Musings of an OMS Missionary

February 26 2015

Religious visas arriving the day before departing for a ministry trip

Traveling the same route often enough to have airline and hotel workers recognize you and willingly help you out

Getting luggage and funds through customs with no problems

Spotting a familiar, smiling face in a sea of faces when needing to be picked up from the airport

Managing, somehow, to get loads of luggage and 4 people in a small car

Sharing meals and laughter with good friends

The luxury of purified water

A clean bathroom

Toilet paper

A hot shower

A bed

The joy of meeting new people in ministry, eager to do their part in carrying out the Great Commission

Making language mistakes that the nationals find so humorous they are bent over in laughter

Having experiences with fellow missionaries where you find yourself saying, “What happens on this field, stays on this field.”

Being served a meal in a national’s home with such love and generosity and knowing that they have sacrificed much in order to serve you

Being challenged and humbled by the faith and trust of those living a life for Christ where there are constant daily challenges

Having guests in your room … the 4-legged kind, like lizards and a frog greeting you from your toilet – ask David Long about that one!

Understanding that “right after class” can mean right after class, or it can mean 2, 3, 4, or more hours later

Making trips that are multi-purpose trips, adding hours to the expected travel time – but the trip becomes a journey – with coffee stops along the way

Stomach issues

A bathroom, any bathroom, clean or not, seat or no seat

The pleasure of being in a Caribbean country in January and February! Enjoying the pleasant breezes and temperatures, grinning at the nationals who believe they are going to freeze

Not understanding why something is happening the way it is – when it seems like it would make so much more sense for it to be done a different way

Warm, friendly greetings

Constant goodbyes, heartbreaking goodbyes. Not knowing when you might see each other again

Transportation is always an issue … and realizing how much we take for granted being able to jump in a car and go somewhere

Sounds from the neighborhood – singing, some good, some not so good; the sound of tools, whether they are real tools or invented tools; pots and pans clanging; talking, laughter, children calling for their grandmas, dogs barking, roosters crowing, old vehicles backfiring

Realizing the trash dumpster you throw your trash in is gone through by people looking for food or any kind of treasure

Beginning to comprehend the difficulty of living in a country where one has to make decisions about staying in the country or leaving the country and people they love if they have the opportunity to do so

The awe in being able to see evidences of where Satan meant something for evil, God used it for the good of His people and furthering his kingdom

And last but not least, the privilege of being a part of the OMS family and the body of Christ and serving him alongside one another

I wonder if Paul was thinking about these kinds of things when he said, “I have learned to be contentwhatever the circumstances.I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength” ―Philippians 4:11b-13.

cannot say that I have learned to be content – I can, however, say I am learning to be content whatever the circumstances.

I’d like to close with Paul’s final exhortations to the Philippians. I think it is good advice for daily living the life of a missionary.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. … And the God of peace will be with you”―Philippians 4:4-9.

By OMS missionary Anita Yoder, serving as anOMS itinerant missionary in the Caribbean, along with her husband Rich

Tags: missionary life, caribbean, missions, travel, gratitude,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - International Partners

February 26 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, March 1) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS international partners from India, South Korea, and Colombia. These partners share their stories of changed lives through their work with One Mission Society. The show starts with Bishop Sundar Singh, from the Evangelical Church of India (ECI), sharing about the incredible growth of the church in India. Then, we interviewed David Jun, who partners with OMS through Friends of All Nations in South Korea, reaching out to the thousands of immigrants in Korea. And finally, we interviewed two leaders in Colombia...Lacides Hernadez, who leads Prison Fellowship of Colombia, and Andres Diez, our ECC trainer in the prisons of Colombia, with excellent translation from OMSer Greg Carlson. In the hundreds of prisons in Latin America, we hear how the Lord is working mightily. YOU MUST HEAR THESE STORIES!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy our international partners ... 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 ECI and its rapid growth. Pray for it to continue to grow and that we would meet the goal of 10,000 more churches by 2020. We are thankful for almost 60 years of faithful service. Pray for David and his ministry in Korea as he works with the immigrants--that many more people would hear the Gospel and respond. Pray, too, for our prison ministries in Colombia and around the world.

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

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

You can also purchase OMS books, including the book mentioned in this broadcast: One Faith Multiplied, 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 Storley and Kate Michel, who serve with Radio 4VEH in Haiti. 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: radio, international workers, national coworkers, partnership, life-changing stories,

Mother - Son Connection in Haiti

February 20 2015

It seems to be that mothers and their sons have a particularly remarkable relationship. Biblically speaking, there are some great examples of the mother/son connection. Hannah prayed long and hard for a child, and the Lord blessed her with a son named Samuel. The Word says that Hannah promised to offer Samuel to the Lord so that he could serve him as long as he lived. In the New Testament, Eunice, the mother of Timothy, passed along her faith to her son. And, of course, Jesus had a distinctive and close relationship with his mother, Mary.

