Exploring God's Call to Missions

November 1 2013

Exploring God's Call to Missions

Scrolling through One Mission Society’s Facebook wall, I find myself in awe of how God uses normal ordinary people to complete his extraordinary command to make disciples of all nations. For the past 112 years, folks have journeyed to other lands to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people just like you and me, human souls. Though languages, skin color, customs, and mores may be different, the truth is people are people “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14, ESV). We are born, we live, and we die no matter where we live or what nation we call home.

So what is it that motivates people to leave their own home and go to live in another culture for a few weeks, a few years, or even until they enter eternity? The specific answers are as different as the people themselves, but there seems to be a common denominator for those who go. What is it? It is a call, but only you can determine what that is for you. Since 1901, One Mission Society has come alongside thousands of ordinary people who have found that one thing that stirs them to respond to the call to help fulfill the Great Commission.

Although, OMS has sent thousands of missionaries, the organization believes the first call for any person is to the Lord himself, not to an organization or to a country. Over the next few days, the Mobilization Department is hosting an event, One Weekend, with the intent to help folks explore questions about the call to missions, or how does one fit into missions. Even though OMS is hosting this event, it is not a 3-day advertisement for One Mission Society. Rather, it is a retreat from the day-to-day distractions so that interested people have an opportunity to hear the Lord speak into their hearts.

This weekend is already booked up, but there will be another One Weekend event coming soon. If you are interested in missions or curious about “the call,” mark your calendars for March 7-9, 2014! The event fills up fast, and March will be here before we know it. Contact Paul Cox at pcox@onemissionsociety.org to get your name on the list.

I’ve been through One Weekend, and you will not regret attending, but you may regret missing the opportunity. You may be one of the ordinary people God has chosen for an extraordinary task in his plans to fulfill the Great Commission. Watch for reports from this weekend’s event because I am sure there will be stories to tell you!

Beth Jordal, OMS missionary, serving in Communications 

“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop, within a yard of hell.” C.T. Studd

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

October 16 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

We hope you enjoyed last night's ENCORE presentation (Sunday, Jan. 12) of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Dr. Wesley Duewel, who is 97 years old and has served with OMS for nearly 75 years, including 25 years in India, several as OMS President, and most recently has spent decades writing books.

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

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

Dr. Duewel talked about church planting in India. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. 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.

Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places around the world.

If you would like to purchase the book, Touch the World Through Prayer, featured in today's program, you can purchase it on Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313. You can also purchase any of Dr. Duewel's books this way.

Would you like to read OMS' magazine, OMS Outreach online? You can subscribe to it here for free.

Here is one of many of Dr. Duewel's poem. This is what he shared on the program:

ARE YOU HIDING THE WORD OF GOD?

You have the words which the Savior gave,

You have the book which millions crave,

You have the Truth which alone can save—

Are you hiding the Word of God?

 

Millions are groping in sin’s dark night,

Searching the pathway to truth and right.

You in your hands have the only Light—

Are you hiding the Light of God?

 

Millions engage in a deadly strife,

Foes of the soul and of God are rife;

Millions are losing the fight for life—

Are you hiding the Sword of God?

 

The need still exists though seasons roll,

Millions are fainting far short their goal,

Millions tonight have a hungry soul—

Are you hiding the Bread of God?

 

Millions haste on to a Christless tomb

Treading the pathways of sin and gloom,

You, if you will, can avert their doom—

Will you give them the Word of God?

 

--Wesley L. Duewel

(Allahabad, India; December 22, 1943)

 

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving in Mexico.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

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.

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Doors Opening in Romania

October 15 2013

Doors Opening in Romania

The Every Community for Christ T4T (training) group, started by Pastor Danny Ispas among the ethnic Romanian people of Carand, is going well with six members regularly attending, including Danny and his wife, Sarah. Even more exciting, given all the upset caused by the sudden death of their pastoral worker, a flourishing T4T group has been established in the ethnic Roma church in the neighboring village by Danny’s father, Pastor Daniel Ispas. So many people (regular average 10-12) are now coming that Danny has been drafted to help.

The following story is a wonderful example of what trainers are always taught – and Christ expects of them – to “model” the behavior we want our trainees to emulate. And it is a great example of the immediate results that can happen as a trainer is faithful in this.              

Pastor Danny writes,

“During one of the T4T group meetings at the Roma church, the trainees were practicing their faith stories, and I asked my dad (Daniel) to go and share with two men who were hanging around at the door watching what was going on. After my dad shared his faith story, one of the guys (Remus) said, "You know pastor, I would like to believe like you, but something holds me back, and I don’t know what it is." So, there and then my dad offered to pray for him. After the prayer, with tears in his eyes, he said, "I want Jesus in my life!" On Sunday, August 18, he is getting baptized, along with his wife. The picture above left shows Remus and his wife (center), along with Remus’ brother, Emanuel.  He, and the woman on the left, were baptized the month before.

The photo below shows the second man (Manea). His wife got baptized last month. He is going to be baptized as well.

Manea with his wife and children (photo at right)

Praise God for His work in the hearts of these Roma people; this will be the third baptismal service in the last three months in the Roma church.”

