Surprise Conversions Bring Joy

April 12 2019

A beautiful story from Vicki Pasterick from a recent trip she took to Panama, along with her team from Peru, to train the church there about Train & Multiply.

We were in a church outside of David City that was actually a tabernacle. There were no walls - just curtains. They call it Canaan Temple or Camp Canaan. There are many people in this area from the indigenous Ngäbe tribe.

We understood that these people were all believers and we were teaching them how to share the Gospel with those they are close to who are far from God. Part of that is teaching them the 3 circles evangelism tool. This tool takes the Gospel story and presents it in an easy to understand and easy to share format.

When I finished telling the story that we all live in brokenness, but that was never God's intention - that brokenness is the result of our sin... When I told them that God loved us so much He made a way for us to get back to the relationship with Him that He always intended... When I explained that when we are willing to turn from our sin and make Jesus the King of our lives, He will make us a new creation. HE changes us. We don't have to do the changing on our own... something happened that I never saw happen before.

People came forward and said they wanted to follow Jesus. They had never fully understood the simple story of the Gospel. They were in church. They were attending church, but they didn't know Jesus!

One man was asked if he wanted to pray also, and he said no. But as the others prayed, I saw his lips move as he lifted his brokenness to the One who longs to have a relationship with him. When the others were gathering their things to leave, I spoke to him. I told him that I would be praying for him and welcomed him to the family of believers. He smiled a big smile.

Later, one of the men who was there for the training asked if he could have one of our training manuals. He told us that he does mission work in Nicaragua and he was excited to be able to share these tools on his next trip there.

God is opening doors and drawing people to Himself. Oh how He love us! What an honor to watch Him work in lives!!

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Tags: panama missions, train & multiply, peru team, oms, share the gospel

We Need You in Ecuador!

April 24 2018

As we continue on the Manta, Ecuador, construction projects, we are now in the phase of constructing homes for families that completely lost their homes in the earthquake in April 2016. We are currently constructing six homes with the help of Arturo Conde and his building crews. Arturo has been such a blessing to us in this process. He has drawn the plans for the new homes, worked with the government to make sure we have stayed within the regulations, bought supplies, and has overseen the construction. Without Arturo, it would be very difficult for us continue the project in a timely process. We are hoping to finish this phase of six homes within the next two months and then continue with our second phase of home construction.

We are so thankful for the groups that have come down to help, but we are still in need of more groups and funding to complete the three-phase project.

If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Jim Smith at MFM or send him an email at jsmith@onemissionsociety.org. To donate to this project, click here.

Darryl Chambers, Field Director, OMS Ecuador

Tags: manta, ecuador, construction, missions, wort team, compassion,

Veteran OMS Missionaries Lead Relief Project

April 9 2018

We’re so thankful for veteran OMS missionaries Jim and Sue Smith, who have agreed to serve as interim coordinators for the Manta, Ecuador, work relief project. The Smiths, who served in Ecuador for nearly 20 years, will serve in this position until Aaron and Kristin Gouge (currently funding) arrive on the field to assume this ministry position full time. Jim and Sue currently live in the U.S, but they travel to Manta as needed with Men for Missions teams. As on-site coordinators, they work closely with the OMS Ecuador field leader, the in-country Manta project manager, and Manta city officials.

Their responsibilities include arranging team accommodations, team work assignments, airport runs, orientation, meal schedules, transportation, currency exchange, healthcare, and cultural/sightseeing trips. They also oversee team dynamics such as daily devotions and debriefing, observing how God is moving in lives of team members and encouraging them in that journey, promoting a willingness to understand the culture and honoring the national coworkers, and challenging team members with ways they can be further involved in MFM/OMS.

The Christian presence in the Manta area is minimal. A long-range plan is to expand beyond the current earthquake-related reconstruction project to include the following types of teams: work, medical, evangelism, and VBS/youth.

Urgent need: Work teams to Manta for the following 2018 dates:

July 14-21

July 21-28

October 20-27

October 27-November 3

We are also beginning to schedule these types of teams for 2019 and beyond. Please consider Manta, Ecuador, as a place to go on your next life-changing journey. We will be happy to help you throughout the process.

Contact:

Jim Smith

Men for Missions

941 Fry Road, P.O. Box A

Greenwood, IN 46142-6599

Office phone: 317.881.6752

Email: jsmith@onemissionsociety.org

Website: menformissions.org

Tags: veteran missionaries, ecuador, manta, work team, relief work,

HR and Missions

September 19 2017

If you were to take a stroll through the offices of the Human Resources Department of One Mission Society at the World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, on any given day, you'd see lots of people engaged in many activities and conversations which, much of the time, happen entirely behind the scenes but are vital for fulfilling the OMS mission and vision.

Chances are you'd see the vice president for Human Resources and his assistant on a phone conference with the folks who administer employee benefits for OMS missionaries and staff or with those who advise OMS on the ever-changing landscape of complying with government regulations regarding health care and employment. They might be talking with a missionary couple who are just returning for home ministry assignment between terms on the field.

Across the way, you'd likely hear a member of the Mobilization team answering questions from someone inquiring about opportunities to serve or helping someone clarify their sense of God's calling to cross-cultural ministry. If you listen closely, you might hear another Mobi team member helping a missionary candidate complete their application or checking references in preparation for upcoming interviews. Almost every day, you'd likely hear one of the mobilizers praying with someone on the phone.

A few steps down the hall, you might see someone from the Missionary Care team working on a "landing plan" to help a new single missionary headed to the field arrive and settle into their new home and assignment. Another team member might be talking via Skype with first-term missionaries to check in on how their family is doing after the first few months on the field. Or maybe you’d hear them helping a family prepare to say their goodbyes as they transition to a new assignment or return to the U.S. These folks support new missionary kids, seasoned veterans moving toward retirement, and families at all the points in between.

If you look around and don't see anyone from the Learning and Development team, that's not surprising. They might well be downstairs in the training room, facilitating Orientation for newly accepted missionary candidates or CROSS Training, the three-week learning experience that prepares men and women who are ready to head to their assignments with One Mission Society. If they're not downstairs, they could be somewhere else around the building, meeting with OMS leaders to design and implement new training initiatives. They might even be off-site facilitating training or providing coaching for our missionary field teams or U.S. partners.

The Lord has indeed blessed OMS with a corps of godly men and women who serve him in cross-cultural ministry around the world. But every day, the HR team members use the spiritual gifts and abilities God has given them to mobilize, equip, and support OMS missionaries and their families around the world. Like overseas cross-cultural missionaries, these homeland missionaries raise their own financial support in order to follow God's call in their lives. To read more about any of our missionaries, visit Find a Missionary on the OMS website.

Pray for the HR team, including:

HR Admin Team: Tommy Van Abeele, Laura Crosby, Doris Waters, Linda Six

Mobilization Team: Danny Beasley, Andrea Fisher, Margo Concepcion, Heather McPherson, Kelly Coy, KyoungMin Choi, and EunJin Kim

Missionary Care Team: Steve Christener, Kathy Fouts, Deanna Cathcart, Lori Long, Mark and Cindy Freer, Esther Cann, and Mel Reese

Learning and Development Team: Dick Freed, Carolyn Knight, Gail Davis, Sophie Schafer

By Dick Freed, Director of Learning and Development

Tags: human resources, hr team, homeland missionary, home team, mobilization, member care,

​Ministering to the TE Disciples

August 3 2017

What do you need? How can the One Mission Society Theological Education (TE) team best support and assist you in your ministry? These were the key questions I asked the OMS national and missionary leaders from Across Europe early in 2016. Their answers: 1) training in discipleship and 2) opportunities for fellowship with OMS European colleagues.

Armed with that information, we planned a special conference in the fall of 2016. With a starting budget of “two fish and five loaves” and the assurance that God had given the vision, plans were put in motion to invite a team from the Inspire Movement to lead a seminar on discipleship in Manchester, UK in May 2017.

And God provided over and over.

From November through May, those attending took turns calling one another to prayer through weekly emails that went out in English, Spanish, and French. Conference attendees came from Russia, Israel, Spain, Estonia, Ukraine, France, Hungary, Sweden, Ireland, Wales, and the U.S.

From May 8-11, along with the team from the Inspire Movement, we learned, practiced, and experienced discipleship. We discussed how we could contextualize the concepts and practices in our unique ministry contexts, and we fellowshipped, worshiped, and prayed together.

Here are a few of the take aways:

I think that the greatest blessing to me was spending time with fellow coworkers in the region.
I was blessed by being part of a team.
Meeting up with my European colleagues for the first time was just wonderful.
I loved the prayer time on the last night where we prayed as a group for one another's prayer concerns.

During the conference, God helped me to see the answers to some questions about my further ministry to him.
The theme of the seminar was very important for me. I think that the principles of deep communication in threes are applicable in our ministry to pastors of Blagovest Association and to members of the churches.
For me personally, having the affirmation from Inspire to focus on discipleship was very affirming and encouraged me that we're heading in the right direction.
The necessity, practicality, and simplicity of joining together as disciples in the name of Jesus.
I need to be a disciple before I can hope to make any.

Sometimes, the members of the body longing to be equipped for ministry are those who are already serving in leadership. The OMS Theological Education team desires to serve and support both those who are in leadership, as well as those who are in the beginning stages of their ministry leadership journey. Resources are needed to bring or send qualified instructors and practitioners, to purchase transportation tickets, and to provide lodging so that Christian workers come away for a time of refreshment, renewal, and mutual care for one another. Reading the take aways, we give thanks to God for the opportunity to ministry to the expressed needs of these precious men and women serving Christ in Europe.

By Colleen Fitch, OMS Regional Consultant for Europe, Theological Education Department



To give to the Leadership Discipleship and Development ministry fund, click here.

Tags: discipleship, theological education team, leadership training,

It Takes a Team

January 28 2016

In about a week, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the Super Bowl, will be played. A lot of attention will be given to the “celebrity” quarterbacks facing each other, but it’s important to note that whoever wins the Super Bowl will win because 53 athletes, countless coaches, managers, and office staff did their jobs for last year. The quarterback will not win the Super Bowl; a team will.

One Mission Society has a team in Hungary. (To learn more about them, check out the OMS Hungary website at hungary.oms.life to read their bios.) But the team that’s dedicated to transforming lives in Hungary goes far beyond the OMS missionaries who live in country.

Over the last couple weeks, hopefully you’ve read their blog posts as well (if not, scroll down and read the other posts on the OSM website). From Florida to West Virginia to Northern Ireland, you’ve heard from team members who are, in many ways, as critical to achieving the goals in Hungary as we are. There are so many more than you have had the opportunity to hear from. Our extended team members support the vision through prayer, financial giving, and volunteering. To each one, we say, “Thanks!”

You’ve read their stories about our team and about how the Transformational Ministry Center in Budapest will play a big role in helping us to achieve our shared goals. They shared their stories because, like us, they want to give you an opportunity to be a part in reaching our unified goal of Jesus transforming lives in Hungary and growing his church.

As a team, we know that youth and young adult leaders in Hungary need support. We know that training and equipping Hungarians to reach this “open generation” is critical to the revival of churches in Hungary. Equipping them with tools, collaboration, coaching, and support through our Hungarian foundation will achieve the goal that we are convinced God has asked us to play.

Together, we ask you to prayerfully consider how you might support the Transformational Ministry Center project. As a team member you would be counted on to pray for our ministries. As a team member, God may lead you to go and be a part of a ministry. As a team member, God may be leading you now to make a contribution to restoring the building that will help us see Hungary transformed.

God owns this team, and we want him to make the decisions. Is he asking you to join us, to play a role through giving that will help us to win it all? In two weeks, the Super Bowl will be past, and the focus will be toward winning it all next year. In two weeks, our team will continue to work toward the kind of win that changes lives for eternity.

Join us, won’t you?

By Jonathan Long, OMS Field Leader in Hungary

Tags: hungary, ministry center, missions, super bowl, team,

Working Hand in Foot

January 21 2016

Overwhelmed. Overjoyed. Overexcited. All of the emotions that we experienced as our family of 5 stepped off of that airplane in Budapest, Hungary, to share in the indescribable ongoing work that God called us to be a part of last summer. Quickly, we realized that in an unfamiliar culture and place, with perfect strangers, we had one common bond. One like mind. One Mission as we call it.

Perceptions fall away as you realize that God has prepared you for a time just as this. Each of us is given a set of unique talents, gifts, and resources. Just as 1 Corinthians 1:12 talks about a body with many parts, each doing its function, we saw the body of Christ come together in Hungary.

Each person, clearly ordained for specific purpose, fulfilled their role as the weeks rolled on and opportunities arose. Career missionaries, short-term missionaries, volunteers, various denominations, and churches all working together. Everyone combining their resources to minister through the English Camp, Roma Camp, and outreach projects to the Syrian refugees. A true example of the church.

The team in Hungary is continuing the next step of faith by building a literal place of connection through the new Transformational Ministry Center in the 14th district of Budapest. A physical structure for the body to work and grow for the glory of God. To train, disciple, make connections, build relationships, form partnerships with fellow believers, and transform lives for Christ.

God calls each of us to be used by him for him. How would he have you to become a part in sharing in the next step in building his kingdom in Hungary?

By Shannon & Aaron DePue, Short-term Volunteers in Hungary, Summer 2015

Tags: hungary, ministry center, team, summer english camp, roma, family missions,