​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.

Click below to support the homeland missionary project fund.

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By Carl Walton, OMS Payroll Director

Tags: homeland missionaries, payroll coordinator, share rewards,

​A Load Lifter

September 14 2018

Keeping missionary prayer letters on track is not just a job … it’s an adventure I take around the world on a weekly basis. Letters come in from our OMS missionaries, and I have one week to edit, format, print, stuff, address, and sort each letter into mail trays. Then, the next week, when a new batch is received, I get to go on another adventure!

Through missionary prayer letters, the Lord leads me through his work in Hungary, Haiti, Japan, Colombia, Mozambique, Taiwan, Ecuador, and many more places in the United States and around the world. Through these letters, all of us receive glimpses into what God is doing through OMS global ministries. My job gives me a bird’s-eye view of the world, as well as the details of stories of lives changed through Jesus Christ. Those lives are priceless treasures, and many times, as I read and edit letters, I think, “Oh boy, I cannot wait to share this story!”

As much as I love reading these stories, I realize my joy in doing so is part of the greater vision and effort of reaching one billion people ... reaching a lost world. Because OMS provides this service, missionaries can spend more time ministering. Every minute a missionary is sharing the Gospel or discipling a new believer is valuable time. Being a load lifter gives the missionaries more time to do what God has called them to do.

Working at the World Headquarters as a homeland missionary is MY field of service. My role is a ministry to the missionaries. I serve the Lord by serving his harvesters in the ripe harvest fields. And every letter that comes to me allows me to do what God has called me to do, and it is not just a job, it is an adventure with the Lord of the harvest.

If you would like to learn more about Beth'sministry or give to her support, you can do so here.

Click below to support the homeland missionary project fund.

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By Beth Jordal, OMS Prayer Letter Coordinator

Tags: homeland missionary, serving missionaries, prayer letters,

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,

Veteran OMS Missionaries Lead Relief Project

April 9 2018

We’re so thankful for veteran OMS missionaries Jim and Sue Smith, who have agreed to serve as interim coordinators for the Manta, Ecuador, work relief project. The Smiths, who served in Ecuador for nearly 20 years, will serve in this position until Aaron and Kristin Gouge (currently funding) arrive on the field to assume this ministry position full time. Jim and Sue currently live in the U.S, but they travel to Manta as needed with Men for Missions teams. As on-site coordinators, they work closely with the OMS Ecuador field leader, the in-country Manta project manager, and Manta city officials.

Their responsibilities include arranging team accommodations, team work assignments, airport runs, orientation, meal schedules, transportation, currency exchange, healthcare, and cultural/sightseeing trips. They also oversee team dynamics such as daily devotions and debriefing, observing how God is moving in lives of team members and encouraging them in that journey, promoting a willingness to understand the culture and honoring the national coworkers, and challenging team members with ways they can be further involved in MFM/OMS.

The Christian presence in the Manta area is minimal. A long-range plan is to expand beyond the current earthquake-related reconstruction project to include the following types of teams: work, medical, evangelism, and VBS/youth.

Urgent need: Work teams to Manta for the following 2018 dates:

July 14-21

July 21-28

October 20-27

October 27-November 3

We are also beginning to schedule these types of teams for 2019 and beyond. Please consider Manta, Ecuador, as a place to go on your next life-changing journey. We will be happy to help you throughout the process.

Contact:

Jim Smith

Men for Missions

941 Fry Road, P.O. Box A

Greenwood, IN 46142-6599

Office phone: 317.881.6752

Email: jsmith@onemissionsociety.org

Website: menformissions.org

Tags: veteran missionaries, ecuador, manta, work team, relief work,

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,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Gracia Burnham

December 15 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Jan. 11) SPECIAL edition of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring New Tribes Mission missionary Gracia Burham. Gracia, along with her husband Martin, was kidnapped by terrorists in the Philippines in 2001. Martin was killed after a year of captivity during gunfire in a rescue attempt. Gracia's powerful testimony is incredible. They were in the Philippines for 17 years.

Gracia grew up in Canada in a family that loved and supported many missionaries. Later, she moved to Illinois and Kansas, where she still lives today. Her heroes were great missionary warriors like Amy Carmichael.

She shares some profound thoughts on sharing the responsibilities in ministry and how doing all for the glory of God! Also about everything about God is real and true...even in the midst of tragedy!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Gracia'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! Check out the Facebook page. This is a 1-year opportunity for younger missionaries.

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

PRAY: Pray for Gracia's ministry with her speaking engagements, her book ministry, and for her next year of ministry--for wisdom to know what to say yes to. Also, pray for her grown children-to thrive and grow in the Lord.

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.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, mentioned on the program, write to radio@onemissionsociety.org and just put His Banner book in the subject line. The first 100 to respond will receive this free.

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.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear XXX. 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/podcast 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: missions, mission heroes, martyrs, missionaries, philippines, aviation,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Paul and Dawn Cox

June 13 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (June 15) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Paul and Dawn Cox.

The program features Paul and Dawn's testimonies, their call to missions (Paul from a business career as a headhunter and Dawn as a teen), their joys and challenges of missions life in Spain to their ministry here now at the OMS World HQ. Paul serves as the director of Mobilization. He says he "went from hunting heads to hunting hearts."

The Coxes also have a powerful ministry for families, discipling kids, etc...

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Paul and Dawn'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 Paul and Dawn as they co-lead Reset Conferences for families to learn to better disciple their children and learning priorities for families in ministry. Pray, too, for the Coxes 4 children and the possibility to adopt another child.

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 from Paul Cox share his missionary calling and journey from being a head hunter, to missionary in Spain to the director of Mobilization at the OMS World HQ. 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: missionaries, spain, family, headhunter, mobilization, recruitment,

One Mission Stories - Owen and Avalon Brown

May 29 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (June 1) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Owen and Avalon Brown, OMS New Zealand executive directors and former missionaries in Yantzaza, Ecuador.

The program features the Browns' testimonies and their calling to missions, as well as a few stories about their four years as missionaries in Ecuador ... including their ministry of raising guinea pigs!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Browns!

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 more help in the New Zealand office. Currently it's just Owen and Avalon and a handful of volunteers. They need more help. Also, they want more missionaries to be sent out. Pray that many in NZ would respond to their call to serve in missions and GO.

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 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 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: missions, new zealand, ecuador, short-term missions, testimonies, yantzaza, ecuador, missionaries,