July 18 2017
“I cannot think
that God’s heart can be satisfied with the salvation of just a few when his
great heart yearns over the millions.” ~Charles Cowman,
cofounder of One Mission Society
Charles Cowman wrote these powerful words years ago, but they
still ring true in OMS today. Aligning with our Billion.Global Vision, we are
not content merely reaching just a few. We know that God's heart yearns to be
known and loved by everyone. So, we continue to press forward in our vision to
reach at least one billion people with the Gospel by July 2026.
To accomplish this
vision, prayer is key. Prayer allows us to grow together and, in turn, grow the
body of Christ. Prayer allows us to remain within the parameters of what we
believe aligns with God's vision.
How can you be a
part of fulfilling the vision?
You can pray.
Prayer is powerful, and it is at the center of everything we do.
We are fully aware
that we cannot achieve our goals without complete dependence on God, the one
who is ultimately in charge of this vision. Pray that we are filled with zeal
for the Lord, that we remember that this vision is not about us, and that we
give ultimate control and glory to God.
In the fourth
century, there was a man named St. Ephrem who lived in Syria, and he wrote this
prayer which reaches to our core:
“O Lord and master of my life, take from me the spirit of
laziness, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of
purity, humility, patience, and love to thy servant. Yea, O Lord and king,
grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed
art thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.”
If we are serious
about working together to give at least a billion people the opportunity to
hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ, we must share this
prayer. We must pray for purity, humility, patience, and love; we must pray
that we don’t make ourselves the center of what God is doing. May we not only
pray this, but also experience God’s enablement to live it!
With a vision this
size, we must rely on the only one who can make it a reality. And, by the grace
of God, we will continue until one billion people have heard the Good News of
By Bob Fetherlin, One Mission Society President
June 13 2017
Jennifer!” I heard my name being shouted. I turned around to see a
nine-year-old girl with her New Testament open. “Look, I found the memory verse
in my Bible that you taught us last week.” I looked at her New Testament where
she had the verse circled in blue ink. She was so excited to show me how she
had found it on her own.
Christmas program, we gave the kids each a New Testament as a gift, which they
proudly bring with them every week to our Bread and Fish kids club.
Jaclyn, one of our
Loja Challengers who served for a year, started Bread and Fish a year ago while
living in Chaguarpamba. This ministry involved her playing soccer and sharing
Bible stories with them. When she left, we took over what she started and kept
We hold the kids
club every Saturday in the open-air basketball court. Most of the kids come
running or riding their bikes, but some of them are dropped off by their
parents. We sing songs, learn Bible stories and verses, make crafts, play
games, and have snacks. We also have some special events throughout the year,
like a Christmas program and VBS.
The kids are
learning and growing in their faith. They come hungry to learn and desire to be
I was teaching the story about how Jesus healed Jairus’ daughter, and my
heart was filled with joy as I looked at these kids sitting around me with
their open Bibles. I asked for a volunteer to read a verse and was met with a
chorus of “pick me, pick me.” They were so eager to read from their Bible’s
that they didn’t want anyone else to have a turn.
Most of the kids
are between six and ten years old, but there are two older girls who come and
enjoy it as much as the younger kids. One of the older girls, a 16-year-old,
has a desire to be a leader. So, we invest in coaching her. As she grows in her
walk with God and in her ability as a leader, maybe someday she will be leading
the next generation of kids.
God is touching
the hearts of the young.
Riggs, OMS missionary, serving in Loja, Ecuador
April 18 2017
My name is Verrose
Nunez, and I’m from the Philippines. I moved to South Korea in 2001 to work as
an entertainer. I worked as a singer in a bar in Seoul, along with six other
women. We worked from 7 pm to 3 am daily. Eventually, I quit my job and worked
as a factory worker in Incheon to have a better salary and work environment.
