English Opens Doors for North Koreans

December 7 2017

Most of us have never had to flee starvation and oppression in our homeland. Currently, South Korea hosts about 30,000 defectors who have escaped North Korea in the last 20 years or so since the famine of the 1990s. Most of them had never heard of Christ while in North Korea, but during the process of passing through China and other countries, many have now heard the Gospel. Some have become Christians and even have been trained as pastors to reach out to their own people, as well as to those around the world.

Adventures in English for a United Korea (AIE4UK) started with a vision to help pastors and young people who came from North Korea to be able to communicate with the church around the world. It also helps prepare people domestically and internationally for unification, raises up workers who can fill the basic need for English education, and helps Christians from North Korea share their testimonies and the Gospel in English to bring spiritual awakening and revival to the Western, English-speaking church.

From July 17 - 19, 2017, we held our fourth year of camp at Seoul Theological University with the theme “A New Thing” (Isaiah 43:18-19). Susan Truitt, OMS missionary and English professor at Seoul Theological University, directed the camp, and a team of eight native English speakers sent out from OMS served as teachers.

This year, 10 North Korean defectors participated in AIE4UK, so they were matched one on one with the native English speakers from the United States. About half of them were pastors serving in ministry in South Korea, and the other half were young people preparing for their future. One activity they did together was going to the Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery to learn about some of the early missionaries who came to Korea over 100 years ago and be challenged by their lives of obedience and service. In the evenings we heard the testimonies of some of those who had come from North Korea. It was a tearful time to hear of how God has been faithful through all of the terrible suffering they had gone through.

We believe that God has sent North Korean defectors to South Korea not only for the unification of the Korean people but also so that through their living testimonies of how God has guided and preserved their lives in the midst of danger, they can be used as instruments to awaken Western, English-speaking churches. We believe that if Christian North Korean defectors can share their testimonies and the power of the Gospel in English without having to depend on interpretation, God will use them in valuable ways.

For over 20 years, One Mission Society (OMS) in Korea has held Adventures in English camps every summer with volunteer native English speakers. These volunteers, devoted to God’s kingdom, raise their own money to participate. Through AIE4UK, jointly sponsored by OMS Korea, the Prayer Network for North Korea and the Nations (PN4N), and Sarangnaru, we hope that North Korean defectors may be raised up in a wonderful way to serve as missionaries in cooperation with OMS. The next AIE4UK is being planned for August 8-10, 2018.

By Susan Truitt, OMS Korea field director

Tags: north korean defectors, english ministry, unification of korea, english camp, south korea, oms,

Finding Her Identity: Summer Intern Grows in Christ

June 30 2017

"I definitely knew about the Bible, grew up with it, [and] was familiar with it, but it wasn't until the end of high school that my faith became personal."

Sierra Steffen, a senior at Purdue University majoring in organizational leadership, is excited to figure out what it looks like to combine everyday work with personal spiritual growth while serving with the Communications and Marketing Department this summer.

Sierra grew up in a home that put God first, but it took her years to recognize that she wasn't fully putting her identity in Christ.

On the evening of her high school graduation, she found herself looking at her pictures, plaques, and trophies, everything she had put her identity into in high school, and she felt empty. She k new she needed to place her identity into something, or more appropriately someone, who was permanent. She counts herself fortunate that she grew up in a household where she knew that Jesus was the answer. Jesus was who her identity should be founded in, so it was on that night that she gave her life to the Lord.

When she felt God calling her to Purdue, she was surprised because it wasn't the type of school she had previously considered. But, God had a plan that involved getting plugged into a good youth group. She reflects on this calling with a laugh now because it has given her "A lot of opportunities to witness to people on campus."

The first summer after her freshman year, Sierra interned in a big city, and she hoped to do something similar after her sophomore year. She wanted to achieve bigger and better things, but she had to come to terms with the fact that God was calling her home for the summer. "God totally changed my heart about going home for the summer. He led me home and closed some doors to make it very clear that's where he wanted me. Looking back, it's so neat to see that he needed me home that summer."

Knowing that God's will mattered most, she fully relied on him while trying to figure out where to go and what to do for this current summer. "I really prayed that his will would be done, and that I would be where he wanted me." Accepting where that would be was hard, but "He definitely knows what's best, and he led me to One Mission Society."

And, with every creative meeting, deep conversation, and coffee break that makes you hold your stomach with laughter, she is reaffirmed of her decision to serve with OMS.

"You're part of the Great Commission here."

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​Medicine for the Heart: Three Hours of Prayer at OMS

July 25 2016

I wasn’t sure what to think about a three-hour prayer rally … especially only two weeks into my internship.

Every month, One Mission Society (OMS) holds a prayer rally at the OMS World Headquarters in Indiana. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. homeland missionaries gather in the fellowship hall to pray, hear updates from various mission fields, worship in song, talk together in community, as well as participate in other activities usually centered on a specific theme for the rally.

I don’t think I’d ever prayed for an hour, let alone prayed for three. I didn’t know what to expect. Before walking into the fellowship hall, I wondered what it would feel like; would it be fast or slow, boring or engaging? I think the biggest hesitancy I had about the rally was the fact that the majority of OMS headquarters took three hours out of their work day. Would the rally feel like you were wasting precious work hours?

Of course, I didn’t want to admit my doubts about the prayer rally. So, I jumped in and hoped for the best.

We started the rally with worship songs. After that, the summer interns, as well as the newly-accepted missionaries went one-by-one to the podium to share briefly about ourselves. Then, the OMS staff prayed over us. They reached out their hands toward us at the different tables and called out words in a blessing of sorts.

I remember sitting at my table, smiling, as words like “courage,” “creativity,” “perseverance,” and “joy” were spoken over me.

We also spent a large portion of our time praying for our nation and the other nations in which OMS served. Half of the group surrounded our 30-plus flags outside and prayed specifically for each country, while the other half stayed inside to pray for the United States.

I stayed inside, but it was hard to pray for my country. Why should I pray for leaders I didn’t believe in or trust, for a nation I thought couldn’t get back up on its feet? My cynicism for my country boiled over in frustration. But when I heard others’ fervent prayers, when I saw the hope people had for our nation, I slowly rethought my initial reactions and realized how out of line I was about condemning my country in that manner. Who was I to condemn before praying for revival?

After that extended time of prayer, we also heard updates from a few OMS fields, including Haiti and the newly-completed Bon Repos project, which provided 36 homes and a church/school for an impoverished Haitian community. It was such a blessing to hear the stories and see the pictures and videos from Haiti. All of OMS was encouraged by that.

In no time at all, it was noon. I wanted more time to pray, to worship, to hear about what was happening around the world. For me, the prayer rally was challenging and peaceful. People had blessed me and had also frustrated and challenged my views and my prayer habits. I felt like God had softened my heart in those quick three hours.

I had the privilege of attending a second prayer rally before my internship ended. That time around, I was a lot more excited to go because I knew the blessings it would bring. Since my first prayer rally, I have noticed that God has changed me on the inside. I have learned more about what it means to pray without ceasing. I have learned that nothing is unworthy of prayer, whether that be the smallest detail in my life or a nation that the darkest part of my heart believes is too far gone to be revived. I have experienced the blessing it is to pray in community, as well as in private.

And most importantly, I have been able to understand and bathe in the peace and fulfillment that being in prayer brings—a peace that is full of the presence of God, a peace that whispers in your ear that ultimately being in God’s presence in prayer is enough.

But I’ve also learned that prayer is essential not just in personal lives, but also in an organization like OMS. Without prayer, OMS cannot do what it does. Because prayer is powerful. It works. It is more powerful than anything else OMS can ever do. It is our connection to God, the one for whom we do everything. So wouldn’t it make sense to dedicate a mere three hours a month to a prayer rally?

But it doesn’t have to stop there. OMS’ prayer rally is a focused outpouring in community, but I’ve noticed after working here for two months that the rally is just the tip of the iceberg. Prayer permeates everything OMS does, as it should. The day it doesn’t is the day OMS is not effective.

So, is the prayer rally a waste of precious work time? Absolutely not. Prayer comes first. Everything else is a reflection of prayer, our relationship with God, and his calling on our lives. It is the most important thing we can ever do.

By Jess Mitchell, summer Communications intern

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Brief OMS History

May 12 2016

OMS was birthed in a storefront building in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. In 1901, American missionaries Charles and Lettie (the author of the best-selling devotional, Streams in the Desert) Cowman partnered with a Japanese pastor, Juji Nakada, holding Christian evangelistic meetings for 2,000 consecutive nights. Before long, Japanese churches were organized, and the new association, the Japan Holiness Church (JHC), grew rapidly.

