Teaching in the South Pacific

October 28 2014

In August, Danielle Flood-Coleman, from N. Ireland, returned to the South Pacific for a second year of teaching at the OMS-related international school.

Danielle writes, I am still a teacher. For those of you who aren’t sure what that entails; it means I get home every day really tired. It means I spend all day thinking about the children in my care, whether they have enough support or whether the work has seemed too easy for them. I assess how well my pupils are understanding their lessons, and change them accordingly, I decide how well they are responding to what they should know and what they don’t yet know. I am constantly changing and looking for new ideas. Teaching is never static. Every day is different, and that is both exhilarating and sometimes exhausting. I love teaching the children in my care. I love talking one-on-one with them and with them as a class. I love hearing their love for Jesus and I love seeing their academic improvement. Depending on the situation I am parent, doctor, counsellor, guider and sometimes, when I get time, teacher. I am their teacher as Christ has called me to be. This month has been settling into the dynamics of teaching two grades simultaneously. The challenge lies in trying to get the lessons to fit together like pieces of a puzzle so all the pupils are occupied all the time. This also is balanced with all the other aspects of school life, so although I feel like I haven’t done very much this month, it’s just because I have put a lot if it under the heading of ‘School.’

This month, God showed me that in my walk with him it is not in the big things where I struggle. I’m happy to move across the world for him, that is not where my problem lies. My problem lies in the small things, the daily sacrifices, the daily quiet times and the daily prayer life. That is the area that needs work. So, that is what I’m looking at at the moment; trusting God with the everyday and being a little more `Mary’ and a little less `Martha.’

I have many things lined up this month. Just looking at the schedule has me saying to myself ‘One day at a time, Danielle.’


Are you a teacher? Are you interested in serving overseas for a year or more, using the gifts God has given you? We have many opportunities to serve around the world. Contact Andrea at afisher@onemissionsociety.org today to see if we can fit together.

Click here for a list of opportunities to serve as a K-12 teacher, but we also have open doors to teach in seminaries and to teach ESL (for those qualified).

Tags: missions, teaching, teacher, asia,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Jeremy and Meredith Fulda

October 22 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Oct. 26) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring new missionaries Jeremy and Meredith Fulda, serving in Hualien, on the east coast of Taiwan. The Fuldas will be involved in evangelism, church planting, and child advocacy. Hear their stories of their conversions, their call to ministry and how God is using them now. It's also exciting to hear about influential people in their lives that helped them get to the field full time ... people like OMS missionaries Rachel Coleman and Susan Truitt.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Fuldas!

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 the Fuldas. They ask for their health and safety as they transition to the new culture. Pray, too, for the healthy delivery of their first child, a girl, due on Thanksgiving Day. They also request prayer for their new team in Hualien. There are many opportunities for ministry, with lots of needs - may each missionary be strengthened and seek God's call in their lives and be obedient.

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 OMS missionaries Jerry and Barb Sandoz, who served for many years in South Korea and now serve at the OMS World HQ. 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: missions, radio, taiwan, children's ministry,

​Literacy Opens Doors to the Gospel in the DRC

October 22 2014

Here are two simple testimonies of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have benefited greatly by the One Mission Society Bridge to Reading (B2R) literacy project.

Neema (left) said: “When I didn’t know how to read and to write, my husband considered me an animal. He wouldn’t give me money to buy anything in the market, and he said that a wife who doesn’t know how to read and write is like a dog. He said he must look for another woman because I’m not beautiful.

“When the literacy ministry came to our church, I was the first to register. My husband led me to the tutoring center to be a student, and he said to the pastor, ‘This woman must learn to read and write. If not, I’ll chase her out and look for another.’

“After two and a half years, I’m now able to read and write because (the goal of) literacy is powerful to make us do something. Today, I’m the president of the women’s ministry in our church. I know how to read the Bible and preach to other Christians―even my husband. He’s now received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Now, he says that I’m a wise woman because I am literate. God bless literacy missions.”

Furahisha (right) was married to a man who enjoyed studying, but she was not able to read or write. When the literacy project was implanted in her area, she said that she’d have to ask advice from the pastor about it.

The pastor asked her husband to agree that his wife could learn at the literacy center. Three years and nine months later, Furahisha was able to read the Bible and write correctly. She says, “When we left Lusheke for Kalangwe, the pastor of the church chose me to teach others in the literacy center. Now, I’m a tutor in the Kalangwe center. Glory to the Lord who sent us the literacy ministry.”

--Testimonies courtesy of OMS volunteer and B2R founder, Connie Schwein

5k Walk/Run for Literacy

If you'd like to support the Bridge to Literacy ministry, you can donate here to project #407800.

Also, on Saturday, Nov. 1, OMS will host a 5k walk/run for literacy to raise money and awareness for our literacy ministry. You can register for the event here, which is being held at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana. The event starts at 9:30 a.m.

To view a short video about the walk/run and literacy, click here.

Tags: literacy, africa, drc, literacy ministry,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Margaret Neff

January 17 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Oct. 19) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Margaret Neff, an OMS missionary serving in Mexico City, Mexico. Margaret shared many stories of God leading her on her missionary journey.

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

Mexico is currently involved in several different ministries and have lots of opportunities for you to give, go and pray for their/your work there. Here are the ministries: Margaret shared about MEFI, our street kid ministry and drop-in center in Mexico City. There are an estimated 800,000 street kids in Mexico City. Read more about the ministry, watch the video, and/or donate here.

Margaret also shared about church planting in Mexico City, a city of 40 million people. OMS Mexico is working with the OMS-related UNIFAM denomination of churches. They are using the Train & Multiply training material (in which OMS is a partner), with the goal of planting 2 million house churches by 2025.

The Mexico field has many opportunities to serve, including: seminary teaching, teaching English (both of which Margaret is involved), nursing, eXtreme Walk, sports ministry, working with children in VBS', and other administrative needs.

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 From Empanadas to Pulkogi, the cookbook by former OMS missionary Betty Schaberg mentioned on the program, through our OMS store on Amazon or by calling 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 OMS missionaries in Taiwan, Jeremy and Meredith Fulda. 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 click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows: 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: church planting, evangelism, give to missions, life changing story, mefi, missions, missions in mexico, oms outreach magazine, one mission stories, short-term missions, teach english, teach in a seminary, world miss,

Misplaced Tenderness

October 15 2014

As the director of Communications and the editor of OMS Outreach magazine, I regularly critique the work of writers, editors, designers, photographers, and other creative geniuses. Most days, it's a privilege and a pleasure, but some days, it's just hard. Those days when I receive a poorly written story and have to ask the author to rewrite it ... or I return it to him with so many red marks he feels like I personally stabbed him and the red is his own blood. Or those days when I have to say, "This book is just not ready to be published" ... even though the author labored in love for years to write it. Or ... something else along those lines. It's hard to do.

Like most people, I hate to say no, and I hate to hurt feelings, but in my line of work―even though it's ministry―I sometimes have to do the hard thing.

This past week was that week for me. I was fretting that I had hurt someone, moping that I had given bad news when a coworker prompted me to read the January 9 entry of Streams in the Desert, a best-selling devotional written by OMS' co-founder, Lettie Cowman. The entry describes the struggle that an emperor moth goes through to emerge beautifully from its cocoon. It says, "Of course, it is never accomplished without great labor and difficulty. It is believed the pressure to which the moth's body is subjected when passing through such a narrow opening is nature's way of forcing fluids into the wings, since they are less developed at the time of emerging from the cocoon than in other insects."

Well, the owner of the moth/cocoon couldn't stand the wait of watching the moth emerge ... slowly and seemingly painfully. Whether it was through impatience or a tender heart, she decided to help it along by snipping the opening just a bit with a pair of scissors, thus enabling the moth to emerge more quickly.

