In the past couple of years, our Dynamic Women in Missions team has joined efforts with our Every Community for Christ church multiplication trainers to add a new dimension of training to the Dynamic Women's ministry to women around the world. Here are a couple of stories that show how joining efforts is reaping great rewards.
The training of the 120 pastor’s wives in India began with singing. We began the training as we always do, by dividing the women into groups to enhance their learning by sharing with each other. I noticed that the young women that led worship had not formed into a team, so we went over to encourage them to participate. Ruby was one of these young women. She was shy at first and waited until all of the pastor’s wives shared their findings first and then she shared with a confidence beyond her years.
Two days later, our team of 14 began ministering to the people in that area through a medical clinic. As part of the clinic, the last station the people stop is for someone from the church to share the plan of salvation and pray for them. When we asked the pastor of the church who would share the Gospel with the patients, Ruby volunteered. We praise God because Ruby was willing and able to do this due to the training she received. Ruby led nine people to the Lord in the two days of the medical clinic. This young woman was so encouraged by the lives she was able to help transform and all the team members rejoiced with her.
Angelina lives in an area of Tanzania impacted by multiple religions and witchcraft. Her life was characterized by fear until she attended the Seed Sowers training led by a joint ECC and Dynamic Women in Missions team. She left the training feeling empowered and confident to share the Gospel. God led her to share with a witch who lived nearby, so she fasted and prayed for three days before approaching her. The woman untied her dog so it could bite Angelina. Still determined, she prayed more and returned. The husband accepted Christ, at which point he dramatically passed out, and the witch began vomiting. It was a troubling experience for Angelina because the woman also tried to kick Angelina and attack her with a knife when the son wanted to follow Jesus. Ultimately, the entire family accepted Christ, and the witch burned her idols and witchcraft paraphernalia. This act drew a crowd, and many others in the community accepted Christ and now attend church. Angelina, as a living stone, leads an I Am Second Bible study for these new believers.
—Pat Dragon, OMS Church Multiplication Trainers
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I came to Medellín to assist the Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical mission team with translation. I worked in several different areas during the 9-day trip. In triage, I was asked by a Colombian patient: “Why does your team do all this if you get nothing?”
I asked the Lord to give me an answer that would glorify him. I replied, “We want people to know that Jesus cares for and loves you ... yet expects nothing in return.” The patient was amazed and thanked me.
On another occasion, while waiting to translate for Dr. Breen, I sat in the cubical with a patient and asked her about her symptoms. She told me that she hurts in her shoulders and down her arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch on her own with only two daughters and an elderly father. She has all this pain because of the hard labor she does.
I was quiet and debated if I should pray with her. Finally, I reached for her hand and said, “Let’s pray.” I assured her that God does not give us more than we can handle. We prayed and cried together, and she was so thankful for the comforting prayer.
In that moment, I realized why God had called me to serve on this trip. I did much more than just translate. I got to be the healing hands and feet of Jesus through great conversation, compassion, and prayer.
By Idalia Lazo
Karey’s journey with One Mission Society started with a Dynamic Women in Missions trip in 2013. While sitting in the pew at church one Sunday, she heard an announcement for a mission trip to Ecuador. Her husband poked her in the ribs with his elbow, and she thought, “Maybe I could go …” By trusting God for the provisions for that trip, she began a journey of intentional evangelism.
Karey lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband and their three daughters. She works as a part-time family medicine physician. Her experiences traveling with DWIM have allowed her to use her medical skills to be an extension of God’s hands and feet.
Karey has always had a heart for missions but considering herself “too busy” to do the work. “Dynamic Women showed me how to get out of the pew to be more involved in ministry. It’s an incredible blessing!”
Dynamic Women in Missions (DWIM) began as a vision of OMS missionary Susan Brabon in 2007 when she saw many young women in Mexico who desperately needed to see their value in Christ. She dreamed of a ministry that could offer them support and encourage them to reach out to other women.
In 2008, OMS formally launched DWIM as a ministry to challenge women in local churches to use their God-given gifts to connect, equip, and minister to other women around the world.
