Serving Where God Has Called

September 12 2017

Danny and I served as missionaries in Ecuador with One Mission Society. Serving as a missionary on the field, we had stories and pictures that all seemed very exciting. There were days we were traveling in the jungle in a canoe or slogging through the mud to reach a Shuar village and share the Gospel. These dear people responded to the Word with open hearts and many came to Christ. I can share these stories and show these pictures, and people are willing to support that ministry.

But God called us to return to the U.S. to serve at the OMS World Headquarters. Danny serves as the director of the Mobilization Department, and I work as the controller. We live in a house and work in an office in the U.S., much the same as other people in the U.S. do. Because of this, many people believe that we no longer need support. And there are others who only want to support those doing work on the “front lines.” Our support has dropped because of where we serve Christ.

We loved working with the people in Ecuador. Our ministry there had great value. But we wholeheartedly believe that our ministry here has just as much value. Romans 10:14-15 talks about the steps needed before people can call upon the name of the Lord. One of the steps is someone being sent to tell them. Normally as missionaries, we talk about the sender being the supporter, but a big part of being sent is also the mission agency and those working in the homeland office. How can a missionary be sent without the work of the Mobilization team that finds them, guides them, and trains and prepares them? How can a missionary be sent without a Finance team that is receiving the support funds, properly accounting for the funds, allocating them, and getting them to the missionary as they serve on the field?

The work being done by homeland missionaries is critical to the work of the missionaries in the 72 countries where OMS serves. Yet, it is so much more difficult for a homeland missionary to raise support. I would encourage you, if the Lord is placing it on your heart to support his work around the world, please remember those missionaries serving at their mission headquarters. These roles are just as vital to kingdom work, just not as glamorous.

By Julie Beasley, OMS Homeland Missionary

Tags: homeland missionary, called to serve, faithful servant, u.s. missionary,

Unexpected Opportunities

September 1 2015

The tiny “meows” coming from a box next to a pile of garbage is what first caught Marla’s attention as she was walking home from school with the girls a few days ago … the cute, unmistakable cries of tiny kittens. What my girls saw next was a bit shocking: a short, sandy-hair colored stray dog, eating one of the kittens. Yes, the dog was literally eating a kitten. Not playing with it, not barking at it. While all my girls watched (in horror), the stray chomped away on a kitten, fur still in its teeth.

So, when one of the other kittens, so young that its eyes hadn’t even opened yet, walked toward Samara (who has always had an affection for all animals), meowing loudly … it put my wife in an awkward situation. She couldn’t say, “The mommy cat will come back” because they had obviously been abandoned. She couldn’t say “They’ll be alright by themselves,” because the dog was still chewing. And each kitten wasn’t big enough for one meal. So, what do you do? How do you get out of that one? As a parent who has been teaching about love and compassion, how could she just walk away?

So, that is how the box of kittens came to our house. That is how we’ve become the TEMPORARY guardians of five little kittens. And even now as I write, I can hear them downstairs.

Yep, though the girls are absolutely delighted, we certainly didn’t imagine this scene a week ago.

But that is kind of how things go in life and in ministry. Many times, the opportunities that God gives us to show others His love in a concrete way don’t fit comfortably into our schedules. Many times, these opportunities come at inconvenient times. They come at times when we’d rather be doing something else. And a lot of times, we’d rather walk away from such opportunities, hoping others will come along because we know that becoming involved will cost us time, energy, and getting our hands dirty. (And I’m not talking about kittens right now).

Showing God’s love to others means taking phone calls in the middle of the night. It means loading a moving truck on a perfectly sunny Saturday morning. It means taking a meal to someone else when you’re already exhausted. Because that’s when opportunities to show God’s love generally come: when you are not looking for them. What do we do in those situations? When the need of someone else catches our attention? When we know we probably ought to do some

hing, do we secretly hope that someone else will come along soon to do it, hoping they can meet that need? Someone who has more experienced hands and a bigger heart? More time or talent? Or do we let God use you?

And yes, I realize that such words are easy to write. They are even easy to preach from a pulpit. But they are harder to live. Harder, and yet, more rewarding, vastly more rewarding. May God give us ears to hear the quiet calls for help that surround us, and the strength to deny ourselves so that we can fully offer that which we have for His service, so that His light might shine.

For the only Cause that matters,

Micah Routon

Micah, along with his wife Marla and three daughter are OMS missionaries serving in Brazil. They are involved in evangelism, church planting, and the ministry of getting their hands dirty through love and service.

