Passion for the Lost

July 18 2017

“I cannot think that God’s heart can be satisfied with the salvation of just a few when his great heart yearns over the millions.” ~Charles Cowman, cofounder of One Mission Society

Charles Cowman wrote these powerful words years ago, but they still ring true in OMS today. Aligning with our Billion.Global Vision, we are not content merely reaching just a few. We know that God's heart yearns to be known and loved by everyone. So, we continue to press forward in our vision to reach at least one billion people with the Gospel by July 2026.

To accomplish this vision, prayer is key. Prayer allows us to grow together and, in turn, grow the body of Christ. Prayer allows us to remain within the parameters of what we believe aligns with God's vision.

How can you be a part of fulfilling the vision?

You can pray. Prayer is powerful, and it is at the center of everything we do.

We are fully aware that we cannot achieve our goals without complete dependence on God, the one who is ultimately in charge of this vision. Pray that we are filled with zeal for the Lord, that we remember that this vision is not about us, and that we give ultimate control and glory to God.

In the fourth century, there was a man named St. Ephrem who lived in Syria, and he wrote this prayer which reaches to our core:

“O Lord and master of my life, take from me the spirit of laziness, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of purity, humility, patience, and love to thy servant. Yea, O Lord and king, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.”

If we are serious about working together to give at least a billion people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ, we must share this prayer. We must pray for purity, humility, patience, and love; we must pray that we don’t make ourselves the center of what God is doing. May we not only pray this, but also experience God’s enablement to live it!

With a vision this size, we must rely on the only one who can make it a reality. And, by the grace of God, we will continue until one billion people have heard the Good News of the Gospel.

By Bob Fetherlin, One Mission Society President

Tags: prayer, billion.global vision, vision, outreach, passion for lost,

​Medicine for the Heart: Three Hours of Prayer at OMS

July 25 2016

I wasn’t sure what to think about a three-hour prayer rally … especially only two weeks into my internship.

Every month, One Mission Society (OMS) holds a prayer rally at the OMS World Headquarters in Indiana. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. homeland missionaries gather in the fellowship hall to pray, hear updates from various mission fields, worship in song, talk together in community, as well as participate in other activities usually centered on a specific theme for the rally.

I don’t think I’d ever prayed for an hour, let alone prayed for three. I didn’t know what to expect. Before walking into the fellowship hall, I wondered what it would feel like; would it be fast or slow, boring or engaging? I think the biggest hesitancy I had about the rally was the fact that the majority of OMS headquarters took three hours out of their work day. Would the rally feel like you were wasting precious work hours?

Of course, I didn’t want to admit my doubts about the prayer rally. So, I jumped in and hoped for the best.

We started the rally with worship songs. After that, the summer interns, as well as the newly-accepted missionaries went one-by-one to the podium to share briefly about ourselves. Then, the OMS staff prayed over us. They reached out their hands toward us at the different tables and called out words in a blessing of sorts.

I remember sitting at my table, smiling, as words like “courage,” “creativity,” “perseverance,” and “joy” were spoken over me.

We also spent a large portion of our time praying for our nation and the other nations in which OMS served. Half of the group surrounded our 30-plus flags outside and prayed specifically for each country, while the other half stayed inside to pray for the United States.

I stayed inside, but it was hard to pray for my country. Why should I pray for leaders I didn’t believe in or trust, for a nation I thought couldn’t get back up on its feet? My cynicism for my country boiled over in frustration. But when I heard others’ fervent prayers, when I saw the hope people had for our nation, I slowly rethought my initial reactions and realized how out of line I was about condemning my country in that manner. Who was I to condemn before praying for revival?

After that extended time of prayer, we also heard updates from a few OMS fields, including Haiti and the newly-completed Bon Repos project, which provided 36 homes and a church/school for an impoverished Haitian community. It was such a blessing to hear the stories and see the pictures and videos from Haiti. All of OMS was encouraged by that.

In no time at all, it was noon. I wanted more time to pray, to worship, to hear about what was happening around the world. For me, the prayer rally was challenging and peaceful. People had blessed me and had also frustrated and challenged my views and my prayer habits. I felt like God had softened my heart in those quick three hours.

