March 12 2014
The Safe Place
“They are coming! Someone saw men in the village. You must hide now, Marta, or they will find you!” Her mother’s terror piercing her heart, they quickly pull back the rug covering the boards leading to the hiding hole–her safe place. Marta, just fourteen, slides into the hole and rolls into a ball while her mother replaces the boards and rug. It is cramped and stuffy inside.
The only thing she can hear is the pounding of her heart; she prays to God it won’t be audible to them.
Minutes slowly tick by. Now, screams and sounds of a scuffle nearby can be heard from her safe place. She wonders if today will be the day they find it. She’s managed to allude them during their many visits to her village. Each time, they carry away young girls–her friends–never to be heard from again. Just last week, a neighbor’s young daughter was kidnapped on the way to school. When she didn’t come home, they all knew what had happened.
The echo of pounding footsteps on the pavement outside her house reaches her ears. As the sound passes her home and diminishes, she sheds tears of relief. Marta knows that her mother, out of an abundance of caution, will wait another long while to ensure the men are truly gone before she is permitted to leave her safe place.
They didn’t find her today. But Marta fears her luck is running out; all too soon even her safe place will be safe no more.
The above is a fictionalized accounting of some information in a recent news article. The drug cartels have been visiting poor villages and kidnapping young girls, forcing them into prostitution and selling them to buyers from all over the area. Families have their young daughters ripped out of their arms by these men, with no knowledge of their fate or if they will ever see them again. Some families began to dig holes in their homes in which to hide their daughters, but the cartels soon discovered this…and the hidden girls. Families are fleeing to bigger cities with their daughters, trying their best to protect them from these men. Please join us in prayer for those who have been kidnapped, their families, and those who are most at risk of being kidnapped. Also, please pray with us that God will bring conviction to not only the kidnappers, but also the buyers and the “johns” as well. Finally, please pray for those working to stop this horrific practice, that more girls need not know the fear of wondering if their turn will be today.
If you would like to know more about One Mission Society's ministry of human trafficking prevention, HOPE61, click here. If you'd like to talk with the director, Tom Overton, you can call 317.888.3333, ext. 333, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7 2014
One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Alan Parkinson
We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 9) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionary Alan Parkinson, serving in South Pacific (the island). Alan, from OMS UK, served as a high school chaplain at an international Christian school for three years, but now is involved with evangelism and church planting.
The show also featured executive director of International Ministries, Randy Spacht, giving an exciting update on the overall work of OMS. OMS, serving in more than 70 countries, is involved in evangelistic church planting, church growth and development, training leaders, partnership, and enabling or support ministries (such as MK teachers, administration, etc..) to allow the missionaries to flourish in their roles. GOD IS AT WORK!
Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.
GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? As Alan shared, it was through a short-term mission experience that God called him and his family to full-time service. Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.
GIVE: If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.
PRAY: Pray for Alan and his family as they seek to disciple seminary students. Pray also as he works with local believers to multiply churches (use the training he's received on obedience-based discipleship) and that many new people would come to know Christ.
If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.
BOOKS/RESOURCES: 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.
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.
INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionaries Jeremy and Melissa Reese, church planting in Spain. 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 the podcast 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.
March 6 2014
Missionaries Are Like Coffee…
Missionaries are like coffee … Huh? What are some words associated with coffee? Aromatic. Bold. Robust. Coffee has a personality all its own, a distinct flavor. When it comes to coffee, people have opinions about it. Some love it, some hate it, and some just love the smell of it. Coffee’s character is a lot like those who share the Gospel. Missionaries are like coffee in the following ways:
Aromatic – 2 Corinthians 2:15 tells us: “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…” If we live in a right relationship with Christ and do the things he has commanded us to do, people will know there is something different about us.
Bold – The Bible is full of people who were bold in their faith as evidenced by their words and actions. After Jesus gave the Great Commission, the disciples were bold in their witness. Acts 4:13 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.”
Robust – The word “robust” does not appear in the ESV Bible, but synonyms do, like strong for example. In Ephesians 6:10, the Apostle Paul urges believers to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” The enemy is out there, we know this, and therefore Paul reminds us who gives us our strength, our robust faith.
Are you robust in your faith, bold in your witness? Do you have a desire to see people attracted to Jesus by your life and witness? Are you ready for an adventure in the beautiful coffee country of Ecuador? Then, would you prayerfully consider the Loja Challenge 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for 10 young adults to take the Gospel to 5 unreached communities in Loja, Ecuador, for 1 year.
Don’t speak Spanish? No worries, this journey includes three months of immersion language study.
Could this be the “cup” Jesus is asking you take?
Come. With Jesus. To coffee country … For more info, check out: http://www.onemissionsociety.org/go/loja-challenge-2015-ecuador or contact Brent Morrell at 317.888.3333, ext. 391 or email@example.com.