From Around the UK

Bill Burnett reports back on N.I. Conference

Little Sam Edler joins Donald to welcome folk to Glenada

From February 20th-22nd we enjoyed a wonderful OMS conference in Newcastle Co Down “where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea”.
Once again, we had a full house with many folk staying in accommodation close by. It was a special privilege to have with us this year the new International President of One Mission Society, Dr Bob Fetherlin and his wife, Esther. They both endeared themselves to all the OMSers with their friendly and gracious way.

We appreciated how Bob shared his testimony of how God led them both into mission work in Africa with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and now the work of OMS.  He set out his vision for the future of One Mission Society and challenged us all to join in, and especially pray for new initiatives.

Pastor Victor Maxwell, from Acre Gospel Mission, brought us challenging and encouraging messages from the life of Paul, the first missionary to Europe.

Pastor Victor Maxwell

Paul saw a light, heard a voice and obeyed, and continued on with a passion to share the gospel so that all would hear the Good News.

With us for the weekend were OMS Missionaries Steve and Helen Cosslett with their 3 children from Mexico and Daniel Castro from Spain. They brought presentations of their different ministries and we had messages via Skype from the Kellys in Mozambique, the Forsythes and Reids in Mexico, the Heath family and Danielle Flood-Coleman in East Asia, and the Vogans in Ecuador.

Robin Sloss reported on the work of Men for Mission, and Stephen Williamson, who is retiring as Field Leader for the Republic of Ireland, organised reports on the work in the Republic of Ireland.  Jonny & Julie Pollock shared about their call to a church planting ministry in Westport, Co. Mayo from Summer 2015.  They still need some support before they go.  We also heard from Bill & Julie Edler who have been accepted as OMS funding missionaries and hope to leave for Haiti in the Autumn.

We all left with a sense of responsibility to the Lord to continue to support and pray for all the missionaries and ministries of OMS. We look forward, in the Lord’s will, to being back next year from 26th- 28th February. Special thanks to Donald and Lorraine Coulter and all who made things go so well.

MEFI ON TOUR

Steve and Helen Cosslett have returned to the UK from Mexico where Steve serves as OMS Mexico Field Director and oversees several ministries. Helen disciples young street mums at the MEFI drop-in centre.  This is a short home assignment, so travel is restricted, but they will be in different regions sharing updates on what God has been doing through Proyecto MEFI (street kids) and other ministries they are involved in. The majority of their time will be spent in the South West. If you would like to hear them share about their ministry, there may be a meeting near you:-

Midlands:
Sunday 1st February
10AM: St Thomas, Rushwick

Northern Ireland:
20th-22nd Feb
OMS Annual Conference, Co. Down
plus other events (to be confirmed)

N. England:
Sunday 8th March
AM: Chorley EFC

Scotland:
Sunday 15th March:
AM: Livingroom, Wallyford
PM: Carrubbers Christian Centre, Edinburgh

South Wales:
Sunday 22nd March
AM: Pentyrch Street BC Cardiff
PM: Blaenau Gwent EC, Blaenau

Tuesday 24nd March

7pm: Lodge Farm, Caerleon

Wednesday 25th Marc
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7pm: Bryn Sion, Aberdare

For more information contact the Manchester office.

A Mission Without Limits – a vision for OMS’ future

I learned about investing in the future from my grandfather. One day, he was planting an apple tree. I asked him, “Why are you planting this tree?” He knew the question behind the question. “Grandpa, you are 80 years old and will probably never see one of the apples!” My grandfather answered, “I am planting this for you, not for me.” My grandfather was a smart man to plan for the future.

When I think of the future of One Mission Society, I am reminded of my grandfather. What we do now is often done thinking toward the future more than the present. The burden and challenge is to prepare OMS to carry out Christ’s mission in the shifting population and global trends we face in the 21st century.

One Mission Society will not compromise the message of the Cross or the message of heart purity resulting in a holy lifestyle. The last century’s challenge was the Gospel’s contextualization in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Our new challenge is keeping the preaching of the cross central, while allowing the Gospel to be African, Latin American, European and Asian.

The Global South will be the largest potential missionary force the world has ever seen. Our entire organization must be flexible and strategically structured when we face this challenge. The Gospel will not change; the goals will not change; but our methods, recruitment, and organizational structure must.

There are no limits to OMS’ future. We are making changes that will allow the next generation to have an effective witness and partnership with our national churches for the final harvest. People of every culture and nation can embrace and serve in the ministry of OMS because it is based not in one culture or country but in the Scriptures.

The future ministry of One Mission Society has no limits.

Edward W. Williamson, One Mission Society US Board of Trustees Chairperson

New TLC Charity Shop in Cookstown N.Ireland

OMS has been part of my life for a long time, and also featured prominently in the life of our church, and in 1986 I joined a youth team to Spain. I qualified as a nurse and midwife, thinking of missionary work with OMS. However, opportunities for medical work were limited at the time and the doors seemed to be closed.

I met my future husband, Bob, and some years later started an OMS prayer group, initially to pray for an OMS/IEB outreach at the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage. Over the years we have enjoyed the fun and fellowship of the OMS annual conferences and have got to know many of the OMS missionaries and staff . We were particularly impressed with the vision that Melvin and Sharon Kelly had to start a charity shop to provide funding and vocational training for pastors at the Mozambique Bible Seminary and their families.

