Surprise Conversions Bring Joy

April 12 2019

A beautiful story from Vicki Pasterick from a recent trip she took to Panama, along with her team from Peru, to train the church there about Train & Multiply.

We were in a church outside of David City that was actually a tabernacle. There were no walls - just curtains. They call it Canaan Temple or Camp Canaan. There are many people in this area from the indigenous Ngäbe tribe.

We understood that these people were all believers and we were teaching them how to share the Gospel with those they are close to who are far from God. Part of that is teaching them the 3 circles evangelism tool. This tool takes the Gospel story and presents it in an easy to understand and easy to share format.

When I finished telling the story that we all live in brokenness, but that was never God's intention - that brokenness is the result of our sin... When I told them that God loved us so much He made a way for us to get back to the relationship with Him that He always intended... When I explained that when we are willing to turn from our sin and make Jesus the King of our lives, He will make us a new creation. HE changes us. We don't have to do the changing on our own... something happened that I never saw happen before.

People came forward and said they wanted to follow Jesus. They had never fully understood the simple story of the Gospel. They were in church. They were attending church, but they didn't know Jesus!

One man was asked if he wanted to pray also, and he said no. But as the others prayed, I saw his lips move as he lifted his brokenness to the One who longs to have a relationship with him. When the others were gathering their things to leave, I spoke to him. I told him that I would be praying for him and welcomed him to the family of believers. He smiled a big smile.

Later, one of the men who was there for the training asked if he could have one of our training manuals. He told us that he does mission work in Nicaragua and he was excited to be able to share these tools on his next trip there.

God is opening doors and drawing people to Himself. Oh how He love us! What an honor to watch Him work in lives!!

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Tags: panama missions, train & multiply, peru team, oms, share the gospel

Billion.Global Makes Strategic Connection

April 3 2019

Why Billion.Global? Connections. Cooperation instead of competition. Even collaboration in God’s work resulting in greater impact and effectiveness.

Using social media creatively and strategically, a Billion.Global partner (“A”) is reaching into a country where access to the Gospel is critically low. Many people there are learning about Jesus for the first time and making decisions to follow him. The numbers given opportunity to do this, in the hundreds of thousands, are incredibly encouraging. But how do these people access God’s Word in their heart language, especially with so many of them being oral learners who prefer to hear the Word as opposed to reading it … living in a setting where printed copies of God’s Word are hard to find and dangerous to have?

Another Billion.Global partner (“B”) specializes in digital voice recordings of God’s Word. These are done in multiple languages, using native speakers of those languages. A voice recording of the entire Bible in the predominant language of the people being reached with the Gospel by “A” has been done by “B.”

It is strategic, kingdom-advancing, and eternally impactful to bring “A” and “B” together. Billion.Global has done just that. By downloading a digital Bible, access to God’s Word for seekers and new disciples is discreet and easy.

Connecting the dots … “A” now aware of and working with “B” for an eternal purpose … results in disciples being made and the Good News of Jesus Christ advancing! This is a part of God’s work through Billion.Global.

Editors note: Billion. Global is a passionate vision to give ONE BILLON people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ by the year 2026. It was conceived in the heart of OMS President, Bob Fetherlin.

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Tags: billion vision, opportunity to hear the gospel, global vision,

​Evangelistic Spirit Starts Young in Asia

July 23 2018

While I attended the 2018 OMS Illuminate Missions Conference in June, I spoke with numerous missionaries about their services on the field. One story was from an OMS missionary couple serving in Asia. J* and V* shared their story to show the power of God’s redeeming love for an 8-year-old girl.

J* told me about a ministry opportunity that her husband was a part of in Asia with a young girl who came to hear him speak in their session. The young 8-year-old girl felt the Holy Spirit’s presence in her heart and turned her life to Jesus that same day. When night came, she went to tell her grandfather of the Bible stories she heard and share the Gospel with him as well. According to J*, the grandfather loved the stories so much that he began to tell others about them.

As the weeks went on and as the young girl continued to attend the services from V*’s ministry, the grandfather continued to listen to the Gospel messages. One night, after hearing his granddaughter’s story from the service, he told her to invite V* to their home for a meal. He did, and the grandfather told the missionary that he wanted him to share with his friends the stories about Jesus. V* said he would need to come back another time, but the grandfather told him that his friends were already at the home waiting in another room.

