Sacrificial Service

June 29 2015

S* is a bi-vocational worker in the Caribbean. She wanted to attend Train & Multiply training in the capital, so she would leave her nursing job around 10 p.m. and travel through the night to receive training on Saturday. She would then travel through the night back to her city for church on Sunday. There are many new groups in her church, and it is being used for multiple services.

After a time, the ministry grew so much that S* quit her job. She dedicated all of her time to evangelism and discipleship, without receiving a salary. She also volunteered to travel to an outlying remote town to conduct a training center in a local church. The people in this town are farmers, and the 6 to 8 hours of travel one way to the city is much too far.

This devoted servant’s story is echoed in her fellow workers. Many have quit their jobs and depend on the Lord to provide so that they can work full time in ministry. In one city, 23 of the 26 leaders have followed this model.

Tags: evangelism; discipleship; god's provision

One Mission Society "After the Show" - Gaudin Charles

June 26 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 28) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the seventh in a series of "road show" episodes, highlighting Haitian Gaudin Charles, who served for 50 years with Radio 4VEH in Haiti, including as the director for many years. Gaudin continues to record programs for the station from his home in Miami on a weekly basis.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Gaudin'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: Praise God for Gauidin's life and faithfulness. Pray for his two sons who have sickle cell disease.

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

COMMUNICATION 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 by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org. You can also purchase Let the Rocks Cry Out, mentioned in the podcast, here.

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 an encore presentation of Roger Kruse, a church multiplication facilitator in India and the South Pacific. 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 ministry, radio stories, missionary testimonies, haiti, haitan radio,

T&M Training in India

June 23 2015

One of the final year students, Akanksha Samuel, was always attentive and offered feedback during learning tasks. She was very creative in doing a T&M “Good News” demo about love to the large group with another female student. On the last day we were to practice Enrolling a Pastoral Worker and needed someone to practice with. Akansha easily handled the material and process with T&M booklet “Pastoral Worker Training and You.”

After the demo, she made this statement, “Tomorrow is my birthday and the Train & Multiply training has been the greatest gift I have received from God.”

Please pray for Akansha to finish her studies well and to see how God uses the training to impact others.

Tags: train and multiply; india; great gift;,

Leadership and Empowerment Through Christ

June 19 2015

By Laura Johnson, Summer 2015 Communications Intern, One Mission Society

“Oh, I don’t know if I could do that ... I’ll have to think about it,” I said to my youth pastor about a month ago. That was the last I’d spoken to him until yesterday afternoon about sharing a message with his youth students. Over the past year, I’ve been working with my church’s middle school youth group and have formed some meaningful, life-giving relationships. I remember making similar connections as a middle schooler with people who continually encouraged and helped me in ways I strive to do now for these students. To be able to talk to them about life and God would be a complete blessing. I truly do want to speak, but I was hesitant. My mind immediately flooded with lies: “You don’t speak well in front of people. You have nothing to offer them. Who are you to teach anyway?” As a naturally shy and submissive person, I’ve never thought of myself as a “leader,” which is why the question frightened me. However, I am beginning to rethink what leadership truly means.

Last Monday, Angie Ward, a special assignment missionary with One Mission Society, led a training session titled “The Art of Leadership” at OMS’ Greenwood headquarters. Angie is a professor of leadership, education & discipleship at Capital Seminary and Graduate School, with a Ph.D. in leadership from Southern Seminary. During the hour-long session, she spoke about the qualities and responsibilities of effective, moral leaders. I was surprised by the simplicity of her eloquent, poignant message, as well as what it would come to mean to me.

Angie opened her talk by defining leadership as “ influence on people to movement toward a vision.” She went on to express this truth, “Everyone is a leader." We all have influence on the people in our lives. Such is the nature of human connection. A student once told me that she wanted to be like me when she grew up. That was odd for me to hear because when I grow up, there are so many that I want to be like. As humans we affect and are affected. American author and priest, Brennan Manning, put it like this, “In every encounter, we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” Through this mindset, positions of influence do not boil down to lording over somebody or having the ability to publicly deliver speeches. It simply states that we are relational beings who rely on one another for guidance and acceptance. Additionally, it implies that our choices to encourage or reject have lasting impact. You have a choice to smile at your waitress or sneer at her, and that choice will either help or harm her in a fundamental, irreversible way. What we do matters. The way we live matters. It reflects our vision, which might be achieving power, getting good grades, giving our children a better life, or following Christ. As Christians, we are called to lead our lives in a way that testifies to the work Christ has done in us. This then leads others to the ultimate vision, the Great Commission, with the outcome being a relationship with Jesus.