I had the privilege of attending a second prayer rally before my internship ended. That time around, I was a lot more excited to go because I knew the blessings it would bring. Since my first prayer rally, I have noticed that God has changed me on the inside. I have learned more about what it means to pray without ceasing. I have learned that nothing is unworthy of prayer, whether that be the smallest detail in my life or a nation that the darkest part of my heart believes is too far gone to be revived. I have experienced the blessing it is to pray in community, as well as in private.

And most importantly, I have been able to understand and bathe in the peace and fulfillment that being in prayer brings—a peace that is full of the presence of God, a peace that whispers in your ear that ultimately being in God’s presence in prayer is enough.

But I’ve also learned that prayer is essential not just in personal lives, but also in an organization like OMS. Without prayer, OMS cannot do what it does. Because prayer is powerful. It works. It is more powerful than anything else OMS can ever do. It is our connection to God, the one for whom we do everything. So wouldn’t it make sense to dedicate a mere three hours a month to a prayer rally?

But it doesn’t have to stop there. OMS’ prayer rally is a focused outpouring in community, but I’ve noticed after working here for two months that the rally is just the tip of the iceberg. Prayer permeates everything OMS does, as it should. The day it doesn’t is the day OMS is not effective.

So, is the prayer rally a waste of precious work time? Absolutely not. Prayer comes first. Everything else is a reflection of prayer, our relationship with God, and his calling on our lives. It is the most important thing we can ever do.

By Jess Mitchell, summer Communications intern

Tags: prayer, pray, prayer rally, oms, importance of prayer,

​Five Years of Waiting

July 13 2016

Mayelis Licea, a prayer group and Bible study leader, waited five years until she received a Bible of her own. Before that, she had used her mother-in-law’s or a borrowed copy of another believer. But now, Mayelis has her own personal copy of the Word of God in a version that is more comfortable and easier to read.

The exponentially expanding Cuban church desperately needs Bibles. Without the Word of God, which is God-breathed truth and our roadmap for the Christian walk, individuals cannot progress far in their spiritual journeys. Cuban believers need guidance and truth so they can develop in their relationships with Jesus Christ.

One Mission Society’s (OMS) Bibles for Cuba project provides Bibles to the people of Cuba—people like Mayelis, who, after five years, now has her own copy of God’s Word.

Delivering Bibles may sound like a simple thing, but the impact it makes on people is eternal. For Mayelis, having a Bible is a blessing from God and also an opportunity to share the Gospel with her husband, Vladimir Herrera, who is not a Christian but is interested in learning more about the Bible.

“Now we can read it [the Bible] together,” Mayelis said. “Sometimes I ask him to read with me a passage or we comment about any particular Bible story. In that way, he is more involved and he can not only know the Word of God but also Jesus.”

Mayelis thanks God, first and foremost, for using OMS, through the Bibles for Cuba project, to deliver the Gospel to her nation so that more and more people can have their own Bibles to study with and grow in their relationships with God. Her prayer for Bibles for Cuba, she said, is that “the Lord continues blessing them in such a way that they can continue blessing Cuba.”

Please join us in praying for Cuba:

  • That God will work in Mayelis’ and Vladimir’s lives and in their marriage through the power of his holy Word.
  • That the Cuban believers will receive more Bibles so they can study God’s Word and develop in their relationships with Jesus Christ.
  • That the Bibles for Cuba project can continue to help deliver these Bibles and serve our brothers and sisters in Cuba.

Please also consider how you can give to help Bibles for Cuba bring the precious Word of God to a nation that so desperately needs it, a nation where some people, like Mayelis, must wait a long time to have a Bible of their own.

To learn more about Bibles for Cuba or to give to this project, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bibles-for-cuba.

By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern

Tags: bibles, cuba, bibles for cuba, project, prayer, reading, need, church, relationship,

​In Tribute to Dr. Wesley Luelf Duewel - June 3, 1916 – March 5, 2016

March 18 2016

Wesley Luelf Duewel was born in St. Charles, Missouri (a suburb of St Louis), on Saturday, June 3, 1916, to God-honoring parents. His father was an evangelical pastor, Bible college president, and radio preacher. His mother was a godly woman with a deep and meaningful prayer life.

Wesley made his first profession of faith as a five-year-old, and soon thereafter was called by God, in the midst of his sandbox, to serve as a missionary to India. Throughout his life, he made many more life-changing decisions based on his increasing spiritual maturity that became evident in his heart, through his youth experiences; young adult education; professional preparation, up to and including, his election as the fifth president of OMS; and into his writing ministry following his presidency.

Wesley relied primarily on prayer and a sanctified sense of God’s guidance as he met and married his first wife, Betty Raisch, in 1939. He discovered she had claimed the life verse that he had: “Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left” Isaiah 54:2-3a. This promise served as a predictor of his eventual worldwide ministry.

During his time at God’s Bible School, Wesley prayed earnestly for “an effectual door” to open for him to serve in India. By 1940, Wesley and Betty Duewel were among the first group of seven OMS missionaries who sailed for India.

Wesley and Betty underscored their work with prayer, and within two years, he helped found the Allahabad Bible Seminary. It was into this prayer-filled home that their son, John Wesley, was born in 1944. A daughter, Christine, joined the family two years later, and Darlene was included 10 years following.

As Wesley taught for 22 years at the seminary and served as its principal for 15, he and Betty carried a special burden for a praying, spirit-filled church in India. After a quarter of a century, there was one church for every year they labored in love, with about 60 members each, and three small Bible schools in three states of India.

Returning for an OMS Board meeting in 1964, somewhere over the Pacific between Honolulu and Los Angeles, Wesley prayed again: “Oh Lord, give us 1,000 people who will commit themselves to pray for 15 minutes a day for at least one year, specifically praying for our OMS India work.” God honored that prayer with 1,500 people from 30 nations who prayed over the next 12 months. It was a spiritual jump-start that broke through strongholds and opened the way for the Gospel to advance like never before.

The growth and development of the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) was slow, starting with one church every year for the first 25 years, then increasing to one church every month over the next 25 years, then one church every week over the next 10 years, then three churches every week over the next 10 years. Today, the ECI consists of more than 5,276 churches and 8,018 house churches, with a membership of more than 750,000 and growing at the rate of approximately 4½ churches weekly. There are also 13 Bible schools and seminaries. The deeply embedded prayer habit sown by Wesley and Betty during ECIs foundational years made the difference.

Dr. Duewel concluded his 13-year organizational leadership tenure in 1982 with a mission-wide emphasis called “Decade of Harvest.” The next 10 years was one of the most fruitful eras of productivity One Mission Society had ever experienced. Following his presidency, Wesley was led to expand his writing ministry. His first major book, Touch the World through Prayer, has become a modern-day classic; circulation has reached nearly one million and Dr. Duewel’s ten subsequent publications have exceeded 2.5 million in circulation printed in 58 languages worldwide.

After Betty passed away in 2008, Wesley married his long-time secretary, Hilda Johnecheck, who faithfully worked at his side in the Duewel Literature Trust, a not-for-profit, self-funded ministry.

You can stand beside the great evangelists of our day; accompany any missionary to the remote reaches of the earth; contribute to the ministry of any pastor or evangelist in the world; or mediate the healing of Jesus Christ to the sick, ill, or faint of heart anywhere on the globe. Prayer is not the only thing you must do. It is the greatest thing you can do.” Indeed, God enlarged and stretched, lengthened, and strengthened Wesley’s ministry beyond anything that he, his parents, his wives, or his colleagues could ever have imagined. He was a man of many peers, but few equals.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20–21).

Hilda, John, Christine, Darlene, as well as your children and grandchildren, be assured of our love and prayers for you during these days. The entire worldwide OMS family expresses our profound appreciation for Wesley’s tireless service for God and his kingdom. We pray that the Holy Spirit’s presence and comfort will uplift and strengthen you during these days of mourning your great loss. We know, however, that you do not grieve as those who have no hope. We rejoice with you, imagining how wonderful to Wesley’s ears were the words spoken to him by Jesus, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” And we rejoice with you in knowing that someday we will not only join Wesley in worshiping around the throne, but thousands and thousands of those whom he touched, through prayer, around the world.

