One Mission Stories - Owen and Avalon Brown

May 29 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (June 1) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Owen and Avalon Brown, OMS New Zealand executive directors and former missionaries in Yantzaza, Ecuador.

The program features the Browns' testimonies and their calling to missions, as well as a few stories about their four years as missionaries in Ecuador ... including their ministry of raising guinea pigs!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Browns!

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 more help in the New Zealand office. Currently it's just Owen and Avalon and a handful of volunteers. They need more help. Also, they want more missionaries to be sent out. Pray that many in NZ would respond to their call to serve in missions and GO.

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 the stories from a few members of a short-term team to Colombia. 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: missions, new zealand, ecuador, short-term missions, testimonies, yantzaza, ecuador, missionaries,

"After the Show" One Mission Stories - Judy Amos

October 11 2013

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 25) encore presentation of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Judy Amos, who served with her husband Dick for 41 years in Japan.

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

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries in Japan, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

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. We have an immediate opening for a sports coordinator for the newly built sports facility. Check out the opportunity to serve in Japan for a year, using your athletic skills.

IVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. You can give to the Japan Relief Fund #400610, Japan church planting, the seminary, or the sports facility.

PRAY: Pray for Judy and her husband Dick as they are currently in Japan, serving the earthquake victims and ministering to former English students.

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 Warren Hardig, the international executive director of Men for Missions. 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: be a missionary, become a missionary, disaster relief, give to missions, missions in asia, one mission kids, one mission stories, short term missions, missions in japan, church planting, evangelism, sports ministry, trusting god,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Colombia ST Team

May 15 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (May 18) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring three gentlemen that participated on an OMS short-term mission trip to Colombia. Fernando Cervantes, an Indianapolis police officer, Ben Greenbaum, an associate pastor of two Greenwood, IN, churches, and Bill Evans, an OMS missionary serving as the director of ministry teams with Men for Missions.

The program features many stories of changed lives as the team did door-to-door evangelism.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy this Colombia short-term team'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.

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

PRAY: Pray for the Saturation Antioquia ministry in Colombia. Pray that all those who accepted Christ would grow. Pray for those who did not ... that God would bring the right person into their lives.Pray for Fernando as he serves as an Indianapolis police officer. Pray for Ben as he pastors and for his family. Pray for Bill as he directs the short-term teams being sent around the world for a life-changing journey.

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the stories from longtime OMS missionary Judy Amos, who served in Japan for 41 years. 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: colombia, short-term trip, short-term missions, evangelism, door-to-door, evangecube

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Susan Loobie

May 9 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (May 11) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Susan Loobie, director of Communication at the OMS World HQ. Susan has been involved in missions for the past 25 years and at OMS for the last 10 1/2.

The program features Susan's testimony and her calling to missions, as well as many miraculous stories about how God saved her life.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy 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.

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

PRAY: Susan ask for prayer for Bob Fetherlin, the new OMS President, beginning in July 2014. Pray for his transition and the work on new promotional material needed for this from Susan and her team. Also pray for Susan's family--with three teen and pre-teen kids, her hands are full. Pray that each would grow up in Jesus. Praise the Lord for the many times He has rescued Susan from health trials.

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the stories from a few members of a short-term team to Colombia. 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: missions, missionary, mission calling, mission journey, calling, suffering, health trials, obedience, missionary journalist,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Warren Hardig

May 2 2014

We hope you enjoy Sunday night's (May 4) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Warren Hardig, executive director for OMS' Men for Missions ministry. Men for Missions (MFM) calls men (and women), specifically laymen or those not yet involved in full-time ministry, to DO whatever God asks, GO wherever God calls, and GIVE whatever Gods asks them to give. Warren and his wife Velma have served with OMS for the past 40 years.

The program features Warren's testimony and his calling to missions, as well as many stories about his life as a farmer, his miraculous deliverance from smoking, his work in youth ministry before OMS, and how God changed him forever when he went on his first short-term trip ... "I went to Haiti a man, I returned a cripple (so emotional as God moved his heart)."

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Warren'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.

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

PRAY: Pray that OMS would see many more people come to Christ. Pray for the 2015 Saturation Antioqia, Colombia, evangelism outreach. We need teams to help plant new churches that will impact Colombia. Pray for the Homes for Haiti/Bon Repos ministry-for more teams to build and all the funds needed to complete the new community for the poorest of the poor.

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. You can purchase any of the books mentioned on the program through Amazon or by calling Barb as well ... Iron Sharpens Iron and Still Sharpening by Warren Hardig ... The stories of ordinary men who were mightily transformed and committed as they responded to: do whatever God asks you to do, go wherever God asks you to go, give whatever God asks you to give, and Of Guts and Grace by Carroll H. Rader, which gives the history of MFM ... we celebrate 60 years this year!

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear Susan Loobie, director of Communication for One Mission Society. 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, world missions, short-term missions, haiti, radio 4veh, christian farmer, medical clinic, layman, mfm

Journeying Outside Comfort Zones

April 10 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I sat with three ladies (and a little girl) enjoying the surroundings of Tropical Smoothie, a Caribbean-inspired sandwich & kind-of-healthy fruit smoothies cafe. And as each of them shared why they signed up to join me on my next Haiti mission trip (end of April), I remembered why I LOVE taking people to Haiti.

Because the guys at Men for Missions (the short-term mission teams ministry of One Mission Society) have got it spot on: these trips are part of a life-changing journey, and Storly and I love walking alongside people as their eyes are opened to 'the real world' (the poverty, the daily reality of how most of the world lives), as they allow God to take them way beyond their comfort zones, and as they see God in action in a different context, in ways that blow their minds and break their hearts for the world God loves and came to save.

My next trip at the end of April will be the 8th team from our church here (Community Church of Columbus) since we took up residence in this part of the world. And three of us from CCC (Keri, Karen and me) will be joined by Kelly from Columbus (who was part of last year's trip) and four people (Larry, Debbie, Michael and Amy) from Findlay E-Free church in northern Ohio (who partnered with us with their Christmas offering last year to give to Resounding Hope solar radios).

So, at Tropical Smoothie, I told a story that I want to share with you. Except you get all the background too...

In June 2011, our CCC team visited a small village called Kayemit (Ky-meet), named after a local fruit tree, known in English as Star Apple. I'd been hearing about this village from Medson (our evangelism/radio distribution leader) as a place in need of the Gospel. A pastor from the local town of Quartier-Morin had started to visit this village, saw people's needs there, and felt called by God to start a work there. Our team was happy to be a part.

So, to Kayemit we went. After Luke, Devin, Randy, Tim, and Ken helped fix a flat tire on the van.

We gathered under the shade of a huge tree with Pastor Deusma, Medson and evangelism team, and others from Pastor Deusma's church in Quartier-Morin. We prayed, got instructions on the day's activity (like 'don't randomly give the radios out on the street, only after conversations with people about the Gospel, preferably in their homes or yards', and 'each radio is for the whole family or household, unless you visit with a witch doctor or voodoo priest, then give them one for themselves'). And then we split up, two or three visiting team members, a translator, an evangelism worker and a local guide who knows the community and can direct the group to homes and people most in need of the Gospel.

I usually hover around trying to spend some time with each of the groups, taking pictures, observing, sometimes helping with translation and interpreting some of the cultural stuff that doesn't always get translated effectively. So I started with Ken and Kellie, good friends of ours who had taken a huge step outside their comfort zones to come to Haiti. And there were more steps of faith to come.

I wrote about this day in Men for MissionsActionmagazine, here is an excerpt:

Villagers Hear a New Voice

As we approach the first house, Pastor Joseph Deusma pulls me aside and whispers, “A witch doctor lives here.”

Though we couldn’t see the red and blue flags usually identifying where a witch doctor lives, there were other objects, including a bottle hanging from a tree (used in voodoo ceremonies).

So here we are, on the front lines of the spiritual battles that rage across the earth. This time, in Kayemit village in northern Haiti.

About 800 people call Kayemit home. But in the eyes of Emmanuel Félix (Medson), Radio 4VEH’s Extension Ministries Director, this is ‘virgin territory.’ With no real church presence in the community, the voice of influence belongs to the witchdoctor. Until today.

Visiting missionaries from Community Church of Columbus, Indiana, along with local evangelists first gather under a tree. Emmanuel explains the key to sharing the Gospel in communities where most identify themselves as Christian. ‘Ask about Jesus. What position does Jesus hold in your life?’

