One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Chuni and Carolyn Pema

January 31 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 30) One Mission Stories , OMS' radio program, encore presentation, featuring OMS New Zealand missionaries, Chuni and Carolyn Pema, serving in India.

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

Chuni and Carolyn, former executive directors of OMS New Zealand, shared that it is HARVEST TIME IN INDIA. They are so happy to be involved with evangelism, church planting and training, and shepherding pastors.

They also shared that the OMS-founded Evangelical Church of India (ECI) now has nearly 4,000 churches! God is at work in India!

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 give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

PRAY: Pray that the Pemas would be used of God to minister and encourage Indian brothers and sisters. And pray for their son Levi, that he would feel a part of the OMS family. Pray that they would successfully train national leaders to continue the work.

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

BOOKS:

You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@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.

INFO:

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the first of four special Christmas programs. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio or on our podcast, where every show is archived: http://omsradio.podbean.com/ . You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, church planting, evangelism, house churches, missions in asia, missions in india, one mission stories, short term missions, training, world missions,

Miracles Around the World

November 25 2014

Every Tuesday and Thursday, those of us who work at the One Mission Society World Headquarters gather together for chapel. We get to hear reports from field missionaries passing through, encouraging devotionals from local pastors, and general updates from leaders of what God is doing around the world. Today was one of those days. International Ministries director, Randy Spacht, shared two stories.

OMS began work in India in 1940 and planted the first national church in 1945. Today, there are more than 4,500 OMS-related churches in India. Recently, Randy attended the 35th biennial all-India conference and heard many stories. One impactful report came from Delhi where the team there said that they were involved in evangelism, hospital and jail ministry, showing the Jesus film, and a healing ministry. Here in the U.S., we’re leery of testimonies of healings because of the fraud we’ve seen associated with it. But around the world, it is through healing ministries that thousands are being saved. One man, Ansh, couldn’t walk or talk, and was healed when the team prayed for him. He and his whole family accepted Jesus as their Savior.

In the Caribbean, people are coming to the Lord so quickly, OMS is checking and double checking the numbers for accuracy. Recently, an OMS-trained student met a man on the train and shared the Gospel with him, and he accepted Jesus in his life. As the student stood to get off at his stop, the man said, “But what do I do now?” The student gave him his Bible and his OMS church-planting training materials and told him to read it and do what it said.

Several months had passed when the car of one of our leaders, P*, broke down. He walked to a nearby town and heard Christian worship. When he inquired where he might find a mechanic, someone pointed at the group singing and said the mechanic was the one leading them.

Afterward, when P* introduced himself and his title to the mechanic, he (the mechanic) got so excited and brought out a book to show him. It was the same church-planting training book that the OMS student had given him on the train. He had read it, did what it said … and planted a church, with 200 being baptized that very night!

Oh, how good it is to serve the Lord of the harvest! Thank you for your support of One Mission Society, making it possible for the ministry like the stories above to happen, for us to tell His stories, and for all of us to be a part of changing lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tags: evangelism, india, caribbean, gospel sharing, healing,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -Anniversary #1

September 12 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 14) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the first of two special 1-year anniversary shows highlighting several OMS missionaries and their fun and inspiring stories. In this edition, you will hear from Dean Davis and some story examples of persons of peace and some fun life experiences of living in Latin America; you'll hear from Michelle Taylor and hear her heart for orphans in Russia; Graham Houghton shares about being a mentor in India and gives a story about the importance of our names; and Susan Loobie shares a funny story about stomach issues in Asia and a heartwarming testimony about never giving up.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Dean's, Michelle's, Graham's and Susan's!

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.

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

PRAY: Pray for Dean, Michelle, Graham, and Susan ... and all the people they shared about in their shows.

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

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@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.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear part 2 of our special anniversary program, as we celebrate one year of One Mission Stories with a compilation of podcast stories. 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, 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.

Tags: radio, missionary stories, missions, person of peace, orphans, india,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Jim Hogrefe

August 7 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Aug. 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Jim Hogrefe, serving with Every Community for Christ as the director of church multiplication. Jim shared many stories about his two years in Russia with CoMission and many stories about his time in India.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Jim's!

