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.
March 14 2017
age 26, lives and serves in South Asia. Since 2010, or since LB was just a
teenager, he has worked as an evangelist and church planter among unreached
people. LB has planted three churches and supervises six churches.
shares, “In the past, my life was a living hell before I had accepted the Lord
Jesus Christ as my Savior. I used to steal things from the neighbor’s, from the
grocery shops, and anywhere I could steal things I wanted. The villagers knew I
had this bad habit, so they used to abuse me or mock me. My parents were also
ashamed, and we were never invited to any special occasions in my village. A
Christian pastor used to visit our home and others in the village. My mother shared
my bad habit of stealing with the pastor. The pastor spoke to me humbly and
shared the life of Jesus Christ with me. I am grateful to the Lord as I decided
to give my life over to Christ. At first, I was afraid people wouldn’t accept
me as a good person as they knew my bad habits.
I give all praise to the Lord as he made my path easy, and now being his
servant, I am the happiest man on the earth. My parents are happy with me now,
and my life is full of peace. I want to continue to serve his kingdom, sharing
his Good News among the unreached so that their lives are also saved.”
visits the churches he supervises, as well as explores new places and
opportunities for ministry using his bicycle. He spends many hours each day on
his bicycle in order to reach his desired destinations. LB’s supervisors say he
is an active and dynamic church planter, but could do so much more if he had a
motorcycle for the ministry and reaching his goals of planting churches,
baptizing believers, and forming many new disciples.
Would you be willing to give all or a portion of the cost of a motorcycle for LB? This is a gift that your ROI or return on investment for the kingdom would be multiplied over and over again.
March 7 2017
the mountainous area of Boukan Michel of Borgne in northern Haiti, trainers Job
and Janiel traveled three hours until the road deteriorated to a simple path
with a very steep valley on one side and a mountain on the other. Leaving their
motorcycles, they walked three more hours in the rain and mud and spent the
night at church planter Maxim’s home. Two couples studying the Train &
Multiply booklet “Baptism” with Maxim wanted to be married so they could be
baptized. One couple had been living together for 25 years, and the other for
20 years. Marriages are a strong witness to the community and bring maturity to
a month, two of the eight church planters being trained leave their homes at
3:00 a.m. to arrive at the 9:00 a.m. training. They, in turn, train the other
six church planters, resulting in three generations of worshiping groups.
In South Asia
Lashar is a dynamic church planter in
South Asia. He supervises 10 churches, with more than 250 church members. He
has 20 disciples under his supervision. Every month, he visits these churches, leading
training and participating in baptisms, using his bicycle. Lashar often brings his
wife to visit the churches so that she can minister directly with the women.
Lashar is one of our church
planters that could exponentially increase his ministry if he had a motorcycle.
Churches must be nurtured with frequent accountability visits. To strengthen
the existing churches, to plant and multiply new churches, to baptize more
believers, and to train multiplying disciples, Lashar needs a motorcycle that will
save him time as he travels long distances. This year, he plans to plant six
new churches and reach many hundreds of unreached people with the Good News of
If you would like to donate to purchase a motorcycle or bicycle for a church worker around the world ... and KNOW that your investment is making an eternal difference, click here.
March 2 2017
Young serves as a church planter in Asia. He’s
involved in evangelism, baptisms, church planting, and discipleship training. Young
shares, “By God’s almighty grace, I have planted eight churches and trained
eight leaders. These 8 disciples are further planting 12 new cell groups.
Praise the Lord!”
Young uses the Train & Multiply curriculum,
which has helped transform people in his village. The distance from village to
village in my country are far apart. Usually, I either have to walk or use
public transportation, which takes a lot of time and energy. In a day, I am
unable to reach all of the places I need to, so evangelism, which takes much time,
cannot be completed in each location.
“If Lord helps me to get a motorcycle, then I will
be highly encouraged, and my work activities will increase in areas of
evangelism, doing baptisms, church planting, and discipleship training. Sometimes,
I rent a motorbike, paying for it by the hour, but this is much too expensive
for me to bear often,” said Young.
If you would like to invest in a greater cause,
would you consider donating today for OMS to purchase Young a motorbike? To
give, click here.