(What a great question as we talk with anyone. Not asking how religious you are, how much 'knowledge' you have of God, how often you go to church, how you label yourself, but where is Jesus in your life? Is He Lord?)

At the witch doctor’s house, he’s not home. But we speak with several members of his household, as well as another man visiting. We leave a solar radio for the household, and one for the witch doctor.

Next door, the witchdoctor’s niece combs through her daughter’s hair. When asked about her own faith, she replies she’s a good Catholic, and also dances at the voodoo ceremonies held regularly by her uncle. She wasn’t ready to accept Christ as her personal Savior.

The global prayer resource Operation World explains Haiti’s complex religious context this way: ‘The Roman Catholic Church’s role as the state church ended in 1987…Haitians overwhelmingly identify themselves as “Christian”…An estimated 75 percent of Christians are also actively involved in voodoo, a development of West African Spiritism and witchcraft.’

By the end of the outreach, 51 radios were given out after 70 people heard personal presentations of the Gospel. Three people prayed to receive Christ as their Savior, and 37 people refused Christ.

But now there’s a new voice of influence in Kayemit—Radio 4VEH, The Evangelistic Voice of Haiti—the voice that speaks about Jesus through all kinds of radio programs.

Pastor Deusma says, “Even though people here don’t have a church where they can worship God, they can now hear the Gospel. The radio receivers will help them to hear the Word of God. Listen, you can already hear people listening to the noon prayer program on their little radios!”

“I know it’s a seed that’s been planted today. And God will bring those seeds to fruition. He will produce the fruit. As we leave here, God will do the rest.”

Fast forward two years, to June 2013. We took the Columbus team back to Kayemit, wondering what had happened to those Gospel seeds that had been planted and watered every day through the little radios, and the pastoral care of Pastor Deusma and those working with him.

What a privilege to be standing where a new church has been planted―where the physical space, starting with a few sticks and plastic sheeting, is showing the village that there's a new body of Christ-followers in this place.

Back to the story I was telling at Tropical Smoothie. It was this scene above. One of the highlights of our whole summer in Haiti was this moment when the team prayed for this new church, this pastor ministering in this village, for the new believers here. And the person praying was Kellie, the one who was never comfortable praying out loud. And here she was, praying a prayer of blessing in front of team mates, villagers, friends, and strangers―praying a prayer to her heavenly Father on behalf of these brothers and sisters in Kayemit.

Being alongside people on their life-changing journeys is an absolute honor. What's your life-changing journey look like? And who are you walking alongside of on their stepping-out-in-faith, stretched-by-God journey way beyond their comfort zones?

If you’d like to join us on a life-changing journey, click here for opportunities.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, evangelism, haiti, life changing story, men for missions, missions in haiti, short term missions, short-term mission trip, short-term missions, radio, radio 4veh,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Alan Parkinson

March 7 2014

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Alan Parkinson

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 9) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionary Alan Parkinson, serving in South Pacific (the island). Alan, from OMS UK, served as a high school chaplain at an international Christian school for three years, but now is involved with evangelism and church planting.

The show also featured executive director of International Ministries, Randy Spacht, giving an exciting update on the overall work of OMS. OMS, serving in more than 70 countries, is involved in evangelistic church planting, church growth and development, training leaders, partnership, and enabling or support ministries (such as MK teachers, administration, etc..) to allow the missionaries to flourish in their roles. GOD IS AT WORK!

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? As Alan shared, it was through a short-term mission experience that God called him and his family to full-time service. Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM

GIVE: If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online

PRAY: Pray for Alan and his family as they seek to disciple seminary students. Pray also as he works with local believers to multiply churches (use the training he's received on obedience-based discipleship) and that many new people would come to know Christ. 