It is true that not everyone is equipped for every position of leadership. I’m not going to run for President anytime soon. But even if you don’t view yourself as a leader in the traditional sense, you are not powerless. You are a relational being that has the responsibility and blessing of affecting others in positive ways. Acts 20:28 says, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”From Angie Ward’s presentation, I realized that I am empowered through Christ to be a leader wherever I am, to whoever I’m with. As I mentioned in the beginning, I spoke with my youth pastor again yesterday about sharing a message in middle school youth group. I told him I would love to, and we set a date for when I return from my internship at OMS. I am still a little anxious, but I have realized that I am in a position of influence and have been given an opportunity to encourage, build up, and ultimately create movement toward a vision—the vision of Christ.

Jesus once said, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28). Through Christ, we are empowered to serve, lead Christ-like lives, and spur others on to the same end.

Tags: leadership,

Training the Ready

June 18 2015

A pastor in the south has been working in some of the islands in SE Asia. His initial training was in 2013. He has been working with uneducated peoples but with considerable success. During this visit, A. conducted T&M training in this province for 27 students. Most were from his church and about 20 were native to that area. A. taught for four hours without a break because the students did not want him to stop! The pastor estimates that perhaps ten worshiping groups will be born from this first generation.

Tags: pastoral training, new churches, multiplication

Person of Peace - part 2

June 16 2015

One day, Samita went from her village to the market in town to buy food. She met Saroz, a young woman she knew, and talked about what she and her husband were doing. When Saroz heard about Jesus, she exclaimed, “You must have your husband call me and tell me more!” Samita called Anil right away, and Anil promised to visit Saroz later that same day.

Anil visited Saroz in the home where she lived with her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, and their children. Saroz listened eagerly to all that Anil told her, and she believed in Jesus. Anil discipled Saroz, and seeing her commitment and obedience to make disciples, invited her to become a church planter. She joyfully accepted and regularly shared the Good News with her family. Within a short time, all eight people in her home believed in Jesus Christ and formed a new house church. Saroz also went to her uncle’s home and led him and three others to the Lord. She then began training them in the same way that Anil was training her.

After a few months, Saroz’s sister came to visit from her village some 15 kilometers away. When Saroz told her sister about Jesus, her sister pleaded, “Please come and tell my husband and family about this!”

Saroz went to her sister’s home a few days later, accompanied by Anil. They shared the Gospel and five people confessed their faith in Jesus Christ, and another house church began in the sister’s home.

Saroz still closes the door and shutters when her house church gathers for worship in order not to disturb the neighbors. However, she is not afraid to share her faith and consistently tells her friends the Good News about Jesus.

Tags: india, person of peace, make disciples, house church, multiplication,

​“I can’t accept Christ today”

June 11 2015

By Kate Michel, Marketing & Communications Director, Radio 4VEH/Resounding Hope

It’s true that Haiti is a “religious” country—Catholicism and Voodoo are its official religions. Any time spent on the streets reveals shop names like The Good Shepherd for the local hardware store; art painted on the taptaps and the local buses that serve as shared taxis claim the Lord’s protection. Yet conversations again and again reveal the truth—that so many people in Haiti have never heard or understood the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus, of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

One elderly woman’s comments just broke my heart. I was with a short-term mission team from Findlay Evangelical Free Church in Findlay, Ohio. They had focused their Christmas giving on Resounding Hope solar radios, and we were in Haiti with the 4VEH team to share the Gospel and give out solar radios: so the folks at Findlay could be part of their giving in action. We worked alongside Pastor Deusma in a village of about 600 people not far from Cap-Haitien—Radio 4VEH has been working with Pastor Deusma for a few years, reinforcing the witness of the tiny church he has planted there by providing villagers with solar radios to speak hope and help every day through Radio 4VEH broadcasting and the audio Bible in the language they understand best, Haitian Creole.

