January 15 2018
When you hear the phrases “doing evangelism” or “sharing
the Gospel,” what is your reaction? Maybe something like, “Oh, that is too scary,”
or “Only missionaries and evangelists do that,” or “That’s serious stuff.”
Well, it is serious … seriously important, but that
doesn’t mean it is too difficult for the average Christian to do. We as
followers of Jesus are called to share the Gospel with our neighbors, coworkers,
friends, and family. Most of us are aware of that, but how do we do it? We want to
help! Let’s get started.
Prayer should be the first step in all that we do as
children of God. Prayer give us insight, courage, and wisdom because God
already knows where we need to be, who we need to talk to, and what we need to say.
Maybe you have a friend who is far from God and
you’ve mentioned Jesus before and they rebuffed your attempt to share the
Gospel. Ask God for help. Ask God to
guide you in what to say and when to say it. God can also open your eyes to
opportunities you may not even see.
Prayer is not just a one-time thing that we do, but
it should be a constant conversation between you and God. Pray before you speak
with that friend or stranger, during your conversation, and after. 1
Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing.” The Good News message cannot
transform a soul without the work of the Holy Spirit.
Give it to God, listen for his voice, and then obey.
Starting the conversation can be the most difficult
step, but it is also the most essential. How often do you cross paths with
strangers daily and never say a word to them? At the grocery store? Drive thru?
Gas station? How about in those silent elevators? Sometimes, all it takes is a
friendly “hello” and someone is sharing their life story with you. Some people
are just waiting for someone to actually notice them and begin a conversation.
As Christians, we are called to be a peculiar and
compassionate people. The love of God should be so prominent in our lives that
we stand out like a glowing star on top of a Christmas tree. It is not so much
our “hello” that makes a person want to open up to the Good News message, but
the joy, compassion, and confidence which our “hello” carries.
The perfect example of engaging with an individual
is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus began a conversation with the
unlikely woman at the well and from that she was transformed and become one of
the most powerful evangelists. We are called to step outside of our comfort
zone and engage people in conversation, even if it is the last person we desire
to speak with.
Theodore Roosevelt once said “Nobody cares how much
you know, until they know how much you care.” One of the best ways to show
someone you really care is to take the time to sincerely listen to their story.
Everyone has a story, and understanding what someone is going through helps you
be wise about how to best present the Gospel to them.
The Bible says that Jesus was a friend of sinners.
He didn’t talk over them or try and demonstrate his prowess as the savior of
humanity. He listened before he spoke. He showed us what it means to truly be a
friend of sinners … even unto death.
After praying, make the person comfortable, and
listen to them intently. They then will be more likely to hear the message you
have to share with them. What needs did you hear when you were listening to
their story? Do they need a friend? What about healing? Maybe joy? Truly
understand who they are, have compassion, pray with them, and then share with
them that God is everything they need. He is a friend. He is the great physician.
He is joy. He is love.
Also, as his ambassador, you can be those things
for the people you share with as well. You don’t have to be a trained expert in
evangelism to lead someone to Christ. You just need the indwelling of the Holy
Spirit and passion for the lost and hurting. Evangelism is not as intimidating
as it may seem, it is really just an overflow of God’s love in us.
a man is filled with the Word of God you cannot keep him still, if a man
has got the Word, he must speak or die.”
~Dwight L. Moody
November 13 2015
Frequently Asked Questions
ONE BILLION - ONE OPPORTUNITY VISION
Does this mean OMS is aiming to see one billion people make decisions for
Christ over a 10-year period?
this would be wonderful, it is not the intended objective. Jesus said in
Matthew 7:14, “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only
a few find it.” If one billion people are given the opportunity to understand
and respond, the number who actually decide through repentance and saving faith
to become followers of Jesus will be sadly much less. Our goal is to give one
billion people the opportunity to hear and understand the Good News.
FAQ 2: Is this going to change our OMS mission
statement, making evangelism our primary focus instead of discipleship?
No. In the Great Commission, evangelism and discipleship are
intimately linked. One does not stand on its own without the other. The intent,
therefore, is to keep the OMS mission statement as is. OMS missionaries are
called to be involved in both proclaiming the Good News and in making disciples.
We are also called to raise up and train others to be involved, which reflects the
God-given vision of our founder Charles Cowman and his strategy of equipping
the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people. This was
exemplified in OMS’ God-sized vision in the early 1900s with the Great Village
Campaign in Japan. During this six-year campaign, OMS reached out to every home
in Japan with the Word of God, and thousands made decisions for Christ.
3: How will the one billion opportunities be counted?
a huge challenge, especially when working with many global partners who value
metrics differently. We are seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in our efforts to
establish good metrics to track progress toward the one billion. This question
must be, and will be, answered with clarity.
Is this going to be a uniquely OMS effort?
is small compared to this big vision. It will take much more in the way of
human and financial resources than what OMS has. It will take God’s power at
work (Zechariah 4:6). The engagement of many OMS partner churches around the
globe will be needed. There will also be a need for other alliances and
When does the 10-year clock start ticking?
in the way of strategic preparation is already underway. OMS leaders are asking
God to enable a global impact that’s completely disproportionate to who OMS is,
all for his glory. The 10-year period in which we’re trusting him to fulfill
this vision, and during which we’ll use helpful metrics to measure progress
toward the one billion, begins July 1, 2016.
What are some of the greatest threats to this vision being carried
This must be all about Christ, not about us.
– Without it, we fail to be what he desires and to accomplish what honors him.
discipleship – An intentional journey of discipleship within a Christ-centered
community of faith is an absolute, biblical necessity to which OMS is deeply
How would OMS leaders respond to the criticism, “Given the size of OMS
and its resources, and all the opposition that will come, this vision is
light of who God is, the promises he has made to those who love and obey him,
and the mission he has given to his church, we are prepared to face criticism
and opposition. Spiritual warfare will be involved as we call people from
darkness to the light of Christ. We know he is, and will be, with us. The
pursuit of this vision, which we believe he has given, will be a test of our
joyful confidence in him.
What if we fail?
we will unless God is intimately and powerfully involved. What’s of greater
value: to pursue a vision that’s aligned with our resources and can be carried
out in our finite wisdom and strength, or to pursue a God-sized vision that
aligns with his heart and can only be carried out if he’s in it? Moving from
pessimism to optimism, what if we succeed? Thinking about this leads to
9: Where does intercession fit into all
of its vital importance in the work of God, prayer will be the first and
primary work in the pursuit of this vision. Prayerlessness will lead to certain
failure, to a carnal effort instead of a Spirit-empowered one. That’s why it’s
essential that we stop, drop, and pray daily for God’s help in this.
10: What is Stop, Drop, and Pray all about?
asking each of you to take some time every day to stop what you are doing, drop
into an attitude of prayer … or physically to your knees, if you choose … and
pray that God will enable the opportunities to share the Gospel with one
billion people in the next 10 years.
11: How do I get information from OMS to pray specifically for this vision and
the ministry of One Mission Society?
Go to www.onemissionsociety.org/1billion to sign up for a short monthly prayer
update . . . with the assurance that extraneous, unsolicited emails will not be
sent. Rather, the purpose of the monthly prayer emails is to fuel intercession
for this effort.
What can I do now to help? Pray …
we would be enthralled with God, not with a vision.
would daily put to death all that is of self and the flesh so that Christ can
be exalted through us, so that we’re living for him and in him.
would give supernatural favor as potential partners are approached about being
involved in carrying out this vision.
