​Am I Too Old to Go? Serving in short-term missions

June 13 2018

I experienced missions firsthand as a teenager with my church youth group from World Gospel Church. Since then, missions has become an integral part of my life journey. Thirty mission trips later as I prepared to embark on a Dynamic Women in Missions trip to Colombia to serve as a nurse on a medical team, I asked myself some serious questions.

  • Can I keep up with the demands of this trip?
  • Will I be able to effectively communicate with my patients?
  • Do I have as much to offer now as I did in my earlier years?

Since my recent retirement, I wondered if short-term missions was over for me and would I be able to meet the rigors of the trip.

On the second day of clinic in Medellín, Colombia, God began to answer these questions.

The patient/nurse communication issue was seamless when I was assigned a godly young woman who loves people and the Lord with all her heart. Karen partnered with me and attacked the interview process with thoroughness and enthusiasm.

Furthermore, the clinic environment fostered collaboration and collegiality between the health care providers, the patients, and the local church hosts. What a blessing to see God’s hand on the human efforts to real spiritual rewards!

This was my first experience with DWIM and I was not sure how I would relate and fit in with an all-female team. Once again, God was faithful to lead me to a roommate who could encourage and support me and who I could mentor during the trip. The spiritual depth within the team was powerful and made the experience rich and meaningful.

So, the answer to my question: “am I too old to go?” was clearly answered. God proved himself faithful once again by equipping me physically, professionally, and spiritually to accomplish the tasks set before me in Colombia. Only God knows the future, but I am waiting with anticipation to tackle the next mission, whether going or sending.

To God be the Glory!

By Pam Blesch, Dynamic Women in Missions Short-Termer

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Tags: missions, dynamic women in missions, colombia, medical missions, too old to serve,

We Need You in Ecuador!

April 24 2018

As we continue on the Manta, Ecuador, construction projects, we are now in the phase of constructing homes for families that completely lost their homes in the earthquake in April 2016. We are currently constructing six homes with the help of Arturo Conde and his building crews. Arturo has been such a blessing to us in this process. He has drawn the plans for the new homes, worked with the government to make sure we have stayed within the regulations, bought supplies, and has overseen the construction. Without Arturo, it would be very difficult for us continue the project in a timely process. We are hoping to finish this phase of six homes within the next two months and then continue with our second phase of home construction.

We are so thankful for the groups that have come down to help, but we are still in need of more groups and funding to complete the three-phase project.

If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Jim Smith at MFM or send him an email at jsmith@onemissionsociety.org. To donate to this project, click here.

Darryl Chambers, Field Director, OMS Ecuador

Tags: manta, ecuador, construction, missions, wort team, compassion,

Lots of Steps for Jesus in Ecuador

April 17 2018

In January 2018, a team from the U.S. and Canada traveled to Manta, Ecuador. A major earthquake had hit Manta in 2016 and left the city with some pretty major damage. The main purpose of our trip was to help repair the damage that was done to a church. Pastor Carmelia shared how she had a dream that North Americans would be coming to help at their church. She pondered how this might happen and considered several possibilities, but dismissed each one. Eventually, OMS contacted her and said that a team was coming to help with repairs on the church. This confirmed in her mind that all of this was from God and that he deserved all of the glory!

Upon arriving, we found that some of the walls needed to be repaired. Some of the men from the church were already there working to knock them down. The men in our group jumped in to help finish knocking down the walls. The men from the Manta church were experienced in bricklaying, so we did the grunt work of unloading the sand and gravel off of the truck. We shoveled sand and gravel into bags, and then carried the bags up two flights of stairs.... 34 steps. The cement blocks also had to be removed by hand from the truck and then carried up the stairs as well...34 steps.

We swept and cleaned up debris. The men also poured a small cement pad downstairs. This was all mixed and moved, and done by hand. We made sure to stop and rest and drink. And we counted those steps. Did I mention there were 34?

In the evenings, we enjoyed some great Ecuadorian food, and then shared our life stories. It was good to listen, share, and pray for each other. We also had the privilege of hearing a pastor share his story of the earthquake and how the church worked with OMS to provide a soup kitchen during that time. A time was spent praying for this young man and his family. It is always encouraging to hear how God has worked and is continuing to work in people’s lives!

It was a trip with so many good memories. We loved the international flavor - working together with people from Ecuador, the United States, and Canada. We even learned a little Dutch! Eh?

By Penney Willms, OMS short-term team member from Canada


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Tags: ecuador missions, short-term missions, manta ecuador, teamwork,

​Be the Light This Summer

February 20 2018

Renewed. Edified. Aware. Excited. These are just a few of the words that participants in the 2016 OMS Illuminate Conference mentioned in response to their experience after attending the event.

Two years have gone by quickly, and once again, it’s time for another OMS conference. June 27-30, 2018, is sure to be another time of connecting with new and old friends; listening to topnotch speakers, participating in challenging, relevant workshops, and engaging in inspiring worship times. Take time to dive into the world of missions as you learn how to be a light to our world.

