January 28 2013
ECC and Train & Multiply
In October 2012, leaders from One Mission Society’s Every Community for Christ and Project WorldReach met together to formalize their joint venture and make plans for the future. The two organizations now join hands to train more leaders who will share the Gospel message and begin dynamic communities of believers around the world (“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” -2 Timothy 2:2, NIV).
Dean Davis, international director of Every Community for Christ says, “With this joint venture, we are participating in an eternal plan. With Project WorldReach’s Train & Multiply© (T&M) training materials in the hands of OMS’ missionaries and national coworkers around the world, much can be accomplished for the kingdom.” OMS currently uses T&M effectively in 17 countries, in 24 languages.
Davis says, “As we’ve used the T&M materials, we have seen entire regions become filled with small, multiplying churches of Gospel-sharing, disciple-making believers, thus saturating these regions with the Gospel, reminding us of God’s promise in Isaiah 11:9, ‘The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.’”
Project WorldReach founder and president, Lloyd Niles, says, “I’m in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. I’m excited about this partnership with OMS. I see God putting us together to expand the ability for both organizations to reach the world for Christ, using one of the most simple but powerfully effective tools that was divinely created … the T&M booklets.”
Project WorldReach, a Canadian-based organization, holds the copyright (now shared with OMS) to the practical and field-tested T&M training materials. PWR has an established process to effectively translate, format and publish the 63 pastoral training booklets. To date, the materials have been translated in 37 languages.
One Mission Society focuses on intentional evangelism, planting indigenous churches, training national leaders and joining national workers, churches and other ministries from around the world to reach the nations for Christ. OMS cofounder, Charles Cowman said, “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.” Both organizations know that this joint venture is of God for such a time as this. They anticipate big things to come in the near future, knowing the hand of God is moving.
Dean Davis and Lloyd Niles talk about the joint venture in this video.
For additional information, please email Susan Loobie, OMS director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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January 28 2013
The Gift That Goes On Giving
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. ―2 Corinthians 9:15
When I think of gifts that require a huge sacrifice, I remember a meal in the mountains of Mexico. I was translator for a medical team that was giving free medical clinics to people in a little town and the surrounding villages. I had the dubious honor of holding the bucket for a dentist as he extracted teeth.
At the end of the week, the people of the town wanted to show their appreciation. A goat was brought into the village square, slaughtered and then, cooked by a method totally new to me.
The men dug a pit in the ground and built a fire of mesquite wood. Then, they layered huge green leaves with the goat meat and covered the pit with dirt. By evening, we had a tasty meal of goat meat and tortillas.
The value of the goat was a man’s salary for two weeks. Knowing the people of this town lived in one-room houses, with dirt floors and no electricity or running water, I counted that meal as one of the most sacrificial gifts I had ever received.
When Jesus died for our sins on a cross, He gave the ultimate gift – the sacrifice of His life. He gave up the glory of heaven to live on Earth. Unlike the gift of the goat supper, however, the sacrificial gift of Jesus’ death keeps on giving.
On average, every 26 seconds around the world of One Mission Society, someone new learns about Jesus dying on the cross, accepts it and becomes a child of God.
By: Gail O'Connor
What will you sacrifice to give to the Lord? Are you called to give financially, go in faith or pray fervently?
January 21 2013
Transformed From the Deathly Grip of the Grave
In a dark cemetery in Asia lies the grave of an unnamed man. He was there because the man who murdered him was riddled with demons. Maybe the demons were evil associates of the Gedarene demoniac who made his home in the deathly tombs of another graveyard a long time ago. No matter the time difference, once again the devil had stolen the control of a man’s life. Satan had sabotaged his mind, rendering him confused as to what is and isn’t appropriate behavior in treatment of another human being.
The “prince of this world” had martyred any opportunity for this dead man to respond to God’s love before his life was taken. The “destroyer” had murdered any chance of this convicted criminal father caring for, providing for and protecting Khiru, his young son.
This story doesn’t end with just a buried murder victim, a deranged man in prison and a fatherless son. Jesus once again stepped out of His boat and, confronting the enemy head on, spoke truth, which sent evil scurrying. With His authority, Jesus banished the devil and his works and once more healed a destroyed shell of a man.
Through ECC workers, Jesus once again entered the remote and disturbed village in Asia. The imprisoned murderer was brought to his knees and, with a broken heart, overcome with confession for his diabolical crime, sought forgiveness and restoration. Not only did the murderer acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord but so did his son, Khiru, along with all his family!