Originally known as the Oriental Missionary Society, today OMS is engaged in ministry in more than 70 countries on six continents. Partnership remain key to the effectiveness of OMS making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

Working with and alongside like-minded Christian groups, organizations, and national churches,OMS seeks to communicate the love of God, establish Christian churches, and train and equip a nation’s people to lead and multiply their churches.

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​In Tribute to Dr. Wesley Luelf Duewel - June 3, 1916 – March 5, 2016

March 18 2016

Wesley Luelf Duewel was born in St. Charles, Missouri (a suburb of St Louis), on Saturday, June 3, 1916, to God-honoring parents. His father was an evangelical pastor, Bible college president, and radio preacher. His mother was a godly woman with a deep and meaningful prayer life.

Wesley made his first profession of faith as a five-year-old, and soon thereafter was called by God, in the midst of his sandbox, to serve as a missionary to India. Throughout his life, he made many more life-changing decisions based on his increasing spiritual maturity that became evident in his heart, through his youth experiences; young adult education; professional preparation, up to and including, his election as the fifth president of OMS; and into his writing ministry following his presidency.

Wesley relied primarily on prayer and a sanctified sense of God’s guidance as he met and married his first wife, Betty Raisch, in 1939. He discovered she had claimed the life verse that he had: “Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left” Isaiah 54:2-3a. This promise served as a predictor of his eventual worldwide ministry.

During his time at God’s Bible School, Wesley prayed earnestly for “an effectual door” to open for him to serve in India. By 1940, Wesley and Betty Duewel were among the first group of seven OMS missionaries who sailed for India.

Wesley and Betty underscored their work with prayer, and within two years, he helped found the Allahabad Bible Seminary. It was into this prayer-filled home that their son, John Wesley, was born in 1944. A daughter, Christine, joined the family two years later, and Darlene was included 10 years following.

As Wesley taught for 22 years at the seminary and served as its principal for 15, he and Betty carried a special burden for a praying, spirit-filled church in India. After a quarter of a century, there was one church for every year they labored in love, with about 60 members each, and three small Bible schools in three states of India.

Returning for an OMS Board meeting in 1964, somewhere over the Pacific between Honolulu and Los Angeles, Wesley prayed again: “Oh Lord, give us 1,000 people who will commit themselves to pray for 15 minutes a day for at least one year, specifically praying for our OMS India work.” God honored that prayer with 1,500 people from 30 nations who prayed over the next 12 months. It was a spiritual jump-start that broke through strongholds and opened the way for the Gospel to advance like never before.

The growth and development of the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) was slow, starting with one church every year for the first 25 years, then increasing to one church every month over the next 25 years, then one church every week over the next 10 years, then three churches every week over the next 10 years. Today, the ECI consists of more than 5,276 churches and 8,018 house churches, with a membership of more than 750,000 and growing at the rate of approximately 4½ churches weekly. There are also 13 Bible schools and seminaries. The deeply embedded prayer habit sown by Wesley and Betty during ECIs foundational years made the difference.

Dr. Duewel concluded his 13-year organizational leadership tenure in 1982 with a mission-wide emphasis called “Decade of Harvest.” The next 10 years was one of the most fruitful eras of productivity One Mission Society had ever experienced. Following his presidency, Wesley was led to expand his writing ministry. His first major book, Touch the World through Prayer, has become a modern-day classic; circulation has reached nearly one million and Dr. Duewel’s ten subsequent publications have exceeded 2.5 million in circulation printed in 58 languages worldwide.

After Betty passed away in 2008, Wesley married his long-time secretary, Hilda Johnecheck, who faithfully worked at his side in the Duewel Literature Trust, a not-for-profit, self-funded ministry.

You can stand beside the great evangelists of our day; accompany any missionary to the remote reaches of the earth; contribute to the ministry of any pastor or evangelist in the world; or mediate the healing of Jesus Christ to the sick, ill, or faint of heart anywhere on the globe. Prayer is not the only thing you must do. It is the greatest thing you can do.” Indeed, God enlarged and stretched, lengthened, and strengthened Wesley’s ministry beyond anything that he, his parents, his wives, or his colleagues could ever have imagined. He was a man of many peers, but few equals.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20–21).

