​Healing Words

February 14 2017

I came to Medellín to assist the Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical mission team with translation. I worked in several different areas during the 9-day trip. In triage, I was asked by a Colombian patient: “Why does your team do all this if you get nothing?”

I asked the Lord to give me an answer that would glorify him. I replied, “We want people to know that Jesus cares for and loves you ... yet expects nothing in return.” The patient was amazed and thanked me.

On another occasion, 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 in her shoulders and down her arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch on her own with only two daughters and an elderly father. She has all this pain because of the hard labor she does.

I was quiet and debated if I should pray with her. Finally, I reached for her hand and said, “Let’s pray.” I assured her that God does not give us more than we can handle. We prayed and cried together, and she was so thankful for the comforting prayer.

In that moment, I realized why God had called me to serve on this trip. I did much more than just translate. I got to be the healing hands and feet of Jesus through great conversation, compassion, and prayer.

By Idalia Lazo

Tags: medical missions, ministering to women, dynamic women, missions, colombia,

Mom on a Mission

February 7 2017

Krissy Hagamen was introduced to Dynamic Women in Missions (DW) in 2011 with her church’s women’s retreat. In 2012, a mission opportunity presented itself, but she never thought of herself as a mission trip kind of person. With only days before the deposit was due and small children at home, Krissy was unsure how this would happen. So she decided to go to God in prayer and let him take the lead. This was a huge leap of faith for Krissy, and, as only God can do, he provided in a huge way and made it clear she was supposed to go to Spain.

Throughout the whole process, she was challenged more than once to go outside of her comfort zone to do the work God intended for her. She questioned God about whether she was the right person, but trusting in him, she was shown his plan yet again.

“I felt drawn to DW since the day I was introduced to them,” Krissy writes. “I had been asking God to show me how He wanted to use me, and Dynamic Women has provided that path.”

Krissy is a wife and mother of two young children. She works part time for her family business and pours the rest of her time into her family, friends, church, and volunteering. Krissy has a heart for reaching other women here and abroad to help them know they are loved unconditionally by God and that the challenges we face as women are something that can unite us, not separate us.

She gives thanks for the opportunities and relationships that she has developed through this ministry, and she looks forward to being a part of the advisory board to help grow the DW ministry. She hopes to be an example that women of all ages and backgrounds can serve in missions, even a mom with younger children. “You just have to trust God’s plan,” says Krissy.

Tags: dynamic women in mission, mom, ministry, moms in ministry,

A Heart for Women Around the World

February 1 2017

Karey’s journey with One Mission Society started with a Dynamic Women in Missions trip in 2013. While sitting in the pew at church one Sunday, she heard an announcement for a mission trip to Ecuador. Her husband poked her in the ribs with his elbow, and she thought, “Maybe I could go …” By trusting God for the provisions for that trip, she began a journey of intentional evangelism.

Karey lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband and their three daughters. She works as a part-time family medicine physician. Her experiences traveling with DWIM have allowed her to use her medical skills to be an extension of God’s hands and feet.

Karey has always had a heart for missions but considering herself “too busy” to do the work. “Dynamic Women showed me how to get out of the pew to be more involved in ministry. It’s an incredible blessing!”

Dynamic Women in Missions (DWIM) began as a vision of OMS missionary Susan Brabon in 2007 when she saw many young women in Mexico who desperately needed to see their value in Christ. She dreamed of a ministry that could offer them support and encourage them to reach out to other women.

In 2008, OMS formally launched DWIM as a ministry to challenge women in local churches to use their God-given gifts to connect, equip, and minister to other women around the world.

From its inception, DW has existed to motivate women around the world to engage in the Great Commission in a personal and profound way. We encourage women to see the lost and hurting of the world, to share God’s message of grace with them, and to challenge others to a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Today, OMS missionary Sam Downey leads the team, with the support of a committed advisory board. OMS missionary Pat Dragon, who serves with Every Community for Christ, coordinates Dynamic Women’s efforts to train national women in Asia to share the Gospel. In one country where DW has invested in the women who are often overlooked as a valuable ministry resource, the women have planted 42 churches. In 2017, DW will train women in four additional OMS fields.

DWIM offers conferences and workshops, as well as mission trips around the world, focusing on prayer, medical needs, Train & Multiply church-planting training and evangelism teams. Click here to view opportunities in 2017.

Tags: women in ministry, dynamic women, women in missions, heart for women,

Bondye ap Tande Lapriye, God Hears Prayers

January 31 2017

This month, you have read stories and seen photos of the exciting things God is doing through the ministry of SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education Program), One Mission Society’s child sponsorship program which provides tuition, books, and supplies to school-aged children in southern Haiti.

Through this compassion ministry, coordinated by Men for Missions and run by the OMS-related Emmaus Fellowship of Churches in Haiti, we desire to make disciples of Jesus Christ, equipping and inspiring them to share their faith with family and friends, multiplying dynamic communities of believers, which is right in line with the OMS mission statement:

“By God’s grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around the world.”

“Bondye ap tande lapriye, Chak maten, midi, ni aswe, Bondye ap reponn lapriye” translated from Haitian Creole to English means, “God hears prayers—morning, noon and night. God answers prayer.” This simple children’s prayer is a good reminder to us that God indeed hears and answers our prayers.

Would you join us in praying for the SHEEP ministry?

  • Pray for the Haitian children attending College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, that they will understand and desire to know Jesus personally.
  • Pray for the children to be witnesses to their families and communities.
  • Pray for each child’s physical and emotional health.
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for the teachers and staff.
  • Pray for more sponsors.

If you have not yet responded financially … remember that by committing to two years of sponsorship, you will get the first year free, with the challenge grant made available through a generous donor.

Please contact our office at sheep@onemissionsociety.org or call 317.888.3333 for more information or to start your sponsorship.

To see the SHEEP ministry, click here.

Tags: child sponsorship, compassion, compassion ministry, haiti, southern haiti, school, kids,

Full Hearts, Full Bellies

January 17 2017

Many people who have participated on a Men for Missions short-term team to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, have visited the children at the One Mission Society-related Christian school, College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, and witnessed the poverty-stricken area. In an effort to alleviate the children’s hunger, One Mission Society created a feeding program through the SHEEP ministry in the school to supply one hot meal during each school day. Before these meals were being provided, some of the students were having trouble focusing on learning due to hunger. This school meal may be the only nutrition the student receives for the day.

For just 49 cents a day, a Haitian child can be fed at school each day. College Mixte Evangelique has just over 200 students. It costs approximately $100 per day to feed everyone in the school, which equals about $3,000 for six weeks.

Jesus shares, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?...“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ Matthew 25:37-40.

Your generosity can greatly impact a Haitian child and the community. Would you help us share God’s love to the unreached in Haiti? To give a gift of any amount to the SHEEP feeding program, send your gift along with your next OMS gift, send to One Mission Society * PO Box 1648 * Monument, CO 80132, or give online, using project #408188.

Please pray with us for God’s provision of food for the hungry in Haiti.

Tags: haiti, sheep ministry, child sponsorship, feeding program, compassion ministry,

South Asia Medical Missions Trip in April

January 10 2017

Tags: south asia, medical missions, short-term missions, medical trip, dynamic women in missions,

Birthday Bash for Kids

January 10 2017

Who doesn’t love a birthday party? Cake, balloons, presents, friends, and family gathered together to celebrate you! Yet, Cary Boster from Raleigh, North Carolina, felt the Lord leading her in a different direction. Here’s her story:

I have been working with OMS missionaries Bill Evans, Dick McLeish and Jenna Guerrier, serving with Men for Missions, for many years, and in February 2016, I was blessed with the opportunity to go with Jenna on my first mission trip to Haiti. After going on this trip, my eyes were really opened on how truly blessed I am.

I had a big birthday party planned for my 40th in October 2016; but after my trip, I realized that the kids in Haiti could benefit from me not having a party, and instead, donating the money from a party and gifts to them directly. I had family and friends donate to the SHEEP ministry through One Mission Society. The kids in Haiti have really touched my heart, and I cannot wait to go back.

