March 8 2019
March 12, 1922 – February 27, 2019
William “Bill” Franklin Douce was born to Richard, a farmer, and Elva, a housewife, on March 12, 1922, in Martel, Ohio. The family attended Martel Methodist Church where Bill committed his life to Christ at age 13. After graduating from Martel School, he worked on his father’s farm for two years. During that time, he received his call to missions. It was in recalling this time that Bill wrote, “I felt a very definite call to become a medical missionary and made plans to prepare myself.”
Those plans materialized for Bill over the course of many years of education, local ministry, and service to his country. In October 1942, Bill began serving in the U.S. Army and was enrolled in one year of study at Indiana University to prepare for service as a surgical technician. Bill assisted with surgeries in the European theater, an experience that would undoubtedly prepare him for later endeavors on another side of the world.
The end of the war would provide stories for millions of young Americans who would settle down and never again leave the homeland after returning victorious. But Bill Douce had an eternal perspective, and God was not done writing his adventure story.
Bill enrolled at Asbury College and completed his pre-med degree in 1948, preaching at a mission church in his free time. It was at Asbury that Bill met Ilene E. Mosher, and the two were married on June 3, 1949. They had three daughters together over the next several years: Mary Rebecca, Grace Elizabeth, and Janet Elaine, and two sons thereafter: Philip Earl and Carlos Albert.
After graduating from the Philadelphia School of Osteopathy in 1955, Bill traveled to Dayton, Ohio, for an internship at Grandview Hospital. It was during this time of his life that Bill expressed that he had heard Christ’s call to begin work on the mission field.
Dr. Douce spent a short time developing his Spanish language skills and flew to Ecuador for the first time in 1957. His first project was setting up an urban clinic in the coastal city of Guyaquil. To the south of this big city lay the rough jungles and mountains of Ecuador, populated by indigenous peoples who, for the most part, had not heard the Good News about Jesus Christ. They also lacked basic medical care that Bill knew he could offer.
Thus, Bill and Ilene immersed themselves in the rugged area in and around the town of Saraguro. The Douces dedicated the next three decades of their lives to serving the physical and spiritual needs of the people native to this previously unreached region. This began with developing a medical clinic, where Bill would share a biblical message of hope to all of his patients prior to their treatment.
Dr. Douce also led efforts to organize medical caravans into more remote towns in the surrounding jungle. At times, the journey to and from these towns was treacherous, but God held the Douces in his hands throughout.
In 1962, when a mob of more than 100 indigenous nationals wielding clubs and machetes began beating down the door to the Douces’ clinic, seeking to drive the Americans out of town, several brave townspeople of Saraguro came to their defense. Provincial leaders even sent Ecuadorian Army forces to break up the mob. After just a few years, the Douces were seen as an indispensable part of the community.
A more fortified medical clinic was built in the years following this attack, which provided a platform for Bill to lead more evangelism efforts and to help set up the Carboncillo Bible Institute to develop new disciples in the region.
On March 10, 1993, Ecuador’s Independence Day, local leaders, including the provincial governor, presented Dr. Douce with an award recognizing his decades of service to the people of Ecuador.
Later in life, the Douces would continue to bring more missionaries with them back to this area, and Bill would drive the big red Chevy truck into the jungle for medical clinics and to evangelize the next generation of people around Saraguro. The legacy of Bill and Ilene Douce’s work in Ecuador is one that will undoubtedly continue to glorify God for many more generations to come.
On February 27, 2019, Dr. Bill Douce was surrounded by Ilene, his children and grandchildren. He passed into heaven while his loved ones were singing hymns and choruses and joined a great celebration of souls he had touched through the love of Jesus Christ.
Our OMS family sends our love to you, Ilene, your children, and the extended family. Be assured of our continued prayers during these difficult days. We mourn with you the tremendous loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. But we are also encouraged by the wonderful example of Bill’s relationship with Jesus Christ and for the hope he was able to share with so many lost souls. We can rejoice in knowing that Bill is now in the presence of his Savior, who he has faithfully walked with during his time here on Earth.
With deep gratitude to our Lord for Bill’s example of a life well lived for God’s honor and glory,
One Mission Society USA
If you would like to give a memorial gift in honor of Dr. Douce, you can give here to the Saraguro Scholarship Fund, to help fund indigenous pastors seminary training.
September 25 2018
The most common question I receive from people I know is, “What exactly do you do as a missionary.” Homeland missionaries are a mystery to most people. Since they see us on a regular basis at places like church, grocery stores, or restaurants, our friends find it hard to see how we are sacrificing for the ministry. After all, a missionary gives up everything to move to a remote place to serve the local people, right? Missionaries don’t live in suburban homes or take vacations, do they?
The start of my journey as a missionary began in prison. Wait, what?!
God had called me to go back to school, but I ignored it. Six months later, he used an offender doing life in prison to remind me of his calling on my life. The offender told me God put something on his heart. What he said was identical to what God had put on my heart. I don’t take that moment lightly as this one thing altered my entire life.
For the next three years, I continued my job in the secular world while attending school. God had not yet revealed his plan for me. Toward the end of my schooling, God made it clear to me that I would become a missionary. Little did I know that I would be based in my hometown.
I started at One Mission Society on April 1, 2014, as the development officer with OMS’ Every Community for Christ (ECC) ministry. This role focuses on building or strengthening relationships with churches and organizations in the United States in hopes of building partnerships for our ministries around the world.
As is the case with most non-profit organizations, there is more work than there are workers. Because homeland missionaries must raise the funds for their support/salaries, it becomes necessary for many of us to wear many hats because there are simply not enough people willing to step out in faith. After four years with OMS, my role has extended to development officer, associate church multiplication facilitator for the Philippines and Indo-China, training facilitator, and coordinator for developing a potential new saturation project plan. It is no wonder people ask, “What exactly do you do as a missionary?”
Just like missionaries in the field, those of us at the World Headquarters do all that is necessary. Homeland missionaries understand doing our part is kingdom-focused. So, what do we do? Whatever is necessary and more … all for his kingdom!
If you would like to learn more about Shane's ministry or give to his support, you can do so here.
Click below to support the homeland missionary project fund.
By Shane Christopher, Every Community for Christ Development Officer
September 21 2018
As I explained the vision of Hope61, One Mission Society’s human trafficking prevention ministry, to my new friend Amanda, she looked at me thoughtfully. We were paired together to practice support presentations with one another, but God had a bigger purpose for our meeting. When I finished my presentation, she said, “I think that our two ministries might be well-suited to work together. Do you have someone here in Tampa who could come and do your Hope61 training with our staff?” Um, no. Nor do we have someone in Florida who could do the training. Amanda was surprised when I told her, “If we can work out a training opportunity, I will come from Indiana to do it.”
As a homeland missionary with OMS … a missionary who works at the OMS World Headquarters … I have developed this work ethic, this understanding that we do what God is calling us to do to get the job done. And if that means I travel 1,000 miles to conduct training, then I do it.
For 16 years, I have assisted, worked with, and been helped by homeland missionaries in Finance, International Ministries, Human Resources, and my former department, Communications, just to name a few. Every day, I see ministry happening as homeland missionaries email and talk with field missionaries, helping them with a situation or a problem, or just getting them the resources they need to do ministry. I see missionaries working hard every day, going above and beyond what their job description states, to see the Gospel move forward throughout the world.
I have often heard field missionaries, in town while on home ministry assignment, speak in chapel, humbly thanking the homeland missionaries for all the hours we work, the time and effort we spend so that they have what they need on the field. And that humbles me. We are all called and equipped by God. It just so happens that some of us work outside of our home countries, and some of us work at the home office.
For this reason, when someone asks me where I work or what I do, I always respond, “I’m a missionary at One Mission Society.”
If you would like to learn more about Lori's ministry or give to her support, you can do so here.
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By Lori, McFall, Hope61 trainer
September 14 2018
Keeping missionary prayer letters on track is not just a job … it’s an adventure I take around the world on a weekly basis. Letters come in from our OMS missionaries, and I have one week to edit, format, print, stuff, address, and sort each letter into mail trays. Then, the next week, when a new batch is received, I get to go on another adventure!
