Hurricane Havoc

October 10 2016

“Definitely thinking a lot about the people of Jérémie in the southwest corner of Haiti. This is the second time that I have taken a survey trip of a major disaster. The heart sure gets torn up on these trips–leaving without feeling you have done anything, knowing you need to get back to communicate needs and establish a strategic response, seeing people and communities working together and wanting to join them, but knowing in your head that you can do more by leaving and communicating and working with others,” shared Brett Bundy, One Mission Society Haiti field leader.

On Friday, Brett and a team of four Haitian OMS workers traveled to the worst-affected areas in the south and southwest of Haiti, around the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie. Their purpose was to assess how OMS can best respond to the many needs left behind in the wake of the devastating category 4 hurricane that struck Haiti and several Caribbean islands, as well as the southeast U.S. coast, on October 4 and the days following.

Though the majority of OMS’ ministries take place in Cap Haitien in northern Haiti, which we give thanks to the Lord that it was not heavily impacted, our longstanding presence in the country enables us to work in partnerships to provide resources and quickly mobilize teams to bring aid to those in need.

It is difficult at this point to gauge the severity of the damage from the hurricane as travel and communication within the country is challenging. However, early reports indicate that the death toll has climbed above 1,000, with thousands more injured, left homeless and in need of aid. Some reports even state that 90 percent of the southwest of Haiti was completely destroyed.

Our OMS survey team also reported, “No roofs were left on homes, schools, or churches. Crops, trees, animals are all gone. Things are very difficult. The government has declared three days of mourning in memory of those who died in this catastrophe.”

Another major concern is the outbreak and spread of cholera in the wake of the hurricane.

Pray for our leadership team, making decisions about what to do. Pray for all those affected in Haiti and in other regions. And pray that the people around the world would be generous and wise in who they donate to.

OMS has set up an emergency relief fund. Click here to contribute or for more information.

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Musings of an OMS Missionary

February 26 2015

Religious visas arriving the day before departing for a ministry trip

Traveling the same route often enough to have airline and hotel workers recognize you and willingly help you out

Getting luggage and funds through customs with no problems

Spotting a familiar, smiling face in a sea of faces when needing to be picked up from the airport

Managing, somehow, to get loads of luggage and 4 people in a small car

Sharing meals and laughter with good friends

The luxury of purified water

A clean bathroom

Toilet paper

A hot shower

A bed

The joy of meeting new people in ministry, eager to do their part in carrying out the Great Commission

Making language mistakes that the nationals find so humorous they are bent over in laughter

Having experiences with fellow missionaries where you find yourself saying, “What happens on this field, stays on this field.”

Being served a meal in a national’s home with such love and generosity and knowing that they have sacrificed much in order to serve you

Being challenged and humbled by the faith and trust of those living a life for Christ where there are constant daily challenges

Having guests in your room … the 4-legged kind, like lizards and a frog greeting you from your toilet – ask David Long about that one!

Understanding that “right after class” can mean right after class, or it can mean 2, 3, 4, or more hours later

Making trips that are multi-purpose trips, adding hours to the expected travel time – but the trip becomes a journey – with coffee stops along the way

Stomach issues

A bathroom, any bathroom, clean or not, seat or no seat

The pleasure of being in a Caribbean country in January and February! Enjoying the pleasant breezes and temperatures, grinning at the nationals who believe they are going to freeze

Not understanding why something is happening the way it is – when it seems like it would make so much more sense for it to be done a different way

Warm, friendly greetings

Constant goodbyes, heartbreaking goodbyes. Not knowing when you might see each other again

Transportation is always an issue … and realizing how much we take for granted being able to jump in a car and go somewhere

Sounds from the neighborhood – singing, some good, some not so good; the sound of tools, whether they are real tools or invented tools; pots and pans clanging; talking, laughter, children calling for their grandmas, dogs barking, roosters crowing, old vehicles backfiring

Realizing the trash dumpster you throw your trash in is gone through by people looking for food or any kind of treasure

Beginning to comprehend the difficulty of living in a country where one has to make decisions about staying in the country or leaving the country and people they love if they have the opportunity to do so

The awe in being able to see evidences of where Satan meant something for evil, God used it for the good of His people and furthering his kingdom

And last but not least, the privilege of being a part of the OMS family and the body of Christ and serving him alongside one another

I wonder if Paul was thinking about these kinds of things when he said, “I have learned to be contentwhatever the circumstances.I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength” ―Philippians 4:11b-13.

cannot say that I have learned to be content – I can, however, say I am learning to be content whatever the circumstances.

