October 16 2017
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.
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
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.
many roads and railways under water, making transportation and delivering
supplies difficult to impossible.
tragic situation in this already overcrowded nation involves the migration of
the Rohingya people fleeing from Myanmar due to religious persecution.
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!!
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!
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
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
October 10 2017
Cuban people now face one of the saddest moments in the past few years.
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.
in the midst of this crisis, there is hope.
the president of our partner denomination, shares what he has seen firsthand on
this island nation.
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.
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.
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.
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 ..."
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.
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.
people are beginning to feel encouragement and hope. You can hear laughter and
see happy faces while the church serves them with love.
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.
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.
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
August 29 2017
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
* Abbreviated for security reasons.
August 25 2017
Mozambique is not an easy country to do
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
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
August 22 2017
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
withheld for security.
August 16 2017
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
God with us for the ministry of MECS, and how he is using it to prepare
students to reach the people of Russia.