Students and Professors Lead the Way

August 29 2017

While we were at Tokyo Biblical Seminary (TBS), we sat across the table from a young man who beamed with the fullness of the Spirit. We, of course, were eager to learn his story. His name is Yoshikazu Kasahara, but we call him Yoshi san. Here is his story:

Yoshi san lived in an area of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. As he sat on the ruins of his house, a few Christians from one of the Japanese Holiness Churches (JHC) served him water, food, and encouragement. He was so surprised and impressed by their love and kindness that he inquired more about why they were doing these acts of service. This led to Yoshi san hearing the story of Jesus and God’s love for him for the first time. Out of the wreckage of his material world and emotional upheaval, he opened his heart and mind to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, and he experienced true peace and joy in the midst of his losses. Soon, he was overwhelmed by the desire to learn more about God and how to live for him, so he enrolled in Tokyo Biblical Seminary (OMS’ oldest partner school). During his years there, God called him into ministry.

One of Yoshi san’s professors and advisors at TBS, Homare Miyazaki sensei, reports that Yoshi san is now married and serves as a pastor of one of a JHC church in Saitama-prefecture.

Bikash is from a Hindu Brahmin family in South Asia. When Bikash became a believer in Jesus, his parents forced him to leave their home and disowned him. Despite this, Bikash continues steadfastly in his faith and prays regularly for his unbelieving family. God has blessed him with a wife and children. As a district superintendent for an OMS partner church, he sharpens his knowledge and skills as he attends South Asia Bible College.

Our schools would not function without dedicated faculty. Let me introduce you to a few of them. Please pray for the faculty at our OMS partner schools.

Frans and Sony serve at N* Bible Seminary in the South Pacific, a highly Muslim populated nation. Frans and Sony have been instrumental in fulfilling the mandate to train pastors and church planters to be God’s servants and Christian leaders. For more than 40 years, this seminary’s graduates have established 420 churches in partnership with N* Evangelical Churches and many more churches through partnership with other denominations and Christian organizations. With full accreditation as a Bible college from the government, NBS still holds firmly to its original vision and purpose.

These faithful faculty members serve at Faith Bible College in the Philippines: Rev. Anna Penny Datu, academic dean; Rev. Oliver Bhem, director of student life and chaplain; and Rev. Ermalee Hidalgo, president. All the administrators also teach. Despit being a small school, it provides important instruction for both day and evening students who will serve as pastors, church planters, Christian education directors, and youth leaders.

Please keep the faulty of all our partner schools in prayer as they frequently serve with modest remuneration and in simple settings, yet are preparing men and women to serve God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind.

By Bill Vermillion, Theological Education team, Asia

* Abbreviated for security reasons.

Tags: theological education, training, seminary, bible school, students, student leaders, asia,

Bondye ap Tande Lapriye, God Hears Prayers

January 31 2017

This month, you have read stories and seen photos of the exciting things God is doing through the ministry of SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education Program), One Mission Society’s child sponsorship program which provides tuition, books, and supplies to school-aged children in southern Haiti.

Through this compassion ministry, coordinated by Men for Missions and run by the OMS-related Emmaus Fellowship of Churches in Haiti, we desire to make disciples of Jesus Christ, equipping and inspiring them to share their faith with family and friends, multiplying dynamic communities of believers, which is right in line with the OMS mission statement:

“By God’s grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around the world.”

“Bondye ap tande lapriye, Chak maten, midi, ni aswe, Bondye ap reponn lapriye” translated from Haitian Creole to English means, “God hears prayers—morning, noon and night. God answers prayer.” This simple children’s prayer is a good reminder to us that God indeed hears and answers our prayers.

Would you join us in praying for the SHEEP ministry?

  • Pray for the Haitian children attending College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, that they will understand and desire to know Jesus personally.
  • Pray for the children to be witnesses to their families and communities.
  • Pray for each child’s physical and emotional health.
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for the teachers and staff.
  • Pray for more sponsors.

If you have not yet responded financially … remember that by committing to two years of sponsorship, you will get the first year free, with the challenge grant made available through a generous donor.

Please contact our office at sheep@onemissionsociety.org or call 317.888.3333 for more information or to start your sponsorship.

To see the SHEEP ministry, click here.

Tags: child sponsorship, compassion, compassion ministry, haiti, southern haiti, school, kids,

​A Gross Call to Haiti

August 16 2016

Most people in Haiti speak Creole or French as their first language, but an eighth grade student in Steve Gross’ class said her first language was English, despite never having been to the United States either. She spoke English first because her father wanted her to attend Cowman when she got older.

One Mission Society’s Cowman International School provides a high-quality, Christian education for students from preschool to high school. Since its founding in the 1960s, Cowman’s student body has grown to include more than 160 children from a variety of backgrounds. Some are the children of missionaries, others are the children of people who live locally, and still others are the children of business and government leaders in both Haiti and around the world. With its diverse population, Cowman truly is an international school, where parents want their children to be educated in English to help them with their futures. But more than that, Cowman presents the Gospel message to both the children and their families.

