One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Lisa Ausley

January 24 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 16) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS Board of Trustee member, Lisa Ausley. Lisa shared many stories of God leading her on her Christian journey.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

Lisa shared about the influence of Billy Graham and missionary biographies on her Christianity. She also shared about her long-term desire to be a full-time missionary, yet how God had other plans. He has used Lisa and her husband, a church pastor, to influence and send approximately 35 missionaries to date. She has a goal of 50 in her lifetime.

Lisa attended Asbury University and got involved in the OMS Student Center there, run by OMS missionary Margaret Brabon (at the time), a huge mentor in Lisa's life.

Lisa also mentioned the impact of OMS' cofounder Lettie Cowman's devotional book, Streams in the Desert.

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.

GIVE: If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

BOOKS: You can purchase Streams in the Desert devotional, by OMS cofounder Lettie Cowman, 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.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Paul Leasure. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or on podcast at http://omsradio.podbean.com/

You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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Journeying Outside Comfort Zones

April 10 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I sat with three ladies (and a little girl) enjoying the surroundings of Tropical Smoothie, a Caribbean-inspired sandwich & kind-of-healthy fruit smoothies cafe. And as each of them shared why they signed up to join me on my next Haiti mission trip (end of April), I remembered why I LOVE taking people to Haiti.

Because the guys at Men for Missions (the short-term mission teams ministry of One Mission Society) have got it spot on: these trips are part of a life-changing journey, and Storly and I love walking alongside people as their eyes are opened to 'the real world' (the poverty, the daily reality of how most of the world lives), as they allow God to take them way beyond their comfort zones, and as they see God in action in a different context, in ways that blow their minds and break their hearts for the world God loves and came to save.

My next trip at the end of April will be the 8th team from our church here (Community Church of Columbus) since we took up residence in this part of the world. And three of us from CCC (Keri, Karen and me) will be joined by Kelly from Columbus (who was part of last year's trip) and four people (Larry, Debbie, Michael and Amy) from Findlay E-Free church in northern Ohio (who partnered with us with their Christmas offering last year to give to Resounding Hope solar radios).

So, at Tropical Smoothie, I told a story that I want to share with you. Except you get all the background too...

In June 2011, our CCC team visited a small village called Kayemit (Ky-meet), named after a local fruit tree, known in English as Star Apple. I'd been hearing about this village from Medson (our evangelism/radio distribution leader) as a place in need of the Gospel. A pastor from the local town of Quartier-Morin had started to visit this village, saw people's needs there, and felt called by God to start a work there. Our team was happy to be a part.

So, to Kayemit we went. After Luke, Devin, Randy, Tim, and Ken helped fix a flat tire on the van.

We gathered under the shade of a huge tree with Pastor Deusma, Medson and evangelism team, and others from Pastor Deusma's church in Quartier-Morin. We prayed, got instructions on the day's activity (like 'don't randomly give the radios out on the street, only after conversations with people about the Gospel, preferably in their homes or yards', and 'each radio is for the whole family or household, unless you visit with a witch doctor or voodoo priest, then give them one for themselves'). And then we split up, two or three visiting team members, a translator, an evangelism worker and a local guide who knows the community and can direct the group to homes and people most in need of the Gospel.

I usually hover around trying to spend some time with each of the groups, taking pictures, observing, sometimes helping with translation and interpreting some of the cultural stuff that doesn't always get translated effectively. So I started with Ken and Kellie, good friends of ours who had taken a huge step outside their comfort zones to come to Haiti. And there were more steps of faith to come.

I wrote about this day in Men for MissionsActionmagazine, here is an excerpt:

Villagers Hear a New Voice

As we approach the first house, Pastor Joseph Deusma pulls me aside and whispers, “A witch doctor lives here.”

Though we couldn’t see the red and blue flags usually identifying where a witch doctor lives, there were other objects, including a bottle hanging from a tree (used in voodoo ceremonies).

So here we are, on the front lines of the spiritual battles that rage across the earth. This time, in Kayemit village in northern Haiti.

