​Who Says Kids Can’t Do Missions Too?

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

Tags: one mission kids, mission project, south asia, emergency relief kits, ministry to kids,

Cartoon Characters Help Teach Missions

May 16 2017

Kids 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 Max!

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.

Tags: cartoons, cartoon characters, one mission kids, ministry to kids, missionary hearts,

​A Day in the Life of a SHEEP Student

January 4 2017

When 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.

Sherri Goodman from Vanlue, Ohio, shares her personal experience of meeting these students.

I 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 physical needs.

How 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 sheep@onemissionsociety.org for more information or to sign up to be a child sponsor.

To donate to the SHEEP ministry, click here.

Tags: child sponsorship, ministry to kids, haiti, sheep,

Mother - Son Connection in Haiti

February 20 2015

It 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 mother, Mary.

When 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.

As 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 assistance.

Psalm 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 sponsorship.

By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications

Would you like to know more about OMS' Starfish Kids ministry? Email us at info@onemissionsociety.org to learn more.

Tags: ministry to kids, starfish kids, haiti, education, sponsorship