​The Juan Project

July 3 2018

The Philippines – a Christian nation. Not really. In its research, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) revealed that 90,500,000 Filipinos have never experienced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That represents 90.5% of the population.

Our Every Community for Christ (ECC) leadership team there knew that without some change, we would never make a significant dent in this statistic. We went to prayer. After four days, the Juan Project emerged.

The name for the Juan Project comes from the name Juan Dela Cruz (Juan for short), which has come to represent every Filipino individually and all Filipinos together. The aim of the Juan Project is to reach every “Juan” in five different provinces (Aurora, Leyte, Pangasinan, Samar, and Tarlac), and two people groups (students in the five provinces and Overseas Filipino Workers in 10 countries). We desire to plant a healthy, reproducing church in every sitio or purok (the smallest governing unit in the Philippines) in the five provinces. And, we will plant a healthy student ministry at each of the public college and university campuses in the five provinces.

We have completed the first year of the Juan Project. The first six months started slowly. In those months, we focused on building capacity, raising prayer support, building partnerships, offering training, and continuing to support the other ministries of OMS Philippines as they have contributed significantly to the saturation vision of The Juan Project. The fruit has come in the past six months.

In terms of capacity, we have grown from seven church multiplication facilitators (CMFs) to 25 CMFs and associate CMFs. Each works in a province to come alongside churches and organizations to cast vision, train, coach, encourage, provide prayer support, and instill accountability. We also have 54 trained facilitators who form the training teams to equip lay people to reach their families and communities for Christ. One hundred and fourteen new prayers groups have formed. Prayer walks and overnight prayer meetings are common. We work with at least 30 partners. And, in the last year, we have held 54 trainings, involving 895 people from over 100 churches.

The results: 216 groups started, 361 people equipped and mobilized, and 1,913 people who have entered into a relationship with Christ. A small but important turnaround.

Pastors now testify that their passion for church planting is rekindled, their perspective challenged, and their minds opened to church multiplication. PTL!

Tags: ​the juan project, evangelism, church planting, saturation, philippines

Seminary Graduate Plants Churches in Russia

August 16 2017

Ivan Beshlyaga graduated from MECS (Moscow Evangelical Christina Seminary) with a bachelor of divinity degree in 2005. He then moved to Nizhny Novgorod to plant a church. A year later, he baptized Natasha, his first convert. Natasha grew quickly in the Lord and was soon leading the worship at the new church plant. A year later, Ivan sent Sasha, the rector of MECS, a wedding invitation. He was marrying Natasha! Since then, Ivan and Natasha have had three kids and planted three churches in the area. This past year, both Ivan and Natasha graduated from the seminary: Ivan with a master of theology degree and Natasha with a bachelor of counselling degree. Ivan and Natasha have now returned to church planting in Nizhny Novgorod.

Thank God with us for the ministry of MECS, and how he is using it to prepare students to reach the people of Russia.

Tags: seminary, moscow seminary, mecs, russia, church planting,

Training Leaders in Haiti

August 8 2017

Since its beginning, One Mission Society has been in the business of developing Christ-like leaders for the global church. One of the ways this has been accomplished is through the planting of theological training institutions for the development of local church leaders all over the globe. Through the years, many of the Bible colleges and seminaries started by OMS have become leaders in their respective global regions among Protestant Evangelical theological schools. The Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti is great example of one of those schools.

In 1967, OMS started the Emmaus Vocational Bible School (EVBS) in a small suburb of Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Through Radio 4VEH, an evangelism and discipleship ministry of OMS, churches were growing and the need for theologically trained pastors was growing with them!

The vision for EVBS was to develop both vocational and theological training for local pastors, church planters, and evangelists for the many small churches in northern Haiti. In 2000, after 33 years of equipping hundreds of local churches with theologically trained leaders, the school became Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti. The vision for the rebranding of the school was to offer undergraduate and graduate-level theological training for an ever-growing Haitian church.

Today, Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti is among the top 10 theological schools in the Caribbean and has one of the premier graduate programs among Caribbean theological schools. EBS has also partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University to deliver a masters in Theological Studies to Haitian students. The current enrollment at EBS is approximately 110 students with a mostly Haitian, fully credentialed faculty.

