September 21 2016
Kappler was hesitant to spend 20 days in a country in West Africa, especially because he needed
a translator to communicate in French.
provided a translator,” he said. “And he provided a 20-day experience which was
and his wife Sarah had served in Central Asia with their family for 11 years as
One Mission Society missionaries before they were introduced to a ministry
opportunity in Africa during an OMS conference. During the five months that Kris
prayed about this option, he felt a growing sense that God was calling him and
his family to leave their home in Central Asia and go to Africa. So, he
responded to this need and answered the call.
as the international regional director for Africa, Kris and his family live in
South Africa. Kris’ ministry is to serve and supervise OMS church-planting
ministries and OMS missionaries across the continent, which includes traveling
to many different countries. During April and early
May, Kris visited several villages and leaders in this West African nation to introduce himself,
to observe what work was being done, to see what relationships were being built,
and to spread the Gospel message through different programs. Throughout that
trip, he saw God working in the hearts of the villagers and leaders.
people in West Africa speak French, so in order to help Kris with the language
barrier, God provided a translator for him as he traveled. In total, he and his
team visited 40 villages. These villages, Kris said, are the focus of their
ministry in Africa because they tend to be neglected areas. Throughout these
villages, Kris saw the poor and, as he said, “people outside of places you
don’t normally go.”
many villages they visited, there was a chief they first had to meet in order
to have access to the people. Many chiefs are Christian, but not all of them.
Because so much falls on the chief’s approval, Kris said, it is a critical
position in any village and respecting the position is very important. Once a
chief gave approval for Kris and his team to be there, they had freedom to
preach and speak in a village. In one village, one where a church is present,
the chief said during a meeting that he was thankful that the church was in the
village and hoped that Kris and his team would continue to do what they were
doing. Looking back on that experience, Kris remarked that God is touching that
West Africa, the population of Muslims is high, but God is at work in the
people’s hearts in the villages. Kris recounts visits to some villages where Bible
studies were held for the children. In many instances, Kris said, the parents were
Muslim, yet they still let their children listen to the Christian messages. In
one particular village, at least 80 children attended a study.
Kris and his team held two training seminars, baptized 45 people, and ordained
15 well-qualified pastors during their visits to the 40 villages in Senegal.
Kris is thankful for the opportunities he had to learn and meet the people in
these villages, as well as see the churches that are being created within these
forward to the future, Kris wants to continuously develop relationships with
the supervisors across Africa, learn French to communicate better with people,
and to grow relationships with people where he attends church in South Africa.
it comes right down to it, communication is critical,” Kris added.
also prays that God will send more missionaries to Africa. The need goes beyond
critical. He wants to see not only foreign missionaries respond to this need
but also African missionaries as well. And when more missionaries serve in
Africa, he continued, there are also more people supporting these missions both
in prayer and finances.
pray for Kris and for his team in Africa as they reach out to the people of this
great continent, especially the population in the neglected villages. Pray that
more churches can be planted, that people of peace can become bridges to some
of the village chiefs, and that these relationships in the villages can grow
stronger over time.
By Jess Mitchell,
September 20 2016
This is part 5 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS.
God’s Word, the message that Jesus values children is evident. He says people
must have a childlike heart. King Solomon highlights the joys of youth. Paul
encourages young Timothy to set an example for believers everywhere in his
ministry. The importance of young people is evident throughout the Bible. And
it doesn’t just mention their importance, but it speaks of their responsibility.
Just like other believers of other ages, Christian youth have a role to play in
glorifying God and bringing his Good News to the world.
out of college, Clarissa Hunter has felt God calling her to the mission field
in Budapest, Hungary. On the field, Clarissa will serve in communications and
ministry coordination. As she begins the funding process, she is working at the
OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, as the administrative assistant
for Development and Marketing.
journey started in 2014 when she interned for HOPE61, OMS’ human
trafficking prevention ministry. She enjoyed that summer and considered applying
for another OMS internship, seeking something she could do for a three-month
period right after graduation. She found two internship options that
she researched the two options, one of those in Hungary, Clarissa connected
with Jonathan Long, the OMS field director for Hungary. She learned more about
the vision for Hungary, the passion for transformation in that country, and the
desire to come alongside the church in a supportive role to impact people’s
lives. Clarissa was drawn to that vision, and after praying and thinking more
about her decision, she chose the internship in Hungary.
three months in Hungary was an affirming experience. She spent time writing and
editing materials, helped mediate situations, and worked in teams to serve the
Hungarian people. Who she was and what she liked to do seemed to line up
perfectly with her jobs, and people recognized her God-given skills.
