July 18 2019
of the things we usually do when we visit Village Church Planting (VCP) training
centers is to hear brief testimonies from all the students. This helps us
understand local issues, victories experienced, and challenges as well.
my recent visit to one of the VCP training centers in Kenya with Peter, our VCP supervisor,
and Selestine, the Kenyan coordinator, we heard from Sarah.
Sarah shared with us that she was born as the result of her mother being raped, and that because of that, she had regularly experienced feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem most of her life.
coming to Christ, and also through the teachings of OMS' VCP training, she now realizes that she
was created for a purpose. Both she and her mother attend the VCP
training, and they are nearing completion.
of her love for Christ, and inspired by what she is learning in VCP, she shared
how each day from 4:00 to 5:00 AM she intentionally rides public transportation to preach the Gospel to other passengers.
We are so grateful to God for the work happening all over Africa. We are also thankful to our national workers, investing in lives like Sarah's to be a change-maker in Kenya.
If you would like to donate to our Global Impact Fund to see others like Sarah have transformed lives, click the icon below.
By Chuck Rapp, OMS Church Multiplication Facilitator for Africa
June 6 2019
of thousands of churches and faith communities have been established over the
past 19 years in some of the most remote villages of Africa. How? Through the faithful
obedience of African believers desiring to reach every village in Africa with
the hope of Christ. Effective training materials have been developed and finely
tuned for the cultivation of African leaders willing to plant new churches in
places void of the Gospel. But as wonderful as the materials are, the real
story is about the workers … those workers doing the ministry.
Getting around for most of us living in the
Western world means traveling short distances in an air-conditioned car … not
so for the village church planter in Africa. For him, traveling means walking
many miles from village to village, often in difficult circumstances. Many of
our church planters walk all night to arrive at their ministry assignment by
morning. This level of faithfulness is inspirational.
David Cheeks, an OMS missionary and church
multiplication facilitator for Africa, shares, “My first experience with
worshiping in a village was in Tanzania. We worshiped under a large shady mango
tree. The worship was energetic, dynamic, and alive. Our church planter led the
worship. His love for Christ was evident. The next day, in another village more
than an hour away, we again enjoyed our time of worship, and again, the same
young church planter led! After worship and a community meal, we piled in the
van to depart. Just before leaving, I overheard this young devoted pastor tell
our regional coordinator that he hoped for a bicycle someday soon to help in
“I wondered how much a bike cost. They told
me around US$100 … just one hundred dollars! I realized I couldn’t just be
impressed by the willingness of the African pastors/church planters to go, I
must help them go! May all our African pastors be given the tools to aid them
in fulfilling their call to help complete the Great Commission.”
To see the ministry up close, watch the video.
Do you want to help purchase a bike for a pastor or church planter in Africa?
May 13 2019
weekend, about five years ago, the Almeida family (OMS missionaries from
Brazil, serving in Mozambique) went to a beach to relax. On the way home, they
drove back to get on the ferry … only to discover it had broken down. How were
they to get across the river and back home? Someone told them about a bridge
that had been built about two hours to the north.
unclear directions and no signs, they got lost in the bush, but what they
discovered were many villages and lots of people living in that area with no
Christian witness. Although they eventually found the bridge and got home, they
couldn’t forget the people and began to pray for them.
impressed these people on their hearts and even though it takes four hours to
get there, Paulo and Fernanda started using the bridge to explore the area. Three
years ago, Paulo asked our team to pray for a meeting he’d set up. It was with
a local pastor he had met and various pastors from a cult/cultic church that mixes
Old Testament rituals and Mozambican culture, such as doing animal sacrifices
for special events.
there is a strong Bible study going with 60 leaders in a place close to the
main road. One man walks two and a half hours to get to the Bible study and has
never been late. The bishop of a cultic church in that area has also been
attending. Recently, he asked why Jesus needed to die. When he heard the
reason, he was so sad because he found out when he was old. Fernanda told him,
“Praise God you found out before it was too late!”