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.

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

PRAY: Pray for Jim and his wife Karen...and for their two adult children and six grandchildren. Pray that each would come to know the Lord and walk with him. Also, pray for the ministry of church multiplication, which is exploding! Pray for our next steps of saturating different communities with the Gospel so that every man, woman, and child would hear. We also need more partners to help fulfill the Great Commission.

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

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@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.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Joyce Oden. Joyce spent many years establishing our ministry in the Philippines and helped start our HOPE61 ministry, helping to prevent human trafficking. 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, click here to listen to the broadcast 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.

Tags: ecc, church multiplication, russia, comission, india, missions, short-term missions,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Bill Evans

July 14 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, July 13) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary, Bill Evans, who serves as the Men for Missions director of ministry teams and coordinator for the Homes for Haiti project. Bill shares about how he caught the vision for missions on a short-term trip to India and then Haiti. He's now served with OMS for 12 years. Exciting fact: Bill raised all his support to be a full-time missionary with OMS in 90 days!!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Bill's!

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

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

PRAY: Pray for Bill, his wife Jackie, and his three sons. Pray for MFM--that the team would seek the Lord in all they do. Pray for the Homes for Haiti/Bon Repos project--for teams to help, that the quality of work would be great, and that many Haitian families would use their new homes as a lighthouse for the Gospel. Pray for Bill, that he would be a credible, faithful witness for the Lord. "God doesn't call the equipped, but He equips the called."

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

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@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.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of short-term mission nurses in Ecuador. 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, click here to listen to the broadcast 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.

Tags: men for missions, mfm, short-term teams, haiti, india, homes for haiti

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

October 16 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

We hope you enjoyed last night's ENCORE presentation (Sunday, Jan. 12) of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Dr. Wesley Duewel, who is 97 years old and has served with OMS for nearly 75 years, including 25 years in India, several as OMS President, and most recently has spent decades writing books.

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

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

Dr. Duewel talked about church planting in India. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places around the world.

If you would like to purchase the book, Touch the World Through Prayer, featured in today's program, you can purchase it on Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313. You can also purchase any of Dr. Duewel's books this way.

Would you like to read OMS' magazine, OMS Outreach online? You can subscribe to it here for free.

Here is one of many of Dr. Duewel's poem. This is what he shared on the program:

ARE YOU HIDING THE WORD OF GOD?

You have the words which the Savior gave,

You have the book which millions crave,

You have the Truth which alone can save—

Are you hiding the Word of God?

 

Millions are groping in sin’s dark night,

Searching the pathway to truth and right.

You in your hands have the only Light—

Are you hiding the Light of God?

 

Millions engage in a deadly strife,

Foes of the soul and of God are rife;

Millions are losing the fight for life—

Are you hiding the Sword of God?

 

The need still exists though seasons roll,

Millions are fainting far short their goal,

Millions tonight have a hungry soul—

Are you hiding the Bread of God?

 

Millions haste on to a Christless tomb

Treading the pathways of sin and gloom,

You, if you will, can avert their doom—

Will you give them the Word of God?

 

--Wesley L. Duewel

(Allahabad, India; December 22, 1943)

 

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving in Mexico.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast, so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, Christmas missionary stories, church planting, evangelism, life changing story, missions in asia, missions in india, one mission stories, teach in a seminaryworld missions

Seeds on an Island

July 10 2013

Seeds on an Island

Friday...

