December 14 2018
Taran* serves as a church planter in Southern Asia. His ministry includes evangelism, leading baptism services, planting churches, and leading discipleship training. By God’s grace, Taran planted five churches and made four disciples (new leaders) in one year. Taran is also an effective trainer using the Train & Multiply curriculum, which multiplies the work he is doing.
Taran has proven to be an effective evangelist and leader, yet his fruitfulness could be doubled or even tripled.
The distances between ministry locations where Taran serves in Southern Asia are far apart, so he must either walk long distances or use public transport, which takes a lot of time, money, and energy. Most days, he is unable to visit every location that he needs to in order to lead in those towns.
Taran shares, “If the Lord helps me to get a motorcycle for ministry, (this is one he rented) I will be highly encouraged and able to be much more effective in ministry. I sometimes use a rented motorbike, but paying hourly charges is way too expensive for me.”
If you would like to donate toward the purchase of a bicycle or a motorcycle for a national leader like Taran, give here.
* Name changed for security.
December 11 2018
Eleven years ago, Ofrane Saintil and his wife, Gerumene, lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Saintil worked as a delivery driver. On one trip from Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haitien, he was in a bad accident, leaving him with a broken arm, leg, and teeth. Gerumene’s aunt attended the OMS-related Grace en Sion Church in Cap-Haitien, and she had the church pray for Saintil.
He accepted Christ at that moment because he realized God had saved his life.
Saintil and Gerumene moved to Cap-Haitien because they believed that was where God wanted them.
Gerumene says living in Haiti is difficult. Even working full time and earning a salary, they don’t have any extra money after they provide food for their family and meet basic needs. There is definitely not enough to pay for school tuition and purchase books for their children.
In 2011, Grace en Sion School became a partner school of One Mission Society’s Starfish Kids program. In 2013, Saintil and Gerumene’s oldest child started attending Grace en Sion School. They have four children: Jonas, Watcherline, Louvens, and Emmauella. Watcherline and Louvens are now sponsored through Starfish Kids.
They are so thankful for the sponsorship because it provides tuition, school supplies, and books for their children to receive a quality Christian education.
In 2015, Grace en Sion hired Saintil as the security guard for the church and school because he had proven to be trustworthy and hard working.
Gerumene says the Starfish Kids program is so important to Haitian families who have difficulties making ends meet. Parents respect the Starfish Kids schools because they know these schools are reputable.
One of their favorite aspects of the school besides the sponsorships and Bible teaching is that Grace en Sion starts teaching children English and Spanish in kindergarten. Knowing multiple languages will help open doors for them in the future. Most schools charge extra money for these courses, but at Grace en Sion, they are part of the curriculum.
God’s grace and provision is evident in countless ways through Saintil’s story and dozens of others sponsored through Starfish Kids. Please consider a gift of $300 to cover one child’s tuition for one year.
December 11 2018
In Haiti, poverty often stands in the way of widows (among others) providing their families with basic necessities. They know they need a sustainable solution to help their family … a goat could be the answer!
However, most widows can’t afford to buy a goat.
That’s where OMS steps in. Our Mercy ministry recently blessed a widow named Carrie* with the gift of a goat. She rejoiced when she received it because she knew this gift would help her and her six children now and in the days to come.
A goat will provide milk or meat for nutrition and fertilizer for her garden, as well enabling her to sell the offspring goats to others in the future.
Just like these widows and other poor families in Haiti have done. One family recently had their herd grow to 10 goats, enabling them to sell a few to pay for a medical need in the family. Another family grew their herd size and sold some to obtain a couple of cows to provide milk and meat for the family to vastly improve their diet. Another widow multiplied her goats and sold several to pay for her children’s education.
For many years, Mercy has provided goats to needy families in Haiti. We donate the female goat and then provide a male goat for reproduction.
For just a $125 investment and years of production assistance and guided help from Mercy on how to properly care for the goats, widows like Carrie and many others have a sustainable income that helps provide food, medical care, and educational needs that these families could not provide before.