August 29 2017
we were at Tokyo Biblical Seminary (TBS), we sat across the table from a young
man who beamed with the fullness of the Spirit. We, of course, were eager to learn
his story. His name is Yoshikazu Kasahara, but we call him Yoshi san. Here is
san lived in an area of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
As he sat on the ruins of his house, a few Christians from one of the Japanese
Holiness Churches (JHC) served him water, food, and encouragement. He was so surprised
and impressed by their love and kindness that he inquired more about why they
were doing these acts of service. This led to Yoshi san hearing the story of Jesus
and God’s love for him for the first time. Out of the wreckage of his material
world and emotional upheaval, he opened his heart and mind to receive Jesus as
Savior and Lord, and he experienced true peace and joy in the midst of his
losses. Soon, he was overwhelmed by the desire to learn more about God and how
to live for him, so he enrolled in Tokyo Biblical Seminary (OMS’ oldest partner
school). During his years there, God called him into ministry.
of Yoshi san’s professors and advisors at TBS, Homare Miyazaki sensei,
reports that Yoshi san is now married and serves as a pastor of one of a JHC
church in Saitama-prefecture.
is from a Hindu Brahmin family in South Asia. When Bikash became a believer in
Jesus, his parents forced him to leave their home and disowned him. Despite
this, Bikash continues steadfastly in his faith and prays regularly for his
unbelieving family. God has blessed him with a wife and children. As a district
superintendent for an OMS partner church, he sharpens his knowledge and skills
as he attends South Asia Bible College.
schools would not function without dedicated faculty. Let me introduce you to a
few of them. Please pray for the faculty at our OMS partner schools.
and Sony serve at N* Bible Seminary in the South Pacific, a highly
Muslim populated nation. Frans and Sony have been instrumental in fulfilling
the mandate to train pastors and church planters to be God’s
servants and Christian leaders. For more than 40 years, this seminary’s graduates
have established 420 churches in partnership with N* Evangelical
Churches and many more churches through partnership with other denominations
and Christian organizations. With full accreditation as a Bible college from
the government, NBS still holds firmly to its original vision and purpose.
faithful faculty members serve at Faith Bible College in the Philippines: Rev. Anna
Penny Datu, academic dean; Rev. Oliver Bhem, director of student life and chaplain;
and Rev. Ermalee Hidalgo, president. All the administrators also teach. Despit
being a small school, it provides important instruction for both day and
evening students who will serve as pastors, church planters, Christian
education directors, and youth leaders.
keep the faulty of all our partner schools in prayer as they frequently serve
with modest remuneration and in simple settings, yet are preparing men and
women to serve God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind.
By Bill Vermillion, Theological Education
* Abbreviated for security reasons.
August 25 2017
Mozambique is not an easy country to do
Economically, it is depressed, being
one of the poorest countries in Africa. Agriculturally, the soil is sandy and
plants have a hard time growing. It greatly lacks the lushness often associated
with Africa. Politically, it is becoming more stable, but with an active civil war
throughout most of the 1990s and numerous political uprisings until the last
few years, there is still a state of uncertainty and lack of trust in the
government. Educationally, there are limited opportunities. And spiritually, it
feels oppressed. Christianity is often associated with the oppressive
Portuguese of the past and does not have a good reputation. Yet, in the midst
of this, there is hope. Hope for change, hope for a better tomorrow.
OMS has been a part of building that
hope. In the past two decades, we have developed a seminary (Maputo Theological
Seminary) and a thriving international K-12 school Christian Academy of
Mozambique). We are developing ministries that reach out to the physically challenged
(Helping Hands), and women and children. And our seminary is growing stronger. The
seminary has a commitment to building strong spiritual leaders for a country
that needs leadership.
One of those leaders is Pastor Daniel.
Pastor Daniel is one of the early
graduates of our seminary. He is a man who loves God and loves Africa. He has
worked hard to contextualize the Gospel.
Over the years, he has worked hard and become one of our seminary
professors and the leader of the OMS church in Mozambique. During the month of
August, my wife Jan and I worked alongside our brothers and sisters in the
church in Mozambique.
One Sunday morning, we joined his
church for service and felt God’s moving in so many ways. The music was lively
and active. And throughout the service they celebrated community blessings. Two
families had apparently been feuding, but had settled their differences. So,
both families went forward, almost 20 people, to celebrate this reconciliation
and publicly hugged one another.
A young couple got engaged in front of the congregation.
