​Why Globalization?

April 18 2019

Why should One Mission Society seek to help longtime partners from Africa, Asia, and Latin America (aka the Global South) actively express their missionary nature? As in the book of Acts, God, by his Spirit, put the desire in them to take the Gospel beyond the boundaries of their own people. It’s a growing passion, burning in the hearts of more and more of these partners. So why change organizationally to welcome and help them?

  • With churches in decline in many Western nations, a new wave of mission passion is coming from the Global South.
  • Missionaries from the Global South often can access people and places much less accessible to missionaries from North America and Europe.
  • With more than a century of mission experience, we can sensitively share effective tools, strategies, and other resources while graciously helping our Global South brothers and sister avoid the mistakes we have made.
  • North America and Europe, once strongholds of the Christian faith, are now mission fields in need of workers from the Global South.
  • In many contexts, missionaries from the Global South can be more effective than those coming from North America and Europe.

This is not a call for a moratorium on missionary sending from Western nations! God can use, and is using, workers from these countries in powerful ways. More are urgently needed. But it is a call to embrace and empower, in humility, cross-cultural workers coming from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. After all, God’s mission is a global mission . . . involving people from anywhere to anywhere as ambassadors of Christ, our deliverer and Lord.

Happy Easter!

Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society

Tags: globalization, internationalization, going global, global south leaders,

Creative Business Prevents Trafficking

April 12 2019

In April 2018, ONE man attended a HOPE61 training program in Kiteezi, Uganda, to learn how to prevent human trafficking in his area. In HOPE61 training, participants learn what is causing people to be vulnerable to becoming involved in human trafficking. They also learn that EVERYONE has assets, skills, and resources to help those in their community who are vulnerable. This man realized that young men in his community were vulnerable to becoming involved in human trafficking because they were uneducated and unable to obtain good employment to provide for their families. Many young men, in this situation, end up seeking work overseas, and this is one of the easiest traps that traffickers can use to enslave people.

This young man also knew that he had a skill for furniture making and other types of woodworking. He decided to begin training these young men in carpentry and furniture making skills as a way to reduce their vulnerability to human trafficking. He opened a storefront and called the business Blessed Furniture. At Blessed Furniture, these young men have learned to make beds and dressers, as well as more detailed woodworking like turning bowls and chalices on a lathe. They are making a good wage now and will soon have the skills to open their own businesses. The activity around the small shop is all based on the love of Jesus Christ, and the message of the Gospel is being shared with the young men working there and many other people who pass by the shop. This young man understood that as he ENGAGES ONE, HE IS ABLE TO REACH MANY.

There is a particular Muslim girl who is a friend of one of the young men. She has been hanging around the shop with her friend and hearing about the love of Jesus and his desire for all to be saved by calling upon his name. Although she has not accepted this gift yet, she is well on her way to welcoming Jesus into her life. This is what HOPE61 is all about. Encouraging people to use their own gifts and resources to help those around them, sharing the Gospel with them, and welcoming them into the community of the local church to be discipled in the Word is the vision for the HOPE61 ministry.

By Tom Overton, Director of HOPE61

Tags: hope61, preventing human trafficking, uganda, small business, creative ministry,

2019 Dynamic Women in Missions Trip Opportunities

March 6 2019

Tags: dynamic women in missions, trips, short-term missions, women's ministries,

Billion.Global Makes Strategic Connection

April 3 2019

Why Billion.Global? Connections. Cooperation instead of competition. Even collaboration in God’s work resulting in greater impact and effectiveness.

Using social media creatively and strategically, a Billion.Global partner (“A”) is reaching into a country where access to the Gospel is critically low. Many people there are learning about Jesus for the first time and making decisions to follow him. The numbers given opportunity to do this, in the hundreds of thousands, are incredibly encouraging. But how do these people access God’s Word in their heart language, especially with so many of them being oral learners who prefer to hear the Word as opposed to reading it … living in a setting where printed copies of God’s Word are hard to find and dangerous to have?

Another Billion.Global partner (“B”) specializes in digital voice recordings of God’s Word. These are done in multiple languages, using native speakers of those languages. A voice recording of the entire Bible in the predominant language of the people being reached with the Gospel by “A” has been done by “B.”

It is strategic, kingdom-advancing, and eternally impactful to bring “A” and “B” together. Billion.Global has done just that. By downloading a digital Bible, access to God’s Word for seekers and new disciples is discreet and easy.

Connecting the dots … “A” now aware of and working with “B” for an eternal purpose … results in disciples being made and the Good News of Jesus Christ advancing! This is a part of God’s work through Billion.Global.

Editors note: Billion. Global is a passionate vision to give ONE BILLON people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ by the year 2026. It was conceived in the heart of OMS President, Bob Fetherlin.

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Tags: billion vision, opportunity to hear the gospel, global vision,

Relief for Mozambique

April 2 2019

Tags: mozambique cyclone, disaster relief, flooding, aid, help