​An Unlikely Call to Africa

September 21 2016

Kris Kappler was hesitant to spend 20 days in a country in West Africa, especially because he needed a translator to communicate in French.

“God provided a translator,” he said. “And he provided a 20-day experience which was unparalleled.”

Kris and his wife Sarah had served in Central Asia with their family for 11 years as One Mission Society missionaries before they were introduced to a ministry opportunity in Africa during an OMS conference. During the five months that Kris prayed about this option, he felt a growing sense that God was calling him and his family to leave their home in Central Asia and go to Africa. So, he responded to this need and answered the call.

Now, as the international regional director for Africa, Kris and his family live in South Africa. Kris’ ministry is to serve and supervise OMS church-planting ministries and OMS missionaries across the continent, which includes traveling to many different countries. During April and early May, Kris visited several villages and leaders in this West African nation to introduce himself, to observe what work was being done, to see what relationships were being built, and to spread the Gospel message through different programs. Throughout that trip, he saw God working in the hearts of the villagers and leaders.

Most people in West Africa speak French, so in order to help Kris with the language barrier, God provided a translator for him as he traveled. In total, he and his team visited 40 villages. These villages, Kris said, are the focus of their ministry in Africa because they tend to be neglected areas. Throughout these villages, Kris saw the poor and, as he said, “people outside of places you don’t normally go.”

In many villages they visited, there was a chief they first had to meet in order to have access to the people. Many chiefs are Christian, but not all of them. Because so much falls on the chief’s approval, Kris said, it is a critical position in any village and respecting the position is very important. Once a chief gave approval for Kris and his team to be there, they had freedom to preach and speak in a village. In one village, one where a church is present, the chief said during a meeting that he was thankful that the church was in the village and hoped that Kris and his team would continue to do what they were doing. Looking back on that experience, Kris remarked that God is touching that village.

In West Africa, the population of Muslims is high, but God is at work in the people’s hearts in the villages. Kris recounts visits to some villages where Bible studies were held for the children. In many instances, Kris said, the parents were Muslim, yet they still let their children listen to the Christian messages. In one particular village, at least 80 children attended a study.

Overall, Kris and his team held two training seminars, baptized 45 people, and ordained 15 well-qualified pastors during their visits to the 40 villages in Senegal. Kris is thankful for the opportunities he had to learn and meet the people in these villages, as well as see the churches that are being created within these Muslim populations.

Looking forward to the future, Kris wants to continuously develop relationships with the supervisors across Africa, learn French to communicate better with people, and to grow relationships with people where he attends church in South Africa.

“When it comes right down to it, communication is critical,” Kris added.

Kris also prays that God will send more missionaries to Africa. The need goes beyond critical. He wants to see not only foreign missionaries respond to this need but also African missionaries as well. And when more missionaries serve in Africa, he continued, there are also more people supporting these missions both in prayer and finances.

Please pray for Kris and for his team in Africa as they reach out to the people of this great continent, especially the population in the neglected villages. Pray that more churches can be planted, that people of peace can become bridges to some of the village chiefs, and that these relationships in the villages can grow stronger over time.

By Jess Mitchell, Communications Intern

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight

November 15 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring One Mission Society missionary Carolyn Knight, serving as a trainer with Every Community for Christ.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Carolyn shared many stories about her time in Africa before she joined OMS ... and boy, are some of those stories life-changing! She also shared about her travels to Africa and Asia with OMS as a trainer/facilitator with OMS' Every Community for Christ ministry. And finally she shared about a local ministry she involved with to minister to women in the stripper industry. As you listen, you hear Carolyn's heart for evangelism and church planting.

GO:

Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities. ECC is seeking church planters and church multiplication facilitators in several countries around the world.

GIVE:

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

INFO:

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of several University of Indianapolis nursing students and staff who recently participated in a short-term medical missions trip to Ecuador. 

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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After the Show: One Mission Stories - Bill Anderson

November 11 2013

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Bill Anderson

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Nov. 10) OMS radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Bill Anderson. This was an encore broadcast. He shared many stories about trips around the world, including Africa and Asia.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

GO: If you are interested in serving, either short- or long-term, with OMS, check out the opportunities

GIVE: If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

INFO: If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of several University of Indianapolis nursing students and staff who recently participated in a short-term medical missions trip to Ecuador.  

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, bibles for africa, give to missions, men for missions, missions in africa, short term missionsworld missions

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry - Larry and Susan Weil

September 13 2013

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 15) OMS radio program, featuring Larry and Susan Weil, OMS missionaries serving in Mozambique, Africa. It's exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Would you like to take a short-term trip to Mozambique? How about serving for a longer term as the Mozambique field treasurer? Or maybe your heart was stirred to give to one of the three projects mentioned? ... the Mozambique water project, #407670, the mosquito net project, #407640, or the India flood relief project, #405610 by going here and adding the project number.

Other things mentioned on the program: connect to the One Mission Kids website or OMS Outreach magazine or the OMS-published book, The Vision Lives, by B. H. Pearson, which can be purchased on Amazon or by calling Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext 313.

We hope you enjoyed the program. If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed the program, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or you can subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, radio, short term missions, missions in africa, missions in mozambique, water project, mosquito nets, india flood relief, one mission kids, oms outreach magazine

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry -Bill Anderson

September 6 2013

After the Show: OMS Radio Ministry

We hope you were able to hear the first of many radio shows from OMS last night (Sunday, Sept. 8). It's so exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.

