April 12 2016
the devastating earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, our partners in South Asia
have provided life-saving relief to the Nepali people. We are so grateful to
the generous support of many donors, including hundreds of OMS supporters.
and his team immediately reached out to the people deeply affected in a region
that other organizations didn’t. They provided food supplies for 7,000 hungry
people, they distributed relief kits among 1,400 families who survived the
disaster, but lost everything because of it. And they gave medicine and medical
supplies to many of those who were injured.
Over this past year, the people in the villages
that were helped have expressed their deep gratitude, recognizing that they would
not have survived this difficult situation without the assistance from our
generous donors. As a result, these villagers experienced true Christian love
through this support.
And more good news …
the communities served, 22 villages have accepted Christ as their Savior and
were recently baptized! Our partners there are now selecting leaders and
training them, using the Train & Multiply curriculum for multiplying
disciples and churches.
The positive relationships built have set a firm
foundation for our ongoing ministry in this area. God is at work in Nepal!
April 5 2016
We drove five hours to northeastern Nepal, high into
the mountains, to distribute chicks, goats, and food at locations that Pastor
Daniel had set up the week before. We looked forward to meeting him for the
first time and encouraging him and the people of the area. Pastor Daniel provides
leadership and support for the people of northeast Nepal, just miles from the
Unfortunately, just days before my wife Cindy and I
arrived in Nepal, Pastor Daniel was involved in a bus accident and was injured
and had to have surgery, along with his one-month-old child, who suffered a
broken leg. He and his baby are doing better, but Pastor Daniel’s injuries will
take a long time to heal.
Many times when you have a strong leader who is
taken out of ministry for a while, this brings discouragement to the community.
They are afraid they cannot go on without their leader. Even the other local
pastor began to shut down, believing that the community couldn’t continue without
the main pastor.
Our faithful partners from South Asia called all the
pastors of the area to come together to talk about how to move forward while
Pastor Daniel recovers from his injuries. They received a powerful message about
working together as a team and moving forward with the plans that Pastor Daniel
had already set in place.
We’re thankful that they did just that, and the
ministry is moving forward during Pastor Daniel absence.
Philip and our South Asia ministry partners have identified
13 Nepali villages
that were badly affected by the earthquake and monsoon rains to receive help
and support from OMS. These villages are a 5-6 hour drive from the capital city
Kathmandu. The villagers are mostly marginal farmers, growing crops on the
hillsides, but due to the heavy rains and landslides, they have lost their
crops. Philip and his team will help the 600 families most devastated by the
goal is by the end of fifth year (the 7.8 magnitude
earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015), 80 percent of the beneficiaries will be
self-supporting with the help of the chicks and goats we provide for their livelihood.
We also hope to see less sickness with the health education provided to prevent
diseases. And we want to see fewer landslides due to the tree plantation
Dennis Hardin, president of Mercy, Inc., an OMS ministry partner
Click here to donate to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Project.
November 13 2015
Frequently Asked Questions
ONE BILLION - ONE OPPORTUNITY VISION
Does this mean OMS is aiming to see one billion people make decisions for
Christ over a 10-year period?
this would be wonderful, it is not the intended objective. Jesus said in
Matthew 7:14, “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only
a few find it.” If one billion people are given the opportunity to understand
and respond, the number who actually decide through repentance and saving faith
to become followers of Jesus will be sadly much less. Our goal is to give one
billion people the opportunity to hear and understand the Good News.
FAQ 2: Is this going to change our OMS mission
statement, making evangelism our primary focus instead of discipleship?
No. In the Great Commission, evangelism and discipleship are
intimately linked. One does not stand on its own without the other. The intent,
therefore, is to keep the OMS mission statement as is. OMS missionaries are
called to be involved in both proclaiming the Good News and in making disciples.
We are also called to raise up and train others to be involved, which reflects the
God-given vision of our founder Charles Cowman and his strategy of equipping
the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people. This was
exemplified in OMS’ God-sized vision in the early 1900s with the Great Village
Campaign in Japan. During this six-year campaign, OMS reached out to every home
in Japan with the Word of God, and thousands made decisions for Christ.
