December 7 2017
of us have never had to flee starvation and oppression in our homeland. Currently,
South Korea hosts about 30,000 defectors who have escaped North Korea in the
last 20 years or so since the famine of the 1990s. Most of them had never heard
of Christ while in North Korea, but during the process of passing through China
and other countries, many have now heard the Gospel. Some have become
Christians and even have been trained as pastors to reach out to their own
people, as well as to those around the world.
in English for a United Korea (AIE4UK) started with a vision to help pastors
and young people who came from North Korea to be able to communicate with the church
around the world. It also helps prepare people domestically and internationally
for unification, raises up workers who can fill the basic need for English
education, and helps Christians from North Korea share their testimonies and
the Gospel in English to bring spiritual awakening and revival to the Western,
From July 17 - 19, 2017, we held our fourth year of camp at Seoul Theological
University with the theme “A New Thing” (Isaiah 43:18-19). Susan Truitt, OMS
missionary and English professor at Seoul Theological University, directed the
camp, and a team of eight native English speakers sent out from OMS served as
year, 10 North Korean defectors participated in AIE4UK, so they were matched one
on one with the native English speakers from the United States. About half of
them were pastors serving in ministry in South Korea, and the other half were
young people preparing for their future. One activity they did together was
going to the Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery to learn about some of the
early missionaries who came to Korea over 100 years ago and be challenged by
their lives of obedience and service. In the evenings we heard the testimonies
of some of those who had come from North Korea. It was a tearful time to hear
of how God has been faithful through all of the terrible suffering they had
We believe that God has sent North Korean defectors to South Korea not only for
the unification of the Korean people but also so that through their living
testimonies of how God has guided and preserved their lives in the midst of
danger, they can be used as instruments to awaken Western, English-speaking
churches. We believe that if Christian North Korean defectors can share their
testimonies and the power of the Gospel in English without having to depend on
interpretation, God will use them in valuable ways.
For over 20 years, One Mission Society (OMS) in Korea has held Adventures in
English camps every summer with volunteer native English speakers. These
volunteers, devoted to God’s kingdom, raise their own money to participate.
Through AIE4UK, jointly sponsored by OMS Korea, the Prayer Network for North
Korea and the Nations (PN4N), and Sarangnaru, we hope that North Korean
defectors may be raised up in a wonderful way to serve as missionaries in cooperation
with OMS. The next AIE4UK is being planned for August 8-10, 2018.
Susan Truitt, OMS Korea field director
November 14 2017
years have passed since the Korean War. As relations between North and South
Korea grow more difficult and North Korea’s nuclear threats increase, prayer is
urgently needed above all at this time. We believe that in the midst of all
this, God has a wonderful plan for the lost people of North Korea. Here is an overview of a few of the ministries you can support:
1. Ministries for North Korean refugees~Shelter ministries for North Korean refugees are taking place near the
border of North Korea. One missionary was martyred for this ministry, but his
wife is continuing this ministry. Prayers are needed for safety and fruit above
2. Ministry of food aid for North Korean children~A unique ministry of food aid for children is taking place through the
cooperation of various organizations. As we hear in the news, many North Korean
children are suffering from hunger, so prayer is needed for funds for this
humanitarian food distribution for children.
3. Project to rebuild Korea Evangelical Holiness
(KEHC) churches in North Korea~Before the Korean
War, there were 134 KEHC churches in North Korea. So, local South Korean
churches are being matched with them to raise resources to rebuild these 134
churches when unification comes. Prayers are needed for the fundraising strategy
for this project.
4. Ministries for North Korean defectors~Prayers are needed
for more denominational support and interest in the youth and educational
ministries for North Korean defectors being carried out through the cooperation
of Sarangnaru and One Mission Society.
5. North Korea Missions Committee~Through the
activities of the North Korea Missions Committee, various forums and seminars
are being held for North Korea and unification missions, as well as prayer
networks, financial support, and participation in North Korea missions are
being mobilized. Prayer is needed for more expert workers to participate in
If you would like to donate to this ministry, please give here.
By Rev. Dr. Johnny J.H. Song, KEHC Missions Department Director
November 7 2017
few years ago, mission researchers produced a map contrasting well-lit areas of
the world with dark ones. Based on the best data available at the time,
dots of light were imposed on an otherwise dark map of the world. Each
pinpoint of light represented a certain number of evangelical followers of
Jesus. The result was a compelling portrayal of the areas of the world
where there is relatively rich access to the Gospel in comparison to the areas
where access is critically low.
