June 22 2018
At the OMS conference in July 2016, President Bob Fetherlin launched the Billion.Global Vision (formerly called the One Billion – One Opportunity Vision), with the goal of giving one billion people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ over a 10-year period.
Now, two years into the 10-year goal, we have 113 partners working together to reach more than 11 ½ million people so far. We have a long way to go but are excited about the momentum we have and look forward to seeing God multiplying Gospel-sharing opportunities.
Why a billion people you might ask? Currently, there are about 7.3 billion people in the world. 2 out of every 3 people or about 4.9 billion people do not consider themselves a Christian. 47 percent of those non-Christians have little or no access to the Gospel, which means 2.3 billion people have not had an opportunity to hear, understand, or believe the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Billion.Global Vision’s coalition coordinator, Dave Oakley, says prayer is the center foundation of the movement. “We want to join alongside one another in order to seek ‘kingdom synergy,’ by creating partnerships and praying for one another to glorify the kingdom of God in the world,” Oakley said.
President Bob Fetherlin is praying for an exponential curve of support within the next couple of months. Billion.Global Vision will have a visible presence at OMS’ biannual missions conference, ILLUMINATE, from June 27-30 in Greenwood, Indiana.
To help make an impact in the Billion.Global Vision effort, you can find more information at www.billion.global. There you or your organization can join the cause or find ways to pray for those who are working to bring the Gospel to one billion people.
November 13 2015
Frequently Asked Questions
ONE BILLION - ONE OPPORTUNITY VISION
Does this mean OMS is aiming to see one billion people make decisions for
Christ over a 10-year period?
this would be wonderful, it is not the intended objective. Jesus said in
Matthew 7:14, “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only
a few find it.” If one billion people are given the opportunity to understand
and respond, the number who actually decide through repentance and saving faith
to become followers of Jesus will be sadly much less. Our goal is to give one
billion people the opportunity to hear and understand the Good News.
FAQ 2: Is this going to change our OMS mission
statement, making evangelism our primary focus instead of discipleship?
No. In the Great Commission, evangelism and discipleship are
intimately linked. One does not stand on its own without the other. The intent,
therefore, is to keep the OMS mission statement as is. OMS missionaries are
called to be involved in both proclaiming the Good News and in making disciples.
We are also called to raise up and train others to be involved, which reflects the
God-given vision of our founder Charles Cowman and his strategy of equipping
the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people. This was
exemplified in OMS’ God-sized vision in the early 1900s with the Great Village
Campaign in Japan. During this six-year campaign, OMS reached out to every home
in Japan with the Word of God, and thousands made decisions for Christ.
3: How will the one billion opportunities be counted?
a huge challenge, especially when working with many global partners who value
metrics differently. We are seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in our efforts to
establish good metrics to track progress toward the one billion. This question
must be, and will be, answered with clarity.
Is this going to be a uniquely OMS effort?
is small compared to this big vision. It will take much more in the way of
human and financial resources than what OMS has. It will take God’s power at
work (Zechariah 4:6). The engagement of many OMS partner churches around the
globe will be needed. There will also be a need for other alliances and
When does the 10-year clock start ticking?
in the way of strategic preparation is already underway. OMS leaders are asking
God to enable a global impact that’s completely disproportionate to who OMS is,
all for his glory. The 10-year period in which we’re trusting him to fulfill
this vision, and during which we’ll use helpful metrics to measure progress
toward the one billion, begins July 1, 2016.
What are some of the greatest threats to this vision being carried
This must be all about Christ, not about us.
– Without it, we fail to be what he desires and to accomplish what honors him.
discipleship – An intentional journey of discipleship within a Christ-centered
community of faith is an absolute, biblical necessity to which OMS is deeply
How would OMS leaders respond to the criticism, “Given the size of OMS
and its resources, and all the opposition that will come, this vision is
light of who God is, the promises he has made to those who love and obey him,
and the mission he has given to his church, we are prepared to face criticism
and opposition. Spiritual warfare will be involved as we call people from
darkness to the light of Christ. We know he is, and will be, with us. The
pursuit of this vision, which we believe he has given, will be a test of our
joyful confidence in him.
What if we fail?
we will unless God is intimately and powerfully involved. What’s of greater
value: to pursue a vision that’s aligned with our resources and can be carried
out in our finite wisdom and strength, or to pursue a God-sized vision that
aligns with his heart and can only be carried out if he’s in it? Moving from
pessimism to optimism, what if we succeed? Thinking about this leads to
9: Where does intercession fit into all
of its vital importance in the work of God, prayer will be the first and
primary work in the pursuit of this vision. Prayerlessness will lead to certain
failure, to a carnal effort instead of a Spirit-empowered one. That’s why it’s
essential that we stop, drop, and pray daily for God’s help in this.
10: What is Stop, Drop, and Pray all about?
asking each of you to take some time every day to stop what you are doing, drop
into an attitude of prayer … or physically to your knees, if you choose … and
pray that God will enable the opportunities to share the Gospel with one
billion people in the next 10 years.
11: How do I get information from OMS to pray specifically for this vision and
the ministry of One Mission Society?
Go to www.onemissionsociety.org/1billion to sign up for a short monthly prayer
update . . . with the assurance that extraneous, unsolicited emails will not be
sent. Rather, the purpose of the monthly prayer emails is to fuel intercession
for this effort.
What can I do now to help? Pray …
we would be enthralled with God, not with a vision.
would daily put to death all that is of self and the flesh so that Christ can
be exalted through us, so that we’re living for him and in him.
would give supernatural favor as potential partners are approached about being
involved in carrying out this vision.
God would amazingly provide the needed people and finances to do this.
this vision would be fulfilled for the honor and glory of Christ! “The earth
will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the
sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
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