New Life in Hungary

September 27 2018

Being a calm and quiet type of guy, few things ring my bell. But when I witness new life, I become like butter in the sun … I melt.

As a kid, I was always fascinated watching a chick break free of its shell or of our horses birthing their foals. Being present at all three of our children’s births was a highlight never to be forgotten. There’s something that captivates my heart when I see “new birth” take place that is like no other experience.

That powerful, unforgettable experience happened again this past Friday in a little town in Western Hungary called Szentmargitfalva. As 33 people filled the new chapel in the center of town, 13 stepped forward to become charter members of this village’s first church after 700 years of waiting. We were witnesses once again of a new birth, a spiritual birth where the divine and the human come together as the bride of Christ. Laci, the Methodist superintendent, has been nurturing the people of this village for the last 10 years to draw near to God.

Over a year ago, plans were drawn up for a small wooden chapel to be constructed. The land was donated by a couple in the community. The town offered to help with the foundation and storage of materials. We all prayed that funds and materials would be available. Donations in material and finances came from Germany, Canada, USA, and Hungary. Men for Missions volunteers (from Canada and the U.S.), One Mission Society missionaries, missionaries from a sister organization, and fellow Hungarians, locally and from far away, all labored over a six-month period to see a “dream come true.”

And so it was, on September 20, 2018, at 3:00 pm, under the light of a crimson cross, the body of Christ in Szentmargitfalva took it first breath. Praise the Lord!

By Chuck Long, OMS "Retired" Missionary

Tags: hungary, country chapel, new life,

Yes, I'm a Suburban Missionary!

September 25 2018

The most common question I receive from people I know is, “What exactly do you do as a missionary.” Homeland missionaries are a mystery to most people. Since they see us on a regular basis at places like church, grocery stores, or restaurants, our friends find it hard to see how we are sacrificing for the ministry. After all, a missionary gives up everything to move to a remote place to serve the local people, right? Missionaries don’t live in suburban homes or take vacations, do they?

The start of my journey as a missionary began in prison. Wait, what?!

God had called me to go back to school, but I ignored it. Six months later, he used an offender doing life in prison to remind me of his calling on my life. The offender told me God put something on his heart. What he said was identical to what God had put on my heart. I don’t take that moment lightly as this one thing altered my entire life.

For the next three years, I continued my job in the secular world while attending school. God had not yet revealed his plan for me. Toward the end of my schooling, God made it clear to me that I would become a missionary. Little did I know that I would be based in my hometown.

I started at One Mission Society on April 1, 2014, as the development officer with OMS’ Every Community for Christ (ECC) ministry. This role focuses on building or strengthening relationships with churches and organizations in the United States in hopes of building partnerships for our ministries around the world.

As is the case with most non-profit organizations, there is more work than there are workers. Because homeland missionaries must raise the funds for their support/salaries, it becomes necessary for many of us to wear many hats because there are simply not enough people willing to step out in faith. After four years with OMS, my role has extended to development officer, associate church multiplication facilitator for the Philippines and Indo-China, training facilitator, and coordinator for developing a potential new saturation project plan. It is no wonder people ask, “What exactly do you do as a missionary?”

Just like missionaries in the field, those of us at the World Headquarters do all that is necessary. Homeland missionaries understand doing our part is kingdom-focused. So, what do we do? Whatever is necessary and more … all for his kingdom!

If you would like to learn more about Shane's ministry or give to his support, you can do so here.

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By Shane Christopher, Every Community for Christ Development Officer

Tags: homeland missionary, ecc, development, church multiplication facilitator,

Going Above and Beyond

September 21 2018

As I explained the vision of Hope61, One Mission Society’s human trafficking prevention ministry, to my new friend Amanda, she looked at me thoughtfully. We were paired together to practice support presentations with one another, but God had a bigger purpose for our meeting. When I finished my presentation, she said, “I think that our two ministries might be well-suited to work together. Do you have someone here in Tampa who could come and do your Hope61 training with our staff?” Um, no. Nor do we have someone in Florida who could do the training. Amanda was surprised when I told her, “If we can work out a training opportunity, I will come from Indiana to do it.”

As a homeland missionary with OMS … a missionary who works at the OMS World Headquarters … I have developed this work ethic, this understanding that we do what God is calling us to do to get the job done. And if that means I travel 1,000 miles to conduct training, then I do it.

For 16 years, I have assisted, worked with, and been helped by homeland missionaries in Finance, International Ministries, Human Resources, and my former department, Communications, just to name a few. Every day, I see ministry happening as homeland missionaries email and talk with field missionaries, helping them with a situation or a problem, or just getting them the resources they need to do ministry. I see missionaries working hard every day, going above and beyond what their job description states, to see the Gospel move forward throughout the world.

I have often heard field missionaries, in town while on home ministry assignment, speak in chapel, humbly thanking the homeland missionaries for all the hours we work, the time and effort we spend so that they have what they need on the field. And that humbles me. We are all called and equipped by God. It just so happens that some of us work outside of our home countries, and some of us work at the home office.

For this reason, when someone asks me where I work or what I do, I always respond, “I’m a missionary at One Mission Society.”

If you would like to learn more about Lori's ministry or give to her support, you can do so here.

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By Lori, McFall, Hope61 trainer

Tags: homeland missionary, hope61, kingdom work,

Sharing the Reward

September 18 2018

We celebrated “National Payroll Week” two weeks ago. It is held annually during the week of Labor Day to celebrate the hard work of America’s 150 million wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them. Payroll is probably one of those things that you take for granted, whether weekly, biweekly, or monthly, you expect to be paid on payday for the work that you have done, and you expect the calculations to be accurate. One Mission Society missionaries also need to be paid and also expect the calculations to be accurate. My name is Carl Walton, and I serve as the payroll director for One Mission Society.

I joined OMS almost 25 years ago following a career in banking. Before joining OMS, I worked at a Japanese bank, one of the top 10 largest banks in the world, doing loan administration. Today, I work for an organization that sees lives change for eternity.

My main role in payroll involves paying more than 250 OMS USA missionaries working in the U.S. and around the world, as well as almost 150 retirees. I deal with finances for missionaries from the time they start with OMS, like candidates just starting out, until they are promoted to eternity and I must deal with death benefits. I enjoy helping people, whether it be through formal training during Orientation or one-on-one meetings in person, by email, or by video conferencing. It is a great delight when I hear back from one of our missionaries or retirees that I was able to help them.

As a homeland missionary, I have to raise my own salary and benefits just like when I served overseas in Haiti, England, and the Philippines. Without homeland missionaries doing the necessary support roles behind the scenes, missions would be greatly hindered. How would they get paid? How would donors know what was going on in their ministry?

I am reminded of Paul’s words to the Corinthians as recorded in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (ESV), “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.”

I rejoice that when someone comes to Christ through the ministry of OMS, both the homeland missionary and our financial partners will one day share in that reward.

If you would like to learn more about Carl's ministry or give to his support, you can do so here.

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By Carl Walton, OMS Payroll Director

Tags: homeland missionaries, payroll coordinator, share rewards,

​A Load Lifter

September 14 2018

Keeping missionary prayer letters on track is not just a job … it’s an adventure I take around the world on a weekly basis. Letters come in from our OMS missionaries, and I have one week to edit, format, print, stuff, address, and sort each letter into mail trays. Then, the next week, when a new batch is received, I get to go on another adventure!

Through missionary prayer letters, the Lord leads me through his work in Hungary, Haiti, Japan, Colombia, Mozambique, Taiwan, Ecuador, and many more places in the United States and around the world. Through these letters, all of us receive glimpses into what God is doing through OMS global ministries. My job gives me a bird’s-eye view of the world, as well as the details of stories of lives changed through Jesus Christ. Those lives are priceless treasures, and many times, as I read and edit letters, I think, “Oh boy, I cannot wait to share this story!”

As much as I love reading these stories, I realize my joy in doing so is part of the greater vision and effort of reaching one billion people ... reaching a lost world. Because OMS provides this service, missionaries can spend more time ministering. Every minute a missionary is sharing the Gospel or discipling a new believer is valuable time. Being a load lifter gives the missionaries more time to do what God has called them to do.

Working at the World Headquarters as a homeland missionary is MY field of service. My role is a ministry to the missionaries. I serve the Lord by serving his harvesters in the ripe harvest fields. And every letter that comes to me allows me to do what God has called me to do, and it is not just a job, it is an adventure with the Lord of the harvest.

If you would like to learn more about Beth'sministry or give to her support, you can do so here.