V* was shocked to find more than 15 eager souls waiting for him to share the Gospel. That night, those patient and lost souls were changed forever as they all turned their hearts and lives to Christ! They all now attend the sessions of J* and V*.

*Names withheld for security reasons.

By Thaddaeus Ristow, Summer Communications Intern

Tags: sharing gospel, asia, girl accepts jesus

Dynamic Women Sow Seeds Worldwide

June 6 2018

In the past couple of years, our Dynamic Women in Missions team has joined efforts with our Every Community for Christ church multiplication trainers to add a new dimension of training to the Dynamic Women's ministry to women around the world. Here are a couple of stories that show how joining efforts is reaping great rewards.

India

The training of the 120 pastor’s wives in India began with singing. We began the training as we always do, by dividing the women into groups to enhance their learning by sharing with each other. I noticed that the young women that led worship had not formed into a team, so we went over to encourage them to participate. Ruby was one of these young women. She was shy at first and waited until all of the pastor’s wives shared their findings first and then she shared with a confidence beyond her years.

Two days later, our team of 14 began ministering to the people in that area through a medical clinic. As part of the clinic, the last station the people stop is for someone from the church to share the plan of salvation and pray for them. When we asked the pastor of the church who would share the Gospel with the patients, Ruby volunteered. We praise God because Ruby was willing and able to do this due to the training she received. Ruby led nine people to the Lord in the two days of the medical clinic. This young woman was so encouraged by the lives she was able to help transform and all the team members rejoiced with her.

Tanzania

Angelina lives in an area of Tanzania impacted by multiple religions and witchcraft. Her life was characterized by fear until she attended the Seed Sowers training led by a joint ECC and Dynamic Women in Missions team. She left the training feeling empowered and confident to share the Gospel. God led her to share with a witch who lived nearby, so she fasted and prayed for three days before approaching her. The woman untied her dog so it could bite Angelina. Still determined, she prayed more and returned. The husband accepted Christ, at which point he dramatically passed out, and the witch began vomiting. It was a troubling experience for Angelina because the woman also tried to kick Angelina and attack her with a knife when the son wanted to follow Jesus. Ultimately, the entire family accepted Christ, and the witch burned her idols and witchcraft paraphernalia. This act drew a crowd, and many others in the community accepted Christ and now attend church. Angelina, as a living stone, leads an I Am Second Bible study for these new believers.

—Pat Dragon, OMS Church Multiplication Trainers

For more information about how YOU can get involved: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/dynamic-women

To give to Dynamic Women: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/dynamic-women

Tags: sowing seeds, sharing gospel, ministry to women, training women, dynamic women,

Conversations on a Plane

May 25 2018

Sitting next to me on the plane from Hong Kong to San Francisco was a Frenchman named Christian. When he learned that Esther and I spoke French, he opened up to us in an amazing way. I began to speak to him of Christ, and he was extremely interested. I ended up opening the Scriptures and going through the Gospel with him in French. He had honest questions, and by God's grace, I was able to communicate well with him for close to two hours. In God’s big-picture economy, maybe a reason Esther and I learned French in 1981-82 was so that I could interact with Christian about Jesus in 2018. I now have his contact information to continue a "seeker" conversation. I hope to send him a Bible in French so he can begin reading through the book of John. And I’ve connected him with a strong evangelical church in his hometown in California. By God's transforming power, may Christian live up to the name he bears!

Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society

If you would like someone to talk with about the truths of Scripture, email us at info@onemissionsociety.org.

Tags: friendship, share gospel, conversations on a plane,

​5 Perfectly Awkward Moments to Share the Gospel

January 23 2018

1. In that unnervingly quiet elevator

An elevator ride is the perfect opportunity to share your testimony. Why? Here are a few reasons …

  • There is usually no one talking, so you have an open floor.
  • You may have several people to hear your message.
  • People can’t walk away from you.
  • Elevator music can make a dramatic story even more so.
  • You are sharing with strangers, so if you stammer, it’s no big deal.

The only thing that stands between you and elevator evangelism success is the small amount of time you have to share your message. Have you ever heard of an elevator speech? It is a speech that can be presented during the length of an elevator ride. It usually last about 30 seconds. What if you had a 30-second testimony prepared and ready to share that allows someone to hear the Gospel … maybe for the first time?

