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OMS missionary Harold Brown shares a couple powerful testimonies from Russia in this our legacy tribute.
The delay seemed like an obstacle, but I have no doubt that it was the best thing that could have happened.
Despite growing persecution in India, our ministry partners continue to boldly speak Christ to all who will listen. Pray for our Indian brothers and sisters.
If you're not excited about serving with OMS, I don't know what's wrong with you. If this doesn't light your fire, then your wood is all wet!
This miracle of God’s grace launched Ashok and Sarika into ministry.
Like many, Warren and Velma Hardig received their call to missions because of their relationships with other people … specifically missionaries.
I went on to explain that doing a good work is like adding one drop of clean water to this filthy glass. No matter how many drops of clean water we add, the dirt remains. We need something that works more like a filter that will remove the dirt and make us clean.
“It was there that God really began to show us the gifts that he had given us, and we began to exercise those gifts in the seminary,” said Randy. “We began to see God use us in ways that we never thought possible.”
The couple served at the OMS World HQ for 32 years, a mission field that they never fathomed to serve in. Through their time in ministry, Jay and Linda learned the power of prayer that has carried them through various trials and the legacy of their missionary journeys.
While involved in missions, both Roger and Mary Lou’s faith was tested with the question, “Will God protect you?”
Years after fulfilling his call to missions, Henry died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which left Valetta in the expansive California city with her two children, Leon and Lorna and asking what she should do next.
Watching the European countryside from a metro and feeling the presence of God …
Minefields make simply going south impossible for North Koreans so those who are able to leave go via China, and then Thailand, to South Korea. It is an arduous journey of thousands of kilometers that can take months or even years.
When the Russian army began a serious assault on the city, her mom escaped, but her dad stayed—even though there was constant warfare and bombing ...
Whether we understand it or not, when we feel despair within ourselves, our marriages, our children, our families, our health, our work, our finances, our countries, or our world ... victory comes when we change despairing into praising our great God, who is worthy of all praise.
"I returned and informed Olga that we have just 15-20 minutes to get ready to leave our home and almost run 2.5 miles while bombs were falling around."
We need to be alert to the battle all around where Satan is trying to lie, steal, kill, destroy, blind spiritual eyes, or divide believers.
"It was like this little bit of time I was taking to love the kids gave the mother time and space to process a little bit and just feel sad, to feel the things she had been pushing down to stay strong for her kids."
“She told me her husband had said prior to him meeting me that he would start believing in God if they would be able to find a photo place open on a Sunday evening that was able to make the photo they needed. She had seen so many miracles over the past few days of their evacuation from Ukraine...she knew God was taking care of them.”
Today, as I view the latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, my heart is heavy and tears flow freely as evidence of hate unleashed is on vivid display for the whole world to see.
On Wednesday night, February 23, Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv heard the first explosions as Russia launched an attack on Ukraine. This is the largest European invasion since WWII.
Learn how you can help be a fundraiser for OMS ...
OMS USA Board member Stacey Ayars gets reacquainted with OMS.
“In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.” How walking a dog with a little boy brought back joy in the mornings...
OMS recently committed to 40 days of praying to make intercession an OMS priority.
One African pastor hopes to raise pigs to sell and purchase land for a church. He is helping transform his rural community for Christ.
One Mission Society and its partners are working to increase the fruitfulness of leadership training in Latin America by developing a network of seminaries in this region called SALAS.
After years of following an impersonal Hindu god, Shanta Devi encounters Jesus in a vision.
With a background in animism and a life full of illness, one man hears God's truth, accepts Jesus, and is completely transformed.
One God glorifying, Christ adoring, Spirit-empowered disciple-maker can be sent on mission by the resurrected Lord to carry out his rescue mission among many. This is why we engage the one to reach the many!
Our missionaries and staff who serve at our headquarters make a global impact as they work closely with our field missionaries and national partners. Without that support, the efforts of those serving overseas would not be nearly as effective.
Is their still a tole for traditional Western missionaries? Absolutely, and here's why...
Here are 5 reasons why OMS plants and multiplies churches.
OMS regional missionary retreats will provide an opportunity for spiritual renewal, team building, strategic planning, and training. The connection, rest, and encouragement provided by the interaction at retreats will promote ministry longevity among our missionary team and greater fruitfulness in ministry.
A Colombian woman, enraged by the actions of her neighbor, plots to kill her. But another neighbor, recently impacted by the ministry of Soy Satura, convinces her to allow God to take care of it. Read how HE intervenes to change many lives.
Do you ever have to examine your heart and actions and do a reset? This article challenges us to stay humble and to keep our hearts postured toward God, not man.
"We knew that God was building the next Gospel-spreading opportunity in Europe and was calling us to participate. We sold things, packed up, and moved to Hungary. The rest is history."
Despite years of trying to destroy the church of Jesus Christ, it has withstood the test of time. Read about why OMS invests in multiplying churches.
Are we living like Christ's ambassadors? Is the local church representative of an embassy of heaven?
An OMS missionary couple serving in Asia encourages and empowers brother W to courageously lead a small group of believers in a country known for persecution.
Local church mission leaders: here is part 1 on best practices for selecting your mission partners.
We’re inviting churches across the United States to partner with us in prayer. As we partner in prayer, God’s power is unleashed to make disciples and disciple-makers locally through your church and globally through the worldwide ministries of OMS.
A decade after the release of One Faith Multiplied, Dr. Rachel Coleman gives an update on the ministry of David and Gardenia Guillén, serving with OMS in Spain.
On Sunday, February 14, the day that much of the world celebrates love, terror and hate reigned in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Africa, when terrorists murdered 13 worshipers at their Sunday service.
Sometimes, life is messy! But praise the Lord, in every mess there is a message just waiting to be found.
We need great grace to forgive others for hurting us, and selfless, authentic humility to acknowledge our wrongs, seeking forgiveness from those we’ve hurt.
Nichole, raised in church, was not following Christ ... until a friend shared Jesus with her ...
The power of the Gospel is mighty, which is the reason HOPE61 always places the Gospel in the very center of everything we do.
Are you experiencing COVID burnout? Most of us thought this “virus thing” was going to be done within six months, and we could resume life as we knew it. As the ramifications of “COVID life” continue, it has an exhausting effect on many of us. Read how you can better deal with it.
Back in 1985, the number of people without access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ was estimated to be 1.44 billion. I was saddened today to learn of the 2020 estimate: 2.30 billion. This means we’re losing ground .
OMS missionary, P*, shared Jesus with a clinic coworker for 10 years without seeing any fruit. Then, one day, out of nowhere, it happened …
It’s not a flashy idea easily marketed in a consumer-driven culture where well-meaning organizations brand and promote themselves to win. Rather than selling ourselves and our organizations, may we live as Christ-followers in an authentic way.
Without the work of homeland missionaries, our missionaries serving around the world would not be nearly as effective and, in some cases, not able to serve at all.
Recently, OMS Nicaragua missionary Andrea McFall shared an inspiring story from Laura, a coworker at Nicaragua Christian Academy. Here is Laura’s story in a letter for OMS retired missionary, Valetta Steele Crumley.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyday life has been difficult for Ranji* and his family in South Asia.
It is easy for hope to fade as our world system accelerates toward chaos, conflict, and corruption. But take heart and get into God's Word ...
OMS missionary Rachel Coleman has written a thoughtful piece on how we, as Christians, should deal with the current situations in our world. She uses the Three Muskateers catchphrase "one for all and all for one" to inspire us as a body of believers.
The COVID pandemic has not only caused physical and economic problems around the globe, but it has also resulted in an increase in human trafficking. See how you can help ...
Gemma’s life was full of disappointments and loneliness. She had anxiety attacks, which led to depression and wanted to die because nothing was going well for her.
In Mozambique, our missionaries invest daily in training servant leaders for the Mozambican church. Lázaro, a recent graduate of MBTS, is one such leader.
In these troubled times of racism and disunity in America, OMS Global President Bob Fetherlin shares his perspective.
COVID-19 has already killed hundreds of thousands and threatened millions more. The lockdown has been economically devastating to the poor, creating dire need for basic food and medication. But now multiplied devastation is mounting in India and Bangladesh.
Growing up as a PK (preacher’s kid) and now being in ministry of one type or another for 20 years, there are many things I have learned. One of which is when people serve the Lord, there will always be opposition.
We hope this article, the third in a four-part series, about sadness in the midst of this pandemic brings you some much-needed hope.
Imagine living in a place where there is no running water to wash your hands to help stem the spread of COVID-19? We don’t need to explain how this is an unprecedented time in our history. We are all living it. Read how you can make an impact.
In the midst of our current situation with COVID-19, you may wonder if you are dealing biblically with your anger. Read more ...
Do you have questions about how the virus has affected OMS ministries? Read how we have responded.
Are you feeling anxious in these unprecedented times of widespread the virus and fear of it? Take a moment to read these comforting words.
In these days of our newsfeeds being filled with all things related to the scary coronavirus, our President offers some hope.
Meet Vladimir, a student from Siberia studying at Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (MECS) in Russia.
Was baby Vivek cursed? Was his life causing the Hindu Indian family tragedies?
Who wrote Streams in the Desert? It first appeared in 1924. Along with My Utmost for His Highest, it was one of the bestselling devotionals of the 20th century. But who wrote it?
Bowing at the altar of accumulation, there’s always a desire for more. We end up loving the things of this world, finding our significance in them, only to discover they don’t satisfy.
In December 1999, 700 Islamic extremists attacked Doulos Bible College in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dominggus, just 18 years old and a freshman at the time, had just become a Christian earlier that year. (Graphic images included.)
