​Radio 4VEH Celebrates its 64th Anniversary This Week!

June 4 2014

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10: 14-15

Beautiful, indeed, are the many servants of God who work at Radio 4VEH and have given Haitians the opportunity to hear the Good News of the Gospel for 64 years. On June 2, 1950, the first radio program was transmitted, and God’s faithfulness and provision has been at work in Haiti through Radio 4VEH ever since. This week, we celebrate Radio 4VEH’s anniversary with the theme: “With God, we are able!”— a wonderful reminder that it is only because of God that millions of Haitians are reached every day.

This 24-hour radio station has become a lifeline for so many Haitians in so many ways. For some, it has been their only source of breaking news and necessary information. For others, they have heard, understood, and accepted God’s truth that is shared often across the airwaves. Physically and spiritually, this radio station continues to impact lives across Haiti.

One listener writes, “We can never say thank you enough for the kind of blessing 4VEH brings to our home, our life, every day. This kind of blessing doesn't have a price tag…this is a life-saving radio!”

However, there are more than 4.3 million people in the northern Haiti area of who have lost their signal due to aging AM towers. Even though the station is recently out of debt (BIG PRAISE!), the station is certainly not out of needs. Through a project called “Restore the Signal,” Radio 4VEH is hoping to raise enough funds to fix the two AM towers, protect the towers’ site by improving security, and completing a perimeter wall. The project has already received 95 percent of its funds, but it still needs $20,000 in order for the project to be entirely funded.

In order for Radio 4VEH to re-reach this area in Petite Anse quickly, they are hoping to have 100 percent funding by June 30. “Restore the Signal” will take a good amount of the summer to complete, so time is of the essence right now in Haiti.

This ministry of OMS has been helping Haitians hear the news, wonderful music and the message of the Gospel for 64 years. Now, they need our help. If you feel called to help Radio4VEH reach 100 percent of its funding, you can give online or with a check in the mail.

Send your gift by mail in the U.S. to:

One Mission Society

PO Box 1648

Monument, CO 80132-1648

Memo Line: 4VEH AM TOWERS #407990

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The House That Love Built

May 22 2014

Editor's note: This is based on the Mother Goose nursery rhyme entitled "This is the House That Jack Built."

Bon Repos means “Good Rest” in Creole. This is an ongoing project for Men for Missions. Teams from all over the world are helping to build 30 homes for the poorest of the poor in Haiti. However, the Homes for Haiti project is more than just building homes, it is sharing the love of Jesus with the Haitian people who help with construction. It is a love for Jesus that compels Men for Missions to mobilize teams of laypersons to go to Haiti and turn lumber and concrete into homes built with love.

Carl Poynter, a regional director for Men for Missions, recently returned from Haiti. In his recent prayer letter to supporters he said, “As we shared morning devotionals with the Haitian crew we worked with, two men made a decision to accept Christ into their hearts; this was the greatest blessing of our trip.”

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your hands and heart to build a house with love for the poorest of the poor in Haiti?

If you would like more information about the Bon Repos project in order to serve or give financially, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/bon-repos

By Beth Jordal, OMS Communications

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Warren Hardig

May 2 2014

We hope you enjoy Sunday night's (May 4) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Warren Hardig, executive director for OMS' Men for Missions ministry. Men for Missions (MFM) calls men (and women), specifically laymen or those not yet involved in full-time ministry, to DO whatever God asks, GO wherever God calls, and GIVE whatever Gods asks them to give. Warren and his wife Velma have served with OMS for the past 40 years.

The program features Warren's testimony and his calling to missions, as well as many stories about his life as a farmer, his miraculous deliverance from smoking, his work in youth ministry before OMS, and how God changed him forever when he went on his first short-term trip ... "I went to Haiti a man, I returned a cripple (so emotional as God moved his heart)."

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Warren's!

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. If you would like to give to MFM, click here.

PRAY: Pray that OMS would see many more people come to Christ. Pray for the 2015 Saturation Antioqia, Colombia, evangelism outreach. We need teams to help plant new churches that will impact Colombia. Pray for the Homes for Haiti/Bon Repos ministry-for more teams to build and all the funds needed to complete the new community for the poorest of the poor.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org. You can purchase any of the books mentioned on the program through Amazon or by calling Barb as well ... Iron Sharpens Iron and Still Sharpening by Warren Hardig ... The stories of ordinary men who were mightily transformed and committed as they responded to: do whatever God asks you to do, go wherever God asks you to go, give whatever God asks you to give, and Of Guts and Grace by Carroll H. Rader, which gives the history of MFM ... we celebrate 60 years this year!

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.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear Susan Loobie, director of Communication for One Mission Society. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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Journeying Outside Comfort Zones

April 10 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I sat with three ladies (and a little girl) enjoying the surroundings of Tropical Smoothie, a Caribbean-inspired sandwich & kind-of-healthy fruit smoothies cafe. And as each of them shared why they signed up to join me on my next Haiti mission trip (end of April), I remembered why I LOVE taking people to Haiti.

Because the guys at Men for Missions (the short-term mission teams ministry of One Mission Society) have got it spot on: these trips are part of a life-changing journey, and Storly and I love walking alongside people as their eyes are opened to 'the real world' (the poverty, the daily reality of how most of the world lives), as they allow God to take them way beyond their comfort zones, and as they see God in action in a different context, in ways that blow their minds and break their hearts for the world God loves and came to save.

My next trip at the end of April will be the 8th team from our church here (Community Church of Columbus) since we took up residence in this part of the world. And three of us from CCC (Keri, Karen and me) will be joined by Kelly from Columbus (who was part of last year's trip) and four people (Larry, Debbie, Michael and Amy) from Findlay E-Free church in northern Ohio (who partnered with us with their Christmas offering last year to give to Resounding Hope solar radios).

So, at Tropical Smoothie, I told a story that I want to share with you. Except you get all the background too...

In June 2011, our CCC team visited a small village called Kayemit (Ky-meet), named after a local fruit tree, known in English as Star Apple. I'd been hearing about this village from Medson (our evangelism/radio distribution leader) as a place in need of the Gospel. A pastor from the local town of Quartier-Morin had started to visit this village, saw people's needs there, and felt called by God to start a work there. Our team was happy to be a part.

So, to Kayemit we went. After Luke, Devin, Randy, Tim, and Ken helped fix a flat tire on the van.

We gathered under the shade of a huge tree with Pastor Deusma, Medson and evangelism team, and others from Pastor Deusma's church in Quartier-Morin. We prayed, got instructions on the day's activity (like 'don't randomly give the radios out on the street, only after conversations with people about the Gospel, preferably in their homes or yards', and 'each radio is for the whole family or household, unless you visit with a witch doctor or voodoo priest, then give them one for themselves'). And then we split up, two or three visiting team members, a translator, an evangelism worker and a local guide who knows the community and can direct the group to homes and people most in need of the Gospel.

I usually hover around trying to spend some time with each of the groups, taking pictures, observing, sometimes helping with translation and interpreting some of the cultural stuff that doesn't always get translated effectively. So I started with Ken and Kellie, good friends of ours who had taken a huge step outside their comfort zones to come to Haiti. And there were more steps of faith to come.

I wrote about this day in Men for MissionsActionmagazine, here is an excerpt:

Villagers Hear a New Voice

As we approach the first house, Pastor Joseph Deusma pulls me aside and whispers, “A witch doctor lives here.”

Though we couldn’t see the red and blue flags usually identifying where a witch doctor lives, there were other objects, including a bottle hanging from a tree (used in voodoo ceremonies).

So here we are, on the front lines of the spiritual battles that rage across the earth. This time, in Kayemit village in northern Haiti.

About 800 people call Kayemit home. But in the eyes of Emmanuel Félix (Medson), Radio 4VEH’s Extension Ministries Director, this is ‘virgin territory.’ With no real church presence in the community, the voice of influence belongs to the witchdoctor. Until today.

Visiting missionaries from Community Church of Columbus, Indiana, along with local evangelists first gather under a tree. Emmanuel explains the key to sharing the Gospel in communities where most identify themselves as Christian. ‘Ask about Jesus. What position does Jesus hold in your life?’

(What a great question as we talk with anyone. Not asking how religious you are, how much 'knowledge' you have of God, how often you go to church, how you label yourself, but where is Jesus in your life? Is He Lord?)

At the witch doctor’s house, he’s not home. But we speak with several members of his household, as well as another man visiting. We leave a solar radio for the household, and one for the witch doctor.

Next door, the witchdoctor’s niece combs through her daughter’s hair. When asked about her own faith, she replies she’s a good Catholic, and also dances at the voodoo ceremonies held regularly by her uncle. She wasn’t ready to accept Christ as her personal Savior.

The global prayer resource Operation World explains Haiti’s complex religious context this way: ‘The Roman Catholic Church’s role as the state church ended in 1987…Haitians overwhelmingly identify themselves as “Christian”…An estimated 75 percent of Christians are also actively involved in voodoo, a development of West African Spiritism and witchcraft.’

By the end of the outreach, 51 radios were given out after 70 people heard personal presentations of the Gospel. Three people prayed to receive Christ as their Savior, and 37 people refused Christ.

But now there’s a new voice of influence in Kayemit—Radio 4VEH, The Evangelistic Voice of Haiti—the voice that speaks about Jesus through all kinds of radio programs.

Pastor Deusma says, “Even though people here don’t have a church where they can worship God, they can now hear the Gospel. The radio receivers will help them to hear the Word of God. Listen, you can already hear people listening to the noon prayer program on their little radios!”

“I know it’s a seed that’s been planted today. And God will bring those seeds to fruition. He will produce the fruit. As we leave here, God will do the rest.”

Fast forward two years, to June 2013. We took the Columbus team back to Kayemit, wondering what had happened to those Gospel seeds that had been planted and watered every day through the little radios, and the pastoral care of Pastor Deusma and those working with him.

What a privilege to be standing where a new church has been planted―where the physical space, starting with a few sticks and plastic sheeting, is showing the village that there's a new body of Christ-followers in this place.

Back to the story I was telling at Tropical Smoothie. It was this scene above. One of the highlights of our whole summer in Haiti was this moment when the team prayed for this new church, this pastor ministering in this village, for the new believers here. And the person praying was Kellie, the one who was never comfortable praying out loud. And here she was, praying a prayer of blessing in front of team mates, villagers, friends, and strangers―praying a prayer to her heavenly Father on behalf of these brothers and sisters in Kayemit.

Being alongside people on their life-changing journeys is an absolute honor. What's your life-changing journey look like? And who are you walking alongside of on their stepping-out-in-faith, stretched-by-God journey way beyond their comfort zones?

If you’d like to join us on a life-changing journey, click here for opportunities.

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Multiplying the Gift

February 25 2014

Multiplying the Gift

Altagrace is a single mom. She always has been. 

In order to raise her daughter Esther, Altagrace’s friend introduced to her to me to see if I could use Altagrace’s help in our home (we served as OMS missionaries in Haiti for several years a few years ago). I gladly hired her and began getting to know our new friend. It didn’t take long to realize that Altagrace has a servant’s heart much like that of Christ.

As the story often goes in Haiti, when one member of the extended family has a job, that person is often expected to help out the rest of the family financially. In addition to her own daughter, Altagrace also took in her nephew Wawens to care for him after her sister died and his father was unable to care for him. 

Wawens has been in the Starfish Kid (SFK) program for three years and excels academically. Smiling, Altagrace tells me, “The SFK program has been a huge blessing in my life as I take care of Esther, Wawens, and another niece named Frisline.” If given the chance to meet her sponsor, she would tell them, “Thanks from my heart; I pray God will give you good health and supply your needs so you can continue to bless Wawens and our whole family!”

Photo: Altagrace, center in white, with the Chandler girls

--By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications

If you would like to donate to Starfish Kids, OMS’ child evangelism ministry that uses sponsorship and education to share the Gospel with approximately 7,000 children every day, click here to learn more and to donate.

Also, if you’d like to be matched with a sponsor child, please email Gwen Pinkerton at starfishkids@onemissionsociety.org.

 

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Radio 4VEH Receives NRB Milestone Award

February 18 2014

Radio 4VEH Receives NRB Milestone Award

Praise the Lord with us for all He is doing in and through the ministry of Radio 4VEH in Haiti. We are excited to announce that Radio 4VEH, OMS' Christian radio station in Cap Haitien, Haiti, will receive another prestigious award this year.

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Association announced that Radio 4VEH, The Evangelistic Voice of Haiti, will be honored with a Milestone Award at the annual NRB convention later this month.

The Milestone Awards are presented annually to ministries with more than 50 years of continuous ministry in Christian broadcasting. This year, Radio 4VEH is celebrating 64 years of serving God and the Haitian people through radio. Radio 4VEH is one of five ministries to receive a Milestone Award at a ceremony on February 25, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

This is the second time that Radio 4VEH has been honored by the NRB. Last year, Radio 4VEH was named NRB International Radio Ministry 2013, for "excelling in radio or audio ministry, exercising integrity and faithfulness to the cause of Christ, while demonstrating unusual effectiveness in impacting the target culture with the Gospel."

OMS missionary and station manager, Rev. Storly Michel (a Haitian), will receive the award on behalf of Radio 4VEH and One Mission Society.

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The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity

January 30 2014

The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity

Jocelyn, a young Haitian man, has worked with the Homes for Haiti (H4H) project since the beginning. 

Joclyn When he started, he was a day laborer. But later, he received training in block laying and stucco work, so today, he leads the construction crews that lay the foundations for all the homes One Mission Society builds.

Since the beginning of H4H, we have started each work day with devotions at the work site. The Haiti work crew, and anyone else nearby, is always invited to join us. So, over the years, Jocelyn had probably heard about 225 devotions before he responded in February 2013 to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

God used countless volunteers, on many of the previous work teams, to touch Jocelyn’s heart and move him to make this life-changing decision.


Homes4Haiti-w-Flag2The January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti left hundreds of thousands of Haitians either dead or homeless across the southern portion of the country. The world immediately responded to help with rescue, health care, feeding, and short-term housing needs, including One Mission Society. But most of those groups are no longer assisting in Haiti.

In September 2010, One Mission Society launched Homes for Haiti in response to the great need for safe, reliable housing. In the past four years, OMS (through the leadership of our Men for Mission’s short-term coordinator and H4H director, Bill Evans) has sent 63 teams, with a total of 724 volunteers to build 54 homes for Haitian families. God has greatly blessed the ministry by providing the funds and work teams needed to build these homes. 

Exciting news: OMS is now taking the Homes for Haiti project to a new level! We have purchased land just north of Port au Prince, in a city called Bon Repos, a rapidly growing community. 

Whereas the initial project helped those from OMS-related churches who owned property, the new Bon Repos Project will help the people who cannot afford property or “the poorest of the poor.”  

H4H 7 houseOn this land, approximately 3.18 acres, we will build a community church, install wells, and build 35 new homes. The total cost is $600,000. God has blessed us with needed funds to purchase the property and a 1:1 matching grant for these 35 homes. Each $5,000 given will activate the matching grant and provide shelter for one of Haiti’s poorest families.

Will you consider giving to this life-changing ministry project? Your support will bring great blessing to Haitian families displaced by the earthquake and will help establish a church in this rapidly-growing area near Port au Prince, Haiti. You may donate safely and easily online. Please type in project #408063 for the Bon Repos Project, or you may send your gift directly to:

One Mission Society
PO Box 1648
Monument, CO 80132-1648

We also have opportunities in 2014 to volunteer with OMS to help build one of these houses. If you are interested in participating on a trip (as an individual or a group), please contact Bill Evans at bevans@onemissionsociety.org, or register online.

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Matching Grant Challenge for Radio 4VEH

December 6 2013

Matching Grant Challenge for Radio 4VEH

A letter from Rev. Storly Michel, Station Director, Radio 4VEH:

Dear Friends, 

I'm excited to tell you of a tremendous opportunity to double your impact in Haiti through our Christmas Matching Gift Challenge that we're launching today. 

