Young People Stepping Into Missions: Harold Comes to America

September 13 2016

This is part 4 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS. This is part two of two of Harold's story. Harold served at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana, for six months, learning the details of a mission organization, especially in the Mobilization Department.

Part Two:

After joining the new department of missions, Harold knew there wasn’t going to be much support. They were a young group in their 20s, starting an international program. With the task of creating a mission-focused department, Harold and the others started to initiate several new programs. They planned to bring people to Medellin and share this vision about how they needed to share Jesus outside of their churches, empowering them to return to their churches with a new perspective.

By 2013, they sent out a missionary who, for the first time ever, ministered to Muslims. The Lord provided all the financial resources, Harold said, and they started to work more with their churches and sponsor projects in other countries like Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama.

Harold’s denomination, which OMS founded, also developed more communication with OMS. Today, OMS and the Colombian denomination has worked together to send three Colombian interns to OMS every year for a six-month duration so they can foster good relations with OMS and learn from each other.

But the work Harold and his department did was not always easy. A lot of it was slow and difficult. Not everything worked out well, especially at the beginning. Many pastors closed the doors literally in their faces, Harold said, because they didn’t understand missions. Others said the president of their denomination was crazy to send young people to do this type of work. It took several years to see progress because the denomination was well established and tied closely to traditions. But when progress did begin, the results were incredible.

The mission department has continued to grow over the years. In 2012, they sent someone to London to minister to the over 100,000 Latin people who live there. Oscar journeyed to England to begin work there while Harold stayed as the director of the department in Medellin. Now, Oscar is helping to run a church where over 250 people attend. There are also 15 house churches.

Harold has also continued work in Colombia. In the last three years, he has worked with other mission organizations and denominations, encouraging them to look toward missions and spreading the Gospel through cultural missionaries who truly serve the Lord. Sometimes the work goes very slowly, he added, especially because they want to make sure everything is done well. But God has been faithful and has continued to lay ideas on Harold’s and others’ hearts about how their churches can step out of their physical walls and reach the community around them, being present not just to evangelize but to serve and invest time in people, just like how Christ did during his ministry on Earth.

Throughout Harold’s ministry in Colombia, he had a connection with OMS. They continued to send interns there, but OMS said that it would be good if Harold also came to the United States headquarters to learn more about mobilization, how to apply new things in Colombia, and also share with OMS what he’s been doing.

At first, Harold didn’t feel like he was called to leave his ministry in Colombia. But at the end of 2015, he started to feel like God was calling him to leave the part of ministry his was involved in. The Lord told him that this ultimately wasn’t his department, Harold said, but it was God’s department, and God alone would decide who went or remained. Harold talked again with OMS, and after praying about it, he agreed to go to the United States for six months. He had a lot of fear upon arrival because of the language barrier, the new culture, and the new people. But he added that he brought a suitcase with him, filled with his hopes based on Jesus Christ.

After six months at OMS, Harold said he’s not sorry that he came. It was the best decision he could have made. Now, he returns to Colombia with more knowledge and experience on how he can serve better as he figures out the next steps in his ministry.

God blessed Harold with a calling to missions when he was young, and throughout his teenage years and now his young adult life, he has been faithful in following where God has called him, whether that be in Colombia or abroad. To the other young people who are seeking who they are and where they belong, Harold encourages them to realize their dreams, but to do so with God’s perspective. There is nothing wrong with having dreams for the future, Harold said, but the danger is when young people eliminate God from their thinking when they explore those dreams. Not everyone is called to be a missionary, he continued, and that is fine. The bigger question young people need to ask themselves is if they are allowing God to guide them. Whether someone is called to the mission field, the soccer field, the stage, or an office, ultimately the purpose is to do everything so that the name of Jesus is known.

Pray for Harold as he continues to follow God’s calling for his ministry. Please pray that Harold may keep his passions close to his heart, that he looks to Christ as his model, and that no matter where God sends, him his life reflects that of his Creator’s.

Tags: missions, cross cultural missions, colombia, intern, young people in missions,

Young People Stepping Into Missions: Harold’s Call to Missions

September 6 2016

This is part 3 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS. This is part one of two of Harold's story. Harold served at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana, for six months learning the details of a mission organization, especially in the Mobilization Department.


