A Short Termers Reflections of Street Kid Ministry in Mexico

October 1 2014

During my time in Mexico City earlier this year, I visited the streets with members of the MEFI team. The first day, Alex, Carmen, (MEFI workers) and I simply went to different groups to say hi to the kids. Up until this point, I had only seen the chavos (nickname for street kids) in the drop-in centre. The streets were a completely different context. It hit me powerfully, like the strong solvents that the kids were inhaling.

The kids were high, dirty, and hungry. It was hard to see, and it broke my heart. Life there was a strange dream. Nothing seemed to matter, societal rules didn’t apply, and change was a foreign concept. But, of course, scooping the kids out of their situation wouldn't transform their hearts. Alex reminded us afterwards that this is why we must pray for them. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can touch them.

The second day, however, was remarkably different. Alex, Chela, and I spent the morning cooking soup and rice (There isn't a better way to learn how to cook Mexican food than from the MEFI staff!). We packed up and brought food to two of the same groups we had seen the day before. This time, we didn't just chat with groups, but we sang praise songs and had a devotional. Oh, my friends, you have never seen such a sight! As we sang on the side of the street, the street kids joined in. Some stood, while others knelt on the pavement. Businessmen walked by and shop owners stood on the other side of the street staring as a group of scruffy street kids, two older Mexicans, and a white girl (me) belted out “You are all-powerful, You are strong, invincible, and there is no one like You.”

Whether or not these kids know Christ as Saviour, it was obvious that the music touched them. There was a joy and a lightness that was not in the same group the day before. As we stood there, I thought, this is who the Gospel is for. This is who Christ welcomes with open arms – the broken, the empty, and the lost. How many times in the Gospels did He reach out and touch those that society did not accept? I think of the Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, the lepers, and many more. He filled them with hope, purpose, and life. Talk about a beautiful picture!

That day made me so very thankful for a Gospel that touches even the lowest in society. Please continue to pray for these street kids – that they would know Christ’s love and the hope He offers. Pray that they would recognize that their need for the Saviour can’t be filled or numbed by anything but by giving their lives to him. Pray that God would encourage the MEFI team to continue to serve him well, even when days are emotionally taxing. Praise him for his marvelous works and perfect plans as he continues to work in Mexico City!

By Rebecca, a nursing student in the United Kingdom who spent a month with MEFI.

Why not consider doing the same? If you'd like to participate on a short-term trip ... or even go for longer, contact OMS today at info@onemissionsociety.org.

MEFI exists to...give Mercy to the broken, bring Hope to the lost,

inspire Faith in the forgiven and seek Integration for the forgotten.

Tags: short-term missions, mexico city, street kid ministry

Teens Share the Gospel in Colombia, Part 2

September 17 2014

Here's part 2 of the Carlson kids' testimonies. Micah, an OMS missionary kid (MK), shares his story of their short-term trip to Colombia to share the Gospel.

I don’t like evangelism because it makes me nervous. It’s not so much a fear of sharing my faith, but of not wanting to knock on the door. It’s so much easier with three people (me, the interpreter, and a local church member) because you only have to worry about a third of it!

What impacted me most was how much fun it was with four other teenage guys on the team. It was a privilege for all of us to be able to share Jesus with others, especially alongside our dads.

The Colombian ministry team prays for weeks, but Sunday we joined them to prayer walk on a hill that overlooks the city of Medellin. We prayed, “God would you open the heavens, open doors, open hands and open hearts?” He did. Mine as well.

One door God opened was with a little 12 year-old girl, her mom, and her very old grandpa who sat slumped in a wheelchair. The crumbling house was crowded as we squished into their tiny living room. I recounted a story of God’s provision for something he knew I needed once: a bicycle when mine was stolen. The Colombian family listened and nodded. After hearing the plan of salvation, they all wanted to accept Jesus! We had the privilege of giving them a gift, just like the bicycle God had provided for me. This gift was Jesus, someone God knew they needed.