Clarissa’s time there, Jonathan pitched the idea of her joining the Hungary
team. At first, Clarissa was unsure if she should pursue that idea. Yet, before
she even returned to the United States, she had applied to serve in Hungary and
for a position at the OMS HQ. She soon had interviews lined up. Both of these
interviews ended in success, as she was accepted to go to Hungary and also to
work at headquarters during her funding and preparation process for the field.
were flying open for Clarissa, but she still didn’t know what to do. Finally, she
came to terms with the fact that she had subconsciously made her choice already
to go to Hungary. It was almost as if, when she had left Budapest, she knew she
would return. So, she jumped in and took the opportunity.
as she works at headquarters, Clarissa wants to invest her time where she is
right now and to be present in this moment, focusing on her work here instead
of always looking to Hungary. But when she does go to the mission field, she
wants to continue to have that mentality, to be present in her work and choose
to make the most of her time wherever God calls her.
has a passion for understanding people and also helping people understand each
other. She wants to reach out to those who are marginalized and connect with
people who are overlooked by others. Her prayer is that God can work in and
through her in Budapest, and also where she is now, to do this. She is thankful
for the people that have helped her through this journey, and above all else she's thankful for God’s goodness in opening so many doors of opportunity for her.
a young person stepping into missions, Clarissa encourages other young people
to not let the vast opportunities keep them from choosing somewhere to serve. So
many youth struggle with shutting down in response to an overload of
information and tragedy, Clarissa said. Instead of letting that overwhelming
feeling stop them from being involved somewhere, young people need to see what
their God-given talents and skills are best suited for. Then, they need to
choose a cause they care about and take steps to help others. The more involved
you are, Clarissa added, the less focused you are on just yourself, which
creates greater empathy and understanding about what is happening in the world.
pray for Clarissa as she works at OMS headquarters and prepares to serve in
Hungary. Pray that she seeks to be present and relational, that her focus is on
others, and that she chooses to always make the most of her time to serve
people and God.
learn more and to give to Clarissa, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/ClarissaHunter.
By Jess Mitchell, Communications
September 6 2016
This is part 3 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS. This is part one of two of Harold's story. Harold served at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana, for six months learning the details of a mission organization, especially in the Mobilization Department.
Young People Stepping
Into Missions: Harold’s Call to Missions
night, 10-year-old Harold Hurtado prayed to God that when he woke up in the
morning he would be in a different place in the world, a place where he felt
like he belonged. But when he got up the next morning and peeked through his
window, he was in the same place ... Colombia, South America.
he might not have teleported to a different location overnight, Harold did get
to travel to many new places as he followed God’s calling into missions.
story began when he was a young boy. He grew up in Apartadó, Colombia, in an
area where there was a variety of different cultures. His family was Christian,
but he didn’t personally accept Christ as his Savior until he was eight. When
he did, he knew that he wanted to have a personal relationship with God,
something more than a faith that was his parents’ or his pastor’s. He wanted to
claim faith as his own.
up, Harold spent a lot of time in his church. He started to think about
missions and asked a lot of questions about God. Harold’s thoughts about
missions eventually led him to his first missional experience. At 10 years old,
God fostered an interest in him for indigenous people in his area. One day,
Harold noticed there were poor people in his area who needed shoes to get to
school. When Harold saw this need, he gathered some friends and told them about
his sadness when he saw these people. With some teachers from his school,
Harold and his friends visited these people. They took pictures and listened to
their stories. Then, they went and bought boxes of shoes.
and his friends wrote a note inside all of the shoes that said “these shoes are
to cover your socks, so that you will follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ.”
