June 22 2018
In a dark and hurting world, we are in need of light! Are you willing to be that light? Come to learn how at One Missions Society’s ILLUMINATE Missions Conference from June 27 – 30. Find out more or register at www.oms.events.
This event will be held at Community Church of Greenwood in Greenwood, Indiana, and the theme of the conference will focus on how Christians can demonstrate the love of Jesus by being a light in a dark world.
World-renowned speaker Luis Palau was scheduled to be a keynote speaker but had to cancel earlier this year when he found out he had cancer. Listen to his special message to us HERE. Also, please pray for him, and thank God with us that the Lord provided several other noted speakers such as,Pam Tebow, mother of professional athlete Tim Tebow; Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center and the interim pastor of Moody Church in Chicago; Stan Key, president of Francis Asbury Society; and many more who will address topics such as human trafficking prevention and modern missionary movements across the globe.
Other highlights of the conference include a pastor appreciation day on June 29 , a 5K Freedom Run at Freedom Park to raise funds for OMS’ international literacy ministry, Bridge to Reading, an interactive vacation Bible school program for kids, dozens of practical workshops, and many networking opportunities to connect with specialized OMS ministries like Men for Missions, Dynamic Women in Missions, HOPE61 (human trafficking prevention), and many more.
We hope to see you there!
July 8 2016
A Reflection on One Mission Society’s 2016 International Conference
To the unfocused eye, the lights above the auditorium were
just flashes of bright yellow against a backdrop of black. But after a few
moments, if you let your vision adjust, those lights transformed. Hundreds of
single bulbs hung on individual cords, dangling above the heads of the
conference members, almost as if they were stars.
Attendees sat in their seats or stood, necks craned and
cameras out, as rows of people marching with flags descended down the aisles of
the auditorium. More than 30 flags, carried by residents of that country,
rippled onto the stage. All the while, a song boomed throughout the auditorium:
“God is on the move, on the move, hallelujah….”
The flag presentation was the opening ceremony to One
Mission Society’s (OMS) biennial international conference, Illuminate. Reflected
by the conference’s title, this weekend brought hundreds of missionaries,
families, and guests from around the world to gather in community and dive into
the concept of being a light for Christ in a dark world.
More than 500 people arrived for Illuminate, held on Indiana
Wesleyan University’s campus. Each day was packed with programs that centered
on that central theme of being a light and illuminating the darkness. Attendees
had the opportunity to pray in community for different nations and people
groups, participate in break-out sessions, worship with the Hunter Smith Band,
listen to four keynote speakers, and enjoy a variety of extra activities.
One of the highlights of the conference was the Illuminate
Experience Room, an interactive area where attendees could mingle and do
hands-on activities that pulled together the theme of being a light for Christ.
Some stood in line to take pictures at the photo booth. Others explored the
Illuminate Experience maze, which
took people through an almost pitch-black course, lit intermittently by small, orange
Across the weekend, Illuminate also highlighted two OMS
ministries that people could donate toward: Bibles for Cuba, a ministry that
worked to deliver more Bibles to the Cuban believers, and Bridge to Reading, an
international literacy program that tutors students and also brings the Gospel
message. Each day, OMS took donations to help fund these programs, and there
was even a 5K run for Bridge to Reading that raised awareness and support for
Illuminate was also the official launch of OMS’ One Billion-One
Opportunity Vision. President Bob Fetherlin presented more about this vision in
the opening and closing of the conference. Parallel to OMS’ desire to be a
light in a dark world and to reach more people for Christ, Bob shared the
vision of giving one billion people one opportunity to hear, understand, and
accept the Gospel message over a 10-year period. This calling is
disproportionate to OMS, Bob added, but not disproportionate to who God is.
Therefore, part of the plan to step up to the challenge of
the One Billion-One Opportunity Vision is to come before God in deep prayer,
create partnerships with other organizations, and not only send out OMS
missionaries but also people from OMS mission fields themselves. Ultimately,
this vision is not a springboard for OMS as an organization, but a step in
obedience to follow God’s will in bringing people of all nations to him.
It was only fitting to conclude the weekend, a weekend
dedicated to illuminating the darkness, with a commissioning of new OMS
missionaries. Under the dangling, star-like auditorium lights, people gathered
in clusters around each missionary individual or family. They bowed their heads
and reached out to lay hands on those who were being sent out. The new
missionaries, covered in the hands of the OMS family, were the first to be
commissioned under the new One Billion-One Opportunity Vision, but they are
certainly not the last.
With the launch of the One Billion-One Opportunity Vision
and the commissioning of the new missionaries, the Illuminate attendees
dispersed back across the world on Sunday. The opening ceremony flags were
rolled up and stored on a truck. As a final note, a torrent of rain and thunder
barreled down once staff and volunteers threw the last of the supplies onto the
loading truck. But the spirit of the weekend, the excitement of the new vision,
and the mission to be lights in a dark world couldn’t be snuffed out.
To see more highlights of Illuminate, visit http://www.onemissionsociety.org
By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern