Billion.Global Makes Strategic Connection

April 3 2019

Why Billion.Global? Connections. Cooperation instead of competition. Even collaboration in God’s work resulting in greater impact and effectiveness.

Using social media creatively and strategically, a Billion.Global partner (“A”) is reaching into a country where access to the Gospel is critically low. Many people there are learning about Jesus for the first time and making decisions to follow him. The numbers given opportunity to do this, in the hundreds of thousands, are incredibly encouraging. But how do these people access God’s Word in their heart language, especially with so many of them being oral learners who prefer to hear the Word as opposed to reading it … living in a setting where printed copies of God’s Word are hard to find and dangerous to have?

Another Billion.Global partner (“B”) specializes in digital voice recordings of God’s Word. These are done in multiple languages, using native speakers of those languages. A voice recording of the entire Bible in the predominant language of the people being reached with the Gospel by “A” has been done by “B.”

It is strategic, kingdom-advancing, and eternally impactful to bring “A” and “B” together. Billion.Global has done just that. By downloading a digital Bible, access to God’s Word for seekers and new disciples is discreet and easy.

Connecting the dots … “A” now aware of and working with “B” for an eternal purpose … results in disciples being made and the Good News of Jesus Christ advancing! This is a part of God’s work through Billion.Global.

Editors note: Billion. Global is a passionate vision to give ONE BILLON people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ by the year 2026. It was conceived in the heart of OMS President, Bob Fetherlin.

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Miracles in Colombia

February 28 2019

In 1944, OMS had recently entered Colombia to begin ministry in the midst of WWII and a lot of countrywide violence. OMS leaders Bud Kilbourne and Harry Woods decided a Bible institute was needed to set a firm foundation for the growing ministry. But where would they find a property for a seminary? And where would they find the funds to purchase it?

Well, in only ways that God can work, within hours, they had found a property at a reasonable (albeit seemingly unattainable) price. The seller demanded $20,000 in cash. Unbeknownst to Kilbourne and Woods in Colombia, 10 days earlier the Lord had spoken to then OMS President, Lettie Cowman, instructing her to empty the coffers of her Streams in the Desert account and have the money sent to Colombia. (The OMS bookkeeper thought she had misunderstood Mrs. Cowman as it was such a strange request.)

The next day, Kilbourne and Woods received four checks of $5,000 each or $20,000 total … the exact amount needed to purchase the seminary … and this in 1944 in the midst of war! Only God …

After 75 years of ministry at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia, God still continues to graciously provide in miraculous ways. He uses people like you to change one life at a time. Would you consider giving a gift today to train tomorrow’s leaders for Colombia and beyond? Click below to give to the Biblical Seminary of Colombia.

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​Billion.Global Vision Update

June 22 2018

At the OMS conference in July 2016, President Bob Fetherlin launched the Billion.Global Vision (formerly called the One Billion – One Opportunity Vision), with the goal of giving one billion people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ over a 10-year period.

Now, two years into the 10-year goal, we have 113 partners working together to reach more than 11 ½ million people so far. We have a long way to go but are excited about the momentum we have and look forward to seeing God multiplying Gospel-sharing opportunities.

Why a billion people you might ask? Currently, there are about 7.3 billion people in the world. 2 out of every 3 people or about 4.9 billion people do not consider themselves a Christian. 47 percent of those non-Christians have little or no access to the Gospel, which means 2.3 billion people have not had an opportunity to hear, understand, or believe the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Billion.Global Vision’s coalition coordinator, Dave Oakley, says prayer is the center foundation of the movement. “We want to join alongside one another in order to seek ‘kingdom synergy,’ by creating partnerships and praying for one another to glorify the kingdom of God in the world,” Oakley said.

President Bob Fetherlin is praying for an exponential curve of support within the next couple of months. Billion.Global Vision will have a visible presence at OMS’ biannual missions conference, ILLUMINATE, from June 27-30 in Greenwood, Indiana.

To help make an impact in the Billion.Global Vision effort, you can find more information at www.billion.global. There you or your organization can join the cause or find ways to pray for those who are working to bring the Gospel to one billion people.

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Passion for the Lost

July 18 2017

“I cannot think that God’s heart can be satisfied with the salvation of just a few when his great heart yearns over the millions.” ~Charles Cowman, cofounder of One Mission Society

Charles Cowman wrote these powerful words years ago, but they still ring true in OMS today. Aligning with our Billion.Global Vision, we are not content merely reaching just a few. We know that God's heart yearns to be known and loved by everyone. So, we continue to press forward in our vision to reach at least one billion people with the Gospel by July 2026.

To accomplish this vision, prayer is key. Prayer allows us to grow together and, in turn, grow the body of Christ. Prayer allows us to remain within the parameters of what we believe aligns with God's vision.

How can you be a part of fulfilling the vision?

You can pray. Prayer is powerful, and it is at the center of everything we do.

We are fully aware that we cannot achieve our goals without complete dependence on God, the one who is ultimately in charge of this vision. Pray that we are filled with zeal for the Lord, that we remember that this vision is not about us, and that we give ultimate control and glory to God.

In the fourth century, there was a man named St. Ephrem who lived in Syria, and he wrote this prayer which reaches to our core:

“O Lord and master of my life, take from me the spirit of laziness, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of purity, humility, patience, and love to thy servant. Yea, O Lord and king, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.”

If we are serious about working together to give at least a billion people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ, we must share this prayer. We must pray for purity, humility, patience, and love; we must pray that we don’t make ourselves the center of what God is doing. May we not only pray this, but also experience God’s enablement to live it!

With a vision this size, we must rely on the only one who can make it a reality. And, by the grace of God, we will continue until one billion people have heard the Good News of the Gospel.

By Bob Fetherlin, One Mission Society President

Tags: prayer, billion.global vision, vision, outreach, passion for lost,

Working Together Toward the Billion Vision

July 7 2017

There are 7 billion people in the world, yet only 2.4 billion people know Christ.

How will we give at least one billion people the opportunity to hear and believe the Good News that Christ promises by 2026? What we know for sure is that we will not and cannot accomplish it alone. It will take everyone working in unity to complete this God-sized vision.

Writer Jennifer Schuldt shares in Our Daily Bread the story of Nicholas Taylor, a man who was boarding a train in Perth, Australia, when his leg became wedged in the gap between the platform and the commuter car. Safety officials tried frantically to free him to no avail. Thinking quickly, they gathered about 50 passengers who lined up along the side of that car. On the count of three, they pushed against the train. Pushing in the same direction together, they shifted the weight of that massive train car just enough to free Taylor’s leg.

I tell this story to show how vital it is that we don't strive for this vision alone. In Ephesians 4:3, we are challenged “to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” It’s amazing what God’s people can do for his glory when they work together as one body, for one purpose, to spread the Gospel to one billion people. It's amazing how much more can be done together than alone.

With that, we pray for growth. The Billion.Global vision may have originated with OMS, but we are fully aware that this God-sized vision will not be accomplished without coming alongside partners like you. We want to see all believers from around the world engaged in this vision. With God's provision and empowerment, we truly believe that we can reach a billion people with the love of God.

Gratefully,

Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society

Would you like to know more about how prayer fits into the Billion.Global Vision? Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg2raKNPF8k

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​No Small Thing

July 6 2017

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. . . Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” ~Heb. 10: 22a, 23.

As the first year of our 10-year vision is coming to an end, we praise God for his faithfulness. A goal to see at least one billion men and women gain the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ is no small vision. It is a vision that requires bold and unwavering faith; it is a vision that requires action.

We live in a society that is content to let things be, to not cause problems, and be tolerant. With the magnitude of distractions that are thrown our way every day, maintaining a firm faith that does not waver is no small challenge. Being an intentional witness can become a challenge for many Christians because of the numerous distractions we find ourselves facing and the rejection we fear we will receive from the few people who do seem to listen. But the answer is not to remain silent, the answer is to pick up our swords and fight for this vision.

One billion people will not hear about the Gospel if we settle for being content.

In spite of the difficult and testing circumstances that we know will be encountered, because we have an enemy who doesn't want our vision accomplished, I pray that we continue to be people of unwavering faith. The enemy wants our vision to fail, but we have a God who is far more powerful than any enemy who wants the Billion.Global Vision to succeed. Prayer is powerful, and prayer is key to achieving the vision of reaching at least one billion people by the year 2026.

Will you join us in prayer for this visions' success and growth?

By Bob Fetherlin, President of One Mission Society

Go to Billion.Global to become a part of the movement or to sign up to receive monthly prayer updates.

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Illumination

July 8 2016

A Reflection on One Mission Society’s 2016 International Conference

To the unfocused eye, the lights above the auditorium were just flashes of bright yellow against a backdrop of black. But after a few moments, if you let your vision adjust, those lights transformed. Hundreds of single bulbs hung on individual cords, dangling above the heads of the conference members, almost as if they were stars.

Attendees sat in their seats or stood, necks craned and cameras out, as rows of people marching with flags descended down the aisles of the auditorium. More than 30 flags, carried by residents of that country, rippled onto the stage. All the while, a song boomed throughout the auditorium:

“God is on the move, on the move, hallelujah….”

The flag presentation was the opening ceremony to One Mission Society’s (OMS) biennial international conference, Illuminate. Reflected by the conference’s title, this weekend brought hundreds of missionaries, families, and guests from around the world to gather in community and dive into the concept of being a light for Christ in a dark world.

More than 500 people arrived for Illuminate, held on Indiana Wesleyan University’s campus. Each day was packed with programs that centered on that central theme of being a light and illuminating the darkness. Attendees had the opportunity to pray in community for different nations and people groups, participate in break-out sessions, worship with the Hunter Smith Band, listen to four keynote speakers, and enjoy a variety of extra activities.

One of the highlights of the conference was the Illuminate Experience Room, an interactive area where attendees could mingle and do hands-on activities that pulled together the theme of being a light for Christ. Some stood in line to take pictures at the photo booth. Others explored the Illuminate Experience maze, which took people through an almost pitch-black course, lit intermittently by small, orange lights.

Across the weekend, Illuminate also highlighted two OMS ministries that people could donate toward: Bibles for Cuba, a ministry that worked to deliver more Bibles to the Cuban believers, and Bridge to Reading, an international literacy program that tutors students and also brings the Gospel message. Each day, OMS took donations to help fund these programs, and there was even a 5K run for Bridge to Reading that raised awareness and support for the ministry.

Illuminate was also the official launch of OMS’ One Billion-One Opportunity Vision. President Bob Fetherlin presented more about this vision in the opening and closing of the conference. Parallel to OMS’ desire to be a light in a dark world and to reach more people for Christ, Bob shared the vision of giving one billion people one opportunity to hear, understand, and accept the Gospel message over a 10-year period. This calling is disproportionate to OMS, Bob added, but not disproportionate to who God is.

Therefore, part of the plan to step up to the challenge of the One Billion-One Opportunity Vision is to come before God in deep prayer, create partnerships with other organizations, and not only send out OMS missionaries but also people from OMS mission fields themselves. Ultimately, this vision is not a springboard for OMS as an organization, but a step in obedience to follow God’s will in bringing people of all nations to him.

It was only fitting to conclude the weekend, a weekend dedicated to illuminating the darkness, with a commissioning of new OMS missionaries. Under the dangling, star-like auditorium lights, people gathered in clusters around each missionary individual or family. They bowed their heads and reached out to lay hands on those who were being sent out. The new missionaries, covered in the hands of the OMS family, were the first to be commissioned under the new One Billion-One Opportunity Vision, but they are certainly not the last.

With the launch of the One Billion-One Opportunity Vision and the commissioning of the new missionaries, the Illuminate attendees dispersed back across the world on Sunday. The opening ceremony flags were rolled up and stored on a truck. As a final note, a torrent of rain and thunder barreled down once staff and volunteers threw the last of the supplies onto the loading truck. But the spirit of the weekend, the excitement of the new vision, and the mission to be lights in a dark world couldn’t be snuffed out.

To see more highlights of Illuminate, visit http://www.onemissionsociety.org

By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern

Tags: illuminate, conference, one billion, vision, missionary, darkness, light, world, shine,

Vision FAQs

November 13 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

ONE BILLION - ONE OPPORTUNITY VISION

FAQ 1: Does this mean OMS is aiming to see one billion people make decisions for Christ over a 10-year period?

No. While this would be wonderful, it is not the intended objective. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” If one billion people are given the opportunity to understand and respond, the number who actually decide through repentance and saving faith to become followers of Jesus will be sadly much less. Our goal is to give one billion people the opportunity to hear and understand the Good News.

FAQ 2: Is this going to change our OMS mission statement, making evangelism our primary focus instead of discipleship?

No. In the Great Commission, evangelism and discipleship are intimately linked. One does not stand on its own without the other. The intent, therefore, is to keep the OMS mission statement as is. OMS missionaries are called to be involved in both proclaiming the Good News and in making disciples. We are also called to raise up and train others to be involved, which reflects the God-given vision of our founder Charles Cowman and his strategy of equipping the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people. This was exemplified in OMS’ God-sized vision in the early 1900s with the Great Village Campaign in Japan. During this six-year campaign, OMS reached out to every home in Japan with the Word of God, and thousands made decisions for Christ.

FAQ 3: How will the one billion opportunities be counted?

This represents a huge challenge, especially when working with many global partners who value metrics differently. We are seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in our efforts to establish good metrics to track progress toward the one billion. This question must be, and will be, answered with clarity.

FAQ 4: Is this going to be a uniquely OMS effort?

No. OMS is small compared to this big vision. It will take much more in the way of human and financial resources than what OMS has. It will take God’s power at work (Zechariah 4:6). The engagement of many OMS partner churches around the globe will be needed. There will also be a need for other alliances and partnerships.

FAQ 5: When does the 10-year clock start ticking?

Much in the way of strategic preparation is already underway. OMS leaders are asking God to enable a global impact that’s completely disproportionate to who OMS is, all for his glory. The 10-year period in which we’re trusting him to fulfill this vision, and during which we’ll use helpful metrics to measure progress toward the one billion, begins July 1, 2016.

FAQ 6: What are some of the greatest threats to this vision being carried out?

Pride – This must be all about Christ, not about us.

Prayerlessness – Without it, we fail to be what he desires and to accomplish what honors him.

Poor discipleship – An intentional journey of discipleship within a Christ-centered community of faith is an absolute, biblical necessity to which OMS is deeply committed.

FAQ 7: How would OMS leaders respond to the criticism, “Given the size of OMS and its resources, and all the opposition that will come, this vision is completely unreasonable”?

In light of who God is, the promises he has made to those who love and obey him, and the mission he has given to his church, we are prepared to face criticism and opposition. Spiritual warfare will be involved as we call people from darkness to the light of Christ. We know he is, and will be, with us. The pursuit of this vision, which we believe he has given, will be a test of our joyful confidence in him.

FAQ 8: What if we fail?

We know we will unless God is intimately and powerfully involved. What’s of greater value: to pursue a vision that’s aligned with our resources and can be carried out in our finite wisdom and strength, or to pursue a God-sized vision that aligns with his heart and can only be carried out if he’s in it? Moving from pessimism to optimism, what if we succeed? Thinking about this leads to passionate expectation!

FAQ 9: Where does intercession fit into all of this?

Because of its vital importance in the work of God, prayer will be the first and primary work in the pursuit of this vision. Prayerlessness will lead to certain failure, to a carnal effort instead of a Spirit-empowered one. That’s why it’s essential that we stop, drop, and pray daily for God’s help in this.

FAQ 10: What is Stop, Drop, and Pray all about?

We’re asking each of you to take some time every day to stop what you are doing, drop into an attitude of prayer … or physically to your knees, if you choose … and pray that God will enable the opportunities to share the Gospel with one billion people in the next 10 years.

FAQ 11: How do I get information from OMS to pray specifically for this vision and the ministry of One Mission Society?

Go to www.onemissionsociety.org/1billion to sign up for a short monthly prayer update . . . with the assurance that extraneous, unsolicited emails will not be sent. Rather, the purpose of the monthly prayer emails is to fuel intercession for this effort.

FAQ 12: What can I do now to help? Pray …

That we would be enthralled with God, not with a vision.

That we would daily put to death all that is of self and the flesh so that Christ can be exalted through us, so that we’re living for him and in him.

That God would give supernatural favor as potential partners are approached about being involved in carrying out this vision.

That God would amazingly provide the needed people and finances to do this.

That this vision would be fulfilled for the honor and glory of Christ! “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

One Mission Society PO Box A Greenwood IN 46142 317.888.3333 www.onemissionsociety.org

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Sacrificial Service

June 29 2015

S* is a bi-vocational worker in the Caribbean. She wanted to attend Train & Multiply training in the capital, so she would leave her nursing job around 10 p.m. and travel through the night to receive training on Saturday. She would then travel through the night back to her city for church on Sunday. There are many new groups in her church, and it is being used for multiple services.

After a time, the ministry grew so much that S* quit her job. She dedicated all of her time to evangelism and discipleship, without receiving a salary. She also volunteered to travel to an outlying remote town to conduct a training center in a local church. The people in this town are farmers, and the 6 to 8 hours of travel one way to the city is much too far.

This devoted servant’s story is echoed in her fellow workers. Many have quit their jobs and depend on the Lord to provide so that they can work full time in ministry. In one city, 23 of the 26 leaders have followed this model.

Tags: evangelism; discipleship; god's provision

He is Faithful and We are Spoiled!

July 8 2013

He is Faithful and We are Spoiled!

Thursday...

Here I am in a small village in the Sunderban Islands south of Calcutta. It is surprising that there is even a hotel here. Nevertheless, Greg’s and my expectations were different than the reality! Our Indian co-worker Patra had proudly assured us that it was a very good hotel and newly built. However, we discovered the outside looked quite dilapidated and the lobby was dark with 3 young men sprawled on the floor sleeping with a small TV blaring. As we climbed the stairs the first floor rooms looked like nowhere I wanted to stay! By the time we reached the 2nd floor, there seemed to be some hope. We opened the room and discovered a single bed 4 foot wide for us both to sleep on. We discussed our options and found out another room across the hall was available as well. At $15 a room per night we took them both! They just dropped off a top sheet for my bed. It is quite damp with holes and stains a plenty. Best of all, however, there is an air conditioning unit. Now if only the electricity keeps going! This will be home for three days. God’s provision reminds us that He is faithful and we are spoiled!     Roger

 

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