Young People Stepping Into Missions: Harold’s Call to Missions

Part One:

One night, 10-year-old Harold Hurtado prayed to God that when he woke up in the morning he would be in a different place in the world, a place where he felt like he belonged. But when he got up the next morning and peeked through his window, he was in the same place ... Colombia, South America.

Though he might not have teleported to a different location overnight, Harold did get to travel to many new places as he followed God’s calling into missions.

Harold’s story began when he was a young boy. He grew up in Apartadó, Colombia, in an area where there was a variety of different cultures. His family was Christian, but he didn’t personally accept Christ as his Savior until he was eight. When he did, he knew that he wanted to have a personal relationship with God, something more than a faith that was his parents’ or his pastor’s. He wanted to claim faith as his own.

Growing up, Harold spent a lot of time in his church. He started to think about missions and asked a lot of questions about God. Harold’s thoughts about missions eventually led him to his first missional experience. At 10 years old, God fostered an interest in him for indigenous people in his area. One day, Harold noticed there were poor people in his area who needed shoes to get to school. When Harold saw this need, he gathered some friends and told them about his sadness when he saw these people. With some teachers from his school, Harold and his friends visited these people. They took pictures and listened to their stories. Then, they went and bought boxes of shoes.

Harold and his friends wrote a note inside all of the shoes that said “these shoes are to cover your socks, so that you will follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ.” The shoes were a surprise for the people who received them. Fifteen years later after that first trip to deliver shoes, Harold said that two churches are planted in that place because the pastors decided to plant new churches. This was Harold’s first missionary experience, but it was definitely not his last.

As a teenager, he started to coordinate missionary teams in his region through activities like theatre and sports. He encouraged young people to use the gifts and abilities they had to show Jesus Christ to others. Harold and his teams went around the region with their gifts to reach kids who suffered from a lack of God in their lives. Over time, pastors from churches in Harold’s region, around 100 of them, took notice of what these teenagers were doing and started to use them as a model to motivate their young people.

God surprised Harold by using him at such a young age. By 16 years old, Harold was coordinating several missionary teams in his region and leading evangelism efforts as well. He started studying administration at university. With a strong passion for writing, Harold also wrote an article about an issue that was pressing on his heart, the idea that Christ should change communities. Each person is different, he had written, and those differences should be used to unite communities and follow God’s plan, because the world is watching what Christians do. With all this work, Harold became more involved in writing and conferences. He loved what he was doing and was learning a lot along the way.

Harold’s home church, the Inter-American Church of Colombia (IGLEICO), was founded by One Mission Society (OMS) in 1943. This denomination had about 400 churches planted, but they had never planted a church outside of Colombia. Harold noted that they had many churches but didn’t have a clear identity in relation to God’s work in their country or around the world.

It was at this time in 2010 that the denomination’s president became concerned about this issue. He wanted their churches to support missions, as well as to get young people and pastors involved. The president reached out to OMS and started to rebuild relationships with the intent of working together with OMS to reach these mission-oriented goals.

The president reached out to Harold’s friend, Oscar, who was in Medellin, Colombia. Oscar became the denomination’s leader for their new department of missions. OMS made an agreement with the denomination so that they could start sending out missionaries from Colombia, through OMS, to minister around the world. This was difficult and slow work, especially because the pastors had never worked with missions before. But Oscar’s passion helped drive this work, and slowly, Harold and others could see God’s hand in the midst of all this development.

Oscar and Harold connected at a conference in 2011 after these changes started taking place. Oscar told Harold about his work in missions and his passion to send out missionaries. He encouraged Harold to be a part of this work, but Harold backed away from the offer.

Oscar kept insisting that Harold be a part of this new mission department, but that would mean Harold would have to leave his home and live in Medellin. However, God kept putting this idea on his heart … so strongly, in fact, that despite his hesitancy, Harold knew he had to be a part of this mission. Six months later, he was in Medellin.

Tags: missions, call, calling, compassion, colombia,

Millennial Anna: Breaking the Chains

August 30 2016

This is part 2 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS. This is part two of Anna's story. Anna served with OMS for two summers with HOPE61, our human trafficking prevention ministry.


I have such a heart for justice and development. I am deeply burdened by the issue of human trafficking, specifically because I know there are vulnerabilities that could have been eradicated through prevention. I feel for the marginalized, the impoverished, those chained by the sins of addictions. The Lord has angered my heart about the ways in which the enemy has stolen life. I desire to see the glory of God bring freedom to those in bondage of oppression. I desire to see them free.