The shoes were a surprise for the people who received them. Fifteen years later
after that first trip to deliver shoes, Harold said that two churches are
planted in that place because the pastors decided to plant new churches. This
was Harold’s first missionary experience, but it was definitely not his last.
a teenager, he started to coordinate missionary teams in his region through
activities like theatre and sports. He encouraged young people to use the gifts
and abilities they had to show Jesus Christ to others. Harold and his teams
went around the region with their gifts to reach kids who suffered from a lack
of God in their lives. Over time, pastors from churches in Harold’s region,
around 100 of them, took notice of what these teenagers were doing and started
to use them as a model to motivate their young people.
surprised Harold by using him at such a young age. By 16 years old, Harold was
coordinating several missionary teams in his region and leading evangelism
efforts as well. He started studying administration at university. With a
strong passion for writing, Harold also wrote an article about an issue that
was pressing on his heart, the idea that Christ should change communities. Each
person is different, he had written, and those differences should be used to
unite communities and follow God’s plan, because the world is watching what
Christians do. With all this work, Harold became more involved in writing and
conferences. He loved what he was doing and was learning a lot along the way.
home church, the Inter-American Church of Colombia (IGLEICO), was founded by
One Mission Society (OMS) in 1943. This denomination had about 400 churches
planted, but they had never planted a church outside of Colombia. Harold noted
that they had many churches but didn’t have a clear identity in relation to
God’s work in their country or around the world.
was at this time in 2010 that the denomination’s president became concerned
about this issue. He wanted their churches to support missions, as well as to
get young people and pastors involved. The president reached out to OMS and
started to rebuild relationships with the intent of working together with OMS
to reach these mission-oriented goals.
president reached out to Harold’s friend, Oscar, who was in Medellin, Colombia.
Oscar became the denomination’s leader for their new department of missions. OMS
made an agreement with the denomination so that they could start sending out
missionaries from Colombia, through OMS, to minister around the world. This was
difficult and slow work, especially because the pastors had never worked with
missions before. But Oscar’s passion helped drive this work, and slowly, Harold
and others could see God’s hand in the midst of all this development.
and Harold connected at a conference in 2011 after these changes started taking
place. Oscar told Harold about his work in missions and his passion to send out
missionaries. He encouraged Harold to be a part of this work, but Harold backed
away from the offer.
kept insisting that Harold be a part of this new mission department, but that
would mean Harold would have to leave his home and live in Medellin. However,
God kept putting this idea on his heart … so strongly, in fact, that despite
his hesitancy, Harold knew he had to be a part of this mission. Six months
later, he was in Medellin.
April 10 2014
you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 29) One Mission Stories, OMS'
one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS
missionary Graham Houghton, a New Zealander who has served in India for
the past 50 years.
shared his story about growing up on a dairy cow farm in new Zealand,
not receiving his high school degree, yet God has used him in mighty ways.
Graham since has received not only a bachelor's and masters' degree, but
also his doctorate as well. Graham is married to Carol, an American who
grew up in northern India as a missionary kid.
is involved in church planting and theological education. His latest
project is raising money for a new seminary in northern India.
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.
for Graham and Carol as they raise money for the new school in northern
India. Pray that the Lord brings the people and provides the business
visa needed. Also, pray for the growth of the church in India. Our
national partner denomination, the Evangelical Church of India (ECI)
reports that we now have more than 2,000 churches in India!
If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.
BOOKS/RESOURCES: Graham shared that reading missionary biographies is what helped draw him to missions and confirmed his call.
You can purchase all OMS books, including many biographies, through our OMS store onAmazon or
by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori Mcall at
317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email email@example.com.
OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.
To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.
For other OMS Communication resources, check out our media resourse website at www.oms.media.
tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear a SPECIAL EASTER DRAMA. If you would like to
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This podcast has an EXTRA segment, featuring more heartfelt stories of changed lives from Graham, only heard on this podcast.
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