February 11 2014
My Incredible Life as a Short Termer
Danielle, a recent university graduate from No. Ireland is serving as a teacher in the South Pacific. She reflects on her last five months of service:
"2013 was one of the most eventful years for me so far, I think. This year, I wrote a dissertation, something that still surprises me because I can’t believe I actually sat down and wrote it! I watched my good friend get married. I graduated from University, making me a qualified teacher. I finally learnt the difference between ‘its’ and ‘it’s’. I did something I always swore I would never do and dyed my hair blonde. I visited Italy with my sister, cousin and friend, which, despite having issues like broken suitcases and more than one incident with trains, it was the holiday of a lifetime.
Then, I moved across the world to a country where I don’t speak the language to start my first ever teaching job, and I’ve been here in the South Pacific ever since, trying to figure out life here. This process has been one of the most challenging and most hilarious experiences ... and is still ongoing. I’ve grown to love my class of little boys, managed to keep a hamster alive, accidentally enrolled at Bible college, began a youth group, somehow ended up in the local newspaper, helped organise a Christmas production for the first time, learnt how to ride on the back of a motorbike without holding on, spent my first Christmas away from my family, and most surprisingly, am now able to have a (basic) conversation in a language I didn’t even know existed a year ago.
There have been sad things as well – missing people and events back home, but serving overseas does involve a sacrifice. When I chose to live overseas, I’m not sure I completely understood what that sacrifice would entail, but this time if I choose to stay another year, I have a much better idea of what I’m giving up and what I’m gaining."
Is God calling you to be a missionary, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God can use you to be a missionary. Contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
February 6 2014
Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees … God’s Response to Barriers to the Spread of the Gospel
Though missionaries go to a specific country or people to minister, they will share their faith and friendship with anyone who God brings into their lives. One Mission Society’s purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.God has brought our missionaries into contact with people from other countries that have few missionaries, where missionaries are not allowed, or where the people are resistant to the Gospel.
The spread of the Gospel cannot be stopped, and he will find a way for people to hear. That’s how much God loves people! Could immigrants, migrants, and refugees be a way for the Lord to keep the Gospel moving? By bringing people from one country to another, he has created the opportunity to hear the Good News and for seeds to be planted in either culture.
Here are examples from some of our OMS missionaries:
Ecuador: Kathy ministered to Russian neighbors before they moved back to Russia.
South Korea: Susan serves with a ministry to migrant workers from Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and many other Asian countries that come to work in the many factories near Seoul. She also teaches English to refugees and Korean missionaries in training who are planning to serve in Asia and Latin America, and beyond, often to places where Western missionaries are not allowed to go.
Ireland: Mick and Nora are involved in an English Bible study with Christian refugees from Myanmar. They also teach English at a community center for the Karen people, but the class has Polish, Russian, Ethiopian, and Lithuanian students as well.
Spain: David, an Ecuadorian discipled by OMSers, felt called by God to move his family to Spain to minister to Ecuadorians and other Latinos who have immigrated there.
Europe (undisclosed): Nancy reaches out to the Muslim immigrants in Europe.
The Great Commission was given by Jesus before he returned to heaven. People have been actively participating in it, like the OMS missionaries mentioned above. What about you? Is God planting seeds in your heart to go to another culture and share the Good News? Contact us today to begin your next step.
January 30 2014
The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity
Jocelyn, a young Haitian man, has worked with the Homes for Haiti (H4H) project since the beginning.
When he started, he was a day laborer. But later, he received training in block laying and stucco work, so today, he leads the construction crews that lay the foundations for all the homes One Mission Society builds.
Since the beginning of H4H, we have started each work day with devotions at the work site. The Haiti work crew, and anyone else nearby, is always invited to join us. So, over the years, Jocelyn had probably heard about 225 devotions before he responded in February 2013 to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
God used countless volunteers, on many of the previous work teams, to touch Jocelyn’s heart and move him to make this life-changing decision.
The January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti left hundreds of thousands of Haitians either dead or homeless across the southern portion of the country. The world immediately responded to help with rescue, health care, feeding, and short-term housing needs, including One Mission Society. But most of those groups are no longer assisting in Haiti.