By Debbie Wittig, OMS
Missionary in Mozambique
March 26 2019
Mutu Kumar, at the tender age of 10 years old, became suicidal because of his poor grades in school.
In the Indian culture, education is crucial and without it, he felt like a failure, like he was letting down his entire family.
Mutu Kumar was ripe for some good news.
He needed hope.
A Christian friend invited him to a Sunday school class.
Soon after, he heard the voice of Jesus telling him, “Give your life to me and I will give you a
That is exactly what happened. However, he kept his new faith and connection to the church a secret for one year.
After all, he was born into a Hindu family and his father was a priest!
Eventually, his father found out.
He beat Mutu Kumar and locked him up in a room on Sundays.
Nevertheless, Mutu found a way out and returned to his new-found, nurturing Christian fellowship.
Later on, as he pursued his business IT studies, he made plans to go abroad and earn a good salary.
His pastor was struggling to provide for his family, and Mutu intended to help support him.
Instead, God spoke to his heart saying, “I want you, not your money!”
After several months of seeking a job, and facing many problems, he surrendered his life to serve the Lord in ministry.
Mutu Kumar launched out, doing ministry in the villages. Over time,
he saw 40 Hindus give their hearts to Jesus.
God did many miracles ...
A 10-year-old girl who could not walk because of polio began to do so after prayers were offered.
A leader in the village who was a slave to alcohol was set free. The man and his whole family came to faith in Christ.
Over a period of several years, Mutu established two churches, handing one off to new leadership.
In 2016, he attended the ECI Jubilee training event and began learning OMS' Train & Multiply strategy.
He has since established 12 new house churches with the help of 3 farmers he is training.
His vision now is to train 5 leaders and establish 25 worshiping groups in 5 years.
Long range, Mutu Kumar is asking God for 125 new churches within 10 years.
It is a lofty goal that will require God’s powerful working!
Mutu's story is just one of the many stories of one person impacting many people after being equipped through the ministries of One Mission Society (OMS).
When you give to the OMS Global Impact Fund you are helping train and equip individuals like Mutu to reach their communities and beyond with the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Will you consider giving to the Global Impact Fund today?
December 12 2018
Seventy men, women, and children sat down on the large plastic tarp spread out on the dirt at the entrance of the village. With a dubious history as roving Gypsy thieves, this unique community of the Banjara tribal people is now settling into a more traditional agricultural life. What a privilege for me to stand before them sharing God’s Word.
The stories of Jesus I chose seemed to capture their focus and move their hearts. Indian people delight in drama, so my translator and I acted out some of the events described. Their response showed clearly that God was at work! The next thing I knew I was given a bag of candy to pass out to the children.
It was obvious to me that the village people lacked basic, essential health care. Open sores, infections, and disabling injuries were quite evident. Our team spontaneously promised to sponsor a free medical clinic in the coming year. God’s love is best understood when it is demonstrated, not only explained. Expressions of kindness and compassion were the norm in Jesus’ own ministry. He healed the sick and took notice of those suffering without help and hope. May the Lord teach us all how to be sensitive, ready and willing to meet the needs of people around us. It is the greatest joy in life!
By Roger Kruse, Church Multiplication Facilitator in India
July 3 2018
The Philippines – a Christian nation. Not really. In its research, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) revealed that 90,500,000 Filipinos have never experienced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That represents 90.5% of the population.
Our Every Community for Christ (ECC) leadership team there knew that without some change, we would never make a significant dent in this statistic. We went to prayer. After four days, the Juan Project emerged.
The name for the Juan Project comes from the name Juan Dela Cruz (Juan for short), which has come to represent every Filipino individually and all Filipinos together. The aim of the Juan Project is to reach every “Juan” in five different provinces (Aurora, Leyte, Pangasinan, Samar, and Tarlac), and two people groups (students in the five provinces and Overseas Filipino Workers in 10 countries). We desire to plant a healthy, reproducing church in every sitio or purok (the smallest governing unit in the Philippines) in the five provinces. And, we will plant a healthy student ministry at each of the public college and university campuses in the five provinces.
