Ecuador, Israel, and Peru
Ecuador, Israel, and Peru
As the HOPE61 trainer for Japan, I had the privilege of leading the first HOPE61 Engage training in Japan with the OMS Christian Mission Church on February 3. Nine people attended the training, with a mix of missionaries and Japanese church members being trained. This training marked the first time that the Japanese and missionary church members sat down together to talk about their ministry and outreach strategy as a church.
It was a joy to see the church getting so excited about reaching out to vulnerable people in their neighborhood and to see them thinking so strategically about how to use the gifts God gave them to help others. The participants came out of the training with a new understanding about human trafficking, but also with a new enthusiasm to make a difference in their community and share the Gospel with their neighbors.
Though I am currently in the U.S. raising support, I hope to move to Japan by late April to continue laying the foundation for the HOPE61 ministry to begin there. God is moving in Japan. So many doors have been opened for HOPE61 in Japan by the grace of God. I have several church groups interested in having me come share with them about the ministry and the training we offer once I move there.
Currently, less than 1 percent of people in Japan are Christian. But I believe that HOPE61 can be a catalyst for the church in Japan, to get them out of the church building and into the community, loving and serving their neighbors in tangible ways. With that, more and more Japanese people will come to know the Lord because they will see that God really loves and values them enough to take action.
~Pam Duhrkoop, OMS Missionary and HOPE61 trainer
I wanted to share our family’s connection with OMS Japan.
In 1912, my
great grandmother's brother Edward C. Oney was a student at God's Bible College
in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1913, Uncle Ed felt God calling him to be a missionary
to Japan. In 1914, he joined the Oriental Missionary Society or OMS, (today
known as One Mission Society) and in July of that year, he arrived in Tokyo.
Uncle Ed and his team walked from house to house in the cities and throughout the countryside, often as much as 20 miles in a day in what was called the Great Village Campaign. Rev. Oney shared that he had actually worn out new shoe soles in a single day, climbing the steep rocky paths to rural villages and houses.
In 1915, exactly 100 years ago, Rev. Oney
returned to the United States to raise more money and recruit volunteers for
the bands of workers, but most of the time between 1914 and 1917, he was in
Japan engaged in the work of literature distribution.
In 1917, Rev. Oney returned home to enlist in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. Although offers of training for the chaplaincy and an officer's commission were made, he steadfastly refused, believing his greatest usefulness could be enjoyed as an enlisted man. One week after reaching England, they crossed the channel and landed in France, where they moved to the front in the midst of the Battle of the Argonne Forest. Rev. Oney was soon a Sergeant First Class with some 250 men under his command.
While Uncle Ed never returned to Japan and instead traveled throughout the United States as an evangelist, eventually retiring as the superintendent of the West Virginia District of the Church of the Nazarene, I'm sure he carried a burden for the people of Japan and prayed for them often.
Fast forward FOUR generations. Uncle Ed's niece,
Grace, had a son named Arney, who had a daughter named Vicki, who had a
daughter named Tori.
When Tori was a girl at summer camp, she heard missionaries to Japan speak about their mission work. She came home and told her family that she felt God calling her to be a missionary.
Some time later, missionaries to Japan spoke at our church in Pennsylvania. That day, God put a calling to Japan in her heart.
Tori graduated from high school and enrolled in Cedarville University with a major in International Studies and minors in Bible, Asian studies, and teaching English as a second language. She graduated from college in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Biblical and Theological Studies.
ori then boarded a plane, heading for Tokyo for 10 weeks this past summer, teaching English and working with OMS missionaries in and around Tokyo, following in the footsteps of her great, great Uncle, Rev. Ed Oney, who 100 years ago walked on the same ground, taking the same Gospel message to the same people with the same mission board, OMS, that Uncle Ed served under!
By Vicki Pastrick, friend of OMS
We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 25) encore presentation of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Judy Amos, who served with her husband Dick for 41 years in Japan.
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 in Japan, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We have an immediate opening for a sports coordinator for the newly built sports facility. Check out the opportunity to serve in Japan for a year, using your athletic skills.
IVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. You can give to the Japan Relief Fund #400610, Japan church planting, the seminary, or the sports facility.
PRAY: Pray for Judy and her husband Dick as they are currently in Japan, serving the earthquake victims and ministering to former English students.
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 email@example.com.
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
If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.
INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear Warren Hardig, the international executive director of Men for Missions. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.
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