Young People Stepping Into Missions: Harold’s Call to Missions

September 6 2016

This is part 3 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS. This is part one of two of Harold's story. Harold served at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana, for six months learning the details of a mission organization, especially in the Mobilization Department.


Young People Stepping Into Missions: Harold’s Call to Missions

Part One:

One night, 10-year-old Harold Hurtado prayed to God that when he woke up in the morning he would be in a different place in the world, a place where he felt like he belonged. But when he got up the next morning and peeked through his window, he was in the same place ... Colombia, South America.

Though he might not have teleported to a different location overnight, Harold did get to travel to many new places as he followed God’s calling into missions.

Harold’s story began when he was a young boy. He grew up in Apartadó, Colombia, in an area where there was a variety of different cultures. His family was Christian, but he didn’t personally accept Christ as his Savior until he was eight. When he did, he knew that he wanted to have a personal relationship with God, something more than a faith that was his parents’ or his pastor’s. He wanted to claim faith as his own.

Growing up, Harold spent a lot of time in his church. He started to think about missions and asked a lot of questions about God. Harold’s thoughts about missions eventually led him to his first missional experience. At 10 years old, God fostered an interest in him for indigenous people in his area. One day, Harold noticed there were poor people in his area who needed shoes to get to school. When Harold saw this need, he gathered some friends and told them about his sadness when he saw these people. With some teachers from his school, Harold and his friends visited these people. They took pictures and listened to their stories. Then, they went and bought boxes of shoes.

Harold and his friends wrote a note inside all of the shoes that said “these shoes are to cover your socks, so that you will follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ.” The shoes were a surprise for the people who received them. Fifteen years later after that first trip to deliver shoes, Harold said that two churches are planted in that place because the pastors decided to plant new churches. This was Harold’s first missionary experience, but it was definitely not his last.

As a teenager, he started to coordinate missionary teams in his region through activities like theatre and sports. He encouraged young people to use the gifts and abilities they had to show Jesus Christ to others. Harold and his teams went around the region with their gifts to reach kids who suffered from a lack of God in their lives. Over time, pastors from churches in Harold’s region, around 100 of them, took notice of what these teenagers were doing and started to use them as a model to motivate their young people.

God surprised Harold by using him at such a young age. By 16 years old, Harold was coordinating several missionary teams in his region and leading evangelism efforts as well. He started studying administration at university. With a strong passion for writing, Harold also wrote an article about an issue that was pressing on his heart, the idea that Christ should change communities. Each person is different, he had written, and those differences should be used to unite communities and follow God’s plan, because the world is watching what Christians do. With all this work, Harold became more involved in writing and conferences. He loved what he was doing and was learning a lot along the way.

Harold’s home church, the Inter-American Church of Colombia (IGLEICO), was founded by One Mission Society (OMS) in 1943. This denomination had about 400 churches planted, but they had never planted a church outside of Colombia. Harold noted that they had many churches but didn’t have a clear identity in relation to God’s work in their country or around the world.

It was at this time in 2010 that the denomination’s president became concerned about this issue. He wanted their churches to support missions, as well as to get young people and pastors involved. The president reached out to OMS and started to rebuild relationships with the intent of working together with OMS to reach these mission-oriented goals.

The president reached out to Harold’s friend, Oscar, who was in Medellin, Colombia. Oscar became the denomination’s leader for their new department of missions. OMS made an agreement with the denomination so that they could start sending out missionaries from Colombia, through OMS, to minister around the world. This was difficult and slow work, especially because the pastors had never worked with missions before. But Oscar’s passion helped drive this work, and slowly, Harold and others could see God’s hand in the midst of all this development.

Oscar and Harold connected at a conference in 2011 after these changes started taking place. Oscar told Harold about his work in missions and his passion to send out missionaries. He encouraged Harold to be a part of this work, but Harold backed away from the offer.

Oscar kept insisting that Harold be a part of this new mission department, but that would mean Harold would have to leave his home and live in Medellin. However, God kept putting this idea on his heart … so strongly, in fact, that despite his hesitancy, Harold knew he had to be a part of this mission. Six months later, he was in Medellin.

Tags: missions, call, calling, compassion, colombia,

​A Call to Israel

August 11 2016

Since he was young, Moshe* felt God calling him to go to Israel. This calling would lead him to begin a growing ministry there that he began with One Mission Society (OMS).