About 800 people call Kayemit home. But in the eyes of Emmanuel Félix (Medson), Radio 4VEH’s Extension Ministries Director, this is ‘virgin territory.’ With no real church presence in the community, the voice of influence belongs to the witchdoctor. Until today.

Visiting missionaries from Community Church of Columbus, Indiana, along with local evangelists first gather under a tree. Emmanuel explains the key to sharing the Gospel in communities where most identify themselves as Christian. ‘Ask about Jesus. What position does Jesus hold in your life?’

(What a great question as we talk with anyone. Not asking how religious you are, how much 'knowledge' you have of God, how often you go to church, how you label yourself, but where is Jesus in your life? Is He Lord?)

At the witch doctor’s house, he’s not home. But we speak with several members of his household, as well as another man visiting. We leave a solar radio for the household, and one for the witch doctor.

Next door, the witchdoctor’s niece combs through her daughter’s hair. When asked about her own faith, she replies she’s a good Catholic, and also dances at the voodoo ceremonies held regularly by her uncle. She wasn’t ready to accept Christ as her personal Savior.

The global prayer resource Operation World explains Haiti’s complex religious context this way: ‘The Roman Catholic Church’s role as the state church ended in 1987…Haitians overwhelmingly identify themselves as “Christian”…An estimated 75 percent of Christians are also actively involved in voodoo, a development of West African Spiritism and witchcraft.’

By the end of the outreach, 51 radios were given out after 70 people heard personal presentations of the Gospel. Three people prayed to receive Christ as their Savior, and 37 people refused Christ.

But now there’s a new voice of influence in Kayemit—Radio 4VEH, The Evangelistic Voice of Haiti—the voice that speaks about Jesus through all kinds of radio programs.

Pastor Deusma says, “Even though people here don’t have a church where they can worship God, they can now hear the Gospel. The radio receivers will help them to hear the Word of God. Listen, you can already hear people listening to the noon prayer program on their little radios!”

“I know it’s a seed that’s been planted today. And God will bring those seeds to fruition. He will produce the fruit. As we leave here, God will do the rest.”

Fast forward two years, to June 2013. We took the Columbus team back to Kayemit, wondering what had happened to those Gospel seeds that had been planted and watered every day through the little radios, and the pastoral care of Pastor Deusma and those working with him.

What a privilege to be standing where a new church has been planted―where the physical space, starting with a few sticks and plastic sheeting, is showing the village that there's a new body of Christ-followers in this place.

Back to the story I was telling at Tropical Smoothie. It was this scene above. One of the highlights of our whole summer in Haiti was this moment when the team prayed for this new church, this pastor ministering in this village, for the new believers here. And the person praying was Kellie, the one who was never comfortable praying out loud. And here she was, praying a prayer of blessing in front of team mates, villagers, friends, and strangers―praying a prayer to her heavenly Father on behalf of these brothers and sisters in Kayemit.

Being alongside people on their life-changing journeys is an absolute honor. What's your life-changing journey look like? And who are you walking alongside of on their stepping-out-in-faith, stretched-by-God journey way beyond their comfort zones?

If you’d like to join us on a life-changing journey, click here for opportunities.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Alan Parkinson

March 7 2014

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Alan Parkinson

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 9) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionary Alan Parkinson, serving in South Pacific (the island). Alan, from OMS UK, served as a high school chaplain at an international Christian school for three years, but now is involved with evangelism and church planting.

The show also featured executive director of International Ministries, Randy Spacht, giving an exciting update on the overall work of OMS. OMS, serving in more than 70 countries, is involved in evangelistic church planting, church growth and development, training leaders, partnership, and enabling or support ministries (such as MK teachers, administration, etc..) to allow the missionaries to flourish in their roles. GOD IS AT WORK!

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? As Alan shared, it was through a short-term mission experience that God called him and his family to full-time service. Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM

GIVE: If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online

PRAY: Pray for Alan and his family as they seek to disciple seminary students. Pray also as he works with local believers to multiply churches (use the training he's received on obedience-based discipleship) and that many new people would come to know Christ. 

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. 

