Grateful Starfish Student

May 10 2018

In a country where attending school can be difficult and expensive, Starfish Kids is helping Haitian families by providing tuition assistance and books for sponsored students. Even with the sponsorships, we sometimes see students leaving schools for various reasons, often involving the family moving due to illness or for job opportunities. We don’t always know why a student leaves, sometimes mid-year, which can be a challenge. But this makes graduation stories even more inspiring. We see incredible stories of perseverance through some of our sponsored students.

In June 2017, Luvenson Lorvince graduated from secondary school after 11 years of sponsorship through the Starfish Kids program.

Luvenson grew up in a single-parent home. Luvenson’s mother was responsible for raising Luvenson, along with five of his siblings and two of his sister’s children. She worked hard, selling bread and roasted peanuts to provide food for her household, but it wasn’t enough to send her children to school.

Through his local church, Luvenson was accepted into the Starfish Kids program and was matched with a sponsor. Luvenson says that, after God, his Starfish Kids sponsorship has been the most important thing in his life. It provided him with an education he would not otherwise have.

He graduated with the highest grades in his community. His dream is to attend university to become a civil engineer and help improve his country. He wants to give back and help provide opportunities in the same way they were provided for him. Luvenson believes that without education, there can be no progress for his country.

He is thankful for his sponsor through Starfish Kids and prays that God will continue to bless all sponsors abundantly so more children in Haiti can be helped.

Our prayer at Starfish Kids is for God to reach students like Luevnson and their families through school sponsorships. The gift of sponsorship truly is changing lives in Haiti one student at a time.

Tags: starfish kids, sponsorship, child sponsors, sfk, haiti,

Training Leaders in Haiti

August 8 2017

Since its beginning, One Mission Society has been in the business of developing Christ-like leaders for the global church. One of the ways this has been accomplished is through the planting of theological training institutions for the development of local church leaders all over the globe. Through the years, many of the Bible colleges and seminaries started by OMS have become leaders in their respective global regions among Protestant Evangelical theological schools. The Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti is great example of one of those schools.

In 1967, OMS started the Emmaus Vocational Bible School (EVBS) in a small suburb of Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Through Radio 4VEH, an evangelism and discipleship ministry of OMS, churches were growing and the need for theologically trained pastors was growing with them!

The vision for EVBS was to develop both vocational and theological training for local pastors, church planters, and evangelists for the many small churches in northern Haiti. In 2000, after 33 years of equipping hundreds of local churches with theologically trained leaders, the school became Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti. The vision for the rebranding of the school was to offer undergraduate and graduate-level theological training for an ever-growing Haitian church.

Today, Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti is among the top 10 theological schools in the Caribbean and has one of the premier graduate programs among Caribbean theological schools. EBS has also partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University to deliver a masters in Theological Studies to Haitian students. The current enrollment at EBS is approximately 110 students with a mostly Haitian, fully credentialed faculty.

The following have been a direct result of the strategic partnership between EBS and OMS:

1. EBS has maintained its Wesleyan-holiness distinctive within its curriculum and training programs. Even today, EBS is one of only three theological schools in Haiti with a Wesleyan-holiness profile. Thanks to OMS, EBS believes that the best of the Gospel is the rest of the Gospel. This emphasis at EBS means the promotion of the transformation of moral character that is a necessary result of conversion (sanctification and discipleship development).

2. Because of EBS’s relationship with OMS, there is a continued emphasis on church planting throughout EBS training programs. In fact, approximately 40 percent of graduates go into some sort of church-planting ministry.

3. OMS has empowered the development of Christ-like leaders for the church in Haiti through providing highly credentialed faculty to teach intensive courses four times a year on the campus.

4. OMS has been a driving force in helping EBS raise funds for many development projects. In 2010, EBS relocated to a brand new, state-of-the-art campus five miles from its original location. Without OMS, this would not have been possible.

Without OMS, EBS would not exist today. Furthermore, EBS is one of dozens of schools with OMS’ fingerprints all over it. This is the business of the development of leaders for the global church. This is the business of Theological Education at OMS.

By Matt Ayars, rector and professor at EBS


To learn more about EBS and Haiti, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HaFJ8w50IE&feature=youtu.be

Tags: seminary, theological education, haiti, emmaus biblical seminary, church planting,

​Evangelism: Intimidating, Yet Beautiful

July 21 2017

Let’s be honest, sharing the Gospel is intimidating. Why? Just as public speaking causes great anxiety for many people across the nations so does evangelism. This fear may derive from an innate desire to be liked among our fellow humans. Sometimes, we have to receive a little push out of our comfort zone to overcome this fear.