December 6 2016
Pastor Lasar P. serves in a large district
in South Asia. He is a dynamic church planter and evangelist who has served with
our OMS partner ministry since 1995. Lasar now supervises 30 churches with 960
members, as well as 13 schools with 410 students. However, travel by bicycle or
via local transport to distant places is costly, time-consuming, and limits his
visits to local churches and schools.
Africa, dozens and dozens of our country coordinators and trainers must travel
significant distances to carry out supervision and training. Most coordinators
must walk or use unreliable private or public transportation. This is a major obstacle
to effective ministry as it slows down the ever-growing outreach of the village
church-planting ministry. An investment in motorcycles and bicycles for Village
Church Planting country coordinators and trainers will have a major impact.
mobility will allow these workers to devote 30-40 percent more of their time to
ministry, thus providing both a quantitative and a qualitative impact on church
multiplication and literacy in Africa.
of our Every Community for Christ (ECC) national coordinators and leaders in
India have already received motorcycles for ministry in the past three years.
Here are their testimonies:
“I want to thank the donors who have helped me to get a
motorcycle. It was a real need to do the ministry in the rural villages and in
the urban cities. I was helpless to serve the people in need in the nearby
villages where there is no transport facilities. It took a whole day to reach
an interior village. Now, I am able to move about much easier. I can visit the villages any time within a
short time. I can cover distances up to 200 to 300 kms in a single day, conduct
night meetings in the villages, stay there, then leave to visit the next
village the following morning. It is so very helpful in my ministry. Currently
we are doing the ministry successfully in 132 villages.”
~Dr. Virendra Khutey
“I am so grateful for
the motorcycle I received from OMS in July 2013. This motorcycle is a great
blessing in many ways for the church-planting ministry. For example:
1. It is economical. I save a good
amount of money compared to using the local transportation. The cost is double
what I now spend on the petrol for the motorcycle.
2. It saves time. Now I do not have to
wait in a queue for the buses and local trains, so there are no delays in any
3. It makes me available to people anytime.
If I get a call in the middle of the night, without wasting time, I can
immediately rush to the place (nearby) on motorcycle.
4. It helps me to do my work more effectively
and on time. Traffic jams are a major problem in India when traveling by
bus or car on the roads. But on motorcycle, I can avoid those heavy traffic
jams, thus I am able to do my routine work much faster now.
I strongly recommend providing
motorcycles to other ECC church planters. It will enable them and equip them to
do the work of the Lord more effectively, without wasting time to reach the
“I count my motorcycle as a
special gift from God to my ministry in Madurai, India. I got this motorcycle
in April 2015. I am doing ministry in 16 rural villages where there is no
proper roads and bus services. I used to go by bicycle, which gave me pain in
my knees. Also I was unable to get to the ministry locations on time. But now I am going to the ministry places
without pain in my knees and on time.”
The average cost for a bicycle is $125.00 and a motorcycle is
$2,200.00. Would you be willing to say YES this Christmas to helping purchase a
bicycle or motorcycle for one of our ECC church planting workers around the
world? Give here.
October 21 2016
Susheel was trained by Sunil, a fellow Indian church planter. Amazingly, his life in the village early on was characterized by some sort of insanity. As a boy he roamed about the village touching people’s feet with a neem tree twig used as a tooth brush! He failed in school, eventually lost hope and any desire to live. He wanted to hang himself. Upon reading a Christian tract, given by a cousin, God’s truth began to penetrate his heart and mind. This led to a desperate prayer for help from Jesus, which over time, brought him healing from his mental and emotional distress. Later on, his sister in law was delivered from demonization, which also led to a dramatic change in his grandfather who was a witch doctor. When visiting Susheel’s church, I noticed his humble tears of gratitude to the God he now loves and serves. As a Train & Multiply church planter he has a vision to reach 100 villages with the Gospel and is already visiting 60 of them each month! He is training 20 pastoral workers who are helping to bring this goal to reality.
Pray for Susheel and other Indian church planters as they plant new churches and disciple new believers around India.
By OMS missionary Roger Kruse, India field leader