July 19 2018
During One Mission Society’s Illuminate Conference from June 27-30, the One Mission Kids team and several volunteers had the privilege of hanging out with 15 amazing young missionaries-in-training. Through 19 hours of fun-filled and lesson-packed hours over the course of the 4-day conference, we witnessed children’s lives transformed. Some of the children at the conference had no idea where South Asia was located, but by the end of the conference, they helped raise $6,578 (pledged) for blankets and emergency relief aid kits for the people of South Asia. The kids’ hearts were broken for the South Asian people who must rebuild their lives from the ground up every year due to extreme flooding in their country.
Elijah, 4, loved raising money to be a light in South Asia, but that was not enough for him. He keeps asking his mom if they can go and actually deliver the blankets and relief kits to the people of South Asia.
During the conference, these young missionaries-in-training experienced the original One Mission Kids program, Agent 038. This missions-focused program includes songs, Bible lessons, games, crafts, missions, snacks, skits, and prayer time.
One of the most powerful things for me was seeing and hearing the children as they prayed. Ethan, 6, jumped at the chance to pray for South Asia every single time. This was a humbling thing to witness. As soon as he began praying for South Asia, I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes. The way he prayed for the people of South Asia profoundly impacted me and was one of the most powerful things I have ever had the privilege of being a part of.
If you would like to be a part of the “Be a Light in South Asia” missions project with us, join us in praying for the people of South Asia. And if you would like to donate to the project #405360-OMK, give here.
By Brittany Ross, One Mission Kids/Communications Summer Intern
May 16 2017
love cartoon characters. Because of this, One Mission Kids had used them to teach kids for many years. Charles M. Schultz, creator of Peanuts, once said, “Cartooning is preaching. And I think we have a right
to do some preaching.”
Since the days of the quarterly Missions to
the Max newsletter, One Mission Kids (OMK) created and utilized cartoon characters to teach kids mission concepts. From simple conversations between Mira Mefirst and
Otto, to KimmiKindheart sharing ideas for kids to try missions, OMK understands that cartoons speak to kids (and kids at heart).In fact, we even created an entire VBS-type missions program around the character of Max the
Dog, entitled Making Trax with
OMK also designed boy and girl characters wearing traditional clothing for many of the countries where OMS ministers. The international characters introduce kids to
worldwide destinations on the One Mission Kids website.
The original characters were hand drawn by
Susie Howard based upon sketches created by her sister. When Amy Nelson joined OMK she brought the characters into the computer age. Then, OMS friend and Sonny Solar artist David Oldham completed the remaining international characters.
OMK is now working with illustrator Brian Rees
to update our existing stick figure characters to help prepare them for future animation. The original
characters had black hair, black eyes, and many were missing noses. By simply
adding a nose and giving each character their own eye and hair color,OMK can better reach an international audience and specifically the iGeneration (those
born after 1996.)
The OMK animation project will take considerable time and nearly $3,000 to purchase the necessary
animation software, cartoon backgrounds, and artist fees. More than 65 characters need to be redesigned in
multiple formats so they will be ready for future animation. More than 42 international characters will be redrawn to include many new countries of OMS ministry from Thailand to Venezuela and even Israel.The original 7 main characters will welcome some fresh faces, including Grammy Rose (married to Globe
Trotting Gramps), a boy in a wheelchair, an adopted girl from Asia, and even a cat.
These dynamic changes, along with updating the
OMK website to be mobile friendly, are ways for One Mission Kids to effectively continue to help grow missionary hearts.
January 4 2017
we think about a flock, we envision a large group. The OMS-sponsored school in
Gressier, Haiti, has a flock of students. Yet, our Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, knows
and loves each one individually. SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education
Program), an ministry of One Mission Society and coordinated by Men for
Missions, recognizes that every child deserves the opportunity to hear the Good
News of Jesus, to receive an education, and to feel loved.
Goodman from Vanlue, Ohio, shares her personal experience of meeting these
had the privilege of visiting the school in Gressier, Haiti, where I first learned
of the SHEEP ministry. I was so moved, I immediately knew I wanted to be
involved in this ministry.
We were greeted by Madame
Charlotte, who lovingly runs the school. As we approached the classrooms,
we heard the children’s voices ringing out as they started each morning with
songs of praise and reciting Scripture. We had the opportunity to sit in on a
classroom where we observed dedicated teachers instructing students.
In months to come, some of
those students may not be able to return to their classroom. Their tuition
is paid monthly, so if they do not have the money the next month, they do not
get to attend school, sometimes missing many months at a time. If they don’t
attend school, they may not eat, as the school has a meal program that provides
the children with the certainty of at least one meal a day.
When the children had their
break (recess), we were able to interact with them and they totally stole my
heart. There was hugging, hand holding, sitting on laps, trying their best
to teach us games and songs, laughter, and just happy children having fun in a
safe, caring environment.
SHEEP provides a stable
opportunity for these children to be able to attend school on a consistent
basis, providing them with nourishment for their spiritual, intellectual, and
about you? Is the Lord leading you to
respond to a specific child in need? Inquire now to learn more about the
Challenge Grant which gives two years of sponsorship for the price of one year.
Email Jackie at email@example.com
for more information or to sign up to be a child sponsor.
To donate to the SHEEP ministry, click here.
February 20 2015
seems to be that mothers and their sons have a particularly remarkable
relationship. Biblically speaking, there are some great examples of the
mother/son connection. Hannah prayed long and hard for a child, and the Lord
blessed her with a son named Samuel. The Word says that Hannah promised to
offer Samuel to the Lord so that he could serve him as long as he lived. In the
New Testament, Eunice, the mother of Timothy, passed along her faith to her
son. And, of course, Jesus had a distinctive and close relationship with his
I met Widline and her son Junior in Haiti, it was evident that they have a
unique rapport too. Junior was timid and shy to meet me and to be interviewed,
but his mom gave him the reassurance and encouragement to answer my questions
to the best of his ability. Widline told me of how God provides for her family
of six children, two of those being boys. Although Widline fell sick when she
was a teenager and almost died, she was healed after much suffering, yet she
was not able to graduate from school.
a result of Widline’s inability to finish school, she puts a lot of value on
seeing Junior complete his education. This courageous mom passes
on her love for God’s Word to her son as well. Junior is a Starfish Kid, and the
prompting he receives from his mom to learn about the Bible is evident as he
shares with me that his favorite biblical story is when Jesus calls the little
children to follow him. Junior’s life is not only being transformed at home,
through the love and support of his mom, but also at school, where as a SFK, he
is seeing the value of following Christ and sponsorship. He hopes to help other
children some day, just as through the program he and his family are getting
91:1 is a verse Widline put to memory. It says, “He who dwells in the
shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” As she
passes on the importance of relying on God in all things to Junior, I suspect
he will indeed help others as he is able. Do you see the correlation between
that mother/son relationship? That same pattern of cohesiveness can easily
overflow into the connection between sponsors and their SFK child or children.
With the same spirit of love, compassion, and generosity, children’s lives can
be affected by God’s people passing along the transformational power of
By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications
Would you like to know more about OMS' Starfish Kids ministry? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.