​Camp Transforms Persistent Student

May 31 2016

Darina was an outgoing engineering student at a technical university in Kyiv, Ukraine, when we met her six years ago.

She was applying for one of our English camps, which we offer every summer. Darina just wanted to improve her English and have fun at the camp—which she did—but she didn’t get involved in any of our follow-up activities, and we thought she wasn’t really interested in God.

When Darina applied for camp again the next year, we turned her down, choosing to invite new people who might be more open to the Gospel. She was upset, and we thought we’d never see her again.

But a couple of years later, God brought Darina back. She joined one of our weekly English clubs, and God began to work on her heart. We saw spiritual progress and a greater openness to God, so we invited Darina to camp again in 2013. That’s when she really understood the Gospel and made a decision to follow Jesus.

Darina remembers sitting at the evening meeting near the end of camp week, listening to a Gospel presentation—and when it came time to pray, she found herself repeating the prayer without realizing it. When she caught herself praying, she didn’t stop; she just knew it was right.

Since that day, Darina has been growing dramatically.

She’ll sit for hours talking about the Bible and her spiritual questions, and she’s gotten involved in two of our weekly life groups (small group Bible studies), providing key organizational leadership. She has a spiritual gift for pastoring and regularly checks in with various group members to provide spiritual support.

Darina is also active in helping newer believers grow spiritually and has discipled at least three other girls who were saved through camp. She’s what we call an active encourager in this ministry, committed to growing herself spiritually, as well as helping others grow.

It’s a goal of our ministry here in Kyiv to see God raise up many more Ukrainian young people like Darina to become followers of Jesus who want to partner with him in making more disciples. We’re pleased with the progress so far, but we know there is much more God wants to do.

Like Darina, many of the people in our life groups have been saved through our two summer English camps. The camps are a great way for pre-Christian Ukrainians to experience the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit over a multi-day period, which allows God to soften their hearts to his Good News.

Team members from North America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia volunteer just to love Ukrainians and to help them practice English with native English speakers, but God also uses them to display and share the love of Jesus.

Most Ukrainians say that at the end of camp their English has dramatically improved, but most also say that they receive much more than English language skills. Some, like Darina, even make decisions to follow God.

If you would like to partner with us in reaching out to Ukrainian young people, pray about joining one of our summer 2017 teams. You also can join our daily or weekly prayer team, or you can help sponsor a Ukrainian to attend the camp. For more information on how to give, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/Ukraine-English-Ministries.

By Randy Marshall, OMS Missionary and Ukraine Field Leader

Tags: camp, english camp, summer, ukraine, volunteer, short-term missions,

Haiti Block Challenge

September 26 2014

“I was nominated by my friend Hannah to take the OMS Haiti Block Challenge. She challenged me to either sponsor a $12 block for a house for the poorest of the poor in Bon Repos, Haiti, or to put my hands and feet where my money is going and actually help build a house with One Mission Society.”

bon repos 1.6

After the January 2010 earthquake, One Mission Society quickly began funding and building homes to help people in our OMS-related churches in southern Haiti. We were blessed to build 54 homes for people who already owned property. Now, we are working on building a community of 35 homes in Bon Repos for the poorest of the poor families. This project includes building 35 houses, a church/school, water wells, and a playground for church families who do not have, and cannot afford, property to build on. This is where we need your help.

h4h bon repost on roof 6-14Perhaps you have heard of the success of the recent ALS ice bucket challenge, which raised more than $60 million. Well, OMS has developed the Haiti Block Challenge to raise awareness, prayer support, and money for new homes being built for earthquake victims in Haiti, and/r to encourage people to participate on a short-term mission trip to Haiti. Help us generate some buzz for a great cause. We challenge YOU to take the OMS Haiti Block Challenge and encourage you to now challenge your friends to participate as well.

Would you be willing to:

  1. Take the challenge by donating $12 (or more) per block to help build a home in Haiti or participate on a short-term trip to build a home with an OMS work team … or both!
  2. Creatively show the number of blocks you are personally sponsoring in your video. You can use bricks, blocks, cardboard boxes, or Legos … however you want to creatively show your donation.
  3. Like us on Facebook and then tag OMS in any Haiti Block Challenge video you create and use #HaitiBlockChallenge. In the coming days, we will be posting some challenges.
  4. Challenge at least 3 friends by name to take the OMS Haiti Block Challenge.

If you want the video script in its entirety (the first paragraph above is a portion of the script), please email: info@onemissionsociety.org and put OMS HBC video script in the subject line.

Click here to donate directly to the challenge and read more details about how the money will be used. You can also send a donation to One Mission Society *PO Box 1648 * Monument, CO 80132-1648 for project #408063-14G910.

For more information on participating on a Homes for Haiti work trip to Haiti, check out these opportunities, or contact Bill Evans at bevans@onemissionsociety.org.

Read an inspiring story of how Hannah, one little girl, raised enough money to build two homes.

Tags: homes for hati, reaching the poor, volunteer, ice bucket, haiti block challenge,