The young man professed his love, went down on one knee, and placed a ring on
the young woman’s finger. Then Pastor Daniel sat them down on the front row and
began a one-hour sermon on how to have a strong Christian marriage. He was explicit
and talked about sexual temptations and fidelity. Overall, we experienced God
moving among a people who do their best to reflect God’s character in their
This is the type of man I am excited
about partnering with—a man who is willing to build and prepare for the future
of God’s kingdom in Mozambique.
Your donation today to theological
education leadership development allows OMS to partner with men like Pastor
Daniel to help him build the church in Mozambique. Would you consider donating
to account #408126 so OMS can move forward more strongly in the areas of
theological education? Click here to give.
By Rod Dormer, One Mission Society
Theological Education Team, Africa
August 22 2017
was born into a Hindu family in the Indian state of Karnataka. During his
childhood, Arjun's sister and parents came to faith in Jesus. The family began
to attend the local church of the Evangelical Church of India, but Arjun could
not understand his need for salvation in Christ. Then one night, while
attending a revival service at the ECI church, the Holy Spirit spoke to him from
Jeremiah 1:5, and Arjun realized that God had been calling him from his
mother's womb into a personal relationship as a disciple of Jesus Christ. He
confessed his sins and asked Jesus to take control of his life.
2010, Arjun enrolled as a student at the Karnataka Bible Seminary, one of the
ten regional Bible schools of the Evangelical Church of India that focus on
raising up grassroots level church planters to launch and develop new churches
that multiply. During his studies at KBS, the course in personal evangelism
equipped him to share the Gospel effectively among his Hindu neighbors and
family members. Upon graduation from the graduate of theology program of KBS,
Arjun was appointed as a pastor to a small village church. He is now continuing
his studies, pursuing the bachelor of theology degree at KBS.
met Arjun in November of 2016 when I visited the school in Karnataka to facilitate
training in Train & Multiply. T&M equips believers to find persons of
peace, share the Good News, teach believers to follow the commands of Jesus,
and multiply healthy, growing churches to the second and third generations and
beyond. In a joint effort with OMS’ Every Community for Christ team and the
Theological Education team, we are working with the Allahabad Bible Seminary and
the regional Bible schools of ECI to incorporate T&M into their courses of
eagerly participated during the November training, and he reports that he was
especially influenced by the 12
Principles of Church Multiplication. Today, he continues to learn the
principles and practices of T&M at KBS, even as he applies that learning in
his ministry as a pastor in a local village.
is only one example of the strategic role of the seminaries and Bible schools
of ECI. Their impact goes far beyond the classroom into the cities, towns, and
villages of India, often in partnership with the India Missionary Movement ministry
of the Evangelical Church of India.
These dedicated faculty and students are training thousands of pastors
and laypersons while also engaging in creative and effective community outreach
and evangelism. They do so with meager resources and most often in the face of
fierce opposition and increasing persecution. Across India today, young leaders
like Arjun are bringing transformation to individuals, families, and
learn more about the seminaries and Bible schools of the Evangelical Church of
India and how you can support them, contact OMS Theological Education or International
Support Ministries or give here.
By Dick Freed, Director
of OMS Learning & Development
withheld for security.
August 16 2017
Beshlyaga graduated from MECS (Moscow Evangelical Christina Seminary) with a bachelor
of divinity degree in 2005. He then moved to Nizhny Novgorod to plant a church.
A year later, he baptized Natasha, his first convert. Natasha grew quickly in
the Lord and was soon leading the worship at the new church plant. A year
later, Ivan sent Sasha, the rector of MECS, a wedding invitation. He was
marrying Natasha! Since then, Ivan and Natasha have had three kids and planted
three churches in the area. This past year, both Ivan and Natasha graduated from
the seminary: Ivan with a master of theology degree and Natasha with a bachelor
of counselling degree. Ivan and Natasha have now returned to church planting in
God with us for the ministry of MECS, and how he is using it to prepare
students to reach the people of Russia.
August 8 2017
Since its beginning, One Mission Society has been in the business of
developing Christ-like leaders for the global church. One of the ways this has
been accomplished is through the planting of theological training institutions
for the development of local church leaders all over the globe. Through the
years, many of the Bible colleges and seminaries started by OMS have become
leaders in their respective global regions among Protestant Evangelical
theological schools. The Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti is great example of
one of those schools.