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: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionaries Jeremy and Melissa Reese, church planting in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to the podcast at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or 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 are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, church planting, every community for christ, evangelism, missions, missions in asia, one mission kids, one mission society, short term missions, short-term mission trip, short-term missions, south pacific, teaching overseastrusti

Missionaries Are Like Coffee…

March 6 2014

Missionaries Are Like Coffee…

Missionaries are like coffee … Huh? What are some words associated with coffee? Aromatic. Bold. Robust. Coffee has a personality all its own, a distinct flavor. When it comes to coffee, people have opinions about it. Some love it, some hate it, and some just love the smell of it. Coffee’s character is a lot like those who share the Gospel. Missionaries are like coffee in the following ways:

Aromatic – 2 Corinthians 2:15 tells us: “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…” If we live in a right relationship with Christ and do the things he has commanded us to do, people will know there is something different about us. 

Bold – The Bible is full of people who were bold in their faith as evidenced by their words and actions. After Jesus gave the Great Commission, the disciples were bold in their witness. Acts 4:13 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.” 

Robust – The word “robust” does not appear in the ESV Bible, but synonyms do, like strong for example. In Ephesians 6:10, the Apostle Paul urges believers to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” The enemy is out there, we know this, and therefore Paul reminds us who gives us our strength, our robust faith.

Are you robust in your faith, bold in your witness? Do you have a desire to see people attracted to Jesus by your life and witness? Are you ready for an adventure in the beautiful coffee country of Ecuador? Then, would you prayerfully consider the Loja Challenge 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for 10 young adults to take the Gospel to 5 unreached communities in Loja, Ecuador, for 1 year.

Don’t speak Spanish? No worries, this journey includes three months of immersion language study. 

Could this be the “cup” Jesus is asking you take? 

Come. With Jesus. To coffee country … For more info, check out: http://www.onemissionsociety.org/go/loja-challenge-2015-ecuador or contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, church planting, evangelism, missions, missions in ecuador, one mission society, short term missions, short-term mission trip, trusting god, world missionsloja challenge

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Teddy and Emily Ray

February 27 2014

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Teddy and Emily Ray

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 2) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Teddy and Emily Ray, serving in Spain. The program shares how the Rays are living a radical life based on the book of Leviticus. They talk about their journey to getting to Spain, but also share about their call and how God wanted them to do a sabbatical (removing their hand from the plow) and trusting Him, in faith, to provide for their needs for a year while they served in missions.

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

The Rays are working with Every Community for Christ doing church multiplication, church planting, and training national leaders. We hope you enjoy their story, entitled: The Radical Adventure of Leaving All.

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

GIVE:

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online

PRAY: Pray for Rays. Pray for financial security, language learning, peace for their family back home while away, and for their kids to do well while in Spain.

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. The book mentioned in this segment was Missionary Maverick by Elmer Kilbourne.

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:

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Alan Parkinson, serving in the South Pacific. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or 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 are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, church planting, evangelism, every community for christ, missions, missions in spain, oms outreach magazine, one mission society, one mission stories, trainingworld missions

Multiplying the Gift

February 25 2014

Multiplying the Gift

Altagrace is a single mom. She always has been. 

In order to raise her daughter Esther, Altagrace’s friend introduced to her to me to see if I could use Altagrace’s help in our home (we served as OMS missionaries in Haiti for several years a few years ago). I gladly hired her and began getting to know our new friend. It didn’t take long to realize that Altagrace has a servant’s heart much like that of Christ.

As the story often goes in Haiti, when one member of the extended family has a job, that person is often expected to help out the rest of the family financially. In addition to her own daughter, Altagrace also took in her nephew Wawens to care for him after her sister died and his father was unable to care for him. 

Wawens has been in the Starfish Kid (SFK) program for three years and excels academically. Smiling, Altagrace tells me, “The SFK program has been a huge blessing in my life as I take care of Esther, Wawens, and another niece named Frisline.” If given the chance to meet her sponsor, she would tell them, “Thanks from my heart; I pray God will give you good health and supply your needs so you can continue to bless Wawens and our whole family!”

Photo: Altagrace, center in white, with the Chandler girls

--By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications

If you would like to donate to Starfish Kids, OMS’ child evangelism ministry that uses sponsorship and education to share the Gospel with approximately 7,000 children every day, click here to learn more and to donate.

Also, if you’d like to be matched with a sponsor child, please email Gwen Pinkerton at starfishkids@onemissionsociety.org.

 

Tags: attitude of gratitude, be a missionary, become a missionary, compassion ministry, give to missions, Haiti, missions, missions in haiti, one mission society, world missionsstarfish kids