April 3 2018
On April 16, 2016, the southern coastal province of Manabi, Ecuador, was hit by a 7.8 earthquake. The death toll was 676, with over 16,000 injured and 2,000 who lost their homes. There was widespread damage in the province, but one of the worst-hit areas was Manta.
One Mission Society responded immediately by taking in bags of supplies, water, and clothes to those in Manta. Along with our local church there, Jesus Christ is the Answer, we ran a two-month soup kitchen, delivering hot lunches to an average of 450 people three days a week.
We also had the opportunity to share the Gospel with hundreds of people each day as we fed them. Many people came to Christ during that time and requested Bible studies. As a result, we have nine new study groups that meet weekly in the areas affected most by the earthquake.
We planned a three-phase ministry of relief work. We have completed phase one of the project, which was helping six churches with rebuilding and repairing the damage from the earthquake.
We are currently in phase two, which is the rebuilding of homes that were completely destroyed. We have the approval to begin building six properties. When we began this project, we had no idea of all of the red tape that would be required by the government. We praise God for sending us Bolivar Conde, an Ecuadorian architect who has taken over as the project manager. He began construction on the first three houses in March. We are praying that God will provide the funds so that we will be able to build 9 more houses, which will complete our initial goal of 15 homes.
Our final phase will be reparations made to homes that were not destroyed but that had severe damage. These homes are habitable but still need major repairs. We are hoping to be able to carry on phase two and three simultaneously.
There are two main needs that we have to help complete this project:
- We are currently seeking groups who would like to come to Manta to help us with phases two and three. Connect here!
- We need funds to help complete the project. Give here!
We are so thankful to all who have offered their time and funds thus far. It is amazing to see what God has done in Manta, not only with the rebuilding of homes but also the restoration of lives. Outreach to those who lost so much in the earthquake continues, and the church is growing.
If you would like to help in any way, please contact Jim Smith, serving with Men for Missions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 13 2016
LATEST UPDATE, as of Wed., May 18: Two NEW earthquakes rocked Ecuador on May 18, both registering around 6.8 magnitude. Both quakes occurred in the same area as the one a month ago. Please pray for the people of this region, who are very shaken up emotionally. ALL of our OMS missionaries and coworkers are fine. Please read below about the increased matching gift and how your gift today can be DOUBLED!
Monday, May 16 marks the one-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador. Often, when we do not hear the reports or see the images daily in front of us, we forget about what happened. And we forget that the people are still suffering.
Our OMS team, led by OMS missionaries Steve and Hannah Skinner and Guido and Kim Orellana, and including many national workers, church members and the youth group have set up a soup kitchen in
Manta where the earthquake relief continues. Their goal is to feed and
share God's love with up to 500 people per day!
The team in Manta is caring for its members by currently supplying 33 families with food, water, and
hygiene items. All church members who
have been displaced are either staying with family or have been relocated. The church hopes to start weaning this number
down to 5 families as these families relocate and stabilize. The general population of the church is
middle to lower class.
The team is going out several times a
week doing street evangelism in various neighborhoods and handing out extra
bags of food, water, and hygiene items.
We praise the Lord that the church has grown
from an average of 90 in attendance to about 120 since the quake, and 18 people have given their lives to Christ in this
church since the earthquake.
We had asked you to pray for Pastor Julio. He is doing much better, but please continue to pray for him as he leads these efforts.
One of the upcoming projects will be to fix the Manta church. We had originally reported that it had no damage, but have since found out that it sustained cracks to the structure.
GREAT NEWS!!! Our partner Dennis Hardin with Mercy, Inc (our OMS-related relief and development ministry), shared that we now have a matching grant of $100,000! Thank you, Lord! But for those funds to be used, we must secure donations from you. Please pray about how you might be a part of what God is doing post-earthquake in Ecuador.
To give, and have your gift matched 100%, click here.
April 12 2016
the devastating earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, our partners in South Asia
have provided life-saving relief to the Nepali people. We are so grateful to
the generous support of many donors, including hundreds of OMS supporters.
and his team immediately reached out to the people deeply affected in a region
that other organizations didn’t. They provided food supplies for 7,000 hungry
people, they distributed relief kits among 1,400 families who survived the
disaster, but lost everything because of it. And they gave medicine and medical
supplies to many of those who were injured.
Over this past year, the people in the villages
that were helped have expressed their deep gratitude, recognizing that they would
not have survived this difficult situation without the assistance from our
generous donors. As a result, these villagers experienced true Christian love
through this support.
And more good news …
the communities served, 22 villages have accepted Christ as their Savior and
were recently baptized! Our partners there are now selecting leaders and
training them, using the Train & Multiply curriculum for multiplying
disciples and churches.
The positive relationships built have set a firm
foundation for our ongoing ministry in this area. God is at work in Nepal!
April 5 2016
We drove five hours to northeastern Nepal, high into
the mountains, to distribute chicks, goats, and food at locations that Pastor
Daniel had set up the week before. We looked forward to meeting him for the
first time and encouraging him and the people of the area. Pastor Daniel provides
leadership and support for the people of northeast Nepal, just miles from the
Unfortunately, just days before my wife Cindy and I
arrived in Nepal, Pastor Daniel was involved in a bus accident and was injured
and had to have surgery, along with his one-month-old child, who suffered a
broken leg. He and his baby are doing better, but Pastor Daniel’s injuries will
take a long time to heal.
