OMS was birthed in a storefront building in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. In 1901, American missionaries Charles and Lettie (the author of the best-selling devotional, Streams in the Desert) Cowman partnered with a Japanese pastor, Juji Nakada, holding Christian evangelistic meetings for 2,000 consecutive nights. Before long, Japanese churches were organized, and the new association, the Japan Holiness Church (JHC), grew rapidly.
Originally known as the Oriental Missionary Society, today OMS is engaged in ministry in more than 70 countries on six continents. Partnership remain key to the effectiveness of OMS making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
Working with and alongside like-minded Christian groups, organizations, and national churches,OMS seeks to communicate the love of God, establish Christian churches, and train and equip a nation’s people to lead and multiply their churches.