March 25 2019
Are you ready for your home going call?
Don (Rickards) had an order for medical equipment for a clinic in Haiti. He had made many, many calls to places that sold this kind of equipment, but there was nothing the mission could afford. (Next time you get a doctor bill and think it is expensive, you need to look at the prices for medical equipment!) A couple of examination tables could cost as much as a house. Finding medical equipment the mission could afford seemed impossible, except our God deals with the impossible!
At this point, Don was very ill and making many emergency trips to the hospital every week. On each trip to the hospital, Don would ask every doctor if they knew where he could get inexpensive medical equipment. When they would say no, he would go home and make more calls.
This went on for many months. On the last visit that Don made to the hospital, he was very ill. Even though he was sick and in much pain, he had an order for medical equipment he was determined to fill for Haiti. As another doctor was examining him, Don was told he probably only had three months to live. Since this was yet another doctor, Don had to ask the question, “Do you know where I can purchase inexpensive medical equipment?” I am not sure, at that point, if Don fully comprehended what the doctor had told him in reply.
The doctor looked at Don and said, “Let’s get you in a wheelchair. I want to show you something!” The doctor took us to the basement. He opened two doors and said, “Is this enough equipment for you?” There were two complete rooms of all types of medical equipment! It was piled high; there was enough equipment for two clinics. The hospital had just purchased all new equipment: lights, beds, operating tools, examination tables—hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment! The doctor proceeded to tell Don that he could have everything in the room, but it all had to be gone by noon the next day.
Don was no longer interested in what was happening to him—he had an order to fill! Quickly, I took Don to his room to make a phone call to his OMS buddy Phil Chandler. He told Phil he needed a truck and a couple of men to get to the hospital as soon as possible to get the medical equipment. He didn’t tell Phil that he had possibly only three months left to live. I don’t think that fact had sunk in yet as Don was focused on filling the order for Haiti.
God had given Don his last miracle! Don had filled the Lord’s last request that would help many Haitians! Three months later, to the day, Jesus welcomed Don home! There are other miracles to write, but I wrote this on the date of his home going.
A couple of years later, God took Phil Chandler home too. Makes me wonder what mission God has them doing together in heaven!
What is in your hand? You don’t have to have all wisdom and talent for God to use you—just what he has given you and a willing heart to be used! Little is much when God is in it! Thank you for your faithfulness and allowing God to use you!
By Carol Rickards, Retired OMS Missionary
Editorial note: Don and Carol Rickards served at the OMS World HQ for nearly 43 years. Don served as the purchasing/shipping coordinator, responsible for crating, receiving, shipping, and travel
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.
August 8 2017
Since its beginning, One Mission Society has been in the business of
developing Christ-like leaders for the global church. One of the ways this has
been accomplished is through the planting of theological training institutions
for the development of local church leaders all over the globe. Through the
years, many of the Bible colleges and seminaries started by OMS have become
leaders in their respective global regions among Protestant Evangelical
theological schools. The Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti is great example of
one of those schools.
In 1967, OMS started the Emmaus
Vocational Bible School (EVBS) in a small suburb of Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Through
Radio 4VEH, an evangelism and discipleship ministry of OMS, churches were
growing and the need for theologically trained pastors was growing with
The vision for EVBS was to develop
both vocational and theological training for local pastors, church planters,
and evangelists for the many small churches in northern Haiti. In 2000, after 33
years of equipping hundreds of local churches with theologically trained
leaders, the school became Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti. The vision for
the rebranding of the school was to offer undergraduate and graduate-level
theological training for an ever-growing Haitian church.
Today, Emmaus Biblical Seminary of
Haiti is among the top 10 theological schools in the Caribbean and has one of
the premier graduate programs among Caribbean theological schools. EBS has also
partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University to deliver a masters in Theological
Studies to Haitian students. The current enrollment at EBS is approximately 110
students with a mostly Haitian, fully credentialed faculty.
The following have been a direct
result of the strategic partnership between EBS and OMS:
1. EBS has maintained its
Wesleyan-holiness distinctive within its curriculum and training programs. Even
today, EBS is one of only three theological schools in Haiti with a
Wesleyan-holiness profile. Thanks to OMS, EBS believes that the best of the
Gospel is the rest of the Gospel. This emphasis at EBS means the promotion of
the transformation of moral character that is a necessary result of conversion
(sanctification and discipleship development).
