Human Trafficking Prevention Training in Brazil

March 14 2018

My husband, Allann, and I traveled to Brazil to lead HOPE61 workshops in February. Allann is Brazilian, so from the beginning, he had a desire to bring this human trafficking prevention material to his country and his people.

We were invited to lead training workshops in two churches. One was in Allann’s church in the south and the other was in Brasilia, the capital.

The people that attended the first training came because of the relationship we have with them and didn’t initially understand the concept of human trafficking or how that applied to them. Those that came to the second training understood the complexity of human trafficking and wanted to gain better knowledge as to what it was and how to prevent it.

For the first training, basically the whole church showed up, around 35 people, and they were invested in the information and how to make it more impactful in their community.

We had one woman come up to us and tell us she was offered a job in Germany a few years ago, and she was supposed to go work in a factory with her uncles, but they only asked her for a body picture. It didn’t faze her then, but for certain reasons, she wasn’t able to go. She told us that now she realizes that she was most likely going to be trafficked and that now that she knows, she can warn others!

We had another girl come up and tell us that when she went to high school, there was a man who would always follow her and her brother to and from school. They told their parents, but they didn’t take it too seriously. Now, after the training, she realized that human trafficking does happen, that it happens where she lives, and it could’ve happened to her. So she told us she would be more aware and tell others too.

In the second training, we had around 40-45 people come from three churches.

Several people came up to us afterward to show us their projects and were excited to put them into practice. One woman, using her abilities and talents as an artist, created a project to go into schools and use art as a tool to teach kids about human trafficking and how to prevent it.

We handed out surveys in both training sessions. They rated their experience in the training with an 8.25 on a 1-10 scale of helpfulness. All respondents said the training increased their knowledge of human trafficking. Only two people said they weren’t challenged spiritually. And the only thing they wanted to change would be to add more time to the training workshops (keep in mind the trainings were 7 hours and 9 hours each). So, this means they liked the material and wanted the training to last longer!

By Stephany M Eddy, HOPE61 Trainer, Spain

Tags: hope61, human trafficking prevention, training, spain, brazil,

What a Blessing

August 18 2015

“What a blessing Peña de Horeb has been to us. For more than 30 years, our group of churches in the Madrid area has been going to Peña de Horeb. It is the highlight of our year because it is an opportunity for us to see friends and fellow believers that we don’t get to see very often. It is also great because we love it there. The setting is so beautiful, with some fabulous views of the Tagus River. The grounds are so well kept, and the food is delicious. The best part is the team that takes care of us. Lidia and Rosalia are a great blessing to us because they do everything they can to make sure that everything is first class. We are thankful for the ministry that Peña de Horeb has had for our group of churches but also individually because it really is a place where you can relax and unwind and think about God’s wonderful creation. We’re grateful to the folks who had a vision for a camp like Peña de Horeb. We have seen many lives changed there and many believers renew their passion for the Lord.”

Roy Jones

Assoc. of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE)

Tags: camp ministry, spain

Peña de Horeb Changes Lives

August 6 2015

As teenagers, Spaniards Andres and Maria Eugenia came to know the Lord in a personal way at the OMS-founded Peña de Horeb or Rock of Horeb camp in the summer of 1985. Shortly thereafter, they began to sense a call to serve in ministry. In the church where they grew up, they were given the opportunity to learn what their gifts were and were given ministry responsibilities at a young age. Witnessing the lives of missionaries motivated them to think seriously about God’s will for their own lives. In 1990, took the first step to see if God wanted them to work for him on a full-time basis or simply as committed church members. They worked full-time in a church for one year, got married, and then journeyed to Colombia, where they enrolled at the OMS-founded Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellín.

Their time in Colombia was a period of significant growth, not only intellectually, but also spiritually. They worked with a church, started a youth group, organized a children’s Sunday school, helped with evangelistic campaigns, preached, and led worship. It was a new experience for them and an enriching one.

God used their time in Colombia to prepare them for ministry in Spain. Today, Andres serves as the senior pastor of the OMS-related Evangelical Christian Church of Chamartín in Madrid, and Maria Eugenia is involved with the children’s ministry. With God’s help, they have seen the development of a strong, self-supporting, and self-governing church that proclaims the Gospel, impacts society, and that has planted a daughter church, which is doing well.

Andres and Maria Eugenia have not forgotten where they began their faith journey at Rock of Horeb camp. Their ministry also includes helping to plan, organize, and direct a children’s camp most summers at this special place. They count it a privilege to be involved in introducing young kids to Jesus and helping them to grow in their faith. They know first-hand the spiritual impact the camp experience can have, and they are grateful for the vital role that Peña de Horeb has played in their own spiritual journey.

Tags: camp, spain, camp ministry,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Jeremy and Melissa Reese

March 14 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 16) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Jeremy and Melissa Reese, serving in Spain. The interview was done before they left for the field, but today they are there, ministering in youth ministry, teaching English, and helping plant house churches in northeast Spain.

The Reeses talked a lot about their personal call to ministry, missions, and specifically to Spain. It was mainly based on the need there. Out of Spain's 47 million people, less than 1% are evangelical Christians.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Reese'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 Jeremy and Melissa as they continue to adjust to a new culture, new language, new ministry, and as they miss family and friends back home. Also, pray for them as they await the arrival of their first child.

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 for our a special encore presentation of OMS New Zealand missionary Graham Houghton, sharing about his 50 years of ministry in India. 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.Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, church planting, evangelism, give to missions, house churches, life changing story, missions in spain, oms outreach magazine, one mission society, short term missions,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Scott Murphy

June 27 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 29) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary in Spain and international regional director (IRD) for Europe and Central Asia, Scott Murphy. Scott shared about his call to missions, dealing with adolescent depression, growing up an MK (missionary kid) in Brazil, his relationship with Kathy (his wife), and their 31-year journey with OMS in missions.

Scott shared about their church planting ministry in Spain (Spain has less than 1% evangelical Christians), along with his responsibilities as IRD for Europe and Central Asia. He also shared about how God is using the team Across Europe as they build house churches and work a lot with immigrants.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Scott's!

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Scott and Kathy Murphy. Pray for wisdom and discernment for the many ministry decisions he must make. Also, pray for a spiritual breakthrough in Europe, that many would come to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

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.

Off the Shelf segment: to purchase the book mentioned on the show, A Good and Useful Man.

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: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimonies of short-term mission nurses in Ecuador. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, 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 air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: radio, spain, europe, depression, immigrants, missions in spain, missions in europe, church planting, evangelism,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Paul and Dawn Cox

June 13 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (June 15) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Paul and Dawn Cox.

The program features Paul and Dawn's testimonies, their call to missions (Paul from a business career as a headhunter and Dawn as a teen), their joys and challenges of missions life in Spain to their ministry here now at the OMS World HQ. Paul serves as the director of Mobilization. He says he "went from hunting heads to hunting hearts."

The Coxes also have a powerful ministry for families, discipling kids, etc...

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Paul and Dawn's!

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.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Paul and Dawn as they co-lead Reset Conferences for families to learn to better disciple their children and learning priorities for families in ministry. Pray, too, for the Coxes 4 children and the possibility to adopt another child.

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: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from Paul Cox share his missionary calling and journey from being a head hunter, to missionary in Spain to the director of Mobilization at the OMS World HQ. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, 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 air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: missionaries, spain, family, headhunter, mobilization, recruitment,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Teddy and Emily Ray

February 27 2014

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Teddy and Emily Ray

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 2) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Teddy and Emily Ray, serving in Spain. The program shares how the Rays are living a radical life based on the book of Leviticus. They talk about their journey to getting to Spain, but also share about their call and how God wanted them to do a sabbatical (removing their hand from the plow) and trusting Him, in faith, to provide for their needs for a year while they served in missions.

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

The Rays are working with Every Community for Christ doing church multiplication, church planting, and training national leaders. We hope you enjoy their story, entitled: The Radical Adventure of Leaving All.

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

PRAY: Pray for Rays. Pray for financial security, language learning, peace for their family back home while away, and for their kids to do well while in Spain.

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. The book mentioned in this segment was Missionary Maverick by Elmer Kilbourne.

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 missionary Alan Parkinson, serving in the South Pacific. 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 it 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.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, church planting, evangelism, every community for christ, missions, missions in spain, oms outreach magazine, one mission society, one mission stories, trainingworld missions

One Faith Multiplied

January 14 2013

One Faith Multiplied

Note: part one is posted January 7, 2013

After many years of fruitful ministry in Ecuador, Enrique suffered a pre-stroke. He and Esther “retired” and moved in with son David. After his health was restored, he started serving in David’s church. Eventually, a vision for a larger church emerged and in 2006, at the age of 70, Enrique and Esther planted a new church in Naranjito.

Enrique continues to be a learner, and in this new ministry in Naranjito, he has captured from his son David, a church planter in Spain, the vision of establishing a network of house churches that work together to multiply themselves.

During a Sunday service when Bill Miller was in Ecuador preaching at the Rosa de Sarón church in Naranjito, Enrique and Esther’s son David went to the altar and surrendered his life to the call that God had placed upon him. That moment of yielding to the Spirit resulted in the extension of Enrique’s ministry across oceans and into places he would never see.

The impact of Pastor Enrique’s life and ministry on his son David has resulted in an ever-widening circle of leadership training and church planting, a movement that spans the Atlantic to reach Europe and return with renewed vigor into Ecuador. David Guillén leads a church planting network called “Peace and Hope,” based in Spain but stretching into Bulgaria, Portugal, Ecuador and various immigrant communities. The amazing ways that God is using David and his wife Gardenia are a direct result of a father’s example and investment in his son’s life.

We asked David about his father’s influence on his life. He highlighted four aspects of Enrique’s example that continue to be formative for him:

1. A personal commitment and love for God and unwavering obedience to His call

2. A pioneer, someone who sees congregations where no one else can see them

3. His father’s response to suffering and personal injustice.

4. Enrique’s personal life is without reproach; he lives daily into the scriptural command to be holy as the Lord your God is holy (Lev 11:44)

With the prayers, help and encouragement from ECC, God is now using David and Gardenia to multiply the faith of Enrique in these many countries and among these many people groups. 

OMS recently published the book these blogs were taken from entitled, One Faith Multiplied.

If you would like a copy of the book, you may purchase it on Amazon.

 

Tags: church multiplication, church planting, faith multiplied, life change, missions in ecuador, missions in spaintrain and multiply