That is what it took for me. God pushed me out of my comfort zone by sending me on a short-term mission trip to Cap Haitien, Haiti, where I participated in door-to-door evangelism in a rural village with no electricity or running water, but with a rich voodoo presence. As the team prepared to go out, fear and anxiety took the lead in our minds. I could tell from the facial expressions of my teammates that I wasn’t the only who felt ill equipped and a little shaky when thinking about confronting a witch doctor with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We met with the local pastor in this rural village, went over the evangelism technique we were to use, prayed together, and then set out on our mission. The visit to the first home was a little rough. My partner and I equally had no clue what to say. Despite the brief evangelism overview prior to going out, we had no true training or preparation to “properly” share the Gospel. I kept frantically praying in the back of my mind for the Spirit to speak through me, but was met with what felt like silence from the Lord. As we approached the fifth house, I felt the Spirit nudge me saying, “Just share what I have done in your life, like Paul did.” So, I told my partner to give the presentation of the Gospel, and I would share my testimony.

We greeted the five boys who were sitting outside of the home, and I felt the Lord with me. I knew he was going to do something miraculous. Even though there was a language and cultural barrier, as I shared my testimony, I could see one boy, who seemed to be the leader of the group, genuinely connected with my story. His name is Johnny. The Lord clearly drew my attention toward him, which set him apart from the group. When I was done sharing, I simply asked if they would like to have a story of transformation similar to mine by giving their life to Jesus. They all said yes! As we said the prayer of repentance, all the boys, except Johnny, slowly stopped repeating the words in the prayer. Later, we walked by the house on our way back to the church and Johnny was eagerly listening the Resounding Hope radio we gave him. This radio, fix-tuned to OMS’ Radio 4VEH radio station and downloaded with an audio Bible in Creole, serves as a wonderful discipling tool because most Haitians who live in rural areas are illiterate, so cannot read the Bible. I am excited for what God has in store for Johnny! I know he will do great things for God in his village.

This trip has taught me that sharing my testimony is completely essential in the light of eternity, and although it may be a little intimidating, when given to the Lord, it is absolutely empowering and beautiful. I have returned from Haiti with a fiery passion to share what God has done and is doing in my life with those I come in contact with daily. You can make a difference where you are right now with what God has given you. I exhort you to not let fear cause you to hide God’s greatness. The power and transformation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not come from any evangelism training or knowledge but purely from the Spirit of the living God. He deserves to be shared with your neighbor, parents, kids, that woman in the grocery store, that man on the street, and with all people. So today, pray that God would help you share his greatness with all those around you, even through your weakness, fear, and anxiety.

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” ~1 Corinthians 2:1-5

By Taylor Logsdon, OMS Communications and Marketing Team

Tags: haiti, evangelism, radio 4veh, fear, short-term missions,

Making Disciples Near and Far

March 7 2017

In Haiti

In the mountainous area of Boukan Michel of Borgne in northern Haiti, trainers Job and Janiel traveled three hours until the road deteriorated to a simple path with a very steep valley on one side and a mountain on the other. Leaving their motorcycles, they walked three more hours in the rain and mud and spent the night at church planter Maxim’s home. Two couples studying the Train & Multiply booklet “Baptism” with Maxim wanted to be married so they could be baptized. One couple had been living together for 25 years, and the other for 20 years. Marriages are a strong witness to the community and bring maturity to the church.

Once a month, two of the eight church planters being trained leave their homes at 3:00 a.m. to arrive at the 9:00 a.m. training. They, in turn, train the other six church planters, resulting in three generations of worshiping groups.

In South Asia

Lashar is a dynamic church planter in South Asia. He supervises 10 churches, with more than 250 church members. He has 20 disciples under his supervision. Every month, he visits these churches, leading training and participating in baptisms, using his bicycle. Lashar often brings his wife to visit the churches so that she can minister directly with the women.

Lashar is one of our church planters that could exponentially increase his ministry if he had a motorcycle. Churches must be nurtured with frequent accountability visits. To strengthen the existing churches, to plant and multiply new churches, to baptize more believers, and to train multiplying disciples, Lashar needs a motorcycle that will save him time as he travels long distances. This year, he plans to plant six new churches and reach many hundreds of unreached people with the Good News of Jesus.

If you would like to donate to purchase a motorcycle or bicycle for a church worker around the world ... and KNOW that your investment is making an eternal difference, click here.

Tags: evangelism, motorcycles, church planting, asia, haiti, church workers,

Bondye ap Tande Lapriye, God Hears Prayers

January 31 2017

This month, you have read stories and seen photos of the exciting things God is doing through the ministry of SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education Program), One Mission Society’s child sponsorship program which provides tuition, books, and supplies to school-aged children in southern Haiti.

Through this compassion ministry, coordinated by Men for Missions and run by the OMS-related Emmaus Fellowship of Churches in Haiti, we desire to make disciples of Jesus Christ, equipping and inspiring them to share their faith with family and friends, multiplying dynamic communities of believers, which is right in line with the OMS mission statement:

“By God’s grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around the world.”