Hilda, John, Christine, Darlene, as well as your children and grandchildren, be assured of our love and prayers for you during these days. The entire worldwide OMS family expresses our profound appreciation for Wesley’s tireless service for God and his kingdom. We pray that the Holy Spirit’s presence and comfort will uplift and strengthen you during these days of mourning your great loss. We know, however, that you do not grieve as those who have no hope. We rejoice with you, imagining how wonderful to Wesley’s ears were the words spoken to him by Jesus, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” And we rejoice with you in knowing that someday we will not only join Wesley in worshiping around the throne, but thousands and thousands of those whom he touched, through prayer, around the world.

For Esther and me personally, we had read some of Dr. Duewel’s writings and heard about him. But it wasn’t until we came to OMS in 2014 that we met him. We knew right away that we were in the presence of a great man of God, a spiritual giant! What a joy and honor it has been to pray and interact with him, to be inspired and challenged by him, and to see him finish well. The life he lived, and the way in which he lived it, will continue to be a poignant spiritual challenge to us and many others. We are so grateful for the life and ministry of Dr. Wesley Duewel.

We rejoice with you as his family and express deep gratitude to our Lord for a life extremely well lived for God’s honor and glory,

Bob Fetherlin

President, One Mission Society

To view a video tribute of Dr. Duewel, created by OMS in 2007 for the honor of being name the first Lifetime of Service award:

To give a financial gift to the Dr. Wesley Duewel Memorial Fund...

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2 Generations of Missionaries in Japan … 100 Years Apart

September 18 2015

I wanted to share our family’s connection with OMS Japan.

In 1912, my great grandmother's brother Edward C. Oney was a student at God's Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1913, Uncle Ed felt God calling him to be a missionary to Japan. In 1914, he joined the Oriental Missionary Society or OMS, (today known as One Mission Society) and in July of that year, he arrived in Tokyo.

Uncle Ed and his team walked from house to house in the cities and throughout the countryside, often as much as 20 miles in a day in what was called the Great Village Campaign. Rev. Oney shared that he had actually worn out new shoe soles in a single day, climbing the steep rocky paths to rural villages and houses.

In 1915, exactly 100 years ago, Rev. Oney returned to the United States to raise more money and recruit volunteers for the bands of workers, but most of the time between 1914 and 1917, he was in Japan engaged in the work of literature distribution.

In 1917, Rev. Oney returned home to enlist in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. Although offers of training for the chaplaincy and an officer's commission were made, he steadfastly refused, believing his greatest usefulness could be enjoyed as an enlisted man. One week after reaching England, they crossed the channel and landed in France, where they moved to the front in the midst of the Battle of the Argonne Forest. Rev. Oney was soon a Sergeant First Class with some 250 men under his command.

While Uncle Ed never returned to Japan and instead traveled throughout the United States as an evangelist, eventually retiring as the superintendent of the West Virginia District of the Church of the Nazarene, I'm sure he carried a burden for the people of Japan and prayed for them often.

Fast forward FOUR generations. Uncle Ed's niece, Grace, had a son named Arney, who had a daughter named Vicki, who had a daughter named Tori.

When Tori was a girl at summer camp, she heard missionaries to Japan speak about their mission work. She came home and told her family that she felt God calling her to be a missionary.

Some time later, missionaries to Japan spoke at our church in Pennsylvania. That day, God put a calling to Japan in her heart.

Tori graduated from high school and enrolled in Cedarville University with a major in International Studies and minors in Bible, Asian studies, and teaching English as a second language. She graduated from college in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Biblical and Theological Studies.

ori then boarded a plane, heading for Tokyo for 10 weeks this past summer, teaching English and working with OMS missionaries in and around Tokyo, following in the footsteps of her great, great Uncle, Rev. Ed Oney, who 100 years ago walked on the same ground, taking the same Gospel message to the same people with the same mission board, OMS, that Uncle Ed served under!

By Vicki Pastrick, friend of OMS

Tags: historical oms, generational missions, japan, great village campaign,

Train & Multiply History

April 23 2015

The use of Train & Multiply marks a new paradigm in discipleship. As a young missionary in Honduras, George Patterson became frustrated when his traditional teaching methods at a small Bible school didn’t work. So, he dug into the New Testament to study the methods of Jesus and Paul. He talked with older, experienced missionaries.

George discovered a simple but powerful paradigm modeled by Jesus and taught by Paul. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV).

Train & Multiply uses this paradigm to take the training to ordinary, mature believers already involved in ministry. It can be used where believers live and work. The material is broken down into simple, easy-to-understand training booklets. Leaders are taught to introduce the booklets at the precise moment the believer needs the material in their ministry and coach them on how to implement it. In this way, it can be passed on for use by other ordinary, mature believers in other communities.

