June 29 2012
Missionary Spotlight: Beka Mech
One Mission Society recently sat down with Beka Mech, OMS mobilzer, to hear how she came to do ministry with One Mission Society, her heart for missions and her heart for the Lord. Beka is excited to be a part of the Mobilization team and helping to make an impact on the world through her ministry at One Mission Society. She loves being an advocate for missionaries—aiding them through the application process, hearing the needs of those already on the field and trying to meet those needs through new recruits. Her heart lies with God, and she is making a strong impact at One Mission Society. You can also follow Beka’s journey on her blog.
One Mission Society: Where are you from?
Beka Mech: I’m from Terre Haute, Indiana. I grew up there and I went to college at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where I lived in Bloomington while I raised support.
OMS: How did you hear about One Mission Society?
Beka: I grew up in a church that supported OMS missionaries, so I didn’t necessarily know their core values or anything, but as a child, I knew their name.
OMS: What are your responsibilities in mobilization?
Beka: I help recruit qualified candidates for our fields and homeland. I serve as a regional advocate for Latin America and Africa, so I stay in touch with field directors and international regional directors to know their personnel needs. My job title is mobilizer, which involves recruiting and networking to seek out candidates, responding to people that write or call in and are interested in serving. It also involves conducting interviews with candidates and mentoring and coaching people of all ages through the application process in order to see what their ministry burden might be.
OMS: Why did you come to OMS?
Beka: I wanted to be a missionary on and off while growing up. When I was in college, I started growing in Him after walking away for a bit, but through that, I seriously committed to serving in missions. Then, while going into my senior year of college, I had this greater desire to use my journalism skills. An OMS missionary couple that knew my parents had asked how I was doing, and my parents shared what I wanted to do and they said, “She should contact OMS.” So, I called Susan Loobie, the director of Communications.”
OMS: Why did you move from Communications to Mobilization?
Beka: Honestly, the thing I enjoyed about journalism was that I loved doing different things. Writing was an avenue to focus on something different every day. A big part of it was that I loved advocating for people, hearing people’s stories and advocating for them through writing; to share their story in a way that would help them, and that’s a big part of what I get to do in Mobilization. Since coming to OMS, I think I’ve learned more about myself and how God made me. In Mobilization, I not only interact with my team but also with different people every day by walking alongside, shepherding and advocating for them.
OMS: How did you come to know God?
Beka: I grew up in a Christian family. My parents always taught my brother and me that it’s not just going to church, but investing in a personal relationship with God and living that out. I started growing in my faith at a young age, but by the end of high school I strayed away from God. In college, He pursued me and renewed me in Him. I feel like that solidified what I learned growing up, and that short separation made me feel like “I want to be here to stay.” I’m super thankful and glad that it gave me a deeper understanding of my own personal need for His love and grace in my life.
OMS: What excites you about your current mission?
Beka: In Mobilization, everyone we talk to has to decide if they’re going to step out and trust God in a new way. It’s exciting to be a part of, to see and pray with them because we know if God is leading in that direction, He will be faithful. We also get to stay in touch with them, not always closely, because there are always new candidates. When they come through for their furloughs or if they’re here for Orientation or Cross-Training, then we get to catch up with them and connect. One of the candidates that I’m working with now is going to Mexico for a year. Last year she was our Mobilization intern, so getting to walk through different stages with her, you get to see that fruit.
June 27 2012
Missionary Spotlight: Paul Cox
Recently One Mission Society sat down with Paul Cox, the director of Mobilization, to hear how he was called to One Mission Society, his heart for missions and how he came to follow Christ. Paul is a great asset to the Mobilization Department, One Mission Society and to the missions world. Paul has a heart for God and a willingness and obedience to do what God has called him to do.
One Mission Society: Where are you from?
Paul Cox: I’m from the great state of Texas.
OMS: How did you hear about OMS?
Paul: I was 12 [when] our Methodist church supported Dick and Judy Amos. One night, they came to our church and they served a Japanese meal. We sat on the floor in kimonos, and they showed slides of their work and ministry in Japan. If my heart had been a guitar, I felt like my heart strings were strummed that night by the Lord. I remember thinking, “Wow, it’d be great to do that job some day.”
OMS: What is your ministry here at OMS?
Paul: I’m the director of Mobilization, which is a fancy five-dollar term for recruitment.
OMS: Why did you come to OMS?
Paul: The strength of the call. The Lord clearly called me to join One Mission Society and serve Him overseas, which I initially did in Spain, and I’m here today in this role because I felt the Lord calling in 2009 to put my hat in the ring for this role. I’m now starting my 11th year with OMS.
OMS: How did you come to know the Lord (testimony)?
Paul: I use to say that my testimony was boring, but it’s not true. No one’s testimony, of going [from] a dead person to a person that’s alive in Jesus, from an enemy of the Lord to His precious son or daughter, is boring. I grew up knowing who Jesus was. One day I was sitting in my father’s store reading the Scripture. I read, “Ask, knock, and the door will be opened. Ask, knock, and He will come in.” And that’s what I did: I believed it at age 9 and [my heart] was on fire for Jesus. He is faithful.
OMS: What’s you’re favorite Bible verse?
Paul: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 in the Message states, “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” The more I grow in Jesus the more I come to know Him and love Him. It’s so easy for us to turn on our love like a faucet, but Jesus’ call on our lives is to love without stopping. Colossians 1:9-10, is a verse that we pray over and share with all our candidates. We pray without ceasing that you’ll continue to walk in a manner worthy of your calling and that you will continue to grow in Jesus.
OMS: If you could be any superhero who would you be?
Paul: I think I would be Captain America because he is fully human [and] he does not have any super powers. Yet, he does super hero kinds of things. I think it’d be easy if you had super powers to just make buildings fall down, but I like the fact that he’s brave [and] courageous even though he knows he’s not superhuman. That’s the way I want to live my life.
OMS: What Bible character do you connect with the most?
Paul: Gideon, in my call to missions, his story was a central part. The Lord called him and he was in hiding [but] the Lord comes to him. The Lord challenges Gideon, and Gideon responds saying, “But I’m the least of these, I’m the baby of the family,” yet the Lord kept calling him.
OMS: What excites you about your current role at One Mission Society?
Paul: I have the best job. I get a front row seat to God stirring [in people’s hearts]. They’re obeying and saying, “Here’s what’s going on in my life, here’s what God’s doing and here’s how I’m responding.” We’re seeing how God is raising up people to meet needs [around the world] and it’s neat to watch Him be the great mobilizer.
June 19 2012
UIndy Nursing Students in Ecuador
Hannah and Aubrey were just two nursing students at the University of Indianapolis before they and several other nursing students went on the journey of a lifetime on a One Mission Society medical mission trip to Ecuador. The students left with Acts 1:8 written on their hearts, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The theme of their two-week trip was hospitality. Hannah shared how the barrier of communication (the inability to speak Spanish) was such a blessing because the simple touch of a hand or a smile on a face went a long way. Aubrey also shared how hospitable the people of Ecuador were as they warmly greeted them and how the children always wanted to be held or to be close to them.
Kathy, a coleader with Becca Cartledge (wife of OMS missionary Garth Cartledge), shared James 2:14-17, stating that faith that has no deeds is dead. Some of the work being done in Ecuador was difficult, Becca shared. The parents of a four- or five–year-old boy brought him to their clinic with a webbed hand. They decided to operate, even though there was little sedation medicine available, the boy came through just fine. Later on that evening, the boy, along with his family, came to the worship ceremony with a little plastic bag around his hand. Two of his older brothers shared at the worship service, where the people sang, the Word was preached. Scripture was quoted, and it was shown that the work of OMS is evident in Ecuador.
One hundred thirty-two decisions for Christ on this trip alone. In the last five years since this group started taking these medical mission trips, more than 1,600 decisions have been made for Christ! An observer at the clinic stated this, “I can tell you guys are different because you care.” This mission trip touched so many people by meeting their physical needs. Yet, it also touched the students as one of them wrote in their course evaluation at the end of the semester, “I want to do more evangelism,” God was working in their hearts too. It is here where the true mission comes full circle, when the servant and the one being served learn more about God and life from one another by God’s grace and their obedience to His call.