In 1967, OMS started the Emmaus
Vocational Bible School (EVBS) in a small suburb of Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Through
Radio 4VEH, an evangelism and discipleship ministry of OMS, churches were
growing and the need for theologically trained pastors was growing with
The vision for EVBS was to develop
both vocational and theological training for local pastors, church planters,
and evangelists for the many small churches in northern Haiti. In 2000, after 33
years of equipping hundreds of local churches with theologically trained
leaders, the school became Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti. The vision for
the rebranding of the school was to offer undergraduate and graduate-level
theological training for an ever-growing Haitian church.
Today, Emmaus Biblical Seminary of
Haiti is among the top 10 theological schools in the Caribbean and has one of
the premier graduate programs among Caribbean theological schools. EBS has also
partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University to deliver a masters in Theological
Studies to Haitian students. The current enrollment at EBS is approximately 110
students with a mostly Haitian, fully credentialed faculty.
The following have been a direct
result of the strategic partnership between EBS and OMS:
1. EBS has maintained its
Wesleyan-holiness distinctive within its curriculum and training programs. Even
today, EBS is one of only three theological schools in Haiti with a
Wesleyan-holiness profile. Thanks to OMS, EBS believes that the best of the
Gospel is the rest of the Gospel. This emphasis at EBS means the promotion of
the transformation of moral character that is a necessary result of conversion
(sanctification and discipleship development).
2. Because of EBS’s relationship
with OMS, there is a continued emphasis on church planting throughout EBS
training programs. In fact, approximately 40 percent of graduates go into some
sort of church-planting ministry.
3. OMS has empowered the development
of Christ-like leaders for the church in Haiti through providing highly
credentialed faculty to teach intensive courses four times a year on the
4. OMS has been a driving force in
helping EBS raise funds for many development projects. In 2010, EBS relocated
to a brand new, state-of-the-art campus five miles from its original location.
Without OMS, this would not have been possible.
Without OMS, EBS would not exist today.
Furthermore, EBS is one of dozens of schools with OMS’ fingerprints all over
it. This is the business of the development of leaders for the global church.
This is the business of Theological Education at OMS.
By Matt Ayars, rector and professor
To learn more about EBS and Haiti, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HaFJ8w50IE&feature=youtu.be
August 3 2017
do you need? How can the One Mission Society Theological Education (TE) team
best support and assist you in your ministry? These were the key questions I
asked the OMS national and missionary leaders from Across Europe early in 2016.
Their answers: 1) training in discipleship and 2) opportunities for fellowship
with OMS European colleagues.
with that information, we planned a special conference in the fall of 2016. With
a starting budget of “two fish and five loaves” and the assurance that God had
given the vision, plans were put in motion to invite a team from the Inspire
Movement to lead a seminar on discipleship in Manchester, UK in May 2017.
God provided over and over.
November through May, those attending took turns calling one another to prayer
through weekly emails that went out in English, Spanish, and French. Conference
attendees came from Russia, Israel, Spain, Estonia, Ukraine, France, Hungary,
Sweden, Ireland, Wales, and the U.S.
May 8-11, along with the team from the Inspire Movement, we learned, practiced,
and experienced discipleship. We discussed how we could contextualize the
concepts and practices in our unique ministry contexts, and we fellowshipped,
worshiped, and prayed together.
are a few of the take aways:
I think that the
greatest blessing to me was spending time with fellow coworkers in the region.
I was blessed by being
part of a team.
Meeting up with my
European colleagues for the first time was just wonderful.
I loved the prayer time
on the last night where we prayed as a group for one another's prayer concerns.
During the conference,
God helped me to see the answers to some questions about my further ministry to
The theme of the
seminar was very important for me. I think that the principles of deep
communication in threes are applicable in our ministry to pastors of Blagovest
Association and to members of the churches.
For me personally,
having the affirmation from Inspire to focus on discipleship was very affirming
and encouraged me that we're heading in the right direction.
practicality, and simplicity of joining together as disciples in the name of
I need to be a disciple
before I can hope to make any.
the members of the body longing to be equipped for ministry are those who are
already serving in leadership. The OMS Theological Education team desires to
serve and support both those who are in leadership, as well as those who are in
the beginning stages of their ministry leadership journey. Resources are needed
to bring or send qualified instructors and practitioners, to purchase
transportation tickets, and to provide lodging so that Christian workers come
away for a time of refreshment, renewal, and mutual care for one another.
Reading the take aways, we give thanks to God for the opportunity to ministry
to the expressed needs of these precious men and women serving Christ in
Colleen Fitch, OMS Regional Consultant for Europe, Theological Education
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