July 7 2017
Chelsea Long, a
junior at the University of Missouri Columbia, is passionate about telling
people's stories. With an emphasis in strategic communication and a love of
theater, her special set of skills reveal a young woman who strives to share
everyone's unique story. So it's no surprise that she decided to serve in the Communications
and Marketing Department this summer with One Mission Society.
Chelsea grew up
in a Christian home with a family of strong believers. She was plugged into
church the minute she was born, she jokes, but when she was old enough to
finally join the youth group, the beloved youth pastor left. Unfortunately, the
new youth pastor focused more on growing numbers than growing the faith of the
people [who] had been there." By her sophomore year in high school,
Chelsea joined a new church and youth group where she happily connected with a
great group of Christian friends. But, after several issues, the friend group
dissolved only two years later, leaving Chelsea feeling isolated and alone,
like she had no one to lean on or pour into her spiritual life.
When it came time
to choose a university, Chelsea chose one that everyone warned was a huge party
school, effectively causing her to worry about falling in with the wrong crowd
of people. So, the minute she arrived on campus, she dedicated herself to
finding a good group of Christian students. It just so happened that soon after
her arrival, she was invited to play ultimate frisbee with a group of fellow
Christians. Chelsea’s first thoughts were, “Yes, friends! Boo ultimate frisbee!” Despite the fact that
she firmly hates ultimate frisbee, she went in order to invest in and cultivate
relationships. She reflects that this group of friends has been instrumental in
"building me up, strengthening my faith, and teaching me how to live out
my faith, especially in a very secular school."
With the summer quickly
approaching, Chelsea actively sought an internship that was either nonprofit or
focused on ministry. This led her to accept a summer position with OMS, a
decision she does not regret.
you great experience in your specific field of study, while also helping you
build your faith while being surrounded by a great group of believers."
This is our fifth in a series of five blogs about our summer interns. We hope you enjoyed learning more about them. If you, or someone you know, is interested in an internship at OMS, email email@example.com.
June 30 2017
definitely knew about the Bible, grew up with it, [and] was familiar with it,
but it wasn't until the end of high school that my faith became personal."
Sierra Steffen, a
senior at Purdue University majoring in organizational leadership, is excited
to figure out what it looks like to combine everyday work with personal spiritual
growth while serving with the Communications and Marketing Department this
Sierra grew up in
a home that put God first, but it took her years to recognize that she wasn't
fully putting her identity in Christ.
On the evening of
her high school graduation, she found herself looking at her pictures, plaques,
and trophies, everything she had put her identity into in high school, and she
felt empty. She k new she needed to place her identity into something, or more
appropriately someone, who was permanent. She counts herself fortunate that she
grew up in a household where she knew that Jesus was the answer. Jesus was who
her identity should be founded in, so it was on that night that she gave her
life to the Lord.
When she felt God
calling her to Purdue, she was surprised because it wasn't the type of school
she had previously considered. But, God had a plan that involved getting
plugged into a good youth group. She reflects on this calling with a laugh now
because it has given her "A lot of opportunities to witness to people on
The first summer
after her freshman year, Sierra interned in a big city, and she hoped to do
something similar after her sophomore year. She wanted to achieve bigger and
better things, but she had to come to terms with the fact that God was calling
her home for the summer. "God totally changed my heart about going home
for the summer. He led me home and closed some doors to make it very clear
that's where he wanted me. Looking back, it's so neat to see that he needed me
home that summer."
God's will mattered most, she fully relied on him while trying to figure out
where to go and what to do for this current summer. "I really prayed that
his will would be done, and that I would be where he wanted me." Accepting
where that would be was hard, but "He definitely knows what's best, and he
led me to One Mission Society."
And, with every
creative meeting, deep conversation, and coffee break that makes you hold your
stomach with laughter, she is reaffirmed of her decision to serve with OMS.
of the Great Commission here."
June 23 2017
prayed for a long time that God would just open the right doors and shut the
wrong ones. I prayed for God to put me in situations where I would have no
other choice but to trust in him."