Why? Because I know it is possible, and this is the will of the Lord. I don’t just want to see those who have fallen victim to abuse to be set free, but the abuser as well to come to be a new creation through the resurrection power of their Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s amazing, the Lord gives you a passion, then the refinement comes … and the passion you thought you had at the beginning takes on a whole new, deeper look, one that you know you could not have understood or thought of on your own prior to the Lord’s renewing of your heart.

During my time in the DR, God taught me how to work in community. He gave me a deeper understanding of the Gospel. He gave me tools physically and spiritually to fight the good fight. Through this OMS internship, I learned more about what I believe, what it means to have faith, about the issue of trafficking, what it looks like to work in ministry, and what it looks like to do mundane and super-intense tasks. God is working in my life by drawing me closer to him and equipping me for now and for what is to come. And I get to work alongside his family, knowing and experiencing the different members of the body. I get to know him deeper as he loves me.

My favorite part of this whole experience was getting to explore more of the culture and the country and to bond with the people as I learned their stories. I have met people from different Latino countries and also many Dominicans. But the best part has been getting to dive deeper into the Lord and his will for my life, experiencing his refining, challenges, and love in a deeply life-transforming way. But at the same time, that can also be the most challenging part. There is a language barrier. There’s spiritual warfare and moments when you are just reaching around in the dark. But the renewal of our minds needs to happen daily. The armor of God is our battle weapons, and reminding yourself of who sits on the throne is key.

It’s been hard to see the poverty, to feel internal and external warfare. It’s been challenging to have the Lord dig up roots that choke his fruit. It’s been challenging to live by faith when you see the drugs, the prostitution, and sexual immorality on all levels. It’s been challenging to make friends with those who do not speak the language. But we have a hope that will never let us down. Jesus brings light to the darkness. We may be hard pressed on all sides, struck down, but we are not abandoned. And it’s weird that among all these challenges, the Lord’s joy has been overwhelming; his peace, strength and provision have been abundant. And when we see drug addicts dedicate their lives to Christ, women who have engaged in prostitution learn that God loves them without strings attached, when you see children fed and dance in full worship to the Lord, when you see families being restored, when you see individuals realize they have the capacity to implement their ideas through entrepreneurship and ministry, it is more than worth going through this temporary pain and trouble. It may seem to be happening slowly, but God is reaping the harvest.

God’s children are being delivered from drug and alcohol addictions, from prostitution, from sexual sin, from homelessness, from marginalization, from starvation, from broken relationships, from fits of rage, lies, stealing, and the list goes on. He is bringing hope and a home in him. He is bringing healthy community and Christ-centered relationships into the lives of others in the Dominican. It is definitely a process, and it can even get very discouraging at times. But when you see amazing breakthroughs, you are deeply encouraged, even if they are small. I’ve seen God work by bringing people to their Savior and choosing to live a life for him.

God is so good, and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. And writing this, I am convicted, because as his spirit overflows my soul with hope, challenges are real. The battle is real. But we have the ability to set our mind on the everlasting, eternal God.

Tags: human trafficking, compassion ministry, youth in missions, dominican republic, justice, millennials,

​Young People Stepping Into Missions: Anna’s Story

August 23 2016

This is part 1 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS. This is part one of Anna's story:

“One Mission Society When I applied to OMS last summer, my application went through, and I was accepted. But there was a catch … the internship was international. This decision was officially made after my application was sent into HOPE61. The Lord had a lot more in store than I had planned.”

One Mission Society’s (OMS) HOPE61 ministry welcomed Anna Ferri to the team in the summer of 2015 when she applied to work as an intern. Anna returned this summer 2016 to continue to work with HOPE61. She shares her story of how God called her to serve both at headquarters and abroad in the Dominican Republic….

I truly believe I got this position by the Lord’s grace. He opened the door to this awesome opportunity to serve alongside some of the most amazing, obedient servants of our King.

Last summer, OMS said that my internship was contingent upon whether or not I got accepted to work with Teen Challenge in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Teen Challenge Dominican Republic just partnered with HOPE61, and OMS was desiring to give an intern the opportunity to work in another country doing missions. When I found out that my internship was contingent upon this, I had peace. I knew the Lord was opening this door; and sure enough, in June of 2015 I was heading over to Santiago, Dominican Republic, as HOPE61’s first “international intern.”

