November 27 2017
the mid-1990s, more than 1 million North Koreans have died of starvation from
famine and economic collapse in North Korea. Because of this, many desperately
attempt to cross the border into South Korea every year. In fact, each year, more
than 1,000 people enter South Korea. As of March 2017, 8,848 men and 21,642
women (more than 70%) defectors live in South Korea. Many of these women were
trafficked in China, where they had children that they brought with them to
the number of North Korean defectors is only about .1 percent of the North
Korean population, each life is valued. We believe that interacting with those
from the north gives South Koreans a foretaste of what an integrated society after
unification will be like. We also see that when those who defect adjust
successfully to South Korean culture, they become indirect missionaries to
family and friends in the north.
Korean defectors now enjoy better economic stability and are enthusiastic about
education opportunities for their children to live a better life. But unfortunately,
the drop-out rate for North Korean defectors is 1.4 percent in elementary
school, 8.8 percent in middle school, and 14.4 percent in high school, over 10
times that of South Korean students! For most children and teens from North
Korea, the hardest part of the school is adjusting to using English.
North Korean defectors experience discrimination and inhospitality, so they are
tempted into crimes such as sex trafficking, and some even return to North
Korea. The reason the over 30,000 North Korean defectors are not adjusting well
to South Korean society and have degenerated into failures, lawbreakers, and
vulnerability is that they have not been embraced with love and acceptance.
this reason, Sarangnaru, a ministry partner of One
Mission Society, run a group
home and after-school classes, which show compassion and can be effective tools
to maintain continuing relationships with North Korean defectors for missions. The
ultimate goal of this ministry is to share Christ and build disciples for Christ.
are needed to prepare for the coming unification and the evangelization of
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By Rev. Yoonhoe Koo, Sarangnaru
October 10 2017
Cuban people now face one of the saddest moments in the past few years.
September 8, the northern coast of Cuba was slammed by Hurricane Irma. It made landfall, with winds
of nearly 160 miles per hour … the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the
country since 1937.
in the midst of this crisis, there is hope.
the president of our partner denomination, shares what he has seen firsthand on
this island nation.
the midst of the destruction, we want to learn from the example of Jesus … we
want to love those who need our love. For this reason, we are helping those who
are suffering. We know that God can turn this crisis into opportunities and the
problems into blessings.
date, we have started 10 community kitchens to feed the needy. The churches are
serving the communities as a light in the darkness. Volunteers are seeing new ways
to serve the people and testify of God’s love at the same time.
Irma did much damage, the Cuban church stands together today to rebuild the
fallen walls and to give witness to the victory of the king of kings.
to Bless." That’s what I saw when I entered one church that had been badly
affected by the storm. I never thought that I would see that phrase on a church
wall that was almost destroyed. The pastor’s family lost nearly all of their belongings
and had no food to eat. They went two nights without sleeping. Yet, the phrase echoed
in my mind: "Blessed to Bless ..."
pastor of this church and his family knew that Irma was going to change their lives, but they
never imagined that the change was going to be for good.
and every day, the church feeds 180 people, and their contacts continue to grow.
Many are asking, “Why do you do it?” The pastor responds, “Because God loves
me, and I want you to know that he loves you too.” God has blessed this family,
and they want to bless the people that live there.
people are beginning to feel encouragement and hope. You can hear laughter and
see happy faces while the church serves them with love.
story that fills me with joy happened when I visited a church in which most of
the building was destroyed, but part of a wall that remained said, “Instruments
of Change 2 Timothy 2: 21.” The pastor had just started a series on discipleship
to teach them that sanctification is God's instrument to achieve good things
from the hearts of the people. After the ravages of Irma, the church is beginning
to understand firsthand the meaning of the words: "agents of change."
Today, members of this church cook for more than 200 people daily. Most of the church members volunteer with
the community kitchen, and they are instruments for change in the hearts of the
people as they serve and love in Jesus’ name.
message of the Gospel becomes real when people can see what God has done among
his people. To God be the glory!
If you would like to donate to relief efforts, give here.
