One Mission Stories - Owen and Avalon Brown

May 29 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (June 1) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Owen and Avalon Brown, OMS New Zealand executive directors and former missionaries in Yantzaza, Ecuador.

The program features the Browns' testimonies and their calling to missions, as well as a few stories about their four years as missionaries in Ecuador ... including their ministry of raising guinea pigs!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Browns!

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 more help in the New Zealand office. Currently it's just Owen and Avalon and a handful of volunteers. They need more help. Also, they want more missionaries to be sent out. Pray that many in NZ would respond to their call to serve in missions and GO.

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.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the stories from a few members of a short-term team to Colombia. 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: missions, new zealand, ecuador, short-term missions, testimonies, yantzaza, ecuador, missionaries,

Update on Typhoon Relief Work in Philippines

May 28 2014

Report on Trip to Tacloban and Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines

By Brent H. Burdick, OMS Missionary

This report is intended to inform interested parties about the ministry that has taken place in the Philippines as a result of donations given. We are so grateful for all that has been done to enable the people of the Philippines to begin their recovery after the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013.

Background information: The restoration and relief efforts are coordinated by One Mission Society, of which I have been a member for 23 years. My wife, Kim and I served in the Philippines for 20 years from 1991-2011. Our ministry took place primarily in and around Metro Manila, and in central and northern Luzon. We had no ministry in the central Philippines. OMS established a national church, called Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, Inc., (FECPI) composed of 10 organized churches and 20 churches being planted; and a Bible college, (Faith Bible College or FBC) After Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines last November, FECPI, in partnership with OMS, decided to send a team there for relief and restoration efforts, with the goal of eventually also planting churches. The team that was sent was composed of Pastor Willy Galzote and his wife, Vicky. Pastor Willy and Vicky are in their mid-50s. They willingly gave up pastoring in their hometown in order to serve the people of Tacloban and Tanauan, Philippines, on November 8. The capital city of Leyte province, Tacloban City, was hit hard by the typhoon. Typhoon Haiyan had the highest recorded winds of any typhoon ever to make landfall. It also had a storm surge of almost 30 feet in some areas. Tacloban was not hit directly by the eye of the storm. Tanauan, about 12 miles south of Tacloban City, was. A member of Faith Fellowship church, Tess Marcelino, is from Tanauan and had many relatives living in Tanauan. More than 100 members of her extended family/clan were killed by the storm. Total official estimates of the death toll from the storm are “6,000 dead with many missing.” From the destruction we saw six months after the typhoon hit, I would have to say those estimates are incorrect. It was probably more like 25 – 30,000 dead. The reason for the discrepancy is that if the death toll had reached more than 10,000 the UN would have taken over, and the Philippines government did not want this. Relief efforts are ongoing by some agencies, but most of the major ones have pulled out after initial weeks. There are reports of widespread corruption among local and national officials: some relief supplies rotting in warehouses, only 10 percent of financial aid given actually getting to the people, etc. The type of project OMS and FECPI are doing prevents this from happening and meets a real need. The project consists of helping affected families by helping them put a new roof on their homes. The families must sign up, prove their need of a new roof, rebuild the frame of their house, and provide nails for the roofing material. Once these criteria are met, they are given up to 12 pieces of 3’ x 10’ Galvanized iron sheets.

The visit: I flew to Tacloban on April 9 with Reverend Roehl Rivera, FECPI President, and Rev. Mar Ocampo, FECPI National Church Planting Director. When we landed in Tacloban everything was green. Much had re-grown after the typhoon six months ago, but the airport terminal was basically an open shelter without walls. We left the airport and rented a van to Pastor Willy and Vicky Galzote's house. Vicky fixed breakfast for us. Then while we were visiting together, a man named Dennis showed up at the door. He is the president of the Purok 6 (Greenhills) subdivision and had accepted the Lord a couple weeks ago. It is his subdivision where the team is installing all the roofs. We visited with Dennis for about four hours! He was so excited about his new-found faith and the difference it is making in his life! He's a fascinating guy. He is actually a teacher of business at a local university and has lots of community development plans. After a lunch of Pastor Willy's famous fried chicken, Dennis left and we rested since we had all been up since about 2 a.m. At about 4 p.m. a tricycle (motorcycle with a side car) driver came around and took us up to the area where Dennis lives and most of the contacts are. Wow. It was not what I expected. It is basically a squatter community on the side of the mountain in back of Tacloban. They took us around and we visited all the people who had been given GI sheets to fix their roofs. Pastor Willy and Dennis are doing a great job of this. I got lots of pictures and took some video. It is hard to imagine what these people have been through, but they seem happy, and God is really moving in their lives. Lots of little kids were running around and kept hanging on me. They were sweet. We walked around for an hour or so and met the people, talked about their typhoon experiences, prayed for them, etc. We left there then came back and had dinner, reflecting on what we'd seen. I went to bed after spending a fruitless hour trying to check email. Internet connections in Tacloban are spotty and undependable still. I was so tired with jetlag.

The next day we spent the morning visiting the hardware store of a man named Adan. He is a friend of Dennis' who has given a great rate to purchase all the tin roof sheeting for the project. He has quite a vision to help a lot of people through establishing piggery's. Too much to go into here, but it seems he and Dennis are great contacts for everything FECPI hopes to do. I wonder Who had a hand in that!?!

That afternoon, we went to Tanauan. It was sobering. Tanauan was hit by the eye of the hurricane. It is about 1 kilometer (6/10ths of a mile) inland from the ocean, 12 miles or so from Tacloban, and had 20-30 feet of tidal surge in some areas during the storm. We met two families who are relatives of Tess Marcelino, the member attends Faith Fellowship in Manila. The first family we met lived on the west side of the road, farther from the ocean. They had a house with cement walls and twenty people crammed into the back part of the kitchen during the storm. The roof blew away, and then the storm surge came. They said the water was horribly black and full of all kinds of debris. It was moving very fast and the cousin of Tess, a man in his late 50s named Rudy stood in the doorway to keep people from being washed out. The water here was about 10 feet high because the house was higher off the ground and farther from the ocean, so there was about 5-6 feet in the house. The cement walls nearly gave way with the force of the water and you could see how they nearly fell over because they were still leaning when we saw them. It was amazing that the people survived. Rudy said that in the next compound over many people died and the smell was horrible for a couple weeks until they got the bodies taken care of. We passed a Catholic church on the road where there was a mass grave of several hundred bodies. We will start a re-roofing project in this community soon. The people that are left have started rebuilding with the broken bits of wood and debris that they can find. They have not received much relief except from family members in Manila, which isn't much.

We next walked across to the east side of the road, closer to the ocean. Here, the devastation was complete. Where there had once been thousands of people living in houses, was now barely a few cement foundations. We met Eduardo, a man of about 40 who was also a cousin (probably 2nd or 3rd) who had lived through the storm, but his wife and four children all died. We stood where his house had once been and all cried as he told his story. His parents and several other relatives lived in the area and also died in the storm. Their houses were totally wiped away too. This was the area where the storm surge hit 20-30 feet, and the winds were nearly 300 miles per hour.

As we listened to Eduardo, we noticed a bunch of pretty purple and white flowers growing right in front of where his house had been. No one knew where they had come from, or what they were. I've never seen any like it in the Philippines. They had to have been put there by God as a sign of hope for Eduardo. Eduardo was a fisherman but lost everything in the storm. He lives in a makeshift shack up by the road with several other men who lost their families. We are going to try and help Eduardo with a boat and a livelihood project. You could tell he was still in denial and depressed. Pastor Willy will go back and talk to him and the others to help get a roofing project going for this area. I imagine they will need medical missions and other projects. We hope Faith Fellowship church in Manila will get involved with the Tanauan projects.

It didn't seem that much international aid had reached this area. Once in a while you would see a tarp with "UNHCR" or "Samaritan's Purse" blazoned on it as we drove by, but that was all. It will be years before some of these people fully recover. That's why I'm excited about the work that we are doing here. It will make a lot more long-term impact for the people than anything else. Pastor Willy and his wife are committed to at least three years in the Tacloban/Tanauan area. Already they have a once-a-week Bible study going with about 30 new believers attending! Several people have already accepted Christ. Pastor Willy and Vicky have begun to disciple these new believers. They will become the nucleus of the new church!

Prayer requests:

  • 1.Pray for the new believers who are growing in their faith.
  • 2.Pray for protection for Pastor Willy and Vicky as they serve in Tacloban and Tanauan.
  • 3.Pray for God to open more doors and provide more opportunities to serve.
  • 4.Pray for the victims who still need help and need to hear the Good News and have a personal relationship with Jesus.

Tags: philippines, typhoon, relief, faith fellowship

"After the Show" One Mission Stories - Judy Amos

October 11 2013

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 25) encore presentation of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Judy Amos, who served with her husband Dick for 41 years in Japan.

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

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries in Japan, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

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. We have an immediate opening for a sports coordinator for the newly built sports facility. Check out the opportunity to serve in Japan for a year, using your athletic skills.

IVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. You can give to the Japan Relief Fund #400610, Japan church planting, the seminary, or the sports facility.

PRAY: Pray for Judy and her husband Dick as they are currently in Japan, serving the earthquake victims and ministering to former English students.

