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Our Story


Our One Story


Our story began in 1901, when two telegraph operators, Charles Cowman and Ernest Kilbourne, moved from Chicago to Japan to work alongside Japanese evangelist Juji Nikada. Together, their vision was to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with every person in Japan, forming what is now known as One Mission Society. Nearly 120 years later, the One Mission continues in more than 70 countries and in more than 45 languages. 

Our current ministry strategy follows the innovative vision of our founders, and includes multiplying disciple-makers, churches, leaders, and missionary movements. Our goal is to train and equip the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people for Christ, and then to partner with them to reach everyone in the world.




Our One Story

Our One Mission


“By God’s grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around the world.”
- OMS Mission Statement


One Mission Society is an evangelical, interdenominational faith mission that partners with more than 300 organizations and church denominations around the world for one purpose… to help fulfill the Great Commission, by seeing the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout the world with the greatest number of disciples made, and seeing God glorified in all that we say and do.

Our ministries partner with nearly 14,000 indigenous co-workers and are able to plant nearly 6,000 worshiping groups each year. On average, someone comes to know the Lord through the ministries of One Mission Society every 31 seconds. Together with our 140-plus partners in the Billion.Global coalition, we have reached more than 125 million people over the past three years to give each person at least one opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Our One Mission

Our One Calling


“We believe the power of the Gospel,
in the hands of disciple-makers,
will transform all nations.”

- OMS Purpose Statement

One Mission Society was founded on the principle that the most effective way to share the Gospel is to train a nation’s sons and daughters to lead and multiply believers and churches in their own culture and their own nation. Our strategy has stood the test of time for nearly 120 years and includes multiplying disciple-makers, churches, missionary movements, and theologically trained leaders to build up a healthy body of believers in each nation and to promote sustainability across generations.

Our compassion ministries, working together with local churches, meet tangible needs by serving as the hands and feet of Jesus. We strive to keep the message of the Gospel of Christ at the center of our efforts while encouraging the nation's people to be engaged in the process.

Engaging the One to reach the many.




Our One Calling

Our One History


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