We praise the Lord for Cary’s heart to help the children in Haiti. Not only is Cary a child sponsor for SHEEP, she was obedient to the Lord’s calling to additionally assist in raising money for the school. Would you pray about becoming a child sponsor? Inquire now to learn more about the Challenge Grant, which gives two years of sponsorship for the price of one year. Contact our office at sheep@onemissionsociety.org or give here.

Cary is pictured in the pink shirt.

Tags: haiti, child sponsorship, help kids, heart for missions,

2017 Dynamic Women in Missions Trip Schedule

January 4 2017

Tags: dw, dynamic women, women in ministry, trips,

​A Day in the Life of a SHEEP Student

January 4 2017

When we think about a flock, we envision a large group. The OMS-sponsored school in Gressier, Haiti, has a flock of students. Yet, our Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, knows and loves each one individually. SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education Program), an ministry of One Mission Society and coordinated by Men for Missions, recognizes that every child deserves the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus, to receive an education, and to feel loved.

Sherri Goodman from Vanlue, Ohio, shares her personal experience of meeting these students.

I had the privilege of visiting the school in Gressier, Haiti, where I first learned of the SHEEP ministry. I was so moved, I immediately knew I wanted to be involved in this ministry.

We were greeted by Madame Charlotte, who lovingly runs the school. As we approached the classrooms, we heard the children’s voices ringing out as they started each morning with songs of praise and reciting Scripture. We had the opportunity to sit in on a classroom where we observed dedicated teachers instructing students.

In months to come, some of those students may not be able to return to their classroom. Their tuition is paid monthly, so if they do not have the money the next month, they do not get to attend school, sometimes missing many months at a time. If they don’t attend school, they may not eat, as the school has a meal program that provides the children with the certainty of at least one meal a day.

When the children had their break (recess), we were able to interact with them and they totally stole my heart. There was hugging, hand holding, sitting on laps, trying their best to teach us games and songs, laughter, and just happy children having fun in a safe, caring environment.

SHEEP provides a stable opportunity for these children to be able to attend school on a consistent basis, providing them with nourishment for their spiritual, intellectual, and physical needs.

How about you? Is the Lord leading you to respond to a specific child in need? Inquire now to learn more about the Challenge Grant which gives two years of sponsorship for the price of one year. Email Jackie at sheep@onemissionsociety.org for more information or to sign up to be a child sponsor.

To donate to the SHEEP ministry, click here.

Tags: child sponsorship, ministry to kids, haiti, sheep,

Preparing for the Best

December 13 2016

Natural disasters will happen.

From earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, and Ecuador to typhoons in the Philippines, flooding in India, and tsunamis in the South Pacific, disaster strikes and destroys ... lives, homes, buildings, and livelihoods. When disaster hits, OMS wants to be there early to help assess the situation and the destruction, find local help to partner with, and then respond with life-saving emergency aid, staying for the long term to help people recover and rebuild.

That's preparing for the best ... in a bad situation.

That's the OMS way.

The 2010 Haiti earthquake affected more than 3 million people — one of every three people. Today, almost 7 years since the quake hit, OMS is still building homes and restoring lives.

In recent years, OMS has also helped after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster struck Japan, sent emergency relief kits to those suffering after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

We also partnered with our OMS Philippines team after the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the Philippines. Today, there is a new church plant in the hardest-hit area as a result.

Most recently, we have helped with earthquake relief in Nepal and Ecuador. In Ecuador, we've now sent our first work team to help in the rebuilding process.

We cannot respond quickly or effectively without your help. So, OMS wants to be ready for when the next disaster hits. We want to be able to help families stabilize by providing assistance with shelter, clean water, food, hygiene products, and emergency medical supplies.

Would you help by saying YES this Christmas to giving a gift, in advance, for worldwide emergency relief?

Give here today.

Tags: relief, disaster, aid, help, earthquake relief, emergency supplies,