Our second day in the neighborhood, 106 people came to Christ. The pastor expressed his gratitude with emotion, “Thank you for coming. We've been praying for this.” I was asked to pray in Spanish to thank the Lord for the fruitfulness that day. Many were in tears because they had never had so many people come to Christ.

I would tell my Christian friends that participating on an evangelism team is a good experience. Everyone should do it at least once. It’s good for faith. You have to trust God the whole week. It’s what God wants you to do.

Tags: teen missions, short-term trip, colombia, door-to-door, evangelism,

Teens Share Faith in Colombia

September 17 2014

Enjoy this ministry report from OMS missionary kid (MK) Maddy Carlson. She, her brother Micah, dad Greg, and 7 others on the team shared the Gospel on a short-term evangelism trip to Colombia in July with One Mission Society. Hopefully this will inspire you to KNOW you too can share your faith with others as these teens did.

Colombia Report from Maddy

As we walked along the streets of Medellin, Colombia, in July, I saw some people sleeping on the sidewalk. I knew that when Jesus looked into the hearts of people, he had compassion on them. When I looked at them, all I could do was pray, "God, make their lives alright and change them."

I walked with an interpreter and someone from the local church, knocking on doors. Every day, we visited a different community. The Colombians had already been praying and fasting over their communities a long time before we arrived. As visitors, my teammates and I shared our testimony and presented the Gospel using the Evangecube. The local church member took note of who prayed to receive Christ. As each day concluded, we presented the names of the new believers as a gift to the local house church to disciple. In four days, through six teenagers and four dads, 335 prayed to receive Christ!

Maddy evangelizing
He never opened the gate, but it did not

stop him from opening his heart to Christ.

I was nervous the first day we began to walk the rough streets of Medellin. I saw an elderly gentleman sweeping his stairs and asked if we could get his attention. As I shared, he continued to sweep, so I thought, "He doesn't care about what we're saying." However, when I began to present the Gospel, he became very interested. Even though a security gate stood between us, he listened. He never opened the gate, but it did not stop him from opening his heart to Christ. He was the first person I had ever led to Christ!

I described my Colombian ministry trip to a youth leader after I returned home. "I don't think I could ever do that," she said to me. I heard myself tell her, "Really, it's not hard or scary because you know that God is watching over you. You have people with you and other people praying for you. Anyone can tell people about God. You just have to have faith."

Tags: missions, evangelism, sharing faith, door-to-door, teens,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -Anniversary #1

September 12 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 14) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the first of two special 1-year anniversary shows highlighting several OMS missionaries and their fun and inspiring stories. In this edition, you will hear from Dean Davis and some story examples of persons of peace and some fun life experiences of living in Latin America; you'll hear from Michelle Taylor and hear her heart for orphans in Russia; Graham Houghton shares about being a mentor in India and gives a story about the importance of our names; and Susan Loobie shares a funny story about stomach issues in Asia and a heartwarming testimony about never giving up.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Dean's, Michelle's, Graham's and Susan's!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.

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

PRAY: Pray for Dean, Michelle, Graham, and Susan ... and all the people they shared about in their shows.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear part 2 of our special anniversary program, as we celebrate one year of One Mission Stories with a compilation of podcast stories. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: radio, missionary stories, missions, person of peace, orphans, india,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" radio - Rich Danzeisen

September 5 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 7) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Rich Danzeisen. Rich serves at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana, as the Executive Director of OMS USA. Rich knew from a young age that he wanted to serve in world missions ... at first as a superhero and now serving a SUPER God!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Rich's!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.

