June 6 2019
of thousands of churches and faith communities have been established over the
past 19 years in some of the most remote villages of Africa. How? Through the faithful
obedience of African believers desiring to reach every village in Africa with
the hope of Christ. Effective training materials have been developed and finely
tuned for the cultivation of African leaders willing to plant new churches in
places void of the Gospel. But as wonderful as the materials are, the real
story is about the workers … those workers doing the ministry.
Getting around for most of us living in the
Western world means traveling short distances in an air-conditioned car … not
so for the village church planter in Africa. For him, traveling means walking
many miles from village to village, often in difficult circumstances. Many of
our church planters walk all night to arrive at their ministry assignment by
morning. This level of faithfulness is inspirational.
David Cheeks, an OMS missionary and church
multiplication facilitator for Africa, shares, “My first experience with
worshiping in a village was in Tanzania. We worshiped under a large shady mango
tree. The worship was energetic, dynamic, and alive. Our church planter led the
worship. His love for Christ was evident. The next day, in another village more
than an hour away, we again enjoyed our time of worship, and again, the same
young church planter led! After worship and a community meal, we piled in the
van to depart. Just before leaving, I overheard this young devoted pastor tell
our regional coordinator that he hoped for a bicycle someday soon to help in
“I wondered how much a bike cost. They told
me around US$100 … just one hundred dollars! I realized I couldn’t just be
impressed by the willingness of the African pastors/church planters to go, I
must help them go! May all our African pastors be given the tools to aid them
in fulfilling their call to help complete the Great Commission.”
To see the ministry up close, watch the video.
Do you want to help purchase a bike for a pastor or church planter in Africa?
November 19 2018
In the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Nygozi* was the first person in his village to give his heart to Jesus, despite a difficult life. His house burned down, and he lost everything.
Thankfully, his wife and children were not harmed. All he had left was his land with a large mango tree. Even through this difficult time, Nygozi remained faithful. When the Christians decided to meet together for the first time, they invited many people, including the village leaders.
On that Sunday, it began to rain. Despite the heavy rain, 125 people came to the first service, including the local chief. The church met on Nygozi’s land, under the large mango tree. After the pastor preached, he asked if anyone wanted to give their heart to Jesus, and the local chief and five other adults responded. Everyone was praising the Lord, and no one wanted to move, even though it continued to rain.
Later, Nygozi was given the gift of his first Bible. He was so thankful for it. He immediately memorized several Scripture verses. The church continues to meet on Nygozi’s land, and he hopes to plant another church soon.
We rejoice knowing that the work of the kingdom is growing and lost people are being saved in Africa … but the people in villages throughout Africa need Bibles!
Many Africans cannot afford to buy a Bible of their own. In many churches, OMS has provided a Bible for the pastor, but then it must be shared with the whole congregation and sometimes even with other villages still without a church.
We’ve even heard stories about pastors ripping pages from their Bible to distribute among the villagers so everyone could read from God’s Word … if only just a page or two at a time!
We have an urgent need for more Bibles if we want the new Christians to grow and the church to expand. Could you donate just $10 to provide one Bible for a church in Africa?
July 1 2016
believers keep the Bible as the authoritative Word of God … when they don’t
church that is growing exponentially, Cuban believers rejoice in the spreading
of the Good News. At the same time, they face the epidemic of a lack of Bibles
in their country. Richard Yoder, One Mission Society (OMS) field director for
Cuba, shares praises and prayer requests for this island nation of 11.5 million
body of Christ in Cuba has grown steadily for the past 20 years, but in the
past four years, it has grown exponentially. We thank the Lord for pouring out
his Holy Spirit on the Cuban people so that their hearts and minds are open to
his transforming power. Praise the Lord for impassioned Cuban believers who
have gently witnessed and testified to the goodness of the Lord in their lives.
growth of the church body has developed through the house group movement and through
using existing mother churches for larger gatherings and trainings.
growth has not come without sacrifice and a price.
a member of the OMS Theological Team, Rachel Coleman, listened and learned to
fellow believers in Cuba on how to come alongside two denominational seminaries
to help them meet the great educational needs of the body of Christ. “It is
important that collections of house groups have a seminary-trained person among
them. Strengthening the seminaries is a way to strengthen the growing church,”
all of this, Rachel commented, “There were many moments when I felt like I was
walking through the Book of Acts on a 21st century stage.”
critical need at this moment in Cuba is Bibles. About four years ago, while in
Cuba, I met two men from two different organizations who had received the same
vision from the Lord: “to get one million Bibles to the Cuban Church.”
the reality is that there are many more Bibles needed. At one point, there was
a group of 20 pastors sharing five Bibles and another group of 11 pastors sharing
only one Bible! This is not a good situation for the church. Many
agencies and ministries have entered Cuba and offered the Cuban leaders money
if they use their materials, wanting to be part of the great work of the Lord
there. While some of these materials are good and needed, the most crucial need
is for Bibles.
to the work of Men for Missions (MFM) Canada and MFM USA, Bibles are getting into
the hands of Cubans, and the Lord is working to grow healthy, Christ-centered
pray for the Cuban church as the body of Christ grows and develops in their
country, that more Bibles will be sent for the believers and pastors, and that the
other needs of the church are met.
Word of God is the basis of our faith. It is needed for healthy, rich growth in
our Christian lives and our relationships with God.
you donate today so that more Bibles will get into the hands of the Cuban believers
and church leaders?
more information about Bibles for Cuba or to give to this ministry, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bibles-for-cub..