Steve and Melissa Gross joined Cowman’s ministry in 2013 after the Lord individually called both of them to serve in Haiti on two different mission trips. Melissa went on a Men for Missions (MFM) trip in 2010 and felt a calling to the mission field, but she didn’t talk about this until later. Steve also went to Haiti through MFM and felt that same calling.

The two finally talked about what God was putting on their hearts. They attended OMS’ One Weekend and prayed more about this call— and what started as a short-term mission trip ended up being the door to their long-term service in Haiti. The Gross family, Steve, Melissa, and their four children, moved to Haiti in 2013, where both taught at the Cowman School.

Both Steve and Melissa had taught at public school in the United States before going to Cowman. Speaking about teaching in Haiti, Melissa said that her favorite part was that they got to include God in their teaching, something that was different from her time in public school. Every morning, she added, they start the day off with prayer. The school also gathers for chapel every Friday, where the children can worship God and learn more about him.

God has been blessing Cowman as it continues to educate students and teach them about God. Melissa said that you can’t advertise well in Haiti, but God still provides the resources. The staff at Cowman are praying and seeking God’s guidance, and he is sending people to Cowman to help.

Currently, there is a need for more teachers from around the world, as well as quality teacher training for the current Cowman teachers. As more students enroll and more grades are added, teachers need to have the right knowledge and teaching skills to help guide these growing students. Melissa heads up the teacher training, and she has seen God moving in powerful ways, many times surprising her own plans for the program.

Steve added that the Grosses are also blessed to live in Haiti. He said the need for Christ is greater, and therefore so is the presence of Jesus. Christ is very present in Haiti, he added, and that is one of the best things about living there.

The Grosses returned to Haiti today to resume teaching at Cowman for the upcoming school year. Melissa will teach, as well as supervise the teacher training, while Steve will teach high school students. Please pray for the Grosses’ transition back to Haiti as they prepare to teach and to show God’s love to the children.

The Grosses also ask for prayer for the Cowman School. Steve, Melissa, and the other teachers at Cowman need prayers for organization as they put together the school year plans, especially in light of the new construction that has occurred over the summer. But more importantly, they ask for prayers for the students and their families to have the resources they need to help the children continue in their studies at Cowman and beyond and for each one to hear the Gospel and know God better.

Would you consider how you can help the Cowman School provide education and the Gospel to this diverse group of students?

To learn more about the Grosses, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/TheGrosses.

To give to Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.

Tags: haiti, teaching, teachers needed, cowman school, international school, missions,

​The Love Story

August 9 2016

Within 24 hours of reading David Platt’s book, Radical, Chris Love knew she needed to go on a mission trip.

She and her husband Jeff had just finished paying off their house, and instead of going on a vacation, the family went on a Men for Missions (MFM) trip to Haiti. While they were there, both Chris and her son Camden told Jeff they were ready to stay. Jeff was unsure, but as they thought about this possibility, it became more obvious that God was keeping the door to Haiti open to them.

Now, the Love family is heading out next week to be One Mission Society missionaries in Haiti and work with the Cowman International School, a school for Haitian children, international students, and OMS missionary kids. Cowman provides a quality education in a variety of subjects, but more importantly, it provides children and their families the opportunity to hear the Gospel and to learn about God through their education at the school.

The Loves had the opportunity to experience what Cowman does during that first mission trip to Haiti. Chris and Camden helped clean the school, while Jeff served on the electrical repair team on the MFM trip. Chris enjoyed interacting with the faculty and students, and she discovered that Cowman was seeking a science teacher.

After some prayer and thought, Chris decided to quit her job in pharmaceuticals, a field she had been in for 18 years, and get a teaching degree to work at Cowman. There, she will teach several health, science, and math classes to middle school and high school students. Jeff will work at Cowman through IT support, taking inventory of the technology, and helping bring Cowman to the next level technologically for the students and faculty. He will also teach adult English language classes outside of the school.

Both Jeff and Chris discovered a love for the Haitian people and for Cowman School after going on the MFM trip and a second mission trip in April, where God continued to confirm this was where he wanted them to go. Chris said her heart goes out for the rising younger generation in Haiti. Only four percent of these young people are projected to graduate high school, she said, and voodoo has permeated Haiti’s culture. Jeff and Chris added that this country needs education and the love of Jesus. And this isn’t a belief they created. It is a statement they’ve been told by people in Haiti.

Through Cowman, this younger generation has an opportunity to hear about Jesus. Many of the students who attend the school are the children of business and government officials in Haiti. Cowman can affect the next generation of leaders in this country by providing a good education, one that includes the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Loves ask for prayers as they move to Haiti and begin their ministry. Please pray that they are able to adjust quickly to their new life, that God protects them, and that their belongings reach Haiti safely. They especially ask for prayers as they begin to serve at Cowman, that God will use them to reach this next generation. Chris prays that she can bring science to life for the students and that God can guide her teaching, especially as she completes the training and learning process for her degree.

Jeff and Chris also emphasize the need Cowman still has for more teachers as they expand their building and as the student body increases and additional grades are added to the school. Pray that God provides long-term teachers, as well as funds so that Cowman can continue to teach students and share Jesus’ love with them.

For more information about the Love family, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/TheLoves.

To learn more and give to Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.

Tags: haiti, cowman school, mk education, teaching science, call from god,

​Reaching Tomorrows Leaders in Haiti

August 4 2016

One young four-year-old girl in Haiti was terrified to leave the children’s home where she lived. After a long history of being abandoned, her heart was scared to trust and to believe there were safe places outside of the walls of her home. During this time, she started to attend Cowman International School, and little by little, she began to heal. Now, this young girl is learning to trust and experience new situations, which is a huge step for when she eventually moves into an adoptive family in the future. Her positive growth is thanks to the education she has been receiving, an education that introduced her to Jesus Christ, the only one who will never abandon her.

As many students return to school this season, we look to a school in Haiti that God has used to not only provide a solid education but also to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to more than 160 students.

Founded by One Mission Society (OMS) in the 1960s, the Cowman International School in Haiti was established as an English-language elementary school where OMS missionary kids and Haitian children could receive a Christ-centered education. Over time, the school has expanded to accommodate more students and grades.

Today,Cowman provides high-quality, Christian education for students in preschool, elementary, and high school. Student enrollment has increased by 150 percent over the past five years, with children coming from a variety of backgrounds. North American missionary children, children of Haitian families, children in the adoption process, as well as children of government leaders and other professionals in Haiti and around the world make up Cowman’s student body.

Cowman doesn’t just reach out to children, it also actively includes the entire family. Parents participate in parenting and marriage seminars, and in this process teachers at Cowman can share the Gospel message with the students’ family as well.

And Cowman continues to grow! As more grades are added, more space is needed. This past year, Cowman has constructed a new chapel/cafeteria area and a foundation for two more classrooms. But more resources are needed in order for the school and its leaders to continue to grow, seek God’s will, and give more opportunities for students to receive an education and the Gospel message.

Presently, Cowman seeks financial donations to support their expansion needs, such as new bathrooms and a kitchen, new furnishings, and classrooms. But there is also an urgent need for teachers as more students enroll.

God has placed OMS’ Cowman International School in an amazing position to impact Haiti’s next generation of leaders, to not only give them a solid education but also to introduce them to Jesus Christ and help them make a decision to follow him as they grow up. Check out next week’s blog post to read some personal stories about how God is calling OMS missionaries to serve at Cowman and join the school’s mission of Christian education.

If you would like to donate or learn more about Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.

By Jess Mitchell, summer Communications intern

Tags: mk school, cowman school, haiti, education, teaching, christian school,

Can You Lend a Leg

June 11 2014

I heard what sounded like a stampede of elephants come up the stairs to my K-2 Sunday school classroom. A first grade boy, whom I had never met before looked at me proudly and said, “My name is Darren Lee Price!” I was so excited for new students that it took a while for Darren’s disability to sink in. Though he couldn’t hide it well, his personality was bigger than the fact that he was missing his right leg. Darren was held up by crutches attached to his arm, and he was not embarrassed at all to talk about the car accident he had been in. After his classmates understood that Darren was no different than they were, the rest of the hour went smoothly. Darren asked multiple questions about Jesus and the Bible, and later asked more questions during worship.

Everything had been going so well, until it was time for children’s church. I walked all of the children who had been sitting with me downstairs. Darren asked if I would stay with him. Though I normally say no to this, I thank God that I said yes this day. Our children’s church has a dedicated time for songs, and this week, “Father Abraham” was the song of choice. If you don’t know the song, let me help you out. It goes something like this:

Father Abraham had many sons.
And many sons had Father Abraham.
I am one of them, and so are you.
So let’s just praise the Lord! Right arm…
(Repeat but use left arm)

Maybe you can already see where this is going. Darren was smiling and laughing until we got to the right leg part. While the other children were swinging their right and left arms and right and left legs, Darren leaned over to me and said, “I don’t have a right leg.” What happened next was a God-thing. I swooped him up, put him on my lap, and I became his right leg. I became the extra support he needed to finish the song.

As I sat in OMS’ monthly prayer rally, I realized that our missionaries sometimes need our support, just like Darren needed mine that day. They may not need us to place them on our laps, but every missionary certainly needs to be placed in our prayers. And they all need our financial support. As I watched our new orientees (new OMS candidate missionaries) being prayed over this morning, I thought about how often the Bible calls us to encourage one another, to build each other up and to love one another.

Our missionaries are daily surrendering to God’s will and to his call on their lives. This is never an easy task, but it becomes much harder when comfort zones are stripped away. Just like with Darren, who needed support to keep going when the song became too difficult, how can you help our missionaries in their difficult tasks? Maybe you can support them financially as they raise funds. I’ve heard that even missionaries who’ve been serving many years are undersupported. Maybe you can support them by praying for them because prayers are so powerful. However you feel led, you help support them as they complete the work to which God has called them … to fulfill the Great Commission.

By Christina Franks, summer Communications intern

Tags: disability, children's church, support, missionary, sunday school,