May 23 2019
was born in North Korea and lived there for her first 18 years. While there, she
never heard about God. In 1998, during the great famine, she fled North Korea
and lived in China for eight years. Then, in 2006, she moved to South Korea and
came to faith in Jesus.
is her story.
I had never heard the name of Jesus in North Korea, I was looking for him in my
heart. I first heard about him in China, and I was sure that this God was the
one I had been searching for in North Korea.
the early days, as I began to attend church, I called God my Father, but I didn’t
yet accept Jesus Christ as my Savior. Then, I attended a summer revival meeting
and heard the Gospel message and realized that I was a sinner. I came to believe
that the blood of Jesus atoned for my sins. I repented in tears and thanked God
for sending his only Son Jesus to save a sinner like me, and I was assured of
graduated from the theology department at the OMS-related Seoul Theological
University and have started working as an assistant pastor. Now, I minister to
North Korean defectors in a large church, where I serve in worship, visitation,
evangelism, intercessory prayer, and transportation.
God rescued the people of Israel from their 430 years of slavery in Egypt, he also
rescued me from dying without knowing Jesus. He led me from North Korea to
South Korea where I have freedom to live for Christ. He gave me the opportunity
to believe in Jesus and has called me to spread the Gospel to North Korean
defectors in this land. When the doors to North Korea open, I want to spread
the Gospel to the people there, as well.
You can help others like Sung experience the liberating truth of Jesus Christ and reach their communities and beyond for Christ by giving to the OMS Global Impact Fund today.
Will you consider giving to the Global Impact Fund today?
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May 13 2019
weekend, about five years ago, the Almeida family (OMS missionaries from
Brazil, serving in Mozambique) went to a beach to relax. On the way home, they
drove back to get on the ferry … only to discover it had broken down. How were
they to get across the river and back home? Someone told them about a bridge
that had been built about two hours to the north.
unclear directions and no signs, they got lost in the bush, but what they
discovered were many villages and lots of people living in that area with no
Christian witness. Although they eventually found the bridge and got home, they
couldn’t forget the people and began to pray for them.
impressed these people on their hearts and even though it takes four hours to
get there, Paulo and Fernanda started using the bridge to explore the area. Three
years ago, Paulo asked our team to pray for a meeting he’d set up. It was with
a local pastor he had met and various pastors from a cult/cultic church that mixes
Old Testament rituals and Mozambican culture, such as doing animal sacrifices
for special events.
there is a strong Bible study going with 60 leaders in a place close to the
main road. One man walks two and a half hours to get to the Bible study and has
never been late. The bishop of a cultic church in that area has also been
attending. Recently, he asked why Jesus needed to die. When he heard the
reason, he was so sad because he found out when he was old. Fernanda told him,
“Praise God you found out before it was too late!”
By Debbie Wittig, OMS
Missionary in Mozambique
May 9 2019
In North American culture, aging is often associated with a
loss of competence, dignity, and even value. Today’s older adults often are made
to feel like the skinny kid on the sideline while teams are being picked—hoping
desperately to be chosen but certain no one wants him. It is difficult for
senior adults to maintain a positive attitude when they feel unwanted and
forced out of the mainstream of society, the local church, or a mission
organization like One Mission Society (OMS).
When believers allow their thoughts about aging to align
with the prevailing culture, it is easy for younger people in the church to cut
off older adults. Severed seniors cannot survive long when separated from
the body of Christ.
What steps can be taken to promote healthy attitudes in
churches and mission organizations like OMS to promote healthy attitudes toward
- Keep growing in the knowledge and grace of the Lord
Jesus Christ. Even when your body slows down, your spiritual life can still soar to new heights as you seek to know God more intimately. As you
grow older, may you grow sweeter!
- Promote intergenerational interaction. Plan a youth
event to help senior adults with projects they need to get done. Organize
an evening where the senior adults prepare a meal for the youth, then
challenge them to table games.
- Understand many younger people are yearning for coaches
and mentors to encourage them, pray with and for them, and challenge them to go to the next level in their personal walk with God. Risk engaging as
a friend, even a coach or mentor.