Though he grew up in South America, Moshe had ties to Israel through his family’s Jewish heritage. During World War II, his grandfather, a Jew, escaped from Europe to South America. Moshe is the second generation of Messianic-Jewish believers in his family. He was raised in a Messianic-Jewish household where he believed in Yeshua, God’s Son, but still had Jewish ties. Growing up, he did not practice Judaism, but he continued to claim his “Jewishness” as he describes it, a claim to the culture as part of himself.

This tie to his Jewishness developed a desire and a call in him to journey to Israel. After Moshe got married and had four kids, his family moved to Israel in 2007, using the Law of Return, which states that every Jew has a right to return to the Holy Land.

Once Moshe and his family got settled, he took a job selling solar-powered devices that contained God’s Word inside of them, which led him to attempt to sell them to OMS in 2008.

Shortly after this first encounter with OMS, economic problems hit Israel. The company Moshe had worked for laid him off, but immediately after that, OMS proposed a new opportunity. After further conversations, Moshe began working with OMS in ministry.

Moshe is not only the sole worker but also the director of the OMS Israel field since 2009. Part of his work is leading a house congregation that he started three and a half years ago. The congregation has grown to more than 20 people, mainly immigrants from countries all over the world. Moshe believes the best way to reach these people is through relationships and evangelism.

Moshe said that Israel is important because of God’s covenant with them. This nation is where everything started, the source from where the world was given God’s truth. It is like using valuable recipes from your grandmother. When we bring the message of Yeshua back to Israel, it’s like returning all those recipes back to your grandmother’s family.

Bringing God’s message of love and his Son back to Israel is a difficult task. But it is about meeting people where they are, Moshe said. When he talks with people, he talks about Yeshua starting in Genesis, not Matthew or Romans. He can explain from there why he believes in Yeshua and why it makes sense to him. Moshe said that God gives him good conversations with people.

“When you act as just a messenger, you give room to the Holy Spirit,” he added.

The entire body of believers in Israel is no more than 20,000, Moshe said. But the numbers are increasing across the country. As the ministry progresses, Moshe wants to keep reaching out to the Jewish community.

God has been working in Israel in the hearts of his people through Moshe’s ministry. One of the stories Moshe shared about God working in Israel happened when he announced that he was starting a new congregation. Eventually, the original congregation he was with accepted his decision but still didn’t agree. Moshe stayed with them until the end of the year and then he left to begin his ministry. However, he questioned if he was moving too fast.

In November 2012, he received a call from someone who wanted to know more about his new congregation. This man was not a believer, but he wanted to know more about God. Moshe discipled him for one year. Throughout this time, the man looked like he was a believer but he still had not made a decision.

During the man’s one year discipleship, his wife went into labor. As the man was with his wife, a big wind blew their door open. The man closed the door. But the wind blew it open two more times. In her labor, the wife said that is was the Lord’s Spirit coming to say that Yeshua was the Son of God. After that, she gave birth to a healthy daughter. Two months later, the man’s wife told Moshe that she accepted Yeshua as her Savior. Her husband was still unsure, but he finally agreed as well. Moshe baptized the couple as new believers.

Stories like this are happening in Israel as God moves across the nation. Please pray for Moshe and his ministry, especially as he seeks mature believers to help with the home congregation. He also hopes to start congregation multiplication and prays that God will lead him and his congregation in the right direction in regard to that vision. Finally, Moshe prays that his growing home congregation can figure out if they need to find a new place to hold meetings and services.

“The Jewish people have a call to be a light to the nations,” Moshe said. His prayer is that they can rediscover that call and that God will work in their lives.

*Last name withheld

By Jess Mitchell, OMS Summer Communications Intern

Tags: israel, jews, ministry, calling, congregations, yeshua,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Michelle Taylor

April 10 2014

What if you were told you had just one year to live? How would you live your life differently?

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (April 12) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS Australia missionary Michelle Taylor, serving in Russia.

Michelle suffers from many health issues, but recently was told she has just one year to live. Michelle has served OMS for the past 20 years. Her heart and passion is for the people of Russia, especially the orphans. In 2004, she started a church-led ministry called Rainbow of Hope, which ministers to orphans in Russian villages.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Michelle's ... and make sure you take the time to share yours!

