September 25 2017
people don’t understand why some missionaries chose to stay in their home country
to work for the kingdom of God. The common thought is often: “Mission work is
done OUTSIDE of the United States.” I understand that thought process. I used to
believe it myself.
I thought that if I wanted to do anything
significant for the kingdom, I had to get my Bible degree and a pilot’s
license, move to Africa, and fly food, water, and Bibles to the rural tribes in
need. That was my plan. Until God challenged me to “be faithful with those
around me.” To be honest, I thought this challenge was more of a stepping
stone. I thought the challenge was Jesus saying: “Show me you can be faithful
here before I send you overseas.” Little did I know, he was actually preparing
me for a role that I had never thought of – working with immigrants and
refugees in the U.S.
showing me that some of us don’t have to leave home in order to be missionaries
to someone of a different culture and/or religion. He is bringing millions of
people from all over the world to live in the U.S. as doctors, farmers,
cashiers, ministers, and as our neighbors. Foreign missions is still extremely
important, but God is increasing the opportunity for us to literally do
missions in our own backyard.
experience, I have built friendships and shared Jesus with people from India
who are of the Sikh religion. My team and I have helped 200+ Chin people, from
Myanmar, learn English while using the Bible as a part of their English class.
I’ve helped four churches and several ministry leaders find ways they can
minister to immigrants in their areas. We have also been asked to help send
immigrant missionaries back to their home country so that they can share the
Gospel. All of this took place within five miles of our home.
My wife has accomplished even more than I as
she serves at the OMS World Headquarters as a homeland missionary. She works with all of the OMS missionaries
to make sure their donor information is up-to-date, and ensures that all of our
constituent’s addresses are well maintained. It may not sound like much, but
every day she empowers missionaries in more than 70 countries to do the work
they are called to do. She assists missionaries (both here and abroad) to raise
millions of dollars so that they can continue their work. She does it all with a
What we do is not glamorous to the world. No
one is going to write a book about us. We don’t have amazing stories of winning
an unreached people group to Christ. But it’s the quiet, behind-the-scenes work
we are called to do. We will happily and obediently assist others in their work
as we faithfully serve the Lord in the homeland.
Jason Ferkel, Coordinator of Immigrant
September 19 2017
you were to take a stroll through the offices of the Human Resources Department
of One Mission Society at the World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, on any
given day, you'd see lots of people engaged in many activities and
conversations which, much of the time, happen entirely behind the scenes but
are vital for fulfilling the OMS mission and vision.
are you'd see the vice president for Human Resources and his assistant on a
phone conference with the folks who administer employee benefits for OMS
missionaries and staff or with those who advise OMS on the ever-changing
landscape of complying with government regulations regarding health care and
employment. They might be talking with a missionary couple who are just
returning for home ministry assignment between terms on the field.
the way, you'd likely hear a member of the Mobilization team answering
questions from someone inquiring about opportunities to serve or helping
someone clarify their sense of God's calling to cross-cultural ministry. If you
listen closely, you might hear another Mobi team member helping a missionary
candidate complete their application or checking references in preparation for
upcoming interviews. Almost every day, you'd likely hear one of the mobilizers
praying with someone on the phone.
few steps down the hall, you might see someone from the Missionary Care team working
on a "landing plan" to help a new single missionary headed to the
field arrive and settle into their new home and assignment. Another team member
might be talking via Skype with first-term missionaries to check in on how their
family is doing after the first few months on the field. Or maybe you’d hear
them helping a family prepare to say their goodbyes as they transition to a new
assignment or return to the U.S. These folks support new missionary kids,
seasoned veterans moving toward retirement, and families at all the points in
you look around and don't see anyone from the Learning and Development team,
that's not surprising. They might well be downstairs in the training room,
facilitating Orientation for newly accepted missionary candidates or CROSS
Training, the three-week learning experience that prepares men and women who
are ready to head to their assignments with One Mission Society. If they're not
downstairs, they could be somewhere else around the building, meeting with OMS
leaders to design and implement new training initiatives. They might even be
off-site facilitating training or providing coaching for our missionary field
teams or U.S. partners.
