Agent 038 VBS-like Kids' Program Coming to Conference

June 25 2018

Do you have what it takes to be on the Agent 038 team?

One Mission Society's One Mission Kids ministry invites children ages 5-11 to this unforgettable experience to grow their missionary hearts by learning what it takes to be one of God’s best agents.

Our mission handbook, the Holy Bible, gives us specific instructions on what qualities are found in God’s best agents. 1 Peter 3:8 (ESV) says, “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

Join us for the 2018 Illuminate Missions Conference from June 27-30 at the Community Church of Greenwood for an opportunity to develop these important qualities through six exciting sessions, including energy-filled music, Bible verse memorization, power challenges, imaginative crafts, Bible stories, edible arts, and of course missions.

We want the children to walk away not only having had loads of fun, but also having learned how to live in harmony (Romans 12:19), live with sympathy (Colossians 3:17), live through love (1 John 4:10), live with tenderness (Ephesians 4:32), and to live in humility (Philippians 2:3). Children will also have the opportunity to help raise money for our missions project – Be the light for South Asia! This project helps to provide relief aid for flood victims in South Asia who lose all of their belongings every single year.

To register, go to: oms.events.

Tags: vbs, spy theme, learn about missions, mission project, kids program,

​Billion.Global Vision Update

June 22 2018

At the OMS conference in July 2016, President Bob Fetherlin launched the Billion.Global Vision (formerly called the One Billion – One Opportunity Vision), with the goal of giving one billion people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ over a 10-year period.

Now, two years into the 10-year goal, we have 113 partners working together to reach more than 11 ½ million people so far. We have a long way to go but are excited about the momentum we have and look forward to seeing God multiplying Gospel-sharing opportunities.

Why a billion people you might ask? Currently, there are about 7.3 billion people in the world. 2 out of every 3 people or about 4.9 billion people do not consider themselves a Christian. 47 percent of those non-Christians have little or no access to the Gospel, which means 2.3 billion people have not had an opportunity to hear, understand, or believe the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Billion.Global Vision’s coalition coordinator, Dave Oakley, says prayer is the center foundation of the movement. “We want to join alongside one another in order to seek ‘kingdom synergy,’ by creating partnerships and praying for one another to glorify the kingdom of God in the world,” Oakley said.

President Bob Fetherlin is praying for an exponential curve of support within the next couple of months. Billion.Global Vision will have a visible presence at OMS’ biannual missions conference, ILLUMINATE, from June 27-30 in Greenwood, Indiana.

To help make an impact in the Billion.Global Vision effort, you can find more information at www.billion.global. There you or your organization can join the cause or find ways to pray for those who are working to bring the Gospel to one billion people.

Tags: conference, vision, billion.global, oms vision, goals, 1 billion

ILLUMINATE 2018: Be the Light Missions Conference

June 22 2018

In a dark and hurting world, we are in need of light! Are you willing to be that light? Come to learn how at One Missions Society’s ILLUMINATE Missions Conference from June 27 – 30. Find out more or register at www.oms.events.

This event will be held at Community Church of Greenwood in Greenwood, Indiana, and the theme of the conference will focus on how Christians can demonstrate the love of Jesus by being a light in a dark world.

World-renowned speaker Luis Palau was scheduled to be a keynote speaker but had to cancel earlier this year when he found out he had cancer. Listen to his special message to us HERE. Also, please pray for him, and thank God with us that the Lord provided several other noted speakers such as,Pam Tebow, mother of professional athlete Tim Tebow; Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center and the interim pastor of Moody Church in Chicago; Stan Key, president of Francis Asbury Society; and many more who will address topics such as human trafficking prevention and modern missionary movements across the globe.

Other highlights of the conference include a pastor appreciation day on June 29 , a 5K Freedom Run at Freedom Park to raise funds for OMS’ international literacy ministry, Bridge to Reading, an interactive vacation Bible school program for kids, dozens of practical workshops, and many networking opportunities to connect with specialized OMS ministries like Men for Missions, Dynamic Women in Missions, HOPE61 (human trafficking prevention), and many more.

We hope to see you there!

Tags: conference, missions conference, illuminate, be the light, international convention, missions,

​Healing Words in Medical Missions

June 19 2018

I traveled to Medellín, Colombia, (on a Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical trip) as a translator and medic and worked in several different areas. In triage, I was asked by a patient, “Why does your team do all this if you get nothing for it?”

I asked the Lord to give me an answer that would glorify him.

I answered, “We want people to know that Jesus cares for you. He loves you, and he wants nothing in return.” The patient was amazed and thanked me.

While waiting to translate for Dr. Breen, I sat in the cubical with a patient and asked her about her symptoms. She told me that she hurts from her shoulders down into her arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch on her own with two daughters and a very old father. She has all this pain because of the hard labor she does.

I was quiet and debating if I should pray with her. Finally, I grabbed her hand, “Let’s pray. God does not give us more than we can handle,” I said.

We prayed and cried together. She was so thankful for our prayer. I suddenly realized why I was called to so many different areas to help. God used me for more than just translating. I had great conversations, showed compassion, and fervently prayed with patients, showing that these qualities are also part of healing.

By Idalia Lazo, Translator and medic on a Dynamic Women in Missions trip

Tags: short-term missions, medical missions, colombia, medical trip,

Freedom to Run

June 15 2018

A new summer tradition from One Mission Society will begin on June 30 at 8 a.m. in Freedom Park in Greenwood, Indiana. The Freedom Park 5K Run is for anyone from an experienced runner and wants to set their PR, to someone who wants the challenge of finishing their first 5K run, to those who prefer walking for exercise or to support a good cause.

This timed event features a smooth, flat course that creates an amazing opportunity for a new family tradition in Greenwood that highlights the growth of this vibrant community. Benefiting One Mission Society’s The Word Brings Life ministry project (www.onemissionsociety.org/give/word-brings-life), the OMS Freedom Park Run will raise funds for OMS’ Bridge to Reading literacy ministry, OMS English camps, and other projects that reach diaspora populations learning English as a second language.

Whether you want to add to your medal or t-shirt collection, or just want to have a fun time, this new event is designed for you. To learn more information or to register for this inaugural event, go to oms.run. Then, share this opportunity with your friends and family!

Tags: 5k, run for a cause, freedom run,

​Meet Our Summer 2018 Interns!

June 15 2018

One Mission Society welcomed its summer interns in late-May with open arms and prayerful hearts. The seven interns are divided into four different departments at the OMS HQ in Greenwood, Indiana. Below are short profiles of each intern about who they are, how they came to OMS, and what they hope to learn from this experience.

Maddie Mitchell attends Rochester Institute of Technology and is studying graphic design. She found OMS through a friend who had been a missionary through the organization and her sister, Jessica, was also an intern here in 2016. What made her most interested about this internship was the fact that it was in a flexible Christian atmosphere, which is how she hopes God will use her to grow in acquiring professional skills for the future. Maddie works as the graphic design intern in the Communications Department.

Milly Hensley attends Anderson University while studying cinema and media arts. Milly became interested in OMS about a year ago just out of her own curiosity. The internship was with a Christian organization and is what made her feel that her calling was to be a part of OMS. She hopes to gain some more understanding of God’s plan for her and to see how he uses her through this internship. Milly works in the Communications Department as the video intern.

Brittany Ross graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in April with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication. She works in the Communications Department as the One Mission Kids intern. She knew about OMS through several missionaries who attend her church and work at the organization. She was looking for an internship that she would enjoy and also one that would uniquely blend her love for Jesus Christ and helping missionary children. Brittany says that she hopes to find out more about God’s plan for her through this internship and to connect with more people within OMS.

Savannah Swanberg attends Baylor University and is studying marketing and international studies. The internship of OMS was brought to her attention through the many resources that her college provided for her. She knew that she wanted to have the chance to align her faith walk with her career plans. Ultimately, Savannah wants to receive a deeper understanding of who God is and how he will use her in a professional setting.

Andy Wendling is a student at Texas A&M and is majoring in recreation, park, and tourism science. The internship at OMS came as an answer to her prayers in hopes to find a Christian internship. The opportunity at OMS caught her eye the most because she wanted to learn more about what it would be like firsthand in the career that she would like to pursue. Andy works at OMS as the International Ministries intern and hopes to experience relationships with people based on a Christian foundation within OMS.

Isaac Blasiman attends Indiana Wesleyan University as a senior in accounting and computer information systems. Missions has always been a part of his life because of his parents and it was a thought in his mind that he was called to pursue. He found OMS after he talked with some representatives from the organization’s booth at IWU about two years ago. He remembered the internship and knew that it was something God was leading him into. Isaac says he is hoping to grow spiritually, socially, and professionally in real-world experiences of OMS.

Thaddaeus Ristow attends Concordia University in Nebraska and hopes to graduate in December with a bachelor of arts in journalism and public relations. After looking online for “Christian journalism internships for summer 2018,” OMS was the first one that popped up, and I was instantly curious. The internship is a great way to learn more about missions and utilizing my writing skills for a Christian organization. I hope to learn more about the calling that God is leading me into and hope to connect with as many people as I can while working in the Communications Department as the journalism intern.

We’re thankful for these talented interns that God has blessed OMS with this summer.

By Thaddaeus Ristow, Summer Communications/Journalism Intern

Tags: interns, summer internship,

​Am I Too Old to Go? Serving in short-term missions

June 13 2018

I experienced missions firsthand as a teenager with my church youth group from World Gospel Church. Since then, missions has become an integral part of my life journey. Thirty mission trips later as I prepared to embark on a Dynamic Women in Missions trip to Colombia to serve as a nurse on a medical team, I asked myself some serious questions.

  • Can I keep up with the demands of this trip?
  • Will I be able to effectively communicate with my patients?
  • Do I have as much to offer now as I did in my earlier years?

Since my recent retirement, I wondered if short-term missions was over for me and would I be able to meet the rigors of the trip.

On the second day of clinic in Medellín, Colombia, God began to answer these questions.

The patient/nurse communication issue was seamless when I was assigned a godly young woman who loves people and the Lord with all her heart. Karen partnered with me and attacked the interview process with thoroughness and enthusiasm.

Furthermore, the clinic environment fostered collaboration and collegiality between the health care providers, the patients, and the local church hosts. What a blessing to see God’s hand on the human efforts to real spiritual rewards!

This was my first experience with DWIM and I was not sure how I would relate and fit in with an all-female team. Once again, God was faithful to lead me to a roommate who could encourage and support me and who I could mentor during the trip. The spiritual depth within the team was powerful and made the experience rich and meaningful.

So, the answer to my question: “am I too old to go?” was clearly answered. God proved himself faithful once again by equipping me physically, professionally, and spiritually to accomplish the tasks set before me in Colombia. Only God knows the future, but I am waiting with anticipation to tackle the next mission, whether going or sending.

To God be the Glory!

By Pam Blesch, Dynamic Women in Missions Short-Termer

For more information about how YOU can get involved: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/dynamic-women

To give to Dynamic Women: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/dynamic-women

Tags: missions, dynamic women in missions, colombia, medical missions, too old to serve,

​A Celebration of Service: Chuck and Luci Long

June 8 2018

A missionary couple who recently helped build a chapel in a small town in Hungary during their last trip to the country is retiring from One Mission Society. The new chapel is the first one in more than 900 years to be built for its residents since the country had been under a Communist rule. Rev. Chuck and Luci Long have been serving with One Mission Society for more than 25 years and were recently recognized at the OMS World Headquarters for their retirement from OMS during chapel on May 24.

The Longs served one term (four years) in Colombia, seven years with Men for Missions (MFM) as the Western regional directors, and they have helped make disciples of Jesus Christ with students at Asbury University and Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, from 1999 to present day. During their service, they were blessed with three children, Jonathan, Roderick, and Juliana. Juliana and her husband, Jim were present at OMS during the chapel celebration. Son Jonathan serves with OMS in Hungary. The Longs also had many of their grandchildren present to help celebrate with them on their retirement.

Chuck spoke on behalf of the couple to the rest of the OMS staff about the handiwork of God and how he uses precise measurements to create everything and everyone in the world. Long has 43 years of experience in construction and used a meter stick he carries around in his pocket every day to demonstrate the good works that God was doing in the world.

OMS President Bob Fetherlin presented the missionary couple with a plaque to commemorate their faithful service for the Lord and OMS. Staff and visitors were invited to a small reception after the service.

Praise God for their amazing work of intentional evangelism in the world and within OMS.

Thank you, Chuck and Luci, for your many years of service!

By Thaddaeus Ristow, Summer Communications Intern

Tags: missionary retirement, faithful service, longs, hungary, colombia, mfm, students,

Dynamic Women Sow Seeds Worldwide

June 6 2018

In the past couple of years, our Dynamic Women in Missions team has joined efforts with our Every Community for Christ church multiplication trainers to add a new dimension of training to the Dynamic Women's ministry to women around the world. Here are a couple of stories that show how joining efforts is reaping great rewards.

India

The training of the 120 pastor’s wives in India began with singing. We began the training as we always do, by dividing the women into groups to enhance their learning by sharing with each other. I noticed that the young women that led worship had not formed into a team, so we went over to encourage them to participate. Ruby was one of these young women. She was shy at first and waited until all of the pastor’s wives shared their findings first and then she shared with a confidence beyond her years.

Two days later, our team of 14 began ministering to the people in that area through a medical clinic. As part of the clinic, the last station the people stop is for someone from the church to share the plan of salvation and pray for them. When we asked the pastor of the church who would share the Gospel with the patients, Ruby volunteered. We praise God because Ruby was willing and able to do this due to the training she received. Ruby led nine people to the Lord in the two days of the medical clinic. This young woman was so encouraged by the lives she was able to help transform and all the team members rejoiced with her.

Tanzania

Angelina lives in an area of Tanzania impacted by multiple religions and witchcraft. Her life was characterized by fear until she attended the Seed Sowers training led by a joint ECC and Dynamic Women in Missions team. She left the training feeling empowered and confident to share the Gospel. God led her to share with a witch who lived nearby, so she fasted and prayed for three days before approaching her. The woman untied her dog so it could bite Angelina. Still determined, she prayed more and returned. The husband accepted Christ, at which point he dramatically passed out, and the witch began vomiting. It was a troubling experience for Angelina because the woman also tried to kick Angelina and attack her with a knife when the son wanted to follow Jesus. Ultimately, the entire family accepted Christ, and the witch burned her idols and witchcraft paraphernalia. This act drew a crowd, and many others in the community accepted Christ and now attend church. Angelina, as a living stone, leads an I Am Second Bible study for these new believers.

—Pat Dragon, OMS Church Multiplication Trainers

For more information about how YOU can get involved: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/dynamic-women

To give to Dynamic Women: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/dynamic-women

Tags: sowing seeds, sharing gospel, ministry to women, training women, dynamic women,