It goes like this (fill in your own blanks):

"There was a time in my life when I was ____. I surrendered to Jesus and decided to follow him. Now I am ____. Do you (would you like to) have a story like that?"


2.While waiting in the never-ending bathroom line

When you see a long line for the bathroom, I am sure your first thought isn’t “Yes! Perfect! Now I can share the Gospel with all these people,” but it should be! Every moment we encounter people is an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus with them! If the line is long enough, you’ll have enough time go through the whole plan of salvation.


3.When you see your Facebook “friends” IRL (in real life)

You’re sitting at Starbucks, sippin' on your favorite mocha when you see someone waving hello to you from across the room and then walking toward you. Your mind races, trying to place that slightly familiar face. Then it hits you, one of your FB "friends" has come to life and is now approaching you, expecting real conversation. Are they a friend from high school? A former coworker? Wait, maybe you went to band camp with them in junior high school...

You might consider averting your eyes and making a bee-line for the door, but instead, why not just say "hi,” and ask how they are doing. When they ask, “How you have been?” or “How is life?” you can jump right into your 15-30-second testimony! They will be astonished at how Jesus has changed you so much over the years and may want to know more about him.


4.In the midst of unwelcome flirtation

Sometimes, you're just minding your own business when a well-meaning guy or girl comes up and tries to start a conversation. Maybe at times you don't mind, but there are other times when you don’t know how to politely say "no thanks." Since you already have a captive audience, why not use that opportunity to share?

Your response can be similar to Peter’s response to the lame man at the gates of the temple, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.” Let them know that the light of God in your heart is what they really want, and you'd be happy to share that with them.


5.During the uncomfortable silence of your Uber ride

Most of us have been there. You leave your friends after a nice dinner and hop in the backseat of a large sedan the Uber app sends your way. Who knows who came up with the idea of ridesharing, but it is brilliant and awkward all at the same time. Ask any Uber driver and they will say they have heard everything. They have picked up sweet little old ladies going to the doctor and young party goers who could barely walk … and everyone in between. Your 10-minute ride back home is an opportunity to minister to that driver and share the Gospel.

Tags: 5 awkward moments, share gospel, share faith, witness, no fear,

Sharing the Gospel 101

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.

1. Pray

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.

2. Engage

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.

3. Listen

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.

4. Share

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.

“When 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

Tags: how to share the gospel, tips to share, good news,

​3 Reasons Why You Need to Share the Gospel

January 9 2018

Sharing the Gospel can be challenging and can bring on all kinds of uncomfortable feelings, especially at first. You might feel:

Fear.

Anxiety.

Awkwardness.

Maybe even nausea.

Statistics would show that more than 60 percent of all church going Christians never share their faith. Here are 3 good reasons to be part of the 40 percent that do share their faith regularly:

  1. You live in a hurting, broken world .

Go to any news site or just talk to a few friends, and you will quickly discover that darkness is real in the world today. Right now, worldwide, 350 million people are suffering from depression. Cancer will claim over 8 million lives this year alone. Since you started reading this blog someone somewhere has decided that their life is hopeless and has committed suicide. Think about people you know for a minute. Do you know anyone who has had cancer or is depressed? Can you think of someone who struggles with addiction or maybe struggles with loneliness or self-worth and copes with that through sex?

People are hurting, sick, and lost. After the fall of man, sin became this cancer on humanity. It is constantly eating away at everything that is good in order to keep us hurting in the dark. Sin is the disease, and Jesus is the only cure. If you know Jesus, you have a light that can dispel any darkness. You have medicine that can heal any sickness. You have a love that can comfort even the loneliest soul. This is the Good News that the world needs hear.

2. You have a unique story.

In Luke 8, Jesus heals a man who had a demon tormenting him. In verse 39, Jesus said, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” Jesus knew that he could reach the lost in his homeland with his story.

Throughout the Bible, we see the power in sharing testimonies. For example, Paul, who came to know Jesus in a drastic way, shared his testimony everywhere he went and with everyone he met, including King Agrippa whose father beheaded the apostle James and arrested Peter in an attempt to kill him. This is what he says after hearing Paul’s testimony, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” The beloved, John, writes in Revelation 12:11 that we overcome the accuser by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. You have your own story of how you were transformed by the Gospel, and God will put people in your path that need to hear it. There is power in your testimony. Share it.

