do so $20 and, after much prayer, would invest the money in some way that the Lord could multiply it by using the talents He had given us. After three months, we were to return the $20s to them, give an account of how the Lord multiplied it, and donate it to one of the ministries in our church. It wasn’t thought of as a “fundraising” activity, but as an exercise in trusting God as we serve Him.

Being completely dependent on God and the supporters that He had given us through the years, we asked the Lord if we should participate in this activity and, if so, to show us how to use our talents for Him. He led us both to accept the money.

This past March, as we were leaving our teaching positions in South Asia, the director of the college told us that they were going to have a farewell service for us and that we would be given gifts. We told her that that wasn’t necessary and that we were not there expecting gifts. She asked that we would graciously receive what was given to us and to use it in whatever way the Lord led us. We discussed this between us, and Mick and I decided to accept the gifts and use the money as the multiplication of our talents. 

We were quite surprised when we opened the envelope and saw a large amount of U.S. dollars. We thanked the Lord for it, but then both of us, separately, began thinking that, since it was such a large amount of money, maybe it would be all right for us to give half of it to the talent activity and put the other half into our missionary support account for further ministries. We talked it over and agreed that this might be a good idea, but the Lord, again separately, brought to our minds Acts 5 and the story of Ananias and Sapphira who withheld part of the money that they had promised to give to the Lord and the early church leaders. They both died because of their deception. He showed us that we had promised Him that we would give all of it as an unexpected gift to our church. So, we repented of our wrong and when the time came to give the money, we gave the full amount. 

The next Monday morning, a family who supports us monthly came by to see us. The husband and father of the family told us that three of their grandparents had passed away this past year, and that they had received quite an inheritance. They had been praying about how to use this money and where to give the tithe from it. They said that the Lord showed them that they should divide it up to four different ministries, and that we were one of them. He sat in our living room and wrote out a check to our support account and laid it face down on the coffee table. We visited for a little while, and then they left. We then looked at the check, which was written for the exact amount that we had given to our church as our talent to the Lord.

Once again, God showed us that He wants our obedience more than sacrifice and that He will supply our every need as we honor and obey Him. We are now serving in the Republic of Ireland for three years of ministry. We thank the Lord for reminding us of His faithful provision and presence.

--Nora Suman, OMS missionary 

Editor’s Note: The Sumans have been missionaries with One Mission Society for nearly 35 years. They spent 15 years in Spain, 7 years in student ministry in the U.S. and another 9+ years in Asia. They returned to the U.S. due to health issues. Most recently, the Sumans served three, three-month terms in South Korea before heading to the Republic of Ireland. 

View all of the opportunities how God may use you to be a missionary. Is God calling you to be a worker, either on the front lines or in a support role?

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A Life-Changing Journey

October 1 2013

A Life-Changing Journey

  

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I recently read this quote from Lao-tzu, a Chinese philosopher who lived around 500 B.C. It made me think of my life journey from a business point of view, family standpoint, and also from a spiritual perspective.

I became a Christian when I was 16 years old, became unconditionally involved in my local church, and was introduced to One Mission Society in the early 1960s. However, I had to wait until 1978 to get connected with Men for Missions. For the first time, I heard of my need to DO whatever God asks me to do; to GO wherever God asks me to go, and to GIVE whatever God asks me to give. Since I affirmed that simple promise, it has taken me on journeys that have been exhilarating and challenging. 

A life-changing journey for me was to travel to South Asia, a country I had heard of but knew very little about. Our national coworker, a bishop and pastor there, is a man passionate to see people saved and lives changed by God. In 2013, he is seeking to establish 514 new churches. I spoke in the capital city to 120 participants from the book of Nehemiah on leadership, management, and ethical leadership. 

I also spoke in another city where I really saw the meaning of a life-changing journey. After speaking to pastors and senior leaders in the morning, I assisted in a baptismal service where more than 100 men and women were baptized in a river. This was not only challenging but mind and heart changing for me. I have been involved in baptismal services in my home church many times, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened. First, we traveled about five miles outside the town. Men went ahead to ensure there would be no interruptions to the service and to check on security. Men and women had walked to the baptismal site and were waiting with anticipation. This was an awesome experience; no sounds―only the birds, no laughter―only serenity, no fear―only commitment and expectation. I then understood what a life-changing journey was all about.