God always goes beyond what we can comprehend. He brought two fractured and estranged families together. Just as the Gedarene demoniac was delivered and restored to his family, so Jesus exchanged sadness for joy. The family of the murderer was forgiven by the family of the murdered, and now, together, both families of 10 adults and 5 children worship the same God in the same house church near the graveyard. Khiru, rejoicing in the forgiveness he has given his father, leads the house church. No one can testify more to God’s forgiveness than the demon-riddled father who became a murderer. Now the power to steal, kill and destroy has been exchanged for a life-giving, converted heart, full of the love of God.
by Shirley Carlson
Who will help to fulfill the Great Commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?
January 21 2013
HOPE61 in Thailand
When Bethany Ury interned with HOPE61 the ministry was brand new, and Bethany’s future was unclear. Years later came October 2012 – and an acceptance letter to work with OMS as a HOPE61 trainer. What happened in between was God’s glorious hand at work.
In 2010 Bethany spent four months in Thailand. Later she spent a year in Thailand with a ministry sharing the love of Jesus Christ with Thailand’s "ladyboys," a group vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. In Thailand God gave Bethany a scripture that spoke to her heart.
I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You... To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. - Isaiah 42:6-7
This scripture continues to motivate Bethany as she looks forward to returning to Thailand. Bethany is eager to be a part of expanding OMS’ work in Thailand and to work with a church she previously attended in Bangkok. Currently, Bethany is on staff at the OMS student center of Asbury College and will soon begin fundraising. Bethany also considers her experiences as a HOPE61 intern to be preparation for what God has called her to now. As an intern Bethany helped to write training materials that have been used in various African countries and also gained experience in publicly sharing the HOPE61 vision.
"I’ve known for a while that I was called to be in ministry overseas." she said.
While visiting OMS headquarters this summer Bethany "Saw that HOPE61 had grown since I’d been an intern; the vision expanded,"
If every red light district was shut down today, another would exist tomorrow. The Bible’s truth is that man is sinful, depraved – and Jesus Christ is our only hope. Among so many anti-human trafficking groups, HOPE61 is unique for its mission to use the Gospel as the chief tool for human trafficking prevention.
"Ultimately that’s going to be what changes the face of modern day slavery."
As Bethany prepares to serve in Thailand, she considers justice to be "the love and righteousness of God expressed through our efforts to heal and restore brokenness." And for her, living in freedom "means living to the full expression of who God made us to be...not held back by anything,"
Will you pray that God continues to prepare Bethany to share His freedom in Thailand?
January 14 2013
One Faith Multiplied
Note: part one is posted January 7, 2013
After many years of fruitful ministry in Ecuador, Enrique suffered a pre-stroke. He and Esther “retired” and moved in with son David. After his health was restored, he started serving in David’s church. Eventually, a vision for a larger church emerged and in 2006, at the age of 70, Enrique and Esther planted a new church in Naranjito.
Enrique continues to be a learner, and in this new ministry in Naranjito, he has captured from his son David, a church planter in Spain, the vision of establishing a network of house churches that work together to multiply themselves.
During a Sunday service when Bill Miller was in Ecuador preaching at the Rosa de Sarón church in Naranjito, Enrique and Esther’s son David went to the altar and surrendered his life to the call that God had placed upon him. That moment of yielding to the Spirit resulted in the extension of Enrique’s ministry across oceans and into places he would never see.
The impact of Pastor Enrique’s life and ministry on his son David has resulted in an ever-widening circle of leadership training and church planting, a movement that spans the Atlantic to reach Europe and return with renewed vigor into Ecuador. David Guillén leads a church planting network called “Peace and Hope,” based in Spain but stretching into Bulgaria, Portugal, Ecuador and various immigrant communities. The amazing ways that God is using David and his wife Gardenia are a direct result of a father’s example and investment in his son’s life.
We asked David about his father’s influence on his life. He highlighted four aspects of Enrique’s example that continue to be formative for him:
1. A personal commitment and love for God and unwavering obedience to His call
2. A pioneer, someone who sees congregations where no one else can see them
3. His father’s response to suffering and personal injustice.
4. Enrique’s personal life is without reproach; he lives daily into the scriptural command to be holy as the Lord your God is holy (Lev 11:44)
With the prayers, help and encouragement from ECC, God is now using David and Gardenia to multiply the faith of Enrique in these many countries and among these many people groups.
OMS recently published the book these blogs were taken from entitled, One Faith Multiplied.
If you would like a copy of the book, you may purchase it on Amazon.
January 14 2013
Off the Streets – Finally
Abandoned by her mom at the age of four, Sandra spent the next two years shuffled between different homes. At the young age of six, she moved permanently to the streets.
Life was difficult as years of abuse followed. As a result of the street boys using her, she gave birth to two children on streets.
Sandra lived on the streets with her two children, Samatha (6) and Adan (4). This was until they met José Luis.
José Luis led a rough life as well, ending up in prison. When Sandra and José Luis met, a love connection started. This led to the first wedding held at MEFI. MEFI is a ministry of OMS which works with the local church in Mexico City to help homeless children and young people survive this life.
MEFI worked off and on with Sandra over a 14 year period and worked with José Luis since he left prison. Because of this work, both of them are off of the streets and off of drugs, starting their new married life on the right foot.
This couple has turned from the street and their life of sin to a newly formed marriage, keeping Christ as the center of it. They have also become integral parts of their extended families lives, as they also put their faith in Jesus.
God worked in this couple’s life through MEFI and other avenues even when they were in the gutter without a hope. Would you come alongside MEFI to help see more people leave life on the streets and come to know the Lord. A gift of $25 per month would go a long way to help see this ministry continue for another year.
January 7 2013
From Mud Huts to Church Planters
Silas and Rahab Waweru both grew up in mud huts in the heart of Kenya, not having much as they were growing up. After much hard work, they were able to go to college and earn degrees as teachers. Soon they both had jobs as teachers in Kenya.
Even though Silas and Rahab were discouraged by their families and friends to quit their good jobs as teachers, they both felt God calling them to go to seminary. How could they give up the security of a good paying job and go into a career that provided little security, as least humanly speaking?
This time did not come without struggle, but they realized that God was their only security. He provided for their physical needs at just the needed time and provided the emotional support as well, as three of their four children died.
God eventually provided Silas and Rahab the opportunity to come to the United States so they could attend Asbury Theological Seminary. Silas received a Ph.D. in intercultural studies, while Rahab earned a bachelor of science degree in management and ethics.
This is where they learned about and became a part of One Mission Society. Today they serve OMS in Kenya, supervising the Village Church Planting program there, as well as helping in theological training of indigenous leaders working in various compassionate ministries.
By answering the call to give up their “security,” Silas and Rahab are able to do amazing things for God in their home country of Kenya. They have been given many opportunities to come to the United States and experience a different life. However, their heart and ministry is still in Kenya with the Kenyan people.
As they rely on God for all of their needs, is God asking to you come alongside these church planters and financially help with their work? If so, please give to their ministry, allowing more Kenyans to come to know Jesus.
January 7 2013
One Faith Nurtured
Note: part two is posted January 14, 2013
“Can anything good come out of Salango?” In the 1930s, Salango a fishing village was so insignificant that it didn’t even appear on a map of Ecuador. Life in Salango was very simple; there was no electricity and no running water.
In 1936, a boy born in Salango was likely heralded with joy by his mother, but with no sense of the extraordinary plans God had for this new son of a fisherman, no hint of the impact that would be made when Enrique Guillén responded many years later to the Master’s call: “Follow me, and I will make you a fisher of men!” (Matthew 4:19).
After many years of hardship growing up, including the death of his mother, Enrique moved back to Salango to live with his father, the man who for so many years had refused to recognize him.
OMS missionaries working in the area were invited by Enrique’s father into his house. Fast forward to March of 1961 when the Word of God reached Enrique’s heart through a message preached there in the living room of his father’s house.
Pastor Guillén says, “I was not convinced, I was converted!” He remembers that his life changed completely from the inside out; from that moment, his loyalty belonged 100 percent to the Lord Jesus.
In the same year he married Esther, a radiant young Christian woman. Later, Enrique who was determined to serve the Lord decided to go back to school – he studied in the same classes as his son, David.
David remembers with a grin that each term, Esther, he and Enrique compared grades, which was a great motivator for his son. “It filled me with great pride to have a father who didn’t believe in limitations … and still doesn’t to this day.”
After high school, Enrique’s desire was to study in the seminary. But committee members told him that a poor fisherman from Salango would never find success in the academic world and that he shouldn’t waste the time and resources with his futile dreams.
But OMS missionary mentors elected to sponsor his studies. This generosity and vision on the part of the Mission continues to move Pastor Guillén to deep gratitude, even these many years later.
When Pastor Enrique is asked about the motivation for his sacrificial search for training, he responds: “There is a people that demands our witness and a Lord who impels us forward. We have a debt of love and there is no room for discouragement!”
Difficulties and rejection helped to shape within Enrique a special perspective of discipleship: with great intentionality, he seeks, finds and develops the potential in his disciples.
He says, “I identify greatly with what is said of Peter in Acts 4:13—he was an unschooled, ordinary man, but they took note that he had been with Jesus! The Lord by his grace saw the potential in me and by his grace called me and equipped me for His service. I try to do the same with others.”
Next: The rest of the story…