2. Because of EBS’s relationship
with OMS, there is a continued emphasis on church planting throughout EBS
training programs. In fact, approximately 40 percent of graduates go into some
sort of church-planting ministry.
3. OMS has empowered the development
of Christ-like leaders for the church in Haiti through providing highly
credentialed faculty to teach intensive courses four times a year on the
4. OMS has been a driving force in
helping EBS raise funds for many development projects. In 2010, EBS relocated
to a brand new, state-of-the-art campus five miles from its original location.
Without OMS, this would not have been possible.
Without OMS, EBS would not exist today.
Furthermore, EBS is one of dozens of schools with OMS’ fingerprints all over
it. This is the business of the development of leaders for the global church.
This is the business of Theological Education at OMS.
By Matt Ayars, rector and professor
To learn more about EBS and Haiti, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HaFJ8w50IE&feature=youtu.be
July 21 2017
be honest, sharing the Gospel is intimidating. Why? Just as public speaking
causes great anxiety for many people across the nations so does evangelism. This
fear may derive from an innate desire to be liked among our fellow humans.
Sometimes, we have to receive a little push out of our comfort zone to overcome
is what it took for me. God pushed me out of my comfort zone by sending me on a
short-term mission trip to Cap Haitien, Haiti, where I participated in door-to-door
evangelism in a rural village with no electricity or running water, but with a
rich voodoo presence. As the team prepared to go out, fear and anxiety took the
lead in our minds. I could tell from the facial expressions of my teammates
that I wasn’t the only who felt ill equipped and a little shaky when thinking
about confronting a witch doctor with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
met with the local pastor in this rural village, went over the evangelism
technique we were to use, prayed together, and then set out on our mission. The
visit to the first home was a little rough. My partner and I equally had no
clue what to say. Despite the brief evangelism overview prior to going out, we
had no true training or preparation to “properly” share the Gospel. I kept
frantically praying in the back of my mind for the Spirit to speak through me,
but was met with what felt like silence from the Lord. As we approached the
fifth house, I felt the Spirit nudge me saying, “Just share what I have done in
your life, like Paul did.” So, I told my partner to give the presentation of
the Gospel, and I would share my testimony.
We greeted the five boys who were sitting outside of the home, and I felt the Lord
with me. I knew he was going to do something miraculous. Even though there was
a language and cultural barrier, as I shared my testimony, I could see one boy,
who seemed to be the leader of the group, genuinely connected with my story.
His name is Johnny. The Lord clearly drew my attention toward him, which set
him apart from the group. When I was done sharing, I simply asked if they would
like to have a story of transformation similar to mine by giving their life to
Jesus. They all said yes! As we said the prayer of repentance, all the boys,
except Johnny, slowly stopped repeating the words in the prayer. Later, we
walked by the house on our way back to the church and Johnny was eagerly
listening the Resounding Hope radio we gave him. This radio, fix-tuned to OMS’
Radio 4VEH radio station and downloaded with an audio Bible in Creole, serves
as a wonderful discipling tool because most Haitians who live in rural areas
are illiterate, so cannot read the Bible. I am excited for what God has in
store for Johnny! I know he will do great things for God in his village.
trip has taught me that sharing my testimony is completely essential in the
light of eternity, and although it may be a little intimidating, when given to
the Lord, it is absolutely empowering and beautiful. I have returned from Haiti
with a fiery passion to share what God has done and is doing in my life with
those I come in contact with daily. You can make a difference where you are
right now with what God has given you. I exhort you to not let fear cause you
to hide God’s greatness. The power and transformation of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ does not come from any evangelism training or knowledge but purely from
the Spirit of the living God. He deserves to be shared with your neighbor,
parents, kids, that woman in the grocery store, that man on the street, and
with all people. So today, pray that God would help you share his greatness
with all those around you, even through your weakness, fear, and anxiety.
