Latest News from Nepal

May 28 2015

Continued Prayer Needed

Just a little over a month since the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, homes and lives are still in ruins.

Because it is no longer in the news or shared through the media, we can be innocently fooled into thinking that the problem is better. It is not! The people of Nepal are still frightened, devastated, and without hope.

An estimated 2.8 million people are homeless. When we asked our ministry partners where these people were staying, they said ... "Under the stars."

With that in mind, our team has made two conscientious decisions:

1. We will serve the most remote areas where other ministries are not. This region, close to the China border, is very mountainous and hard to reach. Almost 100 percent of the people in this region lost their homes.

2. We have set plans in motion to begin providing housing to the people in this region. In less than three weeks, the monsoon season will be upon them. We need to quickly purchase materials to begin constructing quonset housing (see photos).

The tin material, being shipped from India and purchased in Nepal is reasonably priced, but it is quite expensive to transport the items to these remote, mountainous regions. Total cost per house, which should last between 10-15 years, is about $500. The structure is made of tin roofing, metals poles, and plastic on each end.

If the situation in Nepal is tugging at your heart ... or God is tugging it, please respond by giving generously today. You can give safely and easily online. Or you can send your gift to:

One Mission Society

P.O. Box 1648

Monument, CO 80132-1648

Acct. #408117 - Nepal Earthquake Response

Tags: nepal, relief, compassion, humanitarian,

Asia Training

June 1 2015

“Our homes are often ransacked, and our Bibles are confiscated; then they have Bible burnings, building huge bonfires in the community. Sometimes they also light fires outside our churches to scare and intimidate us.” The young lady spoke in a matter-of-fact tone of voice.

I was in a country in Asia training people to evangelize, make disciples, and form new churches - any of which could mean severe retaliation and serious persecution if they are caught. I looked at the young woman with respect, admiration, and compassion; but as a valiant soldier of the cross, she wasn’t looking for any of those responses from me.

She knows the risks of practicing her faith and obeying God’s command to be His witness. I thought to myself, “She is very young. She has her whole life before her. She could be living for herself and desiring a peaceful future without danger, but instead, she has come to be trained.”

She and dozens more came to be trained. They had made the decision to follow Jesus, regardless of the possible cost to their lives. They are not choosing to live safely or to walk an easy path. They are choosing to live obediently.

It was humbling to meet these brave ones. I felt a heavy weight of responsibility as I equipped them to undertake ministry that could cost them their lives. However, I know that the Gospel has always been spread through the shedding of blood. For generations, we have had it easy in the United States. I wonder how many of us would follow suit. II Timothy 3:12 also states, “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

As we see our religious rights disappearing, perhaps it’s time to ask ourselves this question.

Tags: asia, training, witness, peace,

Young Adults are Our Future

May 27 2015

The future growth in the Philippines will come from the tremendous group of college-age young people God is raising up. We saw their enthusiasm and potential when we visited the Don Mariano Marcos State University in La Union.

We met the Dagupan team at the National Lay Leaders' Training in Baguio (more than half of the lay leaders were from this age group), and at the Banaba House Ministry retreat for 17 young people, primarily children of ECC workers and pastors.

These young adults are catching the vision of church multiplication through T&M training and desire to spread the Gospel throughout the Philippines and elsewhere. They come to the training events and return home excited and ready to apply what they learned. They are starting groups on their campuses and in their communities.

One young lady attended the training in La Union. She committed to start a group with two friends on campus. She started with nine! The group has now grown to 20 members. She is training three leaders in order to divide the group so that it may continue to grow. The members lead worship teams and are involved in children’s and youth ministries in their local churches.

We believe that many of these young people will be the future T&M trainers in the regional training centers, and the church planters and pastors needed for the developing house churches.

Tags: philippines, young people, retreat, ecc, t&m, worshiping groups, training, multiplication,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Flo Rickards Anderson

May 27 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 31) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the fourth in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retiree Flo Rickards Anderson, who served with OMS for more than 18 years. Flo worked as a secretary with our Men for Missions ministry and was known as Miss MFM ... a fountain of knowledge. She was changed forever by participating on international crusades in Colombia and Ecuador and then later to Asia.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Flo'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 Flo in retirement as she gives to and prays for OMS and works on her church's mission committee...hoping to get them plugged into OMS ministries. Pray, too, for Flo's health concerns.

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, mentioned in the broadcast, 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 retired OMS missionaries Harold and Ruth Greenlee (since this interview, Dr. Greenlee has gone to heaven). 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 stories, mission stories, radio, retired missionary,

Miracles Happen

May 21 2015

When we arrived at El Progreso Prison, we were met by the warden and a member of the Honduran Judiciary. She welcomed us and was very familiar with our local volunteers, Lilian and Annabella.

Lillian and Annabella were members of our classes for T&M Levels One and Two. The inmates were gathering in the Chapel to worship with us. We met with and had an opportunity to hear from the “Hijos de Paz.” These four men were on fire for God. Along with Lilian and Annabella, the attendance at the Bible studies was approaching 85 to 90 individuals and growing each week.

