The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity

January 30 2014

The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity

Jocelyn, a young Haitian man, has worked with the Homes for Haiti (H4H) project since the beginning. 

Joclyn When he started, he was a day laborer. But later, he received training in block laying and stucco work, so today, he leads the construction crews that lay the foundations for all the homes One Mission Society builds.

Since the beginning of H4H, we have started each work day with devotions at the work site. The Haiti work crew, and anyone else nearby, is always invited to join us. So, over the years, Jocelyn had probably heard about 225 devotions before he responded in February 2013 to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

God used countless volunteers, on many of the previous work teams, to touch Jocelyn’s heart and move him to make this life-changing decision.


Homes4Haiti-w-Flag2The January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti left hundreds of thousands of Haitians either dead or homeless across the southern portion of the country. The world immediately responded to help with rescue, health care, feeding, and short-term housing needs, including One Mission Society. But most of those groups are no longer assisting in Haiti.

In September 2010, One Mission Society launched Homes for Haiti in response to the great need for safe, reliable housing. In the past four years, OMS (through the leadership of our Men for Mission’s short-term coordinator and H4H director, Bill Evans) has sent 63 teams, with a total of 724 volunteers to build 54 homes for Haitian families. God has greatly blessed the ministry by providing the funds and work teams needed to build these homes. 

Exciting news: OMS is now taking the Homes for Haiti project to a new level! We have purchased land just north of Port au Prince, in a city called Bon Repos, a rapidly growing community. 

Whereas the initial project helped those from OMS-related churches who owned property, the new Bon Repos Project will help the people who cannot afford property or “the poorest of the poor.”  

H4H 7 houseOn this land, approximately 3.18 acres, we will build a community church, install wells, and build 35 new homes. The total cost is $600,000. God has blessed us with needed funds to purchase the property and a 1:1 matching grant for these 35 homes. Each $5,000 given will activate the matching grant and provide shelter for one of Haiti’s poorest families.

Will you consider giving to this life-changing ministry project? Your support will bring great blessing to Haitian families displaced by the earthquake and will help establish a church in this rapidly-growing area near Port au Prince, Haiti. You may donate safely and easily online. Please type in project #408063 for the Bon Repos Project, or you may send your gift directly to:

One Mission Society
PO Box 1648
Monument, CO 80132-1648

We also have opportunities in 2014 to volunteer with OMS to help build one of these houses. If you are interested in participating on a trip (as an individual or a group), please contact Bill Evans at bevans@onemissionsociety.org, or register online.

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After the Show: One Mission Stories - Valetta Steel Crumley

December 6 2013

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Valetta Steel Crumley

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Dec. 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Valetta Steel Crumley, retired OMS missionary, yet continues to serve full-time through the OMS book ministry, writing, discipling and mentoring young missionary women, coaching new candidates in funding, and speaking on behalf of OMS at many churches and retreats. Valetta has served OMS for 54 years!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Valetta shared her incredible testimony, that is very Job-like. She has endured GREAT loss in her life and experienced the deepest grief possible. Yet, her life and testimony, shared in several books available on Amazon, and in brief in this radio interview, will inspire and encourage you to fully grasp this verse: "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" --Romans 8:31.

All books mentioned on this broadcast can be purchased through our OMS store on Amazon or by calling the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org. Here is what Valetta talked about: Another Valley, Another Victory, Another Love, by Valetta about her tragic but inspiring journey; Steel Valleys, by Shirley Carlson, a book based on Another Valley, but written for children; and Streams in the Desert, by OMS cofounder, Lettie Cowman, in which she writes, "Praise changes things."

You can also purchase Mission Accomplished Under Sentence of Death, by OMS missionary Ed Erny about the life of Valetta's first husband, Henry Steel, and his battle with cancer.

You may also be interested in buying a book by Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright. Valetta mentions this book, How to Know God's Will Through the Sound Mind Principles. He quotes, "With your thinking, considering your skills, ability, and life situation, where can you reach and help the most people find Jesus."

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Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM

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If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give. 