Through missionary prayer letters, the Lord leads me through his work in Hungary, Haiti, Japan, Colombia, Mozambique, Taiwan, Ecuador, and many more places in the United States and around the world. Through these letters, all of us receive glimpses into what God is doing through OMS global ministries. My job gives me a bird’s-eye view of the world, as well as the details of stories of lives changed through Jesus Christ. Those lives are priceless treasures, and many times, as I read and edit letters, I think, “Oh boy, I cannot wait to share this story!”
As much as I love reading these stories, I realize my joy in doing so is part of the greater vision and effort of reaching one billion people ... reaching a lost world. Because OMS provides this service, missionaries can spend more time ministering. Every minute a missionary is sharing the Gospel or discipling a new believer is valuable time. Being a load lifter gives the missionaries more time to do what God has called them to do.
Working at the World Headquarters as a homeland missionary is MY field of service. My role is a ministry to the missionaries. I serve the Lord by serving his harvesters in the ripe harvest fields. And every letter that comes to me allows me to do what God has called me to do, and it is not just a job, it is an adventure with the Lord of the harvest.
If you would like to learn more about Beth'sministry or give to her support, you can do so here.
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By Beth Jordal, OMS Prayer Letter Coordinator
April 13 2018
In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men returned to their hometown of Ziklag to discover the Amalekites had attacked and burned it. The wives and children of David and his men were gone, taken captive by the Amalekite raiding party. With their loved ones missing and their houses destroyed, David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s fighters were so angry and embittered that they talked of stoning him.
In the midst of these horrific circumstances, “David found strength in the Lord his God” (vs 6). After inquiring of the Lord about whether or not to pursue those who had burned the city and taken all of the women, children, and livestock, David and 400 of his men pursued that raiding party of Amalekites. But the text makes it clear that 200 of David’s men stayed behind.
Soon, the 400 returned with abundant plunder, announcing that not one wife, not one child had been lost. All had been miraculously recovered. It was then that troublemakers among David’s men said, “Because they (the 200) did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered” (vs 22).
In response, David put forward a statute for Israel that has stood through many generations: “The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle” (vs 24). While this felt counter-intuitive, even unfair to the men who had risked everything to take back what the Amalekites had stolen, it was a reflection of God’s heart.
Today, there are missionaries who go to distant places and peoples representing Christ. When a person repents and puts their faith in Christ or a new worshiping group is established, who gets the reward? First and foremost, this is for God’s honor, not for the glory of anyone else. When it comes to God-given rewards, those who stand behind that missionary with prayer, giving, and encouragement are just as worthy to receive eternal rewards for what’s accomplished as is the missionary.
This is one of the many lessons from this amazing story in 1 Samuel 31. Being one of the ones who serves in the home office to help support the work of OMS around the world, I’m grateful for this centuries-old statute about shared rewards!
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September 19 2017
you were to take a stroll through the offices of the Human Resources Department
of One Mission Society at the World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, on any
given day, you'd see lots of people engaged in many activities and
conversations which, much of the time, happen entirely behind the scenes but
are vital for fulfilling the OMS mission and vision.
are you'd see the vice president for Human Resources and his assistant on a
phone conference with the folks who administer employee benefits for OMS
missionaries and staff or with those who advise OMS on the ever-changing
landscape of complying with government regulations regarding health care and
employment. They might be talking with a missionary couple who are just
returning for home ministry assignment between terms on the field.
the way, you'd likely hear a member of the Mobilization team answering
questions from someone inquiring about opportunities to serve or helping
someone clarify their sense of God's calling to cross-cultural ministry. If you
listen closely, you might hear another Mobi team member helping a missionary
candidate complete their application or checking references in preparation for
upcoming interviews. Almost every day, you'd likely hear one of the mobilizers
praying with someone on the phone.
