May 1 2018
In Acts 17:11, we read of the Bereans, that they “… received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Today, a huge number of people in the church in developing countries faces a great challenge ― the freedom to search the Scriptures for themselves. The Bible is a closed book to them.
According to UNESCO (United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization), 857 million adults cannot read or write in any language, and 125 million youth are unable to attend school.
Bridge to Reading, One Mission Society’s literacy ministry, trains volunteers in local churches to teach people in the church and their community to read. We develop literacy materials and help mobilize tutors so that youth and adults can have the freedom to read, not just the Bible, but also materials about health and agriculture. Bridge to Reading currently has programs in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and in Colombia.
The ability to read God’s Word provides access to scriptural truths, which lead to transformation. Catherine (far left) is a Bridge to Reading student in the Central African Republic. She shares about how learning to read has changed her life:
Before coming to this training center, I felt sad that I could not read and write. Since my mother was not able to pay for me to go to school, I had a feeling of resentment towards her. I felt hurt when I saw a sister in church reading or writing, but I couldn’t. Since I started to learn to read and write, little by little, I feel so happy. So, I appeal to anyone who is still hesitating, or who feels ashamed, to register soon in this literacy center. I pray that God will give you wisdom about it.
The Bridge to Reading literacy ministry helps people in churches learn to read the Bible. It also equips churches to reach out to their communities where people are hungry for the freedom to read.
Your generous gift to Bridge to Reading provides resources for learners and tutors, such as primers and pencils, training manuals, and chalk and chalkboards.
$50 provides a chalkboard and school supplies for a group of literacy learners.
$20 provides literacy primers so one person can learn to read the Bible.
It’s easy to mobilize your gift to spread the Gospel: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bridge-to-reading
Help break the shackles of illiteracy by running in the OMS Freedom Park 5K Run on Saturday, June 30 at 8 am!
December 7 2017
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.
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,
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
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
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.
Susan Truitt, OMS Korea field director
June 30 2017
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
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
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."
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.
of the Great Commission here."
July 25 2016
wasn’t sure what to think about a three-hour prayer rally … especially only two
weeks into my internship.
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.
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?
course, I didn’t want to admit my doubts about the prayer rally. So, I jumped
in and hoped for the best.
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
I remember sitting at my table, smiling, as words like “courage,” “creativity,”
“perseverance,” and “joy” were spoken over me.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
March 18 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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,
President, One Mission
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...
To view the Celebration of Life service...
September 18 2015
I wanted to share our family’s connection with
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
By Vicki Pastrick, friend of OMS
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.
April 9 2015
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
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
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
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…
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