In the past couple of years, our Dynamic Women in Missions team has joined efforts with our Every Community for Christ church multiplication trainers to add a new dimension of training to the Dynamic Women's ministry to women around the world. Here are a couple of stories that show how joining efforts is reaping great rewards.
The training of the 120 pastor’s wives in India began with singing. We began the training as we always do, by dividing the women into groups to enhance their learning by sharing with each other. I noticed that the young women that led worship had not formed into a team, so we went over to encourage them to participate. Ruby was one of these young women. She was shy at first and waited until all of the pastor’s wives shared their findings first and then she shared with a confidence beyond her years.
Two days later, our team of 14 began ministering to the people in that area through a medical clinic. As part of the clinic, the last station the people stop is for someone from the church to share the plan of salvation and pray for them. When we asked the pastor of the church who would share the Gospel with the patients, Ruby volunteered. We praise God because Ruby was willing and able to do this due to the training she received. Ruby led nine people to the Lord in the two days of the medical clinic. This young woman was so encouraged by the lives she was able to help transform and all the team members rejoiced with her.
Angelina lives in an area of Tanzania impacted by multiple religions and witchcraft. Her life was characterized by fear until she attended the Seed Sowers training led by a joint ECC and Dynamic Women in Missions team. She left the training feeling empowered and confident to share the Gospel. God led her to share with a witch who lived nearby, so she fasted and prayed for three days before approaching her. The woman untied her dog so it could bite Angelina. Still determined, she prayed more and returned. The husband accepted Christ, at which point he dramatically passed out, and the witch began vomiting. It was a troubling experience for Angelina because the woman also tried to kick Angelina and attack her with a knife when the son wanted to follow Jesus. Ultimately, the entire family accepted Christ, and the witch burned her idols and witchcraft paraphernalia. This act drew a crowd, and many others in the community accepted Christ and now attend church. Angelina, as a living stone, leads an I Am Second Bible study for these new believers.
—Pat Dragon, OMS Church Multiplication Trainers
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I came to Medellín to assist the Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical mission team with translation. I worked in several different areas during the 9-day trip. In triage, I was asked by a Colombian patient: “Why does your team do all this if you get nothing?”
I asked the Lord to give me an answer that would glorify him. I replied, “We want people to know that Jesus cares for and loves you ... yet expects nothing in return.” The patient was amazed and thanked me.
On another occasion, while waiting to translate for Dr. Breen, I sat in the cubical with a patient and asked her about her symptoms. She told me that she hurts in her shoulders and down her arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch on her own with only two daughters and an elderly father. She has all this pain because of the hard labor she does.
I was quiet and debated if I should pray with her. Finally, I reached for her hand and said, “Let’s pray.” I assured her that God does not give us more than we can handle. We prayed and cried together, and she was so thankful for the comforting prayer.
In that moment, I realized why God had called me to serve on this trip. I did much more than just translate. I got to be the healing hands and feet of Jesus through great conversation, compassion, and prayer.
By Idalia Lazo
Karey’s journey with One Mission Society started with a Dynamic Women in Missions trip in 2013. While sitting in the pew at church one Sunday, she heard an announcement for a mission trip to Ecuador. Her husband poked her in the ribs with his elbow, and she thought, “Maybe I could go …” By trusting God for the provisions for that trip, she began a journey of intentional evangelism.
Karey lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband and their three daughters. She works as a part-time family medicine physician. Her experiences traveling with DWIM have allowed her to use her medical skills to be an extension of God’s hands and feet.
Karey has always had a heart for missions but considering herself “too busy” to do the work. “Dynamic Women showed me how to get out of the pew to be more involved in ministry. It’s an incredible blessing!”
Dynamic Women in Missions (DWIM) began as a vision of OMS missionary Susan Brabon in 2007 when she saw many young women in Mexico who desperately needed to see their value in Christ. She dreamed of a ministry that could offer them support and encourage them to reach out to other women.
In 2008, OMS formally launched DWIM as a ministry to challenge women in local churches to use their God-given gifts to connect, equip, and minister to other women around the world.
From its inception, DW has existed to motivate women around the world to engage in the Great Commission in a personal and profound way. We encourage women to see the lost and hurting of the world, to share God’s message of grace with them, and to challenge others to a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Today, OMS missionary Sam Downey leads the team, with the support of a committed advisory board. OMS missionary Pat Dragon, who serves with Every Community for Christ, coordinates Dynamic Women’s efforts to train national women in Asia to share the Gospel. In one country where DW has invested in the women who are often overlooked as a valuable ministry resource, the women have planted 42 churches. In 2017, DW will train women in four additional OMS fields.
DWIM offers conferences and workshops, as well as mission trips around the world, focusing on prayer, medical needs, Train & Multiply church-planting training and evangelism teams. Click here to view opportunities in 2017.