Each Monday, we will post a short blog with resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program.

Last night's program featured OMS UK missionary Bill Anderson. Wasn't he incredible?

Get connected: He talked about his ministry with Men for Missions. And he shared about his heart for Bibles for Africa. We hope you enjoyed the program. If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed the program, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio.Or you can subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.

Tags: be a missionary, bibles for africa, men for missions, oms uk, become a missionary, radio, world missions, missions in africa, give to missions,

Exciting New OMS Radio Ministry

September 6 2013

Exciting New OMS Radio Ministry

            

One Mission Society is beginning a new radio ministry. You will be able to hear incredible missionary stories on the radio (also through web streaming at www.freedom95.us and on our OMS website: www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, with all the stories archived).

Meet the host of the show, OMS missionary Jason Campbell, through this introduction.

The first program airs Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at 7 p.m. Each new show will be uploaded to our website by the following Monday. We currently are committed to one year of one-hour missionary stories.

Here’s a short snippet of our first program, which highlights the ministry of OMS UK missionary, Bill Anderson.

Pray with us that the Lord blesses us, and all the work yet to be completed, in this new venture—that He will be glorified. And please share this news with your friends by forwarding this blog to them or sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. We are counting on you to help us promote this new project. We are so excited about what God is going to do through this!

 

 

Tags: become a missionary, missions in africa, radio, radio ministryone mission stories

Preventing Human Trafficking in Mozambique

April 15 2013

Preventing Human Trafficking in Mozambique

We recently received an email from an OMS national coworker in Mozambique that encouraged those of us serving with HOPE61. It read, in part:

We have all had the opportunity to read and learn about the vision of HOPE61 through various publications, including the latest OMS Outreach magazine. Our missionary colleague, Aimee Howarth, also brought us details about this ministry in June 2012.

Considering the realities and issues facing Mozambique, we believe that the vision of HOPE61 is very relevant and much needed. As a field, we want to express our interest in the development of the HOPE61 vision here in Mozambique.

The African continent is faced with many of the root causes of human trafficking. Poverty, large family size, lack of educational opportunities, unemployment, low status of women and children, and a lack of awareness all help to fuel the trafficking of Africans into Europe and to other parts of the world.

HOPE61's vision:

HOPE61 seeks to PREVENT the spread of and, ultimately, eliminate the issue of trafficked and enslaved humans in our world today by bringing the message of eternal salvation to those that are involved or vulnerable to become involved in human trafficking across the world. One Mission Society sends missionaries to work with the national church denomination or other church contacts to train and equip nationals to combat this issue, through PREVENTION of it, in a culturally appropriate and relevant way with intentional evangelism of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continuing discipleship to these groups of lost people.

The need is present and obvious, but we need people to go to Mozambique to fulfill the vision of HOPE61 there.

Is God calling YOU to GO to Mozambique to serve as an OMS missionary with HOPE61? Contact OMS for more information.

Tags: anti-human trafficking, be a missionary, become a missionary, HOPE61, missions, missions in africa, world missionsmissions in mozambique

Missionary Spotlight: The Almeida's

August 3 2012

Missionary Spotlight: The Almeida's

The Almeida Family“Follow me” were the words native Brazilians Paulo, a successful businessman, and Fernanda Almeida, a psychologist, heard from God when they were called to serve the Lord. After contacting One Mission Society’s Mobilization Department, Paulo sold his company so that the Almeida family could serve the Lord in Mozambique.

February 26, 2012, is a day the Almeidas will never forget. It was the date of their commissioning service as missionaries with OMS. At the commissioning service, more than 500 people attended as pastors and friends laid their hands on the Almeidas to pray for them and welcome them into their new roles. Tears flowed from the altar that night as the Almeidas poured themselves out as an offering to the Lord.

Now living in Mozambique, the Almeidas are involved intentional evangelic ministries. On Easter, the Almeidas set up a Jesus Film showing. They went door to door, asking members of the community to join them in watching the film. Overall, the evening was a success. Paulo states,” This time the ‘vision of the field’ was a beautiful full moon night with many people coming to know Jesus as the Savior who gave His life because of His great love for us.”

Paulo and Fernanda were more than ready to follow God. What they did not realize is how much their daughters, Laura and Luana, would also be serving God in Mozambique. Behind the Almeida’s home in Mozambique is a large field. It is used for parking during the day, but at night, this field caught the girls’ attention as a good place to play football (soccer).

John 12:26 states, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me” (NIV).

As Laura and Luana began to play soccer, they saw three or four children in the distance slowly inching their way closer to the field. The girls waved them over to come and play. By the next evening, the girls returned to the same spot, but this time, there were 10 children.

Now, after every game the children pray to God, thanking Him for the fun time. As of today, 20 children regularly meet in the evenings to play soccer. Paulo speaks about his daughter’s ministry, “They (Laura and Luana) have taken this opportunity to speak of Jesus’ love for these children.”

Together the Almeidas are serving in Mozambique and sharing the love of Jesus. 1 Peter 1:12 states, “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things” (NIV). Sharing the love of Christ is a beautiful thing, even angels long to look at that!

Please continue to pray for the Almeidas, serving in Mozambique. You can also follow their journey by reading their blog.

Is God tugging on your heart to follow Him? Check out our current opportunities to serve. One Mission Society currently serves in 58 countries around the world, and we would love to walk alongside you in your ministry.

 

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