“Bondye ap tande lapriye, Chak maten, midi, ni aswe, Bondye ap reponn lapriye” translated from Haitian Creole to English means, “God hears prayers—morning, noon and night. God answers prayer.” This simple children’s prayer is a good reminder to us that God indeed hears and answers our prayers.

Would you join us in praying for the SHEEP ministry?

  • Pray for the Haitian children attending College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, that they will understand and desire to know Jesus personally.
  • Pray for the children to be witnesses to their families and communities.
  • Pray for each child’s physical and emotional health.
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for the teachers and staff.
  • Pray for more sponsors.

If you have not yet responded financially … remember that by committing to two years of sponsorship, you will get the first year free, with the challenge grant made available through a generous donor.

Please contact our office at sheep@onemissionsociety.org or call 317.888.3333 for more information or to start your sponsorship.

To see the SHEEP ministry, click here.

Tags: child sponsorship, compassion, compassion ministry, haiti, southern haiti, school, kids,

Full Hearts, Full Bellies

January 17 2017

Many people who have participated on a Men for Missions short-term team to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, have visited the children at the One Mission Society-related Christian school, College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, and witnessed the poverty-stricken area. In an effort to alleviate the children’s hunger, One Mission Society created a feeding program through the SHEEP ministry in the school to supply one hot meal during each school day. Before these meals were being provided, some of the students were having trouble focusing on learning due to hunger. This school meal may be the only nutrition the student receives for the day.

For just 49 cents a day, a Haitian child can be fed at school each day. College Mixte Evangelique has just over 200 students. It costs approximately $100 per day to feed everyone in the school, which equals about $3,000 for six weeks.

Jesus shares, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?...“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ Matthew 25:37-40.

Your generosity can greatly impact a Haitian child and the community. Would you help us share God’s love to the unreached in Haiti? To give a gift of any amount to the SHEEP feeding program, send your gift along with your next OMS gift, send to One Mission Society * PO Box 1648 * Monument, CO 80132, or give online, using project #408188.

Please pray with us for God’s provision of food for the hungry in Haiti.

Tags: haiti, sheep ministry, child sponsorship, feeding program, compassion ministry,

Birthday Bash for Kids

January 10 2017

Who doesn’t love a birthday party? Cake, balloons, presents, friends, and family gathered together to celebrate you! Yet, Cary Boster from Raleigh, North Carolina, felt the Lord leading her in a different direction. Here’s her story:

I have been working with OMS missionaries Bill Evans, Dick McLeish and Jenna Guerrier, serving with Men for Missions, for many years, and in February 2016, I was blessed with the opportunity to go with Jenna on my first mission trip to Haiti. After going on this trip, my eyes were really opened on how truly blessed I am.

I had a big birthday party planned for my 40th in October 2016; but after my trip, I realized that the kids in Haiti could benefit from me not having a party, and instead, donating the money from a party and gifts to them directly. I had family and friends donate to the SHEEP ministry through One Mission Society. The kids in Haiti have really touched my heart, and I cannot wait to go back.

We praise the Lord for Cary’s heart to help the children in Haiti. Not only is Cary a child sponsor for SHEEP, she was obedient to the Lord’s calling to additionally assist in raising money for the school. Would you pray about becoming a child sponsor? Inquire now to learn more about the Challenge Grant, which gives two years of sponsorship for the price of one year. Contact our office at sheep@onemissionsociety.org or give here.

Cary is pictured in the pink shirt.

Tags: haiti, child sponsorship, help kids, heart for missions,

​A Day in the Life of a SHEEP Student

January 4 2017

When we think about a flock, we envision a large group. The OMS-sponsored school in Gressier, Haiti, has a flock of students. Yet, our Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, knows and loves each one individually. SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education Program), an ministry of One Mission Society and coordinated by Men for Missions, recognizes that every child deserves the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus, to receive an education, and to feel loved.

Sherri Goodman from Vanlue, Ohio, shares her personal experience of meeting these students.

I had the privilege of visiting the school in Gressier, Haiti, where I first learned of the SHEEP ministry. I was so moved, I immediately knew I wanted to be involved in this ministry.

We were greeted by Madame Charlotte, who lovingly runs the school. As we approached the classrooms, we heard the children’s voices ringing out as they started each morning with songs of praise and reciting Scripture. We had the opportunity to sit in on a classroom where we observed dedicated teachers instructing students.

In months to come, some of those students may not be able to return to their classroom. Their tuition is paid monthly, so if they do not have the money the next month, they do not get to attend school, sometimes missing many months at a time. If they don’t attend school, they may not eat, as the school has a meal program that provides the children with the certainty of at least one meal a day.

When the children had their break (recess), we were able to interact with them and they totally stole my heart. There was hugging, hand holding, sitting on laps, trying their best to teach us games and songs, laughter, and just happy children having fun in a safe, caring environment.

SHEEP provides a stable opportunity for these children to be able to attend school on a consistent basis, providing them with nourishment for their spiritual, intellectual, and physical needs.

How about you? Is the Lord leading you to respond to a specific child in need? Inquire now to learn more about the Challenge Grant which gives two years of sponsorship for the price of one year. Email Jackie at sheep@onemissionsociety.org for more information or to sign up to be a child sponsor.

To donate to the SHEEP ministry, click here.

Tags: child sponsorship, ministry to kids, haiti, sheep,

First Human Trafficking Prevention Training in Haiti = Success

November 22 2016

I recently traveled to Haiti to conduct the first HOPE61 training seminars in that country. The problem of human trafficking is monumental across the country, and the pastors and leaders were hungry to learn from the seminar how they could prevent it from happening in the communities they serve.

Haiti is the 14th country to receive the HOPE61 training. It was a blessed time of learning for me and the pastors and church leaders that attended the sessions in Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince.

It rained for days, and the flooding was severe across the Cap Haitien region, but the day we conducted the training was sunny and warm. One hundred pastors and leaders were invited to attend, but with the flooding in homes and on the roads, we were unsure how many would be able to attend. We praise God for the more than 75 leaders that attended the seminar!

The training was interactive and dynamic. One attendee was Dr. Rodney Baptiste, the director of the OMS-related Bethesda Medical Clinic. Dr. Rodney was so excited to receive this training on human trafficking prevention that he took what he had learned and shared it with the entire staff at Bethesda the next day.

At the end of each HOPE61 training seminar, participants are asked to develop a plan of action to implement what they have learned. Dr. Rodney’s plan was to share the information with his staff as they interact with people every day at the clinic who are vulnerable to become involved in trafficking. Raising the awareness and the knowledge of the staff at Bethesda Medical Clinic will directly reduce the vulnerability of those that come through the clinic. How wonderful to know that the training was multiplied, almost immediately, by Dr. Rodney.

Another 35 pastors and leaders were trained the next day in Port-au-Prince. We are excited to hear stories of the training the pastors received being implemented across southern Haiti, as well. God is working powerfully in Haiti in a number of ways, and it is a huge blessing for HOPE61 to begin work there, as well. Human trafficking is a huge problem around the world, but not too big for God and his church to overcome! Will you join us in praying for Haiti and for the other 13 countries that HOPE61 is working in to prevent human trafficking?

If you’d like to give a Christmas gift this season to help with future HOPE61 trainings, give here.

By Tom Overton, Director of HOPE61

Tags: human trafficking, haiti, training, prevention, hope61,

Hurricane Havoc

October 10 2016

“Definitely thinking a lot about the people of Jérémie in the southwest corner of Haiti. This is the second time that I have taken a survey trip of a major disaster. The heart sure gets torn up on these trips–leaving without feeling you have done anything, knowing you need to get back to communicate needs and establish a strategic response, seeing people and communities working together and wanting to join them, but knowing in your head that you can do more by leaving and communicating and working with others,” shared Brett Bundy, One Mission Society Haiti field leader.

On Friday, Brett and a team of four Haitian OMS workers traveled to the worst-affected areas in the south and southwest of Haiti, around the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie. Their purpose was to assess how OMS can best respond to the many needs left behind in the wake of the devastating category 4 hurricane that struck Haiti and several Caribbean islands, as well as the southeast U.S. coast, on October 4 and the days following.

Though the majority of OMS’ ministries take place in Cap Haitien in northern Haiti, which we give thanks to the Lord that it was not heavily impacted, our longstanding presence in the country enables us to work in partnerships to provide resources and quickly mobilize teams to bring aid to those in need.

It is difficult at this point to gauge the severity of the damage from the hurricane as travel and communication within the country is challenging. However, early reports indicate that the death toll has climbed above 1,000, with thousands more injured, left homeless and in need of aid. Some reports even state that 90 percent of the southwest of Haiti was completely destroyed.

Our OMS survey team also reported, “No roofs were left on homes, schools, or churches. Crops, trees, animals are all gone. Things are very difficult. The government has declared three days of mourning in memory of those who died in this catastrophe.”

Another major concern is the outbreak and spread of cholera in the wake of the hurricane.

Pray for our leadership team, making decisions about what to do. Pray for all those affected in Haiti and in other regions. And pray that the people around the world would be generous and wise in who they donate to.

OMS has set up an emergency relief fund. Click here to contribute or for more information.

Tags: hurricane, haiti, caribbean, jérémie, hurricane matthew,