From Around the UK

Young Adults Weekend

Rev Scott Moore

The annual OMS Young Adults Weekend took place on 16th-17th October in Portadown. Our eyes were opened and our hearts warmed as we travelled around the world listening to the various mission reports. We were both challenged and encouraged as we listened to these reports and the excellent Bible teaching from our guest speaker, Rev Scott Moore, Minister of Stranocum Presbyterian Church.
Reports ranged from short-term mission trips, to others with a vision for long-term overseas mission. We began by hearing about the many opportunities to share the gospel through English camps in Hungary (Lorna Morrison) and similarly in South Korea (Scott Egerton). A personal testimony from a Hungary camp team member (Clare Cleland from Scotland) powerfully reminded us that God uses weakness to display His mighty strength!
It was good hear from Danielle Flood-Coleman, from N.Ireland, as she shared her experiences as a primary school teacher at an international mission school for the past two years in the South Pacific.

Danielle Flood-Coleman

She highlighted the important role teachers have to play on the mission field, educating the children and therefore facilitating their parents to be involved in other ministries.
Two trips to Haiti this year showed us how God uses all types of skills in His service.

Daniel Treherne from Wales shared about his experiences serving God in Haiti using his skills as a civil engineer, and his hopes to return again in the future.

Daniel & Sharon Treherne

Bill & Julie Edler shared their vision for longer term service in Haiti. Bill shared the vision for his role at the Bible seminary and Julie shared how she hopes to be involved at the Bethesda Medical Clinic using her skills as a physiotherapist. Bill, Julie, and little Sam hope to head out to Haiti in June 2016 after the new addition to their family is born in January.
Michelle Heffer, from Southampton, completed our truly ‘United Kingdom’ weekend as she joined us to share her vision for future service with OMS in Mozambique. Michelle hopes to use her skills in paediatric nursing and health visiting to work alongside the Helping Hands project to develop health promotion and post-natal care.
Donald Coulter wrapped up the weekend, reminding us of the mission field on our doorstep and the great need of the gospel across Ireland. He shared about the SOW (Saturate Our Wards) project and emphasised the need that prayer is what counts.  For a leaflet about SOW, or for more information please contact donaldcoulter@gmail.com

With so many stories buzzing around our heads, we can’t help being excited about the potential for God’s Kingdom and glory as He calls us to step out in faith to serve wherever He calls us. Plenty of opportunities are available and short term mission teams are already being organised for 2016 (see website for details). The Young Adults Weekend was a blessing to be part of, as we not only listened to reports and Bible teaching, but spent time together, sharing stories and getting to know one another. We were encouraged when we heard how God is working in individual lives all around the world, and we were reminded that none of this is accomplished except through the power of prayer.
Thanks to Herbie & Moira Dunn for doing an excellent job with the catering.
Heather Phillips

OMS ANNUAL DAY OF PRAYER – OCTOBER 5, 2015

OMS Annual Day of Prayer
Monday, October 5
VENUES:-

Liverpool
Bethel Church, Green Lane L13 7EA
7.30pm
Speaker: Donald Coulter OMS N Ireland Regional Director.

N Ireland
OMS N Ireland Office, 114 Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 1NU
Morning session: 8.00am -12.00am : Led by Donald Coulter, OMS N Ireland Regional Director
Evening Session: 7.30pm – 11.30pm: Led by OMS N Ireland Young Adults (Every age group welcome)

South Wales
Bethel Baptist Church Crumlin NP11 3PE
3pm

Manchester Office
1 Sandileigh Avenue M20 3LN
M20 3LN
10.00 – 11.30am

Pray for our Summer teams

Please pray for the following individuals from the UK preparing to serve on a short-term missions trip this summer:

HUNGARY ENGLISH CAMP (July 9-25)
Team of 5 from Carryduff Presbyterian Church (NI)
Scott Moore (Leader), Lorna Morrison, Robert Johnston, Susanne Shaw & Rebecca Hendren

…also joining an international team to Hungary – Clare Clelland from Edinburgh

SOUTH KOREA (July 13-August 10)
Scott Egerton
from Belfast Bible College joining an international team

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Men for Mission Evangelism Team (July 13August 3)
Working with local churches in Co. Mayo.  Outreach at Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday.
Bob Bell (Team Leader), David Elwood, Mervyn Camlin, Dennis Ferguson, Robin Sloss

MEXICO (5th-19th August)
Team of 12 from Lister Hill Church, Leeds
Pray for Dom, Sarah (Team Leader), Jill & Mike, Tina, Pete, Soph, Lizzie, Brian, Joe, Jack and Amanda.