And that’s how
God intervened in Maranda Grabbe's life and brought her to OMS as the
Missionary Care intern for the summer. It’s clear to see that her passion for
people was instilled into her heart by God the minute she was born. Having gone
through her own trials and hardships over the years, she found herself wanting
to pour into others who were going through similar things. Maranda shared how
important it is to have someone to lean on because "it was very evident
when I was lacking those people to cling to." It is for this reason that
she is finishing a degree in Christian Counseling at Central Christian College
of the Bible in Moberly, Missouri.
God recently revealed
in her a passion for missions, for reaching the lost and the broken. Nearly a
year ago, she and some friends were provided an opportunity to visit Greece on
a mission trip. Maranda felt herself being called to this mission trip, but she
had to acknowledge that she was struggling with various personal issues. She
shared how contradictory her emotions were in these moments. She was deeply
happy for her friends and the good work they would do, while equally
disappointed that she couldn't help serve others. She knew, however, that she
first needed to explore where her anxiety and depression were coming from, and
learn how to give them up to God. But this desire to serve in Greece was placed
on her heart for a reason, and she didn't let it go. With hard work,
dedication, and prayer, she was able to serve in Greece just two months
But she didn’t
accomplish this on her own. “God had been working on me,” she shared. The
mission trip to Greece "changed my life and wrecked my world." When
the time came to choose an internship, Maranda wasn’t sure what it would mean
to volunteer her entire summer to a mission, but she relied on God for the
This reliance on God,
the one who provides and protects, led Maranda to choose OMS.
“I love how
welcoming and caring everyone is. They are truly happy to have me here serving
with them, and it has been very encouraging knowing that."
By Mykaela Alvey, Summer Communications intern
June 15 2017
knew I had a heart for international people, for helping others, nurturing them
and loving and caring for them … that's when I really found my faith and my
identity in Christ …"
is taking her passion for people and applying it in the Human Resources Department
of One Mission Society. She is serving as a mobilizer this summer, a job that
compliments her major of Missions and Ministry at Kentucky Christian
Devondra grew up
in a home that wasn't always focused on Christ, but she was fortunate enough to
have an aunt who always invested in her spiritually. Devondra reflected on her
search for Christ, "I didn't really grow up in a household where Christ
was the center … where we talked about Christ, [or] where I learned anything
about Christ, so anything outside of the prior knowledge I already had, I had
to go seek." And that's exactly what she did on June 2, 2013, when she was
saved and gave her life to Christ.
Upon graduating from
high school, she made the decision to seek a nursing degree at Kentucky
Christian University, but God had other plans about her future career. After
spending two years in the nursing program, Devondra noticed God closing doors
that led to her becoming a nurse. As a result of this, she made the
split-second decision to change her major to Ministry with a focus in Missions.
student at KCU is asked to fulfill an internship before graduation. It was this
requirement that led Devondra to the International Conference of Missions
(ICOM). She quickly saw that there were many organizations who were not keen on
giving Devondra information on what she would be doing, except for one.
Devondra talks about how throughout the entire day she just kept bumping into
Heather, one of OMS' Mobilization workers, and it made an impact on her.
Devondra felt a sense of home when she was talking with OMS, something she
didn't feel with the other organizations. She reflected, "I really felt
like I was wanted and someone really cared about my spiritual journey."
It was this
feeling of "home" that brought Devondra to serve with the OMS this
"OMS is a
team that is always willing to walk alongside other coworkers, missionaries,
and those coming to Christ."
June 9 2017
“I am excited to explore how I can combine writing and my faith.”
Mykaela Alvey, a
recent college graduate, is the journalism intern in the Communications
Department at One Missions Society for the summer 2017. Despite her current desire
to be a part of a mission organization, she only recently listened to this call
Mykaela grew up
as a preacher’s kid. From a young age, she fell into the image that she thought
a pastor’s kid is supposed to have. “I was a leader in the youth group, I
volunteered for the children’s ministry and Bible camp, which is not a bad
thing, but it made it easy to have this mask and make it look like I had it all
together.” Behind this preacher’s kid façade, Mykaela’s relationship with God
was actually stagnant.