On November 3, 2019, nearly 2,000 Christians from 24 churches in northern Haiti marched to a site dedicated to the devil and rampant with Voodoo practice to reclaim the area for Jesus.
I found out that my friend had died when an email bounced back. Knowing her age, I had the immediate sense of "knowing" the reason why. It takes time for those email inboxes to either fill up or come to an end.
Meet Mangali, an eighty-seven-year-old Indian woman who accepts Jesus after hearing the Gospel faithfully shared for 10 years. Read her story ...
Edier Osvaldo Ruiz began his life of crime 40 years ago. While only a child, 11 or 12 years old, he became a part of the Medellín criminal cartel, made famous by its leader, Pablo Escobar. From a young age, Edier served as a contract killer, murdering people in Medellín and beyond.
Terrorists recently attacked an OMS village church plant in Sirgagui, Burkina Faso, killing eight individuals for their Christian faith. Two were pastors. Relief assistance for these families is needed.
OMS church planters, Joshua* and his mother Naomi,* were led to visit Fatima, a bedridden widow living alone and without hope. They lovingly prayed for and shared the Good News of Jesus with her. Fatima’s face beamed with tears of joy as her life was changed forever.
My parents were members of the Communist Party. They never spoke of God or the Bible. However, when I was five years old, my grandmother insisted that I be baptized in the Orthodox Church. This was...
Mutu Kumar, at the tender age of 10 years old, became suicidal because of his poor grades in school. In the Indian culture, education is crucial and without it, he felt like a failure, like he was letting down his entire family. Mutu Kumar was ripe for some good news… he needed hope.
One man in Kiteezi, Uganda was determined to root human trafficking out of his community. Read what he did about it!
“Women need not have their talents buried. They have a role in the life of the church, and God wants to use them as they respond to the call of the harvest. When women are trained and motivated in witnessing, they can reach women in homes where no male evangelist can enter. Their labor is needed.”
Lakshman, a hard-working stone cutter in India, became an orphan at a young age. His grandparents raised him, but unfortunately, by age 12, he had already begun smoking and drinking. His grandfather always told him that if he went to church he would find peace, but Lakshman continued in his rebellious ways.
In 2005, I met a Christian from the U.S unexpectedly. In a Bible study held in her house, I met a woman from Hong Kong. She shared Jesus with me. I thought Jesus was nice, but I could not believe the first sentence of the Bible because I believed in evolution. I told her that because I could not believe the first sentence, I could not believe any of the Bible.
My name is Sophia, and I am Korean Chinese, born in Yanji City, a small city in northeast China. Soon after becoming a Christian, I began wondering how I could glorify the Lord in my work at a TV station. I started selecting the TV content based on biblical values, but I had to face the reality of today’s media. I knew Satan worked through it.
In one small town in Asia, a missionary was arrested for evangelizing to the locals. Since it’s illegal to share the Gospel, he was noticed by a local police officer and arrested for sharing about Jesus Christ. The policeman took him to a jail and proceeded to berate and mock him for his faith; he even threatened to execute him for this crime.
Don had a request for medical equipment for a clinic in Haiti. He had made many, many calls to places that sold this kind of equipment, but there was nothing OMS could afford. A couple of examination tables could cost as much as a house!
Let’s be honest, sharing the Gospel is intimidating. Why? Just as public speaking causes great anxiety for many people across the nations so does evangelism. This fear may derive from an innate desire to be liked among our fellow humans, but sometimes, we must step out in faith to overcome this fear.
Every day, we are surrounded by individuals from countries and cultures that are unfamiliar to us. As Christians, it is our responsibility to use these God-given opportunities to grow God’s kingdom. Here are 5 reasons you should step outside of your comfort zone and share the Gospel with your immigrant neighbor.
Statistics would show that more than 60 percent of all church going Christians never share their faith. Here are 3 good reasons to be part of the 40 percent that do share their faith regularly:
Let's face it... life can be really awkward at times. We believe these awkward moments are perfect opportunities to share the Gospel. Here are a few of your every day, awkward moments where you can uniquely insert the Gospel!
I grew up in a Christian home filled with the love of Jesus. During my hard times I ran to Jesus for comfort and rest. He is the only person I trust to keep me anchored while I go through life and even saying that, I had not shared the Gospel with a single person until I entered college, even though I knew how life-changing it would be. When I entered college, I was mentored and shown how wrong I was when I thought about evangelizing. There were 5 main things holding me back:
When you hear the phrases “going out to evangelize” or “sharing the Gospel,” what is your reaction? Maybe something like, “Oh, that is too scary,” or “Only missionaries and evangelists do that,” or “That’s serious stuff.” Well, it is serious … seriously important, but that doesn’t mean it is too difficult for the average Christian to do. We as followers of Jesus are called to share the Gospel with our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family. Most of us are aware of that, but how do we do it? We want to help! Let’s get started.
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