Miracles Around the World

November 25 2014

Every Tuesday and Thursday, those of us who work at the One Mission Society World Headquarters gather together for chapel. We get to hear reports from field missionaries passing through, encouraging devotionals from local pastors, and general updates from leaders of what God is doing around the world. Today was one of those days. International Ministries director, Randy Spacht, shared two stories.

OMS began work in India in 1940 and planted the first national church in 1945. Today, there are more than 4,500 OMS-related churches in India. Recently, Randy attended the 35th biennial all-India conference and heard many stories. One impactful report came from Delhi where the team there said that they were involved in evangelism, hospital and jail ministry, showing the Jesus film, and a healing ministry. Here in the U.S., we’re leery of testimonies of healings because of the fraud we’ve seen associated with it. But around the world, it is through healing ministries that thousands are being saved. One man, Ansh, couldn’t walk or talk, and was healed when the team prayed for him. He and his whole family accepted Jesus as their Savior.

In the Caribbean, people are coming to the Lord so quickly, OMS is checking and double checking the numbers for accuracy. Recently, an OMS-trained student met a man on the train and shared the Gospel with him, and he accepted Jesus in his life. As the student stood to get off at his stop, the man said, “But what do I do now?” The student gave him his Bible and his OMS church-planting training materials and told him to read it and do what it said.

Several months had passed when the car of one of our leaders, P*, broke down. He walked to a nearby town and heard Christian worship. When he inquired where he might find a mechanic, someone pointed at the group singing and said the mechanic was the one leading them.

Afterward, when P* introduced himself and his title to the mechanic, he (the mechanic) got so excited and brought out a book to show him. It was the same church-planting training book that the OMS student had given him on the train. He had read it, did what it said … and planted a church, with 200 being baptized that very night!

Oh, how good it is to serve the Lord of the harvest! Thank you for your support of One Mission Society, making it possible for the ministry like the stories above to happen, for us to tell His stories, and for all of us to be a part of changing lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tags: evangelism, india, caribbean, gospel sharing, healing,

No More Running Away

November 21 2014

Editor’s word: This is a longer than normal testimony, but well worth the time to read it. It’s by Jen, an ob/gyn physician from Oregon who participated as a short-term volunteer on an Men for Missions medical mission trip to Haiti in early November 2014.

We arrived at Mango Bridge and set up 4 consultation areas (3 doctors and 1 nurse), 1 chiropractic treatment area, 1 vitals station (blood pressure/pulse), 4 prayer/evangelism stations and a pharmacy. With the strength and grace of God we were able to see, treat and minister to over 200 people! If you speak to each person on our team you will get a different story about what impacted them most at the mobile clinic. I would like to share with you my story...

At the end of the day, a woman entered my consultation "room" to be seen. She had serious scars on her face, neck and right arm. But most distressing of all was her left hand. It was severely swollen and deformed, rendered unusable, and had several open wounds with obviously necrotic tissue. She explained that she had fallen into a fire in June and was severely burned. She then also showed me more scarring on her back and chest. With the help of some people in her church, she had gone to the government-run hospital in Cap-Haitien for treatment. They were able to provide treatment for most of her burns, but recommended that her left hand be amputated. As a single mother of three children, she could not accept this treatment plan as it would render her unable to perform many of the daily tasks that are required of her. So, she returned home.

By God's miraculous power most of her burns healed, although she is left with scars. But her hand was very severely damaged and had become infected. The infection has been so prolonged and severe that the tissue in her fingers had swollen to the point that the skin split open and I could see the bones of each of her fingers. There was obviously dead tissue surrounding each of these splits and also a large open wound on the back of her hand that had likely never healed from the original burn. I was moved to tears. I have never seen anything so horrific in my medical career. I desperately wanted to run away.

She explained how her husband had left her with their three children (ages 6-10) and she used what little money she had to feed and educate her children. She had no money left over for transportation or medical care for herself. She had not seen a doctor since August. She had a tremendous amount of pain, but sat stoically as I examined her mangled hand. More tears. More desire to run.

I spent several minutes emphasizing to this woman the extreme urgency and importance of seeking hospital care for this problem, knowing there was nothing medically meaningful we could do at this mobile clinic. I explained that while a surgeon might not be able to save her hand, they might be able to save her life. I wanted to get her out of my consultation room as quickly as possible, because her hand was disgusting to look at.

But the Holy Spirit tugged my heartstrings and clearly told me there were some things I could do to help this woman. I led her outside to pray with some members of our team and we prayed for miraculous healing. I then led her to the pharmacy area and gathered several supplies. Almost as an afterthought, I had hurried around the (permanent) clinic in the morning to gather some simple surgical tools and supplies (gauze, iodine cleaning solution, tape, scissors, scalpel, tweezers, ointment). These are not items that they typically bring on a mobile medical clinic, but somehow the Lord must have known I would need them.

I gave her an injection of an anti-inflammatory/pain medication and then began the tedious work of cleaning and debriding her wounds. To distract her I began to ask her about her family and she called over a beautiful young girl that she introduced as her daughter. She then showed me a photo of her with her three children. The photo was tattered and obviously a couple of years old, but she held it out for me to see as if it was her most treasured possession. As she shared with me the names of her children her face lit up with a tremendous smile.

The storm clouds began to gather, the rest of the patients had been seen and everyone was quickly packing up the pharmacy and other supplies so we could leave before it started raining. I continued to work and I could tell by the occasional flinches that this was a painful process for her. Once the wounds were cleaned the best I could and some of the dead tissue had been removed, I began to bandage up each one of her almost unrecognizable fingers. At one point while I was concentrating, the woman touched my arm with her good hand to get my attention, looked me in the eye and began to sing to me with the most angelic voice. More tears. But this time all I wanted to do was stay and sit with this beautiful sister in Christ.

I asked the interpreter what the words were to her song. When the woman finished singing she shared that she was singing Psalm 27, which was her favorite Scripture to reflect on when she is facing hardship:

The Lord is my light and my salvation - so why should I be afraid?

The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger - so why should I tremble?

The one thing I ask of the Lord - the thing I seek most - is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life...

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

It is only by a true miracle from the Most High King that this woman - who had so many reasons to be afraid, so many circumstances which could cause her to tremble, so many things she could ask of the Lord, and so many reasons to doubt the goodness of God - could sing these words.

It is only by a true miracle from the Most High King that this woman - a fearful, trembling, unequipped ob/gyn from Oregon, who has spent the past two weeks seeing medical cases that would cause many to doubt the goodness of God - could be shaped into a vessel to pour out His love to one of His hurting daughters.

Today, I praise my heavenly Father for the opportunity to serve His kingdom. I praise Jesus Christ, who came to unite us together in His name. And I praise the Holy Spirit who breaks my heart to the point of action, so that I would not miss my opportunity to bless and to be blessed.

Whatever difficulty you are facing today, hold tight to the promise of Psalm 27 - do not be afraid; do not tremble; you will live in the house of the Lord, and you will see His goodness while you are here in the land of the living.

In His service,

Jen

Photos of the actual medical trip, but none include the woman treated. Dr. Jen is pictured in the second picture down, green scrubs.

Tags: haiti, medical missions, doctor, compassion, short-term trip,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Paula Leasure

November 21 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Nov. 23) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Paula Leasure, who has served with OMS for 20 years and has walked with the Lord for 50! She shares about how OMS missionary Valetta Crumley mentored her and helped save her marriage. She also told about how her missions journey started by going to Russia. She also spent two years working with Men for Missions and then in an Asian country for a little over a year, and finally worked at the OMS World HQ in Finance. One of the special things she started while here was a monthly dinner and prayer for the singles. Paula has visited 26 countries...to minister, especially through intercessory prayer.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Paula'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! Check out the Facebook page. This is a 1-year opportunity for younger missionaries.

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

PRAY: Pray for Paula-that a couple of her children will still come to know and walk with the Lord. Pray also as she completes the writing of her book-that it will touch and bless people, that Jesus would be lifted up and glorified through it.

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.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, mentioned on the program, write to radio@onemissionsociety.org and just put His Banner book in the subject line. The first 100 to respond will receive this free.

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 and encore presentation of Chuni and Carolyn Pema, OMS NZ missionaries serving in India. 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/podcast 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: radio, missions, short-term trips, intercessory prayer,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Lisa Ausley

January 24 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 16) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS Board of Trustee member, Lisa Ausley. Lisa shared many stories of God leading her on her Christian journey.