Korea has a heavier concentration of light than any other nation. In
contrast, North Korea is strikingly dark. Knowing the Lord of the harvest
does not desire for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9), what can we do to help more people
in, and from, North Korea have access to the light of Christ?
with many other partners, One Mission Society is deeply concerned for the
people of North Korea. Christ loves them and died so that they could have
life. Yet, so few of them have ever had the opportunity to hear and understand
the truth of Christ. By God’s grace and with his help, OMS is seeking ways
to make the Gospel available to North Koreans. May the walls keeping it
from them come down. And when they do, may God’s people be ready to
blanket this dark nation with light!
~Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society
Editor’s note: This is the first in a
six-part series on our outreach to North Koreans. Stay tuned for stories of
about changed lives and how God is piercing the darkness. If you’d like to
donate to this ministry effort, give here.
September 25 2017
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.
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.
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
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
June 16 2017
Down a steep, one-lane,
curvy mountainous dirt road, across a little river, and up the other side sits
a little adobe and wooden farm house. There are chickens, ducks, dogs, and
kittens running around the yard. A hammock, table, and bench are on the little
porch. Our friend Maria is always ready to welcome us.
We met Maria last
May when she heard about the medical team that was in Chaguarpamba. On her
paper she marked that she would like to receive a visit from us. The first time
we went, we weren’t sure how to find her house. After asking around, we were
told, “to go down the road and, where you see the big tree, that is where her
Maria used to live
in Guayaquil, but when her parents were sick, Maria moved back to their house
to take care of them until they passed, leaving her the farm. One day, she told
us about her sisters in Guayaquil and how they were Christians. She shared that
she used to enjoy going with them and hearing God’s Word. She prayed with us to
dedicate her life to Christ and shared how her heart breaks for others who
place their faith in idols that can't help them. She feels alone because no one
near her has faith in Christ. I handed her a little card with spaces to be
filled with seven names for people God places on her heart to pray for. She was
excited to be able to play a part, through prayer, in the lives of people she
cares about. Every time we go and share a Bible story with her and ask if we
can pray for her she answers, “Sure!”
We loved being a
part of bringing the Good News to her, and we hope to eventually plant a church
she can invest in.
heart means we rarely leave her place empty handed. Even though she doesn’t
have a steady income, she always has something to share, like papayas, oranges,
and bananas. She invites us to go with her to pick the fruit that she wants us
to take home. It is her way of saying thank you.
We are praying
that Maria will have the boldness to generously share Christ like she shares
her fruit; that her family, friends, and neighbors will know her by her
willingness to share Christ; and that one day, there will be a church out in
this little farming community of Achiotes.
By Jennifer Riggs,
OMS missionary, Loja, Ecuador
May 31 2017
are often surprised at all the items we travel with for a One Mission Kids
(OMK) event. Our SUV is often filled to the roof with storage tubs, background sets,
hand props, tables, a media projector and screen, audio speakers, and anything
else we can pack in. That’s because OMK programs are packed with high-energy
music, missionary stories, Scripture memory, games, and a Gospel invitation. We
strive to make every event an interactive mission learning experience, using
every minute to help grow missionary hearts in today’s generation known as iGen
(kids born after 1996.)
you book One Mission Kids for your event, like a VBS, camp, school, mission
conference, or workshop, it’s important to understand one thing, we are OMS missionaries,
we are teachers, and we are trained evangelists, but we are not babysitters.
attending an OMK closing program, one evangelist at Peniel Holiness Camp
shared, “What you are doing in this room
is undoubtedly the most important work of the conference. You aren’t
babysitting, you are equipping these kids for future ministry.” —Rev. Gary Bond (Revivalism coordinator, Church
of the Nazarene)
A mom of one of the
participants shared this, “Sometimes a mom needs a break. A moment where she can sit
and listen to the Word of God being spoken without a child pulling on her shirt,
asking a question, or trying to keep the kids quiet while someone is praying.
These moments became possible during our annual missions conference when Jason
and Lora lovingly took our children on a missions journey. As parents, we want
our children to learn and grow in Christ but sitting through a sermon isn't an
easy task for an active 4-year-old. Jason and Lora don't just bring our
children to another room to occupy them, they help them discover Christ and who
they are in him. Each night, our son came home, raving about what he learned,
practicing his verse, singing songs, and having a genuine excitement and love
of learning about his Lord and Savior. Even now, a month later, he sings
songs and talks about stories from the Bible he learned with the Campbells.
Knowing he is learning in a way he connects brings joy to our hearts and a
sincere gratitude to those God has blessed with a gift to teach them.” —Janelle Bowman, mom
it is true that we spend most of our time with kids, we understand the privilege
that God has given us to interact with these children, a responsibility we take
seriously, even though we are big kids at heart.
a decade of doing children’s ministry with OMS, Mr. Jason discovers that many
of the kids he taught are now teenagers and young adults enthusiastically
helping in their children’s program. “My
19-year-old still remembers Jason when he came to our church when she was very
young! As my kids have become teens and leaders themselves in children's
ministries, they've asked him to send them some of the songs he's done after
they spent a week with him at summer camp.” —Donna Asche, Neshannock
OMK offers a variety of mission-focused programs, many of which can be tailored
for VBS or used as a stand-alone mission event for kids. OMK also offers
workshops to help equip parents and teachers to grow their kids’ missionary
more information about One Mission Kids resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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May 9 2017
More than four generations of youth have been impacted by the
children’s ministry of One Mission Kids (OMK). During these 10+ decades, every
OMS missionary involved in children’s ministry has found himself or herself asking
the same basic questions. How do we reach the present generation with the
Gospel, and how do we inspire them to do the work of a missionary?
As unique as each individual child is, so is the generation they
are born into. For example, the present generation of youth that OMK is
reaching, Generation Z (those who were born after 1996), represent more than 23
million young people under the age of 20 in the United States alone. They carry
the appropriate nickname iGen, due to the high-tech world they live and thrive
in. This simple fact, along with the list of other unique characteristics of
iGen, such as innovative thinking, increased access to information, and
heightened desire for visual stimulation, is shaping and molding the way OMK
helps to grow missionary hearts. Now more than ever, technology and visual
approaches are key to developing programs and resources.
Recently, OMK developed a mission-focused evangelistic program
entitled One Night in the Wax Museum. Jason and Lora Campbell drew
upon what they learned about iGen to create this visually appealing and
interactive program. It is designed with high tech visuals, sound effects,
costumes, and props that are used to present the Gospel and challenge young
people to take the Gospel to their family and friends. They have been able to
share this dynamic presentation at events in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
How exciting to see God reach the hearts of young people as they
respond to this interactive program. For example, one young man who trusted the
Lord as his Savior, enthusiastically took the Gospel tool that was created for
the program and immediately ran up to his parents and began telling them how
they too can trust the Lord as their Savior. This is what One Mission Kids is
all about, helping this generation to both hear and understand the Gospel and
equipping them to reach future generations or, as we like to say, helping them
to grow missionary hearts.
Statistics Source: Genhq.com, The Center for Generational
May 3 2017
Mission Society’s children’s ministry began more than 100 years ago when Aunt
Julia Kilbourne introduced the monthly prayer coin calendars. The money
collected supported mission projects around the OMS world. News articles were even
written for kids in the OMS Standard
publication (today’s OMS Outreach
family conferences introduced the PALS program, allowing kids to rub shoulders
with OMS missionaries. They also raised funds for OMS projects, which helped
them learn firsthand that OMS is a family. Kids knew by name Pat Winfrey, Gwen
Pinkerton, and Aunt Ruth Hunter (see clown photo).
Their use of puppets, songs, games, clowning, and
exciting missionary stories brought missions to life every year.
the 1990s, God burdened Susie Howard to bring missions to kids beyond missionary
conferences through the quarterly Missions
to the Max newsletter. Cartoon characters Otto the Missionary Sender and
Max the dog joined the One Mission Kids (OMK) team to introduce each article. Each issue focused
on a specific country or region, allowing kids to get a snapshot of what God
was doing. A prayer and birthday calendar for OMS MKs was also included.
2004, OMK partnered with Men for Missions to produce the first Kids Can Do (and Big People, Too!) book (KCD)
of 10 lessons to help raise funds for the Operation Saturation solar-radio
project in Haiti. Soon, more mission projects were given the Kids Can Do
treatment so kids could “experience” a mission trip at home, through the interactive
Missions to Go lessons.
2006, Jason Campbell brought his audio skills to the team and produced the Music-to-go CD for kids. Workshops
became a yearly focus with trips to EQUIP in Peoria to educate parents,
teachers, and church workers to train their kids in missions.
2007, Jason created the MAXers summer program (previously PALS), resulting in
the creation of the Good News Reporters, later released as a VBS in 2013. Jason
continued his summer ministry of speaking at youth camps as a way to test the
VBS-type programs. To date, One Mission Kids has developed 8 VBS-like mission programs.
