One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Graham Houghton

April 10 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 29) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionary Graham Houghton, a New Zealander who has served in India for the past 50 years.

Graham shared his story about growing up on a dairy cow farm in new Zealand, not receiving his high school degree, yet God has used him in mighty ways. Graham since has received not only a bachelor's and masters' degree, but also his doctorate as well. Graham is married to Carol, an American who grew up in northern India as a missionary kid.

Graham is involved in church planting and theological education. His latest project is raising money for a new seminary in northern India.

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

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Graham and Carol as they raise money for the new school in northern India. Pray that the Lord brings the people and provides the business visa needed. Also, pray for the growth of the church in India. Our national partner denomination, the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) reports that we now have more than 2,000 churches in India!

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: Graham shared that reading missionary biographies is what helped draw him to missions and confirmed his call.

You can purchase all OMS books, including many biographies, through our OMS store onAmazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori Mcall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

For other OMS Communication resources, check out our media resourse website at www.oms.media.

INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear a SPECIAL EASTER DRAMA. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to the PODCAST at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

This podcast has an EXTRA segment, featuring more heartfelt stories of changed lives from Graham, only heard on this podcast.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: attitude of gratitude, be a missionary, become a missionary, call, calling, church planting, mentoring, missions in india, one mission stories, teach in a seminary, teaching overseas, training, world missions, theological education,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Chuni and Carolyn Pema

January 31 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 30) One Mission Stories , OMS' radio program, encore presentation, featuring OMS New Zealand missionaries, Chuni and Carolyn Pema, serving in India.

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

Chuni and Carolyn, former executive directors of OMS New Zealand, shared that it is HARVEST TIME IN INDIA. They are so happy to be involved with evangelism, church planting and training, and shepherding pastors.

They also shared that the OMS-founded Evangelical Church of India (ECI) now has nearly 4,000 churches! God is at work in India!

GO:

Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

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.

PRAY: Pray that the Pemas would be used of God to minister and encourage Indian brothers and sisters. And pray for their son Levi, that he would feel a part of the OMS family. Pray that they would successfully train national leaders to continue the work.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS:

You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

INFO:

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the first of four special Christmas programs. 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.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio or on our podcast, where every show is archived: http://omsradio.podbean.com/ . 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, church planting, evangelism, house churches, missions in asia, missions in india, one mission stories, short term missions, training, world missions,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

October 16 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Dr. Wesley Duewel

We hope you enjoyed last night's ENCORE presentation (Sunday, Jan. 12) of One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Dr. Wesley Duewel, who is 97 years old and has served with OMS for nearly 75 years, including 25 years in India, several as OMS President, and most recently has spent decades writing books.

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

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

Dr. Duewel talked about church planting in India. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. 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.

Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places around the world.

If you would like to purchase the book, Touch the World Through Prayer, featured in today's program, you can purchase it on Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313. You can also purchase any of Dr. Duewel's books this way.

Would you like to read OMS' magazine, OMS Outreach online? You can subscribe to it here for free.

Here is one of many of Dr. Duewel's poem. This is what he shared on the program:

ARE YOU HIDING THE WORD OF GOD?

You have the words which the Savior gave,

You have the book which millions crave,

You have the Truth which alone can save—

Are you hiding the Word of God?

 

Millions are groping in sin’s dark night,

Searching the pathway to truth and right.

You in your hands have the only Light—

Are you hiding the Light of God?

 

Millions engage in a deadly strife,

Foes of the soul and of God are rife;

Millions are losing the fight for life—

Are you hiding the Sword of God?

 

The need still exists though seasons roll,

Millions are fainting far short their goal,

Millions tonight have a hungry soul—

Are you hiding the Bread of God?

 

Millions haste on to a Christless tomb

Treading the pathways of sin and gloom,

You, if you will, can avert their doom—

Will you give them the Word of God?

 

--Wesley L. Duewel

(Allahabad, India; December 22, 1943)

 

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving in Mexico.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

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.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, Christmas missionary stories, church planting, evangelism, life changing story, missions in asia, missions in india, one mission stories, teach in a seminaryworld missions

Seeds on an Island

July 10 2013

Seeds on an Island

Friday...

