South Asia Floods and Migration Bring Heartbreak

October 16 2017

Although we don’t hear much about this in the news, especially in light of all the many other disasters around the world, South Asia has experienced unprecedented flooding in the past few months.

Heavy rains raised the water levels of 18 rivers, submerging most of the 20 districts in the north. More than 3.3 million people are homeless in a nation already suffering. The floods claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people, and many more are still missing. Millions of lives are still in danger, as well as their homes, agricultural production, and livestock. These recent floods break all of the previous records, which says a lot.

Most victims lost all their belongings and now are struggling with a lack of food and drinking water, shelter, and medications. Hundreds of thousands remain homeless and hungry.

The water situation is also grave. Out of desperation, many people are being poisoned by drinking contaminated well water, which has infiltrated the wells.

Additionally, many roads and railways under water, making transportation and delivering supplies difficult to impossible.

Another tragic situation in this already overcrowded nation involves the migration of the Rohingya people fleeing from Myanmar due to religious persecution.

Our partners in South Asia, along with our Mercy, Inc, ministry, visited several Rohingya refugee camps last week. Cindy described the situation as “one of the most heartbreaking places I have ever witnessed!” Reports estimate that more than 68 percent of the women and young girls have been raped, and thousands upon thousands have been brutally murdered!!

They’re living in tarp cities with mud floors. The Rohingya people are suffering with much sickness. Our partners are providing clean water and rice, along with some medical help, but so much more help is needed! Please pray what you can do for these people!

Our partners in South Asia have the capacity to do more for the victims with your help. Would you consider donating to our relief fund to help provide life-saving supplies?

Give here today to help flood victims, #408239.

To donate to the Rohingya people online, click here and type: #408246, Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund.

To give by check to either project, send to:

One Mission Society

PO Box 1648

Monument, CO 80132

Tags: south asia floods, flooding, relief, rohinga refugees, disaster relief,

A Show of Love Amidst Destruction

October 10 2017

The Cuban people now face one of the saddest moments in the past few years.

On September 8, the northern coast of Cuba was slammed by Hurricane Irma. It made landfall, with winds of nearly 160 miles per hour … the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the country since 1937.

But in the midst of this crisis, there is hope.

Norberto, the president of our partner denomination, shares what he has seen firsthand on this island nation.

In the midst of the destruction, we want to learn from the example of Jesus … we want to love those who need our love. For this reason, we are helping those who are suffering. We know that God can turn this crisis into opportunities and the problems into blessings.

To date, we have started 10 community kitchens to feed the needy. The churches are serving the communities as a light in the darkness. Volunteers are seeing new ways to serve the people and testify of God’s love at the same time.

While Irma did much damage, the Cuban church stands together today to rebuild the fallen walls and to give witness to the victory of the king of kings.

"Blessed to Bless." That’s what I saw when I entered one church that had been badly affected by the storm. I never thought that I would see that phrase on a church wall that was almost destroyed. The pastor’s family lost nearly all of their belongings and had no food to eat. They went two nights without sleeping. Yet, the phrase echoed in my mind: "Blessed to Bless ..."

The pastor of this church and his family knew that Irma was going to change their lives, but they never imagined that the change was going to be for good.

Today and every day, the church feeds 180 people, and their contacts continue to grow. Many are asking, “Why do you do it?” The pastor responds, “Because God loves me, and I want you to know that he loves you too.” God has blessed this family, and they want to bless the people that live there.

The people are beginning to feel encouragement and hope. You can hear laughter and see happy faces while the church serves them with love.

Another story that fills me with joy happened when I visited a church in which most of the building was destroyed, but part of a wall that remained said, “Instruments of Change 2 Timothy 2: 21.” The pastor had just started a series on discipleship to teach them that sanctification is God's instrument to achieve good things from the hearts of the people. After the ravages of Irma, the church is beginning to understand firsthand the meaning of the words: "agents of change."

Today, members of this church cook for more than 200 people daily. Most of the church members volunteer with the community kitchen, and they are instruments for change in the hearts of the people as they serve and love in Jesus’ name.

The message of the Gospel becomes real when people can see what God has done among his people. To God be the glory!


If you would like to donate to relief efforts, give here.

Tags: hurricane, cuba, restore, relief, disaster, help, compassion, hands and feet of jesus,

Not a Glamorous Job

September 25 2017

Many 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.

God is 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.

In my 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 servant's heart.

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 Outreach

Tags: homeland missionaries, oms world headquarters, mailing list, immigrant ministry, ministry to refugees,

HR and Missions

September 19 2017

If 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.

Chances 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.

Across 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.

A 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 between.

If 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.

The 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.