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

 

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Using Our Talents

October 8 2013

Using Our Talents

    

In between our most recent ministry trips, we enjoyed serving in our local fellowship in our hometown of Decatur, Indiana. In February, a couple in the church asked all of us who attend to consider an activity based on Matt. 25:14-30, on how we were using our talents for the Lord. They offered to give anyone who felt led to do so $20 and, after much prayer, would invest the money in some way that the Lord could multiply it by using the talents He had given us. After three months, we were to return the $20s to them, give an account of how the Lord multiplied it, and donate it to one of the ministries in our church. It wasn’t thought of as a “fundraising” activity, but as an exercise in trusting God as we serve Him.

Being completely dependent on God and the supporters that He had given us through the years, we asked the Lord if we should participate in this activity and, if so, to show us how to use our talents for Him. He led us both to accept the money.

This past March, as we were leaving our teaching positions in South Asia, the director of the college told us that they were going to have a farewell service for us and that we would be given gifts. We told her that that wasn’t necessary and that we were not there expecting gifts. She asked that we would graciously receive what was given to us and to use it in whatever way the Lord led us. We discussed this between us, and Mick and I decided to accept the gifts and use the money as the multiplication of our talents. 

We were quite surprised when we opened the envelope and saw a large amount of U.S. dollars. We thanked the Lord for it, but then both of us, separately, began thinking that, since it was such a large amount of money, maybe it would be all right for us to give half of it to the talent activity and put the other half into our missionary support account for further ministries. We talked it over and agreed that this might be a good idea, but the Lord, again separately, brought to our minds Acts 5 and the story of Ananias and Sapphira who withheld part of the money that they had promised to give to the Lord and the early church leaders. They both died because of their deception. He showed us that we had promised Him that we would give all of it as an unexpected gift to our church. So, we repented of our wrong and when the time came to give the money, we gave the full amount. 

The next Monday morning, a family who supports us monthly came by to see us. The husband and father of the family told us that three of their grandparents had passed away this past year, and that they had received quite an inheritance. They had been praying about how to use this money and where to give the tithe from it. They said that the Lord showed them that they should divide it up to four different ministries, and that we were one of them. He sat in our living room and wrote out a check to our support account and laid it face down on the coffee table. We visited for a little while, and then they left. We then looked at the check, which was written for the exact amount that we had given to our church as our talent to the Lord.

Once again, God showed us that He wants our obedience more than sacrifice and that He will supply our every need as we honor and obey Him. We are now serving in the Republic of Ireland for three years of ministry. We thank the Lord for reminding us of His faithful provision and presence.

--Nora Suman, OMS missionary 

Editor’s Note: The Sumans have been missionaries with One Mission Society for nearly 35 years. They spent 15 years in Spain, 7 years in student ministry in the U.S. and another 9+ years in Asia. They returned to the U.S. due to health issues. Most recently, the Sumans served three, three-month terms in South Korea before heading to the Republic of Ireland. 

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Jason Campbell

October 4 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Jason Campbell

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Oct. 6) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Jason Campbell, OMS missionary serving in Communications with radio and kids' ministries.

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

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries in Haiti, including: Radio 4VEH, English ministries, or Cowman International School, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org. If you would like to give a gift to any of these ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places, including many options to Haiti.

You can also get to know a lot more about our mission resources for children called One Mission Kids. You can purchase the new VBS called Good News Reporters in Training, which is a missions-based curriculum. You can also purchase our music CD of children's mission songs or our books for kids from our series, Champions of the Great Commission: A Good and Useful Man and Steel Valleys. If you prefer, you can order any of these things by calling Barb Sandoz at OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313.

Have fun exploring and please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary Judy Amos as she shares her stories of ministry in Japan.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

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!

 

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A Life-Changing Journey

October 1 2013

A Life-Changing Journey

  

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I recently read this quote from Lao-tzu, a Chinese philosopher who lived around 500 B.C. It made me think of my life journey from a business point of view, family standpoint, and also from a spiritual perspective.

I became a Christian when I was 16 years old, became unconditionally involved in my local church, and was introduced to One Mission Society in the early 1960s. However, I had to wait until 1978 to get connected with Men for Missions. For the first time, I heard of my need to DO whatever God asks me to do; to GO wherever God asks me to go, and to GIVE whatever God asks me to give. Since I affirmed that simple promise, it has taken me on journeys that have been exhilarating and challenging. 

A life-changing journey for me was to travel to South Asia, a country I had heard of but knew very little about. Our national coworker, a bishop and pastor there, is a man passionate to see people saved and lives changed by God. In 2013, he is seeking to establish 514 new churches. I spoke in the capital city to 120 participants from the book of Nehemiah on leadership, management, and ethical leadership. 

I also spoke in another city where I really saw the meaning of a life-changing journey. After speaking to pastors and senior leaders in the morning, I assisted in a baptismal service where more than 100 men and women were baptized in a river. This was not only challenging but mind and heart changing for me. I have been involved in baptismal services in my home church many times, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened. First, we traveled about five miles outside the town. Men went ahead to ensure there would be no interruptions to the service and to check on security. Men and women had walked to the baptismal site and were waiting with anticipation. This was an awesome experience; no sounds―only the birds, no laughter―only serenity, no fear―only commitment and expectation. I then understood what a life-changing journey was all about.

