One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Michelle Taylor

April 10 2014

What if you were told you had just one year to live? How would you live your life differently?

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (April 12) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS Australia missionary Michelle Taylor, serving in Russia.

Michelle suffers from many health issues, but recently was told she has just one year to live. Michelle has served OMS for the past 20 years. Her heart and passion is for the people of Russia, especially the orphans. In 2004, she started a church-led ministry called Rainbow of Hope, which ministers to orphans in Russian villages.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Michelle's ... and make sure you take the time to share yours!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Michelle’s health concerns. She is in constant pain, yet continues to move forward. Pray for the Russian orphans, and for the nation of Russia.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear and encore presentation of Jeremy and Melissa Reese, OMS missionaries serving in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Graham Houghton

April 10 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 29) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionary Graham Houghton, a New Zealander who has served in India for the past 50 years.

Graham shared his story about growing up on a dairy cow farm in new Zealand, not receiving his high school degree, yet God has used him in mighty ways. Graham since has received not only a bachelor's and masters' degree, but also his doctorate as well. Graham is married to Carol, an American who grew up in northern India as a missionary kid.

Graham is involved in church planting and theological education. His latest project is raising money for a new seminary in northern India.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Graham and Carol as they raise money for the new school in northern India. Pray that the Lord brings the people and provides the business visa needed. Also, pray for the growth of the church in India. Our national partner denomination, the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) reports that we now have more than 2,000 churches in India!

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: Graham shared that reading missionary biographies is what helped draw him to missions and confirmed his call.

You can purchase all OMS books, including many biographies, through our OMS store onAmazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori Mcall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

For other OMS Communication resources, check out our media resourse website at www.oms.media.

INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear a SPECIAL EASTER DRAMA. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to the PODCAST at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

This podcast has an EXTRA segment, featuring more heartfelt stories of changed lives from Graham, only heard on this podcast.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: attitude of gratitude, be a missionary, become a missionary, call, calling, church planting, mentoring, missions in india, one mission stories, teach in a seminary, teaching overseas, training, world missions, theological education,

Musings of an OMS Missionary

February 26 2015

Religious visas arriving the day before departing for a ministry trip

Traveling the same route often enough to have airline and hotel workers recognize you and willingly help you out

Getting luggage and funds through customs with no problems

Spotting a familiar, smiling face in a sea of faces when needing to be picked up from the airport

Managing, somehow, to get loads of luggage and 4 people in a small car

Sharing meals and laughter with good friends

The luxury of purified water

A clean bathroom

Toilet paper

A hot shower

A bed

The joy of meeting new people in ministry, eager to do their part in carrying out the Great Commission

Making language mistakes that the nationals find so humorous they are bent over in laughter

Having experiences with fellow missionaries where you find yourself saying, “What happens on this field, stays on this field.”

Being served a meal in a national’s home with such love and generosity and knowing that they have sacrificed much in order to serve you

Being challenged and humbled by the faith and trust of those living a life for Christ where there are constant daily challenges

Having guests in your room … the 4-legged kind, like lizards and a frog greeting you from your toilet – ask David Long about that one!

Understanding that “right after class” can mean right after class, or it can mean 2, 3, 4, or more hours later

Making trips that are multi-purpose trips, adding hours to the expected travel time – but the trip becomes a journey – with coffee stops along the way

Stomach issues

A bathroom, any bathroom, clean or not, seat or no seat

The pleasure of being in a Caribbean country in January and February! Enjoying the pleasant breezes and temperatures, grinning at the nationals who believe they are going to freeze

Not understanding why something is happening the way it is – when it seems like it would make so much more sense for it to be done a different way

Warm, friendly greetings

Constant goodbyes, heartbreaking goodbyes. Not knowing when you might see each other again

Transportation is always an issue … and realizing how much we take for granted being able to jump in a car and go somewhere

Sounds from the neighborhood – singing, some good, some not so good; the sound of tools, whether they are real tools or invented tools; pots and pans clanging; talking, laughter, children calling for their grandmas, dogs barking, roosters crowing, old vehicles backfiring

Realizing the trash dumpster you throw your trash in is gone through by people looking for food or any kind of treasure

Beginning to comprehend the difficulty of living in a country where one has to make decisions about staying in the country or leaving the country and people they love if they have the opportunity to do so

The awe in being able to see evidences of where Satan meant something for evil, God used it for the good of His people and furthering his kingdom

And last but not least, the privilege of being a part of the OMS family and the body of Christ and serving him alongside one another

I wonder if Paul was thinking about these kinds of things when he said, “I have learned to be contentwhatever the circumstances.I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength” ―Philippians 4:11b-13.

cannot say that I have learned to be content – I can, however, say I am learning to be content whatever the circumstances.

I’d like to close with Paul’s final exhortations to the Philippians. I think it is good advice for daily living the life of a missionary.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. … And the God of peace will be with you”―Philippians 4:4-9.

