​Five Years of Waiting

July 13 2016

Mayelis Licea, a prayer group and Bible study leader, waited five years until she received a Bible of her own. Before that, she had used her mother-in-law’s or a borrowed copy of another believer. But now, Mayelis has her own personal copy of the Word of God in a version that is more comfortable and easier to read.

The exponentially expanding Cuban church desperately needs Bibles. Without the Word of God, which is God-breathed truth and our roadmap for the Christian walk, individuals cannot progress far in their spiritual journeys. Cuban believers need guidance and truth so they can develop in their relationships with Jesus Christ.

One Mission Society’s (OMS) Bibles for Cuba project provides Bibles to the people of Cuba—people like Mayelis, who, after five years, now has her own copy of God’s Word.

Delivering Bibles may sound like a simple thing, but the impact it makes on people is eternal. For Mayelis, having a Bible is a blessing from God and also an opportunity to share the Gospel with her husband, Vladimir Herrera, who is not a Christian but is interested in learning more about the Bible.

“Now we can read it [the Bible] together,” Mayelis said. “Sometimes I ask him to read with me a passage or we comment about any particular Bible story. In that way, he is more involved and he can not only know the Word of God but also Jesus.”

Mayelis thanks God, first and foremost, for using OMS, through the Bibles for Cuba project, to deliver the Gospel to her nation so that more and more people can have their own Bibles to study with and grow in their relationships with God. Her prayer for Bibles for Cuba, she said, is that “the Lord continues blessing them in such a way that they can continue blessing Cuba.”

Please join us in praying for Cuba:

  • That God will work in Mayelis’ and Vladimir’s lives and in their marriage through the power of his holy Word.
  • That the Cuban believers will receive more Bibles so they can study God’s Word and develop in their relationships with Jesus Christ.
  • That the Bibles for Cuba project can continue to help deliver these Bibles and serve our brothers and sisters in Cuba.

Please also consider how you can give to help Bibles for Cuba bring the precious Word of God to a nation that so desperately needs it, a nation where some people, like Mayelis, must wait a long time to have a Bible of their own.

To learn more about Bibles for Cuba or to give to this project, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bibles-for-cuba.

By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern

Tags: bibles, cuba, bibles for cuba, project, prayer, reading, need, church, relationship,

Father-Daughter Connection in Haiti

August 10 2015

The relationship between a father and daughter is often precious, fascinating, amiable, and puzzling at times. I have fond memories of my own dad taking me to his workplace, planning irreplaceable family vacations, and playing numerous games of checkers. I also look warmheartedly upon my three daughters as they interact with my husband, known affectionately to them as Daddie-o. The girls, even as teenagers, call out an enthusiastic, “Dad’s home!” when they see him pull into our driveway at the end of a workday.

It’s additionally intriguing to see young girls mimicking their dear ol’ dad. They may slip on his work boots, “help” him hammer a nail, or shoot basketballs. The Word says in Ephesians 5:1 to “be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Our heavenly Father is the king, so that makes his daughters princesses. I can just imagine the twinkle in his eye when his young ladies choose to follow him in service and obedience.

I met a sweet mademoiselle named Guilanda when her papa, Mano (short for Emmanuel), brought her to work with him at the OMS campus in Haiti. She was just a petite toddler at the time, and Mano smiled widely as we fussed over his precious gift. Now Guilanda happily attends a Starfish Kids school. According to her dad, “The SFK program has transformed our lives because we can afford Guilanda’s uniforms since we have help with tuition and books.”

Guilanda enjoys math, has so many favorite Bible stories she cannot decide which one is the most beloved, and aspires to be a doctor when she grows up. Mano says he and Guilanda “have hope for the future because she is getting a good education, and God is creating work for me.” This dedicated daddy sees how the Lord is protecting their health too. Mano and Guilanda are confident that their Father in heaven is working in their lives.

According to Mano, if he could meet Guilanda’s sponsor, he would say thank you and “I pray Jesus would continue to bless you.” That’s a common theme as I meet the parents of precious Starfish Kids children. The parents usually realize that sponsors give with a heart of generosity because of God’s goodness. Appreciation overflows from not only Mano and Guilanda but from numerous Haitian fathers, mothers, and children associated with Starfish Kids.

If you are a sponsor of a Starfish Kid, thank you! If you'd like to begin to sponsor a child, call us at OMS today: 317.888.3333.

By Angela Chandler, Communications Department, One Mission Society

Tags: father daughter relationship, haiti, starfish kids, sponsor a child,