An Attitude of Gratitude

November 26 2013

An Attitude of Gratitude

“One man said, he had made enough from his garden this year that he didn’t have to sell one of his animals in order to send his children to school,” writes Dave Graffenberger, a missionary with One Mission Society in Haiti. This line in Dave’s most recent prayer letter to his supporters is a reality for the Majority World. I cannot even imagine what kind of life this man has in Haiti. Sure, I have seen the pictures and read headlines about poverty in Haiti and other places, but reading a sentence like that caused me to pause and ponder. “Do I ever have to make decisions like this?”

The answer is no, but it is not an exuberant “no,” it is a sobering “no,” with the realization that my reality is not what the majority of the world’s reality is on a day-to-day basis. Access to education, medical care, clean water, a home, clean clothes, shoes on my feet, food in my belly are all a matter of choice for me, often a luxury. For the rest of the world, what I consider a choice or luxury is just a matter of survival, and that just makes my mind wonder … why?

As I journey through my life as a Christ follower, I believe He reveals this kind of thing to me for a couple of reasons. First, to bring to my mind all of the blessings I have in my life like my home, clothes, and clean water. Second, recognizing an alternate reality causes me to think differently about what I have, what I want, and what I actually need. Thoughts like this stretch me and bring me to what I desperately need, a change in my attitude. An attitude of thankfulness and gratitude is the third reason I believe the Lord reveals things like this to me. 

Living with an attitude of gratitude changes my perspective. It takes the focus off me and puts it where it should be … on the Lord. He is worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise. Happy Thanksgiving!

―Beth Jordal, OMS missionary, serving in Communications

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

GO:

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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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight

November 15 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring One Mission Society missionary Carolyn Knight, serving as a trainer with Every Community for Christ.

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

Carolyn shared many stories about her time in Africa before she joined OMS ... and boy, are some of those stories life-changing! She also shared about her travels to Africa and Asia with OMS as a trainer/facilitator with OMS' Every Community for Christ ministry. And finally she shared about a local ministry she involved with to minister to women in the stripper industry. As you listen, you hear Carolyn's heart for evangelism and church planting.

GO:

Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities. ECC is seeking church planters and church multiplication facilitators in several countries around the world.

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 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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Asia Pacific Relief Needed

November 14 2013

Asia Pacific Relief Needed

Year after year, the people of the Asia Pacific region hold their breath in anticipation of the next typhoon/cyclone, tropical disturbance, or severe flooding due to the tropical cyclone season from November 1 – April 30.

This past Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, causing widespread destruction and killing thousands. 

Some meteorologists report that this might be the most powerful storm to ever hit land. According to CNN, “The typhoon was 3.5 times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina, which hit the United States in 2005. It wasn’t the storm’s 250-kph (155-mph) gusts that caused most of the damage—it was a mammoth storm surge that reached up to 5 meters (16 feet) high.”

The storms triggered landslides, uprooted trees, and destroyed homes and entire communities as its destructive forces moved quickly though the islands.

Early Monday, powerful winds also forced thousands to evacuate their homes in northeastern Vietnam. Destruction, to some extent, is evident throughout the Asia Pacific region.

OMS will send relief to the areas of the Asia Pacific region where we have ministries and workers on hand to do the most good. In one country, we have "boots on the ground," ready to put his military and relief experience to work to get immediate help into the hands of those that need it most.

Today, six days later, in many areas of the Asia Pacific region, we still see: No electricity. No food. No water. Widespread looting. Dead bodies scattered on the streets. Missing people. Hospitals overrun with patients. Houses and buildings demolished. And medical supplies running out.

This is how you can help today. Send your donation to One Mission Society, a ministry you know and trust. 

We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available. 

To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”

Thank you in advance for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.

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After the Show: One Mission Stories - Bill Anderson

November 11 2013

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Bill Anderson

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Nov. 10) OMS radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Bill Anderson. This was an encore broadcast. He shared many stories about trips around the world, including Africa and Asia.

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

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

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 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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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.

GO:

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

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 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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Exploring God's Call to Missions

November 1 2013

Exploring God's Call to Missions

Scrolling through One Mission Society’s Facebook wall, I find myself in awe of how God uses normal ordinary people to complete his extraordinary command to make disciples of all nations. For the past 112 years, folks have journeyed to other lands to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people just like you and me, human souls. Though languages, skin color, customs, and mores may be different, the truth is people are people “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14, ESV). We are born, we live, and we die no matter where we live or what nation we call home.

So what is it that motivates people to leave their own home and go to live in another culture for a few weeks, a few years, or even until they enter eternity? The specific answers are as different as the people themselves, but there seems to be a common denominator for those who go. What is it? It is a call, but only you can determine what that is for you. Since 1901, One Mission Society has come alongside thousands of ordinary people who have found that one thing that stirs them to respond to the call to help fulfill the Great Commission.

Although, OMS has sent thousands of missionaries, the organization believes the first call for any person is to the Lord himself, not to an organization or to a country. Over the next few days, the Mobilization Department is hosting an event, One Weekend, with the intent to help folks explore questions about the call to missions, or how does one fit into missions. Even though OMS is hosting this event, it is not a 3-day advertisement for One Mission Society. Rather, it is a retreat from the day-to-day distractions so that interested people have an opportunity to hear the Lord speak into their hearts.

This weekend is already booked up, but there will be another One Weekend event coming soon. If you are interested in missions or curious about “the call,” mark your calendars for March 7-9, 2014! The event fills up fast, and March will be here before we know it. Contact Paul Cox at pcox@onemissionsociety.org to get your name on the list.

I’ve been through One Weekend, and you will not regret attending, but you may regret missing the opportunity. You may be one of the ordinary people God has chosen for an extraordinary task in his plans to fulfill the Great Commission. Watch for reports from this weekend’s event because I am sure there will be stories to tell you!

Beth Jordal, OMS missionary, serving in Communications 

“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop, within a yard of hell.” C.T. Studd

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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