The problem: her misplaced tenderness had proven to be the ruin of the moth. "The moth suffered an aborted life, crawling painfully through its brief existence instead of flying through the air on rainbow wings." She had killed the moth in her efforts to alleviate pain.

What lessons can I learn from this. God's plan is always the best plan. God's timing is always perfect. And sometimes, we have to do, go through, or allow the hard things in our lives to grow, recognize, and rise above those present circumstances. Keep pushing on, friend!

--By Susan Loobie, One Mission Society

Tags: keep plugging, cocoon, moth, butterfly, hurt feelings

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - John Fraser

October 3 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Oct. 5) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary John Fraser. John, along with his wife Tricia and three kids, serves in Hungary. John, originally from Canada, has been with OMS for 12 year...8 of those in Hungary. If you're interested in serving in Hungary for a short-term summer English camp, contact Andrea Fisher at afisher@onemissionsociety.org.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy John'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.

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

PRAY: Pray for the Frasers...that they would be able to develop deeper connections and relationships with the Hungarian people, that their language would improve, and for more open doors for the work of planting churches.

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 to purchase His Banner Over Me byFlorence Cavender, mentioned on the program,you can order here on Amazon or contact Barb.

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 a special program, featuring our new OMS President and his wife, Bob and Esther Fetherlin. 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, missionary stories, mission, one mission stories,

A Short Termers Reflections of Street Kid Ministry in Mexico

October 1 2014

During my time in Mexico City earlier this year, I visited the streets with members of the MEFI team. The first day, Alex, Carmen, (MEFI workers) and I simply went to different groups to say hi to the kids. Up until this point, I had only seen the chavos (nickname for street kids) in the drop-in centre. The streets were a completely different context. It hit me powerfully, like the strong solvents that the kids were inhaling.

The kids were high, dirty, and hungry. It was hard to see, and it broke my heart. Life there was a strange dream. Nothing seemed to matter, societal rules didn’t apply, and change was a foreign concept. But, of course, scooping the kids out of their situation wouldn't transform their hearts. Alex reminded us afterwards that this is why we must pray for them. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can touch them.

The second day, however, was remarkably different. Alex, Chela, and I spent the morning cooking soup and rice (There isn't a better way to learn how to cook Mexican food than from the MEFI staff!). We packed up and brought food to two of the same groups we had seen the day before. This time, we didn't just chat with groups, but we sang praise songs and had a devotional. Oh, my friends, you have never seen such a sight! As we sang on the side of the street, the street kids joined in. Some stood, while others knelt on the pavement. Businessmen walked by and shop owners stood on the other side of the street staring as a group of scruffy street kids, two older Mexicans, and a white girl (me) belted out “You are all-powerful, You are strong, invincible, and there is no one like You.”

Whether or not these kids know Christ as Saviour, it was obvious that the music touched them. There was a joy and a lightness that was not in the same group the day before. As we stood there, I thought, this is who the Gospel is for. This is who Christ welcomes with open arms – the broken, the empty, and the lost. How many times in the Gospels did He reach out and touch those that society did not accept? I think of the Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, the lepers, and many more. He filled them with hope, purpose, and life. Talk about a beautiful picture!

That day made me so very thankful for a Gospel that touches even the lowest in society. Please continue to pray for these street kids – that they would know Christ’s love and the hope He offers. Pray that they would recognize that their need for the Saviour can’t be filled or numbed by anything but by giving their lives to him. Pray that God would encourage the MEFI team to continue to serve him well, even when days are emotionally taxing. Praise him for his marvelous works and perfect plans as he continues to work in Mexico City!

By Rebecca, a nursing student in the United Kingdom who spent a month with MEFI.

Why not consider doing the same? If you'd like to participate on a short-term trip ... or even go for longer, contact OMS today at info@onemissionsociety.org.

MEFI exists to...give Mercy to the broken, bring Hope to the lost,

inspire Faith in the forgiven and seek Integration for the forgotten.

Tags: short-term missions, mexico city, street kid ministry