June 9 2017
“I am excited to explore how I can combine writing and my faith.”
Mykaela Alvey, a
recent college graduate, is the journalism intern in the Communications
Department at One Missions Society for the summer 2017. Despite her current desire
to be a part of a mission organization, she only recently listened to this call
Mykaela grew up
as a preacher’s kid. From a young age, she fell into the image that she thought
a pastor’s kid is supposed to have. “I was a leader in the youth group, I
volunteered for the children’s ministry and Bible camp, which is not a bad
thing, but it made it easy to have this mask and make it look like I had it all
together.” Behind this preacher’s kid façade, Mykaela’s relationship with God
was actually stagnant.
It wasn’t until
her junior year of college, after watching the movie War Room, a story
of a woman who turns to prayer when her life becomes difficult, that Mykaela
felt her faith changing.
Mykaela felt a nudge to buy a journal. “I later realized this nudge was from
God.” This purchase radically changed her faith in God and propelled it
forward. She had spent her entire life feeling like she couldn’t pray, but this
purchase made her realize that this journal was her link to God, her own way of
Mykaela began to
grow stronger in her faith and by her senior year, she felt a call from God to
go into either ministry or missions. “I think it [the call] was there my entire
life, but I just chose to ignore it because there were more 'important
things'—worldly things to do.” She finally decided to listen to this nudge from
God and explore it.
Mykaela, has a
degree in history and writing and was not looking to give up her specific
interests. She wanted to find a job in ministry or missions where she could
still pursue her writing passion.
So when she learned
about and applied for the journalism internship at OMS, she was excited about
what God had in store for her. Then God answered. Mykaela shed a few joyful
tears when she officially received the internship position.
“Even though I’m only a summer intern, I feel like I am one small drop in
this pool of water of making a difference, and I really like that I get to be a
part of something like that.”
By Chelsea Long, OMS Summer Communications and Marketing Intern
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.
give to OMK, click here.
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
March 15 2017
February 28 2017
deciding to go to Medellín, Colombia, with One Mission Society’s Dynamic Women
in Missions team, I began to hear from God about my role for this mission. I've
traveled for years with my church's team to Panama for medical/evangelical
outreach, so I assumed the process would be similar, and God would move in the usual
in Colombia, I saw God working among our team like I've never experienced
before. He granted such a gift of unity and transparency among us that allowed
beautiful spiritual growth. We openly discussed our fears and strengths and
ministered to one another. We knew we were called by God to use our gifts and
talents for his kingdom. We all understood that we didn’t need to be perfect to
be called or to minister through medicine.
favorite time was when our team, along with the national coworkers, the local
pastor, and church members, gathered together to symbolically transfer the
souls won to Christ to the pastor. This was done by a member of our team
handing over the large stack of patient encounter forms. These contained their
personal information to be used later to follow each patient up, along with their
personal decision to follow Christ. What a beautiful gift to give and see what
our work and ministry had accomplished.
February 14 2017
I came to Medellín to
assist the Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical mission team with
translation. I worked in several different areas during the 9-day trip. In triage,
I was asked by a Colombian patient: “Why does your team do all this if you get
I asked the Lord to give me
an answer that would glorify him. I replied, “We want people to know that Jesus
cares for and loves you ... yet expects nothing in return.” The patient was amazed
and thanked me.
On another occasion, while
waiting to translate for Dr. Breen, I sat in the cubical with a patient and
asked her about her symptoms. She told me that she hurts in her shoulders and down her arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch
on her own with only two daughters and an elderly father. She has all this pain
because of the hard labor she does.
I was quiet and debated if I should pray
with her. Finally, I reached for her hand and said, “Let’s pray.” I assured her
that God does not give us more than we can handle. We prayed and cried
together, and she was so thankful for the comforting prayer.
In that moment, I realized
why God had called me to serve on this trip. I did much more than just translate. I
got to be the healing hands and feet of Jesus through great conversation,
compassion, and prayer.
By Idalia Lazo
February 1 2017
Karey’s journey with One
Mission Society started with a Dynamic Women in Missions trip in 2013. While sitting in the pew at church one Sunday,
she heard an announcement for a mission trip to Ecuador. Her husband poked her
in the ribs with his elbow, and she thought, “Maybe I could go …” By trusting
God for the provisions for that trip, she began a journey of intentional
lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband and their three
daughters. She works as a part-time family medicine physician. Her experiences
traveling with DWIM have allowed her to use her medical skills to be an
extension of God’s hands and feet.
has always had a heart for missions but considering herself “too busy” to do
the work. “Dynamic Women showed me how to get out of the pew to be more
involved in ministry. It’s an incredible blessing!”