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.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionaries Jeremy and Melissa Reese, church planting in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to the podcast at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click here to listen to the broadcast 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 are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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Missionaries Are Like Coffee…

March 6 2014

Missionaries Are Like Coffee…

Missionaries are like coffee … Huh? What are some words associated with coffee? Aromatic. Bold. Robust. Coffee has a personality all its own, a distinct flavor. When it comes to coffee, people have opinions about it. Some love it, some hate it, and some just love the smell of it. Coffee’s character is a lot like those who share the Gospel. Missionaries are like coffee in the following ways:

Aromatic – 2 Corinthians 2:15 tells us: “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…” If we live in a right relationship with Christ and do the things he has commanded us to do, people will know there is something different about us. 

Bold – The Bible is full of people who were bold in their faith as evidenced by their words and actions. After Jesus gave the Great Commission, the disciples were bold in their witness. Acts 4:13 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.” 

Robust – The word “robust” does not appear in the ESV Bible, but synonyms do, like strong for example. In Ephesians 6:10, the Apostle Paul urges believers to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” The enemy is out there, we know this, and therefore Paul reminds us who gives us our strength, our robust faith.

Are you robust in your faith, bold in your witness? Do you have a desire to see people attracted to Jesus by your life and witness? Are you ready for an adventure in the beautiful coffee country of Ecuador? Then, would you prayerfully consider the Loja Challenge 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for 10 young adults to take the Gospel to 5 unreached communities in Loja, Ecuador, for 1 year.

Don’t speak Spanish? No worries, this journey includes three months of immersion language study. 

Could this be the “cup” Jesus is asking you take? 

Come. With Jesus. To coffee country … For more info, check out: http://www.onemissionsociety.org/go/loja-challenge-2015-ecuador or contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org.

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My Incredible Life as a Short Termer

February 11 2014

My Incredible Life as a Short Termer

Danielle, a recent university graduate from No. Ireland is serving as a teacher in the South Pacific. She reflects on her last five months of service:

"2013 was one of the most eventful years for me so far, I think. This year, I wrote a dissertation, something that still surprises me because I can’t believe I actually sat down and wrote it! I watched my good friend get married. I graduated from University, making me a qualified teacher. I finally learnt the difference between ‘its’ and ‘it’s’. I did something I always swore I would never do and dyed my hair blonde. I visited Italy with my sister, cousin and friend, which, despite having issues like broken suitcases and more than one incident with trains, it was the holiday of a lifetime.

Then, I moved across the world to a country where I don’t speak the language to start my first ever teaching job, and I’ve been here in the South Pacific ever since, trying to figure out life here. This process has been one of the most challenging and most hilarious experiences ... and is still ongoing. I’ve grown to love my class of little boys, managed to keep a hamster alive, accidentally enrolled at Bible college, began a youth group, somehow ended up in the local newspaper, helped organise a Christmas production for the first time, learnt how to ride on the back of a motorbike without holding on, spent my first Christmas away from my family, and most surprisingly, am now able to have a (basic) conversation in a language I didn’t even know existed a year ago.

There have been sad things as well – missing people and events back home, but serving overseas does involve a sacrifice. When I chose to live overseas, I’m not sure I completely understood what that sacrifice would entail, but this time if I choose to stay another year, I have a much better idea of what I’m giving up and what I’m gaining."

Is God calling you to be a missionary, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God can use you to be a missionary. Contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org for more information.

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Making a Difference in the Philippines

January 22 2014

Making a Difference in the Philippines

About a month ago, from December 16-20, 2013, our Every Community for Christ Philippines coordinator, Mar Ocampo, and two fellow pastors and ECC workers, Roehl Rivera and Willy Galzote took a 5-day exploratory trip to Tacloban City, Philippines, to access the damage from the November 2013 typhoon and determine how One Mission Society and our denomination of churches in the Philippines, Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, can best help in this area. Here is a brief report from Mar.

We flew to Tacloban City on December 16 with a confidence that God would guide and help us with our exploratory mission. Before the airplane had touched the ground, we saw the panoramic view of the extent of the devastation. The ruins are indeed heartbreaking; even worse than what we have seen on the television. 

While on our way to our first destination, we saw the unbelievable destruction all around the area, plus we heard the stories from our driver on how thousands of people were killed instantly when the typhoon surge hit Tacloban City. His son, who is a policeman, was on duty at the airport, has been missing since the typhoon. 

From day one until we returned home, the trip was filled with divine meetings, being in the right place, at the right time, to meet the right people.

Our future plans are to return to Tacloban City to focus our relief and rehabilitation activities, starting with purchasing corrugated metal sheets to cover the roofs of all the houses that lost them in the typhoon. The team also plans to build relationships and share the Gospel with the people. 

We hope to begin work there the first week of February 2014, but this is subject to approval of OMS and FECPI. We thank God for directing our path to all the right people we needed for future ministry connections. 

Rev. Marcos M. Ocampo, ECC Country Coordinator, Philippines

Let’s Make a Difference

This July, Dynamic Women in Missions will be partnering with the ministries of Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, who is not only the “missing piece” of the puzzle, but also the “missing peace” in people’s lives in the midst of storms.

As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to use your unique gifts, abilities, personality and life experiences to minister to and alongside Filipino women and children.  Opportunities may include children's ministry, leading and sharing in praise and worship services, outreaches, mini-retreats for women, teaching values education classes in a local high school, and encouraging Filipino women in ministry. Total cost is approximately $2,700. If interested, please contact Dynamic Women today at DWinMissions@onemissionsociety.org.

Donations are also still needed. We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available. 

To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”

Thank you for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- University of Indianapolis Nurses

November 22 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- University of Indianapolis Nurses

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 24) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring University of Indianapolis nursing students and professors, sharing about their medical mission trip to Ecuador.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Six women (2 nursing professors--Becca and Kathy, 3 nursing students--Julie, Emily, and Amberly, and 1 pharmacist--Pam) shared about their experiences on this medical mission trip to Ecuador. For some it was their first mission trip, for others, it was one of many, but all said this one was a memorable one as they traveled in remote mountains villages, sharing medical help, compassion, and God's love with the people.

GO:

Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities. We always have several medical mission trips throughout the year. Check with us for opportunities in 2014.

GIVE:

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

INFO:

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org. 

BOOK:

The featured book was Captured, by Arlene Hess Elkins, an OMS MK (missionary kid), sharing her parents' experiences of being held as prisoners of war during WWII. The book was specifically written for children, but it can be enjoyed by any age. You can purchase the book through Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313.

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear stories from OMS missionary Steve Rehner, serving with OMS' Men for Missions. 

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast so you're sure not to miss any of the future shows! You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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Ukraine Summer Camp Report

November 6 2013

Ukraine Summer Camp Report

“Before camp, I could believe in God, now I can trust in him.” It is comments like this that really make camp, or indeed any mission trip, either short- or long-term, worthwhile. There is nothing greater than seeing a soul come to know the Lord and deciding to follow him in their daily lives.  

Before a student can get to this point, those initial barriers between God and themselves must be broken down. Some of these barriers usually come in the form of unanswered questions, which the students are eager to have answered before they make a decision to follow Christ. However, before they can get the answers they desire, they need to build up a sense of trust with their teachers (English speaking short termers). One way in which this is carried out is by giving the students the opportunity to take part in a range of different activities, both indoor and outdoor, which encourages interaction between students and teachers. The activities also give them the chance to improve their language skills, which is one of the main goals of camp. As a direct result, the students will then begin to open up, which is vital if we as teachers are to fulfill our ultimate goal, which is to make the students think about the true meaning of life and to expose them to the reality of the Gospel.