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Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS Christmas stories from around the OMS world! If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! (NOTE: If you subscribed earlier via ITunes, you will need to do it again as we switched providers. Sorry for the inconvenience.) You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- University of Indianapolis Nurses

November 22 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- University of Indianapolis Nurses

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 24) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring University of Indianapolis nursing students and professors, sharing about their medical mission trip to Ecuador.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Six women (2 nursing professors--Becca and Kathy, 3 nursing students--Julie, Emily, and Amberly, and 1 pharmacist--Pam) shared about their experiences on this medical mission trip to Ecuador. For some it was their first mission trip, for others, it was one of many, but all said this one was a memorable one as they traveled in remote mountains villages, sharing medical help, compassion, and God's love with the people.

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Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities. We always have several medical mission trips throughout the year. Check with us for opportunities in 2014.

GIVE:

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

INFO:

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org. 

BOOK:

The featured book was Captured, by Arlene Hess Elkins, an OMS MK (missionary kid), sharing her parents' experiences of being held as prisoners of war during WWII. The book was specifically written for children, but it can be enjoyed by any age. You can purchase the book through Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313.

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear stories from OMS missionary Steve Rehner, serving with OMS' Men for Missions. 

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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God's Miraculous, Healing Touch

November 20 2013

God's Miraculous, Healing Touch

Editor’s note: For some, this story and pictures (at the bottom) about a serious burn victim may be too graphic. We share it with those who can handle it as a testimony to God’s healing touch in Leo’s life. For the record, Leo is a woman. Her accident happened in Sept. She was restored wholly and completely less than one month later … a miracle!

I want to share my testimony with you.  On September 27, 2013, I suffered an accident in my home.  My face, neck, and arms were scalded when I fell on the stairs while carrying a large pot filled with boiling water.  First, I was taken to the local emergency room in El Escorial. They told me that I had second degree burns. They gave me pain medicine intravenously, checked me with an ultrasound, put electrodes on me to monitor my heart, and gave me a tetanus shot. All in all it was a dramatic experience, but God was taking care of me through the emergency room staff who treated me wonderfully and with great care. I remembered the verse that I had written down the day before on the door to my room, “All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you” --Psalm 38:9, NIV.  I knew that God was aware of everything that was happening and that He was taking my suffering upon Himself.

Next, I was taken by ambulance to La Paz Hospital known for having the best burn treatment unit in Madrid.  There they began the first actual treatments of my wounds.  They removed all of the other apparatuses: the intravenous tubes, the electrodes, and the cold compresses that had previously been placed on me to alleviate the burns. They removed all of the damaged skin that they could, opened the blisters, and began to care for my wounds.  They also gave me instructions for home care. I was to stay inside my house, to take ibuprofen for the pain, to leave the bandages on my arm, to moisturize and keep the burns on my face clean, and to return to the hospital every week for treatment.

When I got home, I cried because I felt so alone. I couldn’t leave my house; I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do; I couldn’t be independent; I couldn’t attend to my work or my children; I felt powerless, because of the trauma, but I did not cry because of the pain because I hardly had any.  Neither did I cry about the possible side effects or scarring that I might have. For me, this was unusual, but I wasn’t concerned at all. I trusted that God was in control and that he had heard my sighing and my desire to be completely restored. He took away my worries and was carrying all my pain and anguish about how I might be physically affected.

At times, I was frustrated by the slowness of the healing process, but I give thanks again for your fervent prayers to God Almighty who has done a miraculous work.  Even though I have never been a beauty, I am happy to see my new skin and my face as it was before. I am thankful to God for this great miracle in my life, and I am sharing this to give testimony of the power of God who is alive and who works in marvelous ways in our lives.

Thank you to everyone because you have cried and suffered for me and with me, and thank you to God because He knows my longings and my sighing is not hidden from him, and neither is yours.

--Leo Martín, One Mission Society Church Planter in Spain

 

 

 

 

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Ukraine Summer Camp Report

November 6 2013

Ukraine Summer Camp Report

“Before camp, I could believe in God, now I can trust in him.” It is comments like this that really make camp, or indeed any mission trip, either short- or long-term, worthwhile. There is nothing greater than seeing a soul come to know the Lord and deciding to follow him in their daily lives.  

Before a student can get to this point, those initial barriers between God and themselves must be broken down. Some of these barriers usually come in the form of unanswered questions, which the students are eager to have answered before they make a decision to follow Christ. However, before they can get the answers they desire, they need to build up a sense of trust with their teachers (English speaking short termers). One way in which this is carried out is by giving the students the opportunity to take part in a range of different activities, both indoor and outdoor, which encourages interaction between students and teachers. The activities also give them the chance to improve their language skills, which is one of the main goals of camp. As a direct result, the students will then begin to open up, which is vital if we as teachers are to fulfill our ultimate goal, which is to make the students think about the true meaning of life and to expose them to the reality of the Gospel.

To demonstrate the power of God’s saving grace at camp, I want to tell you the story of one student who came to camp this year. The quote at the beginning is taken from an interview with her post-camp. Similar to most of the students, Stasy (pictured on left in photo) came from a Ukrainian Orthodox family where God is primarily viewed as a mystical being, who is beyond human comprehension and any type of personal relationship. As Christians, we know that it is sometimes hard to comprehend who God is, but we know that it is possible to have a personal relationship with him. Throughout camp, Stasy found it really hard to open up and trust others, let alone God. However, with the unique family atmosphere and the loving atmosphere that existed at camp, which we can only ascribe to God himself, by the end of the 10 days these barriers had been broken down and Stasy had opened her heart to others, and more importantly to God. The transformation was so evident in her life, and the desire to walk with God and to read his Word was so real.

This story is only one of many that demonstrate how God is clearly moving throughout this city of Kiev and the country of Ukraine. It is because of stories like this that many of us keep returning to Ukraine and continue to serve God in our local context as we know that he has the power to change lives. It is my desire that others might experience this feeling and want to serve him.

--David Cathcart, OMS UK short-term missionary to Ukraine, summer 2013

Is God calling you to be a worker, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God may use you to be a missionary. You can even register to serve in Ukraine next summer for an English camp. Contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org for more information.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Joel Silverman

November 1 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Joel Silverman

                    

                                                                  We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 3) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring One Mission Society missionary Joel Silverman, serving as the executive director of OMS USA.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Joel, a former businessman and director of the BMV in Indiana under Gov. Mitch Daniels, shared about his experiences as a shepherd or mentor to the people of Myanmar through our Every Community for Christ ministry, about being raised in a Jewish home, and about his role and ministry today as the U.S. executive director for OMS.

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If you are interested in serving, either short- or long-term, with OMS, check out the opportunities

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If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

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If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of several University of Indianapolis nursing students and staff who recently participated in a short-term medical missions trip to Ecuador. 

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Steve Cosslett, Mexico

October 25 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Steve Cosslett, Mexico

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Oct. 27) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving as field leader in Mexico and director of MEFI, our street kid ministry.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org

Steve shared about MEFI, our street kid ministry and drop-in center in Mexico City. There are an estimated 800,000 street kids in Mexico City. Read more about the ministry, watch the video, and donate at the link above.

Steve also shared about church planting in Mexico City, a city of 40 million people. OMS Mexico is working with the OMS-related UNIFAM denomination of churches. They are using the Train & Multiply training material (in which OMS is a partner), with the goal of planting 2 million house churches by 2025. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. The Mexico field has many long- and short-term opportunities to serve, including: seminary teaching, teaching English, nursing, eXtreme Walk, sports ministry, working with children in VBS', and other administrative needs.

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

If you would like to purchase the book, To India With Love by Esther Close, featured in today's program, you can purchase it on Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313. 

Would you like to read OMS' magazine, OMS Outreach online? You can subscribe to it here for free.

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS USA executive director, Joel Silverman.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast, so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us.

 

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

October 16 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

We hope you enjoyed last night's ENCORE presentation (Sunday, Jan. 12) of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Dr. Wesley Duewel, who is 97 years old and has served with OMS for nearly 75 years, including 25 years in India, several as OMS President, and most recently has spent decades writing books.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

Dr. Duewel talked about church planting in India. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places around the world.

If you would like to purchase the book, Touch the World Through Prayer, featured in today's program, you can purchase it on Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313. You can also purchase any of Dr. Duewel's books this way.

Would you like to read OMS' magazine, OMS Outreach online? You can subscribe to it here for free.

Here is one of many of Dr. Duewel's poem. This is what he shared on the program:

ARE YOU HIDING THE WORD OF GOD?

You have the words which the Savior gave,

You have the book which millions crave,

You have the Truth which alone can save—

Are you hiding the Word of God?

 

Millions are groping in sin’s dark night,

Searching the pathway to truth and right.

You in your hands have the only Light—

Are you hiding the Light of God?

 

Millions engage in a deadly strife,

Foes of the soul and of God are rife;

Millions are losing the fight for life—

Are you hiding the Sword of God?

 

The need still exists though seasons roll,

Millions are fainting far short their goal,

Millions tonight have a hungry soul—

Are you hiding the Bread of God?

 

Millions haste on to a Christless tomb

Treading the pathways of sin and gloom,

You, if you will, can avert their doom—

Will you give them the Word of God?

 

--Wesley L. Duewel

(Allahabad, India; December 22, 1943)

 

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving in Mexico.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast, so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us.

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Using Our Talents

October 8 2013

Using Our Talents

    

In between our most recent ministry trips, we enjoyed serving in our local fellowship in our hometown of Decatur, Indiana. In February, a couple in the church asked all of us who attend to consider an activity based on Matt. 25:14-30, on how we were using our talents for the Lord. They offered to give anyone who felt led to do so $20 and, after much prayer, would invest the money in some way that the Lord could multiply it by using the talents He had given us. After three months, we were to return the $20s to them, give an account of how the Lord multiplied it, and donate it to one of the ministries in our church. It wasn’t thought of as a “fundraising” activity, but as an exercise in trusting God as we serve Him.

Being completely dependent on God and the supporters that He had given us through the years, we asked the Lord if we should participate in this activity and, if so, to show us how to use our talents for Him. He led us both to accept the money.

This past March, as we were leaving our teaching positions in South Asia, the director of the college told us that they were going to have a farewell service for us and that we would be given gifts. We told her that that wasn’t necessary and that we were not there expecting gifts. She asked that we would graciously receive what was given to us and to use it in whatever way the Lord led us. We discussed this between us, and Mick and I decided to accept the gifts and use the money as the multiplication of our talents. 

We were quite surprised when we opened the envelope and saw a large amount of U.S. dollars. We thanked the Lord for it, but then both of us, separately, began thinking that, since it was such a large amount of money, maybe it would be all right for us to give half of it to the talent activity and put the other half into our missionary support account for further ministries. We talked it over and agreed that this might be a good idea, but the Lord, again separately, brought to our minds Acts 5 and the story of Ananias and Sapphira who withheld part of the money that they had promised to give to the Lord and the early church leaders. They both died because of their deception. He showed us that we had promised Him that we would give all of it as an unexpected gift to our church. So, we repented of our wrong and when the time came to give the money, we gave the full amount. 

The next Monday morning, a family who supports us monthly came by to see us. The husband and father of the family told us that three of their grandparents had passed away this past year, and that they had received quite an inheritance. They had been praying about how to use this money and where to give the tithe from it. They said that the Lord showed them that they should divide it up to four different ministries, and that we were one of them. He sat in our living room and wrote out a check to our support account and laid it face down on the coffee table. We visited for a little while, and then they left. We then looked at the check, which was written for the exact amount that we had given to our church as our talent to the Lord.

Once again, God showed us that He wants our obedience more than sacrifice and that He will supply our every need as we honor and obey Him. We are now serving in the Republic of Ireland for three years of ministry. We thank the Lord for reminding us of His faithful provision and presence.

--Nora Suman, OMS missionary 

Editor’s Note: The Sumans have been missionaries with One Mission Society for nearly 35 years. They spent 15 years in Spain, 7 years in student ministry in the U.S. and another 9+ years in Asia. They returned to the U.S. due to health issues. Most recently, the Sumans served three, three-month terms in South Korea before heading to the Republic of Ireland. 

View all of the opportunities how God may use you to be a missionary. Is God calling you to be a worker, either on the front lines or in a support role?

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Jason Campbell

October 4 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Jason Campbell

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Oct. 6) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Jason Campbell, OMS missionary serving in Communications with radio and kids' ministries.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries in Haiti, including: Radio 4VEH, English ministries, or Cowman International School, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org. If you would like to give a gift to any of these ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places, including many options to Haiti.

You can also get to know a lot more about our mission resources for children called One Mission Kids. You can purchase the new VBS called Good News Reporters in Training, which is a missions-based curriculum. You can also purchase our music CD of children's mission songs or our books for kids from our series, Champions of the Great Commission: A Good and Useful Man and Steel Valleys. If you prefer, you can order any of these things by calling Barb Sandoz at OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313.

Have fun exploring and please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary Judy Amos as she shares her stories of ministry in Japan.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast, so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows!

 

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