“And I, brethren, when
I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto
you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save
Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear,
and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing
words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That
your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” ~1
By Taylor Logsdon, OMS Communications and Marketing Team
March 7 2017
the mountainous area of Boukan Michel of Borgne in northern Haiti, trainers Job
and Janiel traveled three hours until the road deteriorated to a simple path
with a very steep valley on one side and a mountain on the other. Leaving their
motorcycles, they walked three more hours in the rain and mud and spent the
night at church planter Maxim’s home. Two couples studying the Train &
Multiply booklet “Baptism” with Maxim wanted to be married so they could be
baptized. One couple had been living together for 25 years, and the other for
20 years. Marriages are a strong witness to the community and bring maturity to
a month, two of the eight church planters being trained leave their homes at
3:00 a.m. to arrive at the 9:00 a.m. training. They, in turn, train the other
six church planters, resulting in three generations of worshiping groups.
In South Asia
Lashar is a dynamic church planter in
South Asia. He supervises 10 churches, with more than 250 church members. He
has 20 disciples under his supervision. Every month, he visits these churches, leading
training and participating in baptisms, using his bicycle. Lashar often brings his
wife to visit the churches so that she can minister directly with the women.
Lashar is one of our church
planters that could exponentially increase his ministry if he had a motorcycle.
Churches must be nurtured with frequent accountability visits. To strengthen
the existing churches, to plant and multiply new churches, to baptize more
believers, and to train multiplying disciples, Lashar needs a motorcycle that will
save him time as he travels long distances. This year, he plans to plant six
new churches and reach many hundreds of unreached people with the Good News of
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January 31 2017
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.
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:
grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make
disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around
“Bondye ap tande
lapriye, Chak maten, midi, ni aswe, Bondye ap reponn lapriye”
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.
you join us in praying for the SHEEP ministry?
for the Haitian children attending College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, that
they will understand and desire to know Jesus personally.
for the children to be witnesses to their families and communities.
for each child’s physical and emotional health.
for wisdom and guidance for the teachers and staff.
for more sponsors.
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.
contact our office at
email@example.com or call 317.888.3333
for more information or to start your sponsorship.
see the SHEEP ministry,
January 17 2017
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.
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.
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
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.
pray with us for God’s provision of food for the hungry in Haiti.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or give here.
Cary is pictured in the pink shirt.
January 4 2017
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.
Goodman from Vanlue, Ohio, shares her personal experience of meeting these
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
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 email@example.com
for more information or to sign up to be a child sponsor.
To donate to the SHEEP ministry, click here.
November 22 2016
recently traveled to Haiti to conduct the first HOPE61 training seminars in
that country. The problem of human trafficking is monumental across the country,
and the pastors and leaders were hungry to learn from the seminar how they
could prevent it from happening in the communities they serve.
is the 14th country to receive the HOPE61 training. It was a
blessed time of learning for me and the pastors and church leaders that
attended the sessions in Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince.
rained for days, and the flooding was severe across the Cap Haitien region, but
the day we conducted the training was sunny and warm. One hundred pastors and
leaders were invited to attend, but with the flooding in homes and on the
roads, we were unsure how many would be able to attend. We praise God for the
more than 75 leaders that attended the seminar!
training was interactive and dynamic. One attendee was Dr. Rodney Baptiste, the
director of the OMS-related Bethesda Medical Clinic. Dr. Rodney was so excited
to receive this training on human trafficking prevention that he took what he
had learned and shared it with the entire staff at Bethesda the next day.
the end of each HOPE61 training seminar, participants
are asked to develop a plan of action to implement what they have learned. Dr.
Rodney’s plan was to share the information with his staff as they interact with
people every day at the clinic who are vulnerable to become involved in
trafficking. Raising the awareness and the knowledge of the staff at Bethesda
Medical Clinic will directly reduce the vulnerability of those that come
through the clinic. How wonderful to know that the training was multiplied,
almost immediately, by Dr. Rodney.
35 pastors and leaders were trained the next day in Port-au-Prince. We are excited
to hear stories of the training the pastors received being implemented across
southern Haiti, as well. God is working
powerfully in Haiti in a number of ways, and it is a huge blessing for HOPE61
to begin work there, as well. Human trafficking is a huge problem around the
world, but not too big for God and his church to overcome! Will you join us in
praying for Haiti and for the other 13 countries that HOPE61
is working in to prevent human trafficking?
you’d like to give a Christmas gift this season to help with future HOPE61
trainings, give here.
Tom Overton, Director of HOPE61