It wasn’t until
her junior year of college, after watching the movie War Room, a story
of a woman who turns to prayer when her life becomes difficult, that Mykaela
felt her faith changing.
Mykaela felt a nudge to buy a journal. “I later realized this nudge was from
God.” This purchase radically changed her faith in God and propelled it
forward. She had spent her entire life feeling like she couldn’t pray, but this
purchase made her realize that this journal was her link to God, her own way of
Mykaela began to
grow stronger in her faith and by her senior year, she felt a call from God to
go into either ministry or missions. “I think it [the call] was there my entire
life, but I just chose to ignore it because there were more 'important
things'—worldly things to do.” She finally decided to listen to this nudge from
God and explore it.
Mykaela, has a
degree in history and writing and was not looking to give up her specific
interests. She wanted to find a job in ministry or missions where she could
still pursue her writing passion.
So when she learned
about and applied for the journalism internship at OMS, she was excited about
what God had in store for her. Then God answered. Mykaela shed a few joyful
tears when she officially received the internship position.
“Even though I’m only a summer intern, I feel like I am one small drop in
this pool of water of making a difference, and I really like that I get to be a
part of something like that.”
By Chelsea Long, OMS Summer Communications and Marketing Intern
November 7 2016
year, 10-15 college students and young adults serve as interns at One Mission
Society. These interns fill a variety of roles across OMS, bringing experience,
enthusiasm, and new perspectives to their teams. Whether they’re with us a few
hours a week or all summer, interns leave a lasting impact on OMS and on
ministry around the world.
Hunter served as a summer intern with OMS in 2014. After she graduated last
year, God led Clarissa to serve on a short-term trip to Hungary, where she was
able to put her strong administrative and communication skills to use. Through
that experience, God called Clarissa to continue her service with OMS. Clarissa
currently serves at the OMS World Headquarters in the Development Department while
funding to return to Hungary as a full-time missionary.
also hosts interns from other countries through denominational partnerships
around the world.
Hurtado was an intern from Colombia who served with OMS for six months earlier
this year. Harold had a background in missions and a heart for people. Right
before he began his internship, Harold’s denomination faced changes, and he was
left without a job to return to after his internship.
began praying about what was next while trusting in God’s plan and provision.
He met Jonathan Morton, an OMS missionary who serves with New Life, a Hispanic
church-planting ministry based in the Indianapolis area. Harold attended New
Life Church and instantly found a community there. As he served at the OMS
headquarters and became more engaged with his new church family, God called
Harold to be involved in this ministry longer term. Now, Harold is back in
Colombia funding to return to the U.S. to serve alongside Jonathan and the New
Life church-planting network.
not every intern goes on to re-engage with OMS in one of these ways, we hope
every intern walks away with a more intimate relationship with Jesus, a deeper
engagement in missions, and greater insight into how they can be a part of
furthering Christ’s kingdom around the world. Will you support future
world-changers like Clarissa and Harold?
to intern scholarship, one of our eight Christmas projects being highlighted
this holiday season. Give here.
By Andrea Fisher, OMS
September 20 2016
This is part 5 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS.
God’s Word, the message that Jesus values children is evident. He says people
must have a childlike heart. King Solomon highlights the joys of youth. Paul
encourages young Timothy to set an example for believers everywhere in his
ministry. The importance of young people is evident throughout the Bible. And
it doesn’t just mention their importance, but it speaks of their responsibility.
Just like other believers of other ages, Christian youth have a role to play in
glorifying God and bringing his Good News to the world.
out of college, Clarissa Hunter has felt God calling her to the mission field
in Budapest, Hungary. On the field, Clarissa will serve in communications and
ministry coordination. As she begins the funding process, she is working at the
OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, as the administrative assistant
for Development and Marketing.
journey started in 2014 when she interned for HOPE61, OMS’ human
trafficking prevention ministry. She enjoyed that summer and considered applying
for another OMS internship, seeking something she could do for a three-month
period right after graduation. She found two internship options that
she researched the two options, one of those in Hungary, Clarissa connected
with Jonathan Long, the OMS field director for Hungary. She learned more about
the vision for Hungary, the passion for transformation in that country, and the
desire to come alongside the church in a supportive role to impact people’s
lives. Clarissa was drawn to that vision, and after praying and thinking more
about her decision, she chose the internship in Hungary.
three months in Hungary was an affirming experience. She spent time writing and
editing materials, helped mediate situations, and worked in teams to serve the
Hungarian people. Who she was and what she liked to do seemed to line up
perfectly with her jobs, and people recognized her God-given skills.
Clarissa’s time there, Jonathan pitched the idea of her joining the Hungary
team. At first, Clarissa was unsure if she should pursue that idea. Yet, before
she even returned to the United States, she had applied to serve in Hungary and
for a position at the OMS HQ. She soon had interviews lined up. Both of these
interviews ended in success, as she was accepted to go to Hungary and also to
work at headquarters during her funding and preparation process for the field.
were flying open for Clarissa, but she still didn’t know what to do. Finally, she
came to terms with the fact that she had subconsciously made her choice already
to go to Hungary. It was almost as if, when she had left Budapest, she knew she
would return. So, she jumped in and took the opportunity.
as she works at headquarters, Clarissa wants to invest her time where she is
right now and to be present in this moment, focusing on her work here instead
of always looking to Hungary. But when she does go to the mission field, she
wants to continue to have that mentality, to be present in her work and choose
to make the most of her time wherever God calls her.
has a passion for understanding people and also helping people understand each
other. She wants to reach out to those who are marginalized and connect with
people who are overlooked by others. Her prayer is that God can work in and
through her in Budapest, and also where she is now, to do this. She is thankful
for the people that have helped her through this journey, and above all else she's thankful for God’s goodness in opening so many doors of opportunity for her.
a young person stepping into missions, Clarissa encourages other young people
to not let the vast opportunities keep them from choosing somewhere to serve. So
many youth struggle with shutting down in response to an overload of
information and tragedy, Clarissa said. Instead of letting that overwhelming
feeling stop them from being involved somewhere, young people need to see what
their God-given talents and skills are best suited for. Then, they need to
choose a cause they care about and take steps to help others. The more involved
you are, Clarissa added, the less focused you are on just yourself, which
creates greater empathy and understanding about what is happening in the world.
pray for Clarissa as she works at OMS headquarters and prepares to serve in
Hungary. Pray that she seeks to be present and relational, that her focus is on
others, and that she chooses to always make the most of her time to serve
people and God.
learn more and to give to Clarissa, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/ClarissaHunter.
By Jess Mitchell, Communications
September 13 2016
This is part 4 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS. This is part two of two of Harold's story. Harold served at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana, for six months, learning the details of a mission organization, especially in the Mobilization Department.
joining the new department of missions, Harold knew there wasn’t going to be
much support. They were a young group in their 20s, starting an international
program. With the task of creating a mission-focused department, Harold and the
others started to initiate several new programs. They planned to bring people
to Medellin and share this vision about how they needed to share
Jesus outside of their churches, empowering them to return to their churches
with a new perspective.
2013, they sent out a missionary who, for the first time ever, ministered to
Muslims. The Lord provided all the financial resources, Harold said, and they
started to work more with their churches and sponsor projects in other
countries like Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama.
denomination, which OMS founded, also developed more communication with OMS.
Today, OMS and the Colombian denomination has worked together to send three Colombian
interns to OMS every year for a six-month duration so they can foster good
relations with OMS and learn from each other.
the work Harold and his department did was not always easy. A lot of it was
slow and difficult. Not everything worked out well, especially at the beginning.
Many pastors closed the doors literally in their faces, Harold said, because
they didn’t understand missions. Others said the president of their
denomination was crazy to send young people to do this type of work. It took
several years to see progress because the denomination was well established and
tied closely to traditions. But when progress did begin, the results were
mission department has continued to grow over the years. In 2012, they sent
someone to London to minister to the over 100,000 Latin people who live there.
Oscar journeyed to England to begin work there while Harold stayed as the
director of the department in Medellin. Now, Oscar is helping to run a church
where over 250 people attend. There are also 15 house churches.
has also continued work in Colombia. In the last three years, he
has worked with other mission organizations and denominations, encouraging them
to look toward missions and spreading the Gospel through cultural missionaries
who truly serve the Lord. Sometimes the work goes very slowly, he added,
especially because they want to make sure everything is done well. But God has
been faithful and has continued to lay ideas on Harold’s and others’ hearts
about how their churches can step out of their physical walls and reach the
community around them, being present not just to evangelize but to serve and
invest time in people, just like how Christ did during his ministry on Earth.
Harold’s ministry in Colombia, he had a connection with OMS. They continued to
send interns there, but OMS said that it would be good if Harold also came to
the United States headquarters to learn more about mobilization, how to apply
new things in Colombia, and also share with OMS what he’s been doing.
first, Harold didn’t feel like he was called to leave his ministry in Colombia.
But at the end of 2015, he started to feel like God was calling him to leave
the part of ministry his was involved in. The Lord told him that this
ultimately wasn’t his department, Harold said, but it was God’s department, and
God alone would decide who went or remained. Harold talked again with OMS, and
after praying about it, he agreed to go to the United States for six months. He
had a lot of fear upon arrival because of the language barrier, the new
culture, and the new people. But he added that he brought a suitcase with him,
filled with his hopes based on Jesus Christ.
six months at OMS, Harold said he’s not sorry that he came. It was the best
decision he could have made. Now, he returns to Colombia with more knowledge
and experience on how he can serve better as he figures out the next steps in
blessed Harold with a calling to missions when he was young, and throughout his
teenage years and now his young adult life, he has been faithful in following
where God has called him, whether that be in Colombia or abroad. To the other
young people who are seeking who they are and where they belong, Harold
encourages them to realize their dreams, but to do so with God’s perspective.
There is nothing wrong with having dreams for the future, Harold said, but the
danger is when young people eliminate God from their thinking when they explore
those dreams. Not everyone is called to be a missionary, he continued, and that
is fine. The bigger question young people need to ask themselves is if they are
allowing God to guide them. Whether someone is called to the mission field, the
soccer field, the stage, or an office, ultimately the purpose is to do
everything so that the name of Jesus is known.
for Harold as he continues to follow God’s calling for his ministry. Please
pray that Harold may keep his passions close to his heart, that he looks to
Christ as his model, and that no matter where God sends, him his life reflects that
of his Creator’s.
June 22 2016
Fall break in
Budapest: My journey to OMS headquarters
you thought about what you want to do?”
stared at my friend Lauren Pupillo (an OMS missionary serving in Hungary) as we
sat in the gigantic Gellért thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary. People lounged
in the warm, jacuzzi-like pools, but I stiffened up when Lauren asked me that
I want to do … with my life? I wasn’t sure.
had studied abroad for the fall semester during my junior year in Florence,
Italy. During my fall break, with encouragement from Lauren, I traveled to
Budapest for the week. Lauren graciously opened her home to me and showed me
around the city. I saw museums, government buildings, historical landmarks and
memorials, tried amazing food, learned more about Hungarian culture, and saw
Lauren and her fellow missionaries at One Mission Society (OMS) work together
to create programs and witness to the Hungarians about Jesus Christ.
the fun and chaos of that week, there were moments, like the moment in the
baths, where we both could be still and quiet and just talk together. It was
refreshing. But the question of what I wanted to do in the future always made
wasn’t even sure what I was going to do that upcoming summer, let alone after
told Lauren that I wanted to apply for internships but wasn’t sure where to
look, and she mentioned that One Mission Society offered internships in the
was the last time we talked about that topic for the rest of the week. After
that, we continued to explore, and I continued to see Lauren and the others in
action on the mission field. They lived together and served God together. I quickly
fell in love with the city that they loved, and I was fascinated with the work
they were doing to reach out to people. I was awestruck at their selflessness
and spur-of-the-moment service to organize projects or help people in need, as
well as the struggles that came with it.