January 31 2017
month, you have read stories and seen photos of the exciting things God is
doing through the ministry of SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education
Program), One Mission Society’s child sponsorship program which provides tuition,
books, and supplies to school-aged children in southern Haiti.
this compassion ministry, coordinated by Men for Missions and run by the OMS-related
Emmaus Fellowship of Churches in Haiti, we desire to make disciples of Jesus
Christ, equipping and inspiring them to share their faith with family and
friends, multiplying dynamic communities of believers, which is right in line
with the OMS mission statement:
grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make
disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around
“Bondye ap tande
lapriye, Chak maten, midi, ni aswe, Bondye ap reponn lapriye”
Haitian Creole to English means, “God hears prayers—morning, noon and night. God
answers prayer.” This simple children’s prayer is a good reminder to us that God
indeed hears and answers our prayers.
you join us in praying for the SHEEP ministry?
for the Haitian children attending College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, that
they will understand and desire to know Jesus personally.
for the children to be witnesses to their families and communities.
for each child’s physical and emotional health.
for wisdom and guidance for the teachers and staff.
for more sponsors.
you have not yet responded financially … remember that by committing to two
years of sponsorship, you will get the first year free, with the challenge grant
made available through a generous donor.
contact our office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317.888.3333
for more information or to start your sponsorship.
see the SHEEP ministry,
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.
September 1 2015
The tiny “meows” coming from a box next to a pile of garbage is what first caught Marla’s attention as she was walking home from school with the girls a few days ago … the cute, unmistakable cries of tiny kittens. What my girls saw next was a bit shocking: a short, sandy-hair colored stray dog, eating one of the kittens. Yes, the dog was literally eating a kitten. Not playing with it, not barking at it. While all my girls watched (in horror), the stray chomped away on a kitten, fur still in its teeth.
So, when one of the other kittens, so young that its eyes hadn’t even opened yet, walked toward Samara (who has always had an affection for all animals), meowing loudly … it put my wife in an awkward situation. She couldn’t say, “The mommy cat will come back” because they had obviously been abandoned. She couldn’t say “They’ll be alright by themselves,” because the dog was still chewing. And each kitten wasn’t big enough for one meal. So, what do you do? How do you get out of that one? As a parent who has been teaching about love and compassion, how could she just walk away?
So, that is how the box of kittens came to our house. That is how we’ve become the TEMPORARY guardians of five little kittens. And even now as I write, I can hear them downstairs.
Yep, though the girls are absolutely delighted, we certainly didn’t imagine this scene a week ago.
But that is kind of how things go in life and in ministry. Many times, the opportunities that God gives us to show others His love in a concrete way don’t fit comfortably into our schedules. Many times, these opportunities come at inconvenient times. They come at times when we’d rather be doing something else. And a lot of times, we’d rather walk away from such opportunities, hoping others will come along because we know that becoming involved will cost us time, energy, and getting our hands dirty. (And I’m not talking about kittens right now).
Showing God’s love to others means taking phone calls in the middle of the night. It means loading a moving truck on a perfectly sunny Saturday morning. It means taking a meal to someone else when you’re already exhausted. Because that’s when opportunities to show God’s love generally come: when you are not looking for them. What do we do in those situations? When the need of someone else catches our attention? When we know we probably ought to do some
hing, do we secretly hope that someone else will come along soon to do it, hoping they can meet that need? Someone who has more experienced hands and a bigger heart? More time or talent? Or do we let God use you?
And yes, I realize that such words are easy to write. They are even easy to preach from a pulpit. But they are harder to live. Harder, and yet, more rewarding, vastly more rewarding. May God give us ears to hear the quiet calls for help that surround us, and the strength to deny ourselves so that we can fully offer that which we have for His service, so that His light might shine.
For the only Cause that matters,
Micah, along with his wife Marla and three daughter are OMS missionaries serving in Brazil. They are involved in evangelism, church planting, and the ministry of getting their hands dirty through love and service.
May 28 2015
Continued Prayer Needed
Just a little over a month since the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, homes and lives are still in ruins.
Because it is no longer in the news or shared through the media, we can be innocently fooled into thinking that the problem is better. It is not! The people of Nepal are still frightened, devastated, and without hope.
An estimated 2.8 million people are homeless. When we asked our ministry partners where these people were staying, they said ... "Under the stars."
With that in mind, our team has made two conscientious decisions:
1. We will serve the most remote areas where other ministries are not. This region, close to the China border, is very mountainous and hard to reach. Almost 100 percent of the people in this region lost their homes.
2. We have set plans in motion to begin providing housing to the people in this region. In less than three weeks, the monsoon season will be upon them. We need to quickly purchase materials to begin constructing quonset housing (see photos).