We have completed the first year of the Juan Project. The first six months started slowly. In those months, we focused on building capacity, raising prayer support, building partnerships, offering training, and continuing to support the other ministries of OMS Philippines as they have contributed signiﬁcantly to the saturation vision of The Juan Project. The fruit has come in the past six months.
In terms of capacity, we have grown from seven church multiplication facilitators (CMFs) to 25 CMFs and associate CMFs. Each works in a province to come alongside churches and organizations to cast vision, train, coach, encourage, provide prayer support, and instill accountability. We also have 54 trained facilitators who form the training teams to equip lay people to reach their families and communities for Christ. One hundred and fourteen new prayers groups have formed. Prayer walks and overnight prayer meetings are common. We work with at least 30 partners. And, in the last year, we have held 54 trainings, involving 895 people from over 100 churches.
The results: 216 groups started, 361 people equipped and mobilized, and 1,913 people who have entered into a relationship with Christ. A small but important turnaround.
Pastors now testify that their passion for church planting is rekindled, their perspective challenged, and their minds opened to church multiplication. PTL!
August 16 2017
Beshlyaga graduated from MECS (Moscow Evangelical Christina Seminary) with a bachelor
of divinity degree in 2005. He then moved to Nizhny Novgorod to plant a church.
A year later, he baptized Natasha, his first convert. Natasha grew quickly in
the Lord and was soon leading the worship at the new church plant. A year
later, Ivan sent Sasha, the rector of MECS, a wedding invitation. He was
marrying Natasha! Since then, Ivan and Natasha have had three kids and planted
three churches in the area. This past year, both Ivan and Natasha graduated from
the seminary: Ivan with a master of theology degree and Natasha with a bachelor
of counselling degree. Ivan and Natasha have now returned to church planting in
God with us for the ministry of MECS, and how he is using it to prepare
students to reach the people of Russia.
August 8 2017
Since its beginning, One Mission Society has been in the business of
developing Christ-like leaders for the global church. One of the ways this has
been accomplished is through the planting of theological training institutions
for the development of local church leaders all over the globe. Through the
years, many of the Bible colleges and seminaries started by OMS have become
leaders in their respective global regions among Protestant Evangelical
theological schools. The Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti is great example of
one of those schools.
In 1967, OMS started the Emmaus
Vocational Bible School (EVBS) in a small suburb of Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Through
Radio 4VEH, an evangelism and discipleship ministry of OMS, churches were
growing and the need for theologically trained pastors was growing with
The vision for EVBS was to develop
both vocational and theological training for local pastors, church planters,
and evangelists for the many small churches in northern Haiti. In 2000, after 33
years of equipping hundreds of local churches with theologically trained
leaders, the school became Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti. The vision for
the rebranding of the school was to offer undergraduate and graduate-level
theological training for an ever-growing Haitian church.
Today, Emmaus Biblical Seminary of
Haiti is among the top 10 theological schools in the Caribbean and has one of
the premier graduate programs among Caribbean theological schools. EBS has also
partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University to deliver a masters in Theological
Studies to Haitian students. The current enrollment at EBS is approximately 110
students with a mostly Haitian, fully credentialed faculty.
The following have been a direct
result of the strategic partnership between EBS and OMS:
1. EBS has maintained its
Wesleyan-holiness distinctive within its curriculum and training programs. Even
today, EBS is one of only three theological schools in Haiti with a
Wesleyan-holiness profile. Thanks to OMS, EBS believes that the best of the
Gospel is the rest of the Gospel. This emphasis at EBS means the promotion of
the transformation of moral character that is a necessary result of conversion
(sanctification and discipleship development).
2. Because of EBS’s relationship
with OMS, there is a continued emphasis on church planting throughout EBS
training programs. In fact, approximately 40 percent of graduates go into some
sort of church-planting ministry.