In June 2009, friends invited me to attend a Friends of All Nations (FAN) meeting. My friends wanted
to show me how God was faithful in their lives. The first time I visited, I
felt the power of God and the love of the Christians that I met. After a few
months, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, and I was baptized on October
My life was
transformed from darkness to light. Since then, I have felt something different
in my life. I learned the things that God doesn’t want me to do and also the
things that he wants me to do, especially during rough times in my life.
I became a worship
leader at FAN, and I was so happy that I was using my gift of singing to
worship him and not to sing for men at the bar. God also led me to FAN to meet
my husband José, who was a leader in the Filipino community. We got married at
FAN in September 2010.
Just as the Bible
says in Joshua 24:15, I promised God that my family and I would serve the Lord.
Through FAN, I
felt the love and support of our pastors and brothers and sisters in Christ. I
was far away from my family, but I didn’t feel alone because they all
considered me as part of their family.
In 2011, I returned
to the Philippines. My family noticed a big difference in my life. They noted
that I was calm, content, and full of joy … totally different from the person
that I was when I left the country. I am so thankful to God that he took me out
of the darkness and brought me to light, and he also gave me the strength to
love others. We soon started a Bible study through which my younger sister and
her family accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Even though my husband still works overseas, we are in constant
communication with each other, and we always make sure that we are encouraging
each other to grow more in the Lord. My husband, daughters, and I talk as a
family through Skype. José and I want to make sure that our daughters
understand the Bible and know God. As a family, we pray, read the Bible, and memorize
and recite verses. It is hard being far away from my husband, but God strengthens
me daily. I lead the youth and serve as a worship leader at our church, where
my two daughters love to sing and learn Bible stories.
July 5 2013
Strength in the Heat!
Tonight we ate in the home of Adam’s family. He is a doctor who lives in a very humble home by our standards, serving the poor here in the city of Thirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Adam, along with his wife Shamah and two children, live with Adam’s parents. Our ECC coordinator, Pastor Sundar Raj and wife Marysha (Adam’s sister) were also there. It was a delight to be with them eating chicken and rice with yogurt. Food is eaten without utensils, using only the right hand! Another room in the house is used to give his patients 24 hour emergency treatment. Adam went to care for a poor working woman who had suffered heat stroke. She was on an IV drip, receiving her 2nd bag of fluids. I went in and prayed for her as she lay there with two family members nearby.
The temperature here was 107 degrees today. Yes, it felt like an oven. Yet, as we ate, I asked Marysha to sing a song she teaches the children she often reaches out to in the village. The joy of the Lord shines with a pure twinkle in her eyes and a bright smile on her face. As she sang, her voice expressed a purity of faith that almost seemed angelic. I have no doubt that God was listening and smiling! These people have so very little, but are enriched with love and joy as they serve the Lord. I fear that many of us have lost the essence of real life. Sadly, we think that acquiring more “stuff” or experiencing some pleasure will make us happy.
After 12 years of marriage, Sundar Raj and Marysha, have no children. However, they are building a house where they can take in orphans and nurture them with Christ’s love. After we give training tomorrow to 40 ECC church planters, we will participate in a free medical clinic where Dr. Adam, Sundar Raj and Marysha will treat 150 poor villagers. It will be a full day of ministry with 3 hours drive each way. May God give us strength!
Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?
June 4 2013
A Grand-daughter Church in the Lowliest of Places
In August 2010, an intercessory team began walking the streets of Medellin in faith, praying for the beginning of a house church that would saturate a neighborhood in Antioquia, Colombia. The physically and spiritually impoverished area supported the local economy through the sale of marijuana and cocaine.
Colombians began sharing the Gospel door-to-door by explaining the Evangecube, a pictorial presentation of the Gospel. God answered their prayers as people began giving their lives to Christ. Rocío did. She welcomed us into her home to begin discipling in her new faith in God. Within the week she introduced us to two members of her family and her neighbor Martha who wanted to know more about the Jesus Rocío now spoke about.
