Missionary Stories from Around the World

July 2 2015

On Thursday, June 18, four OMS field leaders spoke in chapel, sharing stories about the way their ministries have affected lives all over the world.

Cindy, who leads the field in the South Pacific with her husband Mark, teaches English at a missionary school and shared about a student named Carrie.* Carrie and her classmates have been struggling with grief and confusion caused by the sudden death of several students. Even so, Carrie participated with her school on a spring break mission trip. Cindy shared that in Carrie’s reflection paper about the experience she wrote, “God met me there. He let me know I am not alone.” Cindy then spoke about a Christian girl whose father is Muslim. When the daughter would ask her father questions about his religion, he’d get angry or frustrated. Cindy had the opportunity to speak truth into the lives of this girl and her mother, who is also a Christian. The small family is moving, but the mother told Cindy that she is determined to find a good church to help her minister to her husband. This missionary school and its teachers are having lasting impacts on their students in the South Pacific.

Randy Marshall, field leader in the Ukraine, shared about a young girl who has been attending the English club he and his wife, Shelley, lead at a local university. This student, Anna,* has participated in the club for two years. The English club, which regularly has spiritual discussions, also has an annual summer camp where the Marshalls are able to show and share what it’s like to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. At this camp, Anna made a decision for Christ. She then participated in discipleship with Shelly and another younger girl, but she started to doubt and ask questions. Shelley switched to an apologetic focus to help her find answers. Shortly after this, Anna saw a Christian drama on the street and was given the opportunity to accept Christ. Anna prayed and truly accepted Christ. This time, she has stayed firm through searching answers and even persecution from friends and family. The Marshalls testified to the change they have seen in her and reported with joy that she now helps run one of their ministry’s small groups.

Micah, field director in Brazil, opened his talk saying that he often pops into a local technology store and speaks to the men there who want to practice their English. Through starting mini-English classes, Micah got to know one man, Robert,* very well and also had the opportunity to invite the men to a 20-week Bible study. Robert once asked Micah if he’d ever had an affair. Micah replied that he had not, and Robert answered, “I’ve had several. It’s not good.” At Bible study, Micah noticed that Robert had a lot of biblical knowledge, which he came to find out was because he had grown up in a religious family. He lived a “Christian” life and as a virgin married a virgin. He has a daughter the same age as Micah’s daughter. However, a few years ago Robert’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, and he became angry and turned away from God. In Bible study, they would talk about the importance of confessing sins to one another. Robert was always the one to speak up and disagree. One night, a while later, the study group learned through the Psalms about the unconfessed sin in King David’s life. The next Sunday, Robert went to his home church and confessed to them about his affairs. Micah ended his talk praising God for not only changed lives, but also changing lives.

Field leader in the Dominican Republic, Gail Leroy, shared about the effect of OMS’ human trafficking prevention ministry, HOPE61. Gail spoke about a safe house where 10 young girls are being discipled and finding healing. Five of the girls have gone through baptism classes and have been baptized in the local river. Upon seeing this, the other five girls requested to be baptized as well! The five who had already been baptized have each been paired up with one girl who hasn’t. They are helping each other through the baptism classes, and last Saturday, they all had their first communion altogether.

Gail shared how she has seen them change from bitter and distrusting to sweet and sincere. She said, “We’ve seen them grow in faith. We’ve seen them get along together. We’ve seen them start healing from what they’ve been through.” Gail ended by requesting prayer for a new property because, praise God, they now need more space to help even more young girls.

It was overwhelming to hear the things that God is doing all over the world. As an avid traveler, I am invigorated by these stories of redemption from people of such diverse backgrounds. As I listen to these stories of hardship and victory, I feel my sense of curiosity about the world and its people intensify. I love hearing the missionaries speak; from the lilt of the Scottish accent to the achingly familiar African cadence. I want to know them all, learn about our similarities and differences. Just last week, I met an MK from the Ukraine who likes to sing in Russian and listens to the same bands as me. I know that this burden I feel to know and love others stems from our Creator’s desire to know and love us, his people.

*Names changed for security.

-Laura Jouhnson, Summer 2015 Communications Intern

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Alan Parkinson 2

March 10 2015

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 15) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Alan Parkinson, serving in South Pacific ("the island"). Alan served as a high school chaplain at an international Christian school for three years, but now is involved with evangelism and church planting in this Asian country.

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!

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Alan's ... and make sure you take the time to share yours!

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? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

GIVE: If you would like to donate 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.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear and encore presentation of Jeremy and Melissa Reese, OMS missionaries serving in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast 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 air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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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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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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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: the Experiences of a Dog-eating Man!

August 28 2013

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: the Experiences of a Dog-eating Man!

“It’s spicy duck,” my translator said. So, I took a few pieces of the dark meat in a rich sauce, rolled it in some rice, popped it in my mouth, and enjoyed every mouthful. Two days later, a fellow OMS worker asked, “How’d you like the stir-fried dog?

” My response was considered and careful. “Dog! No, it was duck … wasn’t it?” Well, whether it was lost in translation or not, my daily bread that meal was a little unusual but sufficient to see me through another day. That was my last day at an OMS Bible college in the South Pacific region. 

I spent two weeks teaching, preaching, and visiting OMS-related ministries in November 2012. What an experience! The opportunity to visit a Bible college and interact with eager students and godly lecturers challenged me more than I expected. I prayed, laughed, spoke, listened, and learned more than I taught. I heard about the life these national Christians have to lead in a religious, political, and social environment that is difficult, to say the least. 

So, what did I do and see during this visit to the South Pacific?

•Attended 12 lectures on missions, based on John 3:16 – the world needs to hear the Gospel!

•Witnessed 1 pastors’ training day, relearning that Christians all over the world face similar problems within church life and pastors generally bear the weight for their congregations (we need to pray for them).

•Participated in a college staff retreat, which offered an opportunity for busy and stressed workers to step aside and meet with God, share with each other, pray, talk, and be built up in their faith.

•Preached at two local OMS-related churches – what joy I experienced from these fellow believers, full of God’s love despite their difficulties.

•Visited an evangelism project where vegetable farming has led to witnessing within a farming community that has never heard the Gospel.

Visiting this OMS field to teach and preach gave me an opportunity to draw closer to 

God, to understand more of what OMS missionaries sacrifice, and to be reminded of the vastness of the task in which we are involved. 

I thank God for the opportunity to share, but even more so, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from those with whom I interacted. I can’t wait to return in October 2013.

―Chris Palmer, regional director for South Wales & West England UK    


View all of the opportunities how God may use you to be a missionary. 
Is God calling you to be a worker, either on the front lines or in a support role?

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A New Day Dawns Upon the South Pacific

July 1 2013

A New Day Dawns Upon the South Pacific

Wednesday on an island in the South Pacific 

How do you reach 150 million people dominated by a religion that often opposes the Gospel and seeks to intimidate the followers of Jesus? Let’s start with prayer, and lots of it! Prayer is all about what God can do, and there are no limits with Him.

In his book, Touch the World through Prayer, Wesley Duewel says that “God has ordained to work through the prayers of his people. Prayer releases God’s power. He is waiting for your intercession and mine.” Why then do we hesitate and sometimes even avoid time to seek God’s face? It has often been said, the Devil trembles when he sees, God’s weakest child on his knees. So, let us pray! 

Many people here have learned to pray. I spent some time with Budi, early this morning. He teaches at the Bible seminary OMS started here many years ago. His wife recently finished chemo treatments following her surgery for breast cancer. It has been a rough road for them to travel. Nevertheless, the fire in his heart burns brightly for his fellow countrymen still without the Savior. He has successfully given leadership to a growing movement of 16 house churches that are connected to a mother church he is pastoring. By training ordinary believers to lead these groups, the light of Christ is penetrating the darkness. His own life and prayers bear witness to the fact that faith is the victory! 

Pastor Adi is another national co-worker with vision and tireless determination to share the Good News. This dynamic servant of Jesus is small in stature but speaks with a booming voice. He is helping empower regular men and women to plant and shepherd satellite churches that are touching and transforming lives. Since January, 54 persons have met the Savior through his commitment to train and equip others. So far he has supervised the starting of 4 satellite churches. One meets in a room on a university campus dominated by another religion! He has two other new areas where groups are meeting and will soon become satellite churches. One is situated in a military compound. . . . Onward Christian soldiers! 

Thursday, in Singapore travelling on to India 

As you can see, my time spent with key church leaders in the South Pacific is bearing fruit. My co-worker Dean and I are thrilled to see God beginning to move among our OMS related churches in fresh ways as they learn to reach lost people through the multiplication of new churches. Our 3+ days of training and warm fellowship was time well invested in God’s kingdom. After 48 hours of travel to get there, my body is weary, but my heart is rejoicing in God’s goodness. 

Now I move on to India, anticipating the challenges and blessings that await me there. Will you join me in prayer before the throne of grace? I am depending on your intercession to uphold, strengthen and anoint my ministry with Jesus. Thank you! 

Sharing Christ, the Hope of the world, Roger

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

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