April 18 2019
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?
churches in decline in many Western nations, a new wave of mission passion
is coming from the Global South.
from the Global South often can access people and places much less
accessible to missionaries from North America and Europe.
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.
America and Europe, once strongholds of the Christian faith, are now
mission fields in need of workers from the Global South.
many contexts, missionaries from the Global South can be more effective
than those coming from North America and Europe.
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.
Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society
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
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.