Pray for the HR team, including:

HR Admin Team: Tommy Van Abeele, Laura Crosby, Doris Waters, Linda Six

Mobilization Team: Danny Beasley, Andrea Fisher, Margo Concepcion, Heather McPherson, Kelly Coy, KyoungMin Choi, and EunJin Kim

Missionary Care Team: Steve Christener, Kathy Fouts, Deanna Cathcart, Lori Long, Mark and Cindy Freer, Esther Cann, and Mel Reese

Learning and Development Team: Dick Freed, Carolyn Knight, Gail Davis, Sophie Schafer

By Dick Freed, Director of Learning and Development

Tags: human resources, hr team, homeland missionary, home team, mobilization, member care,

Serving Where God Has Called

September 12 2017

Danny 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.

But 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.

We 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?

The 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.

By Julie Beasley, OMS Homeland Missionary

Tags: homeland missionary, called to serve, faithful servant, u.s. missionary,

​Where are the Heroes?

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

Tags: homeland missionary, behind the scenes, world hq,

Students and Professors Lead the Way

August 29 2017

While we were at Tokyo Biblical Seminary (TBS), we sat across the table from a young man who beamed with the fullness of the Spirit. We, of course, were eager to learn his story. His name is Yoshikazu Kasahara, but we call him Yoshi san. Here is his story:

Yoshi san lived in an area of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. As he sat on the ruins of his house, a few Christians from one of the Japanese Holiness Churches (JHC) served him water, food, and encouragement. He was so surprised and impressed by their love and kindness that he inquired more about why they were doing these acts of service. This led to Yoshi san hearing the story of Jesus and God’s love for him for the first time. Out of the wreckage of his material world and emotional upheaval, he opened his heart and mind to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, and he experienced true peace and joy in the midst of his losses. Soon, he was overwhelmed by the desire to learn more about God and how to live for him, so he enrolled in Tokyo Biblical Seminary (OMS’ oldest partner school). During his years there, God called him into ministry.

One of Yoshi san’s professors and advisors at TBS, Homare Miyazaki sensei, reports that Yoshi san is now married and serves as a pastor of one of a JHC church in Saitama-prefecture.

Bikash is from a Hindu Brahmin family in South Asia. When Bikash became a believer in Jesus, his parents forced him to leave their home and disowned him. Despite this, Bikash continues steadfastly in his faith and prays regularly for his unbelieving family. God has blessed him with a wife and children. As a district superintendent for an OMS partner church, he sharpens his knowledge and skills as he attends South Asia Bible College.

Our schools would not function without dedicated faculty. Let me introduce you to a few of them. Please pray for the faculty at our OMS partner schools.

Frans and Sony serve at N* Bible Seminary in the South Pacific, a highly Muslim populated nation. Frans and Sony have been instrumental in fulfilling the mandate to train pastors and church planters to be God’s servants and Christian leaders. For more than 40 years, this seminary’s graduates have established 420 churches in partnership with N* Evangelical Churches and many more churches through partnership with other denominations and Christian organizations. With full accreditation as a Bible college from the government, NBS still holds firmly to its original vision and purpose.

These faithful faculty members serve at Faith Bible College in the Philippines: Rev. Anna Penny Datu, academic dean; Rev. Oliver Bhem, director of student life and chaplain; and Rev. Ermalee Hidalgo, president. All the administrators also teach. Despit being a small school, it provides important instruction for both day and evening students who will serve as pastors, church planters, Christian education directors, and youth leaders.

Please keep the faulty of all our partner schools in prayer as they frequently serve with modest remuneration and in simple settings, yet are preparing men and women to serve God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind.

By Bill Vermillion, Theological Education team, Asia

* Abbreviated for security reasons.

Tags: theological education, training, seminary, bible school, students, student leaders, asia,

​Building for a Better Future in Mozambique

August 25 2017

Mozambique is not an easy country to do ministry.

Economically, it is depressed, being one of the poorest countries in Africa. Agriculturally, the soil is sandy and plants have a hard time growing. It greatly lacks the lushness often associated with Africa. Politically, it is becoming more stable, but with an active civil war throughout most of the 1990s and numerous political uprisings until the last few years, there is still a state of uncertainty and lack of trust in the government. Educationally, there are limited opportunities. And spiritually, it feels oppressed. Christianity is often associated with the oppressive Portuguese of the past and does not have a good reputation. Yet, in the midst of this, there is hope. Hope for change, hope for a better tomorrow.

OMS has been a part of building that hope. In the past two decades, we have developed a seminary (Maputo Theological Seminary) and a thriving international K-12 school Christian Academy of Mozambique). We are developing ministries that reach out to the physically challenged (Helping Hands), and women and children. And our seminary is growing stronger. The seminary has a commitment to building strong spiritual leaders for a country that needs leadership.

One of those leaders is Pastor Daniel.