Since I am an international development major, my school requires that we study abroad for a semester to gain hands-on experience in the field and deal with the challenges and blessings that cross-cultural experiences bring. When I met with my professor at school this past year, I had no idea what I was going to do for my overseas experience. I was not even thinking about OMS or the DR experience from the summer before. But then when I sat down to talk with him, it was as if the Lord began breaking my heart all over again for the ministry of Teen Challenge and the people of the Dominican. And I’ll be honest, I was fighting this desire. Although my time in the DR the summer before was a blessing, it was challenging, and the last thing I planned on was returning.

But I started getting excited and began to have passion for what the Lord was laying on my heart. Then I started sharing with my professor the development vision HOPE61 and Teen Challenge see for the Dominican and how Teen Challenge has been expressing their desire to deepen their ministry. Thinking I was somewhat crazy and unsure if this was from the Lord, I decided to ask and see what would happen if I proposed going there for my international experience. There were so many doors that needed to be opened for this plan, and I could not do it on my own. I not only had to get my school to approve my idea and trip, but I also had to be re-accepted by OMS. I had to share my vision with Tom. I had to fundraise. And finally, I had to ask Teen Challenge.

But then … the doors opened. I wanted to return to OMS because it was the place I knew the Lord drew to me the first time. With the way things lined up so perfectly this second time, I knew it was God continuing this work.

This summer has consisted of helping Tom and Tonya Overton around the OMS office, formatting and writing training material for HOPE61 (OMS human trafficking prevention ministry) training, and preparing for my time in the DR. I also enjoyed my ministry time in the DR with Teen Challenge. During my time there, the vision of both ministries was to combine and see how HOPE61 could come alongside Teen Challenge in furthering the development of the communities in the Dominican Republic.

Teen Challenge is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation ministry that works with people with any life-altering issues (drugs, alcohol, prostitution, anger, sexual addictions, suicide, etc.). We hope to be able to incorporate a curriculum that teaches about the prevention of human trafficking through program design, training students and leaders, and implementation. Our goal is to help students with re-entry into their communities with the right physical, spiritual, and emotional tools after graduating the program. They are currently receiving vocational training and discipleship classes through the ministry of Teen Challenge. The vocational training consists of learning skills like the art of jewelry making, agriculture, sewing burlap bags, selling coffee, and many other types of work. We desire to see their vulnerability to the exploitation of human trafficking, drug addiction, etc., to be diminished. Both HOPE61 and Teen Challenge hope to help them build a foundation that will ready them to integrate back into their communities as new creation who will shine their light for Christ and produce sustainable development efforts in the DR, winning the nation to Christ.

Tags: internship, hope61, human trafficking, dr, missions, teen challenge,

​A Gross Call to Haiti

August 16 2016

Most people in Haiti speak Creole or French as their first language, but an eighth grade student in Steve Gross’ class said her first language was English, despite never having been to the United States either. She spoke English first because her father wanted her to attend Cowman when she got older.

One Mission Society’s Cowman International School provides a high-quality, Christian education for students from preschool to high school. Since its founding in the 1960s, Cowman’s student body has grown to include more than 160 children from a variety of backgrounds. Some are the children of missionaries, others are the children of people who live locally, and still others are the children of business and government leaders in both Haiti and around the world. With its diverse population, Cowman truly is an international school, where parents want their children to be educated in English to help them with their futures. But more than that, Cowman presents the Gospel message to both the children and their families.

Steve and Melissa Gross joined Cowman’s ministry in 2013 after the Lord individually called both of them to serve in Haiti on two different mission trips. Melissa went on a Men for Missions (MFM) trip in 2010 and felt a calling to the mission field, but she didn’t talk about this until later. Steve also went to Haiti through MFM and felt that same calling.

The two finally talked about what God was putting on their hearts. They attended OMS’ One Weekend and prayed more about this call— and what started as a short-term mission trip ended up being the door to their long-term service in Haiti. The Gross family, Steve, Melissa, and their four children, moved to Haiti in 2013, where both taught at the Cowman School.

Both Steve and Melissa had taught at public school in the United States before going to Cowman. Speaking about teaching in Haiti, Melissa said that her favorite part was that they got to include God in their teaching, something that was different from her time in public school. Every morning, she added, they start the day off with prayer. The school also gathers for chapel every Friday, where the children can worship God and learn more about him.

God has been blessing Cowman as it continues to educate students and teach them about God. Melissa said that you can’t advertise well in Haiti, but God still provides the resources. The staff at Cowman are praying and seeking God’s guidance, and he is sending people to Cowman to help.

Currently, there is a need for more teachers from around the world, as well as quality teacher training for the current Cowman teachers. As more students enroll and more grades are added, teachers need to have the right knowledge and teaching skills to help guide these growing students. Melissa heads up the teacher training, and she has seen God moving in powerful ways, many times surprising her own plans for the program.

Steve added that the Grosses are also blessed to live in Haiti. He said the need for Christ is greater, and therefore so is the presence of Jesus. Christ is very present in Haiti, he added, and that is one of the best things about living there.

The Grosses returned to Haiti today to resume teaching at Cowman for the upcoming school year. Melissa will teach, as well as supervise the teacher training, while Steve will teach high school students. Please pray for the Grosses’ transition back to Haiti as they prepare to teach and to show God’s love to the children.

The Grosses also ask for prayer for the Cowman School. Steve, Melissa, and the other teachers at Cowman need prayers for organization as they put together the school year plans, especially in light of the new construction that has occurred over the summer. But more importantly, they ask for prayers for the students and their families to have the resources they need to help the children continue in their studies at Cowman and beyond and for each one to hear the Gospel and know God better.

Would you consider how you can help the Cowman School provide education and the Gospel to this diverse group of students?

To learn more about the Grosses, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/TheGrosses.

To give to Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.

Tags: haiti, teaching, teachers needed, cowman school, international school, missions,

​Hunger for the Word Grows in Cuba

July 1 2016

How do believers keep the Bible as the authoritative Word of God … when they don’t have one?

With a church that is growing exponentially, Cuban believers rejoice in the spreading of the Good News. At the same time, they face the epidemic of a lack of Bibles in their country. Richard Yoder, One Mission Society (OMS) field director for Cuba, shares praises and prayer requests for this island nation of 11.5 million people.

The body of Christ in Cuba has grown steadily for the past 20 years, but in the past four years, it has grown exponentially. We thank the Lord for pouring out his Holy Spirit on the Cuban people so that their hearts and minds are open to his transforming power. Praise the Lord for impassioned Cuban believers who have gently witnessed and testified to the goodness of the Lord in their lives.

The growth of the church body has developed through the house group movement and through using existing mother churches for larger gatherings and trainings.

This growth has not come without sacrifice and a price.

Recently, a member of the OMS Theological Team, Rachel Coleman, listened and learned to fellow believers in Cuba on how to come alongside two denominational seminaries to help them meet the great educational needs of the body of Christ. “It is important that collections of house groups have a seminary-trained person among them. Strengthening the seminaries is a way to strengthen the growing church,” shared Rachel.

Observing all of this, Rachel commented, “There were many moments when I felt like I was walking through the Book of Acts on a 21st century stage.”

A critical need at this moment in Cuba is Bibles. About four years ago, while in Cuba, I met two men from two different organizations who had received the same vision from the Lord: “to get one million Bibles to the Cuban Church.”

However, the reality is that there are many more Bibles needed. At one point, there was a group of 20 pastors sharing five Bibles and another group of 11 pastors sharing only one Bible! This is not a good situation for the church. Many agencies and ministries have entered Cuba and offered the Cuban leaders money if they use their materials, wanting to be part of the great work of the Lord there. While some of these materials are good and needed, the most crucial need is for Bibles.

Thanks to the work of Men for Missions (MFM) Canada and MFM USA, Bibles are getting into the hands of Cubans, and the Lord is working to grow healthy, Christ-centered leaders.

Please pray for the Cuban church as the body of Christ grows and develops in their country, that more Bibles will be sent for the believers and pastors, and that the other needs of the church are met.

The Word of God is the basis of our faith. It is needed for healthy, rich growth in our Christian lives and our relationships with God.

Will you donate today so that more Bibles will get into the hands of the Cuban believers and church leaders?

For more information about Bibles for Cuba or to give to this ministry, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bibles-for-cub..

Tags: cuba, bibles, hunger, church, pastors, believers, men for missions, cuban,

​Camp Transforms Persistent Student

May 31 2016

Darina was an outgoing engineering student at a technical university in Kyiv, Ukraine, when we met her six years ago.

She was applying for one of our English camps, which we offer every summer. Darina just wanted to improve her English and have fun at the camp—which she did—but she didn’t get involved in any of our follow-up activities, and we thought she wasn’t really interested in God.

When Darina applied for camp again the next year, we turned her down, choosing to invite new people who might be more open to the Gospel. She was upset, and we thought we’d never see her again.

But a couple of years later, God brought Darina back. She joined one of our weekly English clubs, and God began to work on her heart. We saw spiritual progress and a greater openness to God, so we invited Darina to camp again in 2013. That’s when she really understood the Gospel and made a decision to follow Jesus.

Darina remembers sitting at the evening meeting near the end of camp week, listening to a Gospel presentation—and when it came time to pray, she found herself repeating the prayer without realizing it. When she caught herself praying, she didn’t stop; she just knew it was right.

Since that day, Darina has been growing dramatically.

She’ll sit for hours talking about the Bible and her spiritual questions, and she’s gotten involved in two of our weekly life groups (small group Bible studies), providing key organizational leadership. She has a spiritual gift for pastoring and regularly checks in with various group members to provide spiritual support.

Darina is also active in helping newer believers grow spiritually and has discipled at least three other girls who were saved through camp. She’s what we call an active encourager in this ministry, committed to growing herself spiritually, as well as helping others grow.

It’s a goal of our ministry here in Kyiv to see God raise up many more Ukrainian young people like Darina to become followers of Jesus who want to partner with him in making more disciples. We’re pleased with the progress so far, but we know there is much more God wants to do.

Like Darina, many of the people in our life groups have been saved through our two summer English camps. The camps are a great way for pre-Christian Ukrainians to experience the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit over a multi-day period, which allows God to soften their hearts to his Good News.

Team members from North America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia volunteer just to love Ukrainians and to help them practice English with native English speakers, but God also uses them to display and share the love of Jesus.

Most Ukrainians say that at the end of camp their English has dramatically improved, but most also say that they receive much more than English language skills. Some, like Darina, even make decisions to follow God.

If you would like to partner with us in reaching out to Ukrainian young people, pray about joining one of our summer 2017 teams. You also can join our daily or weekly prayer team, or you can help sponsor a Ukrainian to attend the camp. For more information on how to give, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/Ukraine-English-Ministries.

By Randy Marshall, OMS Missionary and Ukraine Field Leader

Tags: camp, english camp, summer, ukraine, volunteer, short-term missions,

The Little Church With a Big Heart

February 26 2016

To say our little church with about 175 attenders has a love affair with missions would be an understatement! Nineveh Christian Church has supported One Mission Society missionaries for longer than I have been a member (2002). But over the years, our involvement has grown in so many exciting ways, and I count myself fortunate to be part of that growth.

Our pastor, Tom Knight, and our elders have a unique philosophy that if we expect blessings from the Lord, financial or otherwise, then we must first bless others. 2 Corinthians 9:10 expresses that philosophy: “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” As you will see, the Lord has fulfilled that promise for our church many times.

As I recount the many ways our church has increased our missions giving and involvement, it is not to pat ourselves on the back, but to inspire other churches to realize you don’t have to be a mega church to do great things for God – you just need to be a church with a “mega” heart.

At first we supported several OMS missionaries. But in 2007, just as we were in the middle of building an addition on our own church (a $460,000 project), God impressed on our leaders that we should simultaneously plant some seeds by building a church in India through OMS. Due to the generous giving of our congregation, we ended up borrowing only $50,000 toward our remodel and took on the India church build of $13,500. Paying off both of these projects was not a long, drawn-out process, but rather, was completed in less than a year.

Soon, we were building two churches/schools in South Asia, broadening our missionary support, and in 2010 – 2012, we gave $25,000 to build one floor of a training center in South Asia.

Just as exciting as our congregation’s giving heart was the fact that we had become a sending church. I took my first mission trip with Dynamic Women in Missions in 2012 to Ecuador. Of course, my excitement spilled over and within the next couple years, the women of our church were involved in two trips to Haiti. The second of these trips had 10 women from our church, including our pastor’s wife.

In 2014, we tore down the parsonage across the street from our church to build a Life House – a building suited to our junior and senior high youth. This $360,000 project should have been a challenge for our small congregation, but once again, our building fund had grown due to our generous congregation. Our pastor and elders prayed about where we could sow some seeds of blessing. We had grown to love the people of Haiti, so while we were paying off our Life House, we also financed two homes for earthquake victims in Bon Repos, Haiti.

