There's Just Something About That Name

September 20 2013

There's Just Something About That Name

As I left customs, a young man offered to take my two suitcases, which I was handling just fine. However, I asked him his name, and he said, “Christian!” I told him the meaning and asked if he would like to be like Jesus! "Si, you gave my father, Mario, a Bible once! God transformed him from being an alcoholic." Right there, we prayed together, and Christian began his new life in Jesus. 

My ride pulled up, and I loaded the car, but then I noticed two traffic officers. I greeted them and asked the first one his name. "Javier," he responded with a smile. "Your name means "a new house.” Wouldn't you like a new house in heaven?" I asked.

"Not now," he laughed. I continued, "But wouldn't you like to reserve a new house in heaven right now?" He answered, "Certainly, how do I do that?" … Another precious soul came into the kingdom. His partner was not to be left out. "Arturo? That was my father's name too!" It means "noble hero," I said. Arturo, a seeking heart, asked Jesus to be Savior, Lord, and King of his life." What joy! There is nothing like it.

And one final story about a trip I took into Bellavista, a large prison in Medellin, Colombia, once one of the most violent prisons in the world. I went to find Jeobany. Several of the staff had tried with no luck. A month had gone by since his capture. I found Christian (different from the one mentioned above), a young fellow I had previously led to the Lord, and we went in search of Jeobany, but we had no luck. I waited in the patio as he untiringly called out his name in all the wings. The brothers from the chapel came, and I gave them the things I had for him. I told them Jeobany's story, (he was caught driving a stolen car). They assured me they would take care of him. I left without seeing him. But during my hour and a half waiting in the patio, I saw 31 men accept Jesus as their Savior, including two prison guards. Each received a New Testament.   

Friday, I went back in search of Jeobany. After searching and searching, I felt a hand on my shoulder. An unshaved, wooly Jeobany hugged me. It drew attention in the wing, and I soon was surrounded by inmates. I asked several what their real names were, then told them the meaning. Then, everyone wanted to know his own name's meaning. This is a great way of connecting. They all burst into laughter when I told one fellow, Santiago, what his name meant … engaño, to cheat, deceive. That is how they all got into prison! With a good group of men around me, I shared the Good News and invited them to accept Jesus! A male chorus belted out the sinner's prayer. A priceless moment. Each received a new NT. Then, I told Santiago, "The Truth, now lives in you. You no longer need to live up to your name as you have in the past." I prayed for them, knowing the hardships all of them are going through. The prison is terribly crowded. Jeobany slept in the bathroom his first night. The stairways are packed with bodies at night with no room to walk. Bellavista has almost five times more prisoners than it should…over 7,000, and it was built to house 1,500 men.

"Before the Christians redeemed this place with Jesus' blood, the prisoners chopped up dead bodies and put them into garbage bags. Today, men come out of here transformed to serve the Living God," I told them. 

Then, a number of brothers in the Lord surrounded Jeobany. I asked him if he wanted to come back to Jesus. Humbly, Jeobany asked Jesus to forgive him and to do a new work in him. I prayed for him, then, we hugged. A different look shone in his eyes. Thank you, Jesus, I prayed inwardly, continue the work you began in him when he first asked you into to his life as an eight-year-old in my father's old workshop on the seminary campus. "Jeobany, this is now your family in prison. My brothers want to help you. Seek them out." I left with a full heart, rejoicing in the Spirit's work - a lost sheep was found.

--Jeannine Brabon, OMS missionary, serving in Colombia

Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone. One Mission Society has many opportunities to serve the Lord!

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -Randy Marshall

September 20 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show"

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 22) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Randy Marshall, OMS missionary serving in Ukraine, along with his wife Shelley and his three kids.

It's exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.

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

Do you want to participate in next summer's short-term English camp as a English teach, friend and mentor? It's not too early to sign up. Perhaps you were moved to pray for Randy and the other OMS Ukraine missionaries. If so, we can get you signed up to receive weekly requests by email. We are looking for 1,000 intercessors! Email us at and just put Ukraine prayer in the subject line.

Would you like to help get a Ukrainian student to camp next summer? A gift of $50 will offer a subsidized scholarship for one student. Just type account #301620 in the blank.

Finally, do you want to learn some more fun facts about Ukraine? Through our One Mission Kids ministry, we have created a virtual tour of the country, especially for kids.

Have fun exploring and please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS' executive director of international ministries, Randy Spacht talk about his current role and his 17 years in Colombia.

If you have any questions, you can email us at

If you missed the program, you can listen to it at, or you can subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.

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Human Trafficking Prevention Starts By Entering Others’ Stories

September 17 2013

Human Trafficking Prevention Starts By Entering Others’ Stories

Today in Thailand there is a teenage boy who is one step away from entering the sex industry. Right now in the Philippines, there is a woman who is one choice away from being prostituted. They may be sitting on the street, begging for change, driven to desperation but hanging on by one last thread. If we saw them, if we knew they were just one choice away, would we be able to prevent it?

Many of us choose to avert our eyes when we see someone helpless or begging on the streets. Because something happens when we look. When we make eye contact with someone, we experience a connection. Looking (really looking) at the person in need causes us to enter into their situation. It forces us to feel something for them. It compels us to act because we become part of their story.

I wrote a newsletter a year ago talking about the Zulu tribe of South Africa. They understand this concept of seeing people. In their native greetings, they say “Sawubona,“ meaning “I see you,” and the other person responds “Ngihkona,” literally, “I am here to be seen.”

The inherent meaning in the Zulu response is “by recognizing me, you brought me into existence.” When they see a person and greet them, they are looking deep into them and acknowledging their humanity, their personality, their dignity.

Everyone has a story. In Acts 3, Peter and John encountered a beggar and chose to enter his situation. Verse 4 says, “Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then, Peter said, ‘Look at us!’” They saw him. Not only that, they made sure the man saw them also. They entered his story, and invited him to enter theirs. In that moment, the kingdom of heaven invaded earth. A man who couldn’t take a step could now leap and run!

He’d expected to receive silver and gold. But he received something more priceless than that. He was seen, he was healed, and because he looked at Peter and John, he entered the Story of Jesus.

We can’t prevent people from being trafficked and exploited unless we are willing to enter into their stories. We can’t bring physical and spiritual healing unless we are willing to enter into their stories. And we aren’t really setting them free unless we also invite them to enter into the greatest Story of all.

 --Bethany Ury, OMS missionary, funding to serve with HOPE61 in Thailand

We are currently looking for more people to expand this ministry overseas. If you or someone you know may be interested in this ministry, contact Brent in our Mobilization Department at:

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After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry - Larry and Susan Weil

September 13 2013

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 15) OMS radio program, featuring Larry and Susan Weil, OMS missionaries serving in Mozambique, Africa. It's exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.

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

Would you like to take a short-term trip to Mozambique? How about serving for a longer term as the Mozambique field treasurer? Or maybe your heart was stirred to give to one of the three projects mentioned? ... the Mozambique water project, #407670, the mosquito net project, #407640, or the India flood relief project, #405610 by going here and adding the project number.

Other things mentioned on the program: connect to the One Mission Kids website or OMS Outreach magazine or the OMS-published book, The Vision Lives, by B. H. Pearson, which can be purchased on Amazon or by calling Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext 313.

We hope you enjoyed the program. If you have any questions, you can email us at

If you missed the program, you can listen to it at, or you can subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, radio, short term missions, missions in africa, missions in mozambique, water project, mosquito nets, india flood relief, one mission kids, oms outreach magazine

The Living Water Project

September 11 2013

The Living Water Project


In March of this year, I traveled to the small community of Sitio Catalina, Philippines, for a water project ministry. 

Little did I know how big God is that this would also immediately turn into a church planting project!

I met up with pastor Rely and Lalaine (national OMS coworkers), then journeyed with Rely and four other men from his sending church to the small Mangyan community that previously had no water, no toilets, no electricity ... and no money. Our task was to set up tanks and pipes to bring water from farther up the mountain to their houses. As we accomplished this, we brought the message of ‘living water’ from the story of the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4. I saw the impact this was making.

One week or so later, when I returned to New Zealand, Rely began his first church service there. About a month ago, the roof was put on the new church building! How cool is that?! We praise God “who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.” 

Pray for many Mangyan in this community and farther away to join the new believers. Pray for financial provision for Rely and Lalaine, and pray for teams to go there soon to help with electricity and toilets.


--Owen Brown, Director, OMS New Zealand 

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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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Former Drug Addict Leads Ministry

September 9 2013

Former Drug Addict Leads Ministry


One of the most powerful and life-transforming stories in our MEFI ministry to street kids in Mexico City is Alex's story. Most of you will never have the chance to come to Mexico to meet Alex in person, so here is a short excerpt from his story:

Alex, like so many others in Mexico City had a challenging start to life - his parents tried their best to provide for him, his brothers and sister. After just barely completing secondary school (high school), Alex tried his hand at many jobs, but nothing really satisfied and the money he earned was spent on drugs. He met Paty, now his wife, and they had three children. With a family to feed and a growing drug habit, Alex began to turn to crime. Alex told us of when he was a taxi driver and he would inject himself with cocaine at traffic lights with passengers in the back.

His whole life began to spiral out of control. Then, one day, he had the chance to say yes to Jesus as his Saviour. However, as many know, being a Christian does not protect us from the struggles of the world, and although Alex had accepted Jesus as his Saviour, he hadn't accepted him as his Lord, and he continued to turn to drugs whenever he had problems and lived a double life. 

Then one day he was caught red-handed and was given a seven-year sentence in one of the hardest, overcrowded and most dangerous prisons in the world.

However, drugs were very easy to come by in prison and even when Paty came to see him he would sometimes be so drugged that he just sat in his cell instead of going to see her. It brings tears to his eyes now to recall how much hurt he caused her. Then, one day, he heard music, and he soon realised this was music to praise and worship God. He said he felt drawn to it and began attending a church service in the prison. He prayed in desperation to God, that if He was real He would show him and help him. He had no idea how God might choose to help him until the next day when he was drugging up again. After a while, he realised the drug was having no effect on him, so he thought he might have been sold a bad batch. He asked a fellow cell mate to try it, but his cell mate was affected as Alex normally would have been. From that moment on, God completely removed any craving or desire for the drugs. Alex dedicated himself to helping to lead the church service in the prison. In fact, his sentence was reduced down to three years for good behaviour. At the same time, God began to put a calling on Alex's life to work with street children who have very similar stories and experiences to him. 

When he left prison, Alex and Paty began attending the church where my wife Helen had begun promoting the street kids ministry. Alex and Paty showed their commitment to the project by their unwavering commitment to pray each week at the prayer meetings. Alex was challenged by the pastor of the church to leave his job he had got, cut his pay in half and come and work full-time for MEFI. 

Thankfully, after a lot of prayer, God showed Alex this was indeed His will for his life and Alex and Paty are now in charge of the programme in the drop in centre and also regularly visit the kids on the street. When Alex speaks to the street kids, he speaks with a different kind of authority. The fact that he's done the same, and in some cases, worse things than them, but has now left that all behind and has a new life in Christ, is worth more than a thousand words trying to convince them that they can do it too. 

I hope you get the chance to meet Alex (and Paty) in person someday. But until then, please pray for Alex and the MEFI ministry. You can also donate to MEFI. A portion of your donation could go to support Alex and Paty.

If you'd like to learn more about this ministry, watch the video.

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After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry -Bill Anderson

September 6 2013

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry

We hope you were able to hear the first of many radio shows from OMS last night (Sunday, Sept. 8). It's so exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.

Each Monday, we will post a short blog with resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program.

Last night's program featured OMS UK missionary Bill Anderson. Wasn't he incredible?

Get connected: He talked about his ministry with Men for Missions. And he shared about his heart for Bibles for Africa. We hope you enjoyed the program. If you have any questions, you can email us at

If you missed the program, you can listen to it at you can subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.

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Exciting New OMS Radio Ministry

September 6 2013

Exciting New OMS Radio Ministry


One Mission Society is beginning a new radio ministry. You will be able to hear incredible missionary stories on the radio (also through web streaming at and on our OMS website:, with all the stories archived).

Meet the host of the show, OMS missionary Jason Campbell, through this introduction.

The first program airs Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at 7 p.m. Each new show will be uploaded to our website by the following Monday. We currently are committed to one year of one-hour missionary stories.

Here’s a short snippet of our first program, which highlights the ministry of OMS UK missionary, Bill Anderson.

Pray with us that the Lord blesses us, and all the work yet to be completed, in this new venture—that He will be glorified. And please share this news with your friends by forwarding this blog to them or sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. We are counting on you to help us promote this new project. We are so excited about what God is going to do through this!



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