July 7 2017
Chelsea Long, a
junior at the University of Missouri Columbia, is passionate about telling
people's stories. With an emphasis in strategic communication and a love of
theater, her special set of skills reveal a young woman who strives to share
everyone's unique story. So it's no surprise that she decided to serve in the Communications
and Marketing Department this summer with One Mission Society.
Chelsea grew up
in a Christian home with a family of strong believers. She was plugged into
church the minute she was born, she jokes, but when she was old enough to
finally join the youth group, the beloved youth pastor left. Unfortunately, the
new youth pastor focused more on growing numbers than growing the faith of the
people [who] had been there." By her sophomore year in high school,
Chelsea joined a new church and youth group where she happily connected with a
great group of Christian friends. But, after several issues, the friend group
dissolved only two years later, leaving Chelsea feeling isolated and alone,
like she had no one to lean on or pour into her spiritual life.
When it came time
to choose a university, Chelsea chose one that everyone warned was a huge party
school, effectively causing her to worry about falling in with the wrong crowd
of people. So, the minute she arrived on campus, she dedicated herself to
finding a good group of Christian students. It just so happened that soon after
her arrival, she was invited to play ultimate frisbee with a group of fellow
Christians. Chelsea’s first thoughts were, “Yes, friends! Boo ultimate frisbee!” Despite the fact that
she firmly hates ultimate frisbee, she went in order to invest in and cultivate
relationships. She reflects that this group of friends has been instrumental in
"building me up, strengthening my faith, and teaching me how to live out
my faith, especially in a very secular school."
With the summer quickly
approaching, Chelsea actively sought an internship that was either nonprofit or
focused on ministry. This led her to accept a summer position with OMS, a
decision she does not regret.
you great experience in your specific field of study, while also helping you
build your faith while being surrounded by a great group of believers."
This is our fifth in a series of five blogs about our summer interns. We hope you enjoyed learning more about them. If you, or someone you know, is interested in an internship at OMS, email email@example.com.
September 20 2016
This is part 5 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS.
God’s Word, the message that Jesus values children is evident. He says people
must have a childlike heart. King Solomon highlights the joys of youth. Paul
encourages young Timothy to set an example for believers everywhere in his
ministry. The importance of young people is evident throughout the Bible. And
it doesn’t just mention their importance, but it speaks of their responsibility.
Just like other believers of other ages, Christian youth have a role to play in
glorifying God and bringing his Good News to the world.
out of college, Clarissa Hunter has felt God calling her to the mission field
in Budapest, Hungary. On the field, Clarissa will serve in communications and
ministry coordination. As she begins the funding process, she is working at the
OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, as the administrative assistant
for Development and Marketing.
journey started in 2014 when she interned for HOPE61, OMS’ human
trafficking prevention ministry. She enjoyed that summer and considered applying
for another OMS internship, seeking something she could do for a three-month
period right after graduation. She found two internship options that
she researched the two options, one of those in Hungary, Clarissa connected
with Jonathan Long, the OMS field director for Hungary. She learned more about
the vision for Hungary, the passion for transformation in that country, and the
desire to come alongside the church in a supportive role to impact people’s
lives. Clarissa was drawn to that vision, and after praying and thinking more
about her decision, she chose the internship in Hungary.
three months in Hungary was an affirming experience. She spent time writing and
editing materials, helped mediate situations, and worked in teams to serve the
Hungarian people. Who she was and what she liked to do seemed to line up
perfectly with her jobs, and people recognized her God-given skills.
Clarissa’s time there, Jonathan pitched the idea of her joining the Hungary
team. At first, Clarissa was unsure if she should pursue that idea. Yet, before
she even returned to the United States, she had applied to serve in Hungary and
for a position at the OMS HQ. She soon had interviews lined up. Both of these
interviews ended in success, as she was accepted to go to Hungary and also to
work at headquarters during her funding and preparation process for the field.
were flying open for Clarissa, but she still didn’t know what to do. Finally, she
came to terms with the fact that she had subconsciously made her choice already
to go to Hungary. It was almost as if, when she had left Budapest, she knew she
would return. So, she jumped in and took the opportunity.
as she works at headquarters, Clarissa wants to invest her time where she is
right now and to be present in this moment, focusing on her work here instead
of always looking to Hungary. But when she does go to the mission field, she
wants to continue to have that mentality, to be present in her work and choose
to make the most of her time wherever God calls her.