Some years later, a prolonged period of ill-health following a 4 year career break to spend time with our children, meant that I had to reconsider my options for work.  I began to feel that God had something different for me to do and I remember praying one day, feeling a bit desperate, “Lord what can I do?”  My illness progressed over the next 21 months and I needed surgery after drug treatments failed. Less than a week after my discharge from hospital, Bob was admitted to hospital. During this difficult time we really appreciated the support we received from our OMS family and our church.

Following a period of recovery, I took some items to the Girassol charity shop in Antrim. Soon afterwards, I thought “What about a shop like this in Cookstown, our nearest large town, promoted by the local council as the “Retail Capital of Mid-Ulster”. The thought wouldn’t go away and I mentioned it to Bob. He was supportive and I also received positive responses from many others. As I continued to pray for God’s guidance I became convinced that this was His leading.

We were offered the opportunity to work under the umbrella of TLC (Transforming Lives & Communities), the charity that the Kellys set up to oversee the running of the Girassol shop. We took this as further evidence of God’s leading and, after more prayer and reflection, we accepted the offer.   God provided the means and support network we needed to get the shop up and running, and we are very thankful to everyone who gave us support during that time.

I began to think about which OMS project to support and it became clear that the Kellys’ project had been able to achieve many things through funding, but Steve and Helen Cosslett’s MEFI ministry in Mexico City had a large deficit. This ministry has always been close to my heart since seeing pictures of young children scavenging from bins or living on rubbish dumps in order to survive.  MEFI exists to help children and young people living on the streets.

We opened the TLC shop in Cookstown in April and God has really helped us. He provided a team of great volunteers who helped with preparing the shop for opening, some of whom continue to help with the daily running and we have experienced steady trading over the past months and look forward to funds being transferred to the MEFI project very soon.

Part of the ethos of TLC is to be a witness, not only overseas, but also in our home town, and we have free Christian literature available. We try to build relationships with customers and provide a listening ear. Many of our volunteers speak of how helping in the shop has been a blessing to them in their own lives.

Bob & Christina are leaders of the OMS Cookstown Prayer Group and Christina manages the new TLC shop.
If you could help in any way by praying, donating (clean clothes, jewellery, accessories, household goods, furniture and  bricabrac would be most welcome) or volunteering in the Cookstown shop, Christina would love to hear from you.
email bobandchristinabell@gmail.com ;
M: 075 1002 2034.

You can find out more about the Street kids ministry in Mexico by visiting www.mefi.co

SOUTH WALES & WEST OF ENGLAND REGIONAL DAY

Randall Spacht

A good number of OMS supporters gathered at the AoG Church Newbridge on Saturday 20 September for two meetings at 3:30 & 6:30 pm.  The first speakers were Joe & Sadie Law(Mission Possible), an OMS partner organisation, working with street children in Bogota Colombia.  They were followed by Colleen Fitch, the European Theological Education Consultant; Colleen introduced the vital subject of theological training throughout Europe.  Randall Spacht, Executive Director of International Ministries, brought ministry from God’s Word, focusing on ‘The Commands of Jesus’.  Randall left a lasting impression with his thoughts from the ‘Woman at the Well’.
Following some delicious refreshments the day continued with a further meeting.
6:30 saw Robin Sloss, MFMI UK Director, speak about the 60 year anniversary of MFMI.  He encouraged men to join the team to help support OMS missionaries overseas.  Colleen Fitch brought a further update from her work in Spain as TE Consultant.  Randall brought an excellent day to a close with further ministry on the commands of Jesus.
It was also good to share fellowship on the Sunday at Newbridge where Randall brought more challenge and encouragement from the Word of God and Colleen expanded our vision of the need for theological training in Europe.
It was a blessed time spent in worship, praise and adoration of our Lord and an excellent opportunity to be challenged & encouraged by the ministry of OMS and from God’s Word.
Thanks to all who travelled to be a part of the Regional Day.

Chris Palmer – Regional Director

Code of Best Practice in Short term Mission

One Mission Society is recognised by Global Connections as operating under the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission 2015

One Mission Society is one of over 300 member organisations of Global Connections. The mission’s policies and procedures for short-term mission placements have been accredited for individual and team placements of up to two years duration.

Global Connections is a network of UK agencies, churches, colleges that support each other through sharing resources, knowledge and experience gained from their involvement in worldwide mission.

The Code of Best Practice for Short-term mission is one of several important guidelines produced by Global Connections that are designed to help mission agencies and local churches recognise and comply with their legal and moral responsibilities and obligations towards short-term mission trip volunteers.

You can find more information on the Global Connections web-site: http://www.globalconnections.org.uk/guidelines/short-term-mission-code-of-best-practice

OMS YOUNG ADULTS WEEKEND 2014

12-13th September
Cornmill Quay, Annalong

`The Blessings of Obedience’ (Simon Curry—Ballycrochan Baptist Church )

Cost: £30.00, including food and overnight stay.
For Saturday only, £10.00

To book a place, or for further information, contact Donald Coulter (OMS N.I. Regional Director):
T: 028 93349495, M: 07512025896, e: donaldcoulter@gmail.com, or visit our website.

Children and Families Welcome!