I measure my journeys in miles. Their journey was only a few feet. As I stood in that fast-flowing river, watching the congregation walk into the water, I realized what it meant to them. They walked calmly on a journey of 40-feet that would change them forever. Some possibly walked into harm's way, others into possible disagreement with their families and cultures, and yet, they enthusiastically came forward. I cried my way through most of the service and was overwhelmed by the presence of God. At that moment I knew why I had promised to do, go, and give what God had asked of me so many years before. 

Some people live for the opportunity of a lifetime. My involvement with OMS/MFM has given me a lifetime of opportunities, and as my journey continues, my hope is that there will be many more opportunities to see lives changed. 

I returned to the capital a changed man, with a new understanding of commitment. Are you willing to be changed by your life-changing journey? It may only take you a short distance or thousands of miles to wherever God wants you in His service. We will need to be ready to answer the call to do, go, and give what God wants of us. 

--Bill Anderson, OMS UK missionary

View all of the opportunities how God may use you to be a missionary. Is God calling you to be a worker, either on the front lines or in a support role?

 

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: the Experiences of a Dog-eating Man!

August 28 2013

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: the Experiences of a Dog-eating Man!

“It’s spicy duck,” my translator said. So, I took a few pieces of the dark meat in a rich sauce, rolled it in some rice, popped it in my mouth, and enjoyed every mouthful. Two days later, a fellow OMS worker asked, “How’d you like the stir-fried dog?

” My response was considered and careful. “Dog! No, it was duck … wasn’t it?” Well, whether it was lost in translation or not, my daily bread that meal was a little unusual but sufficient to see me through another day. That was my last day at an OMS Bible college in the South Pacific region. 

I spent two weeks teaching, preaching, and visiting OMS-related ministries in November 2012. What an experience! The opportunity to visit a Bible college and interact with eager students and godly lecturers challenged me more than I expected. I prayed, laughed, spoke, listened, and learned more than I taught. I heard about the life these national Christians have to lead in a religious, political, and social environment that is difficult, to say the least. 

So, what did I do and see during this visit to the South Pacific?

•Attended 12 lectures on missions, based on John 3:16 – the world needs to hear the Gospel!

•Witnessed 1 pastors’ training day, relearning that Christians all over the world face similar problems within church life and pastors generally bear the weight for their congregations (we need to pray for them).

•Participated in a college staff retreat, which offered an opportunity for busy and stressed workers to step aside and meet with God, share with each other, pray, talk, and be built up in their faith.

•Preached at two local OMS-related churches – what joy I experienced from these fellow believers, full of God’s love despite their difficulties.

•Visited an evangelism project where vegetable farming has led to witnessing within a farming community that has never heard the Gospel.

Visiting this OMS field to teach and preach gave me an opportunity to draw closer to 

God, to understand more of what OMS missionaries sacrifice, and to be reminded of the vastness of the task in which we are involved. 

I thank God for the opportunity to share, but even more so, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from those with whom I interacted. I can’t wait to return in October 2013.

―Chris Palmer, regional director for South Wales & West England UK    


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Tornadoes Ravage South Asia

June 3 2013

Tornadoes Ravage South Asia

More than 30 tornadoes have hit South Asia recently, which is second only to the United States when it comes to many tornadoes. In this highly populated, highly impoverished area, damage from a tornado can be crippling.

A devastating tornado struck an area in South Asia at the end of March without any warning. Homes were destroyed, rubble was left everywhere and everyone was in shock.

Many people rely on farming for daily income, but the crops were destroyed as well, which puts these farmer and their families in jeopardy.

With very little to start with and the tornado destroying much of that, these people are left trying to figure out where to get their next meal.

Simply living may seem hopeless to many. To some, there is no hope. But, there is one place for them to turn – to God and the local church.

The pastors in this area already put in countless hours, trying to bring people out of their hopeless religions and into a relationship with Christ. A disaster like this only adds to their burden, but the payoff is worth it.

Because of the work performed by local OMS-related church planters in this country, 353 churches were planted in 2012. The goal for 2013 is even higher.

Is God calling you to pray? Pray for these pastors―that they would not tire of doing the only work that matters.

Is God calling you to give? Gifts will be used to help take care of the families in need from this disaster or the next one.

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