few steps down the hall, you might see someone from the Missionary Care team working
on a "landing plan" to help a new single missionary headed to the
field arrive and settle into their new home and assignment. Another team member
might be talking via Skype with first-term missionaries to check in on how their
family is doing after the first few months on the field. Or maybe you’d hear
them helping a family prepare to say their goodbyes as they transition to a new
assignment or return to the U.S. These folks support new missionary kids,
seasoned veterans moving toward retirement, and families at all the points in
you look around and don't see anyone from the Learning and Development team,
that's not surprising. They might well be downstairs in the training room,
facilitating Orientation for newly accepted missionary candidates or CROSS
Training, the three-week learning experience that prepares men and women who
are ready to head to their assignments with One Mission Society. If they're not
downstairs, they could be somewhere else around the building, meeting with OMS
leaders to design and implement new training initiatives. They might even be
off-site facilitating training or providing coaching for our missionary field
teams or U.S. partners.
Lord has indeed blessed OMS with a corps of godly men and women who serve him
in cross-cultural ministry around the world. But every day, the HR team members
use the spiritual gifts and abilities God has given them to mobilize, equip,
and support OMS missionaries and their families around the world. Like overseas
cross-cultural missionaries, these homeland
missionaries raise their own financial support in order to follow God's
call in their lives. To read more about any of our missionaries, visit Find a Missionary on
the OMS website.
for the HR team, including:
Tommy Van Abeele, Laura Crosby, Doris Waters, Linda Six
Beasley, Andrea Fisher, Margo Concepcion, Heather McPherson, Kelly Coy,
KyoungMin Choi, and EunJin Kim
Steve Christener, Kathy Fouts, Deanna Cathcart, Lori Long, Mark and Cindy Freer,
Esther Cann, and Mel Reese
and Development Team:
Dick Freed, Carolyn Knight, Gail Davis, Sophie Schafer
By Dick Freed, Director of Learning and Development
September 12 2017
and I served as missionaries in Ecuador with One Mission Society. Serving as a
missionary on the field, we had stories and pictures that all seemed very
exciting. There were days we were traveling in the jungle in a canoe or
slogging through the mud to reach a Shuar village and share the Gospel. These
dear people responded to the Word with open hearts and many came to
Christ. I can share these stories and
show these pictures, and people are willing to support that ministry.
God called us to return to the U.S. to serve at the OMS World Headquarters. Danny
serves as the director of the Mobilization Department, and I work as the
controller. We live in a house and work in an office in the U.S., much the same
as other people in the U.S. do. Because of this, many people believe that we no
longer need support. And there are others who only want to support those doing
work on the “front lines.” Our support has dropped because of where we serve Christ.
loved working with the people in Ecuador. Our ministry there had great value. But
we wholeheartedly believe that our ministry here has just as much value. Romans
10:14-15 talks about the steps needed before people can call upon the name of
the Lord. One of the steps is someone being sent to tell them. Normally as
missionaries, we talk about the sender being the supporter, but a big part of
being sent is also the mission agency and those working in the homeland office.
How can a missionary be sent without the work of the Mobilization team that
finds them, guides them, and trains and prepares them? How can a missionary be
sent without a Finance team that is receiving the support funds, properly
accounting for the funds, allocating them, and getting them to the missionary
as they serve on the field?
work being done by homeland missionaries is critical to the work of the
missionaries in the 72 countries where OMS serves. Yet, it is so much more
difficult for a homeland missionary to raise support. I would encourage you, if
the Lord is placing it on your heart to support his work around the world,
please remember those missionaries serving at their mission headquarters. These
roles are just as vital to kingdom work, just not as glamorous.
Julie Beasley, OMS Homeland Missionary
September 5 2017
Indiana’s most highly decorated World
War II veteran does not want to talk about the horrible atrocities of war and
his experiences in the jungles of the South Pacific. There he fought the enemy
without relief, fresh clothing, or other normal comforts.
When pressed for more details, his
comment is, “I am no hero.”
He continues to say, “The troops behind
the lines, the quartermaster corp who brought us food and other supplies, they
are the real heroes. Some of them gave their lives to help us.”
In the same way, missionaries in One
Mission Society fight against the powers of darkness and evil forces on many
fronts around the globe. There must be a supply line. They are not called quartermasters, rather the heroes behind the lines are called homeland missionaries.
