April 29 2013
shep·herd (shep'- erd)
n. - One who cares for and guides a group of people, as a minister or teacher.
v. - To guard, tend, or guide as or in the manner of a shepherd.
Today starts the Shepherd and CMF (Church Multiplication Facilitator) seminar at OMS Headquarters. This week we will come together to share stories, struggles and fellowship. We will hear about how to more effectively tell God's story and practice teaching other about training methods that are reproducible.
The people in this group serve in several countries around the world including (but not limited to) Romania and Bulgaria, Mexico and Caribbean, Colombia, India and others. A shepherd is concerned about the spiritual well-being of the flock - the people groups and/or people of the country in which they serve.
The CMF helps to guide by identifying training needs and participating the development and implementation of training. To read more about the roles of an ECC Shepherd and an ECC Church Multiplication Facilitator, click on the ECC Logo in the "Ministries" tab above.
We trust the Lord for a great week and pray for His guidance in our time together.
April 29 2013
More Than a House
After taking care of the team at the Villa and helping build a house for the OMS Homes for Haiti project with the team each day, Sarah was determined to stay home on Thursday. She just needed to finish up some tasks around the Villa and could really use some R&R.
No one else talked about staying back, so she reluctantly decided she needed to go to the worksite. Sarah and the rest of the women worked alongside the men for the morning but felt less than productive.
Evangelism. That is what came to Sarah’s mind as she thought about the afternoon. The women took off and started sharing the Gospel message with those who would listen.
Savannah, another woman in the group, jumped at the first person they encountered. He accepted Christ!
The next area they went to had eight Haitian women and six or so children. Although they were warned that these Haitian women had ties to voodoo, the courage of the Holy Spirit came through.
After a brief explanation and discussion of the Gospel message, these women were asked if any of them wanted to accept Christ as their Savior. They all did.
Later, these Haitian women were asked why they covered their faces as they prayed to accept Jesus. They responded that they felt unworthy to receive this blessing from God.
Nine adults heard the Gospel, and nine accepted Christ. Not a bad day of evangelism!
Although the day started for Sarah as a day that she didn’t want to help build one more house, God had different plans for her. The day turned out to be more than building a house in Haiti – a mansion is being built for these nine Haitians, along with the others that accepted Christ that day.
Is God calling you to help build a house in Haiti for those who lost everything during the earthquake a few years ago? Contact Bill Evans to see how you can participate on a short-term team. Or, maybe God is asking you to write a check to help pay for another home to be built? Start down a path to help build a house as Sarah did, and see what journey God has in store for you.
April 15 2013
Preventing Human Trafficking in Mozambique
We recently received an email from an OMS national coworker in Mozambique that encouraged those of us serving with HOPE61. It read, in part:
We have all had the opportunity to read and learn about the vision of HOPE61 through various publications, including the latest OMS Outreach magazine. Our missionary colleague, Aimee Howarth, also brought us details about this ministry in June 2012.
Considering the realities and issues facing Mozambique, we believe that the vision of HOPE61 is very relevant and much needed. As a field, we want to express our interest in the development of the HOPE61 vision here in Mozambique.
The African continent is faced with many of the root causes of human trafficking. Poverty, large family size, lack of educational opportunities, unemployment, low status of women and children, and a lack of awareness all help to fuel the trafficking of Africans into Europe and to other parts of the world.
HOPE61 seeks to PREVENT the spread of and, ultimately, eliminate the issue of trafficked and enslaved humans in our world today by bringing the message of eternal salvation to those that are involved or vulnerable to become involved in human trafficking across the world. One Mission Society sends missionaries to work with the national church denomination or other church contacts to train and equip nationals to combat this issue, through PREVENTION of it, in a culturally appropriate and relevant way with intentional evangelism of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continuing discipleship to these groups of lost people.
The need is present and obvious, but we need people to go to Mozambique to fulfill the vision of HOPE61 there.
Is God calling YOU to GO to Mozambique to serve as an OMS missionary with HOPE61? Contact OMS for more information.
April 10 2013
Resounding Hope for Haiti
When a Dynamic Women team shared the Gospel in Saccanville, Haiti, many people received Christ. But one older man rejected Christ, saying, “I’m just not ready yet.” We found out that this man, named Deaconville, was a witch doctor and that he died not knowing Jesus. As we bring these solar radios into Haiti, men like Deaconville will be able to hear the Gospel not just once, but over and over again. These sturdy radios will last for years.
After the earthquake in 2010, many Haitians were praising God for being alive. There seemed to be a new awareness of God's mercy. A verse in Isaiah (54:10) describes how many felt: "For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed. But my kindness shall not depart from you. Nor shall my covenant of peace be removed says the Lord who has mercy on you."
So, please join us in reaching our goal to raise $6,000 for solar radios. It's $60 to sponsor one radio and reach a whole household, which is about 6 people. You can help by making a donation of $60 or any amount.
Thanks for joining us in Resounding Hope for Haiti!
April 2 2013
From Tree to Tree
Life is changing for the Pannabeckers. David and I are in the partnership-raising phase of a new ministry with One Mission Society based in Greenwood, Indiana. When we are fully funded, active ministry can begin. At this point, we are praying and sharing our story with anyone who will listen.
David is stepping into the newly created position of international worship consultant for Every Community for Christ, the church-planting branch of One Mission Society. I use my administrative and organizational skills to assist David and look forward to working with the Dynamic Women in Missions team of OMS.
You may be thinking, “Why in the world are you doing this, especially at this stage in your lives?” Read on, and I’ll attempt to shed some light on a good question.
As millions of new believers are coming into God’s kingdom at an astounding rate, Every Community for Christ leaders have identified an urgent need for training material to guide these new Christians into a solid understanding of biblical worship.
What should happen when believers gather to worship in the name of Jesus? Many international worshipping communities meet in homes and have virtually no resources, so this is a discussion about substance, not style! Go to their blog to Read More.
April 1 2013
From Hindu Idols to Jesus Christ
Earning only $3.00 per day, Ujjwal tried to support his wife and children as a farmer in the Sunderban Islands in West Bengal, India. Like many in this area, he worshiped the Hindu gods, praying and making offerings to these idols.
When Ujjwal’s father became very ill, Ujjwal soon realized that these gods, and even the medical personnel, could not help. Ujjwal soon met Patra, a worker for Every Community for Christ, One Mission Society’s church multiplication catalyst.
Patra shared the love of Jesus Christ with Ujjwal, and soon, Patra started praying over Ujjwal’s father. These prayers caused Ujjwal’s father’s health to dramatically improve. Because of this miraculous healing, Ujjwal and his family became believers in Christ and started sharing with others.
Their newly formed faith was tested when an arsonist set fire to Ujjwal’s house. Being away while doing ministry, Ujjwal did not despair. He turned to his heavenly Father for divine intervention.
Ujjwal’s son called to tell him that a sudden rain storm blew out of nowhere to put the fire out. The house was not destroyed!
Through all of these events, Ujjwal understands the power of prayer. In April 2013, more than 500 new believers will take part in a baptism ceremony. When Ujjwal was asked how there is such an abundance of fruit in the ministry he is a part of, he replied, "Continuous prayer."
Please take a moment and pray for all of OMS’ workers around the world. Prayer is a vital part of the ministry at OMS, as this work can only be done with the help of the Almighty God. Please visit OMS’ Wall of Prayer often, so that you can continue to pray without ceasing.