Peace on Earth to Every Person

December 18 2015

By Kathleen Thompson Howarth, Mother of OMS Missionary Aimee Howarth, Mozambique

Christmas 2015 is different. Part of me is still in Africa in some sense. One doesn't make the transition after three months, in sharp order. I find many nights I am still having dreams about life there, and concerned about getting this or that ready, not having the right tools or availabilities to get something done, thinking about supplies, and getting up early to go somewhere all day. But then I wake up and here I am in Malibu, bright and slightly cool temperatures, sustained electricity and water, plenty of food, different agendas for the day, driving on streets twinkling with Christmas lights on my way to and from my house.

Christmas lights already are 30 percent off as if the season was over ... People, like myself, living in neighborhoods with little thought of a world outside our own. Unless one specifically tries to watch the world news, most of the news coverage is local or national about charitable toy giveaways, the newest Christmas gadgets, Arnold Schwartzenegger becoming vegetarian, and fractious debates about Muslims.

In this season, which bespeaks peace, we have wars and rumors of wars, and yet it seems faraway to most of us. So important to get a grasp on what real peace is. Not necessarily quietness on my own street, nor inactivity, nor just getting along with the people I know, nor peace at any price … nor for a season.

Isn't the peace that Jesus promises an order above all these superficial signs of peace? If it isn't, than I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop, and my perfect world will be shattered in an instant. It may very well be shattered, but from the dust, my heart will still beat with an enduring peace that only the Prince of Peace can give.

Thank You, Father, for giving me that peace that surpasses understanding. The peace that says, You and I are all right, we are reconciled, I am forgiven, You are sovereign, I am Your child, and You love me forever and always.

May peace on earth pierce to our very hearts where true peace can reign despite world chaos.

Tags: christmas, culture, peace, peace on earth, africa,

Person of Peace - part 2

June 16 2015

One day, Samita went from her village to the market in town to buy food. She met Saroz, a young woman she knew, and talked about what she and her husband were doing. When Saroz heard about Jesus, she exclaimed, “You must have your husband call me and tell me more!” Samita called Anil right away, and Anil promised to visit Saroz later that same day.

Anil visited Saroz in the home where she lived with her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, and their children. Saroz listened eagerly to all that Anil told her, and she believed in Jesus. Anil discipled Saroz, and seeing her commitment and obedience to make disciples, invited her to become a church planter. She joyfully accepted and regularly shared the Good News with her family. Within a short time, all eight people in her home believed in Jesus Christ and formed a new house church. Saroz also went to her uncle’s home and led him and three others to the Lord. She then began training them in the same way that Anil was training her.

After a few months, Saroz’s sister came to visit from her village some 15 kilometers away. When Saroz told her sister about Jesus, her sister pleaded, “Please come and tell my husband and family about this!”

Saroz went to her sister’s home a few days later, accompanied by Anil. They shared the Gospel and five people confessed their faith in Jesus Christ, and another house church began in the sister’s home.

Saroz still closes the door and shutters when her house church gathers for worship in order not to disturb the neighbors. However, she is not afraid to share her faith and consistently tells her friends the Good News about Jesus.

Tags: india, person of peace, make disciples, house church, multiplication,

Asia Training

June 1 2015

“Our homes are often ransacked, and our Bibles are confiscated; then they have Bible burnings, building huge bonfires in the community. Sometimes they also light fires outside our churches to scare and intimidate us.” The young lady spoke in a matter-of-fact tone of voice.

I was in a country in Asia training people to evangelize, make disciples, and form new churches - any of which could mean severe retaliation and serious persecution if they are caught. I looked at the young woman with respect, admiration, and compassion; but as a valiant soldier of the cross, she wasn’t looking for any of those responses from me.

She knows the risks of practicing her faith and obeying God’s command to be His witness. I thought to myself, “She is very young. She has her whole life before her. She could be living for herself and desiring a peaceful future without danger, but instead, she has come to be trained.”

She and dozens more came to be trained. They had made the decision to follow Jesus, regardless of the possible cost to their lives. They are not choosing to live safely or to walk an easy path. They are choosing to live obediently.

It was humbling to meet these brave ones. I felt a heavy weight of responsibility as I equipped them to undertake ministry that could cost them their lives. However, I know that the Gospel has always been spread through the shedding of blood. For generations, we have had it easy in the United States. I wonder how many of us would follow suit. II Timothy 3:12 also states, “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

As we see our religious rights disappearing, perhaps it’s time to ask ourselves this question.

Tags: asia, training, witness, peace,

​What Might Happen? Finding a Person of Peace

April 14 2015

Faith. Without this we are lost. Pastor Willy had faith, but he needed guidance from God. The group of four from Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, Inc. and One Mission Society traveled to Tacloban City with an overabundance of faith and trust. They knew God would show them a way.

Their first goal was to get to a hotel to drop their luggage. In a ravaged city, this is not an easy task. Many places were destroyed and transportation was limited. With this in mind, they attempted to hail a motorcycle taxi (trike) in hopes of easier mobility. The first trike they stopped was not for hire. The driver was a vendor of peanuts heading home after a long day.

Knowing the difficulties of finding transportation, he gave them a ride. Conversation ensued as the men described why they came to the area. He had nothing to gain from them, but he offered his house to them as a place to stay. This one ride resulted in the driver becoming their local contact or person of peace (see Luke 10).

The peanut vendor soon accepted Christ into his life and became instrumental in introducing Pastors Willy and Vicky to many people impacted by the typhoon. Since that chance meeting, his business has flourished. Through faith, God revealed their person of peace and an opening into a community in pain.

The person of peace described in Luke 10 will welcome you into their house. This testimony shows God still reveals those people today. We meet people daily in our lives. Many are living without hope and simply need someone to reach out to them. How often do we overlook opportunities? “If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not it will return to you” (Luke 10:6). Keep an eye out for persons of peace in your life.

To be continued …

By Shane Christopher, Development Officer, Every Community for Christ

Tags: person of peace, faith, philippines, typhoon,

What Might Happen? - Faith

April 13 2015

Faith.

Without this we are lost. Pastor Willy had faith, but he needed guidance from God. The group of four from FECPI and OMS traveled to Tacloban City with an overabundance of faith and trust. They knew God would show them a way.

Their first goal was to get to a hotel and drop luggage. In a ravaged city, this is not an easy task. Many places were destroyed and transportation was limited. With this in mind, they attempted to hail a motorcycle taxi (trike) in hopes of easier mobility. The first trike they stopped was not for hire. The driver was a vendor of peanuts heading home after a long day.

Knowing the difficulties of finding transportation, he gave them a ride. Conversation ensued as the men described why they came to the area. He had nothing to gain from them, but he offered his house to them as a place to stay. This one ride resulted in the driver becoming their contact, or Person of Peace (Luke 10).

The peanut vendor soon accepted Christ into his life and became instrumental in introducing Pastors Willy and Vicky to many people impacted by the typhoon. Since that chance meeting, his business has flourished. Through faith, God revealed their person of peace and an opening into a community that was in pain.

The person of peace described in Luke 10 will welcome you into their house. This testimony shows God still reveals those people today. We meet people daily in our lives. Many are living without hope and simply need someone to reach out to them. How often do we overlook opportunities? “If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not it will return to you.” (Luke 10:6) Keep an eye out for persons of peace in your life.

To be continued…

Tags: faith, philippines, compassion, typhoon, person of peace,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - IRD Stories

February 5 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Feb. 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring our Global Story Trek in which OMS 4 of our 5 international regional directors (IRD). John-Mark Brabon and Rod Williamson share about Asia; Kris Kappler shares about his ministry in a Muslim nation in Asia for the past 10 years and about his new position as the IRD for Africa; and Jeff Edwards shares about Latin America and the Caribbean. Each shares information and stories from a few of the countries where OMS is serving. Our IRD for Europe, Scott Murphy, can be heard on a previous program, archived on our podcast here: http://omsradio.podbean.com/e/scott-murphy-europe/

Everyone has a story ... enjoy OMS' from around the world!

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 the ministries of the Philippines, especially post-typhoon and all of Asia and our ministries. Pray for Kris and the Kappler family as they make the big move from Asia to Africa. Pray for Latin American and the Caribbean churches to be even more involved in becoming sending fields, as well as fields that receive missionaries. And pray for church planting and special new ministries taking place in Taiwan.

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

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media, with links to many different resources.

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org. The first 100 to respond will receive this free gift.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS missionary Millie Young, who served in Colombia for many years, especially reaching out to children. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

PODCAST: If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

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: world missions, regional ministries, mission stories, philippines, asia, person of peace,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -Anniversary #1

September 12 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 14) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the first of two special 1-year anniversary shows highlighting several OMS missionaries and their fun and inspiring stories. In this edition, you will hear from Dean Davis and some story examples of persons of peace and some fun life experiences of living in Latin America; you'll hear from Michelle Taylor and hear her heart for orphans in Russia; Graham Houghton shares about being a mentor in India and gives a story about the importance of our names; and Susan Loobie shares a funny story about stomach issues in Asia and a heartwarming testimony about never giving up.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Dean's, Michelle's, Graham's and Susan's!

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.

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

PRAY: Pray for Dean, Michelle, Graham, and Susan ... and all the people they shared about in their shows.

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

BOOKS/RESOURCES: 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.

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

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear part 2 of our special anniversary program, as we celebrate one year of One Mission Stories with a compilation of podcast stories. 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, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

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: radio, missionary stories, missions, person of peace, orphans, india,

CPM - Why Make A Plan

August 16 2013

CPM - Why Make A Plan

By God's Grace...

...we will plant 938 new house churches...

...23,750 churches of 8 members per church will be needed...

...saturate Antioquia with 28,000 churches that proclaim the Gospel...

 ...plant 106 new cell churches with 10 members; youth and young adults in the Sierra Oeste region...

...catalyze a CPM that results in multiplying churches; that spills over to the other villages...

...multiplying churches in indigenous Saraguro houses for he glory of God...

...start a movement of rapidly multiplying, healthy indigenous churches in the South Pacific...

...multiply 340 new churches with an average membership of 10; trust God for that movement to send one church planting team back to the home countries of Unreached People Groups in the area...

...start a movement of rapidly "X" churches that are healthy, and run by indigenous movement makers...

...start a movement of rapidly multiplying, healthy, indigenous churches in Panama...

...plant 100 new house churches in Hamilton County...

...so that every Man, Woman, Boy and Girl in _____ has an opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News.

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

Tags: 12 Principles, church multiplication, Church Planting Movement, person of peace, train and multiplytraining for trainers

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