They provide finances, counseling, communications and literature, and
short-term medical, construction, and prayer teams. They are the link to the
individuals and churches who pray and financially give to our mission.
Where are the heroes? They are unseen
behind the lines, working faithfully at computers, praying, and allowing our
frontline missionaries to do what they have been called to.
Paul, our veteran, was led to a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ at the OMS World Headquarters by one of
the homeland missionaries. Paul, our Hoosier hero, is now behind the lines
doing battle on his knees, loving his enemies into the kingdom.
Click below to learn how you can help support homeland missionaries.
By Warren Hardig, Men for Missions
July 15 2016
The Fletchers’ Story
One Mission Society sends out missionaries all over the
world, but what goes on behind the scenes before those missionaries hit the
Joshua Fletcher, with his wife Allison and three kids, have
been accepted as OMS missionaries to Cuenca, Ecuador, and have been preparing
for their departure through raising financial and prayer support and spreading
the message of where God is calling them to serve.
Joshua felt a call to Ecuador after he had been in ministry
for almost 14 years serving as a pastor, artist, and writer. His home church,
where he worked, focused heavily on missions, so he had the opportunity to go
on several mission trips over the years. After one particular trip, Joshua felt
a stirring in his heart, and during a period at home when he came down with an
illness, the Lord told him to go to Cuenca.
Allison, being a former missionary kid in Ecuador, had
always wanted to return to that country. When Joshua told her about God’s
calling, her dream rekindled. At that
time, the Fletchers didn’t know they would serve in Ecuador with OMS. All they
knew was that they said yes to God’s calling and would wait to see what God wanted
them to do.
After Joshua and Allison prayed and sought God’s will, they
felt him telling them to “go with your heritage.” Allison’s parents had been
missionaries in Ecuador through One Mission Society; therefore, understanding
that their missionary heritage is with OMS, the Fletchers applied there. Their
application went through and was accepted, and they attended OMS orientation in
March 2015. Throughout the whole process, they felt like this was the place God
called them to be.
Taking further steps of obedience, the Fletchers began to
raise prayer support and funds for their missionary journey to Ecuador, and
they put their house on the market. Their home sold within three days with three
investors bidding for it.
With their house sold, the Fletchers have been living at a
friend’s home since May 2015. During this time of behind-the-scenes work in
preparation for the mission field, the Fletchers continue to take steps of
faithful obedience to God and look toward their time in Ecuador.
Joshua and Allison aim to be liaisons in Cuenca, to work
alongside pastors and churches and encourage them in their spiritual journeys.
Joshua will also teach and train people in theological education. He sees God
moving in Ecuador through the potential relationships and continual spiritual
growth between people—not just in the good situations but also in the
conflicts. Joshua sees an environment where missionaries don’t necessarily lead
the churches and people but come alongside them and encourage them, especially
through their conflicts. Through these relationships, people from all
backgrounds and cultures can be more like Jesus.
One of the ways that Joshua shares this vision during the
funding process is through his art. Through his paintings that are full of
blended colors and bold strokes, Joshua not only puts his heart on the canvas
in worship, but he also can share spiritual truths and his family’s calling to
Ecuador. He hopes to use his artistic skills while in Ecuador to minister to
the people and to worship God.
The first piece that Joshua created as an act of worship, a
watercolor painting titled “Helser’s Tree,” is a work that is “the fruit of an
encounter with God, the meaning of which I am fleshing out every time I paint”
(taken from Joshua’s booklet “Masterpieces With a Mission”).
The tree in Joshua’s painting thrives. It is full of vibrant
leaves on a hill of green and brown, designed in a way that might remind
someone of a stained-glass window. This painting may be finished, but it stands
as a reminder that God’s work is still not yet complete. The more Joshua paints
and worships, the more he grows to understand God’s will and relationship with
In a way, the painting parallels the Fletchers’ journey to
the Ecuador mission field and the belief they hold close to their hearts: that
they must take steps of faith, say yes to God out of obedience and love, and await
the Lord’s mighty hand to continually work in their lives. With each
brushstroke—with each step closer to the mission field—the Fletchers’ encounter
with God grows and develops.