3: How will the one billion opportunities be counted?
a huge challenge, especially when working with many global partners who value
metrics differently. We are seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in our efforts to
establish good metrics to track progress toward the one billion. This question
must be, and will be, answered with clarity.
Is this going to be a uniquely OMS effort?
is small compared to this big vision. It will take much more in the way of
human and financial resources than what OMS has. It will take God’s power at
work (Zechariah 4:6). The engagement of many OMS partner churches around the
globe will be needed. There will also be a need for other alliances and
When does the 10-year clock start ticking?
in the way of strategic preparation is already underway. OMS leaders are asking
God to enable a global impact that’s completely disproportionate to who OMS is,
all for his glory. The 10-year period in which we’re trusting him to fulfill
this vision, and during which we’ll use helpful metrics to measure progress
toward the one billion, begins July 1, 2016.
What are some of the greatest threats to this vision being carried
This must be all about Christ, not about us.
– Without it, we fail to be what he desires and to accomplish what honors him.
discipleship – An intentional journey of discipleship within a Christ-centered
community of faith is an absolute, biblical necessity to which OMS is deeply
How would OMS leaders respond to the criticism, “Given the size of OMS
and its resources, and all the opposition that will come, this vision is
light of who God is, the promises he has made to those who love and obey him,
and the mission he has given to his church, we are prepared to face criticism
and opposition. Spiritual warfare will be involved as we call people from
darkness to the light of Christ. We know he is, and will be, with us. The
pursuit of this vision, which we believe he has given, will be a test of our
joyful confidence in him.
What if we fail?
we will unless God is intimately and powerfully involved. What’s of greater
value: to pursue a vision that’s aligned with our resources and can be carried
out in our finite wisdom and strength, or to pursue a God-sized vision that
aligns with his heart and can only be carried out if he’s in it? Moving from
pessimism to optimism, what if we succeed? Thinking about this leads to
9: Where does intercession fit into all
of its vital importance in the work of God, prayer will be the first and
primary work in the pursuit of this vision. Prayerlessness will lead to certain
failure, to a carnal effort instead of a Spirit-empowered one. That’s why it’s
essential that we stop, drop, and pray daily for God’s help in this.
10: What is Stop, Drop, and Pray all about?
asking each of you to take some time every day to stop what you are doing, drop
into an attitude of prayer … or physically to your knees, if you choose … and
pray that God will enable the opportunities to share the Gospel with one
billion people in the next 10 years.
11: How do I get information from OMS to pray specifically for this vision and
the ministry of One Mission Society?
Go to www.onemissionsociety.org/1billion to sign up for a short monthly prayer
update . . . with the assurance that extraneous, unsolicited emails will not be
sent. Rather, the purpose of the monthly prayer emails is to fuel intercession
for this effort.
What can I do now to help? Pray …
we would be enthralled with God, not with a vision.
would daily put to death all that is of self and the flesh so that Christ can
be exalted through us, so that we’re living for him and in him.
would give supernatural favor as potential partners are approached about being
involved in carrying out this vision.
God would amazingly provide the needed people and finances to do this.
this vision would be fulfilled for the honor and glory of Christ! “The earth
will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the
sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
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May 12 2016
OMS was birthed in a storefront building
in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. In 1901, American missionaries Charles and Lettie
(the author of the best-selling devotional, Streams
in the Desert) Cowman partnered with a Japanese pastor, Juji Nakada,
holding Christian evangelistic meetings for 2,000 consecutive nights. Before
long, Japanese churches were organized, and the new association, the Japan
Holiness Church (JHC), grew rapidly.
Originally known as the Oriental
Missionary Society, today OMS is
engaged in ministry in more than 70 countries on six continents. Partnership
remain key to the effectiveness of OMS making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
Working with and alongside
like-minded Christian groups, organizations, and national churches,OMS seeks
to communicate the love of God, establish Christian churches, and train and
equip a nation’s people to lead and multiply their churches.