Canadian Charlotte Kroes attended the last conference, and had this to say, “At Illuminate, I made friends that will continue to influence my life memories to last a lifetime.” If you’re like Charlotte, the conference is a great place to reunite with old friends, make new ones, and network with potential future coworkers.

“Illuminate challenged us to get involved wherever we are, regardless of geography,” Martin Mishler from Kansas shared. It’s quotes like these that encourage others to think outside the box of missions.

Johnny Song traveled all the way from South Korea to attend in 2016. He stated, “I can now bring a wider perspective on missions with me and be able to implement these new insights in my ministry.”

How about you? Would you like to learn to shine?

Do you want to learn more about missions by attending life-changing sessions about preventing human trafficking, modern missionary movements, and harvest fields becoming harvest forces, among other topics? You can register at oms.events … by March 31 for the early-bird discount!

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” ~Matthew 5:14-16.

Tags: oms conference, illuminate missions conference, greenwood, learn about missions,

Missions Conference Tradition Continues

February 6 2018

The beginning of One Mission Society more than 117 years ago is a remarkable story of God’s divine appointments. In 1901, God laid the foundation of OMS for a worldwide ministry of evangelism, church planting, and leadership training through the providential meeting of Charles and Lettie Cowman and Juji Nakada at a missions convention at Moody Church.

Sitting next to one another, Juji shared the plight of the 57 million Japanese souls waiting to hear about Jesus. Juji’s words gripped Charles’ heart deeply. He later wrote, “I made an unreserved, unconditional, cheerful, and eternal surrender of myself to God.”

More than a century later, OMS continues to offer opportunities for people, just like Charles, to learn more about world missions.

This June, One Mission Society invites you to the OMS Illuminate 2018 international missions conference. This four-day event is your opportunity to dive into the world of missions! Whether you desire to reach people across the globe or in your own backyard, Illuminate 2018 will help you discover your role in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Activities include engaging, top-notch speakers; attending your choice of a variety of breakout sessions on topics ranging from preventing human trafficking to steps to sharing your faith; worship times; optional participation in a 5K walk/run, benefitting an OMS ministry; and times of fellowship to connect on a deeper, more personal level. And if you have children, we offer a dynamic program for them as well, including six exciting sessions of energy-filled music, Scripture memory (ESV), power challenges, imaginative crafts, Bible stories, and lessons on missions to grow their missionary hearts.

So, if you are someone interested in learning more about missions, plan now to attend Illuminate 2018 from June 27-30, 2018, at Community Church of Greenwood.

Tags: missions conference, missions, convention, world missions, 5k, oms confernce,

Dynamic Women in Missions India Trip - Spring 2018

November 10 2017

Are you interested in participating on a short-term medical mission trip to India with an OMS Dynamic Women in Missions team? Check out the trip details here:

Click here to begin your experience.

Tags: dynamic women, mission trip, medical missions, short-term missions

​Evangelism: Intimidating, Yet Beautiful

July 21 2017

Let’s be honest, sharing the Gospel is intimidating. Why? Just as public speaking causes great anxiety for many people across the nations so does evangelism. This fear may derive from an innate desire to be liked among our fellow humans. Sometimes, we have to receive a little push out of our comfort zone to overcome this fear.

That is what it took for me. God pushed me out of my comfort zone by sending me on a short-term mission trip to Cap Haitien, Haiti, where I participated in door-to-door evangelism in a rural village with no electricity or running water, but with a rich voodoo presence. As the team prepared to go out, fear and anxiety took the lead in our minds. I could tell from the facial expressions of my teammates that I wasn’t the only who felt ill equipped and a little shaky when thinking about confronting a witch doctor with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We met with the local pastor in this rural village, went over the evangelism technique we were to use, prayed together, and then set out on our mission. The visit to the first home was a little rough. My partner and I equally had no clue what to say. Despite the brief evangelism overview prior to going out, we had no true training or preparation to “properly” share the Gospel. I kept frantically praying in the back of my mind for the Spirit to speak through me, but was met with what felt like silence from the Lord. As we approached the fifth house, I felt the Spirit nudge me saying, “Just share what I have done in your life, like Paul did.” So, I told my partner to give the presentation of the Gospel, and I would share my testimony.

We greeted the five boys who were sitting outside of the home, and I felt the Lord with me. I knew he was going to do something miraculous. Even though there was a language and cultural barrier, as I shared my testimony, I could see one boy, who seemed to be the leader of the group, genuinely connected with my story. His name is Johnny. The Lord clearly drew my attention toward him, which set him apart from the group. When I was done sharing, I simply asked if they would like to have a story of transformation similar to mine by giving their life to Jesus. They all said yes! As we said the prayer of repentance, all the boys, except Johnny, slowly stopped repeating the words in the prayer. Later, we walked by the house on our way back to the church and Johnny was eagerly listening the Resounding Hope radio we gave him. This radio, fix-tuned to OMS’ Radio 4VEH radio station and downloaded with an audio Bible in Creole, serves as a wonderful discipling tool because most Haitians who live in rural areas are illiterate, so cannot read the Bible. I am excited for what God has in store for Johnny! I know he will do great things for God in his village.