Many times when you have a strong leader who is
taken out of ministry for a while, this brings discouragement to the community.
They are afraid they cannot go on without their leader. Even the other local
pastor began to shut down, believing that the community couldn’t continue without
the main pastor.
Our faithful partners from South Asia called all the
pastors of the area to come together to talk about how to move forward while
Pastor Daniel recovers from his injuries. They received a powerful message about
working together as a team and moving forward with the plans that Pastor Daniel
had already set in place.
We’re thankful that they did just that, and the
ministry is moving forward during Pastor Daniel absence.
Philip and our South Asia ministry partners have identified
13 Nepali villages
that were badly affected by the earthquake and monsoon rains to receive help
and support from OMS. These villages are a 5-6 hour drive from the capital city
Kathmandu. The villagers are mostly marginal farmers, growing crops on the
hillsides, but due to the heavy rains and landslides, they have lost their
crops. Philip and his team will help the 600 families most devastated by the
goal is by the end of fifth year (the 7.8 magnitude
earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015), 80 percent of the beneficiaries will be
self-supporting with the help of the chicks and goats we provide for their livelihood.
We also hope to see less sickness with the health education provided to prevent
diseases. And we want to see fewer landslides due to the tree plantation
Dennis Hardin, president of Mercy, Inc., an OMS ministry partner
Click here to donate to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Project.
May 8 2015
Our team on the ground in Nepal continues to call us every few days, or as they are able, to give updates of the situation there two weeks post-earthquake.
Here's a recap of what has happened and a few updates ...
One team member shared with us that his group had departed for Nepal so quickly that he had only taken two pair of pants and two shirts ... and no food with him. They arrived in
Nepal less than 60 hours after the earthquake. Because there was no hotel
space available at that time, they spent the first few days in a tent.
Three days after the earthquake, a large amount of food was
purchased (several ton) and a feeding program was started. They have been feeding about
3,000 people a day. They are also distributing food for others to cook.
the churches, in a very rural area about 5 hours from Kathmandu, was
destroyed and seven members were killed as they were having church service. More than 2,500 people were killed in that area. The team is sending three ton of food a day to that town to be distributed.
We were told that one of the reasons so many buildings collapsed is because they were
built from brick and mud, no cement was used between the bricks. A huge challenge for the country is the fact that they have not experienced a disaster of this magnitude in more than 80 years, so they are not experienced in how to respond. That's why we are so blessed to have Philip and his team on the ground there. Several of that team have a lot of experience in responding to
disasters. The team has now divided into three groups
so they can work in more areas.
To date, 8 of the 18 pastors, who are ECC
workers, have been located. One team member visited a hospital where
one pastor’s wife had
both of her legs amputated, and, they have not yet found the pastor/husband.
More than 35,000 meals had been provided as of earlier this week.
Shelter is a pressing need. The overall needs now and in the future are
enormous, but it also may well be one of the greatest opportunities our team has
had to not only help people physically but also spiritually. Because of so much
trauma, there is a need to train and send in people to do counseling, which
will provide an opportunity to provide hope that only Christ can give.
The spiritual needs of the Nepali people are certainly a priority as the team is praying with the victims. Please continue to pray for the people of Nepal. And pray, too, for our team on the ground--that the Lord would sustain their energy and strength.
If you'd like to donate to Nepal, please give here.
April 28 2015
One Mission Society ministry partners are already on the ground in Kathmandu, helping Nepali earthquake victims.
With more than 4,600 people dead (and that number continuing to rise), 9,000+ injured, and 8 million affected by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25, your help is desperately needed today.
Nepal earthquake victims need your help. Give now.
Supplies are scarce. Our workers report that food, water, blankets, medical supplies, and shelter materials are most crucial at this time.
Currently, $160,000 has been raised by OMS and our partner ministry Mercy, Inc., but much more is needed ... and needed quickly. In emergency situations like this, hours and even minutes matter.
Engaging a volunteer network of more than 20 churches in Nepal, our team on the ground has already distributed medical supplies, and we hope to begin distributing food and other emergency aid tomorrow.
With a tragedy of this magnitude, we need your immediate help. Your donation will be sent directly to our trusted workers in Kathmandu to be used for immediate needs, including sharing the hope of Jesus.
OMS will post weekly updates here on how your dollars are helping the people of Nepal.
Join us in praying for the families impacted by the tragic loss of life and homes in the Kathmandu area, and please give generously to help as they recover.
May 22 2014
Editor's note: This is based on the Mother Goose nursery rhyme entitled "This is the House That Jack Built."
Bon Repos means “Good Rest” in Creole. This is an ongoing
project for Men for Missions. Teams from all over the world are helping to
build 30 homes for the poorest of the poor in Haiti. However, the Homes for
Haiti project is more than just building homes, it is sharing the love of Jesus
with the Haitian people who help with construction. It is a love for Jesus that
compels Men for Missions to mobilize teams of laypersons to go to Haiti and
turn lumber and concrete into homes built with love.
Carl Poynter, a regional director for Men for Missions,
recently returned from Haiti. In his recent prayer letter to supporters he
said, “As we shared morning devotionals with the Haitian crew we worked with,
two men made a decision to accept Christ into their hearts; this was the
greatest blessing of our trip.”
Are you looking for an opportunity to use your hands and
heart to build a house with love for the poorest of the poor in Haiti?
If you would like more information about the Bon Repos
project in order to serve or give financially, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/bon-repos
By Beth Jordal, OMS Communications