We crossed over to another island this morning on the ferry boat. Almost 300 people were jammed on the boat with many standing. I didn’t get a seat, but sat on a box of Bibles we were bringing to pass out to the church planters. After docking, we rented another taxi and off we went to a small house church. Most vehicles live by the horn here. The air is filled with a cacophony of sound as different vehicles warn each other as well as pedestrians that they should get out of the way! Ponds dug out in front of most houses here in the Sunderban Islands are prevalent. On average they are 60 x 40 feet in size and 10 feet deep. As the dry season soon ends and the rains get ready to fall, many ponds have a low water level. The water gets used for raising fish, watering gardens, washing clothes, and maybe swimming for teens. Honestly, the ponds look very stagnant and uninviting. This part of India is quite tropical, with banana trees, coconut palms, and bamboo everywhere. As you go through a village the main road usually passes the market place where vendors of all sorts present and peddle their colorful fruits and vegetables. The mangoes are plentiful right now and so very sweet! The ladies seem to prefer bright red and orange colors for their saris. This helps eclipse the drabness of the faded buildings, the dirt & dust, and rubbish strewn about everywhere. Mangy dogs lie sleeping on the crowded roadside and a cow stands with his head inside a shop that sells sweets. By contrast, our roads and highways seem almost plain and boring!

In one village we met a couple of brothers who wanted to donate a piece of land next to their home to build a church. Before we went into the house they cut a hole in some coconuts so we could enjoy a drink. Next to the house was a bamboo structure with 75 baby chicks they raise for food and to sell. The family came to faith when our ECC church planter shared the Gospel, explaining the death of Jesus on the Cross to forgive our sins. The message rang true in their hearts and they put their faith in the Savior. Their lives now exude enthusiasm and determination to serve the Lord. We met with a group of 20 or so new Christians that meet weekly in their house for worship. Young and old sat on the dirt floor covered with straw mats. I really enjoyed sharing the story of Jesus when he calmed the violent storm on the Galilean Sea, after his disciples woke him up in the boat. He asked them why they were so afraid, when they should have had faith.

Often Satan tries to take our eyes off Jesus by enflaming our fears. Later in the afternoon one brother and his wife joined the training session we gave at another location. We were welcomed with flower garlands around our necks and young girls doing graceful dances portraying God’s love in Christ. Greg and I have been using the life of Nehemiah to teach them principles about wise and godly leadership. Today we trained 27 men and women. So far 16 house churches have been established on this island. I challenged them to each find a person of peace (see Luke 10) in a new village by June 30 and multiply 100 churches in the next 2 years. Greg has also been presenting Bibles given through ECC with money his church provided. It is heart-warming to see how they treasure their first Bible with both the Old and New Testaments.

For lunch we ate at a rundown looking restaurant near the beach where hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims come at a certain festival time each year to bathe in the head waters of the Ganges River. The owner, Ratan Panda and his wife seemed so pleased to have 2 Americans eating the preparations of their humble kitchen. He kept bringing out different dishes of food and then standing nearby to see how we liked it. His smile was contagious and showed his reddish teeth, stained from chewing beetle nut. 

I thanked him and took a photo of him and his wife. Then I mentioned that I wanted to tell him about someone who loves him very much. I went on to share in very simple fashion, the love of Jesus who died on a cross and rose from the dead to forgive their sins. He didn’t comment, but listened and then went back to work. I am praying for the seed planted to take root in his heart.

Tags: chaos, evangelism, missions in Indiaperson of peace

Strength in the Heat!

July 5 2013

Strength in the Heat!

Monday...

Tonight we ate in the home of Adam’s family. He is a doctor who lives in a very humble home by our standards, serving the poor here in the city of Thirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Adam, along with his wife Shamah and two children, live with Adam’s parents. Our ECC coordinator, Pastor Sundar Raj and wife Marysha (Adam’s sister) were also there. It was a delight to be with them eating chicken and rice with yogurt. Food is eaten without utensils, using only the right hand! Another room in the house is used to give his patients 24 hour emergency treatment. Adam went to care for a poor working woman who had suffered heat stroke. She was on an IV drip, receiving her 2nd bag of fluids. I went in and prayed for her as she lay there with two family members nearby.

The temperature here was 107 degrees today. Yes, it felt like an oven. Yet, as we ate, I asked Marysha to sing a song she teaches the children she often reaches out to in the village. The joy of the Lord shines with a pure twinkle in her eyes and a bright smile on her face. As she sang, her voice expressed a purity of faith that almost seemed angelic. I have no doubt that God was listening and smiling! These people have so very little, but are enriched with love and joy as they serve the Lord. I fear that many of us have lost the essence of real life. Sadly, we think that acquiring more “stuff” or experiencing some pleasure will make us happy.

