OMS Announces Next President Elect

January 24 2014

OMS Announces Next President Elect

On behalf of One Mission Society’s Board of Trustees, we would like to officially announce the next President-elect of OMS, Dr. Robert Fetherlin. Bob and his wife Esther come to us with 33 years of experience with The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). They spent 8 years serving in Mali, West Africa, and the past 25 in leadership at the C&MA national headquarters.

Bob and Esther will officially begin service with OMS on July 1, 2014. David and Lori Long and the entire OMS missionary body welcome Bob and Esther, the 10th OMS President in our 113-year history, to the OMS family. We look forward to the future and how God will use us as we serve him together by his grace and for his glory.

 

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Longing for God

January 13 2014

Longing for God

O Anseio is the title of a book OMS missionaries, Mel and Fran Noah, hand out to the people in cemeteries on the Day of the Dead in Brazil. Out of love for mankind, they hand out a book to the people there to pray for their loved ones, who had already passed on. Mel and Fran wrote that “O Anseio” translates as “The Longing.” The book compares the longing each person has for God with the newborn sea turtles seeking the ocean. 

When I consider the spiritual application, I believe humans have a natural longing for God, but it seems logic or reason may prevent us from utilizing our instincts to find the Light of the world. Because we have the ability to think and utilize reasoning skills, choosing to move toward Him indicates we have made a conscious decision to follow our natural longing to be with Him. 

For the people who have already passed away, there is not another opportunity to make the decision to make peace with God by believing that Jesus is the Savior and the Way to God. Mel and Fran serve in Brazil to help Brazilians find the Way to the Light of the world, Jesus. Just like sea turtles are drawn to the ocean, they were drawn first to God, and then followed a longing to tell others about Jesus.

The world just celebrated Christmas and one of the most beloved carols is really a call to missions: “Joy to the world…let every heart prepare him room.” Our mission, as Christians, is to go and tell others “the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love” so that people might be drawn to believe in God and accept Jesus as Savior. This is what the ministries of One Mission Society do every day, not just at Christmastime. The missionaries serving with OMS have felt a longing to tell others about Jesus and have taken proactive steps to go and tell. Some serve overseas, and some serve at home. 

What about you? Do you have a longing to share the Truth with others when you read our blog or hear the stories on the radio? We need help in reaching the nations. Do you have a longing to go and share your faith by becoming a missionary?

―Beth Jordal, OMS Missionary serving in Communications

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A Huge Thank You Shout Out

December 18 2013

A Huge Thank You Shout Out

 

Giving thanks is a universal relational principle. It is the right response to the Lord as well as to others. It is right to give thanks and praise to the Lord. As a partner in the ministries of One Mission Society you may wonder, “Did they appreciate what we gave?” Did it make a difference?” We are truly grateful to you and you ARE making a difference around the nations. You are helping to touch and change lives.

The late prophetic musician Keith Green said, “This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on earth.” Through all OMS ministries this last year, we anticipate more than a million new decisions for Christ  and thousands of new churches planted. Without you this would not happen! You, our churches and individuals, are a valuable partner. Yes, your prayers and donations are appreciated.

Thank you for your partnership in the greatest cause that matters.

As we remember the goodness of God this Christmas season and the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, we cannot help but respond in thanks and love ourselves. We are grateful, Lord Jesus, that your story has become our story, and we celebrate your birth. This Christmas, may the Lord help each of us develop an attitude of gratitude, expressed in thoughtful, personal ways to others.

“The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.”  ― Robert Flatt

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After the Show: One Mission Stories - Valetta Steel Crumley

December 6 2013

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Valetta Steel Crumley

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Dec. 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Valetta Steel Crumley, retired OMS missionary, yet continues to serve full-time through the OMS book ministry, writing, discipling and mentoring young missionary women, coaching new candidates in funding, and speaking on behalf of OMS at many churches and retreats. Valetta has served OMS for 54 years!

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

Valetta shared her incredible testimony, that is very Job-like. She has endured GREAT loss in her life and experienced the deepest grief possible. Yet, her life and testimony, shared in several books available on Amazon, and in brief in this radio interview, will inspire and encourage you to fully grasp this verse: "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" --Romans 8:31.

All books mentioned on this broadcast can be purchased through our OMS store on Amazon or by calling the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org. Here is what Valetta talked about: Another Valley, Another Victory, Another Love, by Valetta about her tragic but inspiring journey; Steel Valleys, by Shirley Carlson, a book based on Another Valley, but written for children; and Streams in the Desert, by OMS cofounder, Lettie Cowman, in which she writes, "Praise changes things."

You can also purchase Mission Accomplished Under Sentence of Death, by OMS missionary Ed Erny about the life of Valetta's first husband, Henry Steel, and his battle with cancer.

You may also be interested in buying a book by Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright. Valetta mentions this book, How to Know God's Will Through the Sound Mind Principles. He quotes, "With your thinking, considering your skills, ability, and life situation, where can you reach and help the most people find Jesus."

GO:

Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM

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:

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS Christmas stories from around the OMS world! 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

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 podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! (NOTE: If you subscribed earlier via ITunes, you will need to do it again as we switched providers. Sorry for the inconvenience.) 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.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

November 26 2013

An Attitude of Gratitude

“One man said, he had made enough from his garden this year that he didn’t have to sell one of his animals in order to send his children to school,” writes Dave Graffenberger, a missionary with One Mission Society in Haiti. This line in Dave’s most recent prayer letter to his supporters is a reality for the Majority World. I cannot even imagine what kind of life this man has in Haiti. Sure, I have seen the pictures and read headlines about poverty in Haiti and other places, but reading a sentence like that caused me to pause and ponder. “Do I ever have to make decisions like this?”

The answer is no, but it is not an exuberant “no,” it is a sobering “no,” with the realization that my reality is not what the majority of the world’s reality is on a day-to-day basis. Access to education, medical care, clean water, a home, clean clothes, shoes on my feet, food in my belly are all a matter of choice for me, often a luxury. For the rest of the world, what I consider a choice or luxury is just a matter of survival, and that just makes my mind wonder … why?

As I journey through my life as a Christ follower, I believe He reveals this kind of thing to me for a couple of reasons. First, to bring to my mind all of the blessings I have in my life like my home, clothes, and clean water. Second, recognizing an alternate reality causes me to think differently about what I have, what I want, and what I actually need. Thoughts like this stretch me and bring me to what I desperately need, a change in my attitude. An attitude of thankfulness and gratitude is the third reason I believe the Lord reveals things like this to me. 

Living with an attitude of gratitude changes my perspective. It takes the focus off me and puts it where it should be … on the Lord. He is worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise. Happy Thanksgiving!

―Beth Jordal, OMS missionary, serving in Communications

Is God calling you to be a missionary, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God can use you to be a missionary. Contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org for more information.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- University of Indianapolis Nurses

November 22 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- University of Indianapolis Nurses

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 24) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring University of Indianapolis nursing students and professors, sharing about their medical mission trip to Ecuador.

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

Six women (2 nursing professors--Becca and Kathy, 3 nursing students--Julie, Emily, and Amberly, and 1 pharmacist--Pam) shared about their experiences on this medical mission trip to Ecuador. For some it was their first mission trip, for others, it was one of many, but all said this one was a memorable one as they traveled in remote mountains villages, sharing medical help, compassion, and God's love with the people.

GO:

Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities. We always have several medical mission trips throughout the year. Check with us for opportunities in 2014.

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 email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org. 

BOOK:

The featured book was Captured, by Arlene Hess Elkins, an OMS MK (missionary kid), sharing her parents' experiences of being held as prisoners of war during WWII. The book was specifically written for children, but it can be enjoyed by any age. You can purchase the book through Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313.

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear stories from OMS missionary Steve Rehner, serving with OMS' Men for Missions. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ukraine Summer Camp Report

November 6 2013

Ukraine Summer Camp Report

“Before camp, I could believe in God, now I can trust in him.” It is comments like this that really make camp, or indeed any mission trip, either short- or long-term, worthwhile. There is nothing greater than seeing a soul come to know the Lord and deciding to follow him in their daily lives.  

Before a student can get to this point, those initial barriers between God and themselves must be broken down. Some of these barriers usually come in the form of unanswered questions, which the students are eager to have answered before they make a decision to follow Christ. However, before they can get the answers they desire, they need to build up a sense of trust with their teachers (English speaking short termers). One way in which this is carried out is by giving the students the opportunity to take part in a range of different activities, both indoor and outdoor, which encourages interaction between students and teachers. The activities also give them the chance to improve their language skills, which is one of the main goals of camp. As a direct result, the students will then begin to open up, which is vital if we as teachers are to fulfill our ultimate goal, which is to make the students think about the true meaning of life and to expose them to the reality of the Gospel.

To demonstrate the power of God’s saving grace at camp, I want to tell you the story of one student who came to camp this year. The quote at the beginning is taken from an interview with her post-camp. Similar to most of the students, Stasy (pictured on left in photo) came from a Ukrainian Orthodox family where God is primarily viewed as a mystical being, who is beyond human comprehension and any type of personal relationship. As Christians, we know that it is sometimes hard to comprehend who God is, but we know that it is possible to have a personal relationship with him. Throughout camp, Stasy found it really hard to open up and trust others, let alone God. However, with the unique family atmosphere and the loving atmosphere that existed at camp, which we can only ascribe to God himself, by the end of the 10 days these barriers had been broken down and Stasy had opened her heart to others, and more importantly to God. The transformation was so evident in her life, and the desire to walk with God and to read his Word was so real.

This story is only one of many that demonstrate how God is clearly moving throughout this city of Kiev and the country of Ukraine. It is because of stories like this that many of us keep returning to Ukraine and continue to serve God in our local context as we know that he has the power to change lives. It is my desire that others might experience this feeling and want to serve him.

--David Cathcart, OMS UK short-term missionary to Ukraine, summer 2013

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. You can even register to serve in Ukraine next summer for an English camp. Contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org for more information.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Joel Silverman

November 1 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Joel Silverman

                    

                                                                  We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 3) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring One Mission Society missionary Joel Silverman, serving as the executive director of OMS USA.

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

Joel, a former businessman and director of the BMV in Indiana under Gov. Mitch Daniels, shared about his experiences as a shepherd or mentor to the people of Myanmar through our Every Community for Christ ministry, about being raised in a Jewish home, and about his role and ministry today as the U.S. executive director for OMS.

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.

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