Rebuilding Continues In Haiti

November 27 2012

Rebuilding Continues In Haiti

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 4:53 pm, local time a 7.0 earthquake shook the country of Haiti.  Shockwaves were sent around the world as Christians came to the aid of the people of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

People called OMS, asking if they could go to Haiti to help.  Money started coming in to help send food and supplies to the Haitians. 

Medical teams were sent out within days of the earthquake to some of the hardest hit areas.  The missionaries in Haiti then worked with the local churches to distribute food and basic living supplies.

After the immediate crisis settled, tent cities starting popping up all over the affected area. Some estimated that as many as two million Haitians are still homeless.

What could OMS do to help with this long-term need of housing?  Jump started by a large gift from the OMS-founded church in Korea, OMS went to work on designing and building 20’ x 20’ homes all around Port-au-Prince, which became the Homes for Haiti project.

To date, OMS has helped build 35 of these homes, giving the people a place to lay their heads each night.  These families no longer have to live in a plastic home or a lean-to made of a few pieces of sheet metal.  They are now protected from the wind, the rain, the hurricanes and even another earthquake.

These homes are strategically built all around Port-au-Prince.  The leaders of the national church did not want to just provide a home, but a place where a new house church might be planted.  

Several Bible studies have been started in these new homes, opening up the Gospel to neighborhoods that previously were too far from the OMS-related churches.  Not only are families being protected from the weather, people are receiving the greatest gift of all – the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

However, the funding for this project is almost gone.  Is God calling you to help bring shelter to another Haitian family and to make it possible to plant another house church?  Is God calling you to go to Haiti and help build one of these homes?

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Called to the Philippines

November 27 2012

Called to the Philippines

More than 1,000 slums and squatter communities have developed all around Manila and the surrounding areas. These slums are ripe grounds for the human trafficking trade.

Up to 100,000 women and 400,000 children are involved in the sex trade in the Philippines, with many of these being trafficked.  There are also over 170,000 street children in Manila.  All of these people need to hear about the Good News of Jesus.

Ministry to some of these women and children has been occurring through the work of One Mission Society.  However, when the harvest is this great, many more people are needed.

The people in the Philippines are asking for missionaries to come and serve them.  They are asking for someone to come and minister to the women and children in these areas.

At the same time, as God was working through the people in Manila, God was working through a college student…

While studying at Indiana University, God burdened Beka Mech to disciple women who are in deep crisis.  God has refined this burden through a local ministry in Greenwood, where she ministers to women and children living in a hotel.

As a recruiter in the OMS Mobilization Department, Beka saw that the harvest is great all around the world, especially in the Philippines.  This is when God called her away from the Mobilization Department to become a missionary in the Philippines.

Beka has agreed to follow this call.  She is giving up her comforts in America, leaving her friends, family and ministry. 

In January 2013, Beka will move to the Philippines for two years to work with the women and children of these slums and squatter communities.  She will be telling them about Christ, meeting some of their physical needs and just to share life with them.

 

Is God asking you to take up the cross and GO?  Contact the OMS Mobilization Department to see if you have what it takes to be a missionary!

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Miraculous Intervention

November 16 2012

Miraculous Intervention

Sona and her HusbandSona, a Hindu woman, suffered greatly with back pain for seven years. She went to doctor after doctor without receiving any relief.

Although having only a little money, she paid the temple priest an exuberant amount of money to sacrifice a goat, hoping for help from the gods.

Her pain only grew worse. Unable to leave her bed, she lost all hope. In this deep despair, she attempted suicide, without success. 

With all hope gone, she met a Christian who encouraged her to turn to the power of Jesus for healing. Being a Hindu her whole life, she stubbornly refused, thinking he was trying to convert her.

Three more months of excruciating pain followed. Then one day, a single word came to her lips – Jesus. She asked her husband, who was also a Hindu, to make the symbol of the cross on her back.

Immediately, a sensation like fire drew the pain out of her body. After seven years, she was free from her suffering!

Unable to keep quiet, she began telling her fellow villagers her story and the power of Jesus.

As more villagers came to know Jesus, a house church was planted. Sona and her husband regularly have 30 to 35 children in their home for church services.

Where there once was a loss of hope, Sona now beams with joy. She still is unable to keep quiet about how the power of God answered her prayer.

Please pray for Sona and the many other house church planters in India.

 

Who will help to fulfill the Great Commission? Is God calling you to give financially, to go in faith, or to pray fervently?

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Miraculous Intervention

November 14 2012

Miraculous Intervention

Editor’s note: OMS missionary Roger Kruse, an itinerant missionary, serving as the field leader for India and the church multiplication facilitator for the South Pacific, recently traveled to these two nations. Below is a couple testimonies he shared in reports to his prayer team.

By Roger Kruse, One Mission Society field leader for India

 

…Before going on to the second house church we had lunch at the home of a faith-filled lady named Sona. What a powerful faith story she shared. As a Hindu woman she suffered greatly with back pain for seven years. She went to many doctors without relief. She made expensive offerings at the temple, sacrificed a goat and sought help from the gods. But all was to no avail. Her pain grew worse until she was bedridden and began to lose hope. In her despair she tried to commit suicide. Finally, she met a Christian who encouraged her to pray to Jesus for healing. She stubbornly refused, thinking he was trying to convert her. Three more months of excruciating pain followed until finally, one day, the name of Jesus came to her lips. She then asked her husband to take his finger and make the sign of a cross on her back. Immediately, a sensation like fire drew the pain out from her body. After seven years, she was free from her suffering! Soon, she was telling her fellow villagers what had happened and bringing them to Jesus. She became a person of peace, eventually helping to sponsor a new house church in the village. She and her husband now regularly welcome 30-35 children to their home for Sunday school classes. She beams with joy and speaks confidently of God at work in her life answering prayer. She told a story of her brother-in-law who played a joke on her by calling on the phone and pretending to be a man of God from the U.S. Afterward, she felt led to pray that God would bring just such a man to her home. Today, her prayer was answered! 

 

Last night, we heard the faith story of Sambath. He works for the city electric company as a linesman. One day Sambath was high up on a pole making repairs. He cut a wire supposedly not hot, but suddenly, it was! The current seized his body and his hands were fixed onto the wire. He hung there, tied to the pole with his climbing belt for around 30 minutes, apparently electrocuted and without life. His coworkers were sure he was dead and reported it to the main office. However, Sambath, who at that time was beginning to learn of Christ, remembers calling on the name of Jesus for help. Immediately, a light from above pierced his heart, and he became conscious. His grip on the wire was freed and to the utter disbelief of those watching, he climbed down the pole. He was taken to the hospital and declared healthy, with only some scratches. From that day on, he has enthusiastically shared his faith story with others, radically committed to know and serve Jesus. He and his wife, Victoria, have since opened their home to friends and neighbors who come each week for worship. Another man in the group told of his young son who was bitten by a cobra while working in the rice paddy. Though hospitalized, the boy’s condition looked bleak. A Christian came, prayed, and the youngster recovered. The family embraced a new faith in Christ. Wherever we visit, we hear such stories of God at work touching lives. May the Lord’s name be praised in this great sub-continent, more and more!

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Throwing Flowers

November 13 2012

Throwing Flowers

 By Lauren Staley, One Mission Society Missionary Candidate

Pink flowerIt was a classic day in Medellin. People were packed, shoulder to shoulder on the not-quite-wide-enough sidewalks. Men advertised their wares over loudspeakers in comical, overly-enthusiastic voices. For their wives’ sakes, I thought, I hope that’s not how they always sound. I didn’t attempt to suppress a chuckle as we passed one such merchant who was so invested in his live commercial that he hopped up and down, jostling the crowd around him.

Jeannine (longtime OMS missionary in Colombia) plowed through the torrent of humanity like a woman on a mission. I suppose that’s because she is. She always seems to zero in on that one person who needs an encouraging word or who is ready to hear the message of the Gospel.

She begins most relationships by telling you what your name means and relating that to the truth that you’re a precious creation of God. I’ll never get tired of seeing the sacred surprise on someone’s face when a stranger in the crowd stops to tell them that they’re loved, and that their life has purpose. 

On this particular day, we were searching for a cart vendor who could replace the leather strap on Jeannine’s watch. On the way we stopped for buñuelos, which are steaming balls of cheesy dough. If navigating the crowd wasn’t already a challenge, doing so while protecting my backpack from pickpockets and eating a hot, buttery snack was nearly treacherous. But we arrived at the cart without mishap, and Jeannine proceeded to witness to the cart vendor and his wife, leading them in the prayer of faith as they mended her watch.

As the conversation began to draw to a close, I noticed a young man standing behind me. I assumed that he was waiting to have his watch fixed. We turned to go, and I found myself face to face with the man, whom I guessed to be about 24. 

“Eres muy hermosa!” He said loudly. I blinked for several seconds before I realized that he was exclaiming over my beauty. Well, this is new, I thought.

“He’s throwing flowers at you.” Jeannine translated. Throwing flowers? I thought, looking around, bemused. I didn’t see any flowers.

“He’s flirting with you,” she said again.

“Oh, is he, now?” I smiled indulgently at the boy who was still laying it on thick in Spanish. He has no idea what he’s gotten himself into, I thought, my smile widening.

“What were you doing just now?” The young man asked, in Spanish.

“We were praying.” Jeannine answered, straightforwardly. “Would you like to pray too?”

“Me?” He scoffed, “I like women and I’m a fornicator. I can’t change, no matter how hard I try.”

“God will take care of that, if you let Him,” Jeannine countered. “He’ll straighten you out and give you abundant life. What’s your name?”

“Willie,” he answered.

“Willie – that means ‘Resolute Protector,’ she told him. He smiled at me as she continued to speak. She shared the Gospel with him and before long, our heads were bowed and the three of us were confessing Christ’s lordship in the middle of the bustling sidewalk.

“I’m very sad because I’ve just stolen a lot of money. I feel like I should return it. Why do I feel this way?” Willie asked, as soon as we had finished. He showed us the wad of cash in his wallet. From his polished appearance, I guessed that this was not the first time he had committed such a crime.

“That’s the Holy Spirit,” Jeannine said, putting her hand on his shoulder. “You’re under His conviction.” Willie’s eyes widened, and he zeroed in on what Jeannine was sharing. She told him about how the Holy Spirit could transform his life. He asked for a Bible. Instead, Jeannine gave him the number and address of a nearby pastor who would go with him to return the stolen money. He eagerly entered the information into his phone.

We prepared to leave. “Tu eres muy hermosa,” (You are very beautiful) he said again as we shook hands. 

“Jeannine, I’ve got something to say to him. Will you tell him that any beauty that is in me comes directly from God?” I pointed to the heavens.

Jeannine translated my message, and he stood, smiling wordlessly as we disappeared into the crowd. I don’t think he was a man to easily be struck speechless. I laughed as we plowed back through the crowd, You flirted with the wrong chica, señor. 

Or perhaps … perhaps he flirted with exactly the right girl. Jeannine sang a familiar tune as we walked on, “Another name written down in glory.” I found myself humming along.

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