What a Blessing

August 18 2015

“What a blessing Peña de Horeb has been to us. For more than 30 years, our group of churches in the Madrid area has been going to Peña de Horeb. It is the highlight of our year because it is an opportunity for us to see friends and fellow believers that we don’t get to see very often. It is also great because we love it there. The setting is so beautiful, with some fabulous views of the Tagus River. The grounds are so well kept, and the food is delicious. The best part is the team that takes care of us. Lidia and Rosalia are a great blessing to us because they do everything they can to make sure that everything is first class. We are thankful for the ministry that Peña de Horeb has had for our group of churches but also individually because it really is a place where you can relax and unwind and think about God’s wonderful creation. We’re grateful to the folks who had a vision for a camp like Peña de Horeb. We have seen many lives changed there and many believers renew their passion for the Lord.”

Roy Jones

Assoc. of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE)

Tags: camp ministry, spain

Father-Daughter Connection in Haiti

August 10 2015

The relationship between a father and daughter is often precious, fascinating, amiable, and puzzling at times. I have fond memories of my own dad taking me to his workplace, planning irreplaceable family vacations, and playing numerous games of checkers. I also look warmheartedly upon my three daughters as they interact with my husband, known affectionately to them as Daddie-o. The girls, even as teenagers, call out an enthusiastic, “Dad’s home!” when they see him pull into our driveway at the end of a workday.

It’s additionally intriguing to see young girls mimicking their dear ol’ dad. They may slip on his work boots, “help” him hammer a nail, or shoot basketballs. The Word says in Ephesians 5:1 to “be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Our heavenly Father is the king, so that makes his daughters princesses. I can just imagine the twinkle in his eye when his young ladies choose to follow him in service and obedience.

I met a sweet mademoiselle named Guilanda when her papa, Mano (short for Emmanuel), brought her to work with him at the OMS campus in Haiti. She was just a petite toddler at the time, and Mano smiled widely as we fussed over his precious gift. Now Guilanda happily attends a Starfish Kids school. According to her dad, “The SFK program has transformed our lives because we can afford Guilanda’s uniforms since we have help with tuition and books.”

Guilanda enjoys math, has so many favorite Bible stories she cannot decide which one is the most beloved, and aspires to be a doctor when she grows up. Mano says he and Guilanda “have hope for the future because she is getting a good education, and God is creating work for me.” This dedicated daddy sees how the Lord is protecting their health too. Mano and Guilanda are confident that their Father in heaven is working in their lives.

According to Mano, if he could meet Guilanda’s sponsor, he would say thank you and “I pray Jesus would continue to bless you.” That’s a common theme as I meet the parents of precious Starfish Kids children. The parents usually realize that sponsors give with a heart of generosity because of God’s goodness. Appreciation overflows from not only Mano and Guilanda but from numerous Haitian fathers, mothers, and children associated with Starfish Kids.

If you are a sponsor of a Starfish Kid, thank you! If you'd like to begin to sponsor a child, call us at OMS today: 317.888.3333.

By Angela Chandler, Communications Department, One Mission Society

Tags: father daughter relationship, haiti, starfish kids, sponsor a child,

Peña de Horeb Changes Lives

August 6 2015

As teenagers, Spaniards Andres and Maria Eugenia came to know the Lord in a personal way at the OMS-founded Peña de Horeb or Rock of Horeb camp in the summer of 1985. Shortly thereafter, they began to sense a call to serve in ministry. In the church where they grew up, they were given the opportunity to learn what their gifts were and were given ministry responsibilities at a young age. Witnessing the lives of missionaries motivated them to think seriously about God’s will for their own lives. In 1990, took the first step to see if God wanted them to work for him on a full-time basis or simply as committed church members. They worked full-time in a church for one year, got married, and then journeyed to Colombia, where they enrolled at the OMS-founded Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellín.

Their time in Colombia was a period of significant growth, not only intellectually, but also spiritually. They worked with a church, started a youth group, organized a children’s Sunday school, helped with evangelistic campaigns, preached, and led worship. It was a new experience for them and an enriching one.

God used their time in Colombia to prepare them for ministry in Spain. Today, Andres serves as the senior pastor of the OMS-related Evangelical Christian Church of Chamartín in Madrid, and Maria Eugenia is involved with the children’s ministry. With God’s help, they have seen the development of a strong, self-supporting, and self-governing church that proclaims the Gospel, impacts society, and that has planted a daughter church, which is doing well.

Andres and Maria Eugenia have not forgotten where they began their faith journey at Rock of Horeb camp. Their ministry also includes helping to plan, organize, and direct a children’s camp most summers at this special place. They count it a privilege to be involved in introducing young kids to Jesus and helping them to grow in their faith. They know first-hand the spiritual impact the camp experience can have, and they are grateful for the vital role that Peña de Horeb has played in their own spiritual journey.

Tags: camp, spain, camp ministry,