MOZAMBIQUE `Through the Roof’ Helping Hands Team (14th – 23rd August) Serving with the Mozambican church in reaching out compassionately and practically to those living with disability.
Pray for:- Nigel Drury (works for Church of England in a development and disability role), Kerry McLean (a special needs teacher in an autistic school), Heather Phillips (an occupational therapist), Jillian Windrum (a physiotherapist)

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50 MILE NORTH COAST CHALLENGE

Supporting Street Children in Colombia

Over the past year God has placed a burden on our hearts to further help the many little girls in Bogota, Colombia who are poverty stricken and at risk of being abandoned to a life of begging, hunger, crime and abuse on the streets. We need your help to raise the necessary funding to rescue little girls like Karen and Valerie, in the photo above, and bring them into a “Hope House 2” residential home where they will be shown much love and provided with both physical and spiritual food.

We have therefore decided to undertake a 50 mile sponsored walk to help with the funding for this property.
All money raised will help Mission Possible purchase such a home and give little girls hope for a brighter future.

Click here to read more about why we are doing this challenge and how you and your friends can sponsor us!  To donate online – https://my.give.net/ChallengeWalk

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

OMS S.Wales/S.W. England Conference
Saturday, September 19
Newbridge Pentecostal Church
Golden Grove,
Newport, Gwent NP11 4FE

1st session – 2.30pm
Tea, coffee and cakes at 3.30pm
2nd session – 4.15pm

Speakers:  Walter McCorkell – OMS Executive Director
Colleen Fitch
—European Theological Coordinator
Daniel Castro – OMS Spain
Michelle Heffer – OMS Mozambique
Alan & Joanne Parkinson – S.Pacific
Further info from chrispalmer2003@hotmail.com 07930 673804

OMS Rally, Rainhill
Saturday, September 26
Trinity Evangelical Church,
Rainhill, Prescot, Merseyside L35 4LQ
3pm and 5pm (tea and coffee provided)
Speaker: Walter McCorkell – UK Executive Director
plus reports from around the world
For more info contact Brian Bushell
T: 01744883050 bandjbushell@blueyonder.co.uk

Appointment of a new UK Executive Director

One Mission Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Walter McCorkell as UK Executive Director.
We see God’s hand upon this appointment and an answer to much prayer. It has also occurred very much in God’s timing, and for His purposes. Walter comes to OMS with a 30 year career history of service as a senior manager and operational scientist within the Northern Ireland Civil Service and his professional career has brought him into contact with many professional, business and influential individuals. As an expert witness, he has a long experience of Public speaking, court work and multi-agency interaction. His professional career has taken him to some countries to help train Police and scientific personnel.
Walter is a serving Elder within the Presbyterian Church and he has been a Sunday school teacher and Superintendent, Youth Club leader and Mission Committee convenor within his home congregation of Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. His experience extends to frequently taking Church services and preaching God’s Word both at home and abroad.
Along with his wife Rosie, Walter recently spent four years in full time Missionary service in Mozambique with the Africa Inland Mission. During this time, they built their own house deep in the African bush, built a Bible School, and faithfully ministered to and discipled five mud-hut churches in the area associated with the Uniting Church of Christ, American Board, in Mozambique. Prior to this, Walter has served on voluntary mission teams to six countries on three continents. Walter and Rosie have three grown up daughters, two grandsons and one granddaughter. As part of their theological growth, both Walter and Rosie have undertaken courses at Belfast Bible College, and Walter has successfully achieved his Theology degree at Union College and Queens University Belfast.
Walter, in his role as Executive Director, will work from the OMS Belfast office, and commute to the Headquarters in Manchester on a regular basis. Our prayer is that God will continue to bless this appointment, and that through it His Kingdom will be extended and grown, and the work of One Mission Society developed.

