OneWeekend to Turn Down the Noise

February 13 2018

Sometimes, we need to turn off all the noise surrounding us to be able to hear God speak.

OneWeekend is a special time to step away from the daily hustle and bustle to slow down and truly hear what the Lord is saying to you regarding your life and the calling he has given you as his disciple.

Watch the video or read this real testimony of how OneWeekend reminded Lora and Jason what is really important in life.

Jason: “For me, OneWeekend really just helped to confirm God’s calling on my life and allowed me to see that One Mission Society and One Mission Kids was the answer to the call of my heart, which was to serve the Lord in full-time children’s ministry.

"We were engaged at the time, and now we’re married. But at that time one of the things that was going through my head was, 'What am I going to be able to learn? Is this just going to be a review of things I have heard my whole life?' But one of the things I was not expecting was it brought us closer together, being able to see missions from the same perspective.

"At the same time, I was reminded of something very important that anybody in ministry, no matter how many years you have been involved, needs to be reminded of and that’s the fact that God cares more about our relationship with him than he does with what we’re doing for him. And it’s easy to get so busy all the time doing great things for him that we kind of forget about the relationship part, and OneWeekend was a good reminder of that."

Lora: "For me, the best reminder or encouragement that I received at OneWeekend was to know that the desires of my heart, when I surrendered them to the Lord, he would fulfill them with a calling or a ministry that was exactly what the desires of my heart were all along.”

You can have an inspiring experience at OneWeekend just like Jason and Lora this April 13-15 at the OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Click below to learn more or register now!

Tags: one weekend, mission retreat, learn god's will, missions future,

An Example for the Believers

November 10 2015

Sitting around a dining room table with cups of tea, walking along the Dnieper River, or going on a retreat at a camp outside Kiev, young Ukrainian believers are learning to minister to one another as they grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Each week, they meet together in homes for Life Groups to encourage one another in Christ. They take turns sharing responsibilities, preparing ice breakers, leading Bible studies, selecting songs, and praying for one another.

Everyone has busy schedules with either university studies or full time jobs. Finding ways to equip these young believers with knowledge and skills for ministry is a creative adventure in theological education, working in partnership with the OMS missionary team in Ukraine. Just as the Ukrainian believers follow the early church model of house churches, we are following the example of Paul’s methods for leadership training and discipleship. Paul wrote letters to teach and to encourage the new believers. We are also writing. Rather than letters, we are developing a series of lessons that give biblical answers to questions such as: “What will happen at the end of time?” “Who is the Holy Spirit?” “What is worship?” “What is sin?”

Paul traveled and made personal visits to encourage new believers. In October, I had the privilege of making my third trip to Ukraine to share in a weekend retreat. I was asked to teach about developing our friendship with God through the practice of spiritual disciplines and to lead a discussion on what it means to be community in Christ. Each time I return, there is a deepening bond of trust. We discuss joys, questions, and concerns over cups of tea. This is the life-on-life model of theological education that Jesus modeled with his disciples.

These young believers represent the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives through their personal testimonies and outreach to others. They represent the hope of things to come as the kingdom of God extends across Ukraine. As Paul encouraged Timothy, let’s pray that they will receive and live out these same words of encouragement: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (I Timothy 4:12, NIV).

By Colleen Fitch, One Mission Society Missionary and Theological Education Consultant for Europe

Tags: ukraine, youth, community, retreat, theological education,

Young Adults are Our Future

May 27 2015

The future growth in the Philippines will come from the tremendous group of college-age young people God is raising up. We saw their enthusiasm and potential when we visited the Don Mariano Marcos State University in La Union.

We met the Dagupan team at the National Lay Leaders' Training in Baguio (more than half of the lay leaders were from this age group), and at the Banaba House Ministry retreat for 17 young people, primarily children of ECC workers and pastors.

These young adults are catching the vision of church multiplication through T&M training and desire to spread the Gospel throughout the Philippines and elsewhere. They come to the training events and return home excited and ready to apply what they learned. They are starting groups on their campuses and in their communities.

One young lady attended the training in La Union. She committed to start a group with two friends on campus. She started with nine! The group has now grown to 20 members. She is training three leaders in order to divide the group so that it may continue to grow. The members lead worship teams and are involved in children’s and youth ministries in their local churches.

We believe that many of these young people will be the future T&M trainers in the regional training centers, and the church planters and pastors needed for the developing house churches.

Tags: philippines, young people, retreat, ecc, t&m, worshiping groups, training, multiplication,