In September 2010, One Mission Society launched Homes for Haiti in response to the great need for safe, reliable housing. In the past four years, OMS (through the leadership of our Men for Mission’s short-term coordinator and H4H director, Bill Evans) has sent 63 teams, with a total of 724 volunteers to build 54 homes for Haitian families. God has greatly blessed the ministry by providing the funds and work teams needed to build these homes.
Exciting news: OMS is now taking the Homes for Haiti project to a new level! We have purchased land just north of Port au Prince, in a city called Bon Repos, a rapidly growing community.
Whereas the initial project helped those from OMS-related churches who owned property, the new Bon Repos Project will help the people who cannot afford property or “the poorest of the poor.”
On this land, approximately 3.18 acres, we will build a community church, install wells, and build 35 new homes. The total cost is $600,000. God has blessed us with needed funds to purchase the property and a 1:1 matching grant for these 35 homes. Each $5,000 given will activate the matching grant and provide shelter for one of Haiti’s poorest families.
Will you consider giving to this life-changing ministry project? Your support will bring great blessing to Haitian families displaced by the earthquake and will help establish a church in this rapidly-growing area near Port au Prince, Haiti. You may donate safely and easily online. Please type in project #408063 for the Bon Repos Project, or you may send your gift directly to:
One Mission Society
PO Box 1648
Monument, CO 80132-1648
We also have opportunities in 2014 to volunteer with OMS to help build one of these houses. If you are interested in participating on a trip (as an individual or a group), please contact Bill Evans at email@example.com, or register online.
January 24 2014
OMS Announces Next President Elect
On behalf of One Mission Society’s Board of Trustees, we would like to officially announce the next President-elect of OMS, Dr. Robert Fetherlin. Bob and his wife Esther come to us with 33 years of experience with The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). They spent 8 years serving in Mali, West Africa, and the past 25 in leadership at the C&MA national headquarters.
Bob and Esther will officially begin service with OMS on July 1, 2014. David and Lori Long and the entire OMS missionary body welcome Bob and Esther, the 10th OMS President in our 113-year history, to the OMS family. We look forward to the future and how God will use us as we serve him together by his grace and for his glory.
January 22 2014
Making a Difference in the Philippines
About a month ago, from December 16-20, 2013, our Every Community for Christ Philippines coordinator, Mar Ocampo, and two fellow pastors and ECC workers, Roehl Rivera and Willy Galzote took a 5-day exploratory trip to Tacloban City, Philippines, to access the damage from the November 2013 typhoon and determine how One Mission Society and our denomination of churches in the Philippines, Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, can best help in this area. Here is a brief report from Mar.
We flew to Tacloban City on December 16 with a confidence that God would guide and help us with our exploratory mission. Before the airplane had touched the ground, we saw the panoramic view of the extent of the devastation. The ruins are indeed heartbreaking; even worse than what we have seen on the television.
While on our way to our first destination, we saw the unbelievable destruction all around the area, plus we heard the stories from our driver on how thousands of people were killed instantly when the typhoon surge hit Tacloban City. His son, who is a policeman, was on duty at the airport, has been missing since the typhoon.
From day one until we returned home, the trip was filled with divine meetings, being in the right place, at the right time, to meet the right people.
Our future plans are to return to Tacloban City to focus our relief and rehabilitation activities, starting with purchasing corrugated metal sheets to cover the roofs of all the houses that lost them in the typhoon. The team also plans to build relationships and share the Gospel with the people.
We hope to begin work there the first week of February 2014, but this is subject to approval of OMS and FECPI. We thank God for directing our path to all the right people we needed for future ministry connections.
Rev. Marcos M. Ocampo, ECC Country Coordinator, Philippines
Let’s Make a Difference
This July, Dynamic Women in Missions will be partnering with the ministries of Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, who is not only the “missing piece” of the puzzle, but also the “missing peace” in people’s lives in the midst of storms.
