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,

Conversations on a Plane

May 25 2018

Sitting next to me on the plane from Hong Kong to San Francisco was a Frenchman named Christian. When he learned that Esther and I spoke French, he opened up to us in an amazing way. I began to speak to him of Christ, and he was extremely interested. I ended up opening the Scriptures and going through the Gospel with him in French. He had honest questions, and by God's grace, I was able to communicate well with him for close to two hours. In God’s big-picture economy, maybe a reason Esther and I learned French in 1981-82 was so that I could interact with Christian about Jesus in 2018. I now have his contact information to continue a "seeker" conversation. I hope to send him a Bible in French so he can begin reading through the book of John. And I’ve connected him with a strong evangelical church in his hometown in California. By God's transforming power, may Christian live up to the name he bears!

Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society

If you would like someone to talk with about the truths of Scripture, email us at info@onemissionsociety.org.

Tags: friendship, share gospel, conversations on a plane,

​Bridge to Reading in Colombia

May 23 2018

In Colombia, Bridge to Reading works with Satura Colombia, a network of OMS churches focused on saturating the country with the Gospel. Bridge to Reading empowers churches to use literacy as a tool for ministering to unreached communities. B2R wants to give every person in Colombia and beyond the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The work started in Antioquia and has since expanded into other states. The program designates those who do not know how to read as persons of peace. Our tutors then use a story from the literacy primer Nuevos Caminos to teach one or two students at a time.

Led initially by Jonathan Tobon Restrepo, and now by Ximena Cardona, Bridge to Reading in Colombia has conducted 18 tutor training workshops, trained 184 tutors, and has taught 81 people to read since 2014. Their students are varied in age with some being as young as 16 and as old as 67.

Guillermo, from Amaga, Colombia, has learned how to read with the help of a Bridge to Reading tutor. In this video, he shares his joy as he reads John 3: 1-3. Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply, Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

Pray for the work in Colombia, and especially for Ximena as she leads the program. She will be attending a five-week literacy training institute at Literacy & Evangelism International in Tulsa, Oklahoma this summer.

Your giving will go a long way toward providing resources for learners such as primers, books, and pencils, as well as for tutoring resources such as chalk and chalkboards for our learning centers.

Bridge to Reading literacy ministry is a powerful evangelism tool that God is using to help many learn to read the Bible.

A gift of $50 will provide a chalkboard and school supplies for a group of literacy learners.

A gift of $20 will provide literacy primers and will enable one person learn to read the Bible.

Click here to give.

Tags: literacy ministry, colombia, learn to read, bridge to reading, evangelism,

Learning to Read in a Small Fishing Village in Africa

May 16 2018

Lokoa is a small fishing village in the Zawara area in the Central African Republic. Through the years, the village population has increased to more than six hundred people due to the fruitful fishing activities. In seeking to meet the needs of the community, an OMS associated church decided to offer literacy classes through the OMS Bridge to Reading ministry to many who did not know how to read and write.

One who benefitted from the literacy program is Angela Tewa, a 12-year-old girl whose parents moved to Lokoa village to earn a living by fishing. Initially, the family did not go to church as they followed the traditional religion. Angela shared that they were born and raised in a culture that taught them certain practices that do not honor God. She noted that after OMS church planters came to her village and started a church, her parents forbade her to attend the church. However, after some time, the pastor started a free literacy program, which attracted many children. Angela said that without telling her parents, she started going to the classes and was taught to read, write, and memorize Scripture. They were also taught how to count and to pray. Angela testified:

“The pastor who was teaching us encouraged us to bring our younger siblings to this training, and each night to repeat the verses we had learned and to pray in our families. I started to teach my siblings the things I was learning, and my parents couldn’t object because the church is the only school in the village. In the evening, my siblings and I began to recite the verses and prayers at home in front of our parents. Sometime later, my father and mother began to go with us to church. They gave their lives to Jesus Christ, and the pastor baptized them. After their baptisms, they burned their animist fetishes and quit offering the monthly sacrifices. Our family life has gradually changed. Little by little, we are learning to read, write, and count. I thank God, first of all, and also our pastor.”

Your giving will go a long way toward providing resources for learners such as primers, books, and pencils; and also for tutoring resources such as chalk and chalkboards for our learning centers such as the one in Lokoa where Angela is learning to read.

Bridge to Reading literacy ministry is a powerful evangelism tool that God is using to help many to learn to read the Bible.

A gift of $50 will provide a chalkboard and school supplies for a group of literacy learners.

A gift of $20 will provide literacy primers and will enable one person learn to read the Bible.

To give: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bridge-to-reading

Help break the shackles of illiteracy by running in the OMS Freedom Park 5K Run on Saturday, June 30 at 8 am in Greenwood, Indiana! Proceeds from the race will benefit the Bridge to Reading literacy ministry in Africa and Colombia.

OMS Freedom Park Run

Tags: bridge to reading, literacy ministry, africa, learn to read, write, math, fishing village,

Grateful Starfish Student

May 10 2018

In a country where attending school can be difficult and expensive, Starfish Kids is helping Haitian families by providing tuition assistance and books for sponsored students. Even with the sponsorships, we sometimes see students leaving schools for various reasons, often involving the family moving due to illness or for job opportunities. We don’t always know why a student leaves, sometimes mid-year, which can be a challenge. But this makes graduation stories even more inspiring. We see incredible stories of perseverance through some of our sponsored students.

In June 2017, Luvenson Lorvince graduated from secondary school after 11 years of sponsorship through the Starfish Kids program.

Luvenson grew up in a single-parent home. Luvenson’s mother was responsible for raising Luvenson, along with five of his siblings and two of his sister’s children. She worked hard, selling bread and roasted peanuts to provide food for her household, but it wasn’t enough to send her children to school.

Through his local church, Luvenson was accepted into the Starfish Kids program and was matched with a sponsor. Luvenson says that, after God, his Starfish Kids sponsorship has been the most important thing in his life. It provided him with an education he would not otherwise have.

He graduated with the highest grades in his community. His dream is to attend university to become a civil engineer and help improve his country. He wants to give back and help provide opportunities in the same way they were provided for him. Luvenson believes that without education, there can be no progress for his country.

He is thankful for his sponsor through Starfish Kids and prays that God will continue to bless all sponsors abundantly so more children in Haiti can be helped.

Our prayer at Starfish Kids is for God to reach students like Luevnson and their families through school sponsorships. The gift of sponsorship truly is changing lives in Haiti one student at a time.

Tags: starfish kids, sponsorship, child sponsors, sfk, haiti,

Upcoming Dynamic Women in Missions Trips

May 9 2018

Colombia x 2, Japan, and Israel ...

Tags: short-term missions, colombia, israel, japan, evangelism, medical, holy land,