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,

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,

​“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,

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,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Harold and Ruth Greenlee

June 4 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 7) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the fifth in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retirees Harold and Ruth Greenlee. Dr. Greenlee was a New Testament Greek professor, and Ruth was a nurse. The Greenlees traveled around the world, with extensive time spent in Colombia, to teach at our seminaries and help however needed during summer breaks and sabbaticals. (NOTE: Dr. Greenlee went home to be with the Lord this last month. We're so glad to have gotten this interview with him before he went to heaven.)

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Greenlees... 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 Ruth, in her mid- 90s, as she suffers with a lot of pain and now the loss of Harold.

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 No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets by Ed Erny, 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: one mission stories, everyone has a story, radio ministry, greek new testament, colombia,

Learning About Teamwork in Mexico

June 4 2015

Miriam is short-term missionary from Cardiff, United Kingdom, and as part of her gap year is spending four months with OMS in Mexico City.

She writes, I first came to Mexico in 2011; I was then just coming to the end of my A-Levels, and was about to start a Gap Year. I spent two weeks in Mexico City, falling in love with the country and the people. I left Mexico with a huge desire to return. I then spent one year working in Wales, and returned to Mexico in 2012. I am now a student at Cardiff University, studying Spanish and Italian, and as part of my course, I am required to do a year abroad. This meant I could chose to either study or to do a work placement. When deciding what to do and where to go, God really put Mexico on my heart once again. I sent a few emails and decided to come back as part of my university course. I have just spent five months in Italy, and then came to Mexico to fulfil the Spanish half of my year abroad. My main commitment is working with MEFI, a drop-in centre for homeless youth. I visited MEFI in both 2011 and 2012 and loved the team and the work they do. I knew it was where I wanted to spend these four months. I have been in Mexico now for about a month, and I love it so far! I am so excited at the prospect of having another three months here to develop deeper relationships with all at MEFI.

When I arrived for my first day, a few weeks ago, the first thing that I noticed was the family-like environment. It definitely is not a case of workers providing a service for the service users; it is a friendly place with a warm, home-like atmosphere. Straightaway, I felt at ease. One of the things that really touched me, and still does every day, was the relationship between the kids and the team. There is so much respect from both parties. I really appreciate seeing this; it says a lot about both the kids and the workers.

The people that make up the team in MEFI are some of the most genuine, humble, and lovely people I have ever met. It is such a privilege to work alongside them and learn from them. I have only been here a few weeks, and I have already learned so much from them! They give their time to God, daily, to serve him and to serve the people who live on the streets. They spend all day loving the people that society has put in the corner. They are Jesus’ hands and feet daily. They are such wonderful people – and always give all glory to God. I am so looking forward to growing as I journey with these people. God has really blessed me with being a part of this team, even if it is only for a short time.

I am also really looking forward to a few days in June when we will be going on a camp with some of the people who regularly use MEFI, the team, and a group of teenagers from America. I am really looking forward to spending more time with some of the kids and having a fun few days out of the city. Please pray that God would use this time to open doors and give us opportunities to talk about Him, and share even more about our faith.

The next few months provide a great opportunity for me to serve, but also to learn. I pray that as I press in closer with God, that I would see more opportunities to grow and learn at MEFI. I am so thankful for this time I have here and so excited to spend the next three months involved in the work in Mexico City.

Tags: short term missions, mexico, street kids, homeless ministry, teamwork

Radio 4VEH Celebrates 65th Anniversary

June 2 2015

65th Anniversary: 2 June 1950 - 2 June 2015

By Storly Michel, Station Director, Radio 4VEH

It’s a really special week: we’re celebrating the 65th anniversary of Radio 4VEH and inviting listeners, supporters, and friends to join with us in our anniversary theme: Praise the Lord, let everything that has breath, praise the LORD!

Among the celebrations are:

  • Worship services in honor of 4VEH’s 65th anniversary in Cap-Haitien and among the Haitian evangelical community in New York
  • A soccer match between two top teams in Cap-Haitien (Haitians love soccer!)
  • And we’re launching a new ministry, long-requested by our listeners - 4VEH TV - on a local TV station in Cap-Haitien

On the air, a series of special programs this week includes many calls and comments from listeners—and their stories are thanks to the prayers, financial support, work, and encouragement of so many people who are a part of Radio 4VEH ministry. What better way for us to celebrate together than to share some testimonies from our listeners, for the glory of God and the encouragement of his people.

As we thank God for 65 years, we fix our eyes on the task ahead, as we continue to serve God and the Haitian people as the Evangelistic Voice of Haiti. Happy 65th Anniversary!

Tags: radio 4veh, radio ministry, 65th anniversary