Lord has indeed blessed OMS with a corps of godly men and women who serve him
in cross-cultural ministry around the world. But every day, the HR team members
use the spiritual gifts and abilities God has given them to mobilize, equip,
and support OMS missionaries and their families around the world. Like overseas
cross-cultural missionaries, these homeland
missionaries raise their own financial support in order to follow God's
call in their lives. To read more about any of our missionaries, visit Find a Missionary on
the OMS website.
for the HR team, including:
Tommy Van Abeele, Laura Crosby, Doris Waters, Linda Six
Beasley, Andrea Fisher, Margo Concepcion, Heather McPherson, Kelly Coy,
KyoungMin Choi, and EunJin Kim
Steve Christener, Kathy Fouts, Deanna Cathcart, Lori Long, Mark and Cindy Freer,
Esther Cann, and Mel Reese
and Development Team:
Dick Freed, Carolyn Knight, Gail Davis, Sophie Schafer
By Dick Freed, Director of Learning and Development
September 12 2017
and I served as missionaries in Ecuador with One Mission Society. Serving as a
missionary on the field, we had stories and pictures that all seemed very
exciting. There were days we were traveling in the jungle in a canoe or
slogging through the mud to reach a Shuar village and share the Gospel. These
dear people responded to the Word with open hearts and many came to
Christ. I can share these stories and
show these pictures, and people are willing to support that ministry.
God called us to return to the U.S. to serve at the OMS World Headquarters. Danny
serves as the director of the Mobilization Department, and I work as the
controller. We live in a house and work in an office in the U.S., much the same
as other people in the U.S. do. Because of this, many people believe that we no
longer need support. And there are others who only want to support those doing
work on the “front lines.” Our support has dropped because of where we serve Christ.
loved working with the people in Ecuador. Our ministry there had great value. But
we wholeheartedly believe that our ministry here has just as much value. Romans
10:14-15 talks about the steps needed before people can call upon the name of
the Lord. One of the steps is someone being sent to tell them. Normally as
missionaries, we talk about the sender being the supporter, but a big part of
being sent is also the mission agency and those working in the homeland office.
How can a missionary be sent without the work of the Mobilization team that
finds them, guides them, and trains and prepares them? How can a missionary be
sent without a Finance team that is receiving the support funds, properly
accounting for the funds, allocating them, and getting them to the missionary
as they serve on the field?
work being done by homeland missionaries is critical to the work of the
missionaries in the 72 countries where OMS serves. Yet, it is so much more
difficult for a homeland missionary to raise support. I would encourage you, if
the Lord is placing it on your heart to support his work around the world,
please remember those missionaries serving at their mission headquarters. These
roles are just as vital to kingdom work, just not as glamorous.
Julie Beasley, OMS Homeland Missionary
September 5 2017
Indiana’s most highly decorated World
War II veteran does not want to talk about the horrible atrocities of war and
his experiences in the jungles of the South Pacific. There he fought the enemy
without relief, fresh clothing, or other normal comforts.
When pressed for more details, his
comment is, “I am no hero.”
He continues to say, “The troops behind
the lines, the quartermaster corp who brought us food and other supplies, they
are the real heroes. Some of them gave their lives to help us.”
In the same way, missionaries in One
Mission Society fight against the powers of darkness and evil forces on many
fronts around the globe. There must be a supply line. They are not called quartermasters, rather the heroes behind the lines are called homeland missionaries.
They provide finances, counseling, communications and literature, and
short-term medical, construction, and prayer teams. They are the link to the
individuals and churches who pray and financially give to our mission.
Where are the heroes? They are unseen
behind the lines, working faithfully at computers, praying, and allowing our
frontline missionaries to do what they have been called to.
Paul, our veteran, was led to a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ at the OMS World Headquarters by one of
the homeland missionaries. Paul, our Hoosier hero, is now behind the lines
doing battle on his knees, loving his enemies into the kingdom.
By Warren Hardig, Men for Missions