Women in Missions (DWIM) began as a vision of OMS missionary Susan Brabon in
2007 when she saw many young women in Mexico who desperately needed to see
their value in Christ. She dreamed of a ministry that could offer them support
and encourage them to reach out to other women.
2008, OMS formally launched DWIM as a ministry to challenge women in local churches
to use their God-given gifts to connect, equip, and minister to other women
around the world.
its inception, DW has existed to motivate women around the world to engage in
the Great Commission in a personal and profound way. We encourage women to see
the lost and hurting of the world, to share God’s message of grace with them,
and to challenge others to a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
OMS missionary Sam Downey leads the team, with the support of a committed
advisory board. OMS missionary Pat Dragon, who serves with Every Community for
Christ, coordinates Dynamic Women’s efforts to train national women in Asia to
share the Gospel. In one country where DW has invested in the women who are
often overlooked as a valuable ministry resource, the women have planted 42
churches. In 2017, DW will train women in four additional OMS fields.
offers conferences and workshops, as well as mission trips around the world, focusing
on prayer, medical needs, Train & Multiply church-planting training and evangelism
teams. Click here to view opportunities in 2017.
January 10 2017
January 10 2017
Who doesn’t love a birthday party? Cake, balloons, presents,
friends, and family gathered together to celebrate you! Yet, Cary Boster from
Raleigh, North Carolina, felt the Lord leading her in a different direction.
Here’s her story:
I have been working with OMS missionaries Bill Evans, Dick McLeish
and Jenna Guerrier, serving with Men for Missions, for many years, and in February
2016, I was blessed with the opportunity to go with Jenna on my first mission
trip to Haiti. After going on this trip, my eyes were really opened on how
truly blessed I am.
I had a big birthday party planned for my 40th in October 2016;
but after my trip, I realized that the kids in Haiti could benefit from
me not having a
party, and instead, donating the money from a party and gifts to them directly.
I had family and friends donate to the SHEEP ministry through One Mission Society. The
kids in Haiti have really touched my heart, and I cannot wait to go back.
We praise the Lord for Cary’s heart to help the children in Haiti.
Not only is Cary a child sponsor for SHEEP, she was obedient to the Lord’s calling to
additionally assist in raising money for the school. Would you pray about
becoming a child sponsor? Inquire now to learn more about the Challenge Grant,
which gives two years of sponsorship for the price of one year. Contact our
office at email@example.com or give here.
Cary is pictured in the pink shirt.
November 7 2016
year, 10-15 college students and young adults serve as interns at One Mission
Society. These interns fill a variety of roles across OMS, bringing experience,
enthusiasm, and new perspectives to their teams. Whether they’re with us a few
hours a week or all summer, interns leave a lasting impact on OMS and on
ministry around the world.
Hunter served as a summer intern with OMS in 2014. After she graduated last
year, God led Clarissa to serve on a short-term trip to Hungary, where she was
able to put her strong administrative and communication skills to use. Through
that experience, God called Clarissa to continue her service with OMS. Clarissa
currently serves at the OMS World Headquarters in the Development Department while
funding to return to Hungary as a full-time missionary.
also hosts interns from other countries through denominational partnerships
around the world.
Hurtado was an intern from Colombia who served with OMS for six months earlier
this year. Harold had a background in missions and a heart for people. Right
before he began his internship, Harold’s denomination faced changes, and he was
left without a job to return to after his internship.
began praying about what was next while trusting in God’s plan and provision.
He met Jonathan Morton, an OMS missionary who serves with New Life, a Hispanic
church-planting ministry based in the Indianapolis area. Harold attended New
Life Church and instantly found a community there. As he served at the OMS
headquarters and became more engaged with his new church family, God called
Harold to be involved in this ministry longer term. Now, Harold is back in
Colombia funding to return to the U.S. to serve alongside Jonathan and the New
Life church-planting network.
not every intern goes on to re-engage with OMS in one of these ways, we hope
every intern walks away with a more intimate relationship with Jesus, a deeper
engagement in missions, and greater insight into how they can be a part of
furthering Christ’s kingdom around the world. Will you support future
world-changers like Clarissa and Harold?
to intern scholarship, one of our eight Christmas projects being highlighted
this holiday season. Give here.
By Andrea Fisher, OMS