After 12 years of marriage, Sundar Raj and Marysha, have no children. However, they are building a house where they can take in orphans and nurture them with Christ’s love. After we give training tomorrow to 40 ECC church planters, we will participate in a free medical clinic where Dr. Adam, Sundar Raj and Marysha will treat 150 poor villagers. It will be a full day of ministry with 3 hours drive each way. May God give us strength!

Blessings, Roger

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: missions in India, train and multiply, T&M, servant, outreachorphans

Hello from India!

July 3 2013

Hello from India!

Wednesday...

Since arriving here a week ago it has been a whirlwind of ministry and travel. It is hard to put into words the uniqueness of this nation that God has called me to serve. It is at the same time exhilarating, exasperating and exhausting! The heat has been well over 100 degrees. The blessings come in abundance, but the challenges show up alongside them! I am burdened by the human suffering all around me in the midst of what has become to me a familiar chaos. Yesterday I spent time with a leper lady without fingers and toes who is homeless and wanders around with her cane hoping for mercy and help to stay alive.

In the same village, a truck driver named Pencalakumar sat on his cot outside his home, unable to move because his leg was maimed in a horrific accident last year. The sober reality of his new limitations was written plainly across his face. After listening and then sharing the story of my son Wade, I shared the story of God’s Son who lovingly suffered and died to forgive our sins. Finally, I had the joy of praying with him to receive Jesus!

Some of you know that Pastor Greg DiMeolo from Ohio is traveling with me. His companionship is a great encouragement to me. As Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, “Two are better than one, because there is a good return for their work.” After returning late last night on a bus to Chennai, we took 2 flights to get to Calcutta early this morning.

This afternoon we drove 2 hours each way to a village in order to train 20 people in a house church. When we arrived, I had to fight back the tears. What a holy privilege to encourage and train these precious followers of Christ to reach into new villages with the Gospel. Tonight, like every night, I am weary. Nevertheless, I am thankful for Greg and for you who pray. Please ask God for a healing touch upon my stomach which has been in rebellion the past 2 days!

Thanks, Roger. (the next post is an entry I made 2 days ago)

Tags: suffering, chaos, homeless, evangelism, missions in Indiatraining

From Hindu Idols to Jesus Christ

April 1 2013

From Hindu Idols to Jesus Christ

Earning only $3.00 per day, Ujjwal tried to support his wife and children as a farmer in the Sunderban Islands in West Bengal, India. Like many in this area, he worshiped the Hindu gods, praying and making offerings to these idols.

When Ujjwal’s father became very ill, Ujjwal soon realized that these gods, and even the medical personnel, could not help. Ujjwal soon met Patra, a worker for Every Community for Christ, One Mission Society’s church multiplication catalyst.

Patra shared the love of Jesus Christ with Ujjwal, and soon, Patra started praying over Ujjwal’s father. These prayers caused Ujjwal’s father’s health to dramatically improve. Because of this miraculous healing, Ujjwal and his family became believers in Christ and started sharing with others.

Their newly formed faith was tested when an arsonist set fire to Ujjwal’s house. Being away while doing ministry, Ujjwal did not despair. He turned to his heavenly Father for divine intervention.

Ujjwal’s son called to tell him that a sudden rain storm blew out of nowhere to put the fire out. The house was not destroyed!

Through all of these events, Ujjwal understands the power of prayer. In April 2013, more than 500 new believers will take part in a baptism ceremony. When Ujjwal was asked how there is such an abundance of fruit in the ministry he is a part of, he replied, "Continuous prayer."

Please take a moment and pray for all of OMS’ workers around the world. Prayer is a vital part of the ministry at OMS, as this work can only be done with the help of the Almighty God. Please visit OMS’ Wall of Prayer often, so that you can continue to pray without ceasing.

Tags: missions in india, missions, every community for christchurch planting