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.
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.