I returned to Italy, I started my internship search. I hadn’t forgotten Lauren’s
plug about OMS, so I went to their site and came across a summer
communications/journalism internship at the OMS headquarters in Indiana. Having
a major in journalism (the second in theatre), I was instantly drawn to the
opportunity to work at an organization I was familiar with, having the
privilege of telling stories about the work that was going on in the world for
didn’t wait and connected with OMS immediately to start the application process.
That was in November. Months later, after I returned from Italy and started my
spring semester at my university, I got a call from Greenwood, Indiana. I had
gotten the position.
forward to May of 2016. After a long day of travel, I finally made it to
Indiana to start my OMS summer internship. Looking back on the whole process, I
have to praise God for the opportunity. Who knew a simple invitation to spend a
week in Budapest would bring about a two-month writing internship?
am excited and full of energy as I begin this summer at One Mission Society.
But I know there will be some big challenges. Apart from the multiple projects the
Communications Department has to work on, I also have to circle back to the
question Lauren asked me months ago in Budapest: what do I want to do? But the
question has lost some urgency in my mind as I look around at where I am and
who I’m surrounded by. The people at One Mission Society, here at headquarters
and abroad in places like Budapest, have something contagious in them. There’s
no mistaking the presence of God here. There’s no mistaking the passion they
have for that “One Mission” of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
So now, instead of constantly thinking about myself and my future career, the
bigger question that arises is this:
can I do what I am called to do right now
with that same passion?
since arriving, I am constantly thanking God for bringing me here. I can see
His hand guiding me since my time abroad. I pray that I can feel His guiding
hand again as I seek to do His work and answer this new question on my mind
while working at OMS.
Budapest to Greenwood and beyond, I look forward to this journey ahead of me.
Jess Mitchell serves as
a summer Communications intern at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana.
August 14 2014
Four years ago, I made a conscious decision to attend a secular university. After looking at a few different schools, God made it obvious that Ball State University was where he wanted me. For journalism news majors, like myself, at Ball State, it is pretty much assumed that every student’s dream is to work for CNN or the New York Times. If national news isn’t the dream, local news better be the top priority.
So, when I told my professor that I was going to intern at a Christian mission organization, she was less than thrilled. In fact, I was told to rethink my life. I was shocked and angry, but little did she (or I!) know, that was exactly what I was going to do throughout my internship with One Mission Society.
From the first day of my internship when the Communications Department started singing songs from the “Frozen” soundtrack, I realized that those who work at OMS aren’t employees or coworkers … they’re a family. The people who walk the halls of OMS headquarters included me in their family. Though I was only there for 10 weeks, so many people went out of their way to ask about my life. I wasn’t just known about … I was known. It made me realize that this is the kind of place where I will want to work, and I want to thank OMS for treating me less like an intern and more like Christina.
I realized quickly that the atmosphere that I loved every day was possible because God is central in everything. Everything wasn’t always perfect or easy, but I found a lot of joy knowing that my work helped further the kingdom of God. That being said, the need for prayer became so much more evident to me this summer. I grew up in a Christian home and continue to attended church every Sunday, but prayer was never a regular part of my life. This summer, I saw the power of prayer through the people of OMS. I saw the relationships they have with Jesus, and I began to think about the impact that prayer could and should be having on my own life.
Sometime during the first week of my internship, I actually said the sentence “I’ve never felt called to go overseas.” I never thought that I had a reason to go overseas. I’m not a teacher, and I certainly don’t have seminary experience. My theological knowledge, compared to what I thought missionaries should have, is lacking. However, throughout my internship, I was reminded that God doesn’t ask all of us to attend seminary and learn how to read the Bible in different languages, but he does ask us to use the talents he has given us according to his will. Now, 11 weeks after that first week of my internship, I am planning a trip this winter to Hungary to work with the OMS team there and to help them with some communication needs.
I’m sure that this is not at all what my professor had in mind when she told me to rethink my life, but as I look back on the past 11 weeks, I’m realizing that this is exactly what God had in mind.
By Christina Franks, OMS Summer Intern, Communications Department