Tags: brazil, servant, compassion, kittens, serve,

Transylvania

July 15 2013

Transylvania

In March we reported on the new partnership formed between OMS and Friendship Pentecostal Church with the objective of planting churches in Arad County in Romania. To gain first-hand insight into developments, in late June Myles MacBean returned to Carand in western Transylvania to meet with Daniel and Danny Ispas, the father/son pastor team driving the work in the region. 

Myles writes, “We had kept in touch via regular emails and Skype calls over the months but nothing beats being together face-to-face if you are to get a true feel for the spiritual health of a community. I must say that this trip was one of contrasts, the first contrast being the weather. The last time we were together in Romania snow was thick on the ground. This time temperatures touched 37 Celsius, and keeping cool was a priority. The second contrast was in material wealth. 

As we spent more time with the people of Carand, we found many struggling all day to find the basic necessities of life. In contrast, just over the hill, we found wealthy Romanians enjoying their leisure in an alpine beauty spot. The third, and greatest, contrast was the universal one of where people placed their faith. 

While material despair is driving so many of their neighbours to the false hope of alcohol and drugs, I witnessed a wonderful Godly joy in the lives of the faithful believers. Time after time as we visited the houses, I was humbled by the Christ-like way people give so much in hospitality and love to all who cross their threshold.

“It was also great to see the progress Daniel and Danny have made in implementing the T4T model of the ECC ministry of OMS. The weekend before I visited, Daniel had the privilege of baptising seven new Christians – male and female, young and old, Romanian and Gypsy. The excitement in Daniel and Danny was palpable as they reported that this meant they had been able to establish their first fresh new T4T team in Carand and had every hope of a similar group starting imminently in the Gypsy church in the next village.

“Once again I came back from my trip having learned so much from the sheer spiritual grace of my Romanian brothers and sisters, and from the hunger of Daniel and Danny to see the kingdom grow in Romania. God has certainly lit a spark of light in one small corner of Transylvania. With Daniel and Danny’s infectious confidence in the Lord and love for the lost, who can help but pray that God will fan that little flame into a spiritual storm.”

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

Tags: church planting, evangelism, servant, T4Tmissions in Romania

Strength in the Heat!

July 5 2013

Strength in the Heat!

Monday...

Tonight we ate in the home of Adam’s family. He is a doctor who lives in a very humble home by our standards, serving the poor here in the city of Thirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Adam, along with his wife Shamah and two children, live with Adam’s parents. Our ECC coordinator, Pastor Sundar Raj and wife Marysha (Adam’s sister) were also there. It was a delight to be with them eating chicken and rice with yogurt. Food is eaten without utensils, using only the right hand! Another room in the house is used to give his patients 24 hour emergency treatment. Adam went to care for a poor working woman who had suffered heat stroke. She was on an IV drip, receiving her 2nd bag of fluids. I went in and prayed for her as she lay there with two family members nearby.

The temperature here was 107 degrees today. Yes, it felt like an oven. Yet, as we ate, I asked Marysha to sing a song she teaches the children she often reaches out to in the village. The joy of the Lord shines with a pure twinkle in her eyes and a bright smile on her face. As she sang, her voice expressed a purity of faith that almost seemed angelic. I have no doubt that God was listening and smiling! These people have so very little, but are enriched with love and joy as they serve the Lord. I fear that many of us have lost the essence of real life. Sadly, we think that acquiring more “stuff” or experiencing some pleasure will make us happy.

After 12 years of marriage, Sundar Raj and Marysha, have no children. However, they are building a house where they can take in orphans and nurture them with Christ’s love. After we give training tomorrow to 40 ECC church planters, we will participate in a free medical clinic where Dr. Adam, Sundar Raj and Marysha will treat 150 poor villagers. It will be a full day of ministry with 3 hours drive each way. May God give us strength!

Blessings, Roger

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

Tags: missions in India, train and multiply, T&M, servant, outreachorphans

A Story of Proof

February 4 2013

A Story of Proof

Jose was the first convert in his family, but he desired to bring his whole family to the Lord. As Jose prayed for the right time for the conversion of his family, an ECC trainer discipled and trained him, using Train and Multiply materials. As a result, he was equipped to stand as a young leader of the church.

Glory be to God, because, today, Jose’s parents and his siblings are now serving the Lord. They have offered their old house, where they have been conducting regular worship gatherings and trainings free of charge, to the church. Jose is leading people to Christ, and he serves as a small group Bible study leader and one of the lay preachers of the church as well.  

May God continue to extend the godly influence of Jose’s family to their community.

Marcos, ECC Country Coordinator

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”  Acts 16:31

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

Tags: train & multiply, person of peace, servant, trainingtransformed

One Faith Nurtured

January 7 2013

One Faith Nurtured

Note: part two is posted January 14, 2013

“Can anything good come out of Salango?” In the 1930s, Salango a fishing village was so insignificant that it didn’t even appear on a map of Ecuador. Life in Salango was very simple; there was no electricity and no running water. 

In 1936, a boy born in Salango was likely heralded with joy by his mother, but with no sense of the extraordinary plans God had for this new son of a fisherman, no hint of the impact that would be made when Enrique Guillén responded many years later to the Master’s call: “Follow me, and I will make you a fisher of men!” (Matthew 4:19).

After many years of hardship growing up, including the death of his mother, Enrique moved back to Salango to live with his father, the man who for so many years had refused to recognize him. 

OMS missionaries working in the area were invited by Enrique’s father into his house. Fast forward to March of 1961 when the Word of God reached Enrique’s heart through a message preached there in the living room of his father’s house. 

Pastor Guillén says, “I was not convinced, I was converted!” He remembers that his life changed completely from the inside out; from that moment, his loyalty belonged 100 percent to the Lord Jesus. 

In the same year he married Esther, a radiant young Christian woman. Later, Enrique who was determined to serve the Lord decided to go back to school – he studied in the same classes as his son, David. 

David remembers with a grin that each term, Esther, he and Enrique compared grades, which was a great motivator for his son. “It filled me with great pride to have a father who didn’t believe in limitations … and still doesn’t to this day.”

After high school, Enrique’s desire was to study in the seminary. But committee members told him that a poor fisherman from Salango would never find success in the academic world and that he shouldn’t waste the time and resources with his futile dreams. 

But OMS missionary mentors elected to sponsor his studies. This generosity and vision on the part of the Mission continues to move Pastor Guillén to deep gratitude, even these many years later. 

When Pastor Enrique is asked about the motivation for his sacrificial search for training, he responds: “There is a people that demands our witness and a Lord who impels us forward. We have a debt of love and there is no room for discouragement!” 

Difficulties and rejection helped to shape within Enrique a special perspective of discipleship: with great intentionality, he seeks, finds and develops the potential in his disciples. 

He says, “I identify greatly with what is said of Peter in Acts 4:13—he was an unschooled, ordinary man, but they took note that he had been with Jesus! The Lord by his grace saw the potential in me and by his grace called me and equipped me for His service. I try to do the same with others.”

Next: The rest of the story…

 

Tags: faith multiplied, life change, servantmissions in ecuador

Servant of God

December 31 2012

Servant of God

At first glance, Pastor Prakash is not likely to impress you. No chance that he would be voted most likely to succeed in his graduating class. His big smile reveals crooked teeth. His eyes sometimes squint through the over-sized glasses perched on his face. His hair hangs over his ears and is often disheveled. A paunchy mid-section and well-rounded cheeks let you know that physical fitness is not his passion! However, it would be a big mistake to draw conclusions about Pastor Prakash based on his appearance.

This dynamic servant of God is a mover and a shaker. He leads with his heart, and his heart is abundantly filled with love. He came to faith in Christ from a Hindu background at age twenty. His sick mother was miraculously healed when all hope for her recovery seemed gone. Consequently, he quickly determined to accept Jesus Christ as the living God.

Since then he has been pursuing ministry among unreached Hindu people in a northeast region of India. His determination to share the Good News of Jesus is combined with a practical compassion. He seeks ways to find help for people by taking advantage of a variety of grants and programs geared to benefit the uneducated and the poor. Through the Every Community for Christ ministry, he is actively doing evangelism and training ordinary people to do the same. Thirty house churches in many villages have already been started. He has begun implementing the Train & Multiply strategy we are sharing. God’s people are being used powerfully by the Lord!

Pray for blessing and protection upon Prakash and his family. Ask God to anoint him with the Holy Spirit, imparting wisdom, power and guidance. Pray that the Lord will provide for much abiding fruit and for many villages to be reached with Christ’s salvation.

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

Tags: servant, dynamic service, life change, evangelism, trainingtrain & multiply