Pastor Daniel is one of the early graduates of our seminary. He is a man who loves God and loves Africa. He has worked hard to contextualize the Gospel. Over the years, he has worked hard and become one of our seminary professors and the leader of the OMS church in Mozambique. During the month of August, my wife Jan and I worked alongside our brothers and sisters in the church in Mozambique.

One Sunday morning, we joined his church for service and felt God’s moving in so many ways. The music was lively and active. And throughout the service they celebrated community blessings. Two families had apparently been feuding, but had settled their differences. So, both families went forward, almost 20 people, to celebrate this reconciliation and publicly hugged one another.

A young couple got engaged in front of the congregation. The young man professed his love, went down on one knee, and placed a ring on the young woman’s finger. Then Pastor Daniel sat them down on the front row and began a one-hour sermon on how to have a strong Christian marriage. He was explicit and talked about sexual temptations and fidelity. Overall, we experienced God moving among a people who do their best to reflect God’s character in their society.

This is the type of man I am excited about partnering with—a man who is willing to build and prepare for the future of God’s kingdom in Mozambique.

Your donation today to theological education leadership development allows OMS to partner with men like Pastor Daniel to help him build the church in Mozambique. Would you consider donating to account #408126 so OMS can move forward more strongly in the areas of theological education? Click here to give.

By Rod Dormer, One Mission Society Theological Education Team, Africa

Tags: theological education, training leaders, future church leaders, mozambique, africa,

Former Hindu Emerges as Leader

August 22 2017

Arjun* was born into a Hindu family in the Indian state of Karnataka. During his childhood, Arjun's sister and parents came to faith in Jesus. The family began to attend the local church of the Evangelical Church of India, but Arjun could not understand his need for salvation in Christ. Then one night, while attending a revival service at the ECI church, the Holy Spirit spoke to him from Jeremiah 1:5, and Arjun realized that God had been calling him from his mother's womb into a personal relationship as a disciple of Jesus Christ. He confessed his sins and asked Jesus to take control of his life.

In 2010, Arjun enrolled as a student at the Karnataka Bible Seminary, one of the ten regional Bible schools of the Evangelical Church of India that focus on raising up grassroots level church planters to launch and develop new churches that multiply. During his studies at KBS, the course in personal evangelism equipped him to share the Gospel effectively among his Hindu neighbors and family members. Upon graduation from the graduate of theology program of KBS, Arjun was appointed as a pastor to a small village church. He is now continuing his studies, pursuing the bachelor of theology degree at KBS.

I met Arjun in November of 2016 when I visited the school in Karnataka to facilitate training in Train & Multiply. T&M equips believers to find persons of peace, share the Good News, teach believers to follow the commands of Jesus, and multiply healthy, growing churches to the second and third generations and beyond. In a joint effort with OMS’ Every Community for Christ team and the Theological Education team, we are working with the Allahabad Bible Seminary and the regional Bible schools of ECI to incorporate T&M into their courses of study.

Arjun eagerly participated during the November training, and he reports that he was especially influenced by the 12 Principles of Church Multiplication. Today, he continues to learn the principles and practices of T&M at KBS, even as he applies that learning in his ministry as a pastor in a local village.

Arjun is only one example of the strategic role of the seminaries and Bible schools of ECI. Their impact goes far beyond the classroom into the cities, towns, and villages of India, often in partnership with the India Missionary Movement ministry of the Evangelical Church of India. These dedicated faculty and students are training thousands of pastors and laypersons while also engaging in creative and effective community outreach and evangelism. They do so with meager resources and most often in the face of fierce opposition and increasing persecution. Across India today, young leaders like Arjun are bringing transformation to individuals, families, and communities.

To learn more about the seminaries and Bible schools of the Evangelical Church of India and how you can support them, contact OMS Theological Education or International Support Ministries or give here.

By Dick Freed, Director of OMS Learning & Development

*Name withheld for security.

Tags: india, former hindu, evangelical church of india, theological education, seminary, training, t&m,

Seminary Graduate Plants Churches in Russia

August 16 2017

Ivan Beshlyaga graduated from MECS (Moscow Evangelical Christina Seminary) with a bachelor of divinity degree in 2005. He then moved to Nizhny Novgorod to plant a church. A year later, he baptized Natasha, his first convert. Natasha grew quickly in the Lord and was soon leading the worship at the new church plant. A year later, Ivan sent Sasha, the rector of MECS, a wedding invitation. He was marrying Natasha! Since then, Ivan and Natasha have had three kids and planted three churches in the area. This past year, both Ivan and Natasha graduated from the seminary: Ivan with a master of theology degree and Natasha with a bachelor of counselling degree. Ivan and Natasha have now returned to church planting in Nizhny Novgorod.

Thank God with us for the ministry of MECS, and how he is using it to prepare students to reach the people of Russia.

Tags: seminary, moscow seminary, mecs, russia, church planting,