​Motorcycles: A Special Gift From God

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.

In 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.

Greater 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.

Several 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 work.

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 villages.”

~Rev. James Paul

“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.”

~Pastor R. Subash

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.

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Jesus Brings Healing

October 21 2016

Susheel was trained by Sunil, a fellow Indian church planter. Amazingly, his life in the village early on was characterized by some sort of insanity. As a boy he roamed about the village touching people’s feet with a neem tree twig used as a tooth brush! He failed in school, eventually lost hope and any desire to live. He wanted to hang himself. Upon reading a Christian tract, given by a cousin, God’s truth began to penetrate his heart and mind. This led to a desperate prayer for help from Jesus, which over time, brought him healing from his mental and emotional distress. Later on, his sister in law was delivered from demonization, which also led to a dramatic change in his grandfather who was a witch doctor. When visiting Susheel’s church, I noticed his humble tears of gratitude to the God he now loves and serves. As a Train & Multiply church planter he has a vision to reach 100 villages with the Gospel and is already visiting 60 of them each month! He is training 20 pastoral workers who are helping to bring this goal to reality.

Pray for Susheel and other Indian church planters as they plant new churches and disciple new believers around India.

By OMS missionary Roger Kruse, India field leader

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​An Unlikely Call to Africa

September 21 2016

Kris Kappler was hesitant to spend 20 days in a country in West Africa, especially because he needed a translator to communicate in French.

“God provided a translator,” he said. “And he provided a 20-day experience which was unparalleled.”

Kris and his wife Sarah had served in Central Asia with their family for 11 years as One Mission Society missionaries before they were introduced to a ministry opportunity in Africa during an OMS conference. During the five months that Kris prayed about this option, he felt a growing sense that God was calling him and his family to leave their home in Central Asia and go to Africa. So, he responded to this need and answered the call.

Now, as the international regional director for Africa, Kris and his family live in South Africa. Kris’ ministry is to serve and supervise OMS church-planting ministries and OMS missionaries across the continent, which includes traveling to many different countries. During April and early May, Kris visited several villages and leaders in this West African nation to introduce himself, to observe what work was being done, to see what relationships were being built, and to spread the Gospel message through different programs. Throughout that trip, he saw God working in the hearts of the villagers and leaders.

Most people in West Africa speak French, so in order to help Kris with the language barrier, God provided a translator for him as he traveled. In total, he and his team visited 40 villages. These villages, Kris said, are the focus of their ministry in Africa because they tend to be neglected areas. Throughout these villages, Kris saw the poor and, as he said, “people outside of places you don’t normally go.”

In many villages they visited, there was a chief they first had to meet in order to have access to the people. Many chiefs are Christian, but not all of them. Because so much falls on the chief’s approval, Kris said, it is a critical position in any village and respecting the position is very important. Once a chief gave approval for Kris and his team to be there, they had freedom to preach and speak in a village. In one village, one where a church is present, the chief said during a meeting that he was thankful that the church was in the village and hoped that Kris and his team would continue to do what they were doing. Looking back on that experience, Kris remarked that God is touching that village.

In West Africa, the population of Muslims is high, but God is at work in the people’s hearts in the villages. Kris recounts visits to some villages where Bible studies were held for the children. In many instances, Kris said, the parents were Muslim, yet they still let their children listen to the Christian messages. In one particular village, at least 80 children attended a study.

Overall, Kris and his team held two training seminars, baptized 45 people, and ordained 15 well-qualified pastors during their visits to the 40 villages in Senegal. Kris is thankful for the opportunities he had to learn and meet the people in these villages, as well as see the churches that are being created within these Muslim populations.

Looking forward to the future, Kris wants to continuously develop relationships with the supervisors across Africa, learn French to communicate better with people, and to grow relationships with people where he attends church in South Africa.

“When it comes right down to it, communication is critical,” Kris added.

Kris also prays that God will send more missionaries to Africa. The need goes beyond critical. He wants to see not only foreign missionaries respond to this need but also African missionaries as well. And when more missionaries serve in Africa, he continued, there are also more people supporting these missions both in prayer and finances.

Please pray for Kris and for his team in Africa as they reach out to the people of this great continent, especially the population in the neglected villages. Pray that more churches can be planted, that people of peace can become bridges to some of the village chiefs, and that these relationships in the villages can grow stronger over time.

By Jess Mitchell, Communications Intern

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