​How does T&M parallel the methods of Jesus and Paul?

April 29 2015

Train & Multiply uses the training methods of both Jesus and the apostle Paul.

Jesus focused on a few (12 apostles) to win many (within 70 years his disciples had taken his Good News into every corner of the Roman world). He went slowly at first in order to go faster later. Jesus knew he only had three years to prepare people to launch a movement. Human intuition says, “Start fast and start big.” Jesus was counter-intuitive. He started slowly, and he focused on a few. T&M does the same. You will not find any well-packaged, mass-marketing campaigns or programming in T&M. Instead, you will find groupings of one-on-one or small groups as trainers and coaches equip disciples for the harvest and to lead churches.

Jesus invested his time in the right persons. He focused on obedience-based discipleship. He ministered to everyone who came to see him through preaching, teaching, and healing. But, he used tough teaching, fervent prayer, and calls to obedience to filter his followers down to the 12 he invested in the most. T&M welcomes everyone. But, through various filters and a focus on accountability, it helps the coach to invest his or her time with motivated participants—ones who want to grow in Christ-likeness and do so through devoted learning and obedient service. But, T&M also helps believers focus on the persons God is directing them to invest in through their evangelistic and discipleship efforts–those persons of peace Jesus directed his disciples to in Luke 10.

Jesus made disciples who could make disciples. His approach was very relational. Making disciples is very different from making converts. Disciple making requires time and building relationships. Jesus did life with his disciples. And he modeled exactly what he wanted them to do as they went out to make disciples. They learned well. They taught others what Jesus taught and modeled what he had modeled. They made disciples who made disciples who made disciples.

In the T&M process, the T&M coach develops very genuine relationships with T&M participants. T&M is a very relational process that empowers Christians to both coach and train believers to multiply themselves in the lives of others. Disciples make disciples who make disciples, as participants become coaches who train other participants who become coaches. Strong leadership development occurs, healthy churches are started, and the process continues as a church multiplication movement builds.

Tags: train & multiply, t&m, training leaders, teaching like jesus,

​Help Nepal Earthquake Victims Now

April 28 2015

nepalese man resize 4One Mission Society ministry partners are already on the ground in Kathmandu, helping Nepali earthquake victims.

With more than 4,600 people dead (and that number continuing to rise), 9,000+ injured, and 8 million affected by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25, your help is desperately needed today.

Nepal earthquake victims need your help. Give now.

nepal tilt building resizeSupplies are scarce. Our workers report that food, water, blankets, medical supplies, and shelter materials are most crucial at this time.

Currently, $160,000 has been raised by OMS and our partner ministry Mercy, Inc., but much more is needed ... and needed quickly. In emergency situations like this, hours and even minutes matter.

Engaging a volunteer network of more than 20 churches in Nepal, our team on the ground has already distributed medical supplies, and we hope to begin distributing food and other emergency aid tomorrow.

crowds people resizeWith a tragedy of this magnitude, we need your immediate help. Your donation will be sent directly to our trusted workers in Kathmandu to be used for immediate needs, including sharing the hope of Jesus.

OMS will post weekly updates here on how your dollars are helping the people of Nepal.

Join us in praying for the families impacted by the tragic loss of life and homes in the Kathmandu area, and please give generously to help as they recover.

Tags: earthquake, nepal, compassion, relief,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Roger and Mary Lou Skinner

April 27 2015

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (April 26) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS OMS missionaries Roger and Mary Lou Skinner. Roger and Mary Lou share about how they both came to the Lord as children, how Roger lost his father as a teenager...and how this helped shape his Christianity, and they share many stories of their 40+ years with OMS...20+ of those in Ecuador.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Skinners ... and make sure you take the time to share yours!

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 hearts of all their grandchildren...that they would all follow and serve Jesus. Pray also for Roger's travel to Spain--that he would be a good mentor as the international team plants churches there. And finally, they ask that as God uses them, they would always trust and obey.

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

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear some of our special podcast extras. These are full of stories from several of our OMS missionaries, including our President. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@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: missionary, ecuador, mentor, faithful, radio stories

​A History of Train & Multiply

April 22 2015

The use of Train & Multiply marks a new paradigm in discipleship. As a young missionary in Honduras, George Patterson became frustrated when his traditional teaching methods at a small Bible school didn’t work. So, he dug into the New Testament to study the methods of Jesus and Paul. He talked with older, experienced missionaries.

George discovered a simple but powerful paradigm modeled by Jesus and taught by Paul. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV).