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

PRAY: Pray for Rich and his wife Lynae and their three children: Joshua, Emily and Arianna. Pray that the Lord would present opportunities in their lives for them to engage in missions and that the family would be intentionally missional. Pray as they walk the faith journey--that He would stretch their faith. And finally, for OMS and this season of change (in leadership) that we're going through--that God would direct our steps.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org. If you'd like to purchase Joyce's book, Snapshots in Time, you can order here on Amazon or contact Barb.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear a special anniversary program, as we celebrate one year of One Mission Stories with a compilation of podcast stories. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: missionary, missions, farming, superhero,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Joyce Oden

August 21 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Aug. 24) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Joyce Oden. Joyce and her husband Bill served for many years in the Philippines. They helped start a church that grew from 250 to 1,500 in just two years! They have also served in Ireland, as regional leaders in Europe, and at the OMS World HQ in leadership. Joyce founded the OMS ministry to help prevent human trafficking, HOPE61.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Joyce's!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.

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

PRAY: Pray for their health as they are aging. Also, pray for more workers for the harvest, especially for the Philippines.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org. If you'd like to purchase Joyce's book, Snapshots in Time, you can order here on Amazon or contact Barb.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Roger Kruse. Roger serves as a church multiplication facilitator for India and the South Pacific If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: hope61, missions, philippines, book, missionary,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Jim Hogrefe

August 7 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Aug. 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Jim Hogrefe, serving with Every Community for Christ as the director of church multiplication. Jim shared many stories about his two years in Russia with CoMission and many stories about his time in India.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Jim's!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.

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

PRAY: Pray for Jim and his wife Karen...and for their two adult children and six grandchildren. Pray that each would come to know the Lord and walk with him. Also, pray for the ministry of church multiplication, which is exploding! Pray for our next steps of saturating different communities with the Gospel so that every man, woman, and child would hear. We also need more partners to help fulfill the Great Commission.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Joyce Oden. Joyce spent many years establishing our ministry in the Philippines and helped start our HOPE61 ministry, helping to prevent human trafficking. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: ecc, church multiplication, russia, comission, india, missions, short-term missions,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Bill Evans

July 14 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, July 13) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary, Bill Evans, who serves as the Men for Missions director of ministry teams and coordinator for the Homes for Haiti project. Bill shares about how he caught the vision for missions on a short-term trip to India and then Haiti. He's now served with OMS for 12 years. Exciting fact: Bill raised all his support to be a full-time missionary with OMS in 90 days!!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Bill's!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

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

PRAY: Pray for Bill, his wife Jackie, and his three sons. Pray for MFM--that the team would seek the Lord in all they do. Pray for the Homes for Haiti/Bon Repos project--for teams to help, that the quality of work would be great, and that many Haitian families would use their new homes as a lighthouse for the Gospel. Pray for Bill, that he would be a credible, faithful witness for the Lord. "God doesn't call the equipped, but He equips the called."

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of short-term mission nurses in Ecuador. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: men for missions, mfm, short-term teams, haiti, india, homes for haiti

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - nurses in Ecuador

July 1 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, July 6) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS short-term missionary nurses who served in Ecuador on a medical mission trip. If you've ever wanted to join a short-term medical team, you'll enjoy these nurses' stories.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the University of Indianapolis nurses!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

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

PRAY: Pray for all the OMS short-term mission trips. Pray for those who have gone in the past and those planning for a future trip.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary and short-term trip coordinator for Men for Missions, Bill Evans. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: ecuador, medical missions, short-term missions,

One Mission Stories "After the Show: - Tom Overton

June 9 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (June 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionary Tom Overton, who serves as the director of our human trafficking prevention ministry called HOPE61.

The program features Tom's testimony and his calling to missions from a business career to a short-term trip to Haiti to full-time career service. Tom shares his journey of losing his job and how God miraculously worked in his life and that of his family to show them all clearly that missions and OMS should be their next step.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Tom's!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

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

PRAY: Pray for Tom and his family to continue to complete trust God for their needs. Pray for all those who are vulnerable around the world. And pray for the ministry of HOPE61--for more workers and more finances.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from Paul Cox share his missionary calling and journey from being a head hunter, to missionary in Spain to the director of Mobilization at the OMS World HQ. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: hope61, anti-human trafficking, prevention, short-term missions, life-changing story,