Ecuador and Peru
Ecuador and Peru
An estimated 85 percent of all career (or long-term) missionaries have had short-term mission experience that led them to consider long-term involvement. We here at One Mission Society have witnessed this firsthand. Because of this, OMS dedicates time and resources to this area of ministry that focuses solely on engaging people in short-term involvement and helps them prepare for and process their journeys. That ministry is Men for Missions.
Since 1954, Men for Missions has existed to challenge men (and their families) to DO, GO, and GIVE in total obedience to Jesus Christ at home and around the world. We believe that as the man of the household goes, so goes the family. We challenge men from every walk of life to live out their faith through short-term involvement. We work side-by-side with OMS missionaries around the world to help these short-term travelers experience God in fresh and life-changing ways. That’s why our tagline is so relevant: Your Life-Changing Journey. Let me introduce you to our team who makes this possible:
Jenna Guerrier is the manager of ministry teams for MFM-U.S.A. She leads the efforts to send about 100 teams each year out into the fields of OMS. She manages approximately half of the short-term teams we send outside the United States each year.
Keith Smith serves as our ministry team specialist. He works alongside Jenna and manages approximately the other half of the short-term teams we send outside the United States each year.
Josh Krumenacher is our U.S. ministry team specialist. He works with churches, individuals, and organizations in the U.S. to give men and their families’ opportunities to serve the Lord within the United States. In fact, our first U.S. short-term team is serving in Houston, Texas, right now, helping with Hurricane Harvey clean up from a year ago. Josh also backs up the work that Jenna and Keith do.
These homeland missionaries are changing the world through the ways they involve others in the Great Commission. We seek to foster relationships between the OMS field missionaries, the national partners, and the teams themselves as we equip and prepare them to experience their own life-changing journey. We are in the “people business,” and we’re all about building kingdom relationships. Please support them (and other homeland missionaries) in the work they do for the kingdom of God. You can give here.
By Bill Evans, MFM USA National Director
This is blog 1 in a series of blogs on different homeland missionary roles. We begin with Margo, the Mobilizer!
Think of a missionary you know serving overseas. Have you ever thought about how they got there? How did that person who probably had a job and a family and a house and a church they loved leave their home country to live somewhere else?
Missionaries don’t just magically appear in another country. Ask any new missionary, and they’ll tell you about a long journey with some bumps and challenges along the way before they got to where God was calling them to go.
Paul understood this when he wrote in Romans 10:14-15, “And how can they hear about [Jesus] unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?”
Missionaries are sent – and it takes people to send them.
At One Mission Society, the Mobilization team has the privilege of helping send missionaries around the world. As individuals begin to explore missions, we help them discern how God is leading them. We connect them with opportunities and countries that would be a good fit and walk alongside them through the process of applying and being accepted to serve with OMS.
As they begin to raise up a team of ministry partners, we pray with them, celebrate with them, and encourage them. And as they prepare to pick up their lives and move overseas, we help them work through the challenges they encounter and questions they face, like “What does the visa process look like?” “When should I quit my job?” and “What do I do with my stuff?”
If missions is a journey, mobilizers are the guides along the way.
A new missionary family serving in Mozambique expressed this perfectly:
“The last month has been challenging to say the least. Margo (our mobilizer) was right there; her calm spirit and prayers soothed our hearts.
I know many souls will come to Christ through our family in Mozambique. God used a beautiful tool in his hand to help us get to this place, and that tool is Margo.”
Because of mobilizers, people hear about opportunities to use their gifts, skills, and experiences to serve in missions. Because of mobilizers, people understand where God is leading them and are able to get there.
And because of mobilizers, missionaries are sent and people around the world are transformed by Christ.
To find out more about Margo, visit her profile page here.
To give to the homeland missionary fund, give here.
By Andrea Fisher, Director of Mobilization
Do you have what it takes to be on the Agent 038 team?
One Mission Society's One Mission Kids ministry invites children ages 5-11 to this unforgettable experience to grow their missionary hearts by learning what it takes to be one of God’s best agents.
Our mission handbook, the Holy Bible, gives us specific instructions on what qualities are found in God’s best agents. 1 Peter 3:8 (ESV) says, “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”
Join us for the 2018 Illuminate Missions Conference from June 27-30 at the Community Church of Greenwood for an opportunity to develop these important qualities through six exciting sessions, including energy-filled music, Bible verse memorization, power challenges, imaginative crafts, Bible stories, edible arts, and of course missions.
We want the children to walk away not only having had loads of fun, but also having learned how to live in harmony (Romans 12:19), live with sympathy (Colossians 3:17), live through love (1 John 4:10), live with tenderness (Ephesians 4:32), and to live in humility (Philippians 2:3). Children will also have the opportunity to help raise money for our missions project – Be the light for South Asia! This project helps to provide relief aid for flood victims in South Asia who lose all of their belongings every single year.
To register, go to: oms.events.
In a dark and hurting world, we are in need of light! Are you willing to be that light? Come to learn how at One Missions Society’s ILLUMINATE Missions Conference from June 27 – 30. Find out more or register at www.oms.events.
This event will be held at Community Church of Greenwood in Greenwood, Indiana, and the theme of the conference will focus on how Christians can demonstrate the love of Jesus by being a light in a dark world.
World-renowned speaker Luis Palau was scheduled to be a keynote speaker but had to cancel earlier this year when he found out he had cancer. Listen to his special message to us HERE. Also, please pray for him, and thank God with us that the Lord provided several other noted speakers such as,Pam Tebow, mother of professional athlete Tim Tebow; Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center and the interim pastor of Moody Church in Chicago; Stan Key, president of Francis Asbury Society; and many more who will address topics such as human trafficking prevention and modern missionary movements across the globe.