For Esther and me personally, we had read some of Dr. Duewel’s writings and heard about him. But it wasn’t until we came to OMS in 2014 that we met him. We knew right away that we were in the presence of a great man of God, a spiritual giant! What a joy and honor it has been to pray and interact with him, to be inspired and challenged by him, and to see him finish well. The life he lived, and the way in which he lived it, will continue to be a poignant spiritual challenge to us and many others. We are so grateful for the life and ministry of Dr. Wesley Duewel.

We rejoice with you as his family and express deep gratitude to our Lord for a life extremely well lived for God’s honor and glory,

Bob Fetherlin

President, One Mission Society

To view a video tribute of Dr. Duewel, created by OMS in 2007 for the honor of being name the first Lifetime of Service award:

To give a financial gift to the Dr. Wesley Duewel Memorial Fund...

To view the Celebration of Life service...

Tags: dr wesley duewel, dr duewel, books, legacy, prayer, india, oms, oms president,

Lost Keys and Prayer

October 15 2015

One of Haiti's chief government officials had arrived at our Radio 4VEH studio to record a public interest program. Seated at the microphone, he suddenly realized he had left his notebook in the car. Worse yet, he had locked his keys inside, which was the reason for the frustration we were seeing through the studio window.

We had just finished staff devotions, led by Gaudin Charles on Luke 18:8, "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Immediately, several of our fellows gathered around the car and tried every imaginable suggestion for retrieving the keys - but nothing worked! The crowd was multiplying because Haitians are inquisitive, and they wanted to see what was happening

Louisa Destine, our prayer warrior and woman of faith, began walking toward the reception room with her thoughts ablaze, "Why don't we put our faith to work? God can do a miracle, if we obey Him."

By this time, the irritated official was pounding on the car door and window. All at once, he stopped and blurted out, "On the radio you preach about faith in God and that he will answer your prayers. Why aren't you praying now?"

Goaded by this challenge, Louisa quickly teamed with coworkers in intercession. "God, you heard this man. We know you answer prayer. Glorify yourself; don't let us be ashamed. Make a way ... make a way, Jesus, make a way ..." she pleaded.

At that time, a young mother, Madame Manno, drove in to pick up her children at Cowman School. Louisa felt she should run over to that car as though Jesus was saying "There are the keys!"

"Madame Manno, give me your keys, Jesus said these are the keys to open this man's car!" Louisa shouted. The young mother laughed, "You can try, but they won't work in another car!"

With confidence, Louisa took the keys and ran over to the official. "We just asked God to make a way to open your car door. Use these keys. In Jesus' name, use these keys!"

The look on his face revealed his thoughts, "Are you going to make a fool of me?" Others of us stood with pounding hearts! Louisa said, "Put the key in the door, in Jesus name, put the key in the door!"

There was silence, then reluctantly the government official thrust the key in the lock … turned it … and click. The door opened!

Over the shouting of the shocked bystanders, the unmistakable voice of Louisa was heard. "Blessed be the Lord, Blessed be the name of the Lord. Benit soit l'Eternel."

Dumbfounded, the official added his proclamation, "Your God is alive, your God is alive, I, too, believe, I, too, believe!"

Recording the program was forgotten as the official got into his car and drove away. But, he, along with those who saw it, will never forget that prayer was the key, and faith unlocked the door that day!

By Valeene Hayes, Longtime OMS Missionary

Tags: haiti, radio 4veh, miracles, lost keys, prayer

Stories From The Field

September 10 2015

For today's post we have various stories from mission fields around the world. These stories include church planters who have begun using the Train & Multiply curriculum, as well as courageous men and women sharing the Gospel in their own cultural context. We hope that these stories will inspire and encourage you to continue the great work of the Kingdom.

Govardhan - India

by Jim Hogrefe

Govardhan from Madya Pradesh had tried to plant churches, but had no success because he did not know where to start. He came to a Train & Multiply training event and then went back to his village and trained others. One of the people groups in his village had no believers, so Govardhan prayed and one person from that group believed. Govardhan made him a disciple and after several months invited him to become a pastoral worker. At first the man was hesitant, but they prayed and Govardhan said, “If God is telling you to share the Gospel, I will help you.” Together they went to the man’s people group and began looking for persons of peace. Now there are fourteen families (53 people) who have believed and formed a church to help each other grow in the Lord.