This trip has taught me that sharing my testimony is completely essential in the light of eternity, and although it may be a little intimidating, when given to the Lord, it is absolutely empowering and beautiful. I have returned from Haiti with a fiery passion to share what God has done and is doing in my life with those I come in contact with daily. You can make a difference where you are right now with what God has given you. I exhort you to not let fear cause you to hide God’s greatness. The power and transformation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not come from any evangelism training or knowledge but purely from the Spirit of the living God. He deserves to be shared with your neighbor, parents, kids, that woman in the grocery store, that man on the street, and with all people. So today, pray that God would help you share his greatness with all those around you, even through your weakness, fear, and anxiety.

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” ~1 Corinthians 2:1-5

By Taylor Logsdon, OMS Communications and Marketing Team

Tags: haiti, evangelism, radio 4veh, fear, short-term missions,

Transformed by HIS Love in Loja, Ecuador

June 27 2017

About a year ago, I went with another OMS missionary to check on our short-term missionaries working in the province of Loja, Ecuador. It was a trip we made regularly to encourage our short termers. We didn’t know that this visit would be a God-divine appointment.

A short time after arriving at the short termers’ house, we heard a knock at the door. Dario and Isaac, two friends of our short-term missionaries, were welcomed inside. They sat down and began to ask questions about God. They asked us to share more with them, thus beginning their faith journey.

Fast forward 12 months and the roles have shifted. Our team of 8 now lives in Loja. Recently, I was sitting in the home of Dario’s family, listening to him share about the Scriptures. He presented the plan of salvation and led two family members and a neighbor to Christ. Dario is the director of one of the main schools in town and is using his position to spread the Gospel. He has been inviting the students' parents to come together and listen to us (OMS Loja missionaries) share about godly parenting. He is casting a vision for children and youth programming so that all ages can be reached for Christ.

Why such a difference? Shortly after we began regularly meeting with Dario and his wife, Dayana, we learned that she was having trouble getting pregnant. In a culture where family is everything, a couple with no children was considered damaged goods. They shared their hearts with us, and we prayed together. We assured them that they were valued and important to Christ.

A few weeks ago, when our missionaries arrived for the discipleship meeting, Dayana had a sweet smirk on her face. As greetings were passed around, she motioned for her husband to look at the paper on the coffee table. Right there, the team and Dario found out that Dayana was pregnant!

Dayana and Dario did not choose to ask Christ into their lives to get what they wanted. They asked Christ into their lives so that they could be transformed by his love. They went from brokenness to restoration. After giving their all to Christ, they received the desires of their heart.

God is at work in Loja Province. This is just one story of how God is moving in the hearts of his people. Sometimes, the progress is quite slow; sometimes, the progress seems to come in like a rushing river. Please continue to pray for workers to help us reach a province full of hungry people searching for the truth of God’s Word.

By OMS Ecuador missionary, BJ Williamson

Tags: loja, ecuador, short-term missions, discipleship, following god,

​Not Alone: Maria's Story

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 home is.”

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.

Maria's generous 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

Tags: loja, ecuador, ministry, missions, evangelism, unreached,

A Sense of Home at OMS: Summer Intern Fits in

June 15 2017

"I always knew I had a heart for international people, for helping others, nurturing them and loving and caring for them … that's when I really found my faith and my identity in Christ …"

Devondra Wakefield is taking her passion for people and applying it in the Human Resources Department of One Mission Society. She is serving as a mobilizer this summer, a job that compliments her major of Missions and Ministry at Kentucky Christian University.

Devondra grew up in a home that wasn't always focused on Christ, but she was fortunate enough to have an aunt who always invested in her spiritually. Devondra reflected on her search for Christ, "I didn't really grow up in a household where Christ was the center … where we talked about Christ, [or] where I learned anything about Christ, so anything outside of the prior knowledge I already had, I had to go seek." And that's exactly what she did on June 2, 2013, when she was saved and gave her life to Christ.

Upon graduating from high school, she made the decision to seek a nursing degree at Kentucky Christian University, but God had other plans about her future career. After spending two years in the nursing program, Devondra noticed God closing doors that led to her becoming a nurse. As a result of this, she made the split-second decision to change her major to Ministry with a focus in Missions.

Every ministry student at KCU is asked to fulfill an internship before graduation. It was this requirement that led Devondra to the International Conference of Missions (ICOM). She quickly saw that there were many organizations who were not keen on giving Devondra information on what she would be doing, except for one. Devondra talks about how throughout the entire day she just kept bumping into Heather, one of OMS' Mobilization workers, and it made an impact on her. Devondra felt a sense of home when she was talking with OMS, something she didn't feel with the other organizations. She reflected, "I really felt like I was wanted and someone really cared about my spiritual journey."

It was this feeling of "home" that brought Devondra to serve with the OMS this summer.

"OMS is a team that is always willing to walk alongside other coworkers, missionaries, and those coming to Christ."

Tags: internship, summer intern, missions, mission organization, hr, mobilizer,