The following have been a direct result of the strategic partnership between EBS and OMS:

1. EBS has maintained its Wesleyan-holiness distinctive within its curriculum and training programs. Even today, EBS is one of only three theological schools in Haiti with a Wesleyan-holiness profile. Thanks to OMS, EBS believes that the best of the Gospel is the rest of the Gospel. This emphasis at EBS means the promotion of the transformation of moral character that is a necessary result of conversion (sanctification and discipleship development).

2. Because of EBS’s relationship with OMS, there is a continued emphasis on church planting throughout EBS training programs. In fact, approximately 40 percent of graduates go into some sort of church-planting ministry.

3. OMS has empowered the development of Christ-like leaders for the church in Haiti through providing highly credentialed faculty to teach intensive courses four times a year on the campus.

4. OMS has been a driving force in helping EBS raise funds for many development projects. In 2010, EBS relocated to a brand new, state-of-the-art campus five miles from its original location. Without OMS, this would not have been possible.

Without OMS, EBS would not exist today. Furthermore, EBS is one of dozens of schools with OMS’ fingerprints all over it. This is the business of the development of leaders for the global church. This is the business of Theological Education at OMS.

By Matt Ayars, rector and professor at EBS


To learn more about EBS and Haiti, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HaFJ8w50IE&feature=youtu.be

Tags: seminary, theological education, haiti, emmaus biblical seminary, church planting,

Reaching the Unreached in Loja, Ecuador

June 6 2017

In 2015, God opened the doors for a few OMS missionaries serving around Ecuador to come together with the goal of reaching the unreached population of Loja Province, a mountainous area in southern Ecuador with less than 1% evangelical Christians. This team is actively working to make a difference in the lives of people who may never hear about Jesus Christ from anyone else.

OMS:Who makes up the Loja team?

BJ: The Loja team is made up of BJ and Andrea Williamson,Tom and Susan Stiles, and Jennifer Riggs.

OMS: What is the ministry focus in Loja? What do you hope to accomplish?

BJ: Our focus is to raise up house churches in areas where there is no church.We do this by discipling new believers as the leaders of these house churches.We look for key people who are interested in the Gospel and disciple them in the Word, and encourage them to make a list of people who need to know the Gospel so they can pray for those people on the list. Each week, we share a different evangelistic passage that they will, in turn, share with one of those people they are praying for.

OMS: When and why did you relocate?

BJ: Two years ago,we prayed about where the Lord wanted us to start a ministry and found out that the western part of Loja Province is one of the least reached areas of Ecuador. We have since then relocated to Catamayo, our center for being able to travel to those unreached areas.

OMS: What different cities or villages are you focusing on? How many evangelicals are in this area? How many churches?

BJ: Our focus is on the Chaguarpamba and Balsas counties and the northern part of Paltas county. Combined, these areas have a population of roughly 20,000, but they have only one small church. Even with the church,there wouldn't be 50 believers. This is truly an area untouched by other ministries.

OMS: What are the biggest challenges you face? Your greatest joys?

BJ: It is challenging to travel as much as we do and to adjust the traditional beliefs held by 99% of the people we are in contact with. The religion we often see finds its roots in Roman Catholicism, but it has been mixed with other religions over the years, making it an interesting combination of beliefs,practices, and superstitions. Most people fear the change that Christianity calls them to make because the religion they are familiar with focuses on salvation through practices or tradition. But, our greatest joy is seeing people reading God’s Word and getting excited about learning about Christ and putting their faith in him.


Editor’s note: We will be sharing several stories of changed lives in Loja in the next 4 weeks, so keep watching for updated blogs.

Also, to learn more about Loja and what the team is doing there, here’s a video that will help make you see it through the team’s eyes:


Loja team interviewed by OMS summer Communications intern, Mykaela Alvey.

Tags: ecuador, ministry in loja province, evangelism, church planting, house churches, unreached,

​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

​Motorcycles: A Special Gift From God

December 6 2016

Pastor Lasar P. serves in a large district in South Asia. He is a dynamic church planter and evangelist who has served with our OMS partner ministry since 1995. Lasar now supervises 30 churches with 960 members, as well as 13 schools with 410 students. However, travel by bicycle or via local transport to distant places is costly, time-consuming, and limits his visits to local churches and schools.