From its inception, DW has existed to motivate women around the world to engage in the Great Commission in a personal and profound way. We encourage women to see the lost and hurting of the world, to share God’s message of grace with them, and to challenge others to a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Today, OMS missionary Sam Downey leads the team, with the support of a committed advisory board. OMS missionary Pat Dragon, who serves with Every Community for Christ, coordinates Dynamic Women’s efforts to train national women in Asia to share the Gospel. In one country where DW has invested in the women who are often overlooked as a valuable ministry resource, the women have planted 42 churches. In 2017, DW will train women in four additional OMS fields.
DWIM offers conferences and workshops, as well as mission trips around the world, focusing on prayer, medical needs, Train & Multiply church-planting training and evangelism teams. Click here to view opportunities in 2017.
Last week’s story of transformation inside Bellavista prison continues as Bridge to Reading (B2R), One Mission Society’s literacy ministry, steps in to hold literacy training sessions and to share the Gospel with the prisoners.
Bellavista men’s prison in Medellin, Colombia, today remains a place of intense contrasts. It’s simultaneously an oppressive labyrinth of concrete and iron, as well as the home of people who exhibit warmth and dignity. The security staff is no-nonsense, and those automatic weapons hanging off their shoulders and belts… well, they aren’t just for show.
But every stereotype you have about prisoners has to be reevaluated when you discover that the men are genuinely friendly and respectful. Conversation is intelligent and engaging, just as you would find among a non-prison population. Need the room rearranged? Having trouble with the computer? They jump right in to help.
Similarly, the staff who is working in the office of educational programs has a genuine love for the men that they affectionately refer to as “los muchachos,” which is best translated as “the fellas” or “the guys” rather than the literal “boys.”
Through the Bridge to Reading ministry, we got a chance to show the compassion of Jesus to a wide range of people, whether they were dealing with the physical bars or the bars or barriers they had on their insides. We connected with them as people, not as prisoners, and interacted with them just as Jesus did. He always treated those with the least status – the most abandoned, the least valued – as people of worth, so we tried to do the same. We listened carefully to their comments and acknowledged their contributions to the class; we cheered when they took a chance and demonstrated a new skill in front of the group. They learned that we were willing to laugh along with them, and at ourselves too.
Every day, we provided special snacks and soda for the men during our breaks, a real treat for them. During these breaks, our team had many opportunities to build relationships with them. Our literacy supervisor, Pastor Diego Gil, is a gifted evangelist and member of the outreach ministry, Prison Fellowship. God provided an opportunity for him to have meaningful conversations about salvation with a number of the men. Participants who didn’t know the Lord got to know those who did.
This rapport laid the foundation for the highlight of the workshop: a time of prayer for individuals after the training concluded. The men were allowed to leave if they wanted to, but almost everyone stayed. About half eagerly got in one of our prayer lines right away, while the other half cautiously observed for a while. When they saw that it was “safe,” they would quietly get in line. We prayed for their families, who are struggling without them, for healing, for provision, for an end to loneliness, for courage, for transformation. One man in Nathan’s line said, “I’m far from God.” Nathan talked to him about the Gospel, and the man received salvation in Jesus on the spot.
We believe that these were just the first fruits of what the Lord did through the B2R workshop in Bellavista prison. The ground has been prepared and the seeds have been planted for more fruit to come.
By Wendy McDermott, Bridge to Reading editor and coordinator for Latin America
We invite you to join the B2R team by praying with us:
That the man who received salvation will grow in his relationship with God.
- That the men who are believers will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses through everything that they do and are.
- That the Lord would reveal himself to many more in the prison and that the men would experience inner freedom in the Lord.
- That volunteers from Prison Fellowship, local churches, and other ministries will continue to have an open door at every prison, and that God will reveal himself through undeniable evidence of his power and love through them.
- That Bridge to Reading would blossom and spread throughout the prison and be used to open up many doors for people to hear about God’s love and forgiveness for them.
- That the prison staff would have opportunities to encounter God through the volunteers and the believers inside the prison.
- That our trainers would have opportunities to teach the Colombian church how to use Bridge to Reading as a tool of evangelism in their communities.
- That the believers would move in signs and wonders and live in such a way that the name of Jesus will be made known in the prison, the government, and in the nation of Colombia.
We hope you have enjoyed this month of reading about, praying for, and learning more of the Bridge to Reading literacy ministry.