August 29 2017
we were at Tokyo Biblical Seminary (TBS), we sat across the table from a young
man who beamed with the fullness of the Spirit. We, of course, were eager to learn
his story. His name is Yoshikazu Kasahara, but we call him Yoshi san. Here is
san lived in an area of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
As he sat on the ruins of his house, a few Christians from one of the Japanese
Holiness Churches (JHC) served him water, food, and encouragement. He was so surprised
and impressed by their love and kindness that he inquired more about why they
were doing these acts of service. This led to Yoshi san hearing the story of Jesus
and God’s love for him for the first time. Out of the wreckage of his material
world and emotional upheaval, he opened his heart and mind to receive Jesus as
Savior and Lord, and he experienced true peace and joy in the midst of his
losses. Soon, he was overwhelmed by the desire to learn more about God and how
to live for him, so he enrolled in Tokyo Biblical Seminary (OMS’ oldest partner
school). During his years there, God called him into ministry.
of Yoshi san’s professors and advisors at TBS, Homare Miyazaki sensei,
reports that Yoshi san is now married and serves as a pastor of one of a JHC
church in Saitama-prefecture.
is from a Hindu Brahmin family in South Asia. When Bikash became a believer in
Jesus, his parents forced him to leave their home and disowned him. Despite
this, Bikash continues steadfastly in his faith and prays regularly for his
unbelieving family. God has blessed him with a wife and children. As a district
superintendent for an OMS partner church, he sharpens his knowledge and skills
as he attends South Asia Bible College.
schools would not function without dedicated faculty. Let me introduce you to a
few of them. Please pray for the faculty at our OMS partner schools.
and Sony serve at N* Bible Seminary in the South Pacific, a highly
Muslim populated nation. Frans and Sony have been instrumental in fulfilling
the mandate to train pastors and church planters to be God’s
servants and Christian leaders. For more than 40 years, this seminary’s graduates
have established 420 churches in partnership with N* Evangelical
Churches and many more churches through partnership with other denominations
and Christian organizations. With full accreditation as a Bible college from
the government, NBS still holds firmly to its original vision and purpose.
faithful faculty members serve at Faith Bible College in the Philippines: Rev. Anna
Penny Datu, academic dean; Rev. Oliver Bhem, director of student life and chaplain;
and Rev. Ermalee Hidalgo, president. All the administrators also teach. Despit
being a small school, it provides important instruction for both day and
evening students who will serve as pastors, church planters, Christian
education directors, and youth leaders.
keep the faulty of all our partner schools in prayer as they frequently serve
with modest remuneration and in simple settings, yet are preparing men and
women to serve God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind.
By Bill Vermillion, Theological Education
* Abbreviated for security reasons.
January 31 2017
month, you have read stories and seen photos of the exciting things God is
doing through the ministry of SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education
Program), One Mission Society’s child sponsorship program which provides tuition,
books, and supplies to school-aged children in southern Haiti.
this compassion ministry, coordinated by Men for Missions and run by the OMS-related
Emmaus Fellowship of Churches in Haiti, we desire to make disciples of Jesus
Christ, equipping and inspiring them to share their faith with family and
friends, multiplying dynamic communities of believers, which is right in line
with the OMS mission statement:
grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make
disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around
“Bondye ap tande
lapriye, Chak maten, midi, ni aswe, Bondye ap reponn lapriye”
Haitian Creole to English means, “God hears prayers—morning, noon and night. God
answers prayer.” This simple children’s prayer is a good reminder to us that God
indeed hears and answers our prayers.
you join us in praying for the SHEEP ministry?
for the Haitian children attending College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, that
they will understand and desire to know Jesus personally.
for the children to be witnesses to their families and communities.
for each child’s physical and emotional health.
for wisdom and guidance for the teachers and staff.
for more sponsors.
you have not yet responded financially … remember that by committing to two
years of sponsorship, you will get the first year free, with the challenge grant
made available through a generous donor.
contact our office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317.888.3333
for more information or to start your sponsorship.
see the SHEEP ministry,
August 16 2016
people in Haiti speak Creole or French as their first language, but an eighth
grade student in Steve Gross’ class said her first language was English, despite never having been to the United States either. She spoke English first because her father wanted her to attend Cowman when she got older.
Mission Society’s Cowman International School provides a high-quality, Christian
education for students from preschool to high school. Since its founding in the
1960s, Cowman’s student body has grown to include more than 160 children from a
variety of backgrounds. Some are the children of missionaries, others are the children
of people who live locally, and still others are the children of business and
government leaders in both Haiti and around the world. With its diverse
population, Cowman truly is an international school, where parents want their
children to be educated in English to help them with their futures. But more
than that, Cowman presents the Gospel message to both the children and their
and Melissa Gross joined Cowman’s ministry in 2013 after the Lord individually
called both of them to serve in Haiti on two different mission trips. Melissa
went on a Men for Missions (MFM) trip in 2010 and felt a calling to the mission
field, but she didn’t talk about this until later. Steve also went to Haiti
through MFM and felt that same calling.
two finally talked about what God was putting on their hearts. They attended
OMS’ One Weekend and prayed more about this call— and what started as a
short-term mission trip ended up being the door to their long-term service in
Haiti. The Gross family, Steve, Melissa, and their four children, moved to
Haiti in 2013, where both taught at the Cowman School.