Angela - Colombia

by Greg Carlson

As Angela hung up the phone she gripped her brother's arm and said, "You've got to come with me!" Her family, members of a fourth generation house church in Medellin, Colombia, had been evangelizing in the streets near their home. The phone call was from her neighbor who was pleading for Angela to come pray for her sick mother. Angela was afraid. She had never done that before.

McGregor, Angela’s brother, agreed to go along for moral support. He had only chosen to follow Jesus weeks earlier after previously listening indifferently to the Bible studies in his cramped living room. As Angela sat beside the ailing woman, the only prayer that came to her mind was what we call ''the Sinner's Prayer." She asked the woman if she would like to pray to ask God to forgive her sin, and the two prayed together. The next day, Angela learned that the woman had died.

Attending church the following Sunday, Angela spoke with the pastor's wife and said, "I just hope the Lord will have mercy on her." "Why, Angela," the pastor's wife replied, "you gave her the offer of salvation, and she accepted! It's because of your visit that she is in heaven today!"

Tags: stories from the field, jim hogrefe, greg carlson, india, colombia, govardhan, angela, train and multipy, church planting, sinner's prayer, salvation,

Witch Doctor - Haiti

July 22 2015

While doing evangelism, we met a young lady, the daughter of a witch doctor. She heard our message and introduced us to her father who listened to the Gospel, but would not accept Christ.

A month later, this man went over the other side of the mountain to sell a cow. On his trip back home, he was attacked and beheaded. The police are not nearby, so his wife and children took his body and buried it.

Five days after his death, it was learned that his attackers had been paid to murder him. This realization precipitated a string of revenge killings in which three people lost their lives.

The road where the murder occurred is the route also used by the people of Augarde to access the school and market in town. Residents of the village below use the road to reach their farms on the hillsides and church in the mountains. As a result of the three revenge murders, three children were also killed on the route to school.

This on-going violence brought a halt to the regular rhythm of life, as people could not make their trips to school, market and church. Christians began to pray, and as the prayer intensified, the tension began to diminish. Residents of the area attributed the obvious change to the prayers of God’s people.

The witch doctor’s second daughter is now also a believer and his wife is attending church weekly. She has not committed her life to Christ, but has asked for prayer and stated that at some point she will become a follower of Jesus. Since this crisis and the subsequent prayer, there has been an increased openness to the Gospel.

Tags: witch doctor, prayer, transformation

​Worship Encounters God

March 4 2015

“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10

Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. Zechariah 2:13

What draws you to worship? What draws you to pray? I remember a business trip I took once to Scottsdale, AZ, where I had about three days of down time. My bride, Kathy, was able to accompany me. We decided to make the four-hour drive to visit the Grand Canyon and to spend the night there.

We had read about the Grand Canyon; we had seen pictures; we had talked about this awesome wonder, but the fact is, we had not yet experienced it. This was our chance. The entire drive was filled with expectancy as we talked about what we might see and do. We were excited because we expected an actual encounter.

And we were not disappointed. As we approached the rim and gazed out over the expansive depths, the myriad of colors, the complete vastness of this wonder of God’s creation we responded in silent awe. Of course, we would talk about it later, but at the time, silence seemed the only appropriate response to what we were experiencing. Not only would our words have been inadequate, but any attempt at words would have been a rude affront to what the majesty of this place demanded of us.

The next day, as we prepared to leave, I wondered if those who worked here day after day ever grew complacent to what surrounded them. Or did they find new wonder as they approached day after day? Do we approach God each day, expecting to discover something new about him, something we have never before seen that results in a newfound sense of reverence and awe? Do we expect to encounter his presence?

Dick Eastman writes, “Worship provides an opportunity to encounter God in all his fullness firsthand.” He points out that this worship is essential to powerful intercession and describes worship as “pure, passionate adoration and fear of God.”

