March 6 2013
Catching the Missions Vision
“I just need to catch the vision.” said J.
That morning, I’d had coffee with A. He and his wife J. are interested in serving with OMS in the South Pacific. A. is a worship pastor, and J. is considering HOPE61. Her husband’s heart has been captured after several trips to the South Pacific, but J. has only made the trip once. They had me over for supper that evening to discuss HOPE61’s mission in greater detail. After watching the HOPE61 video, we each shared our stories of God’s calling. J. is a sweet, godly woman, willing to go to the South Pacific again and be given the same burden that her husband feels. I asked her to pray that, on this trip, God will reveal how He could use HOPE61 there.
I’ve been in Australia just three weeks, but God began His work through HOPE61 long before my arrival. He spoke to A. and J., and I believe He’s speaking to more people who I have yet to meet. HOPE61 in Australia starts with Australians like A. and J. whose hearts are open to God’s call that they would, “Learn to do justice...” (Isaiah 1:17).
God can do more than we could ever ask or imagine, and I trust Him to do that in my four months “Down Under.” He can raise up an OMS Australia prayer warrior with a special burden for HOPE61. He can raise up several new OMS missionaries called to serve with HOPE61. He can increase hope and justice here.
Whether you’re Australian or French, American or Mexican, God asks all His people to care for those vulnerable to slavery. Is God calling you to serve with HOPE61 as we work together to prevent human trafficking? Are you called to GO?
―Emily Rinehart, OMS missionary, serving with HOPE61 in Australia for four months, then to Ireland
March 4 2013
Is God Calling You To Be a Missionary?
Luke 10:2 is a well-worn passage of Scripture we live and breathe daily at One Mission Society. Jesus’ instruction to his disciples before launching them out was,
The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
Did you know that in the original language, the word ask means to beg or plead? And the phrase to send out is the same original language Jesus used when he sent out the money changers from the temple in Matthew 21:12 and when he cast out a demon from a man in Luke 11:14. In both cases, the casting out was done against their wills.
So, how is Jesus asking us to pray according to Luke 10:2?
If you look at the original language in the New Testament, Jesus is saying, “Beg me to kick out Christians into the mission field. And if they’re wavering or hesitant, ask me to kick them out even if it means against their will. There’s plenty of work to be done.”
We pray that prayer earnestly each and every day as we mobilize others to take the Gospel to all parts of the world. Keep in mind that we’re not asking OMS or the Mobilization department at our world headquarters to kick out Christians. We’re asking The Lord of the Harvests to do that!
Is God calling you to be a missionary? Is He kicking you into the mission field? Is He calling you to go, give, or pray for the harvest?
Check out OMS’ opportunities to serve, or contact mobilization to request information about how you can get involved.
March 4 2013
Are You Ready to Be Changed?
"I didn’t know what I was getting into …" Olivia said as she remembered her trip to Ecuador almost a year ago. She participated on a Mother-Daughter short-term mission trip with Dynamic Women in Missions, a ministry of OMS.
Eighteen women flew to Ecuador and then traveled by bus to Camp Pallatanga, which is tucked in a beautiful valley at the base of the Andes mountain range in Ecuador. It was in this beautiful location where we hosted “His Princess Bride” retreat for the women of Ecuador.
Those from the United States roomed with an Ecuadorian family, giving challenges to both sides. Although the language barrier did not allow for verbal communication, they were able show appreciation and joy to each other in different ways.
The team of women from the United States went to help facilitate this retreat and help those from Ecuador to feel special. What they did not realize is that their lives were going to be forever changed as well.
One of the team members, Barbara, said that this trip caused a revival in her heart. Before the trip, she had no desire to work on the mission field, but she is now exploring how God can continue to use her, whether just in the summers or full-time.
Are you someone who is ready to join other women on a life-changing trip? Do you want to use your gifts and talents to help people around the world for one week, two weeks or even more?
Join an OMS Dynamic Women or Men for Missions team. Be prepared to have a life-changing experience. God may just be calling you to be a missionary for the rest of your life!
March 4 2013
Off to India!
Greetings from Middlefield! The air is cold and the gray sky punctuates the stark landscape as I gaze out the window. Nevertheless, sap buckets are hanging on the maple trees and daffodils are pushing up out of the cold earth. As it does every year, spring is knocking at the door! I pruned the grape vines and cleaned the asparagus patch in anticipation of new and fruitful growth.
Sometimes God works the same way. He allows us to face restlessness, frustration, confusion and even failure, so that his purposes might be advanced in our lives. He “trims” our vine so that we will seek his face with a single minded focus. When we finally put Jesus at the center of things, we invite his energy (i.e., the Holy Spirit!) to work in new ways.
I need that right now as Glenda and I anticipate our departure for India. I would be foolish to go into a cross-cultural ministry without a dependency upon God and the spiritual equipping that he provides. We are sent to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything that Christ commands us. Nevertheless, our enemy does not sit idly by. He yields his turf, and the ones he holds captive, very reluctantly, and not without a fight. But victory belongs to Jesus. He has already bound the “strong man” (Mark 3:27) and defeated Satan through his death and resurrection. Through your intercession we anticipate kingdom advances “as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor.1:11). Would you please lift us up daily before the throne of grace? Thank you!
Our 3 week journey will take us to Delhi, Bhopal, Bangalore and Chennai. We will invest ourselves in the training of leaders who are planting new churches and helping others to do the same. We call this church multiplication, and it is happening in hundreds of villages and communities throughout India! We will teach, coach, encourage, exhort, visit, and celebrate the works of God.
Blessings in Christ, Roger & Glenda Kruse
Roger & Glenda obeyed the call to GO! Who else will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?