Steve and Melissa had taught at public school in the United States before going
to Cowman. Speaking about teaching in Haiti, Melissa said that her favorite
part was that they got to include God in their teaching, something that was
different from her time in public school. Every morning, she added, they start the
day off with prayer. The school also gathers for chapel every Friday, where the
children can worship God and learn more about him.
has been blessing Cowman as it continues to educate students and teach them
about God. Melissa said that you can’t advertise well in Haiti, but God still
provides the resources. The staff at Cowman are praying and seeking God’s
guidance, and he is sending people to Cowman to help.
there is a need for more teachers from around the world, as well as quality
teacher training for the current Cowman teachers. As more students enroll and
more grades are added, teachers need to have the right knowledge and teaching
skills to help guide these growing students. Melissa heads up the teacher
training, and she has seen God moving in powerful ways, many times surprising
her own plans for the program.
added that the Grosses are also blessed to live in Haiti. He said the need for
Christ is greater, and therefore so is the presence of Jesus. Christ is very
present in Haiti, he added, and that is one of the best things about living
Grosses returned to Haiti today to resume teaching at Cowman for the upcoming
school year. Melissa will teach, as well as supervise the teacher training,
while Steve will teach high school students. Please pray for the Grosses’
transition back to Haiti as they prepare to teach and to show God’s love to the
Grosses also ask for prayer for the Cowman School. Steve, Melissa, and the
other teachers at Cowman need prayers for organization as they put together the
school year plans, especially in light of the new construction that has occurred
over the summer. But more importantly, they ask for prayers for the students
and their families to have the resources they need to help the children
continue in their studies at Cowman and beyond and for each one to hear the
Gospel and know God better.
you consider how you can help the Cowman School provide education and the
Gospel to this diverse group of students?
learn more about the Grosses, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/TheGrosses.
give to Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.
August 9 2016
24 hours of reading David Platt’s book, Radical,
Chris Love knew she needed to go on a mission trip.
and her husband Jeff had just finished paying off their house, and instead of
going on a vacation, the family went on a Men for Missions (MFM) trip to Haiti.
While they were there, both Chris and her son Camden told Jeff they were ready
to stay. Jeff was unsure, but as they thought about this possibility, it became
more obvious that God was keeping the door to Haiti open to them.
the Love family is heading out next week to be One Mission Society missionaries
in Haiti and work with the Cowman International School, a school for Haitian
children, international students, and OMS missionary kids. Cowman provides a
quality education in a variety of subjects, but more importantly, it provides
children and their families the opportunity to hear the Gospel and to learn
about God through their education at the school.
Loves had the opportunity to experience what Cowman does during that first
mission trip to Haiti. Chris and Camden helped clean the school, while Jeff
served on the electrical repair team on the MFM trip. Chris enjoyed interacting
with the faculty and students, and she discovered that Cowman was seeking a
some prayer and thought, Chris decided to quit her job in pharmaceuticals, a
field she had been in for 18 years, and get a teaching degree to work at
Cowman. There, she will teach several health, science, and math classes to
middle school and high school students. Jeff will work at Cowman through IT
support, taking inventory of the technology, and helping bring Cowman to the
next level technologically for the students and faculty. He will also teach
adult English language classes outside of the school.
Jeff and Chris discovered a love for the Haitian people and for Cowman School
after going on the MFM trip and a second mission trip in April, where God
continued to confirm this was where he wanted them to go. Chris said her heart
goes out for the rising younger generation in Haiti. Only four percent of these
young people are projected to graduate high school, she said, and voodoo has
permeated Haiti’s culture. Jeff and Chris added that this country needs
education and the love of Jesus. And this isn’t a belief they created. It is a
statement they’ve been told by people in Haiti.
Cowman, this younger generation has an opportunity to hear about Jesus. Many of
the students who attend the school are the children of business and government
officials in Haiti. Cowman can affect the next generation of leaders in this
country by providing a good education, one that includes the Good News of Jesus
Loves ask for prayers as they move to Haiti and begin their ministry. Please
pray that they are able to adjust quickly to their new life, that God protects
them, and that their belongings reach Haiti safely. They especially ask for
prayers as they begin to serve at Cowman, that God will use them to reach this
next generation. Chris prays that she can bring science to life for the
students and that God can guide her teaching, especially as she completes the
training and learning process for her degree.
and Chris also emphasize the need Cowman still has for more teachers as they
expand their building and as the student body increases and additional grades
are added to the school. Pray that God provides long-term teachers, as well as
funds so that Cowman can continue to teach students and share Jesus’ love with
more information about the Love family, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/TheLoves.
learn more and give to Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.