has a passion for understanding people and also helping people understand each
other. She wants to reach out to those who are marginalized and connect with
people who are overlooked by others. Her prayer is that God can work in and
through her in Budapest, and also where she is now, to do this. She is thankful
for the people that have helped her through this journey, and above all else she's thankful for God’s goodness in opening so many doors of opportunity for her.
a young person stepping into missions, Clarissa encourages other young people
to not let the vast opportunities keep them from choosing somewhere to serve. So
many youth struggle with shutting down in response to an overload of
information and tragedy, Clarissa said. Instead of letting that overwhelming
feeling stop them from being involved somewhere, young people need to see what
their God-given talents and skills are best suited for. Then, they need to
choose a cause they care about and take steps to help others. The more involved
you are, Clarissa added, the less focused you are on just yourself, which
creates greater empathy and understanding about what is happening in the world.
pray for Clarissa as she works at OMS headquarters and prepares to serve in
Hungary. Pray that she seeks to be present and relational, that her focus is on
others, and that she chooses to always make the most of her time to serve
people and God.
learn more and to give to Clarissa, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/ClarissaHunter.
By Jess Mitchell, Communications
June 22 2016
Fall break in
Budapest: My journey to OMS headquarters
you thought about what you want to do?”
stared at my friend Lauren Pupillo (an OMS missionary serving in Hungary) as we
sat in the gigantic Gellért thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary. People lounged
in the warm, jacuzzi-like pools, but I stiffened up when Lauren asked me that
I want to do … with my life? I wasn’t sure.
had studied abroad for the fall semester during my junior year in Florence,
Italy. During my fall break, with encouragement from Lauren, I traveled to
Budapest for the week. Lauren graciously opened her home to me and showed me
around the city. I saw museums, government buildings, historical landmarks and
memorials, tried amazing food, learned more about Hungarian culture, and saw
Lauren and her fellow missionaries at One Mission Society (OMS) work together
to create programs and witness to the Hungarians about Jesus Christ.
the fun and chaos of that week, there were moments, like the moment in the
baths, where we both could be still and quiet and just talk together. It was
refreshing. But the question of what I wanted to do in the future always made
wasn’t even sure what I was going to do that upcoming summer, let alone after
told Lauren that I wanted to apply for internships but wasn’t sure where to
look, and she mentioned that One Mission Society offered internships in the
was the last time we talked about that topic for the rest of the week. After
that, we continued to explore, and I continued to see Lauren and the others in
action on the mission field. They lived together and served God together. I quickly
fell in love with the city that they loved, and I was fascinated with the work
they were doing to reach out to people. I was awestruck at their selflessness
and spur-of-the-moment service to organize projects or help people in need, as
well as the struggles that came with it.
I returned to Italy, I started my internship search. I hadn’t forgotten Lauren’s
plug about OMS, so I went to their site and came across a summer
communications/journalism internship at the OMS headquarters in Indiana. Having
a major in journalism (the second in theatre), I was instantly drawn to the
opportunity to work at an organization I was familiar with, having the
privilege of telling stories about the work that was going on in the world for
didn’t wait and connected with OMS immediately to start the application process.
That was in November. Months later, after I returned from Italy and started my
spring semester at my university, I got a call from Greenwood, Indiana. I had
gotten the position.
forward to May of 2016. After a long day of travel, I finally made it to
Indiana to start my OMS summer internship. Looking back on the whole process, I
have to praise God for the opportunity. Who knew a simple invitation to spend a
week in Budapest would bring about a two-month writing internship?
am excited and full of energy as I begin this summer at One Mission Society.
But I know there will be some big challenges. Apart from the multiple projects the
Communications Department has to work on, I also have to circle back to the
question Lauren asked me months ago in Budapest: what do I want to do? But the
question has lost some urgency in my mind as I look around at where I am and
who I’m surrounded by. The people at One Mission Society, here at headquarters
and abroad in places like Budapest, have something contagious in them. There’s
no mistaking the presence of God here. There’s no mistaking the passion they
have for that “One Mission” of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
So now, instead of constantly thinking about myself and my future career, the
bigger question that arises is this:
can I do what I am called to do right now
with that same passion?
since arriving, I am constantly thanking God for bringing me here. I can see
His hand guiding me since my time abroad. I pray that I can feel His guiding
hand again as I seek to do His work and answer this new question on my mind
while working at OMS.
Budapest to Greenwood and beyond, I look forward to this journey ahead of me.
Jess Mitchell serves as
a summer Communications intern at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana.