A Week in the Life of a Missionary

August 17 2016

If you’ve ever wondered what a typical week of ministry looks like for our missionaries, here’s a quick glimpse from OMS Ecuador missionary, Jennifer Riggs.

Q: How many times a week do you visit people?
A: Each week, I spend two to four days visiting people.

Q: How do you know who to talk to?
A: During the short-term medical team trip we had in May, we asked patients if they would like a visit from us. We are also following-up with friends the Loja Challengers made the year.

Q: What’s a sample conversation sound like?
A: Me: Hi, anyone home?
Person: Yes, come on in. Have a seat (pointing to planks of wood propped up to form a bench.)
I ask about their health.
Me: I am sorry to hear that your knees are still bothering you. It comes from all of the hard work you have done.
Person: Yes, right now we are harvesting peanuts.
We talk about the harvest for a bit.
Me: The other reason why I wanted to visit you is to see if you are interested in learning more about what the Bible says about God.
Person: Yeah, that's fine.
Me: Wonderful. I would like to share a Bible story with you.
I share a story from the Bible like the prodigal son. We talk about the meaning and application.
Me: Prayer is talking to God about things. Is there something I can pray for you?
Person: Yes, my family, finances, and health. It isn't going to take very long is it?
Me: No. It doesn't have to take long.
I pray for them.
Me: Can I visit you again sometime, and I can share another story from the Bible?
Person: If I am home.
Person hands me a bag of oranges recently picked from their tree.

Q: What happens next?
A: We go back and visit those who invited us back. We share with them different lessons focused on salvation. Each time planting seeds of the Gospel. We ask them if they would like to accept Christ. If they do, we start discipleship.

Q: Are you partnering with a church?
A: Yes. We have been taking members from the church in Catamayo with us so that they can be a part of reaching out to their people. We also are partnering with an association of evangelical churches who have started a program called "Saturate Ecuador."

Q: What is Saturate Ecuador?
A: It is a church multiplication plan to saturate all of Ecuador with the Gospel. The idea is present the Gospel to as many as will hear. After each Bible story we challenge the people to find someone else with whom to share. Then as their friends and neighbors get curious, they show up to meet with us and then they go out and share with others. And a brand new house church is formed.

Q: Where do you go?
A: We travel anywhere between one and two hours away. To get to the town of Amarillos, we drive on a very curvy paved road for a little over an hour. Then, we go up a dirt single lane road for another 20 minutes. Then, some places we hike either up or down the mountain, sometimes up to 10 minutes. I really enjoy seeing God's creation as we travel to these remote places.

Q: Do you go by yourself?
A: No, we have a team of people we work with, including Tom and Susan Stiles and the Williamson family. We take turns. We usually go two-by-two. We also sometimes take some of the members from the church here in Catamayo.

Q: What progress have you seen?
A: We have been able to see God transform two women who were recently baptized. I have seen people who know God start growing more in their walk with him. We have seen several people accept Christ. And many who are excited to learn, who we pray for and are expecting to see them come into God's family.

Q: What do you do on the other days that you aren't out visiting?
A: Besides taking a day off, we have team planning and prayer meetings usually once a week. We also meet once a week with all of the OMS missionaries in the Loja area for a prayer meeting. On Saturdays, we go out and lead kids club, called Bread and Fish.

Q:What do you do on your day off?
A: I might paint, draw, work on puzzles, bake, or care for my potted plants. I have also gone into Loja to catch up and enjoy being with my friends that I miss. Since Catamayo is hot year-round, we sometimes go to the swimming pool and go down the water slides.

Q: What is your favorite part of ministry?
A: I enjoy seeing the church realize that they have something to share with the people. I love sharing Bible stories with people who have never heard them before. I also enjoy spending time with our team.

Tags: ecuador, missionary life, day in the life, evangelism, bible stories,

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

Tags: ukraine, brazil, dominican republic, south pacific, evangelism, missions, missionary stories,

One Mission Society "After the Show" - Gaudin Charles

June 26 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 28) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the seventh in a series of "road show" episodes, highlighting Haitian Gaudin Charles, who served for 50 years with Radio 4VEH in Haiti, including as the director for many years. Gaudin continues to record programs for the station from his home in Miami on a weekly basis.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Gaudin'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: Praise God for Gauidin's life and faithfulness. Pray for his two sons who have sickle cell disease.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for archived radio podcasts, 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. You can also purchase Let the Rocks Cry Out, mentioned in the podcast, here.

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 an encore presentation of Roger Kruse, a church multiplication facilitator in India and the South Pacific. 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.

Tags: radio ministry, radio stories, missionary testimonies, haiti, haitan radio,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Margaret Bonnette

June 10 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 14) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the sixth in a series of "road show" episodes, highlighting OMS retiree Margaret Bonnette, who served for 23 years in Haiti as a nurse. Margaret, a wonderful woman-full of passion, fun, and love for Jesus, shares stories of how God miraculously transformed her life when she accepted him and how she LOVES to celebrate her birthday each year. She also shared several many stories-both fun and serious about life in Haiti. (NOTE: Margaret was able to celebrate 91 birthdays. We taped this interview in November, and Margaret went to heaven on June 2.)

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Margaret'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 Sydney (and family), Margaret's daughter, as she mourns the loss of her mama.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

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

You can also purchase OMS books, like Yippee in My Soul, mentioned in this broadcast written by Margaret, 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 from Haitian Gaudin Charles, who led the Radio 4VEH ministry for many years. 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.

Tags: radio, stories, haiti, nursing, ministry,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Harold and Ruth Greenlee

June 4 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 7) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the fifth in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retirees Harold and Ruth Greenlee. Dr. Greenlee was a New Testament Greek professor, and Ruth was a nurse. The Greenlees traveled around the world, with extensive time spent in Colombia, to teach at our seminaries and help however needed during summer breaks and sabbaticals. (NOTE: Dr. Greenlee went home to be with the Lord this last month. We're so glad to have gotten this interview with him before he went to heaven.)

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Greenlees... 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 Ruth, in her mid- 90s, as she suffers with a lot of pain and now the loss of Harold.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

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

You can also purchase OMS books, like No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets by Ed Erny, 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 from Haitian Gaudin Charles, who led the Radio 4VEH ministry for many years . 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.

Tags: one mission stories, everyone has a story, radio ministry, greek new testament, colombia,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Flo Rickards Anderson

May 27 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 31) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the fourth in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retiree Flo Rickards Anderson, who served with OMS for more than 18 years. Flo worked as a secretary with our Men for Missions ministry and was known as Miss MFM ... a fountain of knowledge. She was changed forever by participating on international crusades in Colombia and Ecuador and then later to Asia.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Flo'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 Flo in retirement as she gives to and prays for OMS and works on her church's mission committee...hoping to get them plugged into OMS ministries. Pray, too, for Flo's health concerns.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

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

You can also purchase OMS books, like No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets by Ed Erny, mentioned in the broadcast, 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 from retired OMS missionaries Harold and Ruth Greenlee (since this interview, Dr. Greenlee has gone to heaven). 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.

Tags: missionary stories, mission stories, radio, retired missionary,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Cynthia Carr

May 20 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 24) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the third in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retiree Cynthia Carr, who served for more than 35 years in Ecuador. Cynthia committed to be a missionary at an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Urbana Mission Convention. Then, OMS missionaries Jim and Lois Ogan mentored her and helped get her to OMS and the Ecuador field, where she faithfully served as a teacher for more than 35 years.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Cynthia'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 all Cynthia's former students like Grace, Kathy, Yvonne, and David, being used by God...and that we would each have the urgency to share Christ with each person we come into contact with.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

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

You can also purchase OMS books, like Nobie: A Woman's Adventure for God on the Rivers of Colombia by Nobie Pope Sivley, mentioned in our Off the Shelf portion of the broadcast last night, 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 from retired OMS missionary Flo Rickards Anderson. 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.

Tags: missionary stories, radio, everyone has a story, missionary testimonies,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Gene and Ruth Madeira

May 15 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the second in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retirees Gene and Ruth Madeira, who served in Colombia in the strategic early years and then later in the home office.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Madeira'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 the Maderias to be faithful to the end ... in service and in gratitude.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for archived radio podcasts, 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 from retired OMS missionary Cynthia Carr. 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.

Tags: missions, missionary stories, colombia,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Dick and Faith Weber

May 8 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 10) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring the first in a series of "road show" episodes, featuring OMS retirees Dick and Faith Weber, who served with OMS for more than 25 years and have been married for 62 years! The Webers have served in or visited 27 of our OMS fields, including Haiti, India, Colombia, and Brazil.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Webers... 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 results from the seeds planted by the Webers and please pray for all the OMS ministries.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

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

You can also purchase OMS books, including Streams in the Desert devotional mentioned in this episode, 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 from retired OMS missionaries Gene and Ruth Madeira. 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.

Tags: mission stories, retirees, nursing, streams in the desert,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" - Podcast Extras Special #2

May 4 2015

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, May 3) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring never before aired specials of President Bob and Esther Fetherlin, Roger and May Lou Skinner, Tim and Shirley Roehl, and Paula Leasure. These episodes are full of wonderful stories.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy our these podcast extras ... 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 the Fetherlins, Skinners, Roehls, and Paula. And pray for our radio program in general.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

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

You can also purchase OMS books, including the book mentioned in this broadcast: One Faith Multiplied, 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 from retired OMS missionaries Dick and Faith Weber. 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.

Tags: missionary stories, radio, podcast extras