Martha confessed, “I am a slow learner and never understand anything,” but after studying what it is to be saved through faith in Christ, Martha and her friend surrendered to Jesus! The following weeks we studied the Bible with them and what it means to obediently follow Jesus. After several months the ladies were baptized, learned about the Lord’s Supper and celebrated communion in their home. The group began to grow as more family members and neighbors attended weekly meetings with Rocío and Martha.
God was evidently Lord of Martha and Rocío’s lives. They continued walking throughout the El Tapón district asking God to touch lives. As they walked, they saw many drug addicts living along the stream. Compassion broke the ladies’ hearts, and they began to take meals to the addicts. One day they noticed a 12 year-old girl who was devastated by drugs and living under the bridge. Martha and her friends offered to help her and took her to Rocío’s house. They bathed her, gave her clothes and something to eat. She told them her name was Valeria and that her mother prostituted her to get money for drugs. She pled with us to help her get out of her destructive lifestyle.
We took Valeria to a residential treatment facility and continued to visit her during her rehabilitation. Valeria also prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior! She introduced us to her Aunt Leydi who lives with her four small children in a shelter made from cardboard and plastic. She is under house arrest for drug trafficking. We shared the Lord Jesus with Leydi and her children, and they accepted Jesus and began working slowly through the discipleship studies. Today Leydi is preparing for baptism!
When Martha and Leydi studied what it is to be a cheerful giver, Martha immediately put into practice what she was teaching. On several occasions Rocío’s house church had sent food and medicines to Martha. The local government had donated groceries to Martha in her impoverished situation, and from these groceries, Martha then shared her meager supplies.
Several months later we celebrated an agape meal with Martha and Rocío’s combined house churches! Through a mom, an uneducated woman and a drug addict, God has sprouted a mother church, a daughter church and a grand-daughter church for the saturation of Antioquia, Colombia. And they noticed they were uneducated but that they had been with Jesus.
Greg & Shirley Carlson
ECC Church Multiplication Facilitator
February 14 2013
Two Lives Shared and Multiplied (part 2)
(part 1 is posted February 11, 2013)
Tamara and Endla asked God to open doors for them to begin reaching out to the lost. OMS Missionary, Brent, met Endla at an evangelism seminar which he led. She learned how to pray for the lost, care for the lost and share with the lost. Impacted by the message Endla approached Tamara at the women’s bible study with a plan to do something. They wrote a list of names of people who didn’t yet know Christ and started praying for them.
The name Tamara in Hebrew means ‘palm tree’ and is symbolic due to the beauty and fruitfulness of the tree. Tamara’s fruitfulness blossomed when she and Endla decided to go and care for old people. In the town there is a home which cares for pensioners, the disabled, people under state care, intellectually handicapped, and people with other special needs.
Endla, who has recently turned 80 and Tamara in her 60’s, knew that visiting others was something they could both do. They could make an impact in that place. They could bake cakes for the residents and celebrate their birthdays. With permission from the institution’s administration, they armed themselves with a cassette player and some Christian music tapes, just to play Christian music. The first time they met, four to five people came just to listen. Some were blind, others couldn’t read. It wasn’t the traditional way to start a Bible study but God was present and just as powerful.
Choir singing is a big thing in this country. Every five years a choir festival attracts approximately 150 thousand people. A specially constructed amphitheatre sets the stage for the choir of 26 thousand people, including children!
Knowing the importance of music in this segment of Europe, Tamara and Endla played songs and discussed them as a way to interest them in spiritual things. Next they offered to pray for them. Five people now attend regularly. That’s not a huge group, but God doesn’t need huge to accomplish his work. Tamara and Endla don’t know yet if any are believers but they are committed to introducing God to these people who have no family, no visitors and to whom society treats as non-existent.
Through attention and devotion these ladies are planting the seeds of the love of God, true Christianity. It’s the seed of a little house church. The administration is seeing first hand that it is not just Endla and Tamara who care, but that God their Creator also loves and cares deeply about them and seeks a personal relationship with them.
You saw with your own eyes how discreet and courteous we were among you, with keen sensitivity to you as fellow believers. (1 Thessalonians 2:10 The Message)
Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?