Train & Multiply uses this paradigm to take the training to ordinary, mature believers already involved in ministry. It can be used where believers live and work. The material is broken down into simple, easy-to-understand training booklets. Leaders are taught to introduce the booklets at the precise moment the believer needs the material in their ministry and coach them on how to implement it. In this way, it can be passed on for use by other ordinary, mature believers in other communities.

In 1985, Patterson left Honduras and turned all of his booklets over to S.E.A.N. (Study by Extension for All Nations) in Chile. S.E.A.N. worked with a large team of people to transform these hundreds of booklets into a set of approximately 60 books and manuals. They called this new work “Train and Multiply.”

S.E.A.N. entered a joint venture agreement with Project WorldReach (PWR) in 2000. PWR, under the leadership of Lloyd Niles, had seen the value of T&M and had a vision to see it expand and serve all nations in many languages. One key aspect of the partnership was to have T&M materials held centrally with Project WorldReach so that they would be available worldwide!

Then, in 2012, One Mission Society entered a joint venture with Project WorldReach and both now share the copyrights, management, distribution, training, and translation of T&M.

Tags: train & multiply, training, 2 timothy 2:2, history, joint venture,

​What Might Happen ... With Great Training

April 21 2015

Rinse & Repeat. Most shampoo bottles recommend doing this for the best results. When you want the best results in reaching the unreached, the best method is Train & Multiply. When Willy and Vicky moved to Tacloban City, training was not anywhere on their immediate radar. God had called them to be there for the people post-typhoon and to share their faith in Jesus. They quickly discovered that preparation through training was necessary as the ministry was growing at a remarkable pace.

In June of 2014, they attended training in a process called Train & Multiply (T&M). When implemented properly, this method is producing much fruit. The three-day training equipped Pastors Willy and Vicky to open many new doors in Tacloban City. Instead of trying to disciple everyone, they are now able to train a team. This is similar to the way Jesus demonstrated to us, working with the 12 disciples.

In January, Pastors Willy and Vicky facilitated training for 13 people. On one end of the spectrum, they had highly educated individuals (a college professor, a retired regional social worker, a teacher, and a retired teacher, and a couple of barangay {neighborhood} officials). At the other end, they had individuals who struggled with the learning process. What a wild range of participants. Willy and Vicky did a superb job of handling both groups well. Excitement pulsated through the room when people shared their vision maps. Willy and Vicky are currently working with groups in 7 areas or regions. They could have 7-8 more areas if these lay people follow through on their goals and visions.

Train & Multiply was instrumental in One Mission Society and our partners starting 25,565 new worshiping groups in 2014. Pastors Willy and Vicky are a true testament to what might happen if we could mobilize ordinary people to go out into the harvest fields.

By Shane Christopher, Development Officer, Every Community for Christ

Tags: training, train and multiply, philippines, church planting,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Dean Davis

April 29 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (April 19) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Dean Davis, executive director for OMS' evangelism and church planting ministry, Every Community for Christ.

The program features Dean's testimony and his calling to missions, as well as many stories about his short-term trip to Colombia, his many years of service in Ecuador to the Saraguro people, and now his work in ECC, which allows him to travel about seven times a year all around the world.

Hear all about what a "person of peace" is ...

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Dean'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 Dean (and his wife Gail) ... pray for more workers for the harvest, especially needed are church multiplication facilitators (CMFs). Pray also for the ECC work in Bulgaria and for the newly translated training material--that it would be used to effectively grow the church there and that the Bulgarian people would have new hope in Jesus!

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

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS missionaries Roger and MaryLou Skinner share about their 40+ years of missionary experiences. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@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: church planting, evangelism, missions, missions in colombia, missions in ecuador, one mission stories,

​What Might Happen? Having a Plan

April 16 2015

I love it when a plan comes together, especially when it is God’s plan. On March 15, 2014, the plan was in place, and Pastors Willy and Vicky moved from Tarlac City to Tacloban City. By car, this is a more than a 24-hour move. Their plan was to distribute roofing sheets to people who lost their roofs during the typhoon. This would give them an opportunity for connection to the community.

In the first two months, they had distributed sheets to 44 homes in one area and 22 in another. They requested the roofs be painted red so you can see which houses were given new roofs. The picture gives a view from the top with several homes “seeing red.” The best part of the ministry is the relationships built with people who have started attending house churches as new believers. In two months, they already had two worshiping groups meeting weekly with more than 50 in attendance.

The people of the Philippines are such giving people, despite what little they may have. If you are visiting, they will prepare a meal or an afternoon merienda (snack) from what little they have. Many of the locals lost their families in the typhoon. Some parents lost all their children; children lost all of their family members. In fact, in one family alone, 26 people died.

A woman survived with all eight of her children by clinging to trees while the storm surge hit. By God’s miraculous grace, they all survived. This was not the case for many, as more than 6,000 people lost their lives in Typhoon Yolanda. The area was devastated, yet the people still show love and hope.

Pastors Willy and Vicky have committed to stay three years to help those in need and to build up leaders in the church. They live sacrificially and have a true heart for glorifying God in their daily lives. They yearn to do more for the families of Tacloban City.

To be continued …

By Shane Christopher, Development Officer, Every Community for Christ

Tags: god's plan, typhoon, philippines, plan of action, compassion ministries,

​What Might Happen? Finding a Person of Peace

April 14 2015

Faith. Without this we are lost. Pastor Willy had faith, but he needed guidance from God. The group of four from Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, Inc. and One Mission Society traveled to Tacloban City with an overabundance of faith and trust. They knew God would show them a way.

Their first goal was to get to a hotel to drop their luggage. In a ravaged city, this is not an easy task. Many places were destroyed and transportation was limited. With this in mind, they attempted to hail a motorcycle taxi (trike) in hopes of easier mobility. The first trike they stopped was not for hire. The driver was a vendor of peanuts heading home after a long day.

Knowing the difficulties of finding transportation, he gave them a ride. Conversation ensued as the men described why they came to the area. He had nothing to gain from them, but he offered his house to them as a place to stay. This one ride resulted in the driver becoming their local contact or person of peace (see Luke 10).

The peanut vendor soon accepted Christ into his life and became instrumental in introducing Pastors Willy and Vicky to many people impacted by the typhoon. Since that chance meeting, his business has flourished. Through faith, God revealed their person of peace and an opening into a community in pain.

The person of peace described in Luke 10 will welcome you into their house. This testimony shows God still reveals those people today. We meet people daily in our lives. Many are living without hope and simply need someone to reach out to them. How often do we overlook opportunities? “If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not it will return to you” (Luke 10:6). Keep an eye out for persons of peace in your life.

To be continued …

By Shane Christopher, Development Officer, Every Community for Christ

Tags: person of peace, faith, philippines, typhoon,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Michelle Taylor

April 10 2014

What if you were told you had just one year to live? How would you live your life differently?

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (April 12) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS Australia missionary Michelle Taylor, serving in Russia.

Michelle suffers from many health issues, but recently was told she has just one year to live. Michelle has served OMS for the past 20 years. Her heart and passion is for the people of Russia, especially the orphans. In 2004, she started a church-led ministry called Rainbow of Hope, which ministers to orphans in Russian villages.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Michelle's ... and make sure you take the time to share yours!

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 Michelle’s health concerns. She is in constant pain, yet continues to move forward. Pray for the Russian orphans, and for the nation of Russia.

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

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear and encore presentation of Jeremy and Melissa Reese, OMS missionaries serving in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@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.Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

Tags: attitude of gratitude, be a missionary, become a missionary, calling, church planting, compassion ministry, evangelism, give to missions, life changing story, missions, one mission stories, teach english, trusting god, world missions,

​What Might Happen? Pastors Obey in the Philippines

April 10 2015

Obedience. This is what happens when ordinary people listen to God’s call. On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit landfall in the Philippines. One of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Yolanda was Eastern Visayas. Tacloban City and the surrounding area accounted for 5,877 deaths, with more than 1,000 people missing.

Pastors Willy and Vicky Galzote were following God’s call as pastors of a church 996 kilometers away in Tarlac City when they heard the news. Their compassionate hearts immediately ached for the people affected by the storm. When such a travesty hits, many of us hurt for those impacted.

Their desire to help was unstoppable. Pastor Willy contacted leadership within Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines (FECPI), the OMS-founded denomination, in hopes of coming up with a plan. Their desire was not to merely travel down with supplies or for a brief visit. God had convicted them to be much more, to build authentic relationships. Their call was to comfort aching hearts and offer hope.

Have you ever felt a call so strong that you were willing to leave everything? This is what Jesus asked of those he called. “And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately, they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:19-20). This is exactly the call that Pastors Willy and Vicky received. They requested permission to leave the pulpit and move to Tacloban City.

A month after Typhoon Yolanda made landfall, a group of four from FECPI and One Mission Society traveled down to see what God was calling them to do. They had no clear contact person but went on faith that God would guide them. Pastors Willy and the others were just looking for a clear sign on how to help the people impacted. What they found was truly from God.

To be continued … We’ll continue the story next week …

By Shane Christopher, Every Community for Christ Development Officer

Tags: church planting, obedience, train and multiply, philippines typhoon,