Other highlights of the conference include a pastor appreciation day on June 29 , a 5K Freedom Run at Freedom Park to raise funds for OMS’ international literacy ministry, Bridge to Reading, an interactive vacation Bible school program for kids, dozens of practical workshops, and many networking opportunities to connect with specialized OMS ministries like Men for Missions, Dynamic Women in Missions, HOPE61 (human trafficking prevention), and many more.
We hope to see you there!
I traveled to Medellín, Colombia, (on a Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical trip) as a translator and medic and worked in several different areas. In triage, I was asked by a patient, “Why does your team do all this if you get nothing for it?”
I asked the Lord to give me an answer that would glorify him.
I answered, “We want people to know that Jesus cares for you. He loves you, and he wants nothing in return.” The patient was amazed and thanked me.
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 from her shoulders down into her arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch on her own with two daughters and a very old father. She has all this pain because of the hard labor she does.
I was quiet and debating if I should pray with her. Finally, I grabbed her hand, “Let’s pray. God does not give us more than we can handle,” I said.
We prayed and cried together. She was so thankful for our prayer. I suddenly realized why I was called to so many different areas to help. God used me for more than just translating. I had great conversations, showed compassion, and fervently prayed with patients, showing that these qualities are also part of healing.
By Idalia Lazo, Translator and medic on a Dynamic Women in Missions trip
I experienced missions firsthand as a teenager with my church youth group from World Gospel Church. Since then, missions has become an integral part of my life journey. Thirty mission trips later as I prepared to embark on a Dynamic Women in Missions trip to Colombia to serve as a nurse on a medical team, I asked myself some serious questions.
Since my recent retirement, I wondered if short-term missions was over for me and would I be able to meet the rigors of the trip.
On the second day of clinic in Medellín, Colombia, God began to answer these questions.
The patient/nurse communication issue was seamless when I was assigned a godly young woman who loves people and the Lord with all her heart. Karen partnered with me and attacked the interview process with thoroughness and enthusiasm.
Furthermore, the clinic environment fostered collaboration and collegiality between the health care providers, the patients, and the local church hosts. What a blessing to see God’s hand on the human efforts to real spiritual rewards!
This was my first experience with DWIM and I was not sure how I would relate and fit in with an all-female team. Once again, God was faithful to lead me to a roommate who could encourage and support me and who I could mentor during the trip. The spiritual depth within the team was powerful and made the experience rich and meaningful.
So, the answer to my question: “am I too old to go?” was clearly answered. God proved himself faithful once again by equipping me physically, professionally, and spiritually to accomplish the tasks set before me in Colombia. Only God knows the future, but I am waiting with anticipation to tackle the next mission, whether going or sending.
To God be the Glory!
By Pam Blesch, Dynamic Women in Missions Short-Termer
For more information about how YOU can get involved: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/dynamic-women
To give to Dynamic Women: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/dynamic-women
As we continue on the Manta, Ecuador, construction projects, we are now in the phase of constructing homes for families that completely lost their homes in the earthquake in April 2016. We are currently constructing six homes with the help of Arturo Conde and his building crews. Arturo has been such a blessing to us in this process. He has drawn the plans for the new homes, worked with the government to make sure we have stayed within the regulations, bought supplies, and has overseen the construction. Without Arturo, it would be very difficult for us continue the project in a timely process. We are hoping to finish this phase of six homes within the next two months and then continue with our second phase of home construction.
We are so thankful for the groups that have come down to help, but we are still in need of more groups and funding to complete the three-phase project.
If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Jim Smith at MFM or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate to this project, click here.
Darryl Chambers, Field Director, OMS Ecuador
In January 2018, a team from the U.S. and Canada traveled to Manta, Ecuador. A major earthquake had hit Manta in 2016 and left the city with some pretty major damage. The main purpose of our trip was to help repair the damage that was done to a church. Pastor Carmelia shared how she had a dream that North Americans would be coming to help at their church. She pondered how this might happen and considered several possibilities, but dismissed each one. Eventually, OMS contacted her and said that a team was coming to help with repairs on the church. This confirmed in her mind that all of this was from God and that he deserved all of the glory!
Upon arriving, we found that some of the walls needed to be repaired. Some of the men from the church were already there working to knock them down. The men in our group jumped in to help finish knocking down the walls. The men from the Manta church were experienced in bricklaying, so we did the grunt work of unloading the sand and gravel off of the truck. We shoveled sand and gravel into bags, and then carried the bags up two flights of stairs.... 34 steps. The cement blocks also had to be removed by hand from the truck and then carried up the stairs as well...34 steps.
We swept and cleaned up debris. The men also poured a small cement pad downstairs. This was all mixed and moved, and done by hand. We made sure to stop and rest and drink. And we counted those steps. Did I mention there were 34?
In the evenings, we enjoyed some great Ecuadorian food, and then shared our life stories. It was good to listen, share, and pray for each other. We also had the privilege of hearing a pastor share his story of the earthquake and how the church worked with OMS to provide a soup kitchen during that time. A time was spent praying for this young man and his family. It is always encouraging to hear how God has worked and is continuing to work in people’s lives!
It was a trip with so many good memories. We loved the international flavor - working together with people from Ecuador, the United States, and Canada. We even learned a little Dutch! Eh?
By Penney Willms, OMS short-term team member from Canada