3. OMS has empowered the development
of Christ-like leaders for the church in Haiti through providing highly
credentialed faculty to teach intensive courses four times a year on the
4. OMS has been a driving force in
helping EBS raise funds for many development projects. In 2010, EBS relocated
to a brand new, state-of-the-art campus five miles from its original location.
Without OMS, this would not have been possible.
Without OMS, EBS would not exist today.
Furthermore, EBS is one of dozens of schools with OMS’ fingerprints all over
it. This is the business of the development of leaders for the global church.
This is the business of Theological Education at OMS.
By Matt Ayars, rector and professor
To learn more about EBS and Haiti, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HaFJ8w50IE&feature=youtu.be
June 6 2017
In 2015, God opened the doors for a few OMS missionaries serving around Ecuador to come together with the goal of reaching the unreached
population of Loja Province, a mountainous area in southern Ecuador with less than 1% evangelical
Christians. This team is actively working to make a
difference in the lives of people who may never hear about
Jesus Christ from anyone else.
up the Loja team?
BJ: The Loja
team is made up of BJ and
Andrea Williamson,Tom and
Susan Stiles, and Jennifer Riggs.
OMS: What is
the ministry focus in Loja? What do you hope to accomplish?
BJ: Our focus
is to raise up house churches in areas where there is no church.We do this by discipling new
believers as the leaders of these house churches.We look
for key people who are interested in the Gospel and disciple them in the Word,
them to make a list of people who need to know the Gospel so they can pray for
those people on the list. Each week, we share a different evangelistic passage that they will, in turn, share with one of those people they
are praying for.
OMS: When and
why did you relocate?
BJ: Two years
ago,we prayed about where the Lord wanted us to start a
ministry and found out that the western part of Loja Province is one of the least reached areas of Ecuador. We have since
then relocated to Catamayo, our
center for being able to travel to those unreached areas.
different cities or villages are you
focusing on? How many evangelicals are in this area? How many churches?
BJ: Our focus
is on the Chaguarpamba and Balsas counties and the northern part of Paltas county. Combined, these areas have a
population of roughly 20,000, but they have only one small church.
Even with the church,there
wouldn't be 50
believers. This is truly an area untouched by other ministries.
OMS: What are
the biggest challenges you face? Your
BJ: It is
challenging to travel as much as we do and to adjust
the traditional beliefs held by 99% of the people we are in contact with. The
religion we often see finds its roots in Roman Catholicism, but it has been
mixed with other religions over the years, making it an interesting combination
of beliefs,practices, and superstitions. Most people fear the change that Christianity
calls them to make because the
religion they are familiar with focuses on salvation through practices or tradition.
But, our greatest joy is seeing people reading God’s
Word and getting excited about learning about Christ and putting their faith in
Editor’s note: We will be sharing several
stories of changed lives in Loja in the next 4 weeks, so keep watching for
Also, to learn more about Loja and what the team
is doing there, here’s a video that will help make you see it through the team’s
Loja team interviewed by OMS summer Communications intern, Mykaela Alvey.
March 21 2017
Taran* serves as a church planter in Southern
Asia. His ministry includes evangelism, doing baptisms, planting churches, and leading
discipleship training. By God’s grace, Taran has planted five churches and made
four disciples (new leaders). Taran is learning to be an effective trainer
using the Train & Multiply curriculum.
The distances between ministry locations where
Taran serves in Southern Asia are far apart, so he must either walk long
distances or use public transport, which takes a lot of time, money, and
energy. Most days, he is unable to visit every location that he needs to in
order to lead in those towns.
“If Lord helps me to get a motorcycle for
ministry, (this is one he rented) I will be highly encouraged and able to be
much more effective in my work activities. I sometimes use rented motorbike, but
paying hourly is way too expensive for me.”
If you would like to donate toward the purchase
of a motorcycle for Taran, please click here.
* Name changed for security.