December 12 2018
Lakshman is a
hard working stone cutter in India. This is hard work. But this is how he provides
for his family. Lakshman became an orphan at a young age and was later raised
by his grandparents. Unfortunately, at 12 years old Lakshman had already begun
smoking and drinking alcohol. His passion was going to the cinema every Sunday
to watch movies. Over time, however, he grew restless and noticed some Christians
going to worship. His grandfather had also told him that if he went to church
he would find peace of mind. Finally, some believers accompanied him to worship.
He was struck by the words of Jesus, “If you ask, you will receive.” As a
Hindu, he wondered how a single deity could handle the many requests made by so
many different people. He questioned if God could hear his prayer. Because
Lakshman did not know how to read, he prayed and asked God to teach him. He
also combined his prayers with 10 days of fasting. On a Friday, the Holy Spirit
spoke to him that his prayer would be answered. He went outside and saw writing
on a wall and was able to understand it! People wondered how he was now
beginning to read. As he pursued Christ through prayer, he felt convicted about
the wrong things he had done in his life. He asked forgiveness and discovered
the reality of Jesus living within.
Lakshman had a desire
in his heart to share his new-found faith with others, but he didn’t know how.
He connected with an ECC team leader and began watching, learning, and joining
in the ministry. He was taught the T&M strategy and began sharing Bible
stories in his own village. Ten people pursued faith in Christ and formed a
nucleus of a new house church. Over time his vision also included the building
of a place of worship. The poor villagers themselves doubted their ability to
raise the necessary resources. With faith and the collateral of the women’s
gold jewelry from the congregation, Lakshman somehow secured a large loan to
begin construction. The work is now nearly finished. As we visited, a carpenter
was making window frames with just a few basic tools.
that he is currently training three new leaders and sharing the Gospel in 15
other villages. I never cease to be amazed at the obedient faith of my Indian
brothers and sisters.
By Roger Kruse, Church Multiplication Facilitator in India
January 23 2018
1. In that unnervingly quiet elevator
elevator ride is the perfect opportunity to share your testimony. Why? Here are
a few reasons …
is usually no one talking, so you have an open floor.
may have several people to hear your message.
can’t walk away from you.
music can make a dramatic story even more so.
are sharing with strangers, so if you stammer, it’s no big deal.
The only thing that stands between you and elevator evangelism success is the small amount of time you have to share your message. Have you ever heard of an elevator speech? It is a speech that can be presented during the length of an elevator ride. It usually last about 30 seconds. What if you had a 30-second testimony prepared and ready to share that allows someone to hear the Gospel … maybe for the first time?
It goes like this (fill in your own blanks):
was a time in my life when I was ____. I surrendered to Jesus and decided to
follow him. Now I am ____. Do you (would you like to) have a story like
2.While waiting in the
never-ending bathroom line
you see a long line for the bathroom, I am sure your first thought isn’t “Yes!
Perfect! Now I can share the Gospel with all these people,” but it should be!
Every moment we encounter people is an opportunity to share the Good News of
Jesus with them! If the line is long enough, you’ll have enough time go through
the whole plan of salvation.
3.When you see your
Facebook “friends” IRL (in real life)
You’re sitting at Starbucks, sippin' on your favorite mocha when you see someone waving hello to you from across the room and then walking toward you. Your mind races, trying to place that slightly familiar face. Then it hits you, one of your FB "friends" has come to life and is now approaching you, expecting real conversation. Are they a friend from high school? A former coworker? Wait, maybe you went to band camp with them in junior high school...
You might consider averting your eyes and making a bee-line for the door, but instead, why not just say "hi,” and ask how they are doing. When they ask, “How you have been?” or “How is life?” you can jump right into your 15-30-second testimony! They will be astonished at how Jesus has changed you so much over the years and may want to know more about him.
4.In the midst of unwelcome
you're just minding your own business when a well-meaning guy or girl comes up
and tries to start a conversation. Maybe at times you don't mind, but there are
other times when you don’t know how to politely say "no thanks."
Since you already have a captive audience, why not use that opportunity to
Your response can be similar to Peter’s response to the lame man at the gates of the temple, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.” Let them know that the light of God in your heart is what they really want, and you'd be happy to share that with them.
5.During the uncomfortable silence of your
of us have been there. You leave your friends after a nice dinner and hop in
the backseat of a large sedan the Uber app sends your way. Who knows who came
up with the idea of ridesharing, but it is brilliant and awkward all at the
same time. Ask any Uber driver and they will say they have heard everything.
They have picked up sweet little old ladies going to the doctor and young party
goers who could barely walk … and everyone in between. Your 10-minute ride back
home is an opportunity to minister to that driver and share the Gospel.
January 9 2018
Sharing the Gospel can be challenging and can
bring on all kinds of uncomfortable feelings, especially at first. You might
Maybe even nausea.
Statistics would show that more than 60
percent of all church going Christians never share their faith. Here are 3 good
reasons to be part of the 40 percent that do share their faith regularly:
- You live in a hurting,
Go to any news site or just talk to a few
friends, and you will quickly discover that darkness is real in the world
today. Right now, worldwide, 350 million people are suffering from depression. Cancer
will claim over 8 million lives this year alone. Since you started reading this
blog someone somewhere has decided that their life is hopeless and has committed
suicide. Think about people you know for a minute. Do you know anyone who has
had cancer or is depressed? Can you think of someone who struggles with
addiction or maybe struggles with loneliness or self-worth and copes with that
People are hurting, sick, and lost. After the
fall of man, sin became this cancer on humanity. It is constantly eating away
at everything that is good in order to keep us hurting in the dark. Sin is the
disease, and Jesus is the only cure. If you know Jesus, you have a light that
can dispel any darkness. You have medicine that can heal any sickness. You have
a love that can comfort even the loneliest soul. This is the Good News that the
world needs hear.
You have a unique story.
In Luke 8, Jesus heals a man who had a demon
tormenting him. In verse 39, Jesus said, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for
you.” Jesus knew that he could reach the lost in his homeland with his story.
the Bible, we see the power in sharing testimonies. For example, Paul, who came
to know Jesus in a drastic way, shared his testimony everywhere he went and
with everyone he met, including King Agrippa whose father
beheaded the apostle James and arrested Peter in an attempt to kill him. This
is what he says after hearing Paul’s testimony, “You
almost persuade me to become a Christian.” The beloved, John, writes in Revelation 12:11 that we
overcome the accuser by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. You
have your own story of how you were transformed by the Gospel, and God will put
people in your path that need to hear it. There is power in your testimony.
God has called ALL of us to share the Good News.
is easy to decide that sharing the Gospel is for pastors or TV evangelists, but
the truth is that God calls every believer in Matthew 28:19 when Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” In Acts 1:8
Jesus said “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” He didn’t say “some of you” for a
reason. Sure, we all have different gifts and strengths that God will use for
different purposes in his kingdom, but all of us, including you and me, are
called to be witnesses of what he has done.
Sharing the Gospel can be intimidating, but once you
overcome the initial fear and anxiety, it is incredibly rewarding. Do you
remember what it felt like to be lost in darkness? Think back to what life was
like without Jesus, without hope. Now remember what you felt when you said
"yes" to the person of Jesus Christ. Remember the joy? Let that
memory be a force that drives you to allow God to use you to rescue others.
“If sinners will be damned,
at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let
them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell
must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and
let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” Charles Spurgeon
If you are now asking
yourself how to share the Gospel, click here for tips.
To join the movement, go to Billion.Global Vision.
One Mission Society is the founding partner of the Billion.Global Vision, which aims to give a billion people an opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ . We pray that God will take our efforts and multiply them so that over a 10-year period (July 2016 - July 2026), at least one billion people will have the opportunity to respond to the Gospel.
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.
July 15 2016
The Fletchers’ Story
One Mission Society sends out missionaries all over the
world, but what goes on behind the scenes before those missionaries hit the
Joshua Fletcher, with his wife Allison and three kids, have
been accepted as OMS missionaries to Cuenca, Ecuador, and have been preparing
for their departure through raising financial and prayer support and spreading
the message of where God is calling them to serve.
Joshua felt a call to Ecuador after he had been in ministry
for almost 14 years serving as a pastor, artist, and writer. His home church,
where he worked, focused heavily on missions, so he had the opportunity to go
on several mission trips over the years. After one particular trip, Joshua felt
a stirring in his heart, and during a period at home when he came down with an
illness, the Lord told him to go to Cuenca.
Allison, being a former missionary kid in Ecuador, had
always wanted to return to that country. When Joshua told her about God’s
calling, her dream rekindled. At that
time, the Fletchers didn’t know they would serve in Ecuador with OMS. All they
knew was that they said yes to God’s calling and would wait to see what God wanted
them to do.
After Joshua and Allison prayed and sought God’s will, they
felt him telling them to “go with your heritage.” Allison’s parents had been
missionaries in Ecuador through One Mission Society; therefore, understanding
that their missionary heritage is with OMS, the Fletchers applied there. Their
application went through and was accepted, and they attended OMS orientation in
March 2015. Throughout the whole process, they felt like this was the place God
called them to be.
Taking further steps of obedience, the Fletchers began to
raise prayer support and funds for their missionary journey to Ecuador, and
they put their house on the market. Their home sold within three days with three
investors bidding for it.
With their house sold, the Fletchers have been living at a
friend’s home since May 2015. During this time of behind-the-scenes work in
preparation for the mission field, the Fletchers continue to take steps of
faithful obedience to God and look toward their time in Ecuador.
Joshua and Allison aim to be liaisons in Cuenca, to work
alongside pastors and churches and encourage them in their spiritual journeys.
Joshua will also teach and train people in theological education. He sees God
moving in Ecuador through the potential relationships and continual spiritual
growth between people—not just in the good situations but also in the
conflicts. Joshua sees an environment where missionaries don’t necessarily lead
the churches and people but come alongside them and encourage them, especially
through their conflicts. Through these relationships, people from all
backgrounds and cultures can be more like Jesus.
One of the ways that Joshua shares this vision during the
funding process is through his art. Through his paintings that are full of
blended colors and bold strokes, Joshua not only puts his heart on the canvas
in worship, but he also can share spiritual truths and his family’s calling to
Ecuador. He hopes to use his artistic skills while in Ecuador to minister to
the people and to worship God.
The first piece that Joshua created as an act of worship, a
watercolor painting titled “Helser’s Tree,” is a work that is “the fruit of an
encounter with God, the meaning of which I am fleshing out every time I paint”
(taken from Joshua’s booklet “Masterpieces With a Mission”).
The tree in Joshua’s painting thrives. It is full of vibrant
leaves on a hill of green and brown, designed in a way that might remind
someone of a stained-glass window. This painting may be finished, but it stands
as a reminder that God’s work is still not yet complete. The more Joshua paints
and worships, the more he grows to understand God’s will and relationship with
In a way, the painting parallels the Fletchers’ journey to
the Ecuador mission field and the belief they hold close to their hearts: that
they must take steps of faith, say yes to God out of obedience and love, and await
the Lord’s mighty hand to continually work in their lives. With each
brushstroke—with each step closer to the mission field—the Fletchers’ encounter
with God grows and develops.
Please take a moment to pray for the Fletchers on their
journey to Ecuador. Pray that they will continue to take steps of faith and
that God will speak to them and guide them, in both behind-the-scenes work and
on the mission field.
To learn more or to donate toward the Fletchers’ mission,
By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern
April 14 2015
Faith. Without this we are lost.
Pastor Willy had faith, but he needed guidance from God. The group of four from
Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, Inc. and One Mission Society
traveled to Tacloban City with an overabundance of faith and trust. They knew God
would show them a way.
first goal was to get to a hotel to drop their luggage. In a ravaged city, this
is not an easy task. Many places were destroyed and transportation was limited.
With this in mind, they attempted to hail a motorcycle taxi (trike) in hopes of
easier mobility. The first trike they stopped was not for hire. The driver was
a vendor of peanuts heading home after a long day.
the difficulties of finding transportation, he gave them a ride. Conversation
ensued as the men described why they came to the area. He had nothing to gain
from them, but he offered his house to them as a place to stay. This one ride
resulted in the driver becoming their local contact or person of peace (see Luke
peanut vendor soon accepted Christ into his life and became instrumental in
introducing Pastors Willy and Vicky to many people impacted by the typhoon. Since
that chance meeting, his business has flourished. Through faith, God revealed
their person of peace and an opening into a community in pain.
person of peace described in Luke 10 will welcome you into their house. This
testimony shows God still reveals those people today. We meet people daily in
our lives. Many are living without hope and simply need someone to reach out to
them. How often do we overlook opportunities? “If a man of peace is there, your
peace will rest on him; but if not it will return to you” (Luke 10:6). Keep an
eye out for persons of peace in your life.
be continued …
By Shane Christopher,
Development Officer, Every Community for Christ
April 13 2015
this we are lost. Pastor Willy had faith, but he needed guidance from God. The
group of four from FECPI and OMS traveled to Tacloban City with an
overabundance of faith and trust. They knew God would show them a way.
Their first goal was to get to a hotel and drop luggage. In
a ravaged city, this is not an easy task. Many places were destroyed and
transportation was limited. With this in mind, they attempted to hail a
motorcycle taxi (trike) in hopes of easier mobility. The first trike they
stopped was not for hire. The driver was a vendor of peanuts heading home after
a long day.
Knowing the difficulties of finding transportation, he gave
them a ride. Conversation ensued as the men described why they came to the
area. He had nothing to gain from them, but he offered his house to them as a
place to stay. This one ride resulted in the driver becoming their contact, or
Person of Peace (Luke 10).
The peanut vendor soon accepted Christ into his life and
became instrumental in introducing Pastors Willy and Vicky to many people
impacted by the typhoon. Since that chance meeting, his business has
flourished. Through faith, God revealed their person of peace and an opening
into a community that was in pain.
The person of peace described in Luke 10 will welcome you
into their house. This testimony shows God still reveals those people today. We
meet people daily in our lives. Many are living without hope and simply need
someone to reach out to them. How often do we overlook opportunities? “If a man
of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not it will return to
you.” (Luke 10:6) Keep an eye out for persons of peace in your life.
To be continued…
September 17 2014
Enjoy this ministry report from OMS missionary kid (MK) Maddy Carlson. She, her brother Micah, dad Greg, and 7 others on the team shared the Gospel on a short-term evangelism trip to Colombia in July with One Mission Society. Hopefully this will inspire you to KNOW you too can share your faith with others as these teens did.
|Colombia Report from Maddy|
As we walked along the streets of Medellin, Colombia, in July, I saw some people sleeping on the sidewalk. I knew that when Jesus looked into the hearts of people, he had compassion on them. When I looked at them, all I could do was pray, "God, make their lives alright and change them."
I walked with an interpreter and someone from the local church, knocking on doors. Every day, we visited a different community. The Colombians had already been praying and fasting over their communities a long time before we arrived. As visitors, my teammates and I shared our testimony and presented the Gospel using the Evangecube. The local church member took note of who prayed to receive Christ. As each day concluded, we presented the names of the new believers as a gift to the local house church to disciple. In four days, through six teenagers and four dads, 335 prayed to receive Christ!
|He never opened the gate, but it did not|
stop him from opening his heart to Christ.
I was nervous the first day we began to walk the rough streets of Medellin. I saw an elderly gentleman sweeping his stairs and asked if we could get his attention. As I shared, he continued to sweep, so I thought, "He doesn't care about what we're saying." However, when I began to present the Gospel, he became very interested. Even though a security gate stood between us, he listened. He never opened the gate, but it did not stop him from opening his heart to Christ. He was the first person I had ever led to Christ!
I described my Colombian ministry trip to a youth leader after I returned home. "I don't think I could ever do that," she said to me. I heard myself tell her, "Really, it's not hard or scary because you know that God is watching over you. You have people with you and other people praying for you. Anyone can tell people about God. You just have to have faith."