As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to use your unique gifts, abilities, personality and life experiences to minister to and alongside Filipino women and children. Opportunities may include children's ministry, leading and sharing in praise and worship services, outreaches, mini-retreats for women, teaching values education classes in a local high school, and encouraging Filipino women in ministry. Total cost is approximately $2,700. If interested, please contact Dynamic Women today at DWinMissions@onemissionsociety.org.
Donations are also still needed. We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available.
To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”
Thank you for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.
January 13 2014
Longing for God
O Anseio is the title of a book OMS missionaries, Mel and Fran Noah, hand out to the people in cemeteries on the Day of the Dead in Brazil. Out of love for mankind, they hand out a book to the people there to pray for their loved ones, who had already passed on. Mel and Fran wrote that “O Anseio” translates as “The Longing.” The book compares the longing each person has for God with the newborn sea turtles seeking the ocean.
When I consider the spiritual application, I believe humans have a natural longing for God, but it seems logic or reason may prevent us from utilizing our instincts to find the Light of the world. Because we have the ability to think and utilize reasoning skills, choosing to move toward Him indicates we have made a conscious decision to follow our natural longing to be with Him.
For the people who have already passed away, there is not another opportunity to make the decision to make peace with God by believing that Jesus is the Savior and the Way to God. Mel and Fran serve in Brazil to help Brazilians find the Way to the Light of the world, Jesus. Just like sea turtles are drawn to the ocean, they were drawn first to God, and then followed a longing to tell others about Jesus.
The world just celebrated Christmas and one of the most beloved carols is really a call to missions: “Joy to the world…let every heart prepare him room.” Our mission, as Christians, is to go and tell others “the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love” so that people might be drawn to believe in God and accept Jesus as Savior. This is what the ministries of One Mission Society do every day, not just at Christmastime. The missionaries serving with OMS have felt a longing to tell others about Jesus and have taken proactive steps to go and tell. Some serve overseas, and some serve at home.
What about you? Do you have a longing to share the Truth with others when you read our blog or hear the stories on the radio? We need help in reaching the nations. Do you have a longing to go and share your faith by becoming a missionary?
―Beth Jordal, OMS Missionary serving in Communications
December 18 2013
A Huge Thank You Shout Out
Giving thanks is a universal relational principle. It is the right response to the Lord as well as to others. It is right to give thanks and praise to the Lord. As a partner in the ministries of One Mission Society you may wonder, “Did they appreciate what we gave?” Did it make a difference?” We are truly grateful to you and you ARE making a difference around the nations. You are helping to touch and change lives.
The late prophetic musician Keith Green said, “This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on earth.” Through all OMS ministries this last year, we anticipate more than a million new decisions for Christ and thousands of new churches planted. Without you this would not happen! You, our churches and individuals, are a valuable partner. Yes, your prayers and donations are appreciated.
Thank you for your partnership in the greatest cause that matters.
As we remember the goodness of God this Christmas season and the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, we cannot help but respond in thanks and love ourselves. We are grateful, Lord Jesus, that your story has become our story, and we celebrate your birth. This Christmas, may the Lord help each of us develop an attitude of gratitude, expressed in thoughtful, personal ways to others.
“The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.” ― Robert Flatt
December 18 2013
A Christmas Poem by the Longs
A Christmas poem (to be read to the tune of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas) from our One Mission Society President and first lady, David and Lori Long...shared at our HQ Christmas party:
’Twas Weeks Before Christmas
’Twas weeks before Christmas, and all through our place,
Every creature was stirring at a crazy pace.
There was so much to do, there were projects galore,
Scads of countries to reach – there was no time to snore!
As we looked at our list that we’d only begun,
We wondered, ‘How will these projects get done?’
Articles for Outreach need to be written,
Then sent from headquarters to Canada & Britain.
There are nationals to shepherd and pastors to train,
Students to fund, churches to sustain.
Reaching the young, middle-aged, and retired,
So much time and preparation is required.
Work teams, prayer teams, evangelism too,
During these times, hearts for nationals grew.
We have missionaries to train, fund, and mobilize,
Can we please take a break to socialize?
Prayer letters, receipt letters, year-end, and more,
The mail room is full from ceiling to floor!