God would amazingly provide the needed people and finances to do this.
this vision would be fulfilled for the honor and glory of Christ! “The earth
will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the
sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
Mission Society PO Box A Greenwood IN 46142 317.888.3333 www.onemissionsociety.org
June 11 2015
Kate Michel, Marketing & Communications Director, Radio 4VEH/Resounding
true that Haiti is a “religious” country—Catholicism and Voodoo are its
official religions. Any time spent on the streets reveals shop names like The Good Shepherd for the local hardware
store; art painted on the taptaps and
the local buses that serve as shared taxis claim the Lord’s protection. Yet
conversations again and again reveal the truth—that so many people in Haiti have
never heard or understood the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus, of salvation by
grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
elderly woman’s comments just broke my heart. I was with a short-term mission
team from Findlay Evangelical Free Church in Findlay, Ohio. They had focused
their Christmas giving on Resounding Hope solar radios, and we were in Haiti with
the 4VEH team to share the Gospel and give out solar radios: so the folks at
Findlay could be part of their giving in action. We worked alongside Pastor
Deusma in a village of about 600 people not far from Cap-Haitien—Radio 4VEH has
been working with Pastor Deusma for a few years, reinforcing the witness of the
tiny church he has planted there by providing villagers with solar radios to
speak hope and help every day through Radio 4VEH broadcasting and the audio
Bible in the language they understand best, Haitian Creole.
stopped in the yard of one family home to speak to an elderly lady who was
shelling peas. Though others in her village have come to Christ, and the tiny
church is growing and nurturing those new in the faith, this lady’s response to
the Gospel message was clear. And it’s one that I’ve heard so often, as she,
like so many, think that they need to fix themselves, sort out their problems,
pay back a debt they owe to the witch doctor or do something to be counted “good
enough” for Jesus. “I can’t accept Jesus today. I have a bad back and can’t walk
broke my heart. If only she knew who Jesus really is.
this lady—that she will hear and understand God’s grace, and will come to know
Jesus as her Savior.
Pastor Deusma and the church in this village: for their own faith and courage
as they follow Jesus and for their witness for Christ to those around them.
the message of the Gospel of grace as it goes out across the airwaves on Radio
4VEH. Please pray that the Good News will be shared in clear and compelling
ways through music, drama, preaching, advice, prayer and conversation. Pray for
those listening, that God will prepare their hearts to receive him and
encourage those who know him.
May 21 2015
When we arrived at El Progreso Prison, we were met by the
warden and a member of the Honduran Judiciary. She welcomed us and was very
familiar with our local volunteers, Lilian and Annabella.
Lillian and Annabella were members of our classes for T&M
Levels One and Two. The inmates were gathering in the Chapel to worship with
us. We met with and had an opportunity to hear from the “Hijos de Paz.” These
four men were on fire for God. Along with Lilian and Annabella, the attendance
at the Bible studies was approaching 85 to 90 individuals and growing each
The service lasted for one-and-a-half hours as they expressed
their thanks to God for providing a way of learning and coming to know Him. They
related this to the lessons they had been studying; with many references to the
first study, the story of Noah. They drew comparisons to the world in the days
of Noah and how they were products of the present evil world. They spoke of the
ark as a symbol of Jesus, and that just as the ark had saved and preserved the
lives of Noah and his family, Jesus through His death on the cross had paid for
their sins and lifted them up and preserved their lives for eternity.
We could truly see that God is directing what is happening,
and that with the obedience the volunteers demonstrate, the program will
We also learned that great things are happening outside the
prison. The program has started in several neighborhoods and people are very interested
in continuing the lessons. We heard about one man identified in the
neighborhood mapping of Level One as a possible problem. The man had a drinking
problem and mistreated his wife and children.
One of the volunteers stopped and
spoke to the man one morning as he was sitting in front of his home. They
discussed the lessons from Noah and lessons from the T&M booklets “Good
News” and “Family Prayers.” He began to ask serious questions and after about
two weeks, he invited his wife and one of his teenage daughters to join them as
they discussed the material. The family noticed a change in the man, and soon
they invited another daughter, and then a neighborhood friend to join them.
This group which started almost reluctantly is now beginning to actively seek
the Lord and His answers to their spiritual questions.