Peace on Earth to Every Person

December 18 2015

By Kathleen Thompson Howarth, Mother of OMS Missionary Aimee Howarth, Mozambique

Christmas 2015 is different. Part of me is still in Africa in some sense. One doesn't make the transition after three months, in sharp order. I find many nights I am still having dreams about life there, and concerned about getting this or that ready, not having the right tools or availabilities to get something done, thinking about supplies, and getting up early to go somewhere all day. But then I wake up and here I am in Malibu, bright and slightly cool temperatures, sustained electricity and water, plenty of food, different agendas for the day, driving on streets twinkling with Christmas lights on my way to and from my house.

Christmas lights already are 30 percent off as if the season was over ... People, like myself, living in neighborhoods with little thought of a world outside our own. Unless one specifically tries to watch the world news, most of the news coverage is local or national about charitable toy giveaways, the newest Christmas gadgets, Arnold Schwartzenegger becoming vegetarian, and fractious debates about Muslims.

In this season, which bespeaks peace, we have wars and rumors of wars, and yet it seems faraway to most of us. So important to get a grasp on what real peace is. Not necessarily quietness on my own street, nor inactivity, nor just getting along with the people I know, nor peace at any price … nor for a season.

Isn't the peace that Jesus promises an order above all these superficial signs of peace? If it isn't, than I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop, and my perfect world will be shattered in an instant. It may very well be shattered, but from the dust, my heart will still beat with an enduring peace that only the Prince of Peace can give.

Thank You, Father, for giving me that peace that surpasses understanding. The peace that says, You and I are all right, we are reconciled, I am forgiven, You are sovereign, I am Your child, and You love me forever and always.

May peace on earth pierce to our very hearts where true peace can reign despite world chaos.

Tags: christmas, culture, peace, peace on earth, africa,

Building in the Midst of a Storm

November 13 2015

In October, I travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, on my first trip as the OMS theological consultant for Africa. I attended Every Community for Christ’s Africa Summit. While there, I met Kris Kappler, OMS’ new international regional director for Africa, along with six of the seven ECC regional supervisors.

These men represent OMS ministry in more than 20 African nations and literally hundreds of churches. Some of these churches are not churches as we think of them, but small groups who meet under trees or in homes. The stories of God’s work told by these men were inspirational and challenging to all of us who listened. And the situations these men and their coordinators and trainers face are not easy. Challenges face them on many levels, including spiritual, social, and political.

One supervisor named Thierry lives in the Central African Republic (CAR). CAR is one of THE most war-torn countries in present-day Africa. A Bible college there named FATEB has been turned into a refugee camp with 3,000 suffering people. (Pray for the president of this school as he ministers there.)

In the midst of this turmoil and war, Thierry has the courage to dream. God has laid it on his heart to build a school. When he heard from God, he began to plan and prepare. He wrote a proposal, made a site plan, and even made arrangements with FATEB so that his Bible college could give accredited classes. At this point, some Africans would seek assistance from a Westerner to help pay for this type of dream. Not Thierry. Using his own resources and connections, he found property, built a wall around it, and has begun construction on two buildings.

When Thierry shared this story with me, he told me that he did not want help to build buildings, but shared that he could not do it all alone. He needed help in getting books for the library and help with computers and setting up the software. Thierry wants to focus on online theological education. And he wants this seminary to become an OMS seminary.

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 the midst of a storm. Your donation to the theological education fund allows OMS to partner with men like Thierry to help him complete his vision. Would you consider donating to account #408126 so OMS can move forward more strongly in the areas of theological education? Click here to give.

This is the kind of kingdom-building opportunity we have all around the world through OMS Theological Education. Your support of this ministry makes vision like this become reality.

By Rod Dormer, One Mission Society Theological Education Team, Africa

Tags: africa, theological education, ecc, training, small groups,

​Literacy Opens Doors to the Gospel in the DRC

October 22 2014

Here are two simple testimonies of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have benefited greatly by the One Mission Society Bridge to Reading (B2R) literacy project.

Neema (left) said: “When I didn’t know how to read and to write, my husband considered me an animal. He wouldn’t give me money to buy anything in the market, and he said that a wife who doesn’t know how to read and write is like a dog. He said he must look for another woman because I’m not beautiful.

“When the literacy ministry came to our church, I was the first to register. My husband led me to the tutoring center to be a student, and he said to the pastor, ‘This woman must learn to read and write. If not, I’ll chase her out and look for another.’

