November 29 2016
the church can reach out to the Sikh community
recently reached out to the Sikh community in my neighborhood to discuss how Christians
could serve and love them. Many of the current leaders do not speak English,
but English-speaking Sikhs are beginning to outnumber the non-English speaking
ones. Therefore, the guys I met with are training to be the next generation’s
arrived, Gurpreet and Subeg sat with me on the floor and served me traditional
Indian food. We ate and small talked through the meal, getting to know each
the meal, we went to another room to talk more about ministry. I discovered
that Sikhs believe many of the same things about God as Christians. They
believe that God is one, who is all powerful, he loves his people, and has a
great plan for them. Sikhs have three core principles that Christians also
hold: 1. Call out to God. 2. Earn an honest living. 3. Share what you have
earned with the less fortunate.
began to dawn on me – aside from needing English classes for the older
generation, Sikhs do not need compassion ministry. They already have most of
their physical needs. So how does the church build a relationship with people
who don’t need our help? Then it came to me … by serving alongside them!
already provides clothing for the homeless, food for the poor, and takes care
of the widows and orphans. By inviting Sikhs to serve alongside us establishes
our common goals with their community. Working with the Sikh community tears
down barriers of unfamiliarity. This allows the church to see them as valuable
people in our country. It also provides Sikhs with the opportunity to feel more
secure in the U.S. because they now have American friends.
importantly, partnering with the Sikh people can build friendships that may
lead to opportunities to sow the Gospel. Our ministries will not only help the
direct recipients of our compassion ministry, but also indirectly grow the kingdom
through Gospel sowing. How exciting to perhaps double the impact of our ministry!
Jason Ferkel, OMS U.S. Diaspora Ministry Coordinator
If you would like to give to OMS Diaspora Ministries this Christmas, click here.
November 22 2016
recently traveled to Haiti to conduct the first HOPE61 training seminars in
that country. The problem of human trafficking is monumental across the country,
and the pastors and leaders were hungry to learn from the seminar how they
could prevent it from happening in the communities they serve.
is the 14th country to receive the HOPE61 training. It was a
blessed time of learning for me and the pastors and church leaders that
attended the sessions in Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince.
rained for days, and the flooding was severe across the Cap Haitien region, but
the day we conducted the training was sunny and warm. One hundred pastors and
leaders were invited to attend, but with the flooding in homes and on the
roads, we were unsure how many would be able to attend. We praise God for the
more than 75 leaders that attended the seminar!
training was interactive and dynamic. One attendee was Dr. Rodney Baptiste, the
director of the OMS-related Bethesda Medical Clinic. Dr. Rodney was so excited
to receive this training on human trafficking prevention that he took what he
had learned and shared it with the entire staff at Bethesda the next day.
the end of each HOPE61 training seminar, participants
are asked to develop a plan of action to implement what they have learned. Dr.
Rodney’s plan was to share the information with his staff as they interact with
people every day at the clinic who are vulnerable to become involved in
trafficking. Raising the awareness and the knowledge of the staff at Bethesda
Medical Clinic will directly reduce the vulnerability of those that come
through the clinic. How wonderful to know that the training was multiplied,
almost immediately, by Dr. Rodney.
35 pastors and leaders were trained the next day in Port-au-Prince. We are excited
to hear stories of the training the pastors received being implemented across
southern Haiti, as well. God is working
powerfully in Haiti in a number of ways, and it is a huge blessing for HOPE61
to begin work there, as well. Human trafficking is a huge problem around the
world, but not too big for God and his church to overcome! Will you join us in
praying for Haiti and for the other 13 countries that HOPE61
is working in to prevent human trafficking?
you’d like to give a Christmas gift this season to help with future HOPE61
trainings, give here.
Tom Overton, Director of HOPE61
November 15 2016
things can happen when people get together and have a casual conversation.
this instance, one person was a concerned constituent from Kansas and the other
two were OMS missionaries, serving with Men for Missions. The topic of
conversation: Were the parents of MKs able to help their kids with college
education on their missionary salaries? Out of that casual conversation in the
mid-1970s an OMS-USA scholarship fund was started.
depending on how many MKs apply, The Crews, Gibson, Spate Scholarship Fund
awards 10-15 scholarships to our OMS-USA college MKs. We’re thankful to be able
to award these scholarships each year, and the MKs are always very thankful to
receive them. The scholarships are relatively small and with the soaring costs
of continuing education, we would love to see the fund increased.
college MKs are great kids studying in various fields, but one thing they all
have in common … college debt! Another is that they all love the Lord.
you consider blessing an MK this Christmas with a gift to the scholarship fund?
With your gift, you become part of the answer to that casual conversation that was
started so long ago.
Deanna Cathcart, Missionary Kid (MK) Ministries Coordinator
November 7 2016
year, 10-15 college students and young adults serve as interns at One Mission
Society. These interns fill a variety of roles across OMS, bringing experience,
enthusiasm, and new perspectives to their teams. Whether they’re with us a few
hours a week or all summer, interns leave a lasting impact on OMS and on
ministry around the world.
Hunter served as a summer intern with OMS in 2014. After she graduated last
year, God led Clarissa to serve on a short-term trip to Hungary, where she was
able to put her strong administrative and communication skills to use. Through
that experience, God called Clarissa to continue her service with OMS. Clarissa
currently serves at the OMS World Headquarters in the Development Department while
funding to return to Hungary as a full-time missionary.
also hosts interns from other countries through denominational partnerships
around the world.
Hurtado was an intern from Colombia who served with OMS for six months earlier
this year. Harold had a background in missions and a heart for people. Right
before he began his internship, Harold’s denomination faced changes, and he was
left without a job to return to after his internship.
began praying about what was next while trusting in God’s plan and provision.
He met Jonathan Morton, an OMS missionary who serves with New Life, a Hispanic
church-planting ministry based in the Indianapolis area. Harold attended New
Life Church and instantly found a community there. As he served at the OMS
headquarters and became more engaged with his new church family, God called
Harold to be involved in this ministry longer term. Now, Harold is back in
Colombia funding to return to the U.S. to serve alongside Jonathan and the New
Life church-planting network.
not every intern goes on to re-engage with OMS in one of these ways, we hope
every intern walks away with a more intimate relationship with Jesus, a deeper
engagement in missions, and greater insight into how they can be a part of
furthering Christ’s kingdom around the world. Will you support future
world-changers like Clarissa and Harold?
to intern scholarship, one of our eight Christmas projects being highlighted
this holiday season. Give here.
By Andrea Fisher, OMS