To demonstrate the power of God’s saving grace at camp, I want to tell you the story of one student who came to camp this year. The quote at the beginning is taken from an interview with her post-camp. Similar to most of the students, Stasy (pictured on left in photo) came from a Ukrainian Orthodox family where God is primarily viewed as a mystical being, who is beyond human comprehension and any type of personal relationship. As Christians, we know that it is sometimes hard to comprehend who God is, but we know that it is possible to have a personal relationship with him. Throughout camp, Stasy found it really hard to open up and trust others, let alone God. However, with the unique family atmosphere and the loving atmosphere that existed at camp, which we can only ascribe to God himself, by the end of the 10 days these barriers had been broken down and Stasy had opened her heart to others, and more importantly to God. The transformation was so evident in her life, and the desire to walk with God and to read his Word was so real.

This story is only one of many that demonstrate how God is clearly moving throughout this city of Kiev and the country of Ukraine. It is because of stories like this that many of us keep returning to Ukraine and continue to serve God in our local context as we know that he has the power to change lives. It is my desire that others might experience this feeling and want to serve him.

--David Cathcart, OMS UK short-term missionary to Ukraine, summer 2013

Is God calling you to be a worker, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God may use you to be a missionary. You can even register to serve in Ukraine next summer for an English camp. Contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org for more information.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -Randy Marshall

September 20 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show"

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Sept. 22) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Randy Marshall, OMS missionary serving in Ukraine, along with his wife Shelley and his three kids.

It's exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Do you want to participate in next summer's short-term English camp as a English teach, friend and mentor? It's not too early to sign up. Perhaps you were moved to pray for Randy and the other OMS Ukraine missionaries. If so, we can get you signed up to receive weekly requests by email. We are looking for 1,000 intercessors! Email us at info@onemissionsociety.org and just put Ukraine prayer in the subject line.

Would you like to help get a Ukrainian student to camp next summer? A gift of $50 will offer a subsidized scholarship for one student. Just type account #301620 in the blank.

Finally, do you want to learn some more fun facts about Ukraine? Through our One Mission Kids ministry, we have created a virtual tour of the country, especially for kids.

Have fun exploring and please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear OMS' executive director of international ministries, Randy Spacht talk about his current role and his 17 years in Colombia.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed the program, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or you can subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.

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Human Trafficking Prevention Starts By Entering Others’ Stories

September 17 2013

Human Trafficking Prevention Starts By Entering Others’ Stories

Today in Thailand there is a teenage boy who is one step away from entering the sex industry. Right now in the Philippines, there is a woman who is one choice away from being prostituted. They may be sitting on the street, begging for change, driven to desperation but hanging on by one last thread. If we saw them, if we knew they were just one choice away, would we be able to prevent it?

Many of us choose to avert our eyes when we see someone helpless or begging on the streets. Because something happens when we look. When we make eye contact with someone, we experience a connection. Looking (really looking) at the person in need causes us to enter into their situation. It forces us to feel something for them. It compels us to act because we become part of their story.

I wrote a newsletter a year ago talking about the Zulu tribe of South Africa. They understand this concept of seeing people. In their native greetings, they say “Sawubona,“ meaning “I see you,” and the other person responds “Ngihkona,” literally, “I am here to be seen.”

The inherent meaning in the Zulu response is “by recognizing me, you brought me into existence.” When they see a person and greet them, they are looking deep into them and acknowledging their humanity, their personality, their dignity.

Everyone has a story. In Acts 3, Peter and John encountered a beggar and chose to enter his situation. Verse 4 says, “Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then, Peter said, ‘Look at us!’” They saw him. Not only that, they made sure the man saw them also. They entered his story, and invited him to enter theirs. In that moment, the kingdom of heaven invaded earth. A man who couldn’t take a step could now leap and run!

He’d expected to receive silver and gold. But he received something more priceless than that. He was seen, he was healed, and because he looked at Peter and John, he entered the Story of Jesus.

We can’t prevent people from being trafficked and exploited unless we are willing to enter into their stories. We can’t bring physical and spiritual healing unless we are willing to enter into their stories. And we aren’t really setting them free unless we also invite them to enter into the greatest Story of all.

 --Bethany Ury, OMS missionary, funding to serve with HOPE61 in Thailand

We are currently looking for more people to expand this ministry overseas. If you or someone you know may be interested in this ministry, contact Brent in our Mobilization Department at: bmorrell@onemissionsociety.org.

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