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

Lisa shared about the influence of Billy Graham and missionary biographies on her Christianity. She also shared about her long-term desire to be a full-time missionary, yet how God had other plans. He has used Lisa and her husband, a church pastor, to influence and send approximately 35 missionaries to date. She has a goal of 50 in her lifetime.

Lisa attended Asbury University and got involved in the OMS Student Center there, run by OMS missionary Margaret Brabon (at the time), a huge mentor in Lisa's life.

Lisa also mentioned the impact of OMS' cofounder Lettie Cowman's devotional book, Streams in the Desert.

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 give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

BOOKS: You can purchase Streams in the Desert devotional, by OMS cofounder Lettie Cowman, 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.

INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Paul Leasure. 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.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or on podcast at http://omsradio.podbean.com/

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.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, life changing story, loss of loved one, missions, oms outreach magazine, one mission society, one mission stories, short term missions, short-term mission trip, short-term missions, trusting god, world missions,

God at Work in South Aisa

November 13 2014

God is at work in South Asia. We are grateful for our ministry partnerships there. Here is a report of some of the exciting thing happening:

Forty young adults have completed their theological course at the Bible school and have also completed the T&M training - 1st sequence. They have returned to their districts and are multiplying training through T&M to the local churches throughout South Asia.

Sixty church planters and 60 dynamic women attended follow-up T&M training, with training from our own OMS Dynamic Women in Missions team. Out of the 60 women, we have chosen 12 key leaders for supervising other dynamic women. They have returned to the 49 districts and shall train to dynamic women in the local churches.

The So. Asian dynamic women and young adults will now plant three new churches in their respective locations this next year.

And finally, our ministry partner led an open-air evangelistic meeting recently. More than 15,000 people attended the meeting and heard the Good News. Miracles occurred three times as rain started falling during the meeting, but they prayed for the rain to stop immediately, and the sky cleared and sun shined. Hallelujah!!!

Thank you for your prayers and support for rapid church growth ministry in South Asia!

Tags: ministry in asia, open air meeting, evangelism, training

A Mission Without Limits - a vision for OMS' future

November 5 2014

I learned about investing in the future from my grandfather. One day, he was planting an apple tree. I asked him, “Why are you planting this tree?” He knew the question behind the question. “Grandpa, you are 80 years old and will probably never see one of the apples!” My grandfather answered, “I am planting this for you, not for me.” My grandfather was a smart man to plan for the future.

When I think of the future of One Mission Society, I am reminded of my grandfather. What we do now is often done thinking toward the future more than the present. The burden and challenge is to prepare OMS to carry out Christ’s mission in the shifting population and global trends we face in the 21st century.

OMS will not compromise the message of the cross or the message of heart purity resulting in a holy lifestyle. The last century’s challenge was the Gospel’s contextualization in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Our new challenge is keeping the preaching of the cross central, while allowing the Gospel to be African, Latin American, European and Asian.

The Global South will be the largest potential missionary force the world has ever seen. Our entire organization must be flexible and strategically structured when we face this challenge. The Gospel will not change; the goals will not change; but our methods, recruitment, and organizational structure must.

There are no limits to OMS’ future. We are making changes that will allow the next generation to have an effective witness and partnership with our national churches for the final harvest. People of every culture and nation can embrace and serve in the ministry of OMS because it is based not in one culture or country but in the Scriptures.

The future ministry of One Mission Society has no limits.

--Edward W. Williamson, One Mission Society Board of Trustees Chairperson

Tags: oms, missions, future, investing, no limits,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Lori McFall

November 4 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Nov. 9) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Lori McFall, who serves as the senior editor at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana. Lori and her family have served in both the Philippines and in Ireland for short terms.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Lori'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! Check out the Facebook page. This is a 1-year opportunity for younger missionaries.

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

PRAY: Pray for Lori and time management with her overwhelming amount of work to do. That she would be able to prioritize each project. Please, also pray for her ongoing funding challenges.

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.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, mentioned on the program, write to radio@onemissionsociety.org and just put His Banner book in the subject line. The first 100 to respond will receive this free.

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 an encore presentation of OMS Board member, Lisa Ausley. 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/podcast 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: mission, radio, one mission stories, podcast,