Please take a moment to pray for the Fletchers on their
journey to Ecuador. Pray that they will continue to take steps of faith and
that God will speak to them and guide them, in both behind-the-scenes work and
on the mission field.
To learn more or to donate toward the Fletchers’ mission,
By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern
July 8 2016
A Reflection on One Mission Society’s 2016 International Conference
To the unfocused eye, the lights above the auditorium were
just flashes of bright yellow against a backdrop of black. But after a few
moments, if you let your vision adjust, those lights transformed. Hundreds of
single bulbs hung on individual cords, dangling above the heads of the
conference members, almost as if they were stars.
Attendees sat in their seats or stood, necks craned and
cameras out, as rows of people marching with flags descended down the aisles of
the auditorium. More than 30 flags, carried by residents of that country,
rippled onto the stage. All the while, a song boomed throughout the auditorium:
“God is on the move, on the move, hallelujah….”
The flag presentation was the opening ceremony to One
Mission Society’s (OMS) biennial international conference, Illuminate. Reflected
by the conference’s title, this weekend brought hundreds of missionaries,
families, and guests from around the world to gather in community and dive into
the concept of being a light for Christ in a dark world.
More than 500 people arrived for Illuminate, held on Indiana
Wesleyan University’s campus. Each day was packed with programs that centered
on that central theme of being a light and illuminating the darkness. Attendees
had the opportunity to pray in community for different nations and people
groups, participate in break-out sessions, worship with the Hunter Smith Band,
listen to four keynote speakers, and enjoy a variety of extra activities.
One of the highlights of the conference was the Illuminate
Experience Room, an interactive area where attendees could mingle and do
hands-on activities that pulled together the theme of being a light for Christ.
Some stood in line to take pictures at the photo booth. Others explored the
Illuminate Experience maze, which
took people through an almost pitch-black course, lit intermittently by small, orange
Across the weekend, Illuminate also highlighted two OMS
ministries that people could donate toward: Bibles for Cuba, a ministry that
worked to deliver more Bibles to the Cuban believers, and Bridge to Reading, an
international literacy program that tutors students and also brings the Gospel
message. Each day, OMS took donations to help fund these programs, and there
was even a 5K run for Bridge to Reading that raised awareness and support for
Illuminate was also the official launch of OMS’ One Billion-One
Opportunity Vision. President Bob Fetherlin presented more about this vision in
the opening and closing of the conference. Parallel to OMS’ desire to be a
light in a dark world and to reach more people for Christ, Bob shared the
vision of giving one billion people one opportunity to hear, understand, and
accept the Gospel message over a 10-year period. This calling is
disproportionate to OMS, Bob added, but not disproportionate to who God is.
Therefore, part of the plan to step up to the challenge of
the One Billion-One Opportunity Vision is to come before God in deep prayer,
create partnerships with other organizations, and not only send out OMS
missionaries but also people from OMS mission fields themselves. Ultimately,
this vision is not a springboard for OMS as an organization, but a step in
obedience to follow God’s will in bringing people of all nations to him.
It was only fitting to conclude the weekend, a weekend
dedicated to illuminating the darkness, with a commissioning of new OMS
missionaries. Under the dangling, star-like auditorium lights, people gathered
in clusters around each missionary individual or family. They bowed their heads
and reached out to lay hands on those who were being sent out. The new
missionaries, covered in the hands of the OMS family, were the first to be
commissioned under the new One Billion-One Opportunity Vision, but they are
certainly not the last.
With the launch of the One Billion-One Opportunity Vision
and the commissioning of the new missionaries, the Illuminate attendees
dispersed back across the world on Sunday. The opening ceremony flags were
rolled up and stored on a truck. As a final note, a torrent of rain and thunder
barreled down once staff and volunteers threw the last of the supplies onto the
loading truck. But the spirit of the weekend, the excitement of the new vision,
and the mission to be lights in a dark world couldn’t be snuffed out.
To see more highlights of Illuminate, visit http://www.onemissionsociety.org
By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern