February 27 2014
One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Teddy and Emily Ray
We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 2) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Teddy and Emily Ray, serving in Spain. The program shares how the Rays are living a radical life based on the book of Leviticus. They talk about their journey to getting to Spain, but also share about their call and how God wanted them to do a sabbatical (removing their hand from the plow) and trusting Him, in faith, to provide for their needs for a year while they served in missions.
Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.
The Rays are working with Every Community for Christ doing church multiplication, church planting, and training national leaders. We hope you enjoy their story, entitled: The Radical Adventure of Leaving All.
Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with
OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.
If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.
PRAY: Pray for Rays. Pray for financial security, language learning, peace for their family back home while away, and for their kids to do well while in Spain.
If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.
You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email email@example.com. The book mentioned in this segment was Missionary Maverick by Elmer Kilbourne.
OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.
To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.
If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.
Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Alan Parkinson, serving in the South Pacific. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.
Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.
February 25 2014
Multiplying the Gift
Altagrace is a single mom. She always has been.
In order to raise her daughter Esther, Altagrace’s friend introduced to her to me to see if I could use Altagrace’s help in our home (we served as OMS missionaries in Haiti for several years a few years ago). I gladly hired her and began getting to know our new friend. It didn’t take long to realize that Altagrace has a servant’s heart much like that of Christ.
As the story often goes in Haiti, when one member of the extended family has a job, that person is often expected to help out the rest of the family financially. In addition to her own daughter, Altagrace also took in her nephew Wawens to care for him after her sister died and his father was unable to care for him.
Wawens has been in the Starfish Kid (SFK) program for three years and excels academically. Smiling, Altagrace tells me, “The SFK program has been a huge blessing in my life as I take care of Esther, Wawens, and another niece named Frisline.” If given the chance to meet her sponsor, she would tell them, “Thanks from my heart; I pray God will give you good health and supply your needs so you can continue to bless Wawens and our whole family!”
Photo: Altagrace, center in white, with the Chandler girls
--By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications
If you would like to donate to Starfish Kids, OMS’ child evangelism ministry that uses sponsorship and education to share the Gospel with approximately 7,000 children every day, click here to learn more and to donate.
Also, if you’d like to be matched with a sponsor child, please email Gwen Pinkerton at email@example.com.
February 18 2014
Radio 4VEH Receives NRB Milestone Award
Praise the Lord with us for all He is doing in and through the ministry of Radio 4VEH in Haiti. We are excited to announce that Radio 4VEH, OMS' Christian radio station in Cap Haitien, Haiti, will receive another prestigious award this year.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Association announced that Radio 4VEH, The Evangelistic Voice of Haiti, will be honored with a Milestone Award at the annual NRB convention later this month.
The Milestone Awards are presented annually to ministries with more than 50 years of continuous ministry in Christian broadcasting. This year, Radio 4VEH is celebrating 64 years of serving God and the Haitian people through radio. Radio 4VEH is one of five ministries to receive a Milestone Award at a ceremony on February 25, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
This is the second time that Radio 4VEH has been honored by the NRB. Last year, Radio 4VEH was named NRB International Radio Ministry 2013, for "excelling in radio or audio ministry, exercising integrity and faithfulness to the cause of Christ, while demonstrating unusual effectiveness in impacting the target culture with the Gospel."
OMS missionary and station manager, Rev. Storly Michel (a Haitian), will receive the award on behalf of Radio 4VEH and One Mission Society.
February 18 2014
One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Randy Spacht
We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Feb. 16) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring Randy Spacht, OMS executive director of International Ministries.
It's exciting to share the stories of what God is doing around the world of OMS.
Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program Sunday night.
If you would like to know more about the prison ministry or Biblical Seminary of Colombia, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to give an easy, one-time gift to either of these ministries, you can do so online. Just type in project #300530 (prison)or #300520 (seminary).
Would you like to participate on a short-term mission trip? We have opportunities of all types to many places.