God continues to challenge the hearts of our people for missions. It is so exciting that this spring we will be sending a work team to Haiti, a team that will include men for the first time.

We have learned that we can never out-give God as we bless others by planting seed in their ministries. We recently bought a piece of property near our church. We are asking God to show us how we can use this property to bless others. I can hardly wait to see what God has in mind!

By Gail O’Connor, Dynamic Women in Missions Volunteer

Tags: little church, generous giving, missions, haiti, india, south asia,

It Takes a Team

January 28 2016

In about a week, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the Super Bowl, will be played. A lot of attention will be given to the “celebrity” quarterbacks facing each other, but it’s important to note that whoever wins the Super Bowl will win because 53 athletes, countless coaches, managers, and office staff did their jobs for last year. The quarterback will not win the Super Bowl; a team will.

One Mission Society has a team in Hungary. (To learn more about them, check out the OMS Hungary website at hungary.oms.life to read their bios.) But the team that’s dedicated to transforming lives in Hungary goes far beyond the OMS missionaries who live in country.

Over the last couple weeks, hopefully you’ve read their blog posts as well (if not, scroll down and read the other posts on the OSM website). From Florida to West Virginia to Northern Ireland, you’ve heard from team members who are, in many ways, as critical to achieving the goals in Hungary as we are. There are so many more than you have had the opportunity to hear from. Our extended team members support the vision through prayer, financial giving, and volunteering. To each one, we say, “Thanks!”

You’ve read their stories about our team and about how the Transformational Ministry Center in Budapest will play a big role in helping us to achieve our shared goals. They shared their stories because, like us, they want to give you an opportunity to be a part in reaching our unified goal of Jesus transforming lives in Hungary and growing his church.

As a team, we know that youth and young adult leaders in Hungary need support. We know that training and equipping Hungarians to reach this “open generation” is critical to the revival of churches in Hungary. Equipping them with tools, collaboration, coaching, and support through our Hungarian foundation will achieve the goal that we are convinced God has asked us to play.

Together, we ask you to prayerfully consider how you might support the Transformational Ministry Center project. As a team member you would be counted on to pray for our ministries. As a team member, God may lead you to go and be a part of a ministry. As a team member, God may be leading you now to make a contribution to restoring the building that will help us see Hungary transformed.

God owns this team, and we want him to make the decisions. Is he asking you to join us, to play a role through giving that will help us to win it all? In two weeks, the Super Bowl will be past, and the focus will be toward winning it all next year. In two weeks, our team will continue to work toward the kind of win that changes lives for eternity.

Join us, won’t you?

By Jonathan Long, OMS Field Leader in Hungary

Tags: hungary, ministry center, missions, super bowl, team,

Working Hand in Foot

January 21 2016

Overwhelmed. Overjoyed. Overexcited. All of the emotions that we experienced as our family of 5 stepped off of that airplane in Budapest, Hungary, to share in the indescribable ongoing work that God called us to be a part of last summer. Quickly, we realized that in an unfamiliar culture and place, with perfect strangers, we had one common bond. One like mind. One Mission as we call it.

Perceptions fall away as you realize that God has prepared you for a time just as this. Each of us is given a set of unique talents, gifts, and resources. Just as 1 Corinthians 1:12 talks about a body with many parts, each doing its function, we saw the body of Christ come together in Hungary.

Each person, clearly ordained for specific purpose, fulfilled their role as the weeks rolled on and opportunities arose. Career missionaries, short-term missionaries, volunteers, various denominations, and churches all working together. Everyone combining their resources to minister through the English Camp, Roma Camp, and outreach projects to the Syrian refugees. A true example of the church.

The team in Hungary is continuing the next step of faith by building a literal place of connection through the new Transformational Ministry Center in the 14th district of Budapest. A physical structure for the body to work and grow for the glory of God. To train, disciple, make connections, build relationships, form partnerships with fellow believers, and transform lives for Christ.

God calls each of us to be used by him for him. How would he have you to become a part in sharing in the next step in building his kingdom in Hungary?

By Shannon & Aaron DePue, Short-term Volunteers in Hungary, Summer 2015

Tags: hungary, ministry center, team, summer english camp, roma, family missions,