3. God has called ALL of us to share the Good News.

It is easy to decide that sharing the Gospel is for pastors or TV evangelists, but the truth is that God calls every believer in Matthew 28:19 when Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” In Acts 1:8 Jesus said “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” He didn’t say “some of you” for a reason. Sure, we all have different gifts and strengths that God will use for different purposes in his kingdom, but all of us, including you and me, are called to be witnesses of what he has done.

Sharing the Gospel can be intimidating, but once you overcome the initial fear and anxiety, it is incredibly rewarding. Do you remember what it felt like to be lost in darkness? Think back to what life was like without Jesus, without hope. Now remember what you felt when you said "yes" to the person of Jesus Christ. Remember the joy? Let that memory be a force that drives you to allow God to use you to rescue others.

“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” Charles Spurgeon

If you are now asking yourself how to share the Gospel, click here for tips.

To join the movement, go to Billion.Global Vision.

One Mission Society is the founding partner of the Billion.Global Vision, which aims to give a billion people an opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ . We pray that God will take our efforts and multiply them so that over a 10-year period (July 2016 - July 2026), at least one billion people will have the opportunity to respond to the Gospel.

Tags: be the one, share the gospel, evangelism, share your faith,

Hospitable Love for Defectors

November 27 2017

Since 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 South Korea.

Although 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.

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.

Many 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.

For 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.

Resources are needed to prepare for the coming unification and the evangelization of North Koreans.

To give, click here.

By Rev. Yoonhoe Koo, Sarangnaru director

Tags: north korean defectors, ministry in south korea, compassion, share gospel, persecution, famine, cross borders,

Restoring the Church in North Korea

November 21 2017

Did you know that before the division of North and South Korea, there were about 3,000 churches in North Korea, with 132 of those being Korea Evangelical Holiness Churches (KEHC), started by Koreans trained by OMS missionaries? But during the Korean War, the churches in the north were laid waste, and the majority of the Christians fled to the south.

Dozens of North Korean pastors stayed to watch over their churches while they sent their families to flee south. Many of them were captured and suffered greatly, finally dying a martyr’s death. In the following decades of continual persecution by the North Korean government, the churches and Christians in North Korea disappeared altogether.

One pastor, who in spite of his sadness over losing his father to the communists, has devoted his life to restoring the church in North Korea. For several decades, he has embraced his enemies, the North Korean people, with the love of Christ. Because of the mission of unification in the Gospel, although he is in his 80s, he is still working hard to restore the North Korean church.

Here is a passionately written except from a letter he wrote to his father, who was abducted by the North Korean government:

“What has happened to Shinuiju Dongbu Church now . . . father! Restoring that fallen church is my fervent hope and prayer. Someday a church will stand tall again in that place. Father, in that church where you shared the Gospel and pastored, I see a vision of your descendants sharing the Gospel.”

This pastor has been doing the dangerous ministry of setting up a shelter for North Koreans, sharing the Gospel with those traveling overseas, and training them to go back to North Korea. Because South Koreans cannot go into North Korea to share the Gospel, he has also been training ethnic Korean Chinese nationals and Mongolians who can enter North Korea.

There are North Korean evangelists who, in obedience to God’s Word, are risking death to accept Jesus while overseas and then return to North Korea. They are keeping the faith in the midst of persecution and danger, building the underground church and sharing the Gospel.

Among the one billion people that OMS is pursuing to share the Good News of Jesus with, there are 25 million North Koreans who have never heard the Gospel. They are waiting for someone to share with them. OMS has focused on training national evangelists in Korea since the start of the Korea Evangelical Holiness Church (KEHC) over 110 years ago. The North Koreans that we have discipled will rebuild the fallen North Korean church and bring salvation to the souls dying without knowing Jesus Christ. The North Korean underground Christians who have kept their faith through suffering will fulfill the task of being witnesses of the light of Jesus Christ all over the world. We ask for your prayers and support as this ministry is dangerous and difficult.

Rev. Sungho Kim, Sarangnaru adviser

Tags: north korea, reunification, reaching lost, gospel,