The tin material, being shipped from India and purchased in Nepal is reasonably priced, but it is quite expensive to transport the items to these remote, mountainous regions. Total cost per house, which should last between 10-15 years, is about $500. The structure is made of tin roofing, metals poles, and plastic on each end.
If the situation in Nepal is tugging at your heart ... or God is tugging it, please respond by giving generously today. You can give safely and easily online. Or you can send your gift to:
One Mission Society
P.O. Box 1648
Monument, CO 80132-1648
Acct. #408117 - Nepal Earthquake Response
April 28 2015
One Mission Society ministry partners are already on the ground in Kathmandu, helping Nepali earthquake victims.
With more than 4,600 people dead (and that number continuing to rise), 9,000+ injured, and 8 million affected by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25, your help is desperately needed today.
Nepal earthquake victims need your help. Give now.
Supplies are scarce. Our workers report that food, water, blankets, medical supplies, and shelter materials are most crucial at this time.
Currently, $160,000 has been raised by OMS and our partner ministry Mercy, Inc., but much more is needed ... and needed quickly. In emergency situations like this, hours and even minutes matter.
Engaging a volunteer network of more than 20 churches in Nepal, our team on the ground has already distributed medical supplies, and we hope to begin distributing food and other emergency aid tomorrow.
With a tragedy of this magnitude, we need your immediate help. Your donation will be sent directly to our trusted workers in Kathmandu to be used for immediate needs, including sharing the hope of Jesus.
OMS will post weekly updates here on how your dollars are helping the people of Nepal.
Join us in praying for the families impacted by the tragic loss of life and homes in the Kathmandu area, and please give generously to help as they recover.
April 13 2015
this we are lost. Pastor Willy had faith, but he needed guidance from God. The
group of four from FECPI and OMS traveled to Tacloban City with an
overabundance of faith and trust. They knew God would show them a way.
Their first goal was to get to a hotel and drop luggage. In
a ravaged city, this is not an easy task. Many places were destroyed and
transportation was limited. With this in mind, they attempted to hail a
motorcycle taxi (trike) in hopes of easier mobility. The first trike they
stopped was not for hire. The driver was a vendor of peanuts heading home after
a long day.
Knowing the difficulties of finding transportation, he gave
them a ride. Conversation ensued as the men described why they came to the
area. He had nothing to gain from them, but he offered his house to them as a
place to stay. This one ride resulted in the driver becoming their contact, or
Person of Peace (Luke 10).
The peanut vendor soon accepted Christ into his life and
became instrumental in introducing Pastors Willy and Vicky to many people
impacted by the typhoon. Since that chance meeting, his business has
flourished. Through faith, God revealed their person of peace and an opening
into a community that was in pain.
The person of peace described in Luke 10 will welcome you
into their house. This testimony shows God still reveals those people today. We
meet people daily in our lives. Many are living without hope and simply need
someone to reach out to them. How often do we overlook opportunities? “If a man
of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not it will return to
you.” (Luke 10:6) Keep an eye out for persons of peace in your life.
To be continued…
April 9 2015
what happens when ordinary people listen to God’s call. On November 7, 2013,
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit landfall in the Philippines. One of the areas hit
hardest by Typhoon Yolanda was Eastern Visayas. Tacloban City and the
surrounding area accounted for 5,877 deaths, with more than 1,000 people
Pastors Willy and Vicky Galzote were following God’s call as
pastors of a church 996 kilometers away in Tarlac City when they heard the
Their compassionate hearts immediately ached for the people affected by
the storm. When such a travesty hits, many of us hurt for those impacted.
Their desire to help was unstoppable.
Pastor Willy contacted
leadership within Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines (FECPI), their
denomination, in hopes of coming up with a plan.
Their desire was not to merely
travel down with supplies or for a brief visit. God had convicted them to be
much more, to build authentic relationships. Their call was to comfort aching
hearts and offer hope.
Have you ever felt a call so strong that you were willing to
This is what Jesus asked of those he called. “And he said to
them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left
their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20) This is exactly the call that
Pastors Willy and Vicky received. Pastors Willy and Vicky requested permission
to leave the pulpit and move down to Tacloban City.
A month after Typhoon Yolanda made landfall, a group of four
from FECPI and One Mission Society (OMS) traveled down to see what God was
calling them to do. They had no clear contact person but went on faith that God
would guide them.
Pastors Willy and the others were just looking for a clear
sign on how to help the people impacted. What they found was truly from God.
To be continued…