2009, Missions to the MAX! morphed
into an interactive website, allowing kids to explore the world of OMS. In
2010, when OMS changed its name to One Mission Society, OMS’ children’s
ministry rebranded to become known as One Mission Kids. During this time, the Champions of the Great Commission book
series began with the story of Charles Cowman.
2015, Lora Jones Campbell joined One Mission Kids, bringing her skills as an
educator and curriculum developer.
year, with the help of a cartoonist, OMK is updating the Missions to the MAX! cartoon
characters for web animation to breathe new life into the OMK website. Mr.
Jason and Aunt Lora continue the long-honored tradition set by Aunt Julia to
find new ways for kids to grow their missionary hearts through the ministries
April 25 2017
Jose Nunez, from San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, grew up helping his family on their farm. He learned to prepare the field, chose the right seeds, water, prune, and harvest the crops. As he learned the family trade of how to farm, he also learned how to gamble and drink alcohol at a very young age.
“I helped my family in the field in the morning and once we were done, I would gamble either by playing cards or cockfighting. This all changed when I went to South Korea in January of 2006 to work in a manufacturing company,” Jose related.
During Jose’s first month in Korea, he met a pastor from Pakistan who told him about Friends of All Nations and that he could meet other Filipino there. So, he went and met the pastor and some other Filipino workers. From that day on, Jose continued to go to FAN. As he learned more about God’s Word, a hunger to know more grew in him. Jose shares, “I kept reading the Bible and attending the Bible studies in people’s houses. Not long after that, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior and was baptized on June 7, 2007.”
The changes in his life were not sudden, but as time passed, he noticed there were drastic changes compared to his life before. His perspective on life changed, and all his vices disappeared. “My desire now is for my entire family, my friends, and relatives to come to know the Lord,” Jose said.
Jose met his wife at FAN in 2009 and got married in September 2010. They both grew in their spiritual walks through the ministries of FAN. In 2011, they returned to the Philippines and with the help of a pastor from FAN, Jose and his wife started a Bible study in their community and some of Jose’s relatives accepted Christ. They are now part of the local church in their community. My whole family is actively involved in our church.
In 2012, we returned to South Korea for work. Now his job is not located near a FAN branch. The company is located in a remote area and there are no churches nearby so Jose and two of his coworkers started a Bible study. Jose shared, “Now, we are about a dozen people who attend the study. Some are just listeners for now, but some are on fire as they study God’s Word.
“God allowed me to learn how to be a rice planter in the Philippines who cares for his crops and knows how to make them grow. Now, I use those things that I learned in planting rice to plant churches!”
April 18 2017
My name is Verrose
Nunez, and I’m from the Philippines. I moved to South Korea in 2001 to work as
an entertainer. I worked as a singer in a bar in Seoul, along with six other
women. We worked from 7 pm to 3 am daily. Eventually, I quit my job and worked
as a factory worker in Incheon to have a better salary and work environment.
In June 2009, friends invited me to attend a Friends of All Nations (FAN) meeting. My friends wanted
to show me how God was faithful in their lives. The first time I visited, I
felt the power of God and the love of the Christians that I met. After a few
months, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, and I was baptized on October
My life was
transformed from darkness to light. Since then, I have felt something different
in my life. I learned the things that God doesn’t want me to do and also the
things that he wants me to do, especially during rough times in my life.
I became a worship
leader at FAN, and I was so happy that I was using my gift of singing to
worship him and not to sing for men at the bar. God also led me to FAN to meet
my husband José, who was a leader in the Filipino community. We got married at
FAN in September 2010.
Just as the Bible
says in Joshua 24:15, I promised God that my family and I would serve the Lord.
Through FAN, I
felt the love and support of our pastors and brothers and sisters in Christ. I
was far away from my family, but I didn’t feel alone because they all
considered me as part of their family.
In 2011, I returned
to the Philippines. My family noticed a big difference in my life. They noted
that I was calm, content, and full of joy … totally different from the person
that I was when I left the country. I am so thankful to God that he took me out
of the darkness and brought me to light, and he also gave me the strength to
love others. We soon started a Bible study through which my younger sister and
her family accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Even though my husband still works overseas, we are in constant
communication with each other, and we always make sure that we are encouraging
each other to grow more in the Lord. My husband, daughters, and I talk as a
family through Skype. José and I want to make sure that our daughters
understand the Bible and know God. As a family, we pray, read the Bible, and memorize
and recite verses. It is hard being far away from my husband, but God strengthens
me daily. I lead the youth and serve as a worship leader at our church, where
my two daughters love to sing and learn Bible stories.