Preparing for the Best

December 13 2016

Natural disasters will happen.

From earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, and Ecuador to typhoons in the Philippines, flooding in India, and tsunamis in the South Pacific, disaster strikes and destroys ... lives, homes, buildings, and livelihoods. When disaster hits, OMS wants to be there early to help assess the situation and the destruction, find local help to partner with, and then respond with life-saving emergency aid, staying for the long term to help people recover and rebuild.

That's preparing for the best ... in a bad situation.

That's the OMS way.

The 2010 Haiti earthquake affected more than 3 million people — one of every three people. Today, almost 7 years since the quake hit, OMS is still building homes and restoring lives.

In recent years, OMS has also helped after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster struck Japan, sent emergency relief kits to those suffering after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

We also partnered with our OMS Philippines team after the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the Philippines. Today, there is a new church plant in the hardest-hit area as a result.

Most recently, we have helped with earthquake relief in Nepal and Ecuador. In Ecuador, we've now sent our first work team to help in the rebuilding process.

We cannot respond quickly or effectively without your help. So, OMS wants to be ready for when the next disaster hits. We want to be able to help families stabilize by providing assistance with shelter, clean water, food, hygiene products, and emergency medical supplies.

Would you help by saying YES this Christmas to giving a gift, in advance, for worldwide emergency relief?

Give here today.

Tags: relief, disaster, aid, help, earthquake relief, emergency supplies,

​Motorcycles: A Special Gift From God

December 6 2016

Pastor Lasar P. serves in a large district in South Asia. He is a dynamic church planter and evangelist who has served with our OMS partner ministry since 1995. Lasar now supervises 30 churches with 960 members, as well as 13 schools with 410 students. However, travel by bicycle or via local transport to distant places is costly, time-consuming, and limits his visits to local churches and schools.

In Africa, dozens and dozens of our country coordinators and trainers must travel significant distances to carry out supervision and training. Most coordinators must walk or use unreliable private or public transportation. This is a major obstacle to effective ministry as it slows down the ever-growing outreach of the village church-planting ministry. An investment in motorcycles and bicycles for Village Church Planting country coordinators and trainers will have a major impact.

Greater mobility will allow these workers to devote 30-40 percent more of their time to ministry, thus providing both a quantitative and a qualitative impact on church multiplication and literacy in Africa.

Several of our Every Community for Christ (ECC) national coordinators and leaders in India have already received motorcycles for ministry in the past three years. Here are their testimonies:

“I want to thank the donors who have helped me to get a motorcycle. It was a real need to do the ministry in the rural villages and in the urban cities. I was helpless to serve the people in need in the nearby villages where there is no transport facilities. It took a whole day to reach an interior village. Now, I am able to move about much easier. I can visit the villages any time within a short time. I can cover distances up to 200 to 300 kms in a single day, conduct night meetings in the villages, stay there, then leave to visit the next village the following morning. It is so very helpful in my ministry. Currently we are doing the ministry successfully in 132 villages.”

~Dr. Virendra Khutey

“I am so grateful for the motorcycle I received from OMS in July 2013. This motorcycle is a great blessing in many ways for the church-planting ministry. For example:

1. It is economical. I save a good amount of money compared to using the local transportation. The cost is double what I now spend on the petrol for the motorcycle.

2. It saves time. Now I do not have to wait in a queue for the buses and local trains, so there are no delays in any work.

3. It makes me available to people anytime. If I get a call in the middle of the night, without wasting time, I can immediately rush to the place (nearby) on motorcycle.

4. It helps me to do my work more effectively and on time. Traffic jams are a major problem in India when traveling by bus or car on the roads. But on motorcycle, I can avoid those heavy traffic jams, thus I am able to do my routine work much faster now.

I strongly recommend providing motorcycles to other ECC church planters. It will enable them and equip them to do the work of the Lord more effectively, without wasting time to reach the villages.”

~Rev. James Paul

“I count my motorcycle as a special gift from God to my ministry in Madurai, India. I got this motorcycle in April 2015. I am doing ministry in 16 rural villages where there is no proper roads and bus services. I used to go by bicycle, which gave me pain in my knees. Also I was unable to get to the ministry locations on time. But now I am going to the ministry places without pain in my knees and on time.”

~Pastor R. Subash

The average cost for a bicycle is $125.00 and a motorcycle is $2,200.00. Would you be willing to say YES this Christmas to helping purchase a bicycle or motorcycle for one of our ECC church planting workers around the world? Give here.

Tags: motorcycles for ministry, bicycles, church planting, ministry travel, rural villages,