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

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 donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Michelle’s health concerns. She is in constant pain, yet continues to move forward. Pray for the Russian orphans, and for the nation of Russia.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear and encore presentation of Jeremy and Melissa Reese, OMS missionaries serving in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

Tags: attitude of gratitude, be a missionary, become a missionary, calling, church planting, compassion ministry, evangelism, give to missions, life changing story, missions, one mission stories, teach english, trusting god, world missions,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Graham Houghton

April 10 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 29) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionary Graham Houghton, a New Zealander who has served in India for the past 50 years.

Graham shared his story about growing up on a dairy cow farm in new Zealand, not receiving his high school degree, yet God has used him in mighty ways. Graham since has received not only a bachelor's and masters' degree, but also his doctorate as well. Graham is married to Carol, an American who grew up in northern India as a missionary kid.

Graham is involved in church planting and theological education. His latest project is raising money for a new seminary in northern India.

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

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 donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Graham and Carol as they raise money for the new school in northern India. Pray that the Lord brings the people and provides the business visa needed. Also, pray for the growth of the church in India. Our national partner denomination, the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) reports that we now have more than 2,000 churches in India!

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: Graham shared that reading missionary biographies is what helped draw him to missions and confirmed his call.

You can purchase all OMS books, including many biographies, through our OMS store onAmazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori Mcall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

For other OMS Communication resources, check out our media resourse website at www.oms.media.

INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear a SPECIAL EASTER DRAMA. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to the PODCAST at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

This podcast has an EXTRA segment, featuring more heartfelt stories of changed lives from Graham, only heard on this podcast.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: attitude of gratitude, be a missionary, become a missionary, call, calling, church planting, mentoring, missions in india, one mission stories, teach in a seminary, teaching overseas, training, world missions, theological education,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Bonnie Steinborn

January 29 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Feb. 1) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary teacher Bonnie Steinborn, who taught for many years in Asia, and now serves international university students in the U.S. northwest. Bonnie received her missionary call at an early age, (9) and has pursued missions and serving the Lord ever since...in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Bonnie's!

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

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page. This is a 1-year opportunity for younger missionaries.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Bonnie-that when she gets hurt and hurts others, that forgiveness would be present. Also, please pray for an accountability partner for her..and finally, that she would find rest in Jesus alone. That He would recharge her and that she would be able to slow down and soak in the Word when needed.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org. The first 100 to respond will receive this free gift.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear our international regional directors give reports and stories from around the world. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: radio, teaching, missions, asia, international students, calling,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Bob and Esther Fetherlin

October 10 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's encore presentation (Sunday, Jan. 4) of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS President and First Lady, Bob and Esther Fetherlin. Bob and Esther shared stories of their families, their conversions, their call to missions, their missionary experiences living in Mali, West Africa, (with C&MS) for 8 years with NO electricity, and many, many stories of transformation. In addition to this radio show, Bob and Esther shared EXTRA stories that can be heard on our podcast. They share stories of sickness, God's protection, forgiveness, and the power of prayer. You don't want to miss this!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Bob and Esther's!

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

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for the Fetherlins. They ask for God to entrust to them a God-given vision to lead OMS...for spiritual wisdom, for a fresh expression which aligns with OMS' current goals and vision, and for their relationships with their adult children, neighbors, OMS friends and staff.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: To link to many resources, including radio, videos, OMS Outreach magazine online, and books (among others), click here.

To order books directly from OMS, call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, mentioned on the program, write to radio@onemissionsociety.org and just put His Banner book in the subject line. The first 100 to respond will receive this free.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear a SUPER SPECIAL show, featuring New Tribes missionary Gracia Burham. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: radio, ministry, missions, calling, oms president,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Susan Loobie

May 9 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (May 11) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring Susan Loobie, director of Communication at the OMS World HQ. Susan has been involved in missions for the past 25 years and at OMS for the last 10 1/2.

The program features Susan's testimony and her calling to missions, as well as many miraculous stories about how God saved her life.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Susan's!

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

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 donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Susan ask for prayer for Bob Fetherlin, the new OMS President, beginning in July 2014. Pray for his transition and the work on new promotional material needed for this from Susan and her team. Also pray for Susan's family--with three teen and pre-teen kids, her hands are full. Pray that each would grow up in Jesus. Praise the Lord for the many times He has rescued Susan from health trials.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the stories from a few members of a short-term team to Colombia. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: missions, missionary, mission calling, mission journey, calling, suffering, health trials, obedience, missionary journalist,