December 6 2016
Pastor Lasar P. serves in a large district
in South Asia. He is a dynamic church planter and evangelist who has served with
our OMS partner ministry since 1995. Lasar now supervises 30 churches with 960
members, as well as 13 schools with 410 students. However, travel by bicycle or
via local transport to distant places is costly, time-consuming, and limits his
visits to local churches and schools.
Africa, dozens and dozens of our country coordinators and trainers must travel
significant distances to carry out supervision and training. Most coordinators
must walk or use unreliable private or public transportation. This is a major obstacle
to effective ministry as it slows down the ever-growing outreach of the village
church-planting ministry. An investment in motorcycles and bicycles for Village
Church Planting country coordinators and trainers will have a major impact.
mobility will allow these workers to devote 30-40 percent more of their time to
ministry, thus providing both a quantitative and a qualitative impact on church
multiplication and literacy in Africa.
of our Every Community for Christ (ECC) national coordinators and leaders in
India have already received motorcycles for ministry in the past three years.
Here are their testimonies:
“I want to thank the donors who have helped me to get a
motorcycle. It was a real need to do the ministry in the rural villages and in
the urban cities. I was helpless to serve the people in need in the nearby
villages where there is no transport facilities. It took a whole day to reach
an interior village. Now, I am able to move about much easier. I can visit the villages any time within a
short time. I can cover distances up to 200 to 300 kms in a single day, conduct
night meetings in the villages, stay there, then leave to visit the next
village the following morning. It is so very helpful in my ministry. Currently
we are doing the ministry successfully in 132 villages.”
~Dr. Virendra Khutey
“I am so grateful for
the motorcycle I received from OMS in July 2013. This motorcycle is a great
blessing in many ways for the church-planting ministry. For example:
1. It is economical. I save a good
amount of money compared to using the local transportation. The cost is double
what I now spend on the petrol for the motorcycle.
2. It saves time. Now I do not have to
wait in a queue for the buses and local trains, so there are no delays in any
3. It makes me available to people anytime.
If I get a call in the middle of the night, without wasting time, I can
immediately rush to the place (nearby) on motorcycle.
4. It helps me to do my work more effectively
and on time. Traffic jams are a major problem in India when traveling by
bus or car on the roads. But on motorcycle, I can avoid those heavy traffic
jams, thus I am able to do my routine work much faster now.
I strongly recommend providing
motorcycles to other ECC church planters. It will enable them and equip them to
do the work of the Lord more effectively, without wasting time to reach the
“I count my motorcycle as a
special gift from God to my ministry in Madurai, India. I got this motorcycle
in April 2015. I am doing ministry in 16 rural villages where there is no
proper roads and bus services. I used to go by bicycle, which gave me pain in
my knees. Also I was unable to get to the ministry locations on time. But now I am going to the ministry places
without pain in my knees and on time.”
The average cost for a bicycle is $125.00 and a motorcycle is
$2,200.00. Would you be willing to say YES this Christmas to helping purchase a
bicycle or motorcycle for one of our ECC church planting workers around the
world? Give here.
October 21 2016
Susheel was trained by Sunil, a fellow Indian church planter. Amazingly, his life in the village early on was characterized by some sort of insanity. As a boy he roamed about the village touching people’s feet with a neem tree twig used as a tooth brush! He failed in school, eventually lost hope and any desire to live. He wanted to hang himself. Upon reading a Christian tract, given by a cousin, God’s truth began to penetrate his heart and mind. This led to a desperate prayer for help from Jesus, which over time, brought him healing from his mental and emotional distress. Later on, his sister in law was delivered from demonization, which also led to a dramatic change in his grandfather who was a witch doctor. When visiting Susheel’s church, I noticed his humble tears of gratitude to the God he now loves and serves. As a Train & Multiply church planter he has a vision to reach 100 villages with the Gospel and is already visiting 60 of them each month! He is training 20 pastoral workers who are helping to bring this goal to reality.
Pray for Susheel and other Indian church planters as they plant new churches and disciple new believers around India.
By OMS missionary Roger Kruse, India field leader
September 21 2016
Kappler was hesitant to spend 20 days in a country in West Africa, especially because he needed
a translator to communicate in French.
provided a translator,” he said. “And he provided a 20-day experience which was
and his wife Sarah had served in Central Asia with their family for 11 years as
One Mission Society missionaries before they were introduced to a ministry
opportunity in Africa during an OMS conference. During the five months that Kris
prayed about this option, he felt a growing sense that God was calling him and
his family to leave their home in Central Asia and go to Africa. So, he
responded to this need and answered the call.
as the international regional director for Africa, Kris and his family live in
South Africa. Kris’ ministry is to serve and supervise OMS church-planting
ministries and OMS missionaries across the continent, which includes traveling
to many different countries. During April and early
May, Kris visited several villages and leaders in this West African nation to introduce himself,
to observe what work was being done, to see what relationships were being built,
and to spread the Gospel message through different programs. Throughout that
trip, he saw God working in the hearts of the villagers and leaders.
people in West Africa speak French, so in order to help Kris with the language
barrier, God provided a translator for him as he traveled. In total, he and his
team visited 40 villages. These villages, Kris said, are the focus of their
ministry in Africa because they tend to be neglected areas. Throughout these
villages, Kris saw the poor and, as he said, “people outside of places you
don’t normally go.”
many villages they visited, there was a chief they first had to meet in order
to have access to the people. Many chiefs are Christian, but not all of them.
Because so much falls on the chief’s approval, Kris said, it is a critical
position in any village and respecting the position is very important. Once a
chief gave approval for Kris and his team to be there, they had freedom to
preach and speak in a village. In one village, one where a church is present,
the chief said during a meeting that he was thankful that the church was in the
village and hoped that Kris and his team would continue to do what they were
doing. Looking back on that experience, Kris remarked that God is touching that
West Africa, the population of Muslims is high, but God is at work in the
people’s hearts in the villages. Kris recounts visits to some villages where Bible
studies were held for the children. In many instances, Kris said, the parents were
Muslim, yet they still let their children listen to the Christian messages. In
one particular village, at least 80 children attended a study.
Kris and his team held two training seminars, baptized 45 people, and ordained
15 well-qualified pastors during their visits to the 40 villages in Senegal.
Kris is thankful for the opportunities he had to learn and meet the people in
these villages, as well as see the churches that are being created within these
forward to the future, Kris wants to continuously develop relationships with
the supervisors across Africa, learn French to communicate better with people,
and to grow relationships with people where he attends church in South Africa.
it comes right down to it, communication is critical,” Kris added.
also prays that God will send more missionaries to Africa. The need goes beyond
critical. He wants to see not only foreign missionaries respond to this need
but also African missionaries as well. And when more missionaries serve in
Africa, he continued, there are also more people supporting these missions both
in prayer and finances.
pray for Kris and for his team in Africa as they reach out to the people of this
great continent, especially the population in the neglected villages. Pray that
more churches can be planted, that people of peace can become bridges to some
of the village chiefs, and that these relationships in the villages can grow
stronger over time.
By Jess Mitchell,