​Praying for Our Plans

July 30 2014

If, three years ago, someone would've asked me where my life was going, I’d have a scheduled answer for them. You see, my life was on a timeline for two years. My boyfriend at the time and I were very serious. We had talked about marriage, and I was set on it! I planned it all out. We’d get engaged junior year and married before senior year. I knew where I wanted to get married, and I had already researched where we’d live. I was obsessed with this three-year plan! (Before you kindly tell me I’m crazy, let me reassure you that I already know!)

In case you didn't notice, the word “I” was just used a lot. The timeline that I was obsessed with was my own creation. In fact, I was so focused, making every detail come through that I never stopped to ask God about … well … any of it. I was so off base that God shut the whole operation down. The things that I had planned were not necessarily bad in themselves, but they would not have glorified God in the long run.

This was a big lesson to learn, and I still struggle with “me.” But I’m not perfect, and God is working on me through the surrendering process.

Missionaries are often looked at as “perfect Christians.” They’re admired for their courage and willingness to follow God, but that doesn't mean that they have all the answers. Even missionaries have to constantly pray for direction from God.

Though my time at OMS was short, the God-centeredness of the ministries was evident early on.

That doesn't mean that everything was always smooth sailing. Details, timelines, and deadlines constantly surround OMS, and it’s easy to get swept up in them! And this kind of planning is exciting! Mission trips, projects, and new fields all are great things—when they glorify God and are surrendered to his will. Just like the future I was planning by myself, if one of our plans or ideas will not glorify God, it’d be better for him to shut the door entirely than to have us try to make it work in our own human strength.

Give your plans to God today. Ask him for guidance and direction as you seek him. When you seek to glorify him in everything, the plans will follow.

And will you pray the same prayer for One Mission Society? As you read the Facebook posts about great things God is doing, will you join OMS in giving God the future? Each plan and project needs to be given to God for his guidance and his glory.

By Christina Franks, Summer Communications Intern

Editor’s note: We are going to miss Christina so much. She has contributed a lot to our team this summer, including all the blogs for the past 10 weeks. Please include her and her future in your prayers. She is praying about her next plans that just might include OMS in the future! She's also scheduled to write the next two blogs...

(Christina is in green in the center.)

Tags: plans, god's plans for my life, interns,

​God Was at Our Conference

July 30 2014

The One Mission Society International Conference feels like forever ago (held on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University from July 10-13). It was an amazing four days of worship and fellowship, but it took a lot of people to make it happen. And though conference went by without any problems (at least, that you’ll ever know about!), it wasn’t the success of conference that made it memorable. The details that seemed so overwhelming leading up to conference paled in comparison to the overwhelming power that was felt there.

God was at our conference.

He was there at the very beginning as we started the conference by praising God for the doors he has opened for One Mission Society. As the song “Hallelujah to the Lamb” was being played over the house speakers, flags of the countries in which we serve were carried up the aisle by missionaries who have served or are serving in that country. The flag ceremony served not only as a great reminder of our abundant blessings, but also as a prelude for a powerful extended weekend.

Thursday evening continued with Eric Simpson, an Indianapolis pastor and the Indianapolis Colts chaplain, delivering a challenging message. Inspired by the story of Caleb in the Old Testament, Eric pleaded with us to finish our faith strong. He asked us what it was going to take our faith to gain strength even as our bodies weaken with age. The “retirement concept is much more North American than it is this,” he said as he held his Bible in the air. As the service closed and Eric’s challenge lingered, tears fell down and prayers went up all around the large auditorium.

God was at our conference.

The next night, newly-appointed OMS President Bob Fetherlin asked us if we were overwhelmed by God. Are we overwhelmed by creation? By the incarnation? By the resurrection? Our God is an awesome God. After he spoke, we stood and worshiped our God, who is worthy of all praise, and we were reminded of what it meant to be overwhelmed.

God was at our conference.

Throughout the week, we heard answered prayers and prayer requests from our missionaries. We heard about the work that God is doing through his people in several nations. As they shared their stories with us, our missionaries also shared their passion, and it was contagious.

God was at our conference.

