February 13 2018
Sometimes, we need to turn off all the noise surrounding us to be able to hear God speak.
OneWeekend is a special time to step away from the daily hustle and bustle to slow down and truly hear what the Lord is saying to you regarding your life and the calling he has given you as his disciple.
Watch the video or read this real testimony of how OneWeekend reminded Lora and Jason what is really important in life.
Jason: “For me, OneWeekend really just helped to confirm God’s calling on my life and allowed me to see that One Mission Society and One Mission Kids was the answer to the call of my heart, which was to serve the Lord in full-time children’s ministry.
"We were engaged at the time, and now we’re married. But at that time one of the things that was going through my head was, 'What am I going to be able to learn? Is this just going to be a review of things I have heard my whole life?' But one of the things I was not expecting was it brought us closer together, being able to see missions from the same perspective.
"At the same time, I was reminded of something very important that anybody in ministry, no matter how many years you have been involved, needs to be reminded of and that’s the fact that God cares more about our relationship with him than he does with what we’re doing for him. And it’s easy to get so busy all the time doing great things for him that we kind of forget about the relationship part, and OneWeekend was a good reminder of that."
Lora: "For me, the best reminder or encouragement that I received at OneWeekend was to know that the desires of my heart, when I surrendered them to the Lord, he would fulfill them with a calling or a ministry that was exactly what the desires of my heart were all along.”
You can have an inspiring experience at OneWeekend just like Jason and Lora this April 13-15 at the OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Click below to learn more or register now!
November 10 2015
around a dining room table with cups of tea, walking along the Dnieper River,
or going on a retreat at a camp outside Kiev, young Ukrainian believers are
learning to minister to one another as they grow in their knowledge and love of
Jesus Christ. Each week, they meet together in homes for Life Groups to encourage
one another in Christ. They take turns sharing responsibilities, preparing ice
breakers, leading Bible studies, selecting songs, and praying for one another.
has busy schedules with either university studies or full time jobs. Finding
ways to equip these young believers with knowledge and skills for ministry is a
creative adventure in theological education, working in partnership with the OMS
missionary team in Ukraine. Just as the Ukrainian believers follow the early
church model of house churches, we are following the example of Paul’s methods
for leadership training and discipleship.
Paul wrote letters to teach and to encourage the new believers. We are
also writing. Rather than letters, we are developing a series of lessons that
give biblical answers to questions such as: “What will happen at the end of time?”
“Who is the Holy Spirit?” “What is worship?” “What is sin?”
traveled and made personal visits to encourage new believers. In October, I had
the privilege of making my third trip to Ukraine to share in a weekend retreat.
I was asked to teach about developing our friendship with God through the
practice of spiritual disciplines and to lead a discussion on what it means to
be community in Christ. Each time I return, there is a deepening bond of trust.
We discuss joys, questions, and concerns over cups of tea. This is the
life-on-life model of theological education that Jesus modeled with his
young believers represent the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform
lives through their personal testimonies and outreach to others. They represent
the hope of things to come as the kingdom of God extends across Ukraine. As
Paul encouraged Timothy, let’s pray that they will receive and live out these
same words of encouragement: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are
young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in
faith and in purity” (I Timothy 4:12, NIV).
By Colleen Fitch, One
Mission Society Missionary and Theological Education Consultant for Europe
May 27 2015
The future growth in the Philippines will come from the
tremendous group of college-age young people God is raising up. We saw their
enthusiasm and potential when we visited the Don Mariano Marcos State
University in La Union.
We met the Dagupan team at the National Lay Leaders'
Training in Baguio (more than half of the lay leaders were from this age
group), and at the Banaba House Ministry retreat for 17 young people, primarily
children of ECC workers and pastors.
These young adults are catching the vision of church
multiplication through T&M training and desire to spread the Gospel
throughout the Philippines and elsewhere. They come to the training events and
return home excited and ready to apply what they learned. They are starting
groups on their campuses and in their communities.
One young lady attended the training in La Union. She
committed to start a group with two friends on campus. She started with nine!
The group has now grown to 20 members. She is training three leaders in order
to divide the group so that it may continue to grow. The members lead worship
teams and are involved in children’s and youth ministries in their local
We believe that many of these young people will be the
future T&M trainers in the regional training centers, and the church
planters and pastors needed for the developing house churches.