Finally, the book featured on our "Off the Shelf" segment was Margaret Bonnette's, Yippee in My Soul!: The story of a missionary nurse in the remote mountains of Haiti. You can purchase it in our Amazon web store or by calling Barb Sandoz at OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313.
Have fun exploring and please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from Storly and Kate Michel, serving with Radio 4VEH.
If you have any questions, you can email us at email@example.com.
If you missed the program, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click on the subscribe link to subscribe to our iTunes podcast, so you're sure not to miss any of the shows!
February 11 2014
My Incredible Life as a Short Termer
Danielle, a recent university graduate from No. Ireland is serving as a teacher in the South Pacific. She reflects on her last five months of service:
"2013 was one of the most eventful years for me so far, I think. This year, I wrote a dissertation, something that still surprises me because I can’t believe I actually sat down and wrote it! I watched my good friend get married. I graduated from University, making me a qualified teacher. I finally learnt the difference between ‘its’ and ‘it’s’. I did something I always swore I would never do and dyed my hair blonde. I visited Italy with my sister, cousin and friend, which, despite having issues like broken suitcases and more than one incident with trains, it was the holiday of a lifetime.
Then, I moved across the world to a country where I don’t speak the language to start my first ever teaching job, and I’ve been here in the South Pacific ever since, trying to figure out life here. This process has been one of the most challenging and most hilarious experiences ... and is still ongoing. I’ve grown to love my class of little boys, managed to keep a hamster alive, accidentally enrolled at Bible college, began a youth group, somehow ended up in the local newspaper, helped organise a Christmas production for the first time, learnt how to ride on the back of a motorbike without holding on, spent my first Christmas away from my family, and most surprisingly, am now able to have a (basic) conversation in a language I didn’t even know existed a year ago.
There have been sad things as well – missing people and events back home, but serving overseas does involve a sacrifice. When I chose to live overseas, I’m not sure I completely understood what that sacrifice would entail, but this time if I choose to stay another year, I have a much better idea of what I’m giving up and what I’m gaining."
Is God calling you to be a missionary, either on the front lines or in a support role? View all of the opportunities how God can use you to be a missionary. Contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
February 6 2014
Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees … God’s Response to Barriers to the Spread of the Gospel
Though missionaries go to a specific country or people to minister, they will share their faith and friendship with anyone who God brings into their lives. One Mission Society’s purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.God has brought our missionaries into contact with people from other countries that have few missionaries, where missionaries are not allowed, or where the people are resistant to the Gospel.
The spread of the Gospel cannot be stopped, and he will find a way for people to hear. That’s how much God loves people! Could immigrants, migrants, and refugees be a way for the Lord to keep the Gospel moving? By bringing people from one country to another, he has created the opportunity to hear the Good News and for seeds to be planted in either culture.
Here are examples from some of our OMS missionaries:
Ecuador: Kathy ministered to Russian neighbors before they moved back to Russia.
South Korea: Susan serves with a ministry to migrant workers from Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and many other Asian countries that come to work in the many factories near Seoul. She also teaches English to refugees and Korean missionaries in training who are planning to serve in Asia and Latin America, and beyond, often to places where Western missionaries are not allowed to go.
Ireland: Mick and Nora are involved in an English Bible study with Christian refugees from Myanmar. They also teach English at a community center for the Karen people, but the class has Polish, Russian, Ethiopian, and Lithuanian students as well.
Spain: David, an Ecuadorian discipled by OMSers, felt called by God to move his family to Spain to minister to Ecuadorians and other Latinos who have immigrated there.
Europe (undisclosed): Nancy reaches out to the Muslim immigrants in Europe.
The Great Commission was given by Jesus before he returned to heaven. People have been actively participating in it, like the OMS missionaries mentioned above. What about you? Is God planting seeds in your heart to go to another culture and share the Good News? Contact us today to begin your next step.