Learning About Teamwork in Mexico

June 4 2015

Miriam is short-term missionary from Cardiff, United Kingdom, and as part of her gap year is spending four months with OMS in Mexico City.

She writes, I first came to Mexico in 2011; I was then just coming to the end of my A-Levels, and was about to start a Gap Year. I spent two weeks in Mexico City, falling in love with the country and the people. I left Mexico with a huge desire to return. I then spent one year working in Wales, and returned to Mexico in 2012. I am now a student at Cardiff University, studying Spanish and Italian, and as part of my course, I am required to do a year abroad. This meant I could chose to either study or to do a work placement. When deciding what to do and where to go, God really put Mexico on my heart once again. I sent a few emails and decided to come back as part of my university course. I have just spent five months in Italy, and then came to Mexico to fulfil the Spanish half of my year abroad. My main commitment is working with MEFI, a drop-in centre for homeless youth. I visited MEFI in both 2011 and 2012 and loved the team and the work they do. I knew it was where I wanted to spend these four months. I have been in Mexico now for about a month, and I love it so far! I am so excited at the prospect of having another three months here to develop deeper relationships with all at MEFI.

When I arrived for my first day, a few weeks ago, the first thing that I noticed was the family-like environment. It definitely is not a case of workers providing a service for the service users; it is a friendly place with a warm, home-like atmosphere. Straightaway, I felt at ease. One of the things that really touched me, and still does every day, was the relationship between the kids and the team. There is so much respect from both parties. I really appreciate seeing this; it says a lot about both the kids and the workers.

The people that make up the team in MEFI are some of the most genuine, humble, and lovely people I have ever met. It is such a privilege to work alongside them and learn from them. I have only been here a few weeks, and I have already learned so much from them! They give their time to God, daily, to serve him and to serve the people who live on the streets. They spend all day loving the people that society has put in the corner. They are Jesus’ hands and feet daily. They are such wonderful people – and always give all glory to God. I am so looking forward to growing as I journey with these people. God has really blessed me with being a part of this team, even if it is only for a short time.

I am also really looking forward to a few days in June when we will be going on a camp with some of the people who regularly use MEFI, the team, and a group of teenagers from America. I am really looking forward to spending more time with some of the kids and having a fun few days out of the city. Please pray that God would use this time to open doors and give us opportunities to talk about Him, and share even more about our faith.

The next few months provide a great opportunity for me to serve, but also to learn. I pray that as I press in closer with God, that I would see more opportunities to grow and learn at MEFI. I am so thankful for this time I have here and so excited to spend the next three months involved in the work in Mexico City.

Tags: short term missions, mexico, street kids, homeless ministry, teamwork

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Margaret Neff

January 17 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Oct. 19) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Margaret Neff, an OMS missionary serving in Mexico City, Mexico. Margaret shared many stories of God leading her on her missionary journey.

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

Mexico is currently involved in several different ministries and have lots of opportunities for you to give, go and pray for their/your work there. Here are the ministries: Margaret shared about MEFI, our street kid ministry and drop-in center in Mexico City. There are an estimated 800,000 street kids in Mexico City. Read more about the ministry, watch the video, and/or donate here.

Margaret also shared about church planting in Mexico City, a city of 40 million people. OMS Mexico is working with the OMS-related UNIFAM denomination of churches. They are using the Train & Multiply training material (in which OMS is a partner), with the goal of planting 2 million house churches by 2025.

The Mexico field has many opportunities to serve, including: seminary teaching, teaching English (both of which Margaret is involved), nursing, eXtreme Walk, sports ministry, working with children in VBS', and other administrative needs.

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 give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

BOOKS:

You can purchase From Empanadas to Pulkogi, the cookbook by former OMS missionary Betty Schaberg mentioned on the program, through our OMS store on Amazon or by calling the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

INFO:

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS missionaries in Taiwan, Jeremy and Meredith Fulda. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio.

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 podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows: http://omsradio.podbean.com/. You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: church planting, evangelism, give to missions, life changing story, mefi, missions, missions in mexico, oms outreach magazine, one mission stories, short-term missions, teach english, teach in a seminary, world miss,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" radio -- Steve Cosslett

June 23 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 22) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving as field leader in Mexico and director of MEFI, our street kid ministry.

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

Steve shared about MEFI, our street kid ministry and drop-in center in Mexico City. There are an estimated 800,000 street kids in Mexico City. Read more about the ministry, watch the video, and donate at the link.

Steve also shared about church planting in Mexico City, a city of 40 million people. OMS Mexico is working with the OMS-related UNIFAM denomination of churches. They are using the Train & Multiply training material (in which OMS is a partner), with the goal of planting 2 million house churches by 2025. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. The Mexico field has many long- and short-term opportunities to serve, including: seminary teaching, teaching English, nursing, eXtreme Walk, sports ministry, working with children in VBS', and other administrative needs.


Everyone has a story ... enjoy Steve'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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Steve, his wife Helen, and their three children.

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.

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.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary Scott Murphy, an international regional director for Europe and a missionary serving in Spain. 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.

Tags: mexico city, mexico, mefi, street kids, street kid ministry,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Steve Cosslett, Mexico

October 25 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Steve Cosslett, Mexico

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Oct. 27) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving as field leader in Mexico and director of MEFI, our street kid ministry.

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 around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org

Steve shared about MEFI, our street kid ministry and drop-in center in Mexico City. There are an estimated 800,000 street kids in Mexico City. Read more about the ministry, watch the video, and donate at the link above.

Steve also shared about church planting in Mexico City, a city of 40 million people. OMS Mexico is working with the OMS-related UNIFAM denomination of churches. They are using the Train & Multiply training material (in which OMS is a partner), with the goal of planting 2 million house churches by 2025. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. The Mexico field has many long- and short-term opportunities to serve, including: seminary teaching, teaching English, nursing, eXtreme Walk, sports ministry, working with children in VBS', and other administrative needs.

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

If you would like to purchase the book, To India With Love by Esther Close, featured in today's program, you can purchase it on Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313. 

Would you like to read OMS' magazine, OMS Outreach online? You can subscribe to it here for free.

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS USA executive director, Joel Silverman.

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! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us.

 

Tags: be a missionary, church planting, compassion ministry, drug addiction, evangelism, give to missions, life changing story, missions, missions in mexico, oms outreach magazine, oms uk, one mission stories, radio, radio ministry, short term missions, street kid ministryme

Former Drug Addict Leads Ministry

September 9 2013

Former Drug Addict Leads Ministry

   

One of the most powerful and life-transforming stories in our MEFI ministry to street kids in Mexico City is Alex's story. Most of you will never have the chance to come to Mexico to meet Alex in person, so here is a short excerpt from his story:

Alex, like so many others in Mexico City had a challenging start to life - his parents tried their best to provide for him, his brothers and sister. After just barely completing secondary school (high school), Alex tried his hand at many jobs, but nothing really satisfied and the money he earned was spent on drugs. He met Paty, now his wife, and they had three children. With a family to feed and a growing drug habit, Alex began to turn to crime. Alex told us of when he was a taxi driver and he would inject himself with cocaine at traffic lights with passengers in the back.

His whole life began to spiral out of control. Then, one day, he had the chance to say yes to Jesus as his Saviour. However, as many know, being a Christian does not protect us from the struggles of the world, and although Alex had accepted Jesus as his Saviour, he hadn't accepted him as his Lord, and he continued to turn to drugs whenever he had problems and lived a double life. 

Then one day he was caught red-handed and was given a seven-year sentence in one of the hardest, overcrowded and most dangerous prisons in the world.

However, drugs were very easy to come by in prison and even when Paty came to see him he would sometimes be so drugged that he just sat in his cell instead of going to see her. It brings tears to his eyes now to recall how much hurt he caused her. Then, one day, he heard music, and he soon realised this was music to praise and worship God. He said he felt drawn to it and began attending a church service in the prison. He prayed in desperation to God, that if He was real He would show him and help him. He had no idea how God might choose to help him until the next day when he was drugging up again. After a while, he realised the drug was having no effect on him, so he thought he might have been sold a bad batch. He asked a fellow cell mate to try it, but his cell mate was affected as Alex normally would have been. From that moment on, God completely removed any craving or desire for the drugs. Alex dedicated himself to helping to lead the church service in the prison. In fact, his sentence was reduced down to three years for good behaviour. At the same time, God began to put a calling on Alex's life to work with street children who have very similar stories and experiences to him. 

When he left prison, Alex and Paty began attending the church where my wife Helen had begun promoting the street kids ministry. Alex and Paty showed their commitment to the project by their unwavering commitment to pray each week at the prayer meetings. Alex was challenged by the pastor of the church to leave his job he had got, cut his pay in half and come and work full-time for MEFI. 

Thankfully, after a lot of prayer, God showed Alex this was indeed His will for his life and Alex and Paty are now in charge of the programme in the drop in centre and also regularly visit the kids on the street. When Alex speaks to the street kids, he speaks with a different kind of authority. The fact that he's done the same, and in some cases, worse things than them, but has now left that all behind and has a new life in Christ, is worth more than a thousand words trying to convince them that they can do it too. 

I hope you get the chance to meet Alex (and Paty) in person someday. But until then, please pray for Alex and the MEFI ministry. You can also donate to MEFI. A portion of your donation could go to support Alex and Paty.

If you'd like to learn more about this ministry, watch the video.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, give to missions, missions in mexico, short term missions, drug addiction, life changing storystreet kid ministry