February 26 2016
say our little church with about 175 attenders has a love affair with missions
would be an understatement! Nineveh Christian Church has supported One Mission Society
missionaries for longer than I have been a member (2002). But over the years,
our involvement has grown in so many exciting ways, and I count myself
fortunate to be part of that growth.
pastor, Tom Knight, and our elders have a unique philosophy that if we expect blessings
from the Lord, financial or otherwise, then we must first bless others. 2
Corinthians 9:10 expresses that philosophy: “Now he who supplies seed to the
sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and
will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” As you will see, the Lord has
fulfilled that promise for our church many times.
I recount the many ways our church has increased our missions giving and
involvement, it is not to pat ourselves on the back, but to inspire other
churches to realize you don’t have to be
a mega church to do great things for God – you just need to be a church with a
first we supported several OMS missionaries. But in 2007, just as we were in
the middle of building an addition on our own church (a $460,000 project), God
impressed on our leaders that we should simultaneously plant some seeds by
building a church in India through OMS. Due to the generous giving of our
congregation, we ended up borrowing only $50,000 toward our remodel and took on
the India church build of $13,500. Paying off both of these projects was not a
long, drawn-out process, but rather, was completed in less than a year.
we were building two churches/schools in South Asia, broadening our missionary
support, and in 2010 – 2012, we gave $25,000 to build one floor of a training
center in South Asia.
as exciting as our congregation’s giving heart was the fact that we had become
a sending church. I took my first mission trip with Dynamic Women in Missions
in 2012 to Ecuador. Of course, my excitement spilled over and within the next
couple years, the women of our church were involved in two trips to Haiti. The
second of these trips had 10 women from our church, including our pastor’s
2014, we tore down the parsonage across the street from our church to build a
Life House – a building suited to our junior and senior high youth. This
$360,000 project should have been a challenge for our small congregation, but
once again, our building fund had grown due to our generous congregation. Our
pastor and elders prayed about where we could sow some seeds of blessing. We
had grown to love the people of Haiti, so while we were paying off our Life
House, we also financed two homes for earthquake victims in Bon Repos, Haiti.
continues to challenge the hearts of our people for missions. It is so exciting that this spring we will be
sending a work team to Haiti, a team that will include men for the first
have learned that we can never out-give God as we bless others by planting seed
in their ministries. We recently bought a piece of property near our church. We
are asking God to show us how we can use this property to bless others. I can
hardly wait to see what God has in mind!
By Gail O’Connor, Dynamic
Women in Missions Volunteer
February 17 2016
Delgado grew up in a Christian home and attended church regularly with his
family as a child in Colombia. But as he grew older, he made some bad decisions
and chose to take the wrong path—a path that eventually led to his arrest and
God was not done with Edgar.
the incarceration process, Edgar reconnected with his childhood pastor, who was
now a criminal defense lawyer. Edgar turned his life over to God.
imprisoned, Edgar entered the prison training institute that Prison Fellowship
of Antioquia operates in Bellavista prison. There, he found teachers who cared
about him and listened to him. Over time, Edgar finished all three levels of
the course, which focuses on personal growth, Old and New Testaments, and
Christian ministry. His study of the Word enriched him. Through this study and
his relationships with other Christian prisoners and volunteer staff members,
Edgar learned the values of respect and love for everyone.
was released from prison two months ago and now works as a taxi driver. He
attends church faithfully and preaches the Good News day and night as he drives
his taxi. Those who hear him often ask him to pray for them. Edgar rejoices
that he has the privilege of sharing Jesus.
prison institutes, operated by OMS partner ministry Prison Fellowship
Association of Antioquia, are helping bring dramatic transformation to the
lives of prisoners and is equipping them to reach others both inside and
outside of prison.
February 10 2016
has a widespread and long-lasting impact on victims, offenders, and the
community. One Mission Society partner ministry Prison Fellowship of Colombia
promotes healing for those affected by crime through its restorative justice program,
on the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, the tax collector, who agreed to repay the
people he had cheated, this project brings victims into prisons to meet with offenders.
Prisoners come to a full understanding of the effects of their
crimes and discuss what it would mean to take responsibility for their actions.
Victims and their families are also afforded the opportunity to offer
partner, Lacides Hernandez, president of Prison Fellowship of Colombia, tells
of one prisoner who recently completed the program. He had been involved in the
murder of seven people, whom he secretly buried. However, after participating
in Sycamore Tree, he wanted to help bring closure for the families of the seven
victims by helping them recover the bodies of their loved ones. He called the
authorities, who came to the prison. As a result of his action, the bodies were
recovered for the families. This is very important in a country where many
people have simply disappeared over the years.
emphasizes relationships, accountability, human rights, healing, and
transformation. It gives victims a voice, lowers the rate of repeat offenses,
and offers a powerful example of the application of biblical principles to social
Painting by James Tissot, late 1800s. (Brooklyn Museum/Wikimedia Commons)
February 2 2016
many decades, Colombian prisons were notorious for their violence and
hopelessness. But today, by the grace of God, lives are being transformed
through the love of Christ and the ministry of faithful believers in those same
prisons. Colombian prisons now have become a place of forgiveness, healing, and
restoration for hundreds of inmates.
is one of these. After masterminding the murder of her husband, Miriam was
sentenced to prison. She says that for 20 years, her husband abused her,
leaving scars all over her body, which to this day still show the evidence of
his abuse. Though she sought to put an end to her troubles through his death,
her guilt so consumed her that she turned herself in to the authorities.
she arrived at the prison, she joined one of the cell block prayer groups. She
had heard of God, but for the first time she began to truly understand his
love. She later signed up for training in the prison Bible school, which
deepened her understanding and love for God.
Miriam is living for the Lord. He has done miraculous things in her life. She
has received forgiveness from her children for the murder and no longer lives
with the burden of guilt.
the greatest miracle of all, she says, is that she feels completely loved by
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