July 15 2016
The Fletchers’ Story
One Mission Society sends out missionaries all over the
world, but what goes on behind the scenes before those missionaries hit the
Joshua Fletcher, with his wife Allison and three kids, have
been accepted as OMS missionaries to Cuenca, Ecuador, and have been preparing
for their departure through raising financial and prayer support and spreading
the message of where God is calling them to serve.
Joshua felt a call to Ecuador after he had been in ministry
for almost 14 years serving as a pastor, artist, and writer. His home church,
where he worked, focused heavily on missions, so he had the opportunity to go
on several mission trips over the years. After one particular trip, Joshua felt
a stirring in his heart, and during a period at home when he came down with an
illness, the Lord told him to go to Cuenca.
Allison, being a former missionary kid in Ecuador, had
always wanted to return to that country. When Joshua told her about God’s
calling, her dream rekindled. At that
time, the Fletchers didn’t know they would serve in Ecuador with OMS. All they
knew was that they said yes to God’s calling and would wait to see what God wanted
them to do.
After Joshua and Allison prayed and sought God’s will, they
felt him telling them to “go with your heritage.” Allison’s parents had been
missionaries in Ecuador through One Mission Society; therefore, understanding
that their missionary heritage is with OMS, the Fletchers applied there. Their
application went through and was accepted, and they attended OMS orientation in
March 2015. Throughout the whole process, they felt like this was the place God
called them to be.
Taking further steps of obedience, the Fletchers began to
raise prayer support and funds for their missionary journey to Ecuador, and
they put their house on the market. Their home sold within three days with three
investors bidding for it.
With their house sold, the Fletchers have been living at a
friend’s home since May 2015. During this time of behind-the-scenes work in
preparation for the mission field, the Fletchers continue to take steps of
faithful obedience to God and look toward their time in Ecuador.
Joshua and Allison aim to be liaisons in Cuenca, to work
alongside pastors and churches and encourage them in their spiritual journeys.
Joshua will also teach and train people in theological education. He sees God
moving in Ecuador through the potential relationships and continual spiritual
growth between people—not just in the good situations but also in the
conflicts. Joshua sees an environment where missionaries don’t necessarily lead
the churches and people but come alongside them and encourage them, especially
through their conflicts. Through these relationships, people from all
backgrounds and cultures can be more like Jesus.
One of the ways that Joshua shares this vision during the
funding process is through his art. Through his paintings that are full of
blended colors and bold strokes, Joshua not only puts his heart on the canvas
in worship, but he also can share spiritual truths and his family’s calling to
Ecuador. He hopes to use his artistic skills while in Ecuador to minister to
the people and to worship God.
The first piece that Joshua created as an act of worship, a
watercolor painting titled “Helser’s Tree,” is a work that is “the fruit of an
encounter with God, the meaning of which I am fleshing out every time I paint”
(taken from Joshua’s booklet “Masterpieces With a Mission”).
The tree in Joshua’s painting thrives. It is full of vibrant
leaves on a hill of green and brown, designed in a way that might remind
someone of a stained-glass window. This painting may be finished, but it stands
as a reminder that God’s work is still not yet complete. The more Joshua paints
and worships, the more he grows to understand God’s will and relationship with
In a way, the painting parallels the Fletchers’ journey to
the Ecuador mission field and the belief they hold close to their hearts: that
they must take steps of faith, say yes to God out of obedience and love, and await
the Lord’s mighty hand to continually work in their lives. With each
brushstroke—with each step closer to the mission field—the Fletchers’ encounter
with God grows and develops.
Please take a moment to pray for the Fletchers on their
journey to Ecuador. Pray that they will continue to take steps of faith and
that God will speak to them and guide them, in both behind-the-scenes work and
on the mission field.