August 4 2016
young four-year-old girl in Haiti was terrified to leave the children’s home
where she lived. After a long history of being abandoned, her heart was scared
to trust and to believe there were safe places outside of the walls of her
home. During this time, she started to attend Cowman International School, and
little by little, she began to heal. Now, this young girl is learning to trust
and experience new situations, which is a huge step for when she eventually
moves into an adoptive family in the future. Her positive growth is thanks to
the education she has been receiving, an education that introduced her to Jesus
Christ, the only one who will never abandon her.
many students return to school this season, we look to a school in Haiti that
God has used to not only provide a solid education but also to share the Good
News of Jesus Christ to more than 160 students.
by One Mission Society (OMS) in the 1960s, the Cowman International School in
Haiti was established as an English-language elementary school where OMS
missionary kids and Haitian children could receive a Christ-centered education.
Over time, the school has expanded to accommodate more students and grades.
Today,Cowman provides high-quality, Christian education for students in preschool,
elementary, and high school. Student enrollment has increased by 150 percent
over the past five years, with children coming from a variety of backgrounds. North
American missionary children, children of Haitian families, children in the
adoption process, as well as children of government leaders and other
professionals in Haiti and around the world make up Cowman’s student body.
doesn’t just reach out to children, it also actively includes the entire
family. Parents participate in parenting and marriage seminars, and in this
process teachers at Cowman can share the Gospel message with the students’
family as well.
Cowman continues to grow! As more grades are added, more space is needed. This
past year, Cowman has constructed a new chapel/cafeteria area and a foundation for
two more classrooms. But more resources are needed in order for the school and
its leaders to continue to grow, seek God’s will, and give more opportunities for
students to receive an education and the Gospel message.
Cowman seeks financial donations to support their expansion needs, such as new
bathrooms and a kitchen, new furnishings, and classrooms. But there is also an
urgent need for teachers as more students enroll.
has placed OMS’ Cowman International School in an amazing position to impact
Haiti’s next generation of leaders, to not only give them a solid education but
also to introduce them to Jesus Christ and help them make a decision to follow
him as they grow up. Check out next week’s blog post to read some personal
stories about how God is calling OMS missionaries to serve at Cowman and join
the school’s mission of Christian education.
you would like to donate or learn more about Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.
By Jess Mitchell,
summer Communications intern
June 11 2014
I heard what sounded like a stampede of elephants come up the stairs to my K-2 Sunday school classroom. A first grade boy, whom I had never met before looked at me proudly and said, “My name is Darren Lee Price!” I was so excited for new students that it took a while for Darren’s disability to sink in. Though he couldn’t hide it well, his personality was bigger than the fact that he was missing his right leg. Darren was held up by crutches attached to his arm, and he was not embarrassed at all to talk about the car accident he had been in. After his classmates understood that Darren was no different than they were, the rest of the hour went smoothly. Darren asked multiple questions about Jesus and the Bible, and later asked more questions during worship.
Everything had been going so well, until it was time for children’s church. I walked all of the children who had been sitting with me downstairs. Darren asked if I would stay with him. Though I normally say no to this, I thank God that I said yes this day. Our children’s church has a dedicated time for songs, and this week, “Father Abraham” was the song of choice. If you don’t know the song, let me help you out. It goes something like this:
Father Abraham had many sons.
And many sons had Father Abraham.
I am one of them, and so are you.
So let’s just praise the Lord! Right arm…
(Repeat but use left arm)
Maybe you can already see where this is going. Darren was smiling and laughing until we got to the right leg part. While the other children were swinging their right and left arms and right and left legs, Darren leaned over to me and said, “I don’t have a right leg.” What happened next was a God-thing. I swooped him up, put him on my lap, and I became his right leg. I became the extra support he needed to finish the song.
As I sat in OMS’ monthly prayer rally, I realized that our missionaries sometimes need our support, just like Darren needed mine that day. They may not need us to place them on our laps, but every missionary certainly needs to be placed in our prayers. And they all need our financial support. As I watched our new orientees (new OMS candidate missionaries) being prayed over this morning, I thought about how often the Bible calls us to encourage one another, to build each other up and to love one another.
Our missionaries are daily surrendering to God’s will and to his call on their lives. This is never an easy task, but it becomes much harder when comfort zones are stripped away. Just like with Darren, who needed support to keep going when the song became too difficult, how can you help our missionaries in their difficult tasks? Maybe you can support them financially as they raise funds. I’ve heard that even missionaries who’ve been serving many years are undersupported. Maybe you can support them by praying for them because prayers are so powerful. However you feel led, you help support them as they complete the work to which God has called them … to fulfill the Great Commission.
By Christina Franks, summer Communications intern