Men for Missions at Work

Glenn Pollock, David Matchett and Robin Sloss from Northern Ireland boarded an Easyjet flight from Belfast to Manchester on March 5th, 2015. Their destination was One Mission Society’s Head Office to begin much needed painting inside the building. Over the past few years a number of teams have tidied around the outside of this beautiful old house and now it was the opportunity for the inside.
We arrived at Sandileigh Avenue late that Thursday night, had something to eat, spent time chatting and then retired for the evening.
On Friday morning we assessed the work that needed to be completed and began to move things around in preparation. David and myself spent most of the first day sanding down woodwork ready for painting, and Glenn worked on the ceilings and walls.
The day went so fast as we just kept each other going and talked a lot about theology. About 5:30pm, realising we were hungry, we had a walk out to find a fish & chip shop (it was good food!!)
Saturday morning, after praying, we started painting again; we had a target to aim for – the flight back to Northern Ireland at 7pm, so we kept our heads down and the painting went on while also enjoying the fellowship. The paint brushes began to be washed from 3pm onwards and by 4:30pm the house was back to normal.
The smell of new paint filled the air. The landing, stairs and upstairs hall were shining with their new coat.
More maintenance work needs to be carried out around this lovely old house that we call OMS Headquarters in the UK.

Could you spare a day to serve the Lord in this way? Have you a skill or trade?  Or are you just willing to serve the Lord in whatever way He can use you?
Men for Missions can use YOU!   Please contact me for more information:-

Robin Sloss
MFMI-UK National Director
Email: robin.sloss@btinternet.com
Skype: robin.sloss
Blog: www.theslossfamilymfm.wordpress.com

You can read more about Men for Missions at www.menformissions.org

OMS Scotland Conference

Kilsyth Community Church
Low Craigends, Kilsyth
North Lanarkshire
G65 0BH
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10.00-3.30pm (coffee from 9.30am)

Speakers:
Rev Douglas Atherton – OMS Minister at Large `In the Spirit and Power of Elijah’
Mr Walter McCorkell – OMS UK Executive Director
Mr Robin Sloss – Men for Mission UK
plus mission updates from around the world.

For more information please contact Bill Anderson T: 07989 814123

A Frog on My Shelf

Since taking up the role of President of One Mission Society, Esther and I have been overwhelmed by the undeserved kindness shown to us. The biggest and greatest gift given to us by many supporters is their assurance of prayer. Our sense of needing God, of knowing that he’s guiding and helping and empowering us, is intense. The desire of our hearts is to serve out of an overflow of a deep love relationship with Christ while walking in all-out dependence on him.

There is a frog in my office. It’s not a live frog, nor is it an idol or good luck charm. Crafted out of metal, it sits on the shelf as if watching and listening to what is going on. Some who have seen it have commented, “Oh, that’s a cute frog. Why is it sitting there?”

Esther gave me this frog a few years ago to serve as a constant reminder of an important truth embedded in Psalm 20:7: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” The meaning of the frog in my office is that God is fully dependable and faithful. He is completely trustworthy. Therefore, we can Fully Rely On God!

On several occasions, I’ve looked thoughtfully over at that frog. I have wondered what went through the minds of Abraham and Sarah when God told them in their old age that they would have a son. Really? Sarah, realizing her child-bearing years were well behind her, laughed at this idea. But God was reliable … a son was born!

What did Joseph think about the trustworthiness of God when his jealous brothers threw him into a desert cistern, leaving him there to die? He had to wonder if God had also abandoned him. Yet, many years later, in a face-to-face encounter with those same brothers, Joseph was able to say with conviction, “ You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20). God was fully trustworthy.

Then, there’s the story of Moses leading the people of Israel out of Egypt. As they were camping by the sea (Exodus 14), they looked back in horror to realize that the Egyptians―all of Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops―were closing in on them. The Israelites were terrified and cried out to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” They had concluded that Moses and the God he represented were unreliable, that they couldn’t be trusted.

Moses replied, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent (Exodus 14:13-14). God was again faithful and totally trustworthy. By his power, the sea parted and the Israelites walked through on dry ground. As the Egyptians pursued them, the waters flowed back and covered them and their horses. Not one of them survived. “And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant” (Exodus 14:31, NIV). God was fully reliable.

We can be amazed at these and many other biblical accounts showing the trustworthiness of God. But the real test comes when we find ourselves in what feels like an utterly hopeless situation, when the odds are overwhelming and it appears that God is inattentive, that he has shut his ears to our pleas or has even abandoned us. It’s in these kinds of critical times, which are common in our earthly journey, that the frog in my office reminds us of this: We can Fully Rely On God.

God has been reliable in the past, he is fully trustworthy today, and we can count on him fully as we move forward. In many OMS publications are stories depicting radical dependence upon this faithful God. They call us to trust him when most would feel like quitting, when human hope has dissipated. We all face those moments. The big question for us as an OMS family is this: In times like these, will we F.R.O.G.?

Thank you for welcoming Esther and me into this very special family! If you’re ever in Greenwood, you’re welcome to come see my frog.

Bob Fetherlin
President, One Mission Society