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By Beth Jordal, OMS Prayer Letter Coordinator

Tags: homeland missionary, serving missionaries, prayer letters,

Upcoming Dynamic Women in Missions Trips

May 9 2018

Ecuador, Israel, and Peru

Tags: short-term missions, colombia, israel, japan, evangelism, medical, holy land,

Making Your Life-Changing Journey Possible

September 10 2018

An estimated 85 percent of all career (or long-term) missionaries have had short-term mission experience that led them to consider long-term involvement. We here at One Mission Society have witnessed this firsthand. Because of this, OMS dedicates time and resources to this area of ministry that focuses solely on engaging people in short-term involvement and helps them prepare for and process their journeys. That ministry is Men for Missions.

Since 1954, Men for Missions has existed to challenge men (and their families) to DO, GO, and GIVE in total obedience to Jesus Christ at home and around the world. We believe that as the man of the household goes, so goes the family. We challenge men from every walk of life to live out their faith through short-term involvement. We work side-by-side with OMS missionaries around the world to help these short-term travelers experience God in fresh and life-changing ways. That’s why our tagline is so relevant: Your Life-Changing Journey. Let me introduce you to our team who makes this possible:

Jenna Guerrier is the manager of ministry teams for MFM-U.S.A. She leads the efforts to send about 100 teams each year out into the fields of OMS. She manages approximately half of the short-term teams we send outside the United States each year.

Keith Smith serves as our ministry team specialist. He works alongside Jenna and manages approximately the other half of the short-term teams we send outside the United States each year.

Josh Krumenacher is our U.S. ministry team specialist. He works with churches, individuals, and organizations in the U.S. to give men and their families’ opportunities to serve the Lord within the United States. In fact, our first U.S. short-term team is serving in Houston, Texas, right now, helping with Hurricane Harvey clean up from a year ago. Josh also backs up the work that Jenna and Keith do.

These homeland missionaries are changing the world through the ways they involve others in the Great Commission. We seek to foster relationships between the OMS field missionaries, the national partners, and the teams themselves as we equip and prepare them to experience their own life-changing journey. We are in the “people business,” and we’re all about building kingdom relationships. Please support them (and other homeland missionaries) in the work they do for the kingdom of God. You can give here.

By Bill Evans, MFM USA National Director

Tags: short term missions, mfm, ministry team specialist, homeland missionaries,

Margo the Mobilizer

September 5 2018

This is blog 1 in a series of blogs on different homeland missionary roles. We begin with Margo, the Mobilizer!

Think of a missionary you know serving overseas. Have you ever thought about how they got there? How did that person who probably had a job and a family and a house and a church they loved leave their home country to live somewhere else?

Missionaries don’t just magically appear in another country. Ask any new missionary, and they’ll tell you about a long journey with some bumps and challenges along the way before they got to where God was calling them to go.

Paul understood this when he wrote in Romans 10:14-15, “And how can they hear about [Jesus] unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?”

Missionaries are sent – and it takes people to send them.

At One Mission Society, the Mobilization team has the privilege of helping send missionaries around the world. As individuals begin to explore missions, we help them discern how God is leading them. We connect them with opportunities and countries that would be a good fit and walk alongside them through the process of applying and being accepted to serve with OMS.

As they begin to raise up a team of ministry partners, we pray with them, celebrate with them, and encourage them. And as they prepare to pick up their lives and move overseas, we help them work through the challenges they encounter and questions they face, like “What does the visa process look like?” “When should I quit my job?” and “What do I do with my stuff?”

If missions is a journey, mobilizers are the guides along the way.

A new missionary family serving in Mozambique expressed this perfectly:

“The last month has been challenging to say the least. Margo (our mobilizer) was right there; her calm spirit and prayers soothed our hearts.

I know many souls will come to Christ through our family in Mozambique. God used a beautiful tool in his hand to help us get to this place, and that tool is Margo.”

Because of mobilizers, people hear about opportunities to use their gifts, skills, and experiences to serve in missions. Because of mobilizers, people understand where God is leading them and are able to get there.

And because of mobilizers, missionaries are sent and people around the world are transformed by Christ.

To find out more about Margo, visit her profile page here.

To give to the homeland missionary fund, give here.

By Andrea Fisher, Director of Mobilization

Tags: missions, homeland missionaries, mobilization, recruitment,