I’d like to close with Paul’s final exhortations to the Philippians. I think it is good advice for daily living the life of a missionary.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. … And the God of peace will be with you”―Philippians 4:4-9.

By OMS missionary Anita Yoder, serving as anOMS itinerant missionary in the Caribbean, along with her husband Rich

Tags: missionary life, caribbean, missions, travel, gratitude,

Miracles Around the World

November 25 2014

Every Tuesday and Thursday, those of us who work at the One Mission Society World Headquarters gather together for chapel. We get to hear reports from field missionaries passing through, encouraging devotionals from local pastors, and general updates from leaders of what God is doing around the world. Today was one of those days. International Ministries director, Randy Spacht, shared two stories.

OMS began work in India in 1940 and planted the first national church in 1945. Today, there are more than 4,500 OMS-related churches in India. Recently, Randy attended the 35th biennial all-India conference and heard many stories. One impactful report came from Delhi where the team there said that they were involved in evangelism, hospital and jail ministry, showing the Jesus film, and a healing ministry. Here in the U.S., we’re leery of testimonies of healings because of the fraud we’ve seen associated with it. But around the world, it is through healing ministries that thousands are being saved. One man, Ansh, couldn’t walk or talk, and was healed when the team prayed for him. He and his whole family accepted Jesus as their Savior.

In the Caribbean, people are coming to the Lord so quickly, OMS is checking and double checking the numbers for accuracy. Recently, an OMS-trained student met a man on the train and shared the Gospel with him, and he accepted Jesus in his life. As the student stood to get off at his stop, the man said, “But what do I do now?” The student gave him his Bible and his OMS church-planting training materials and told him to read it and do what it said.

Several months had passed when the car of one of our leaders, P*, broke down. He walked to a nearby town and heard Christian worship. When he inquired where he might find a mechanic, someone pointed at the group singing and said the mechanic was the one leading them.

Afterward, when P* introduced himself and his title to the mechanic, he (the mechanic) got so excited and brought out a book to show him. It was the same church-planting training book that the OMS student had given him on the train. He had read it, did what it said … and planted a church, with 200 being baptized that very night!

Oh, how good it is to serve the Lord of the harvest! Thank you for your support of One Mission Society, making it possible for the ministry like the stories above to happen, for us to tell His stories, and for all of us to be a part of changing lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tags: evangelism, india, caribbean, gospel sharing, healing,

The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity

January 30 2014

The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity

Jocelyn, a young Haitian man, has worked with the Homes for Haiti (H4H) project since the beginning. 

Joclyn When he started, he was a day laborer. But later, he received training in block laying and stucco work, so today, he leads the construction crews that lay the foundations for all the homes One Mission Society builds.

Since the beginning of H4H, we have started each work day with devotions at the work site. The Haiti work crew, and anyone else nearby, is always invited to join us. So, over the years, Jocelyn had probably heard about 225 devotions before he responded in February 2013 to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

God used countless volunteers, on many of the previous work teams, to touch Jocelyn’s heart and move him to make this life-changing decision.


Homes4Haiti-w-Flag2The January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti left hundreds of thousands of Haitians either dead or homeless across the southern portion of the country. The world immediately responded to help with rescue, health care, feeding, and short-term housing needs, including One Mission Society. But most of those groups are no longer assisting in Haiti.

In September 2010, One Mission Society launched Homes for Haiti in response to the great need for safe, reliable housing. In the past four years, OMS (through the leadership of our Men for Mission’s short-term coordinator and H4H director, Bill Evans) has sent 63 teams, with a total of 724 volunteers to build 54 homes for Haitian families. God has greatly blessed the ministry by providing the funds and work teams needed to build these homes. 

Exciting news: OMS is now taking the Homes for Haiti project to a new level! We have purchased land just north of Port au Prince, in a city called Bon Repos, a rapidly growing community. 

Whereas the initial project helped those from OMS-related churches who owned property, the new Bon Repos Project will help the people who cannot afford property or “the poorest of the poor.”  

H4H 7 houseOn this land, approximately 3.18 acres, we will build a community church, install wells, and build 35 new homes. The total cost is $600,000. God has blessed us with needed funds to purchase the property and a 1:1 matching grant for these 35 homes. Each $5,000 given will activate the matching grant and provide shelter for one of Haiti’s poorest families.

