If you were to take a stroll through the offices of the Human Resources Department of One Mission Society at the World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, on any given day, you'd see lots of people engaged in many activities and conversations which, much of the time, happen entirely behind the scenes but are vital for fulfilling the OMS mission and vision.
Chances are you'd see the vice president for Human Resources and his assistant on a phone conference with the folks who administer employee benefits for OMS missionaries and staff or with those who advise OMS on the ever-changing landscape of complying with government regulations regarding health care and employment. They might be talking with a missionary couple who are just returning for home ministry assignment between terms on the field.
Across the way, you'd likely hear a member of the Mobilization team answering questions from someone inquiring about opportunities to serve or helping someone clarify their sense of God's calling to cross-cultural ministry. If you listen closely, you might hear another Mobi team member helping a missionary candidate complete their application or checking references in preparation for upcoming interviews. Almost every day, you'd likely hear one of the mobilizers praying with someone on the phone.
A few steps down the hall, you might see someone from the Missionary Care team working on a "landing plan" to help a new single missionary headed to the field arrive and settle into their new home and assignment. Another team member might be talking via Skype with first-term missionaries to check in on how their family is doing after the first few months on the field. Or maybe you’d hear them helping a family prepare to say their goodbyes as they transition to a new assignment or return to the U.S. These folks support new missionary kids, seasoned veterans moving toward retirement, and families at all the points in between.
If you look around and don't see anyone from the Learning and Development team, that's not surprising. They might well be downstairs in the training room, facilitating Orientation for newly accepted missionary candidates or CROSS Training, the three-week learning experience that prepares men and women who are ready to head to their assignments with One Mission Society. If they're not downstairs, they could be somewhere else around the building, meeting with OMS leaders to design and implement new training initiatives. They might even be off-site facilitating training or providing coaching for our missionary field teams or U.S. partners.
The Lord has indeed blessed OMS with a corps of godly men and women who serve him in cross-cultural ministry around the world. But every day, the HR team members use the spiritual gifts and abilities God has given them to mobilize, equip, and support OMS missionaries and their families around the world. Like overseas cross-cultural missionaries, these homeland missionaries raise their own financial support in order to follow God's call in their lives. To read more about any of our missionaries, visit Find a Missionary on the OMS website.
Pray for the HR team, including:
HR Admin Team: Tommy Van Abeele, Laura Crosby, Doris Waters, Linda Six
Mobilization Team: Danny Beasley, Andrea Fisher, Margo Concepcion, Heather McPherson, Kelly Coy, KyoungMin Choi, and EunJin Kim
Missionary Care Team: Steve Christener, Kathy Fouts, Deanna Cathcart, Lori Long, Mark and Cindy Freer, Esther Cann, and Mel Reese
Learning and Development Team: Dick Freed, Carolyn Knight, Gail Davis, Sophie Schafer
By Dick Freed, Director of Learning and Development