We crossed over to another island this morning on the ferry boat. Almost 300 people were jammed on the boat with many standing. I didn’t get a seat, but sat on a box of Bibles we were bringing to pass out to the church planters. After docking, we rented another taxi and off we went to a small house church. Most vehicles live by the horn here. The air is filled with a cacophony of sound as different vehicles warn each other as well as pedestrians that they should get out of the way! Ponds dug out in front of most houses here in the Sunderban Islands are prevalent. On average they are 60 x 40 feet in size and 10 feet deep. As the dry season soon ends and the rains get ready to fall, many ponds have a low water level. The water gets used for raising fish, watering gardens, washing clothes, and maybe swimming for teens. Honestly, the ponds look very stagnant and uninviting. This part of India is quite tropical, with banana trees, coconut palms, and bamboo everywhere. As you go through a village the main road usually passes the market place where vendors of all sorts present and peddle their colorful fruits and vegetables. The mangoes are plentiful right now and so very sweet! The ladies seem to prefer bright red and orange colors for their saris. This helps eclipse the drabness of the faded buildings, the dirt & dust, and rubbish strewn about everywhere. Mangy dogs lie sleeping on the crowded roadside and a cow stands with his head inside a shop that sells sweets. By contrast, our roads and highways seem almost plain and boring!

In one village we met a couple of brothers who wanted to donate a piece of land next to their home to build a church. Before we went into the house they cut a hole in some coconuts so we could enjoy a drink. Next to the house was a bamboo structure with 75 baby chicks they raise for food and to sell. The family came to faith when our ECC church planter shared the Gospel, explaining the death of Jesus on the Cross to forgive our sins. The message rang true in their hearts and they put their faith in the Savior. Their lives now exude enthusiasm and determination to serve the Lord. We met with a group of 20 or so new Christians that meet weekly in their house for worship. Young and old sat on the dirt floor covered with straw mats. I really enjoyed sharing the story of Jesus when he calmed the violent storm on the Galilean Sea, after his disciples woke him up in the boat. He asked them why they were so afraid, when they should have had faith.

Often Satan tries to take our eyes off Jesus by enflaming our fears. Later in the afternoon one brother and his wife joined the training session we gave at another location. We were welcomed with flower garlands around our necks and young girls doing graceful dances portraying God’s love in Christ. Greg and I have been using the life of Nehemiah to teach them principles about wise and godly leadership. Today we trained 27 men and women. So far 16 house churches have been established on this island. I challenged them to each find a person of peace (see Luke 10) in a new village by June 30 and multiply 100 churches in the next 2 years. Greg has also been presenting Bibles given through ECC with money his church provided. It is heart-warming to see how they treasure their first Bible with both the Old and New Testaments.

For lunch we ate at a rundown looking restaurant near the beach where hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims come at a certain festival time each year to bathe in the head waters of the Ganges River. The owner, Ratan Panda and his wife seemed so pleased to have 2 Americans eating the preparations of their humble kitchen. He kept bringing out different dishes of food and then standing nearby to see how we liked it. His smile was contagious and showed his reddish teeth, stained from chewing beetle nut. 

I thanked him and took a photo of him and his wife. Then I mentioned that I wanted to tell him about someone who loves him very much. I went on to share in very simple fashion, the love of Jesus who died on a cross and rose from the dead to forgive their sins. He didn’t comment, but listened and then went back to work. I am praying for the seed planted to take root in his heart.

Tags: chaos, evangelism, missions in Indiaperson of peace

Strength in the Heat!

July 5 2013

Strength in the Heat!

Monday...

Tonight we ate in the home of Adam’s family. He is a doctor who lives in a very humble home by our standards, serving the poor here in the city of Thirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Adam, along with his wife Shamah and two children, live with Adam’s parents. Our ECC coordinator, Pastor Sundar Raj and wife Marysha (Adam’s sister) were also there. It was a delight to be with them eating chicken and rice with yogurt. Food is eaten without utensils, using only the right hand! Another room in the house is used to give his patients 24 hour emergency treatment. Adam went to care for a poor working woman who had suffered heat stroke. She was on an IV drip, receiving her 2nd bag of fluids. I went in and prayed for her as she lay there with two family members nearby.

The temperature here was 107 degrees today. Yes, it felt like an oven. Yet, as we ate, I asked Marysha to sing a song she teaches the children she often reaches out to in the village. The joy of the Lord shines with a pure twinkle in her eyes and a bright smile on her face. As she sang, her voice expressed a purity of faith that almost seemed angelic. I have no doubt that God was listening and smiling! These people have so very little, but are enriched with love and joy as they serve the Lord. I fear that many of us have lost the essence of real life. Sadly, we think that acquiring more “stuff” or experiencing some pleasure will make us happy.