Is this how Jesus taught us to approach God? We declare him both as “Abba, Daddy” and “holy” at the same time in the first sentence of the Lord’s Prayer. Eastman explains that this fear is not the shrinking fear that John experienced when all abandoned Jesus after his arrest, but rather, the holy fear expressed in Revelation 1:17 when he encountered Jesus in all his glory and fell at his feet as if dead. He describes this fear as an “astonished reverence, breathless adoration, awesome fascination, and lofty admiration” all at once.

Eastman concludes that this is an appropriate time for silence! And not only is it appropriate, but our worshipful silence in his presence is linked to the nations coming to know him. David declares:

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10

And Zechariah writes:

“Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling” Zechariah 2:13

In this context, Zechariah is writing about the “Day of the Lord,” and this command for silence is the conclusion to the nations coming to the Lord in response to the worship of Israel!

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord. And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And the Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.”Zechariah 2:10-12

By David Runge, Director of OMS World Intercessors team

Tags: grand canyon, worship, silence, awe, prayer, be still

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Paula Leasure

November 21 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Nov. 23) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Paula Leasure, who has served with OMS for 20 years and has walked with the Lord for 50! She shares about how OMS missionary Valetta Crumley mentored her and helped save her marriage. She also told about how her missions journey started by going to Russia. She also spent two years working with Men for Missions and then in an Asian country for a little over a year, and finally worked at the OMS World HQ in Finance. One of the special things she started while here was a monthly dinner and prayer for the singles. Paula has visited 26 countries...to minister, especially through intercessory prayer.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Paula'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. This is a 1-year opportunity for younger missionaries.

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

PRAY: Pray for Paula-that a couple of her children will still come to know and walk with the Lord. Pray also as she completes the writing of her book-that it will touch and bless people, that Jesus would be lifted up and glorified through it.

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.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, mentioned on the program, write to radio@onemissionsociety.org and just put His Banner book in the subject line. The first 100 to respond will receive this free.

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 and encore presentation of Chuni and Carolyn Pema, OMS NZ missionaries serving in India. 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, missions, short-term trips, intercessory prayer,

​Teach Me to Pray!

September 4 2014

I am not sure I know how to pray. Not the way Charles Cowman, the founder of One Mission Society, prayed. In his biography Missionary Warrior, Lettie Cowman writes of Charles, “The [mission] hall became so crowded that we prayed for larger quarters. On April 21, a poor woman sent a gift of five dollars, quoting Isaiah 54:2, ‘Enlarge the place of thy tent.’ It sent Charles to his knees, and he immediately claimed from God a larger building. In May, $1,000 came from a stranger who had felt the Lord leading him to make a gift to the Mission. It came just in time to purchase a splendid mission hall … Every dollar needed for its purchase was received.” Wow!

What did Charles say to God? Was it his words? His faith? A mixture of both? I think if I had received $5 from someone, praying about it would not have been my first response, yet, it was for Charles Cowman. Why?

Reading missionary biographies causes me to question my own prayer life. I know Jesus gave the disciples (and us) the Lord’s Prayer. Yet, I know something is different from the way I pray and the way Jesus prays, as I read in Scripture. My prayers sound so empty, unless I am in a serious state of struggle or pain. What about the rest of the days? The ones that are just “same old, same old.” What is missing?

I am not looking for a formula or a “magical wording” because I do not think that is the issue. I am missing some connection with the Lord that Charles Cowman possessed, as well as other spiritual giants like Hudson Taylor, Corrie Ten Boom, and Billy Graham. After some soul searching, I must admit, it is the intimacy of my prayers, or rather, the lack of intimacy. Lord, teach me to pray like that!

Therefore, I am so excited about the One Mission Society Prayer Summit coming up September 29 – October 1. The cry of my heart is to know how to communicate with my Father in heaven like Jesus did in the upper room and how the founder of OMS did back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

God has not changed since the dawn of time. How then should I enter into the presence of Almighty God? I am determined to find out at the OMS Prayer Summit. If you want a deeper, more meaningful prayer life, please go to prayersummit.onemissionsociety.org. Click the link to find more information and to register for the summit.

By Beth Jordal, OMS Communications

Tags: prayer, how to pray more effectively, prayer summit