​Search and Rescue

May 2 2019

Last summer, my 13-year-old son and I traveled to Maine with the goal of climbing Katahdin. Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine, measures at just over 5,200 feet tall. It is a day hike that takes about 8 hours round trip—4 hours up, 4 hours down or 4,000 feet up and 4,000 feet down. About halfway up the climb, we encountered rescue workers airlifting an injured climber off the mountain. We approached the scene right as the rescue helicopter arrived. We waited on the trail about 30 feet away and witnessed the rescue.

When the helicopter lowered the rescue worker, he did not load the climber into a secure basket and pull her up safely into the helicopter. Instead, the injured climber was connected via a harness to the rescue worker, and they were only raised part way up to the helicopter. The helicopter then flew, with the two of them dangling at the end of the cable, down 2,000 feet to the base of the mountain where an ambulance waited.

Though my son and I witnessed this rescue, we only saw the helicopter pilot and the rescue workers. We did not see the many people behind the scenes that made it possible for the rescue. We did not see the dispatcher who answered the call for the helicopter. We did not see the maintenance staff who cleaned and kept the helicopter hangar neat and tidy. We did not see the mechanics who maintained the helicopter’s engine and safety. We did not see the bookkeeper who made sure the bills were paid so the helicopter had fuel. Lastly, we did not see the thousands of local community residents who dutifully paid their taxes so that a rescue helicopter could be purchased for such a rescue. We can only imagine the community of locals who faithfully served daily at their jobs to earn the money to make such a rescue operation possible.

This is just like our OMS homeland missionaries who serve at headquarters. We are involved in multiple search and rescue operations around the world. Like the mountain rescue, most of the people involved that make the search and rescue operations possible are unseen. Very few missionaries get to be present first when the rescue is made and an unbeliever accepts Christ. But there is a whole community working day in and day out at the OMS headquarters, making sure the spiritual search and rescue operations of OMS go uninterrupted. Workers in finance, human resources, IT, missionary care, administration, marketing and communications, maintenance, and numerous other vital support roles. These hard workers report for duty each and every day to fulfill their role in the global effort of search and rescue for the lost. The rescue operations of OMS may not involve an injured climber dangling from a helicopter, but the stakes of the rescue are no less critical. In fact, the stakes are higher. The search and rescue operations of OMS are seeking to save people from an eternity without Jesus. When God uses OMS to seek and save the lost, he receives the glory because it is through his power that these operations are successful.

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By Jay Dunnuck, Vice President OMS Development

Tags: homeland missionaries, behind the scenes, invisible bu faithful,

Sharing the Reward

September 18 2018

We celebrated “National Payroll Week” two weeks ago. It is held annually during the week of Labor Day to celebrate the hard work of America’s 150 million wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them. Payroll is probably one of those things that you take for granted, whether weekly, biweekly, or monthly, you expect to be paid on payday for the work that you have done, and you expect the calculations to be accurate. One Mission Society missionaries also need to be paid and also expect the calculations to be accurate. My name is Carl Walton, and I serve as the payroll director for One Mission Society.

I joined OMS almost 25 years ago following a career in banking. Before joining OMS, I worked at a Japanese bank, one of the top 10 largest banks in the world, doing loan administration. Today, I work for an organization that sees lives change for eternity.

My main role in payroll involves paying more than 250 OMS USA missionaries working in the U.S. and around the world, as well as almost 150 retirees. I deal with finances for missionaries from the time they start with OMS, like candidates just starting out, until they are promoted to eternity and I must deal with death benefits. I enjoy helping people, whether it be through formal training during Orientation or one-on-one meetings in person, by email, or by video conferencing. It is a great delight when I hear back from one of our missionaries or retirees that I was able to help them.

As a homeland missionary, I have to raise my own salary and benefits just like when I served overseas in Haiti, England, and the Philippines. Without homeland missionaries doing the necessary support roles behind the scenes, missions would be greatly hindered. How would they get paid? How would donors know what was going on in their ministry?

I am reminded of Paul’s words to the Corinthians as recorded in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (ESV), “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.”

I rejoice that when someone comes to Christ through the ministry of OMS, both the homeland missionary and our financial partners will one day share in that reward.

If you would like to learn more about Carl's ministry or give to his support, you can do so here.

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By Carl Walton, OMS Payroll Director

Tags: homeland missionaries, payroll coordinator, share rewards,

Making Your Life-Changing Journey Possible

September 10 2018

An estimated 85 percent of all career (or long-term) missionaries have had short-term mission experience that led them to consider long-term involvement. We here at One Mission Society have witnessed this firsthand. Because of this, OMS dedicates time and resources to this area of ministry that focuses solely on engaging people in short-term involvement and helps them prepare for and process their journeys. That ministry is Men for Missions.

Since 1954, Men for Missions has existed to challenge men (and their families) to DO, GO, and GIVE in total obedience to Jesus Christ at home and around the world. We believe that as the man of the household goes, so goes the family. We challenge men from every walk of life to live out their faith through short-term involvement. We work side-by-side with OMS missionaries around the world to help these short-term travelers experience God in fresh and life-changing ways. That’s why our tagline is so relevant: Your Life-Changing Journey. Let me introduce you to our team who makes this possible:

Jenna Guerrier is the manager of ministry teams for MFM-U.S.A. She leads the efforts to send about 100 teams each year out into the fields of OMS. She manages approximately half of the short-term teams we send outside the United States each year.

