December 6 2016
Pastor Lasar P. serves in a large district
in South Asia. He is a dynamic church planter and evangelist who has served with
our OMS partner ministry since 1995. Lasar now supervises 30 churches with 960
members, as well as 13 schools with 410 students. However, travel by bicycle or
via local transport to distant places is costly, time-consuming, and limits his
visits to local churches and schools.
Africa, dozens and dozens of our country coordinators and trainers must travel
significant distances to carry out supervision and training. Most coordinators
must walk or use unreliable private or public transportation. This is a major obstacle
to effective ministry as it slows down the ever-growing outreach of the village
church-planting ministry. An investment in motorcycles and bicycles for Village
Church Planting country coordinators and trainers will have a major impact.
mobility will allow these workers to devote 30-40 percent more of their time to
ministry, thus providing both a quantitative and a qualitative impact on church
multiplication and literacy in Africa.
of our Every Community for Christ (ECC) national coordinators and leaders in
India have already received motorcycles for ministry in the past three years.
Here are their testimonies:
“I want to thank the donors who have helped me to get a
motorcycle. It was a real need to do the ministry in the rural villages and in
the urban cities. I was helpless to serve the people in need in the nearby
villages where there is no transport facilities. It took a whole day to reach
an interior village. Now, I am able to move about much easier. I can visit the villages any time within a
short time. I can cover distances up to 200 to 300 kms in a single day, conduct
night meetings in the villages, stay there, then leave to visit the next
village the following morning. It is so very helpful in my ministry. Currently
we are doing the ministry successfully in 132 villages.”
~Dr. Virendra Khutey
“I am so grateful for
the motorcycle I received from OMS in July 2013. This motorcycle is a great
blessing in many ways for the church-planting ministry. For example:
1. It is economical. I save a good
amount of money compared to using the local transportation. The cost is double
what I now spend on the petrol for the motorcycle.
2. It saves time. Now I do not have to
wait in a queue for the buses and local trains, so there are no delays in any
3. It makes me available to people anytime.
If I get a call in the middle of the night, without wasting time, I can
immediately rush to the place (nearby) on motorcycle.
4. It helps me to do my work more effectively
and on time. Traffic jams are a major problem in India when traveling by
bus or car on the roads. But on motorcycle, I can avoid those heavy traffic
jams, thus I am able to do my routine work much faster now.
I strongly recommend providing
motorcycles to other ECC church planters. It will enable them and equip them to
do the work of the Lord more effectively, without wasting time to reach the
“I count my motorcycle as a
special gift from God to my ministry in Madurai, India. I got this motorcycle
in April 2015. I am doing ministry in 16 rural villages where there is no
proper roads and bus services. I used to go by bicycle, which gave me pain in
my knees. Also I was unable to get to the ministry locations on time. But now I am going to the ministry places
without pain in my knees and on time.”
The average cost for a bicycle is $125.00 and a motorcycle is
$2,200.00. Would you be willing to say YES this Christmas to helping purchase a
bicycle or motorcycle for one of our ECC church planting workers around the
world? Give here.
February 26 2015
visas arriving the day before departing for a ministry trip
the same route often enough to have airline and hotel workers recognize you and
willingly help you out
luggage and funds through customs with no problems
a familiar, smiling face in a sea of faces when needing to be picked up from
somehow, to get loads of luggage and 4 people in a small car
meals and laughter with good friends
luxury of purified water
joy of meeting new people in ministry, eager to do their part in carrying out
the Great Commission
language mistakes that the nationals find so humorous they are bent over in
experiences with fellow missionaries where you find yourself saying, “What
happens on this field, stays on this field.”
served a meal in a national’s home with such love and generosity and knowing
that they have sacrificed much in order to serve you
challenged and humbled by the faith and trust of those living a life for Christ
where there are constant daily challenges
guests in your room … the 4-legged kind, like lizards and a frog greeting you from
your toilet – ask David Long about that one!
that “right after class” can mean right after class, or it can mean 2, 3, 4, or
more hours later
trips that are multi-purpose trips, adding hours to the expected travel time –
but the trip becomes a journey – with coffee stops along the way
bathroom, any bathroom, clean or not, seat or no seat
pleasure of being in a Caribbean country in January and February! Enjoying the
pleasant breezes and temperatures, grinning at the nationals who believe they
are going to freeze
understanding why something is happening the way it is – when it seems like it
would make so much more sense for it to be done a different way
goodbyes, heartbreaking goodbyes. Not
knowing when you might see each other again
is always an issue … and realizing how much we take for granted being able to
jump in a car and go somewhere
from the neighborhood – singing, some good, some not so good; the sound of
tools, whether they are real tools or invented tools; pots and pans clanging;
talking, laughter, children calling for their grandmas, dogs barking, roosters
crowing, old vehicles backfiring
the trash dumpster you throw your trash in is gone through by people looking
for food or any kind of treasure
to comprehend the difficulty of living in a country where one has to make
decisions about staying in the country or leaving the country and people they
love if they have the opportunity to do so
awe in being able to see evidences of where Satan meant something for evil, God
used it for the good of His people and furthering his kingdom
last but not least, the privilege of being a part of the OMS family and the
body of Christ and serving him alongside one another
wonder if Paul was thinking about these kinds of things when he said, “I have learned to be contentwhatever the circumstances.I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have
plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength” ―Philippians 4:11b-13.
cannot say that I have learned to be content – I can, however, say I am
learning to be content whatever the circumstances.
like to close with Paul’s final exhortations to the Philippians. I think it is good advice for daily living
the life of a missionary.
in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your
gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be
anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the
peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.
brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. … And
the God of peace will be with you”―Philippians 4:4-9.
By OMS missionary Anita Yoder, serving as anOMS itinerant
missionary in the Caribbean, along with her husband Rich