In 1985, Patterson left Honduras and turned all of his booklets over to S.E.A.N. (Study by Extension for All Nations) in Chile. S.E.A.N. worked with a large team of people to transform these hundreds of booklets into a set of approximately 60 books and manuals. They called this new work “Train and Multiply.”

S.E.A.N. entered a joint venture agreement with Project WorldReach (PWR) in 2000. PWR, under the leadership of Lloyd Niles, had seen the value of T&M and had a vision to see it expand and serve all nations in many languages. One key aspect of the partnership was to have T&M materials held centrally with Project WorldReach so that they would be available worldwide!

Then, in 2012, One Mission Society entered a joint venture with Project WorldReach and both now share the copyrights, management, distribution, training, and translation of T&M.

Tags: train & multiply, history, george patterson, 2 timothy 2:2, booklets, pwr, oms, one mission society, t&m,

What Might Happen? – Obedience

April 9 2015


This is what happens when ordinary people listen to God’s call. On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit landfall in the Philippines. One of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Yolanda was Eastern Visayas. Tacloban City and the surrounding area accounted for 5,877 deaths, with more than 1,000 people missing.

Pastors Willy and Vicky Galzote were following God’s call as pastors of a church 996 kilometers away in Tarlac City when they heard the news.

Their compassionate hearts immediately ached for the people affected by the storm. When such a travesty hits, many of us hurt for those impacted.

Their desire to help was unstoppable.

Pastor Willy contacted leadership within Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines (FECPI), their denomination, in hopes of coming up with a plan.

Their desire was not to merely travel down with supplies or for a brief visit. God had convicted them to be much more, to build authentic relationships. Their call was to comfort aching hearts and offer hope.

Have you ever felt a call so strong that you were willing to leave everything?

This is what Jesus asked of those he called. “And he said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20) This is exactly the call that Pastors Willy and Vicky received. Pastors Willy and Vicky requested permission to leave the pulpit and move down to Tacloban City.

A month after Typhoon Yolanda made landfall, a group of four from FECPI and One Mission Society (OMS) traveled down to see what God was calling them to do. They had no clear contact person but went on faith that God would guide them.

Pastors Willy and the others were just looking for a clear sign on how to help the people impacted. What they found was truly from God.

To be continued…

Tags: obedience, philippines, compassion, fecpi, follow jesus, oms,

What Might Happen?

March 31 2015

What might happen if we could mobilize ordinary people to go into the great harvest fields at our doorsteps and start church multiplication movements? Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the right tools. T&M a powerful tool to help ordinary people do this; it is a process to help ordinary people start healthy worshiping groups that will multiply.

The founder of T&M discovered a simple but powerful paradigm modeled by Jesus and taught by Paul:

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach other (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV).

Watch for the April 2015 media blitz for Train & Multiply

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A Mission Without Limits - a vision for OMS' future

November 5 2014

I learned about investing in the future from my grandfather. One day, he was planting an apple tree. I asked him, “Why are you planting this tree?” He knew the question behind the question. “Grandpa, you are 80 years old and will probably never see one of the apples!” My grandfather answered, “I am planting this for you, not for me.” My grandfather was a smart man to plan for the future.

When I think of the future of One Mission Society, I am reminded of my grandfather. What we do now is often done thinking toward the future more than the present. The burden and challenge is to prepare OMS to carry out Christ’s mission in the shifting population and global trends we face in the 21st century.

OMS will not compromise the message of the cross or the message of heart purity resulting in a holy lifestyle. The last century’s challenge was the Gospel’s contextualization in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Our new challenge is keeping the preaching of the cross central, while allowing the Gospel to be African, Latin American, European and Asian.

The Global South will be the largest potential missionary force the world has ever seen. Our entire organization must be flexible and strategically structured when we face this challenge. The Gospel will not change; the goals will not change; but our methods, recruitment, and organizational structure must.

There are no limits to OMS’ future. We are making changes that will allow the next generation to have an effective witness and partnership with our national churches for the final harvest. People of every culture and nation can embrace and serve in the ministry of OMS because it is based not in one culture or country but in the Scriptures.

The future ministry of One Mission Society has no limits.

--Edward W. Williamson, One Mission Society Board of Trustees Chairperson

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