July 21 2017
be honest, sharing the Gospel is intimidating. Why? Just as public speaking
causes great anxiety for many people across the nations so does evangelism. This
fear may derive from an innate desire to be liked among our fellow humans.
Sometimes, we have to receive a little push out of our comfort zone to overcome
is what it took for me. God pushed me out of my comfort zone by sending me on a
short-term mission trip to Cap Haitien, Haiti, where I participated in door-to-door
evangelism in a rural village with no electricity or running water, but with a
rich voodoo presence. As the team prepared to go out, fear and anxiety took the
lead in our minds. I could tell from the facial expressions of my teammates
that I wasn’t the only who felt ill equipped and a little shaky when thinking
about confronting a witch doctor with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
met with the local pastor in this rural village, went over the evangelism
technique we were to use, prayed together, and then set out on our mission. The
visit to the first home was a little rough. My partner and I equally had no
clue what to say. Despite the brief evangelism overview prior to going out, we
had no true training or preparation to “properly” share the Gospel. I kept
frantically praying in the back of my mind for the Spirit to speak through me,
but was met with what felt like silence from the Lord. As we approached the
fifth house, I felt the Spirit nudge me saying, “Just share what I have done in
your life, like Paul did.” So, I told my partner to give the presentation of
the Gospel, and I would share my testimony.
We greeted the five boys who were sitting outside of the home, and I felt the Lord
with me. I knew he was going to do something miraculous. Even though there was
a language and cultural barrier, as I shared my testimony, I could see one boy,
who seemed to be the leader of the group, genuinely connected with my story.
His name is Johnny. The Lord clearly drew my attention toward him, which set
him apart from the group. When I was done sharing, I simply asked if they would
like to have a story of transformation similar to mine by giving their life to
Jesus. They all said yes! As we said the prayer of repentance, all the boys,
except Johnny, slowly stopped repeating the words in the prayer. Later, we
walked by the house on our way back to the church and Johnny was eagerly
listening the Resounding Hope radio we gave him. This radio, fix-tuned to OMS’
Radio 4VEH radio station and downloaded with an audio Bible in Creole, serves
as a wonderful discipling tool because most Haitians who live in rural areas
are illiterate, so cannot read the Bible. I am excited for what God has in
store for Johnny! I know he will do great things for God in his village.
trip has taught me that sharing my testimony is completely essential in the
light of eternity, and although it may be a little intimidating, when given to
the Lord, it is absolutely empowering and beautiful. I have returned from Haiti
with a fiery passion to share what God has done and is doing in my life with
those I come in contact with daily. You can make a difference where you are
right now with what God has given you. I exhort you to not let fear cause you
to hide God’s greatness. The power and transformation of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ does not come from any evangelism training or knowledge but purely from
the Spirit of the living God. He deserves to be shared with your neighbor,
parents, kids, that woman in the grocery store, that man on the street, and
with all people. So today, pray that God would help you share his greatness
with all those around you, even through your weakness, fear, and anxiety.
“And I, brethren, when
I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto
you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save
Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear,
and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing
words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That
your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” ~1
By Taylor Logsdon, OMS Communications and Marketing Team
July 18 2017
“I cannot think
that God’s heart can be satisfied with the salvation of just a few when his
great heart yearns over the millions.” ~Charles Cowman,
cofounder of One Mission Society
Charles Cowman wrote these powerful words years ago, but they
still ring true in OMS today. Aligning with our Billion.Global Vision, we are
not content merely reaching just a few. We know that God's heart yearns to be
known and loved by everyone. So, we continue to press forward in our vision to
reach at least one billion people with the Gospel by July 2026.
To accomplish this
vision, prayer is key. Prayer allows us to grow together and, in turn, grow the
body of Christ. Prayer allows us to remain within the parameters of what we
believe aligns with God's vision.
How can you be a
part of fulfilling the vision?
You can pray.
Prayer is powerful, and it is at the center of everything we do.
We are fully aware
that we cannot achieve our goals without complete dependence on God, the one
who is ultimately in charge of this vision. Pray that we are filled with zeal
for the Lord, that we remember that this vision is not about us, and that we
give ultimate control and glory to God.
In the fourth
century, there was a man named St. Ephrem who lived in Syria, and he wrote this
prayer which reaches to our core:
“O Lord and master of my life, take from me the spirit of
laziness, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of
purity, humility, patience, and love to thy servant. Yea, O Lord and king,
grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed
art thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.”
If we are serious
about working together to give at least a billion people the opportunity to
hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ, we must share this
prayer. We must pray for purity, humility, patience, and love; we must pray
that we don’t make ourselves the center of what God is doing. May we not only
pray this, but also experience God’s enablement to live it!
With a vision this
size, we must rely on the only one who can make it a reality. And, by the grace
of God, we will continue until one billion people have heard the Good News of
By Bob Fetherlin, One Mission Society President
July 7 2017
There are 7 billion people in the world, yet only 2.4 billion
people know Christ.