Our children alone raised enough money for two homes for the Bon Repos site in Haiti. In just 3 days, they collected more than $10,000. For some of them, however, two homes were not enough. They might have left the conference with their families that Sunday, but many of them took away a heart for the people of Haiti and the courage to help them.

God was at our conference.

Throughout the conversations and the receptions, we shared stories of what God has done and what we can’t wait to see him do next. God has been with One Mission Society every step of the way, and looking back at what he has done, we praise him for his presence and his power. And now looking back at our conference, we praise him again because … HE was at our conference.

Tags: oms conference, international conference, eric simpson

​Hannah’s Heart for Haiti

July 16 2014

“Would you like to help build a house in Haiti?” Eager-eyed children at One Mission Society’s International Conference asked that question or a similar one of me this past weekend. How could I say no? All the cash I brought with me was wiped out by the first night! If you recall, the OMS blog has mentioned the Homes for Haiti Bon Repos project several times before the conference. Well, the kids attending the conference embraced the challenge of finding donors who would help cover the cost of construction, specifically the concrete blocks. For just $6.00, I could purchase one block for a home; and I bought a few and so did many other attendees of the conference. The children raised enough money in three days to build TWO homes; that is $10,128.75! That is amazing!

What is even more amazing is one young girl, Hannah, alone raised nearly enough to build one home (with the help of matching funds). Hannah is an MK (missionary kid) who lived in Haiti, but though she has moved back to the States, her heart has been broken for Haiti. The day after the conference, her mom found her in their home office looking at a photo of the Bon Repos project hanging on the wall. The longing to help the poorest of the poor had lingered into a new week. Her eyes studied the project, trying to decide which house she wanted to be a part of constructing, once she gets a team formed. Hannah does not plan to end with just building a home; she intends to raise more money to build more homes. Her mom shared Hannah’s vision with us, “If I had courage, and was brave enough at conference, and we raised $10,000 in three days, I know I can do more if I go and speak to the church, family, and friends, or anyone else who will listen.” Even in her reflections of the conference, Hannah saw the joint effort of all the kids monies combined, not focused on the money she raised singlehandedly.

Hannah is aware of the need in Haiti, and she could have settled with “awareness.” However, her engaged heart has forged a burning passion to do something about it. Has Hannah’s heart for Haiti touched your heart?

It is not too late to give. The Bon Repos project still needs to raise more than $100,000 to complete the community for Haitians who have nothing. Go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/bon-repos and click on “Give Now” to engage your heart just like Hannah’s heart for Haiti.

By Beth Jordal – Communications, One Mission Society

Tags: haiti, homes for haiti, heart giving, bon repos,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Bill Evans

July 14 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, July 13) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary, Bill Evans, who serves as the Men for Missions director of ministry teams and coordinator for the Homes for Haiti project. Bill shares about how he caught the vision for missions on a short-term trip to India and then Haiti. He's now served with OMS for 12 years. Exciting fact: Bill raised all his support to be a full-time missionary with OMS in 90 days!!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Bill's!

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

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Bill, his wife Jackie, and his three sons. Pray for MFM--that the team would seek the Lord in all they do. Pray for the Homes for Haiti/Bon Repos project--for teams to help, that the quality of work would be great, and that many Haitian families would use their new homes as a lighthouse for the Gospel. Pray for Bill, that he would be a credible, faithful witness for the Lord. "God doesn't call the equipped, but He equips the called."

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of short-term mission nurses in Ecuador. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: men for missions, mfm, short-term teams, haiti, india, homes for haiti

​Thrown to the Wolves

July 9 2014

In just one week, Indiana was faced with the death of three police officers. All three died in the line of duty.

One officer, a sheriff deputy, died in a car crash while responding to a crime scene.

The second and third officers were shot—one in Gary, and one on the eastside of Indianapolis.

The latter officer was a 22-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. For more than two decades, he turned down promotions and chose to work in the most dangerous streets in the city. When asked why he chose these particular areas, he responded, “That’s where I’m needed.”

His patrol car, placed on display outside of his station after his death, was soon covered in flowers and letters of gratitude. His funeral will be held in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana’s NBA arena, and will be open to the public. While the way he died will be mourned, his life and service will also be celebrated.

It is certainly a dark time for the state of Indiana, but these three officers will always be remembered for their courage and faithful service.

Bill Owensby of the Fraternal Order of Police described the work of a police officer in this way: “Our job—our calling—is to go out there and run toward danger when everybody else runs away from it.”

As Christians, when we decide to live our lives for Jesus, we were choosing the same life of rejection and persecution that Jesus himself faced.

In John, we read that Jesus didn’t try to keep the trials and sufferings that we will face a secret. He said, “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”

Later in 2 Timothy, Paul writes that “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Just like the IMPD officer who chose to be in the middle of the most dangerous areas of Indianapolis, we have missionaries who have placed themselves in the darkest parts of the world. Many days, their lives could be on the line, yet they know that that is where they are needed. Not all of us have experience in the most hostile areas of the world, but each and every one of us will face trials for the life we have chosen. Let us rejoice in the promise in Revelation that when we are "faithful unto death," Jesus will give us the "crown of life."

Let us also put ourselves out there for the sake of the Gospel! When we use our lives to multiply the kingdom, God is pleased. How great it will be when we reach heaven and we hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master"! Not many of us will have funerals in an NBA arena, but that kind of earthly glory will not even compare to the glory that we will see when we reach heaven. Hallelujah!

By Christina Franks, Summer Communications Intern, One Mission Society

Tags: indiana, police deaths, shootings, persecution

Presidential Prayer Rally: Starting With Nothing

July 2 2014

It’s not often that a new President spends his first day in leadership talking about how he and everyone else in the organization is prone to failure.

But that is exactly how our new OMS President, Bob Fetherlin, started his first day here at One Mission Society.

When he realized that his first day would be on July 1, a Tuesday, Bob asked if he could move the monthly prayer rally from the traditional Wednesday to the Tuesday. So, from 9 a.m. until noon, we worshiped God and thanked him for his provision, his love, his mercy, and his altogether awesomeness. Benjamin, age 8, could be heard over some of the adults as we sang “How Great Thou Art.” Dr. Wesley Duewel, age 98, prayed twice during the three hours, reminding us that praising our Lord doesn’t have an age limit.

Bob wanted to begin his time as President of OMS with an atmosphere of total surrender and pure dependence on God, and this mindset was evident as he and his wife, Esther, addressed those in the Fellowship Hall and those joining via the live stream.

“We come with nothing in our hands. We are desperate for him.”

The prayer rally focused on the verse Matthew 5:3, which says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Bob told us that, as Christians, oftentimes “we think more highly of ourselves than we ought.” Sometimes, it can be difficult to let go of our pride and give God glory when a task goes well or projects are accomplished.

As we serve One Mission Society, Bob reminded us that our efforts are also for God. What we do in our individual cubicles or in our particular departments comes together in a bigger picture. Unless two ministries are collaborating, it can be easy to get wrapped up in our own work. So, when the departments were separated into groups of two, they didn’t share projects. They shared prayers. It took a lot of time, but Bob reminded us that if we intend to glorify God in everything we do, then “we don’t have time not to pray.”

At the end of the prayer rally, another group came up to the front of the Fellowship Hall and shared their prayers. As Bob and Esther sat in chairs at the front, our children’s prayer team, made up of OMS missionary kids, surrounded them. This group, which ranges from children as young as two to teenagers, laid one hand on our new President and First Lady while the other hand held cards that they had prepared for the special day.

With tears in their eyes, the Fetherlins expressed how blessed they felt to be part of the future of One Mission Society. We are blessed to have them here with us. God’s presence was felt that Tuesday morning—what a beautiful way to start this new season.

By Christina Franks, OMS Summer Intern in Communications

Tags: one mission society, oms, prayer, prayer rally, dependence, oms president

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - nurses in Ecuador

July 1 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, July 6) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS short-term missionary nurses who served in Ecuador on a medical mission trip. If you've ever wanted to join a short-term medical team, you'll enjoy these nurses' stories.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the University of Indianapolis nurses!

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

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for all the OMS short-term mission trips. Pray for those who have gone in the past and those planning for a future trip.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary and short-term trip coordinator for Men for Missions, Bill Evans. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: ecuador, medical missions, short-term missions,