A generous donor has pledged to match every donation given to Radio 4VEH broadcasting during December, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total pledge of $40,000. This means your donation during December is doubled to produce and broadcast twice as many life-changing radio programs to impact people in Haiti.

Click here to make your donation to Radio 4VEH Broadcasting # 469960 by credit card today through One Mission Society.

Your support of Radio 4VEH is a lifeline of hope. Your support will help keep Radio 4VEH on the air as a lifeline to people across Haiti-whether they are facing life-and-death situations, seeking answers to questions of faith, or just battling through the challenges of everyday life.

Your donation today will help produce and broadcast life-changing radio programs in Haitian Creole and French, including Bible teaching, worship music, news, weather warnings, farming advice, and life-saving messages like, "Wash your hands to prevent deadly cholera."

Thanks to our Christmas Matching Gift Challenge, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total match of $40,000. This means, as the Lord enables you, your donation of $50 to sponsor one hour of broadcasting will become $100 to cover two hours of life-changing broadcasts. If you're able, your gift of $1,200 to sponsor one whole day of broadcasting becomes $2,400 to cover two days of radio programs.

Please help us meet this Matching Gift Challenge by making your donation today. Your gift by mail or given online by Dec. 31, 2013 will be doubled as part of the Matching Gift Challenge.

By God's grace, and with your help, we hope to raise $40,000 by Dec. 31, 2013, to receive the full amount of this generous matching gift. Please pray and give as generous a gift as you can to change people's lives in Haiti.

Thank you so much!

May the Lord bless you as you celebrate His coming this Christmas season, 

Rev. Storly Michel, Station Director, Radio 4VEH

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An Attitude of Gratitude

November 26 2013

An Attitude of Gratitude

“One man said, he had made enough from his garden this year that he didn’t have to sell one of his animals in order to send his children to school,” writes Dave Graffenberger, a missionary with One Mission Society in Haiti. This line in Dave’s most recent prayer letter to his supporters is a reality for the Majority World. I cannot even imagine what kind of life this man has in Haiti. Sure, I have seen the pictures and read headlines about poverty in Haiti and other places, but reading a sentence like that caused me to pause and ponder. “Do I ever have to make decisions like this?”

The answer is no, but it is not an exuberant “no,” it is a sobering “no,” with the realization that my reality is not what the majority of the world’s reality is on a day-to-day basis. Access to education, medical care, clean water, a home, clean clothes, shoes on my feet, food in my belly are all a matter of choice for me, often a luxury. For the rest of the world, what I consider a choice or luxury is just a matter of survival, and that just makes my mind wonder … why?

As I journey through my life as a Christ follower, I believe He reveals this kind of thing to me for a couple of reasons. First, to bring to my mind all of the blessings I have in my life like my home, clothes, and clean water. Second, recognizing an alternate reality causes me to think differently about what I have, what I want, and what I actually need. Thoughts like this stretch me and bring me to what I desperately need, a change in my attitude. An attitude of thankfulness and gratitude is the third reason I believe the Lord reveals things like this to me. 

Living with an attitude of gratitude changes my perspective. It takes the focus off me and puts it where it should be … on the Lord. He is worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise. Happy Thanksgiving!

―Beth Jordal, OMS missionary, serving in Communications

Is God calling you to be a missionary, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God can use you to be a missionary. Contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org for more information.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Jason Campbell

October 4 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Jason Campbell

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Oct. 6) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Jason Campbell, OMS missionary serving in Communications with radio and kids' ministries.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries in Haiti, including: Radio 4VEH, English ministries, or Cowman International School, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org. If you would like to give a gift to any of these ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places, including many options to Haiti.

You can also get to know a lot more about our mission resources for children called One Mission Kids. You can purchase the new VBS called Good News Reporters in Training, which is a missions-based curriculum. You can also purchase our music CD of children's mission songs or our books for kids from our series, Champions of the Great Commission: A Good and Useful Man and Steel Valleys. If you prefer, you can order any of these things by calling Barb Sandoz at OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313.

Have fun exploring and please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary Judy Amos as she shares her stories of ministry in Japan.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast, so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows!

 

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