After 12 years of marriage, Sundar Raj and Marysha, have no children. However, they are building a house where they can take in orphans and nurture them with Christ’s love. After we give training tomorrow to 40 ECC church planters, we will participate in a free medical clinic where Dr. Adam, Sundar Raj and Marysha will treat 150 poor villagers. It will be a full day of ministry with 3 hours drive each way. May God give us strength!

Blessings, Roger

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: missions in India, train and multiply, T&M, servant, outreachorphans

Hello from India!

July 3 2013

Hello from India!

Wednesday...

Since arriving here a week ago it has been a whirlwind of ministry and travel. It is hard to put into words the uniqueness of this nation that God has called me to serve. It is at the same time exhilarating, exasperating and exhausting! The heat has been well over 100 degrees. The blessings come in abundance, but the challenges show up alongside them! I am burdened by the human suffering all around me in the midst of what has become to me a familiar chaos. Yesterday I spent time with a leper lady without fingers and toes who is homeless and wanders around with her cane hoping for mercy and help to stay alive.

In the same village, a truck driver named Pencalakumar sat on his cot outside his home, unable to move because his leg was maimed in a horrific accident last year. The sober reality of his new limitations was written plainly across his face. After listening and then sharing the story of my son Wade, I shared the story of God’s Son who lovingly suffered and died to forgive our sins. Finally, I had the joy of praying with him to receive Jesus!

Some of you know that Pastor Greg DiMeolo from Ohio is traveling with me. His companionship is a great encouragement to me. As Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, “Two are better than one, because there is a good return for their work.” After returning late last night on a bus to Chennai, we took 2 flights to get to Calcutta early this morning.

This afternoon we drove 2 hours each way to a village in order to train 20 people in a house church. When we arrived, I had to fight back the tears. What a holy privilege to encourage and train these precious followers of Christ to reach into new villages with the Gospel. Tonight, like every night, I am weary. Nevertheless, I am thankful for Greg and for you who pray. Please ask God for a healing touch upon my stomach which has been in rebellion the past 2 days!

Thanks, Roger. (the next post is an entry I made 2 days ago)

Tags: suffering, chaos, homeless, evangelism, missions in Indiatraining

From Hindu Idols to Jesus Christ

April 1 2013

From Hindu Idols to Jesus Christ

Earning only $3.00 per day, Ujjwal tried to support his wife and children as a farmer in the Sunderban Islands in West Bengal, India. Like many in this area, he worshiped the Hindu gods, praying and making offerings to these idols.

When Ujjwal’s father became very ill, Ujjwal soon realized that these gods, and even the medical personnel, could not help. Ujjwal soon met Patra, a worker for Every Community for Christ, One Mission Society’s church multiplication catalyst.

Patra shared the love of Jesus Christ with Ujjwal, and soon, Patra started praying over Ujjwal’s father. These prayers caused Ujjwal’s father’s health to dramatically improve. Because of this miraculous healing, Ujjwal and his family became believers in Christ and started sharing with others.

Their newly formed faith was tested when an arsonist set fire to Ujjwal’s house. Being away while doing ministry, Ujjwal did not despair. He turned to his heavenly Father for divine intervention.

Ujjwal’s son called to tell him that a sudden rain storm blew out of nowhere to put the fire out. The house was not destroyed!

Through all of these events, Ujjwal understands the power of prayer. In April 2013, more than 500 new believers will take part in a baptism ceremony. When Ujjwal was asked how there is such an abundance of fruit in the ministry he is a part of, he replied, "Continuous prayer."

Please take a moment and pray for all of OMS’ workers around the world. Prayer is a vital part of the ministry at OMS, as this work can only be done with the help of the Almighty God. Please visit OMS’ Wall of Prayer often, so that you can continue to pray without ceasing.

Tags: missions in india, missions, every community for christchurch planting

More from India

March 11 2013

More from India

Bhopal...

Today we began training 60 church planters from all over northern and middle India. What a privilege to encourage, strengthen and equip them for their amazing ministries. We also took time to coach all of the more experienced trainers while their team members listened in. 