How will we give
at least one billion people the opportunity to hear and believe the Good News
that Christ promises by 2026? What we know for sure is that we will not and
cannot accomplish it alone. It will take everyone working in unity to complete
this God-sized vision.
Jennifer Schuldt shares in Our Daily
Bread the story of Nicholas Taylor, a man who was boarding a train in
Perth, Australia, when his leg became wedged in the gap between the platform
and the commuter car. Safety officials tried frantically to free him to no
avail. Thinking quickly, they gathered about 50 passengers who lined up
along the side of that car. On the count of three, they pushed against the
train. Pushing in the same direction together, they shifted the weight of
that massive train car just enough to free Taylor’s leg.
I tell this story to show how vital it is that we don't strive for
this vision alone. In
Ephesians 4:3, we are challenged “to make every effort to keep the unity of the
Spirit through the bond of peace.” It’s amazing what God’s people can do for his
glory when they work together as one body, for one
purpose, to spread the Gospel to one billion people. It's amazing how much more
can be done together than alone.
With that, we pray for growth. The Billion.Global vision may have
originated with OMS, but we are fully aware that this God-sized vision will not
be accomplished without coming alongside partners like you. We want to see all
believers from around the world engaged in this vision. With God's provision
and empowerment, we truly believe that we can reach a billion people with the
love of God.
Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society
you like to know more about how prayer fits into the Billion.Global Vision?
Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg2raKNPF8k
July 7 2017
Chelsea Long, a
junior at the University of Missouri Columbia, is passionate about telling
people's stories. With an emphasis in strategic communication and a love of
theater, her special set of skills reveal a young woman who strives to share
everyone's unique story. So it's no surprise that she decided to serve in the Communications
and Marketing Department this summer with One Mission Society.
Chelsea grew up
in a Christian home with a family of strong believers. She was plugged into
church the minute she was born, she jokes, but when she was old enough to
finally join the youth group, the beloved youth pastor left. Unfortunately, the
new youth pastor focused more on growing numbers than growing the faith of the
people [who] had been there." By her sophomore year in high school,
Chelsea joined a new church and youth group where she happily connected with a
great group of Christian friends. But, after several issues, the friend group
dissolved only two years later, leaving Chelsea feeling isolated and alone,
like she had no one to lean on or pour into her spiritual life.
When it came time
to choose a university, Chelsea chose one that everyone warned was a huge party
school, effectively causing her to worry about falling in with the wrong crowd
of people. So, the minute she arrived on campus, she dedicated herself to
finding a good group of Christian students. It just so happened that soon after
her arrival, she was invited to play ultimate frisbee with a group of fellow
Christians. Chelsea’s first thoughts were, “Yes, friends! Boo ultimate frisbee!” Despite the fact that
she firmly hates ultimate frisbee, she went in order to invest in and cultivate
relationships. She reflects that this group of friends has been instrumental in
"building me up, strengthening my faith, and teaching me how to live out
my faith, especially in a very secular school."
With the summer quickly
approaching, Chelsea actively sought an internship that was either nonprofit or
focused on ministry. This led her to accept a summer position with OMS, a
decision she does not regret.
you great experience in your specific field of study, while also helping you
build your faith while being surrounded by a great group of believers."
This is our fifth in a series of five blogs about our summer interns. We hope you enjoyed learning more about them. If you, or someone you know, is interested in an internship at OMS, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 6 2017
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. .
. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who
promised is faithful” ~Heb. 10: 22a, 23.
As the first year
of our 10-year vision is coming to an end, we praise God for his faithfulness.
A goal to see at least one billion men and women gain the opportunity to hear,
understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ is no small vision. It is
a vision that requires bold and unwavering faith; it is a vision that requires
We live in a society
that is content to let things be, to not cause problems, and be tolerant. With
the magnitude of distractions that are thrown our way every day, maintaining a
firm faith that does not waver is no small challenge. Being an intentional
witness can become a challenge for many Christians because of the numerous
distractions we find ourselves facing and the rejection we fear we will receive
from the few people who do seem to listen. But the answer is not to remain
silent, the answer is to pick up our swords and fight for this vision.
One billion people
will not hear about the Gospel if we settle for being content.
In spite of the
difficult and testing circumstances that we know will be encountered, because
we have an enemy who doesn't want our vision accomplished, I pray that we
continue to be people of unwavering faith. The enemy wants our vision to fail,
but we have a God who is far more powerful than any enemy who wants the
Billion.Global Vision to succeed. Prayer is powerful, and prayer is key to
achieving the vision of reaching at least one billion people by the year 2026.
Will you join us
in prayer for this visions' success and growth?
By Bob Fetherlin,
President of One Mission Society
Go to Billion.Global to become a part of the movement or to sign
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