When I met Widline and her son Junior in Haiti, it was evident that they have a unique rapport too. Junior was timid and shy to meet me and to be interviewed, but his mom gave him the reassurance and encouragement to answer my questions to the best of his ability. Widline told me of how God provides for her family of six children, two of those being boys. Although Widline fell sick when she was a teenager and almost died, she was healed after much suffering, yet she was not able to graduate from school.

As a result of Widline’s inability to finish school, she puts a lot of value on seeing Junior complete his education. This courageous mom passes on her love for God’s Word to her son as well. Junior is a Starfish Kid, and the prompting he receives from his mom to learn about the Bible is evident as he shares with me that his favorite biblical story is when Jesus calls the little children to follow him. Junior’s life is not only being transformed at home, through the love and support of his mom, but also at school, where as a SFK, he is seeing the value of following Christ and sponsorship. He hopes to help other children some day, just as through the program he and his family are getting assistance.

Psalm 91:1 is a verse Widline put to memory. It says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” As she passes on the importance of relying on God in all things to Junior, I suspect he will indeed help others as he is able. Do you see the correlation between that mother/son relationship? That same pattern of cohesiveness can easily overflow into the connection between sponsors and their SFK child or children. With the same spirit of love, compassion, and generosity, children’s lives can be affected by God’s people passing along the transformational power of sponsorship.

By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications

Would you like to know more about OMS' Starfish Kids ministry? Email us at info@onemissionsociety.org to learn more.

Tags: ministry to kids, starfish kids, haiti, education, sponsorship

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Tim & Shirley Roehl

February 19 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Feb. 2) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Tim and Shirley Roehl. Tim serves as the director of Member Development, which means he trains, mentors, and coaches all of our missionaries. Shirley is the corporate secretary, which means she serves OMS and the OMS Board of Trustees, champions our archives, and helps in obtaining visas for missionaries. The Roehls shared about their calling journey... one fun thing they shared: their family motto: Have fun; do your best; and let Jesus shine through you. We think you will be able to relate this this great couple ...

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Roehls ... 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 Tim and Shirley as they model Christ-like behavior to their children and grandchildren--to be good examples. Also, pray that in all they do in their ministries, God would provide prayer partners who will stand arm in arm with them, pray to keep them safe as they travel, and provide for all their financial needs.

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're interested in any of Tim's books, you can contact Lori for these, as well.

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 stories from around the world from our international partners, including India, South Korea, and Colombia. 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: missions, pastor, coaching, training, radio,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Millie Young

February 12 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Feb. 15) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Millie Young, who has served with One Mission Society for the past 60 years! Millie faithfully served in Colombia for 49 of those years...and even now, in her 80s, that nation is still in her heart and she makes yearly trips back and regularly raises funds for the children's schools there. (Photo: Millie, in the center, recently wrote her biography, Hidden Treasures [see below on how to order], which she shares about her Colombia jungle adventures, about the tragedy that befell her husband, and so many more fun and inspiring stories. Also pictured: OMS editor, Lori McFall (L) and Sandee Lee (R), Millie's friend who helped with the book.)

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Millie'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 Millie-that her book would speak to hearts and be challenged to GO. Also pray for her yearly trips to Colombia...and those who accompany her to see the beauty in this country she loves so much.

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.

MILLIE'S BOOK: Would you like to buy Millie's book, Hidden Treasures, that shares her missionary story? You can buy it on Amazon or by calling Lori at OMS.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org. The first 100 to respond will receive this free gift.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionaries Tim and Shirley Roehl. Tim serves in Member Development-mostly involved in training, and Shirley serves as our corporate secretary. 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: colombia, children's ministries, radio, mission adventure,

All in a Day's Work...changed lives in Bellavista Prison

February 12 2015

As the prayer letter coordinator at the One Mission Society World Headquarters, I have the privilege of reading stories from the various fields where our missionaries serve. Of all the stories though, my favorite are the stories of redemption and transformed lives.