In Africa, dozens and dozens of our country coordinators and trainers must travel significant distances to carry out supervision and training. Most coordinators must walk or use unreliable private or public transportation. This is a major obstacle to effective ministry as it slows down the ever-growing outreach of the village church-planting ministry. An investment in motorcycles and bicycles for Village Church Planting country coordinators and trainers will have a major impact.

Greater mobility will allow these workers to devote 30-40 percent more of their time to ministry, thus providing both a quantitative and a qualitative impact on church multiplication and literacy in Africa.

Several of our Every Community for Christ (ECC) national coordinators and leaders in India have already received motorcycles for ministry in the past three years. Here are their testimonies:

“I want to thank the donors who have helped me to get a motorcycle. It was a real need to do the ministry in the rural villages and in the urban cities. I was helpless to serve the people in need in the nearby villages where there is no transport facilities. It took a whole day to reach an interior village. Now, I am able to move about much easier. I can visit the villages any time within a short time. I can cover distances up to 200 to 300 kms in a single day, conduct night meetings in the villages, stay there, then leave to visit the next village the following morning. It is so very helpful in my ministry. Currently we are doing the ministry successfully in 132 villages.”

~Dr. Virendra Khutey

“I am so grateful for the motorcycle I received from OMS in July 2013. This motorcycle is a great blessing in many ways for the church-planting ministry. For example:

1. It is economical. I save a good amount of money compared to using the local transportation. The cost is double what I now spend on the petrol for the motorcycle.

2. It saves time. Now I do not have to wait in a queue for the buses and local trains, so there are no delays in any work.

3. It makes me available to people anytime. If I get a call in the middle of the night, without wasting time, I can immediately rush to the place (nearby) on motorcycle.

4. It helps me to do my work more effectively and on time. Traffic jams are a major problem in India when traveling by bus or car on the roads. But on motorcycle, I can avoid those heavy traffic jams, thus I am able to do my routine work much faster now.

I strongly recommend providing motorcycles to other ECC church planters. It will enable them and equip them to do the work of the Lord more effectively, without wasting time to reach the villages.”

~Rev. James Paul

“I count my motorcycle as a special gift from God to my ministry in Madurai, India. I got this motorcycle in April 2015. I am doing ministry in 16 rural villages where there is no proper roads and bus services. I used to go by bicycle, which gave me pain in my knees. Also I was unable to get to the ministry locations on time. But now I am going to the ministry places without pain in my knees and on time.”

~Pastor R. Subash

The average cost for a bicycle is $125.00 and a motorcycle is $2,200.00. Would you be willing to say YES this Christmas to helping purchase a bicycle or motorcycle for one of our ECC church planting workers around the world? Give here.

Tags: motorcycles for ministry, bicycles, church planting, ministry travel, rural villages,

Jesus Brings Healing

October 21 2016

Susheel was trained by Sunil, a fellow Indian church planter. Amazingly, his life in the village early on was characterized by some sort of insanity. As a boy he roamed about the village touching people’s feet with a neem tree twig used as a tooth brush! He failed in school, eventually lost hope and any desire to live. He wanted to hang himself. Upon reading a Christian tract, given by a cousin, God’s truth began to penetrate his heart and mind. This led to a desperate prayer for help from Jesus, which over time, brought him healing from his mental and emotional distress. Later on, his sister in law was delivered from demonization, which also led to a dramatic change in his grandfather who was a witch doctor. When visiting Susheel’s church, I noticed his humble tears of gratitude to the God he now loves and serves. As a Train & Multiply church planter he has a vision to reach 100 villages with the Gospel and is already visiting 60 of them each month! He is training 20 pastoral workers who are helping to bring this goal to reality.

Pray for Susheel and other Indian church planters as they plant new churches and disciple new believers around India.

By OMS missionary Roger Kruse, India field leader

Tags: india, church planting, training, church growth, christians in india, villages,