What Might Happen? – Obedience

April 9 2015

Obedience.

This is what happens when ordinary people listen to God’s call. On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit landfall in the Philippines. One of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Yolanda was Eastern Visayas. Tacloban City and the surrounding area accounted for 5,877 deaths, with more than 1,000 people missing.

Pastors Willy and Vicky Galzote were following God’s call as pastors of a church 996 kilometers away in Tarlac City when they heard the news.

Their compassionate hearts immediately ached for the people affected by the storm. When such a travesty hits, many of us hurt for those impacted.

Their desire to help was unstoppable.

Pastor Willy contacted leadership within Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines (FECPI), their denomination, in hopes of coming up with a plan.

Their desire was not to merely travel down with supplies or for a brief visit. God had convicted them to be much more, to build authentic relationships. Their call was to comfort aching hearts and offer hope.

Have you ever felt a call so strong that you were willing to leave everything?

This is what Jesus asked of those he called. “And he said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20) This is exactly the call that Pastors Willy and Vicky received. Pastors Willy and Vicky requested permission to leave the pulpit and move down to Tacloban City.

A month after Typhoon Yolanda made landfall, a group of four from FECPI and One Mission Society (OMS) traveled down to see what God was calling them to do. They had no clear contact person but went on faith that God would guide them.

Pastors Willy and the others were just looking for a clear sign on how to help the people impacted. What they found was truly from God.

To be continued…

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What Might Happen?

March 31 2015

What might happen if we could mobilize ordinary people to go into the great harvest fields at our doorsteps and start church multiplication movements? Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the right tools. T&M a powerful tool to help ordinary people do this; it is a process to help ordinary people start healthy worshiping groups that will multiply.

The founder of T&M discovered a simple but powerful paradigm modeled by Jesus and taught by Paul:

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach other (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV).

Watch for the April 2015 media blitz for Train & Multiply

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A Mission Without Limits - a vision for OMS' future

November 5 2014

I learned about investing in the future from my grandfather. One day, he was planting an apple tree. I asked him, “Why are you planting this tree?” He knew the question behind the question. “Grandpa, you are 80 years old and will probably never see one of the apples!” My grandfather answered, “I am planting this for you, not for me.” My grandfather was a smart man to plan for the future.

When I think of the future of One Mission Society, I am reminded of my grandfather. What we do now is often done thinking toward the future more than the present. The burden and challenge is to prepare OMS to carry out Christ’s mission in the shifting population and global trends we face in the 21st century.

OMS will not compromise the message of the cross or the message of heart purity resulting in a holy lifestyle. The last century’s challenge was the Gospel’s contextualization in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Our new challenge is keeping the preaching of the cross central, while allowing the Gospel to be African, Latin American, European and Asian.

The Global South will be the largest potential missionary force the world has ever seen. Our entire organization must be flexible and strategically structured when we face this challenge. The Gospel will not change; the goals will not change; but our methods, recruitment, and organizational structure must.

There are no limits to OMS’ future. We are making changes that will allow the next generation to have an effective witness and partnership with our national churches for the final harvest. People of every culture and nation can embrace and serve in the ministry of OMS because it is based not in one culture or country but in the Scriptures.

The future ministry of One Mission Society has no limits.

--Edward W. Williamson, One Mission Society Board of Trustees Chairperson

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Presidential Prayer Rally: Starting With Nothing

July 2 2014

It’s not often that a new President spends his first day in leadership talking about how he and everyone else in the organization is prone to failure.

But that is exactly how our new OMS President, Bob Fetherlin, started his first day here at One Mission Society.

When he realized that his first day would be on July 1, a Tuesday, Bob asked if he could move the monthly prayer rally from the traditional Wednesday to the Tuesday. So, from 9 a.m. until noon, we worshiped God and thanked him for his provision, his love, his mercy, and his altogether awesomeness. Benjamin, age 8, could be heard over some of the adults as we sang “How Great Thou Art.” Dr. Wesley Duewel, age 98, prayed twice during the three hours, reminding us that praising our Lord doesn’t have an age limit.

Bob wanted to begin his time as President of OMS with an atmosphere of total surrender and pure dependence on God, and this mindset was evident as he and his wife, Esther, addressed those in the Fellowship Hall and those joining via the live stream.

“We come with nothing in our hands. We are desperate for him.”

The prayer rally focused on the verse Matthew 5:3, which says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Bob told us that, as Christians, oftentimes “we think more highly of ourselves than we ought.” Sometimes, it can be difficult to let go of our pride and give God glory when a task goes well or projects are accomplished.

As we serve One Mission Society, Bob reminded us that our efforts are also for God. What we do in our individual cubicles or in our particular departments comes together in a bigger picture. Unless two ministries are collaborating, it can be easy to get wrapped up in our own work. So, when the departments were separated into groups of two, they didn’t share projects. They shared prayers. It took a lot of time, but Bob reminded us that if we intend to glorify God in everything we do, then “we don’t have time not to pray.”

At the end of the prayer rally, another group came up to the front of the Fellowship Hall and shared their prayers. As Bob and Esther sat in chairs at the front, our children’s prayer team, made up of OMS missionary kids, surrounded them. This group, which ranges from children as young as two to teenagers, laid one hand on our new President and First Lady while the other hand held cards that they had prepared for the special day.

With tears in their eyes, the Fetherlins expressed how blessed they felt to be part of the future of One Mission Society. We are blessed to have them here with us. God’s presence was felt that Tuesday morning—what a beautiful way to start this new season.

By Christina Franks, OMS Summer Intern in Communications

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