Triple Your Ministry Impact

December 14 2018

Taran* serves as a church planter in Southern Asia. His ministry includes evangelism, leading baptism services, planting churches, and leading discipleship training. By God’s grace, Taran planted five churches and made four disciples (new leaders) in one year. Taran is also an effective trainer using the Train & Multiply curriculum, which multiplies the work he is doing.

Taran has proven to be an effective evangelist and leader, yet his fruitfulness could be doubled or even tripled.

The distances between ministry locations where Taran serves in Southern Asia are far apart, so he must either walk long distances or use public transport, which takes a lot of time, money, and energy. Most days, he is unable to visit every location that he needs to in order to lead in those towns.

Taran shares, “If the Lord helps me to get a motorcycle for ministry, (this is one he rented) I will be highly encouraged and able to be much more effective in ministry. I sometimes use a rented motorbike, but paying hourly charges is way too expensive for me.”

If you would like to donate toward the purchase of a bicycle or a motorcycle for a national leader like Taran, give here.

* Name changed for security.

Tags: bikes for ministry, faster pastor, give hope for christmas, impact,

Demonstrated Love in India

December 12 2018

Seventy men, women, and children sat down on the large plastic tarp spread out on the dirt at the entrance of the village. With a dubious history as roving Gypsy thieves, this unique community of the Banjara tribal people is now settling into a more traditional agricultural life. What a privilege for me to stand before them sharing God’s Word.

The stories of Jesus I chose seemed to capture their focus and move their hearts. Indian people delight in drama, so my translator and I acted out some of the events described. Their response showed clearly that God was at work! The next thing I knew I was given a bag of candy to pass out to the children.

It was obvious to me that the village people lacked basic, essential health care. Open sores, infections, and disabling injuries were quite evident. Our team spontaneously promised to sponsor a free medical clinic in the coming year. God’s love is best understood when it is demonstrated, not only explained. Expressions of kindness and compassion were the norm in Jesus’ own ministry. He healed the sick and took notice of those suffering without help and hope. May the Lord teach us all how to be sensitive, ready and willing to meet the needs of people around us. It is the greatest joy in life!

By Roger Kruse, Church Multiplication Facilitator in India

Tags: india, church planting, teaching god's word, banjara people, compassion ministry,

The Faith to Believe

December 12 2018

Lakshman is a hard working stone cutter in India. This is hard work. But this is how he provides for his family. Lakshman became an orphan at a young age and was later raised by his grandparents. Unfortunately, at 12 years old Lakshman had already begun smoking and drinking alcohol. His passion was going to the cinema every Sunday to watch movies. Over time, however, he grew restless and noticed some Christians going to worship. His grandfather had also told him that if he went to church he would find peace of mind. Finally, some believers accompanied him to worship. He was struck by the words of Jesus, “If you ask, you will receive.” As a Hindu, he wondered how a single deity could handle the many requests made by so many different people. He questioned if God could hear his prayer. Because Lakshman did not know how to read, he prayed and asked God to teach him. He also combined his prayers with 10 days of fasting. On a Friday, the Holy Spirit spoke to him that his prayer would be answered. He went outside and saw writing on a wall and was able to understand it! People wondered how he was now beginning to read. As he pursued Christ through prayer, he felt convicted about the wrong things he had done in his life. He asked forgiveness and discovered the reality of Jesus living within.

Lakshman had a desire in his heart to share his new-found faith with others, but he didn’t know how. He connected with an ECC team leader and began watching, learning, and joining in the ministry. He was taught the T&M strategy and began sharing Bible stories in his own village. Ten people pursued faith in Christ and formed a nucleus of a new house church. Over time his vision also included the building of a place of worship. The poor villagers themselves doubted their ability to raise the necessary resources. With faith and the collateral of the women’s gold jewelry from the congregation, Lakshman somehow secured a large loan to begin construction. The work is now nearly finished. As we visited, a carpenter was making window frames with just a few basic tools.

Lakshman shared that he is currently training three new leaders and sharing the Gospel in 15 other villages. I never cease to be amazed at the obedient faith of my Indian brothers and sisters.

By Roger Kruse, Church Multiplication Facilitator in India

Tags: india, church planter, leader, faith

A Brighter Future for Starfish Kids

December 11 2018

Eleven years ago, Ofrane Saintil and his wife, Gerumene, lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Saintil worked as a delivery driver. On one trip from Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haitien, he was in a bad accident, leaving him with a broken arm, leg, and teeth. Gerumene’s aunt attended the OMS-related Grace en Sion Church in Cap-Haitien, and she had the church pray for Saintil.

He accepted Christ at that moment because he realized God had saved his life.

Saintil and Gerumene moved to Cap-Haitien because they believed that was where God wanted them.

Gerumene says living in Haiti is difficult. Even working full time and earning a salary, they don’t have any extra money after they provide food for their family and meet basic needs. There is definitely not enough to pay for school tuition and purchase books for their children.

In 2011, Grace en Sion School became a partner school of One Mission Society’s Starfish Kids program. In 2013, Saintil and Gerumene’s oldest child started attending Grace en Sion School. They have four children: Jonas, Watcherline, Louvens, and Emmauella. Watcherline and Louvens are now sponsored through Starfish Kids.

They are so thankful for the sponsorship because it provides tuition, school supplies, and books for their children to receive a quality Christian education.

In 2015, Grace en Sion hired Saintil as the security guard for the church and school because he had proven to be trustworthy and hard working.

Gerumene says the Starfish Kids program is so important to Haitian families who have difficulties making ends meet. Parents respect the Starfish Kids schools because they know these schools are reputable.

One of their favorite aspects of the school besides the sponsorships and Bible teaching is that Grace en Sion starts teaching children English and Spanish in kindergarten. Knowing multiple languages will help open doors for them in the future. Most schools charge extra money for these courses, but at Grace en Sion, they are part of the curriculum.

God’s grace and provision is evident in countless ways through Saintil’s story and dozens of others sponsored through Starfish Kids. Please consider a gift of $300 to cover one child’s tuition for one year.

Tags: give hope for christmas, starfish kids, christian education

No "Kidding," Goats Change Lives

December 11 2018

In Haiti, poverty often stands in the way of widows (among others) providing their families with basic necessities. They know they need a sustainable solution to help their family … a goat could be the answer!

However, most widows can’t afford to buy a goat.

That’s where OMS steps in. Our Mercy ministry recently blessed a widow named Carrie* with the gift of a goat. She rejoiced when she received it because she knew this gift would help her and her six children now and in the days to come.

A goat will provide milk or meat for nutrition and fertilizer for her garden, as well enabling her to sell the offspring goats to others in the future.

Just like these widows and other poor families in Haiti have done. One family recently had their herd grow to 10 goats, enabling them to sell a few to pay for a medical need in the family. Another family grew their herd size and sold some to obtain a couple of cows to provide milk and meat for the family to vastly improve their diet. Another widow multiplied her goats and sold several to pay for her children’s education.

For many years, Mercy has provided goats to needy families in Haiti. We donate the female goat and then provide a male goat for reproduction.

For just a $125 investment and years of production assistance and guided help from Mercy on how to properly care for the goats, widows like Carrie and many others have a sustainable income that helps provide food, medical care, and educational needs that these families could not provide before.

Tags: christmas, give hope, goats for christmas,

Dynamic Women in Missions 2019 Trip Details

December 11 2018

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