November 7 2016
year, 10-15 college students and young adults serve as interns at One Mission
Society. These interns fill a variety of roles across OMS, bringing experience,
enthusiasm, and new perspectives to their teams. Whether they’re with us a few
hours a week or all summer, interns leave a lasting impact on OMS and on
ministry around the world.
Hunter served as a summer intern with OMS in 2014. After she graduated last
year, God led Clarissa to serve on a short-term trip to Hungary, where she was
able to put her strong administrative and communication skills to use. Through
that experience, God called Clarissa to continue her service with OMS. Clarissa
currently serves at the OMS World Headquarters in the Development Department while
funding to return to Hungary as a full-time missionary.
also hosts interns from other countries through denominational partnerships
around the world.
Hurtado was an intern from Colombia who served with OMS for six months earlier
this year. Harold had a background in missions and a heart for people. Right
before he began his internship, Harold’s denomination faced changes, and he was
left without a job to return to after his internship.
began praying about what was next while trusting in God’s plan and provision.
He met Jonathan Morton, an OMS missionary who serves with New Life, a Hispanic
church-planting ministry based in the Indianapolis area. Harold attended New
Life Church and instantly found a community there. As he served at the OMS
headquarters and became more engaged with his new church family, God called
Harold to be involved in this ministry longer term. Now, Harold is back in
Colombia funding to return to the U.S. to serve alongside Jonathan and the New
Life church-planting network.
not every intern goes on to re-engage with OMS in one of these ways, we hope
every intern walks away with a more intimate relationship with Jesus, a deeper
engagement in missions, and greater insight into how they can be a part of
furthering Christ’s kingdom around the world. Will you support future
world-changers like Clarissa and Harold?
to intern scholarship, one of our eight Christmas projects being highlighted
this holiday season. Give here.
By Andrea Fisher, OMS
May 17 2016
always an adventure recruiting native English speakers and Ukrainian
participants for our two summer English camps in Ukraine.
never know exactly how God is going to work, but he always comes through with
the needed people.
example, in the spring of 2009, we were getting a lot of interest from
Ukrainian girls for camp, but we had only four American women signed up to come
in August—limiting the spots for Ukrainians to eight.
camps are set up for a one to two ratio of native speakers to
Ukrainians—allowing each Ukrainian to live in a room with a native speaker and
increasing the potential for relationship building, language practice, and
had two Ukrainian girls we really wanted to invite—feeling confident they were
spiritually ready, but we didn’t have the space.
we sent out a last-minute appeal via email for more North American or British
women … and then, we prayed. One woman from Colorado opened her messages, and
the appeal for more women volunteers leaped out at her. She sensed in her
spirit an immediate call from God to go to camp.
was late for her to join the team and to raise the funds, but God provided, and
she came. God used her powerfully too, as one of her Ukrainian partners prayed
to accept the Lord.
always start recruiting our summer teams at the end of the camps the previous
year because so many of the team members have been moved by the Spirit and have
seen him work through them. They’re ripe and ready to come back.
have many who come back year after year, they love it so much. “It’s the
greatest two weeks of my year,” said a Kansas farmer after his fifth time at
camp last year.
Schreckengast, a caregiver for the elderly in Colorado, loved her first time at
camp last year. And she’s signed up to join us again in August. “This has
brought me closer to God,” she said. “To see his love be shown to others—it’s
camp changes everything I thought I knew about missions,” she added. “The
disappointment I feel that I must leave. It’s like cutting a cord that is in my
heart to Ukraine. It won’t stop me from coming back.”
camps are a great way to show and share with pre-Christian Ukrainians what it
means to live in relationship with Jesus Christ. Most of these Ukrainians come
to the camp because they want to practice their English, but by the end, most
of them have become quite interested in God and the Bible, and some even make
commitments to follow Jesus.
God has provided full teams for our two camps this summer, but we are always
looking for more people—especially for next year! If you have an interest in
learning more, contact our Mobilization team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
if you can’t come personally, please pray. We need more prayer warriors for
Ukraine. And if you want to support the camps financially, here’s a link to
help partially sponsor a Ukrainian to come: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/Ukraine-English-Ministries.
Randy Marshall, OMS missionary and field leader in Ukraine