To learn more or to donate toward the Fletchers’ mission,
By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern
June 22 2016
Fall break in
Budapest: My journey to OMS headquarters
you thought about what you want to do?”
stared at my friend Lauren Pupillo (an OMS missionary serving in Hungary) as we
sat in the gigantic Gellért thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary. People lounged
in the warm, jacuzzi-like pools, but I stiffened up when Lauren asked me that
I want to do … with my life? I wasn’t sure.
had studied abroad for the fall semester during my junior year in Florence,
Italy. During my fall break, with encouragement from Lauren, I traveled to
Budapest for the week. Lauren graciously opened her home to me and showed me
around the city. I saw museums, government buildings, historical landmarks and
memorials, tried amazing food, learned more about Hungarian culture, and saw
Lauren and her fellow missionaries at One Mission Society (OMS) work together
to create programs and witness to the Hungarians about Jesus Christ.
the fun and chaos of that week, there were moments, like the moment in the
baths, where we both could be still and quiet and just talk together. It was
refreshing. But the question of what I wanted to do in the future always made
wasn’t even sure what I was going to do that upcoming summer, let alone after
told Lauren that I wanted to apply for internships but wasn’t sure where to
look, and she mentioned that One Mission Society offered internships in the
was the last time we talked about that topic for the rest of the week. After
that, we continued to explore, and I continued to see Lauren and the others in
action on the mission field. They lived together and served God together. I quickly
fell in love with the city that they loved, and I was fascinated with the work
they were doing to reach out to people. I was awestruck at their selflessness
and spur-of-the-moment service to organize projects or help people in need, as
well as the struggles that came with it.
I returned to Italy, I started my internship search. I hadn’t forgotten Lauren’s
plug about OMS, so I went to their site and came across a summer
communications/journalism internship at the OMS headquarters in Indiana. Having
a major in journalism (the second in theatre), I was instantly drawn to the
opportunity to work at an organization I was familiar with, having the
privilege of telling stories about the work that was going on in the world for
didn’t wait and connected with OMS immediately to start the application process.
That was in November. Months later, after I returned from Italy and started my
spring semester at my university, I got a call from Greenwood, Indiana. I had
gotten the position.
forward to May of 2016. After a long day of travel, I finally made it to
Indiana to start my OMS summer internship. Looking back on the whole process, I
have to praise God for the opportunity. Who knew a simple invitation to spend a
week in Budapest would bring about a two-month writing internship?
am excited and full of energy as I begin this summer at One Mission Society.
But I know there will be some big challenges. Apart from the multiple projects the
Communications Department has to work on, I also have to circle back to the
question Lauren asked me months ago in Budapest: what do I want to do? But the
question has lost some urgency in my mind as I look around at where I am and
who I’m surrounded by. The people at One Mission Society, here at headquarters
and abroad in places like Budapest, have something contagious in them. There’s
no mistaking the presence of God here. There’s no mistaking the passion they
have for that “One Mission” of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
So now, instead of constantly thinking about myself and my future career, the
bigger question that arises is this:
can I do what I am called to do right now
with that same passion?
since arriving, I am constantly thanking God for bringing me here. I can see
His hand guiding me since my time abroad. I pray that I can feel His guiding
hand again as I seek to do His work and answer this new question on my mind
while working at OMS.
Budapest to Greenwood and beyond, I look forward to this journey ahead of me.
Jess Mitchell serves as
a summer Communications intern at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana.
May 9 2014
Happy Mother's Day!
We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (May 11) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Susan Loobie, director of Communication at the OMS World HQ. Susan has been involved in missions for the past 25 years and at OMS for the last 10 1/2.
The program features Susan's testimony and her calling to missions, as well as many miraculous stories about how God saved her life.
Everyone has a story ... enjoy Susan'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.
PRAY: Susan ask for prayer for Bob Fetherlin, the new OMS President, beginning in July 2014. Pray for his transition and the work on new promotional material needed for this from Susan and her team. Also pray for Susan's family--with three teen and pre-teen kids, her hands are full. Pray that each would grow up in Jesus. Praise the Lord for the many times He has rescued Susan from health trials.
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 email@example.com.
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 the stories from a few members of a short-term team to Colombia. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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