Keith Smith serves as our ministry team specialist. He works alongside Jenna and manages approximately the other half of the short-term teams we send outside the United States each year.

Josh Krumenacher is our U.S. ministry team specialist. He works with churches, individuals, and organizations in the U.S. to give men and their families’ opportunities to serve the Lord within the United States. In fact, our first U.S. short-term team is serving in Houston, Texas, right now, helping with Hurricane Harvey clean up from a year ago. Josh also backs up the work that Jenna and Keith do.

These homeland missionaries are changing the world through the ways they involve others in the Great Commission. We seek to foster relationships between the OMS field missionaries, the national partners, and the teams themselves as we equip and prepare them to experience their own life-changing journey. We are in the “people business,” and we’re all about building kingdom relationships. Please support them (and other homeland missionaries) in the work they do for the kingdom of God. You can give here.

By Bill Evans, MFM USA National Director

Tags: short term missions, mfm, ministry team specialist, homeland missionaries,

Margo the Mobilizer

September 5 2018

This is blog 1 in a series of blogs on different homeland missionary roles. We begin with Margo, the Mobilizer!

Think of a missionary you know serving overseas. Have you ever thought about how they got there? How did that person who probably had a job and a family and a house and a church they loved leave their home country to live somewhere else?

Missionaries don’t just magically appear in another country. Ask any new missionary, and they’ll tell you about a long journey with some bumps and challenges along the way before they got to where God was calling them to go.

Paul understood this when he wrote in Romans 10:14-15, “And how can they hear about [Jesus] unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?”

Missionaries are sent – and it takes people to send them.

At One Mission Society, the Mobilization team has the privilege of helping send missionaries around the world. As individuals begin to explore missions, we help them discern how God is leading them. We connect them with opportunities and countries that would be a good fit and walk alongside them through the process of applying and being accepted to serve with OMS.

As they begin to raise up a team of ministry partners, we pray with them, celebrate with them, and encourage them. And as they prepare to pick up their lives and move overseas, we help them work through the challenges they encounter and questions they face, like “What does the visa process look like?” “When should I quit my job?” and “What do I do with my stuff?”

If missions is a journey, mobilizers are the guides along the way.

A new missionary family serving in Mozambique expressed this perfectly:

“The last month has been challenging to say the least. Margo (our mobilizer) was right there; her calm spirit and prayers soothed our hearts.

I know many souls will come to Christ through our family in Mozambique. God used a beautiful tool in his hand to help us get to this place, and that tool is Margo.”

Because of mobilizers, people hear about opportunities to use their gifts, skills, and experiences to serve in missions. Because of mobilizers, people understand where God is leading them and are able to get there.

And because of mobilizers, missionaries are sent and people around the world are transformed by Christ.

To find out more about Margo, visit her profile page here.

To give to the homeland missionary fund, give here.

By Andrea Fisher, Director of Mobilization

Tags: missions, homeland missionaries, mobilization, recruitment,

Not a Glamorous Job

September 25 2017

Many people don’t understand why some missionaries chose to stay in their home country to work for the kingdom of God. The common thought is often: “Mission work is done OUTSIDE of the United States.” I understand that thought process. I used to believe it myself.

I thought that if I wanted to do anything significant for the kingdom, I had to get my Bible degree and a pilot’s license, move to Africa, and fly food, water, and Bibles to the rural tribes in need. That was my plan. Until God challenged me to “be faithful with those around me.” To be honest, I thought this challenge was more of a stepping stone. I thought the challenge was Jesus saying: “Show me you can be faithful here before I send you overseas.” Little did I know, he was actually preparing me for a role that I had never thought of – working with immigrants and refugees in the U.S.

God is showing me that some of us don’t have to leave home in order to be missionaries to someone of a different culture and/or religion. He is bringing millions of people from all over the world to live in the U.S. as doctors, farmers, cashiers, ministers, and as our neighbors. Foreign missions is still extremely important, but God is increasing the opportunity for us to literally do missions in our own backyard.

In my experience, I have built friendships and shared Jesus with people from India who are of the Sikh religion. My team and I have helped 200+ Chin people, from Myanmar, learn English while using the Bible as a part of their English class. I’ve helped four churches and several ministry leaders find ways they can minister to immigrants in their areas. We have also been asked to help send immigrant missionaries back to their home country so that they can share the Gospel. All of this took place within five miles of our home.

My wife has accomplished even more than I as she serves at the OMS World Headquarters as a homeland missionary. She works with all of the OMS missionaries to make sure their donor information is up-to-date, and ensures that all of our constituent’s addresses are well maintained. It may not sound like much, but every day she empowers missionaries in more than 70 countries to do the work they are called to do. She assists missionaries (both here and abroad) to raise millions of dollars so that they can continue their work. She does it all with a servant's heart.

What we do is not glamorous to the world. No one is going to write a book about us. We don’t have amazing stories of winning an unreached people group to Christ. But it’s the quiet, behind-the-scenes work we are called to do. We will happily and obediently assist others in their work as we faithfully serve the Lord in the homeland.

Jason Ferkel, Coordinator of Immigrant Outreach

Tags: homeland missionaries, oms world headquarters, mailing list, immigrant ministry, ministry to refugees,