Year-end donations are flooding in
In response, many thank yous, hallelujahs, and an amen!
There were needs overseas in so many nations,
We needed to go and establish good relations.
But how could all of this ever get done?
So, we bowed our heads and asked God’s Son.
Then out of our prayers, there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from our offices to see what was the matter.
When what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But volunteers and partners, who said, “Don’t you fear,
We’ll help by working closely with you,”
And headquarters staff worked tirelessly too.
So this little poem is to simply to say thanks,
To all in our One Mission Society ranks.
As we end these last months, as your first lady and pres,
We have undoubtedly, by you, been abundantly blessed.
We’re grateful, we love you, and we simply must say,
‘We couldn’t have done it without you, in any way!’
December 6 2013
Matching Grant Challenge for Radio 4VEH
A letter from Rev. Storly Michel, Station Director, Radio 4VEH:
I'm excited to tell you of a tremendous opportunity to double your impact in Haiti through our Christmas Matching Gift Challenge that we're launching today.
A generous donor has pledged to match every donation given to Radio 4VEH broadcasting during December, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total pledge of $40,000. This means your donation during December is doubled to produce and broadcast twice as many life-changing radio programs to impact people in Haiti.
Click here to make your donation to Radio 4VEH Broadcasting # 469960 by credit card today through One Mission Society.
Your support of Radio 4VEH is a lifeline of hope. Your support will help keep Radio 4VEH on the air as a lifeline to people across Haiti-whether they are facing life-and-death situations, seeking answers to questions of faith, or just battling through the challenges of everyday life.
Your donation today will help produce and broadcast life-changing radio programs in Haitian Creole and French, including Bible teaching, worship music, news, weather warnings, farming advice, and life-saving messages like, "Wash your hands to prevent deadly cholera."
Thanks to our Christmas Matching Gift Challenge, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total match of $40,000. This means, as the Lord enables you, your donation of $50 to sponsor one hour of broadcasting will become $100 to cover two hours of life-changing broadcasts. If you're able, your gift of $1,200 to sponsor one whole day of broadcasting becomes $2,400 to cover two days of radio programs.
Please help us meet this Matching Gift Challenge by making your donation today. Your gift by mail or given online by Dec. 31, 2013 will be doubled as part of the Matching Gift Challenge.
By God's grace, and with your help, we hope to raise $40,000 by Dec. 31, 2013, to receive the full amount of this generous matching gift. Please pray and give as generous a gift as you can to change people's lives in Haiti.
Thank you so much!
May the Lord bless you as you celebrate His coming this Christmas season,
Rev. Storly Michel, Station Director, Radio 4VEH
December 6 2013
After the Show: One Mission Stories - Valetta Steel Crumley
We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Dec. 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Valetta Steel Crumley, retired OMS missionary, yet continues to serve full-time through the OMS book ministry, writing, discipling and mentoring young missionary women, coaching new candidates in funding, and speaking on behalf of OMS at many churches and retreats. Valetta has served OMS for 54 years!
Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.
Valetta shared her incredible testimony, that is very Job-like. She has endured GREAT loss in her life and experienced the deepest grief possible. Yet, her life and testimony, shared in several books available on Amazon, and in brief in this radio interview, will inspire and encourage you to fully grasp this verse: "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" --Romans 8:31.
All books mentioned on this broadcast can be purchased 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is what Valetta talked about: Another Valley, Another Victory, Another Love, by Valetta about her tragic but inspiring journey; Steel Valleys, by Shirley Carlson, a book based on Another Valley, but written for children; and Streams in the Desert, by OMS cofounder, Lettie Cowman, in which she writes, "Praise changes things."
You can also purchase Mission Accomplished Under Sentence of Death, by OMS missionary Ed Erny about the life of Valetta's first husband, Henry Steel, and his battle with cancer.
You may also be interested in buying a book by Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright. Valetta mentions this book, How to Know God's Will Through the Sound Mind Principles. He quotes, "With your thinking, considering your skills, ability, and life situation, where can you reach and help the most people find Jesus."
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.
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.
Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS Christmas stories from around the OMS world! If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at email@example.com or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio.
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