“After two and a half years, I’m now able to read and write because (the goal of) literacy is powerful to make us do something. Today, I’m the president of the women’s ministry in our church. I know how to read the Bible and preach to other Christians―even my husband. He’s now received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Now, he says that I’m a wise woman because I am literate. God bless literacy missions.”

Furahisha (right) was married to a man who enjoyed studying, but she was not able to read or write. When the literacy project was implanted in her area, she said that she’d have to ask advice from the pastor about it.

The pastor asked her husband to agree that his wife could learn at the literacy center. Three years and nine months later, Furahisha was able to read the Bible and write correctly. She says, “When we left Lusheke for Kalangwe, the pastor of the church chose me to teach others in the literacy center. Now, I’m a tutor in the Kalangwe center. Glory to the Lord who sent us the literacy ministry.”

--Testimonies courtesy of OMS volunteer and B2R founder, Connie Schwein

5k Walk/Run for Literacy

If you'd like to support the Bridge to Literacy ministry, you can donate here to project #407800.

Also, on Saturday, Nov. 1, OMS will host a 5k walk/run for literacy to raise money and awareness for our literacy ministry. You can register for the event here, which is being held at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana. The event starts at 9:30 a.m.

To view a short video about the walk/run and literacy, click here.

Tags: literacy, africa, drc, literacy ministry,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight

November 15 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring One Mission Society missionary Carolyn Knight, serving as a trainer with Every Community for Christ.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Carolyn shared many stories about her time in Africa before she joined OMS ... and boy, are some of those stories life-changing! She also shared about her travels to Africa and Asia with OMS as a trainer/facilitator with OMS' Every Community for Christ ministry. And finally she shared about a local ministry she involved with to minister to women in the stripper industry. As you listen, you hear Carolyn's heart for evangelism and church planting.

GO:

Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities. ECC is seeking church planters and church multiplication facilitators in several countries around the world.

GIVE:

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

INFO:

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of several University of Indianapolis nursing students and staff who recently participated in a short-term medical missions trip to Ecuador. 

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, church planting, evangelism, every community for christ, give to missions, missions, missions in africa, missions in asia, missions in kenya, one mission stories, training, world missions, house churchespersecution

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Bill Anderson

November 11 2013

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Bill Anderson

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Nov. 10) OMS radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Bill Anderson. This was an encore broadcast. He shared many stories about trips around the world, including Africa and Asia.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

GO: If you are interested in serving, either short- or long-term, with OMS, check out the opportunities

GIVE: If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

INFO: If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of several University of Indianapolis nursing students and staff who recently participated in a short-term medical missions trip to Ecuador.  

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, bibles for africa, give to missions, men for missions, missions in africa, short term missionsworld missions

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry - Larry and Susan Weil

September 13 2013

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 15) OMS radio program, featuring Larry and Susan Weil, OMS missionaries serving in Mozambique, Africa. It's exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Would you like to take a short-term trip to Mozambique? How about serving for a longer term as the Mozambique field treasurer? Or maybe your heart was stirred to give to one of the three projects mentioned? ... the Mozambique water project, #407670, the mosquito net project, #407640, or the India flood relief project, #405610 by going here and adding the project number.

Other things mentioned on the program: connect to the One Mission Kids website or OMS Outreach magazine or the OMS-published book, The Vision Lives, by B. H. Pearson, which can be purchased on Amazon or by calling Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext 313.

We hope you enjoyed the program. If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed the program, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or you can subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, radio, short term missions, missions in africa, missions in mozambique, water project, mosquito nets, india flood relief, one mission kids, oms outreach magazine

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry -Bill Anderson

September 6 2013

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry

We hope you were able to hear the first of many radio shows from OMS last night (Sunday, Sept. 8). It's so exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.

Each Monday, we will post a short blog with resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program.

Last night's program featured OMS UK missionary Bill Anderson. Wasn't he incredible?

Get connected: He talked about his ministry with Men for Missions. And he shared about his heart for Bibles for Africa. We hope you enjoyed the program. If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed the program, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio.Or you can subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.

Tags: be a missionary, bibles for africa, men for missions, oms uk, become a missionary, radio, world missions, missions in africa, give to missions,

Exciting New OMS Radio Ministry

September 6 2013

Exciting New OMS Radio Ministry

            

One Mission Society is beginning a new radio ministry. You will be able to hear incredible missionary stories on the radio (also through web streaming at www.freedom95.us and on our OMS website: www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, with all the stories archived).

Meet the host of the show, OMS missionary Jason Campbell, through this introduction.

The first program airs Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at 7 p.m. Each new show will be uploaded to our website by the following Monday. We currently are committed to one year of one-hour missionary stories.

