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prayed for a long time that God would just open the right doors and shut the
wrong ones. I prayed for God to put me in situations where I would have no
other choice but to trust in him."
And that’s how
God intervened in Maranda Grabbe's life and brought her to OMS as the
Missionary Care intern for the summer. It’s clear to see that her passion for
people was instilled into her heart by God the minute she was born. Having gone
through her own trials and hardships over the years, she found herself wanting
to pour into others who were going through similar things. Maranda shared how
important it is to have someone to lean on because "it was very evident
when I was lacking those people to cling to." It is for this reason that
she is finishing a degree in Christian Counseling at Central Christian College
of the Bible in Moberly, Missouri.
God recently revealed
in her a passion for missions, for reaching the lost and the broken. Nearly a
year ago, she and some friends were provided an opportunity to visit Greece on
a mission trip. Maranda felt herself being called to this mission trip, but she
had to acknowledge that she was struggling with various personal issues. She
shared how contradictory her emotions were in these moments. She was deeply
happy for her friends and the good work they would do, while equally
disappointed that she couldn't help serve others. She knew, however, that she
first needed to explore where her anxiety and depression were coming from, and
learn how to give them up to God. But this desire to serve in Greece was placed
on her heart for a reason, and she didn't let it go. With hard work,
dedication, and prayer, she was able to serve in Greece just two months
But she didn’t
accomplish this on her own. “God had been working on me,” she shared. The
mission trip to Greece "changed my life and wrecked my world." When
the time came to choose an internship, Maranda wasn’t sure what it would mean
to volunteer her entire summer to a mission, but she relied on God for the
This reliance on God,
the one who provides and protects, led Maranda to choose OMS.
“I love how
welcoming and caring everyone is. They are truly happy to have me here serving
with them, and it has been very encouraging knowing that."
By Mykaela Alvey, Summer Communications intern
July 15 2016
The Fletchers’ Story
One Mission Society sends out missionaries all over the
world, but what goes on behind the scenes before those missionaries hit the
Joshua Fletcher, with his wife Allison and three kids, have
been accepted as OMS missionaries to Cuenca, Ecuador, and have been preparing
for their departure through raising financial and prayer support and spreading
the message of where God is calling them to serve.
Joshua felt a call to Ecuador after he had been in ministry
for almost 14 years serving as a pastor, artist, and writer. His home church,
where he worked, focused heavily on missions, so he had the opportunity to go
on several mission trips over the years. After one particular trip, Joshua felt
a stirring in his heart, and during a period at home when he came down with an
illness, the Lord told him to go to Cuenca.
Allison, being a former missionary kid in Ecuador, had
always wanted to return to that country. When Joshua told her about God’s
calling, her dream rekindled. At that
time, the Fletchers didn’t know they would serve in Ecuador with OMS. All they
knew was that they said yes to God’s calling and would wait to see what God wanted
them to do.
After Joshua and Allison prayed and sought God’s will, they
felt him telling them to “go with your heritage.” Allison’s parents had been
missionaries in Ecuador through One Mission Society; therefore, understanding
that their missionary heritage is with OMS, the Fletchers applied there. Their
application went through and was accepted, and they attended OMS orientation in
March 2015. Throughout the whole process, they felt like this was the place God
called them to be.
Taking further steps of obedience, the Fletchers began to
raise prayer support and funds for their missionary journey to Ecuador, and
they put their house on the market. Their home sold within three days with three
investors bidding for it.
With their house sold, the Fletchers have been living at a
friend’s home since May 2015. During this time of behind-the-scenes work in
preparation for the mission field, the Fletchers continue to take steps of
faithful obedience to God and look toward their time in Ecuador.
Joshua and Allison aim to be liaisons in Cuenca, to work
alongside pastors and churches and encourage them in their spiritual journeys.
Joshua will also teach and train people in theological education. He sees God
moving in Ecuador through the potential relationships and continual spiritual
growth between people—not just in the good situations but also in the
conflicts. Joshua sees an environment where missionaries don’t necessarily lead
the churches and people but come alongside them and encourage them, especially
through their conflicts. Through these relationships, people from all
backgrounds and cultures can be more like Jesus.
One of the ways that Joshua shares this vision during the
funding process is through his art. Through his paintings that are full of
blended colors and bold strokes, Joshua not only puts his heart on the canvas
in worship, but he also can share spiritual truths and his family’s calling to
Ecuador. He hopes to use his artistic skills while in Ecuador to minister to
the people and to worship God.
The first piece that Joshua created as an act of worship, a
watercolor painting titled “Helser’s Tree,” is a work that is “the fruit of an
encounter with God, the meaning of which I am fleshing out every time I paint”
(taken from Joshua’s booklet “Masterpieces With a Mission”).
The tree in Joshua’s painting thrives. It is full of vibrant
leaves on a hill of green and brown, designed in a way that might remind
someone of a stained-glass window. This painting may be finished, but it stands
as a reminder that God’s work is still not yet complete. The more Joshua paints
and worships, the more he grows to understand God’s will and relationship with
In a way, the painting parallels the Fletchers’ journey to
the Ecuador mission field and the belief they hold close to their hearts: that
they must take steps of faith, say yes to God out of obedience and love, and await
the Lord’s mighty hand to continually work in their lives. With each
brushstroke—with each step closer to the mission field—the Fletchers’ encounter
with God grows and develops.
Please take a moment to pray for the Fletchers on their
journey to Ecuador. Pray that they will continue to take steps of faith and
that God will speak to them and guide them, in both behind-the-scenes work and
on the mission field.
To learn more or to donate toward the Fletchers’ mission,
By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern