God Can Use You

March 25 2019

Are you ready for your home going call?

Don (Rickards) had an order for medical equipment for a clinic in Haiti. He had made many, many calls to places that sold this kind of equipment, but there was nothing the mission could afford. (Next time you get a doctor bill and think it is expensive, you need to look at the prices for medical equipment!) A couple of examination tables could cost as much as a house. Finding medical equipment the mission could afford seemed impossible, except our God deals with the impossible!

At this point, Don was very ill and making many emergency trips to the hospital every week. On each trip to the hospital, Don would ask every doctor if they knew where he could get inexpensive medical equipment. When they would say no, he would go home and make more calls.

This went on for many months. On the last visit that Don made to the hospital, he was very ill. Even though he was sick and in much pain, he had an order for medical equipment he was determined to fill for Haiti. As another doctor was examining him, Don was told he probably only had three months to live. Since this was yet another doctor, Don had to ask the question, “Do you know where I can purchase inexpensive medical equipment?” I am not sure, at that point, if Don fully comprehended what the doctor had told him in reply.

The doctor looked at Don and said, “Let’s get you in a wheelchair. I want to show you something!” The doctor took us to the basement. He opened two doors and said, “Is this enough equipment for you?” There were two complete rooms of all types of medical equipment! It was piled high; there was enough equipment for two clinics. The hospital had just purchased all new equipment: lights, beds, operating tools, examination tables—hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment! The doctor proceeded to tell Don that he could have everything in the room, but it all had to be gone by noon the next day.

Don was no longer interested in what was happening to him—he had an order to fill! Quickly, I took Don to his room to make a phone call to his OMS buddy Phil Chandler. He told Phil he needed a truck and a couple of men to get to the hospital as soon as possible to get the medical equipment. He didn’t tell Phil that he had possibly only three months left to live. I don’t think that fact had sunk in yet as Don was focused on filling the order for Haiti.

God had given Don his last miracle! Don had filled the Lord’s last request that would help many Haitians! Three months later, to the day, Jesus welcomed Don home! There are other miracles to write, but I wrote this on the date of his home going.

A couple of years later, God took Phil Chandler home too. Makes me wonder what mission God has them doing together in heaven!

What is in your hand? You don’t have to have all wisdom and talent for God to use you—just what he has given you and a willing heart to be used! Little is much when God is in it! Thank you for your faithfulness and allowing God to use you!

By Carol Rickards, Retired OMS Missionary

Editorial note: Don and Carol Rickards served at the OMS World HQ for nearly 43 years. Don served as the purchasing/shipping coordinator, responsible for crating, receiving, shipping, and travel

Tags: faithful service, serving the lord, medical equipment, haiti, home going,

​A Celebration of Service: Chuck and Luci Long

June 8 2018

A missionary couple who recently helped build a chapel in a small town in Hungary during their last trip to the country is retiring from One Mission Society. The new chapel is the first one in more than 900 years to be built for its residents since the country had been under a Communist rule. Rev. Chuck and Luci Long have been serving with One Mission Society for more than 25 years and were recently recognized at the OMS World Headquarters for their retirement from OMS during chapel on May 24.

The Longs served one term (four years) in Colombia, seven years with Men for Missions (MFM) as the Western regional directors, and they have helped make disciples of Jesus Christ with students at Asbury University and Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, from 1999 to present day. During their service, they were blessed with three children, Jonathan, Roderick, and Juliana. Juliana and her husband, Jim were present at OMS during the chapel celebration. Son Jonathan serves with OMS in Hungary. The Longs also had many of their grandchildren present to help celebrate with them on their retirement.

Chuck spoke on behalf of the couple to the rest of the OMS staff about the handiwork of God and how he uses precise measurements to create everything and everyone in the world. Long has 43 years of experience in construction and used a meter stick he carries around in his pocket every day to demonstrate the good works that God was doing in the world.

OMS President Bob Fetherlin presented the missionary couple with a plaque to commemorate their faithful service for the Lord and OMS. Staff and visitors were invited to a small reception after the service.

Praise God for their amazing work of intentional evangelism in the world and within OMS.

Thank you, Chuck and Luci, for your many years of service!

By Thaddaeus Ristow, Summer Communications Intern

Tags: missionary retirement, faithful service, longs, hungary, colombia, mfm, students,