We stopped in the yard of one family home to speak to an elderly lady who was shelling peas. Though others in her village have come to Christ, and the tiny church is growing and nurturing those new in the faith, this lady’s response to the Gospel message was clear. And it’s one that I’ve heard so often, as she, like so many, think that they need to fix themselves, sort out their problems, pay back a debt they owe to the witch doctor or do something to be counted “good enough” for Jesus. “I can’t accept Jesus today. I have a bad back and can’t walk to church.”

It broke my heart. If only she knew who Jesus really is.


Please pray:

  • For this lady—that she will hear and understand God’s grace, and will come to know Jesus as her Savior.
  • For Pastor Deusma and the church in this village: for their own faith and courage as they follow Jesus and for their witness for Christ to those around them.
  • For the message of the Gospel of grace as it goes out across the airwaves on Radio 4VEH. Please pray that the Good News will be shared in clear and compelling ways through music, drama, preaching, advice, prayer and conversation. Pray for those listening, that God will prepare their hearts to receive him and encourage those who know him.

Tags: haiti, voodoo, witch doctor, good news, shelling peas,

Person of Peace - part 1

June 11 2015

Anil is an ECC trainer in northern India. Shortly after Anil married Samita, they were returning home by train from a worship service in another town. Sitting in a crowded compartment together, Anil was advising Samita on the proper way to sing worship songs. Although Anil was singing softly, a man sitting close to them said, “What is that you are singing? It is beautiful!” Immediately, Anil saw an opportunity to share the Gospel. He told the man about Jesus, and then he and Samita sang several Hindi praise songs.

The man asked, “Where do you live?” When Anil told him, the man exclaimed, “That is only a few kilometers from my home. You must come and tell us more about Jesus!” They exchanged phone numbers and Anil promised to visit.

The next day was Monday, the usual day of rest for ECC workers, and Anil and Samita were enjoying the day at home. Anil’s cell phone rang. It was the man from the train. “Where are you?” he asked. “We are all here waiting for you.” Anil apologized and promised to visit the next day.

On Tuesday, Anil and Samita walked to the man’s village. He was waiting for them on the road to escort them to his home. As they passed an old woman sitting by the road, the man told her, “Auntie, come to my home. You must hear this.” As the group was about to enter the house, the man saw several men working in a nearby field. He walked over to them and said, “Stop what you are doing and come to my house. These people have something you need to hear!”

For the next few hours, Anil and Samita shared the Gospel through word and song. The man and his family all believed in Jesus Christ and formed the nucleus of a new house church.

Tags: india, worship, salvation,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Margaret Bonnette

June 10 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 14) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the sixth in a series of "road show" episodes, highlighting OMS retiree Margaret Bonnette, who served for 23 years in Haiti as a nurse. Margaret, a wonderful woman-full of passion, fun, and love for Jesus, shares stories of how God miraculously transformed her life when she accepted him and how she LOVES to celebrate her birthday each year. She also shared several many stories-both fun and serious about life in Haiti. (NOTE: Margaret was able to celebrate 91 birthdays. We taped this interview in November, and Margaret went to heaven on June 2.)

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Margaret'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 Sydney (and family), Margaret's daughter, as she mourns the loss of her mama.

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

COMMUNICATION 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, like Yippee in My Soul, mentioned in this broadcast written by Margaret, 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 from Haitian Gaudin Charles, who led the Radio 4VEH ministry for many years. 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, stories, haiti, nursing, ministry,

Korean Transformation

June 9 2015

V is one of the many migrant workers who moved to South Korea looking for better job opportunities. He and his wife were optimistic until V began spending all of the money he earned drinking at local bars.

One Sunday, V heard David Jun of Friends of All Nations (a partner ministry of One Mission Society) preach. After the service, V talked to David about his situation. He told David that his wife was at home crying, and he needed help. David told him that he needed Jesus.

V was skeptical of Christianity at first. He was nervous that he would lose the friends he had made at work if he followed Jesus. A while later, V came to the Friends of All Nations center and told David that, in a dream, God had told him to not worry about his friends. That day, V accepted Christ as his Savior. His wife soon became a believer as well. V and his wife served with Friends of All Nations for several years and continually brought people to the center. Today, he is a missionary in his home country. God is good!

Tags: friends of all nations, salvation,