Here’s a short snippet of our first program, which highlights the ministry of OMS UK missionary, Bill Anderson.

Pray with us that the Lord blesses us, and all the work yet to be completed, in this new venture—that He will be glorified. And please share this news with your friends by forwarding this blog to them or sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. We are counting on you to help us promote this new project. We are so excited about what God is going to do through this!

 

 

Tags: become a missionary, missions in africa, radio, radio ministryone mission stories

Preventing Human Trafficking in Mozambique

April 15 2013

Preventing Human Trafficking in Mozambique

We recently received an email from an OMS national coworker in Mozambique that encouraged those of us serving with HOPE61. It read, in part:

We have all had the opportunity to read and learn about the vision of HOPE61 through various publications, including the latest OMS Outreach magazine. Our missionary colleague, Aimee Howarth, also brought us details about this ministry in June 2012.

Considering the realities and issues facing Mozambique, we believe that the vision of HOPE61 is very relevant and much needed. As a field, we want to express our interest in the development of the HOPE61 vision here in Mozambique.

The African continent is faced with many of the root causes of human trafficking. Poverty, large family size, lack of educational opportunities, unemployment, low status of women and children, and a lack of awareness all help to fuel the trafficking of Africans into Europe and to other parts of the world.

HOPE61's vision:

HOPE61 seeks to PREVENT the spread of and, ultimately, eliminate the issue of trafficked and enslaved humans in our world today by bringing the message of eternal salvation to those that are involved or vulnerable to become involved in human trafficking across the world. One Mission Society sends missionaries to work with the national church denomination or other church contacts to train and equip nationals to combat this issue, through PREVENTION of it, in a culturally appropriate and relevant way with intentional evangelism of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continuing discipleship to these groups of lost people.

The need is present and obvious, but we need people to go to Mozambique to fulfill the vision of HOPE61 there.

Is God calling YOU to GO to Mozambique to serve as an OMS missionary with HOPE61? Contact OMS for more information.

Tags: anti-human trafficking, be a missionary, become a missionary, HOPE61, missions, missions in africa, world missionsmissions in mozambique

Missionary Spotlight: The Almeida's

August 3 2012

Missionary Spotlight: The Almeida's

The Almeida Family“Follow me” were the words native Brazilians Paulo, a successful businessman, and Fernanda Almeida, a psychologist, heard from God when they were called to serve the Lord. After contacting One Mission Society’s Mobilization Department, Paulo sold his company so that the Almeida family could serve the Lord in Mozambique.

February 26, 2012, is a day the Almeidas will never forget. It was the date of their commissioning service as missionaries with OMS. At the commissioning service, more than 500 people attended as pastors and friends laid their hands on the Almeidas to pray for them and welcome them into their new roles. Tears flowed from the altar that night as the Almeidas poured themselves out as an offering to the Lord.

Now living in Mozambique, the Almeidas are involved intentional evangelic ministries. On Easter, the Almeidas set up a Jesus Film showing. They went door to door, asking members of the community to join them in watching the film. Overall, the evening was a success. Paulo states,” This time the ‘vision of the field’ was a beautiful full moon night with many people coming to know Jesus as the Savior who gave His life because of His great love for us.”

Paulo and Fernanda were more than ready to follow God. What they did not realize is how much their daughters, Laura and Luana, would also be serving God in Mozambique. Behind the Almeida’s home in Mozambique is a large field. It is used for parking during the day, but at night, this field caught the girls’ attention as a good place to play football (soccer).

John 12:26 states, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me” (NIV).

As Laura and Luana began to play soccer, they saw three or four children in the distance slowly inching their way closer to the field. The girls waved them over to come and play. By the next evening, the girls returned to the same spot, but this time, there were 10 children.

Now, after every game the children pray to God, thanking Him for the fun time. As of today, 20 children regularly meet in the evenings to play soccer. Paulo speaks about his daughter’s ministry, “They (Laura and Luana) have taken this opportunity to speak of Jesus’ love for these children.”

Together the Almeidas are serving in Mozambique and sharing the love of Jesus. 1 Peter 1:12 states, “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things” (NIV). Sharing the love of Christ is a beautiful thing, even angels long to look at that!

Please continue to pray for the Almeidas, serving in Mozambique. You can also follow their journey by reading their blog.

Is God tugging on your heart to follow Him? Check out our current opportunities to serve. One Mission Society currently serves in 58 countries around the world, and we would love to walk alongside you in your ministry.

 

Tags: missions in africamissions in mozambique