- Take to heart this prayer: Lord, you know better
than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me
from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I
must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from
craving to try to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Keep my mind free from
the recital of endless details. Give me wings to get to the point. I ask
for grace enough to listen to the tales of other’s pains. Help me endure them
with patience. But seal my lips on my own aches and pain--they are
increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go
by. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me
reasonably sweet; I do not want to be an embittered, negative saint--some of them are so hard to live with, but a sour senior saint is one of
the crowning works of the devil. Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful,
but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it
all--but you know, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. (adapted
from Little Book of Prayers by an anonymous Mother Superior)
To the older people in OMS, to dear missionaries in their
sunset years, you can know with certainty your life is significant. God made
you out of the love that he is. Working with you is a privilege and joy. You
are one of God’s chosen children, and at OMS we are grateful for you!
By Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society
May 3 2019
Meet Yuri, a Student at MECS in Russia
Yuri first heard the Gospel at
age 20 when someone gave him a Gideon’s pocket-size New Testament. Not long after that, he was
drafted into the Army but soon got into trouble for being absent without leave
and was thrown in the brig. It was in these hard days that Yuri recalled the
Gospel message and repented! Yuri shares, “Imagine, they released me the very
next morning ‘due to amnesty’ they said, but I still wonder whether this was a
pure coincidence or a true answer to my prayer!”
Yuri then left the military,
returned home, and joined a church. He asked his pastor so many questions
that the pastor sent Yuri off to Bible college. It was there that he met his future wife (they are now married and have four beautiful children together). After Bible college, he
returned home with his bride. Their pastor encouraged them to put their new
education to use and plant a church.
So, they planted a church!
church grew quickly as they strongly emphasized evangelism. He soon
had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with his Mom, Dad, and many friends,
who all accepted Christ and Yuri baptized each one himself (see the photo of Yuri
baptizing his mom).
When his church association elected
Yuri as bishop, he decided to enroll at Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (MECS) for his master of divinity degree. Today, he loves learning and being challenged to
grow in his faith.
May 2 2019
summer, my 13-year-old son and I traveled to Maine with the goal of climbing
Katahdin. Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine, measures at just over 5,200
feet tall. It is a day hike that takes about 8 hours round trip—4 hours up, 4
hours down or 4,000 feet up and 4,000 feet down. About halfway up the climb, we
encountered rescue workers airlifting an injured climber off the mountain. We
approached the scene right as the rescue helicopter arrived. We waited on the
trail about 30 feet away and witnessed the rescue.
the helicopter lowered the rescue worker, he did not load the climber into a
secure basket and pull her up safely into the helicopter. Instead, the injured
climber was connected via a harness to the rescue worker, and they were only
raised part way up to the helicopter. The helicopter then flew, with the two of
them dangling at the end of the cable, down 2,000 feet to the base of the
mountain where an ambulance waited.
Though my son and I witnessed this rescue, we only saw the helicopter pilot and the
rescue workers. We did not see the many people behind the scenes that made it possible
for the rescue. We did not see the dispatcher who answered the call for the
helicopter. We did not see the maintenance staff who cleaned and kept the
helicopter hangar neat and tidy. We did not see the mechanics who maintained
the helicopter’s engine and safety. We did not see the bookkeeper who made sure
the bills were paid so the helicopter had fuel. Lastly, we did not see the
thousands of local community residents who dutifully paid their taxes so that a
rescue helicopter could be purchased for such a rescue. We can only imagine the
community of locals who faithfully served daily at their jobs to earn the money
to make such a rescue operation possible.
is just like our OMS homeland missionaries who serve at headquarters. We are
involved in multiple search and rescue operations around the world. Like the
mountain rescue, most of the people involved that make the search and rescue
operations possible are unseen. Very few missionaries get to be present first
when the rescue is made and an unbeliever accepts Christ. But there is a whole
community working day in and day out at the OMS headquarters, making sure the
spiritual search and rescue operations of OMS go uninterrupted. Workers in finance,
human resources, IT, missionary care, administration, marketing and
communications, maintenance, and numerous other vital support roles. These hard
workers report for duty each and every day to fulfill their role in the global effort
of search and rescue for the lost. The rescue operations of OMS may not involve
an injured climber dangling from a helicopter, but the stakes of the rescue are
no less critical. In fact, the stakes are higher. The search and rescue operations
of OMS are seeking to save people from an eternity without Jesus. When God uses
OMS to seek and save the lost, he receives the glory because it is through his
power that these operations are successful.
To give to OMS homeland missionaries:
By Jay Dunnuck, Vice President OMS Development