The Blind Will See...and Hear

August 26 2013

The Blind Will See...and Hear

In Dec 2012, I was with a team made up of university students from the Indy area, my daughter Shelly, daughter Kim and her family of six. We were going to Haiti to build a Homes for Haiti house. The home was for Randishe and Santhia, along with their young son Johnny. We didn't get the home finished in December, but I returned with a team from Colorado in early January and finished the home. During these two trips, I fell in love with this family. Randishe works at a school, and Santhia sells things to help earn money. 

They were very much a part of the working team on this home. Randishe helped carry things and do whatever when not at school. Santhia carried water all daylong for the cement work, which was a long steep walk. When Santhia found we liked local coffee, she not only carried water to the site but brought us coffee each day. 

We met the extended family members of this couple, several of whom would be living with them in this new home. One of these family members is Randishe's sister Beatrice. Beatrice is in her late 20s and has been blind since birth. She lost her mother when she was several months old. The day of the house dedication, I was visiting with Beatrice and asked her what God was doing in her life. Her response was how God was blessing her with friends. She said, "I never get discouraged." Later, one of the team asked about the earthquake and if she was scared. Beatrice replied, "Why would you be afraid when you have Jesus?"

The house was finished and we returned home. I shared with several the story of the blind girl, and OMS MK, Sharon Mishler, told me that a group from North Carolina sent in an audio Bible to be used. She said the NC team didn't have time to give it to her, which was OK with me as I would be going in February with a team from Philadelphia and some from Sabetha, Kansas, and could take it to her. That was a fun day as another team had the chance to meet the family and present her with the audio Bible. She loved it. Two days later, they let us know it quit working so we picked it up and brought it home. I went back in March, so I brought a new one. Again, another team got to meet her and fell in love with her as well. As we presented it to her, it was neat to watch her other brother guide her fingers over the box to turn it on and off. Beatrice loved the new Bible “box.”

Two months later, home in Kansas on a rainy day, I thought of her and many people who got to meet her. I felt a little of a God nudge, so I called to see if the audio was still working on her radio and to see how she was doing. When she heard my voice, she was excited and knew right away who it was and wondered how all my family was doing. She asked about the different team members that had been there as she didn't realize how far it is from Kansas to Colorado and then to Arizona. Beatrice said everyone was doing well in the family and that the new Bible box was working great. 

I want to thank everyone who worked on the different teams, those who gave the audio Bible, those who gave funds―for touching a special family, and a very special young lady. The H4H project has touched many lives, those in Haiti, as well as the lives of those who have given and those who have gone.

―Bill Glace, One Mission Society Board member and super volunteer

Is God calling you to be a worker, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God may use you to be a missionary.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, Haiti, homes for haiti, missions in caribbean, missions in haiti, world missions, short term missionsblind

Multiply the Well

July 30 2013

Multiply the Well

Kenel Clovis Claudion, a professor in elementary school, was recommended by Pastor Exalus of Port Margo mother church to be a church planter. He planted a station at Bois Gauche in the area of Port Margo.  They meet in the courtyard of the parents of Luxima Cassandra.

Trainer Janiel has trained Kenel for three years. An Uncle of Kenel died through magic of Voodoo.  The same people who killed his uncle wanted to kill him also.

After Kenel’s uncle died on Wednesday night 17 August 2011, he was sleeping. He woke up suddenly as if a dog had barked.  He said “Lord, take control of me”.  

Some minutes later he felt his body had been hit hard on his left leg.  He cried “Hallelujah, Hallelujah!  When he got up in the morning his left leg was swollen and very painful. These same events happened also the nights of August 19 and 26.  He thought he was going to die.  He talked with his Trainer Janiel so he could pray with him.  They PRAYED! After this the attacks ceased.

At this time they were studying the building of the wall by Nehemiah from the Train and Multiply booklet # 20. Kenel came to realize that even though the enemy was persecuting him he needed to stand fast in his faith.   God was working for him.

He said “Through ECC I find support in my walk with Christ and through Train and Multiply, I have a greater desire to announce the Good News and put God’s word into practice.” Kenel said, “I am praying to God that this program will touch the world”. Please pray with us that this ministry will be very fruitful in my area of Bois Gauche.”  

The situation now:

He has married and continues in the ministry.  There are now 38 people attending the Bois Gauche Station meetings.  Kenel has trained a young woman, Luxima Cassandra who has planted a station at Bertin with a mother and four children who to this time have not yet accepted Christ.  She is also training Doudalande.

God continues to multiply disciples through the lives of His faithful servants. 

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church multiplication, church planting, missions in Haiti, train and multiplyvictory over darkness

Haiti - Spring Up O Well

July 22 2013

Haiti - Spring Up O Well

Trainer Janiel traveled to Bois Neuf in 2012 to do evangelism. While there, he was led by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel with a woman named Rosemyka, but she did not want to listen. Janiel started a station at Bois Neuf, but again, Rosemyke refused to join. 

Janiel realized that the people of Bois Neuf did not have a good source of water. They had been getting water from an open stream. The Lord cleared the way to make it possible to drill a well at Bois Neuf. Janiel continued to meet with the station. One day, as Janiel was studying the Train & Multiply booklets, he saw Rosemyka and approached. He gave her the booklet on training a pastoral leader. 

Later, Janiel invited her to discuss the booklet with him. They worked through the booklet together, and Rosemyka responded to the questions. They met several times, and Janiel asked Rosemyka if she wanted to accept Christ. Rosemyka said she already had. 

They continued to study Train & Multiply booklets, moving on to “When We Baptize Believers.” Rosemyka said she wanted to be baptized, but after being baptized, she was persecuted through dreams. She spoke to Janiel, and they started studying the “Let’s Pray” booklet. Rosemyka has been sleeping much better since then. 

Rosemyka’s mother was not a Christian, but accepted Christ because of what she observed in her daughter. Rosemyka is now training her entire family and sharing with students at school. She tells all who have recently accepted Christ to read the Bible, pray and study with a small group. She testifies, “God has all power and can deliver. Pray that I will remain faithful to the Lord and to the Word.”

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: missions in Haiti, train and multiply, victory over darkness, water, familystudents

More Than a House

April 29 2013

More Than a House

After taking care of the team at the Villa and helping build a house for the OMS Homes for Haiti project with the team each day, Sarah was determined to stay home on Thursday. She just needed to finish up some tasks around the Villa and could really use some R&R. 

No one else talked about staying back, so she reluctantly decided she needed to go to the worksite. Sarah and the rest of the women worked alongside the men for the morning but felt less than productive.

Evangelism. That is what came to Sarah’s mind as she thought about the afternoon. The women took off and started sharing the Gospel message with those who would listen.

Savannah, another woman in the group, jumped at the first person they encountered. He accepted Christ!

The next area they went to had eight Haitian women and six or so children. Although they were warned that these Haitian women had ties to voodoo, the courage of the Holy Spirit came through.

After a brief explanation and discussion of the Gospel message, these women were asked if any of them wanted to accept Christ as their Savior. They all did.

Later, these Haitian women were asked why they covered their faces as they prayed to accept Jesus. They responded that they felt unworthy to receive this blessing from God.

Nine adults heard the Gospel, and nine accepted Christ. Not a bad day of evangelism!

Although the day started for Sarah as a day that she didn’t want to help build one more house, God had different plans for her. The day turned out to be more than building a house in Haiti – a mansion is being built for these nine Haitians, along with the others that accepted Christ that day.

Is God calling you to help build a house in Haiti for those who lost everything during the earthquake a few years ago? Contact Bill Evans to see how you can participate on a short-term team. Or, maybe God is asking you to write a check to help pay for another home to be built? Start down a path to help build a house as Sarah did, and see what journey God has in store for you.

Tags: missions, missions in haiti, one mission society, be a missionary, give to missionshomes for haiti

Resounding Hope for Haiti

April 10 2013

Resounding Hope for Haiti

When a Dynamic Women team shared the Gospel in Saccanville, Haiti, many people received Christ. But one older man rejected Christ, saying, “I’m just not ready yet.” We found out that this man, named Deaconville, was a witch doctor and that he died not knowing Jesus. As we bring these solar radios into Haiti, men like Deaconville will be able to hear the Gospel not just once, but over and over again. These sturdy radios will last for years. 

After the earthquake in 2010, many Haitians were praising God for being alive. There seemed to be a new awareness of God's mercy. A verse in Isaiah (54:10) describes how many felt: "For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed. But my kindness shall not depart from you. Nor shall my covenant of peace be removed says the Lord who has mercy on you."

So, please join us in reaching our goal to raise $6,000 for solar radios. It's $60 to sponsor one radio and reach a whole household, which is about 6 people. You can help by making a donation of $60 or any amount.

Thanks for joining us in Resounding Hope for Haiti!

Tags: missions, missions in haiti, radio 4VEHresounding hope

Award-winning Radio 4VEH Offers Lifeline to Haitians

March 11 2013

Award-winning Radio 4VEH Offers Lifeline to Haitians

Up to 80 percent of people in Haiti can't read or write well enough to cope with daily life. Radio stations play a vital role in many aspects of life for the Haitian people, including the expansion of the Gospel.

Fifty-five years ago, One Mission Society realized the opportunities that partnering with Radio 4VEH could have. Soon after, OMS owned and operated this radio station in the north of Haiti.

In addition to the daily Bible readings, Christian music and preaching, Radio 4VEH’s daily announcements about the weather and health information have become a lifeline to the community.

During the earthquake of 2010, this lifeline was put to the test. Not knowing what was happening, many Haitians turned to Radio 4VEH to receive up-to-the-minute details, informing them what had occurred and how they should respond. Not only did the Haitians receive this practical information, they also were given the Good News of Jesus Christ, the only one who could truly save them.

Radio 4VEH was recently honored by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) by receiving the NRB International Radio Ministry Award. According to the NRB, this award is presented to an organization that excels in radio ministry while demonstrating effectiveness in impacting the culture with the Gospel.

Pre-tuned, solar powered radios are distributed free of charge throughout the listening area. Not only do these Haitians receive a radio that can broadcast Radio 4VEH, they receive a Gospel presentation, giving them a chance to receive the true lifeline, Jesus Christ. 

Would you like to see Radio 4VEH continue to help Haitians living in the northern part of the country receive the true lifeline? Become a monthly partner with this ministry or give a special gift today so that the broadcasts can continue to provide life-saving information.

Tags: missions in haiti, radio 4VEHone mission society

Opposition Faced

December 10 2012

Opposition Faced

Someone who has made a decision to follow Jesus is often faced with resentment and hatred. This is the case with Jacky.

Earlier this year, a member of the Evangelical Church of Vaudreuil, the church located near the One Mission Society compound in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, shared the Gospel with Jacky. He immediately accepted Christ as his Savior.

Then, the opposition started. Jacky’s father abandoned him as a result of this decision.

Where could Jacky turn to receive daily reminders that his Heavenly Father would not abandon him? Radio 4VEH, the OMS radio ministry in Haiti, if only he had a radio to listen to.

Since 1950, Radio 4VEH has been broadcasting the Good News of Jesus. Located just outside of Cap-Haitien, its broadcasts reach a potential of close to 1 million listeners.

Through the Resounding Hope project, One Mission Society is raising funds to provide solar-powered radios, which are pre-tuned to Radio 4VEH. These radios also include a copy of the audio Bible in Creole.

As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, many Haitians do not even have a radio to listen to.  By handing out solar-powered radios, Radio 4VEH can be heard even in the most remote villages in Haiti.

With every $60 donation made, a Gospel presentation will be made to a Haitian needing to know Christ, a radio will be placed in the hands of this person, and Radio 4VEH will be ensured to continue to broadcast. Would you be willing to help encourage Jacky, and others like him, as they try to walk closer with the Lord?

Tags: missions in haiti, resounding hoperadio 4VEH