I measure my journeys in miles. Their journey was only a few feet. As I stood in that fast-flowing river, watching the congregation walk into the water, I realized what it meant to them. They walked calmly on a journey of 40-feet that would change them forever. Some possibly walked into harm's way, others into possible disagreement with their families and cultures, and yet, they enthusiastically came forward. I cried my way through most of the service and was overwhelmed by the presence of God. At that moment I knew why I had promised to do, go, and give what God had asked of me so many years before. 

Some people live for the opportunity of a lifetime. My involvement with OMS/MFM has given me a lifetime of opportunities, and as my journey continues, my hope is that there will be many more opportunities to see lives changed. 

I returned to the capital a changed man, with a new understanding of commitment. Are you willing to be changed by your life-changing journey? It may only take you a short distance or thousands of miles to wherever God wants you in His service. We will need to be ready to answer the call to do, go, and give what God wants of us. 

--Bill Anderson, OMS UK missionary

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -Randy Marshall

September 20 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show"

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 22) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Randy Marshall, OMS missionary serving in Ukraine, along with his wife Shelley and his three kids.

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.

Do you want to participate in next summer's short-term English camp as a English teach, friend and mentor? It's not too early to sign up. Perhaps you were moved to pray for Randy and the other OMS Ukraine missionaries. If so, we can get you signed up to receive weekly requests by email. We are looking for 1,000 intercessors! Email us at info@onemissionsociety.org and just put Ukraine prayer in the subject line.

Would you like to help get a Ukrainian student to camp next summer? A gift of $50 will offer a subsidized scholarship for one student. Just type account #301620 in the blank.

Finally, do you want to learn some more fun facts about Ukraine? Through our One Mission Kids ministry, we have created a virtual tour of the country, especially for kids.

Have fun exploring and please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS' executive director of international ministries, Randy Spacht talk about his current role and his 17 years in Colombia.

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.

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Human Trafficking Prevention Starts By Entering Others’ Stories

September 17 2013

Human Trafficking Prevention Starts By Entering Others’ Stories

Today in Thailand there is a teenage boy who is one step away from entering the sex industry. Right now in the Philippines, there is a woman who is one choice away from being prostituted. They may be sitting on the street, begging for change, driven to desperation but hanging on by one last thread. If we saw them, if we knew they were just one choice away, would we be able to prevent it?

Many of us choose to avert our eyes when we see someone helpless or begging on the streets. Because something happens when we look. When we make eye contact with someone, we experience a connection. Looking (really looking) at the person in need causes us to enter into their situation. It forces us to feel something for them. It compels us to act because we become part of their story.

I wrote a newsletter a year ago talking about the Zulu tribe of South Africa. They understand this concept of seeing people. In their native greetings, they say “Sawubona,“ meaning “I see you,” and the other person responds “Ngihkona,” literally, “I am here to be seen.”

The inherent meaning in the Zulu response is “by recognizing me, you brought me into existence.” When they see a person and greet them, they are looking deep into them and acknowledging their humanity, their personality, their dignity.

Everyone has a story. In Acts 3, Peter and John encountered a beggar and chose to enter his situation. Verse 4 says, “Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then, Peter said, ‘Look at us!’” They saw him. Not only that, they made sure the man saw them also. They entered his story, and invited him to enter theirs. In that moment, the kingdom of heaven invaded earth. A man who couldn’t take a step could now leap and run!

He’d expected to receive silver and gold. But he received something more priceless than that. He was seen, he was healed, and because he looked at Peter and John, he entered the Story of Jesus.

We can’t prevent people from being trafficked and exploited unless we are willing to enter into their stories. We can’t bring physical and spiritual healing unless we are willing to enter into their stories. And we aren’t really setting them free unless we also invite them to enter into the greatest Story of all.

 --Bethany Ury, OMS missionary, funding to serve with HOPE61 in Thailand

We are currently looking for more people to expand this ministry overseas. If you or someone you know may be interested in this ministry, contact Brent in our Mobilization Department at: bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org.

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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.

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The Living Water Project

September 11 2013

The Living Water Project

                         

In March of this year, I traveled to the small community of Sitio Catalina, Philippines, for a water project ministry. 

Little did I know how big God is that this would also immediately turn into a church planting project!

I met up with pastor Rely and Lalaine (national OMS coworkers), then journeyed with Rely and four other men from his sending church to the small Mangyan community that previously had no water, no toilets, no electricity ... and no money. Our task was to set up tanks and pipes to bring water from farther up the mountain to their houses. As we accomplished this, we brought the message of ‘living water’ from the story of the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4. I saw the impact this was making.

One week or so later, when I returned to New Zealand, Rely began his first church service there. About a month ago, the roof was put on the new church building! How cool is that?! We praise God “who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.” 

Pray for many Mangyan in this community and farther away to join the new believers. Pray for financial provision for Rely and Lalaine, and pray for teams to go there soon to help with electricity and toilets.

 

--Owen Brown, Director, OMS New Zealand 


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