Allow me to share a story from Jeannine Brabon, OMS missionary in Colombia, who shares not only her faith but God’s character and his longing to be in relationship with people. In her most recent prayer letter, Jeannine tells about a visit to Bellavista, a maximum-security prison in Medellín. Here is an excerpt from Jeannine’s letter:

About 100 men were being processed into Bellavista. One group of men called to me and asked me to pray for them. I first invited them to accept Jesus and then prayed over them. Tears flowed down their cheeks as they thanked me. I believe I prayed with about 60 men before we entered our chapel. I alerted the brothers in prison, as they are faithful in following up!

There are incarcerated men in Bellavista who are brothers in the faith, redeemed to God, living out their faith behind bars. In the book The Lord of Bellavista by David Miller, an inmate shares his testimony, and part of his testimony is Jeannine’s visits with him, sharing the Word, as well as her heart. She wants people to know Jesus as she knows him, as Savior and Redeemer. Discipleship is key to transforming a convert into a follower of Jesus. It is one thing to believe the truth, it is another to live it – especially in prison. For the glory of God, the light of salvation shines in Bellavista.

God’s redeeming love (the way to salvation) is the overarching theme of the Bible. My heart soars as I read about people who have responded to God’s gift of salvation. The reason I have chosen a career as a missionary is that I want to be a part of God’s plan of reconciling people onto himself. As believers, we are ministers of reconciliation. For Jeannine, the team of evangelists, and the Christian inmates she works with in Bellavista, it is all in a day’s work. I am inspired to be more like Jeannine. Are you?

Do you want to know more about Jeannine and her ministry in Colombia? Click here. You can give to her ministry from this link too.

If you would like to contribute to the Prison Ministry in Colombia, click here to go to our Express Give page and enter account number #300530 in the space provided.

Read the book: The Lord of Bellavista by David Miller. To purchase click here.

For an inspiring video about Bellavista Prison, click the link here.

We also have a DVD documentary about changed lives in Bellavista called The Untold Stories of Colombia. For your copy, email info@onemissionsociety.org to request. The cost is $10.

By Beth Jordal, OMS Communications

Tags: prison ministry, bellavista, changed lives, transformation,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - IRD Stories

February 5 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Feb. 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring our Global Story Trek in which OMS 4 of our 5 international regional directors (IRD). John-Mark Brabon and Rod Williamson share about Asia; Kris Kappler shares about his ministry in a Muslim nation in Asia for the past 10 years and about his new position as the IRD for Africa; and Jeff Edwards shares about Latin America and the Caribbean. Each shares information and stories from a few of the countries where OMS is serving. Our IRD for Europe, Scott Murphy, can be heard on a previous program, archived on our podcast here: http://omsradio.podbean.com/e/scott-murphy-europe/

Everyone has a story ... enjoy OMS' from around the world!

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 ministries of the Philippines, especially post-typhoon and all of Asia and our ministries. Pray for Kris and the Kappler family as they make the big move from Asia to Africa. Pray for Latin American and the Caribbean churches to be even more involved in becoming sending fields, as well as fields that receive missionaries. And pray for church planting and special new ministries taking place in Taiwan.

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, with links to many different resources.

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. The first 100 to respond will receive this free gift.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS missionary Millie Young, who served in Colombia for many years, especially reaching out to children. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

PODCAST: 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: world missions, regional ministries, mission stories, philippines, asia, person of peace,

OMS Family Tree

February 4 2015

One Mission Society is not just an international mission organization, it is a family—a very diverse family—but a family nonetheless. Our OMS family tree began as a sprout planted in the soil of Japan, lovingly tended by Charles and Lettie Cowman, Juji Nakada, and Ernest and Julia Kilbourne. Rooted in holiness and resolute faith in a life-giving God, the tree grew sturdy and strong, branching out across the seas into all the continents, with the exception of Antarctica. However, if a civilization existed, I guess we would have been there by now too.

For the past 114 years, the OMS family tree has continually produced fruit with an eternal shelf life. Just last year, in 2014, more than 1 million people came to faith in Jesus Christ through the ministries of OMS! There is much more work to do, and I pray 2015 will be just as fruitful … and more because OMS makes disciples of Jesus Christ. We do not just count raised hands responding to a sermon. Our missionaries and national partners cultivate disciples and church plants that are able, willing, and eager to reproduce. Following Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations is the soil One Mission Society uses to plan, plant, and produce disciples who will carry on the process to their own cultures and fellow citizens.

Founded on the principle that the most effective way to share Christ is by training a nation’s people to lead and multiply their churches, the OMS family tree grows with every person who comes into the family of believers. We do not do this for ourselves but for the glory of God.

By Beth Jordal - Communications

Tags: mission history, making disciples, family tree