One former Muslim, Abdul, is a photographer by trade but now delights in introducing others to Isa Al Masih, better known to you as Jesus! He says he has “no problems” since meeting the Savior but did ask for prayer for his 10 disciples who have been kicked out of their homes since becoming followers of Christ. These men he is training have each started a house church using the Train and Multiply strategy.

Another one of our ECC leaders is Anil, from the state of Uttar Pradesh. He is training 15 church planters who are each training two more 2nd generation pastoral workers. Anil and his wife travel by bicycle (she sits on the back!) five days a week around 30 km to different villages visiting the new house churches and their leaders. When I asked him how I could pray for him, he said he “needs more time” to get his entire ministry done!

Still another church planter, Govardhan, has a goal of starting 20 new house churches as he trains 7 workers in 2013. He has also entered 3 villages in a remote forested jungle area where the people are semi-naked and speak a unique language he is trying to learn in order to share with them the Good News. He often faces opposition and threats in different places but says he is “not afraid to die.” I could go on, but you get the message. These men are the real deal. They serve Christ with determined obedience, joyfully bringing others to faith and establishing them in new worship groups.

So often I feel wimpy compared to these brothers (and sisters!) in Jesus. May God strengthen and help me to learn from them!

Who will have such great faith? Who will have such deep commitment? Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church planting, missions in India, person of peacetrainingtrain and multiply

More from India

March 11 2013

More from India

Bhopal...

Today we began training 60 church planters from all over northern and middle India. What a privilege to encourage, strengthen and equip them for their amazing ministries. We also took time to coach all of the more experienced trainers while their team members listened in. 

One former Muslim, Abdul, is a photographer by trade but now delights in introducing others to Isa Al Masih, better known to you as Jesus! He says he has “no problems” since meeting the Savior but did ask for prayer for his 10 disciples who have been kicked out of their homes since becoming followers of Christ. These men he is training have each started a house church using the Train and Multiply strategy.

Another one of our ECC leaders is Anil, from the state of Uttar Pradesh. He is training 15 church planters who are each training two more 2nd generation pastoral workers. Anil and his wife travel by bicycle (she sits on the back!) five days a week around 30 km to different villages visiting the new house churches and their leaders. When I asked him how I could pray for him, he said he “needs more time” to get his entire ministry done!

Still another church planter, Govardhan, has a goal of starting 20 new house churches as he trains 7 workers in 2013. He has also entered 3 villages in a remote forested jungle area where the people are semi-naked and speak a unique language he is trying to learn in order to share with them the Good News. He often faces opposition and threats in different places but says he is “not afraid to die.” I could go on, but you get the message. These men are the real deal. They serve Christ with determined obedience, joyfully bringing others to faith and establishing them in new worship groups.

So often I feel wimpy compared to these brothers (and sisters!) in Jesus. May God strengthen and help me to learn from them!

Who will have such great faith? Who will show such deep commitment? Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church planting, missions in India, person of peacetraining

Greetings from India!

March 6 2013

Greetings from India!



Greetings from India! Glenda and I have had a good first few days back in this very diverse and needy land. We began by spending time with an American family in New Delhi. Their hospitality and practical help was a real blessing as we adjusted to a 10½ hour time difference. One highlight was visiting the Lodhi Gardens where the remains of the Sayyid and Lodhi dynasties are wonderfully preserved. These Muslims ruled northern India in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The other day we travelled to another part of Delhi, a city of over 10 million people. There we worshiped with believers from two of our ECI churches. The 9:30 service was in the Hindi language and the 11:00 service was in Tamil. We didn’t attend the first worship gathering at 8 am in the Telegu language! At any rate it was a joy to share God’s Word with the hungry and attentive hearts of those who came. We spent quality time with both pastors, T. Victor and P.K. Robert, who was widowed two years ago and is suffering badly from gout. We enjoyed a delicious chicken curry dinner with him and his family after the service in their humble little home connected to the rear of the sanctuary.

Early in the Hindi service a man came crawling in on his knees and stayed in that position the entire time. Afterwards I greeted him and discovered he has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk and can speak only a little. However, his warm smile and earnest faith quickly won me over. His name is Purushottam, and he gets around in a rickshaw converted into a cart he can pedal with his arms.

Amazing courage and perseverance is wrapped up in a bundle of joy! 

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently

 

 

Tags: dynamic service, missions in Indiajoy