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.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear Warren Hardig, the international executive director of Men for Missions. 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: be a missionary, become a missionary, disaster relief, give to missions, missions in asia, one mission kids, one mission stories, short term missions, missions in japan, church planting, evangelism, sports ministry, trusting god,

The House That Love Built

May 22 2014

Editor's note: This is based on the Mother Goose nursery rhyme entitled "This is the House That Jack Built."

Bon Repos means “Good Rest” in Creole. This is an ongoing project for Men for Missions. Teams from all over the world are helping to build 30 homes for the poorest of the poor in Haiti. However, the Homes for Haiti project is more than just building homes, it is sharing the love of Jesus with the Haitian people who help with construction. It is a love for Jesus that compels Men for Missions to mobilize teams of laypersons to go to Haiti and turn lumber and concrete into homes built with love.

Carl Poynter, a regional director for Men for Missions, recently returned from Haiti. In his recent prayer letter to supporters he said, “As we shared morning devotionals with the Haitian crew we worked with, two men made a decision to accept Christ into their hearts; this was the greatest blessing of our trip.”

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your hands and heart to build a house with love for the poorest of the poor in Haiti?

If you would like more information about the Bon Repos project in order to serve or give financially, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/bon-repos

By Beth Jordal, OMS Communications

Tags: haiti, homes for haiti, bon repos, reaching the poorest of the poor, haiti earthquake, ministry in haiti,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Colombia ST Team

May 15 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (May 18) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring three gentlemen that participated on an OMS short-term mission trip to Colombia. Fernando Cervantes, an Indianapolis police officer, Ben Greenbaum, an associate pastor of two Greenwood, IN, churches, and Bill Evans, an OMS missionary serving as the director of ministry teams with Men for Missions.

The program features many stories of changed lives as the team did door-to-door evangelism.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy this Colombia short-term team'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.

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

PRAY: Pray for the Saturation Antioquia ministry in Colombia. Pray that all those who accepted Christ would grow. Pray for those who did not ... that God would bring the right person into their lives.Pray for Fernando as he serves as an Indianapolis police officer. Pray for Ben as he pastors and for his family. Pray for Bill as he directs the short-term teams being sent around the world for a life-changing journey.

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.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the stories from longtime OMS missionary Judy Amos, who served in Japan for 41 years. 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: colombia, short-term trip, short-term missions, evangelism, door-to-door, evangecube

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Susan Loobie

May 9 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (May 11) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Susan Loobie, director of Communication at the OMS World HQ. Susan has been involved in missions for the past 25 years and at OMS for the last 10 1/2.

The program features Susan's testimony and her calling to missions, as well as many miraculous stories about how God saved her life.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Susan'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.

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

PRAY: Susan ask for prayer for Bob Fetherlin, the new OMS President, beginning in July 2014. Pray for his transition and the work on new promotional material needed for this from Susan and her team. Also pray for Susan's family--with three teen and pre-teen kids, her hands are full. Pray that each would grow up in Jesus. Praise the Lord for the many times He has rescued Susan from health trials.

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.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the stories from a few members of a short-term team to Colombia. 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: missions, missionary, mission calling, mission journey, calling, suffering, health trials, obedience, missionary journalist,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Warren Hardig

May 2 2014

We hope you enjoy Sunday night's (May 4) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Warren Hardig, executive director for OMS' Men for Missions ministry. Men for Missions (MFM) calls men (and women), specifically laymen or those not yet involved in full-time ministry, to DO whatever God asks, GO wherever God calls, and GIVE whatever Gods asks them to give. Warren and his wife Velma have served with OMS for the past 40 years.

The program features Warren's testimony and his calling to missions, as well as many stories about his life as a farmer, his miraculous deliverance from smoking, his work in youth ministry before OMS, and how God changed him forever when he went on his first short-term trip ... "I went to Haiti a man, I returned a cripple (so emotional as God moved his heart)."

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Warren'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.

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

PRAY: Pray that OMS would see many more people come to Christ. Pray for the 2015 Saturation Antioqia, Colombia, evangelism outreach. We need teams to help plant new churches that will impact Colombia. Pray for the Homes for Haiti/Bon Repos ministry-for more teams to build and all the funds needed to complete the new community for the poorest of the poor.

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. You can purchase any of the books mentioned on the program through Amazon or by calling Barb as well ... Iron Sharpens Iron and Still Sharpening by Warren Hardig ... The stories of ordinary men who were mightily transformed and committed as they responded to: do whatever God asks you to do, go wherever God asks you to go, give whatever God asks you to give, and Of Guts and Grace by Carroll H. Rader, which gives the history of MFM ... we celebrate 60 years this year!

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.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear Susan Loobie, director of Communication for One Mission Society. 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, world missions, short-term missions, haiti, radio 4veh, christian farmer, medical clinic, layman, mfm