The service lasted for one-and-a-half hours as they expressed their thanks to God for providing a way of learning and coming to know Him. They related this to the lessons they had been studying; with many references to the first study, the story of Noah. They drew comparisons to the world in the days of Noah and how they were products of the present evil world. They spoke of the ark as a symbol of Jesus, and that just as the ark had saved and preserved the lives of Noah and his family, Jesus through His death on the cross had paid for their sins and lifted them up and preserved their lives for eternity.

We could truly see that God is directing what is happening, and that with the obedience the volunteers demonstrate, the program will continue growing.

We also learned that great things are happening outside the prison. The program has started in several neighborhoods and people are very interested in continuing the lessons. We heard about one man identified in the neighborhood mapping of Level One as a possible problem. The man had a drinking problem and mistreated his wife and children.

One of the volunteers stopped and spoke to the man one morning as he was sitting in front of his home. They discussed the lessons from Noah and lessons from the T&M booklets “Good News” and “Family Prayers.” He began to ask serious questions and after about two weeks, he invited his wife and one of his teenage daughters to join them as they discussed the material. The family noticed a change in the man, and soon they invited another daughter, and then a neighborhood friend to join them. This group which started almost reluctantly is now beginning to actively seek the Lord and His answers to their spiritual questions.

Tags: prison, honduras, t&m, noah, obedience, good news, family prayers, train & multiply,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Cynthia Carr

May 20 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 24) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the third in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retiree Cynthia Carr, who served for more than 35 years in Ecuador. Cynthia committed to be a missionary at an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Urbana Mission Convention. Then, OMS missionaries Jim and Lois Ogan mentored her and helped get her to OMS and the Ecuador field, where she faithfully served as a teacher for more than 35 years.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Cynthia'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 all Cynthia's former students like Grace, Kathy, Yvonne, and David, being used by God...and that we would each have the urgency to share Christ with each person we come into contact with.

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 Nobie: A Woman's Adventure for God on the Rivers of Colombia by Nobie Pope Sivley, mentioned in our Off the Shelf portion of the broadcast last night, 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 retired OMS missionary Flo Rickards Anderson. 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 stories, radio, everyone has a story, missionary testimonies,

Nepal Earthquake Update 5-15-15

May 15 2015

Tags: nepal, earthquake, relief, compassion,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Gene and Ruth Madeira

May 15 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the second in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retirees Gene and Ruth Madeira, who served in Colombia in the strategic early years and then later in the home office.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Madeira'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 the Maderias to be faithful to the end ... in service and in gratitude.

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.

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 retired OMS missionary Cynthia Carr. 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, missionary stories, colombia,

Nepal Earthquake Update

May 8 2015

Our team on the ground in Nepal continues to call us every few days, or as they are able, to give updates of the situation there two weeks post-earthquake.

Here's a recap of what has happened and a few updates ...

One team member shared with us that his group had departed for Nepal so quickly that he had only taken two pair of pants and two shirts ... and no food with him. They arrived in Nepal less than 60 hours after the earthquake. Because there was no hotel space available at that time, they spent the first few days in a tent.

Three days after the earthquake, a large amount of food was purchased (several ton) and a feeding program was started. They have been feeding about 3,000 people a day. They are also distributing food for others to cook.

One of the churches, in a very rural area about 5 hours from Kathmandu, was destroyed and seven members were killed as they were having church service. More than 2,500 people were killed in that area. The team is sending three ton of food a day to that town to be distributed.

We were told that one of the reasons so many buildings collapsed is because they were built from brick and mud, no cement was used between the bricks. A huge challenge for the country is the fact that they have not experienced a disaster of this magnitude in more than 80 years, so they are not experienced in how to respond. That's why we are so blessed to have Philip and his team on the ground there. Several of that team have a lot of experience in responding to disasters. The team has now divided into three groups so they can work in more areas.

To date, 8 of the 18 pastors, who are ECC workers, have been located. One team member visited a hospital where one pastor’s wife had both of her legs amputated, and, they have not yet found the pastor/husband.

More than 35,000 meals had been provided as of earlier this week. Shelter is a pressing need. The overall needs now and in the future are enormous, but it also may well be one of the greatest opportunities our team has had to not only help people physically but also spiritually. Because of so much trauma, there is a need to train and send in people to do counseling, which will provide an opportunity to provide hope that only Christ can give. The spiritual needs of the Nepali people are certainly a priority as the team is praying with the victims. Please continue to pray for the people of Nepal. And pray, too, for our team on the ground--that the Lord would sustain their energy and strength.

If you'd like to donate to Nepal, please give here.

Tags: earthquake, nepal, disaster relief, meeting needs,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Dick and Faith Weber

May 8 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 10) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the first in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retirees Dick and Faith Weber, who served with OMS for more than 25 years and have been married for 62 years! The Webers have served in or visited 27 of our OMS fields, including Haiti, India, Colombia, and Brazil.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Webers... 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 results from the seeds planted by the Webers and please pray for all the OMS ministries.

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, including Streams in the Desert devotional mentioned in this episode, 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 retired OMS missionaries Gene and Ruth Madeira. 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: mission stories, retirees, nursing, streams in the desert,