Will you consider giving to this life-changing ministry project? Your support will bring great blessing to Haitian families displaced by the earthquake and will help establish a church in this rapidly-growing area near Port au Prince, Haiti. You may donate safely and easily online. Please type in project #408063 for the Bon Repos Project, or you may send your gift directly to:

One Mission Society
PO Box 1648
Monument, CO 80132-1648

We also have opportunities in 2014 to volunteer with OMS to help build one of these houses. If you are interested in participating on a trip (as an individual or a group), please contact Bill Evans at bevans@onemissionsociety.org, or register online.

Tags: attitude of gratitude, be a missionary, become a missionary, compassion ministry, disaster relief, give to missions, Haiti, homes for haiti, life changing story, men for missions, missions, missions in caribbean, missions in haiti, one mission societyshort term missi

The Blind Will See...and Hear

August 26 2013

The Blind Will See...and Hear

In Dec 2012, I was with a team made up of university students from the Indy area, my daughter Shelly, daughter Kim and her family of six. We were going to Haiti to build a Homes for Haiti house. The home was for Randishe and Santhia, along with their young son Johnny. We didn't get the home finished in December, but I returned with a team from Colorado in early January and finished the home. During these two trips, I fell in love with this family. Randishe works at a school, and Santhia sells things to help earn money. 

They were very much a part of the working team on this home. Randishe helped carry things and do whatever when not at school. Santhia carried water all daylong for the cement work, which was a long steep walk. When Santhia found we liked local coffee, she not only carried water to the site but brought us coffee each day. 

We met the extended family members of this couple, several of whom would be living with them in this new home. One of these family members is Randishe's sister Beatrice. Beatrice is in her late 20s and has been blind since birth. She lost her mother when she was several months old. The day of the house dedication, I was visiting with Beatrice and asked her what God was doing in her life. Her response was how God was blessing her with friends. She said, "I never get discouraged." Later, one of the team asked about the earthquake and if she was scared. Beatrice replied, "Why would you be afraid when you have Jesus?"

The house was finished and we returned home. I shared with several the story of the blind girl, and OMS MK, Sharon Mishler, told me that a group from North Carolina sent in an audio Bible to be used. She said the NC team didn't have time to give it to her, which was OK with me as I would be going in February with a team from Philadelphia and some from Sabetha, Kansas, and could take it to her. That was a fun day as another team had the chance to meet the family and present her with the audio Bible. She loved it. Two days later, they let us know it quit working so we picked it up and brought it home. I went back in March, so I brought a new one. Again, another team got to meet her and fell in love with her as well. As we presented it to her, it was neat to watch her other brother guide her fingers over the box to turn it on and off. Beatrice loved the new Bible “box.”

Two months later, home in Kansas on a rainy day, I thought of her and many people who got to meet her. I felt a little of a God nudge, so I called to see if the audio was still working on her radio and to see how she was doing. When she heard my voice, she was excited and knew right away who it was and wondered how all my family was doing. She asked about the different team members that had been there as she didn't realize how far it is from Kansas to Colorado and then to Arizona. Beatrice said everyone was doing well in the family and that the new Bible box was working great. 

I want to thank everyone who worked on the different teams, those who gave the audio Bible, those who gave funds―for touching a special family, and a very special young lady. The H4H project has touched many lives, those in Haiti, as well as the lives of those who have given and those who have gone.

―Bill Glace, One Mission Society Board member and super volunteer

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.

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Dedication to the Gospel

December 24 2012

Dedication to the Gospel

A nurse from an island nation in the Caribbean showed great dedication while she was trained to be a church planter. She had to overcome many obstacles just to get to the training session.

Since she has a job as a nurse, working the night shift, she had to find someone to work for her on a Friday night. Leaving around eight in the evening, she took the seven-hour train ride to the town where the training took place.

Arriving at the train station at three in the morning, she was nervous about getting off in that part of town. The train station was located in a poor section, and she was traveling by herself. She ran several blocks, as fast as she could, to the training center, knowing that the Lord would protect her.

She arrived at the training center soon after getting off the train. She slept for a couple of hours before having to arise for the training event.

This nurse then traveled on the overnight train back to her hometown, arriving in the middle of the night. She slept as long as she could before she needed to get up to attend her church, where she plays an active role.

She will repeat this weekend adventure every few weeks until she is trained to plant churches. She, however, will not wait until she has completed the training to start planting a church. As soon as she learns something, she puts this to good use.

Would you be willing to sponsor a training event such as this? For every $27 raised, another person can be trained to plant another church.

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