By OMS missionary Anita Yoder, serving as anOMS itinerant missionary in the Caribbean, along with her husband Rich

Tags: missionary life, caribbean, missions, travel, gratitude,

Multiplying the Gift

February 25 2014

Multiplying the Gift

Altagrace is a single mom. She always has been. 

In order to raise her daughter Esther, Altagrace’s friend introduced to her to me to see if I could use Altagrace’s help in our home (we served as OMS missionaries in Haiti for several years a few years ago). I gladly hired her and began getting to know our new friend. It didn’t take long to realize that Altagrace has a servant’s heart much like that of Christ.

As the story often goes in Haiti, when one member of the extended family has a job, that person is often expected to help out the rest of the family financially. In addition to her own daughter, Altagrace also took in her nephew Wawens to care for him after her sister died and his father was unable to care for him. 

Wawens has been in the Starfish Kid (SFK) program for three years and excels academically. Smiling, Altagrace tells me, “The SFK program has been a huge blessing in my life as I take care of Esther, Wawens, and another niece named Frisline.” If given the chance to meet her sponsor, she would tell them, “Thanks from my heart; I pray God will give you good health and supply your needs so you can continue to bless Wawens and our whole family!”

Photo: Altagrace, center in white, with the Chandler girls

--By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications

If you would like to donate to Starfish Kids, OMS’ child evangelism ministry that uses sponsorship and education to share the Gospel with approximately 7,000 children every day, click here to learn more and to donate.

Also, if you’d like to be matched with a sponsor child, please email Gwen Pinkerton at starfishkids@onemissionsociety.org.

 

Tags: attitude of gratitude, be a missionary, become a missionary, compassion ministry, give to missions, Haiti, missions, missions in haiti, one mission society, world missionsstarfish kids

The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity

January 30 2014

The Bon Repos Project: A new Homes for Haiti ministry opportunity

Jocelyn, a young Haitian man, has worked with the Homes for Haiti (H4H) project since the beginning. 

Joclyn When he started, he was a day laborer. But later, he received training in block laying and stucco work, so today, he leads the construction crews that lay the foundations for all the homes One Mission Society builds.

Since the beginning of H4H, we have started each work day with devotions at the work site. The Haiti work crew, and anyone else nearby, is always invited to join us. So, over the years, Jocelyn had probably heard about 225 devotions before he responded in February 2013 to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

God used countless volunteers, on many of the previous work teams, to touch Jocelyn’s heart and move him to make this life-changing decision.


Homes4Haiti-w-Flag2The January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti left hundreds of thousands of Haitians either dead or homeless across the southern portion of the country. The world immediately responded to help with rescue, health care, feeding, and short-term housing needs, including One Mission Society. But most of those groups are no longer assisting in Haiti.

In September 2010, One Mission Society launched Homes for Haiti in response to the great need for safe, reliable housing. In the past four years, OMS (through the leadership of our Men for Mission’s short-term coordinator and H4H director, Bill Evans) has sent 63 teams, with a total of 724 volunteers to build 54 homes for Haitian families. God has greatly blessed the ministry by providing the funds and work teams needed to build these homes. 

Exciting news: OMS is now taking the Homes for Haiti project to a new level! We have purchased land just north of Port au Prince, in a city called Bon Repos, a rapidly growing community. 

Whereas the initial project helped those from OMS-related churches who owned property, the new Bon Repos Project will help the people who cannot afford property or “the poorest of the poor.”  

H4H 7 houseOn this land, approximately 3.18 acres, we will build a community church, install wells, and build 35 new homes. The total cost is $600,000. God has blessed us with needed funds to purchase the property and a 1:1 matching grant for these 35 homes. Each $5,000 given will activate the matching grant and provide shelter for one of Haiti’s poorest families.

Will you consider giving to this life-changing ministry project? Your support will bring great blessing to Haitian families displaced by the earthquake and will help establish a church in this rapidly-growing area near Port au Prince, Haiti. You may donate safely and easily online. Please type in project #408063 for the Bon Repos Project, or you may send your gift directly to:

One Mission Society
PO Box 1648
Monument, CO 80132-1648

We also have opportunities in 2014 to volunteer with OMS to help build one of these houses. If you are interested in participating on a trip (as an individual or a group), please contact Bill Evans at bevans@onemissionsociety.org, or register online.

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OMS Announces Next President Elect

January 24 2014

OMS Announces Next President Elect

On behalf of One Mission Society’s Board of Trustees, we would like to officially announce the next President-elect of OMS, Dr. Robert Fetherlin. Bob and his wife Esther come to us with 33 years of experience with The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). They spent 8 years serving in Mali, West Africa, and the past 25 in leadership at the C&MA national headquarters.

Bob and Esther will officially begin service with OMS on July 1, 2014. David and Lori Long and the entire OMS missionary body welcome Bob and Esther, the 10th OMS President in our 113-year history, to the OMS family. We look forward to the future and how God will use us as we serve him together by his grace and for his glory.

 

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