Worldwide Mission in Action

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Conversations on a Plane

Sitting next to me on the plane from Hong Kong to San Francisco was a Frenchman named Christian. When he learned that Esther and I spoke French, he opened up to us in an amazing way. I began to speak to him of Christ, and he was extremely interested. I ended up opening the Scriptures and going through the Gospel with him in French. He had honest questions, and by God’s grace, I was able to communicate well with him for close to two hours. In God’s big-picture economy, maybe a reason Esther and I learned French in 1981-82 was so that I could interact with Christian about Jesus in 2018. I now have his contact information to continue a “seeker” conversation. I hope to send him a Bible in French, so he can begin reading through the book of John. And I’ve connected him with a strong evangelical church in his hometown in California. By God’s transforming power, may Christian live up to the name he bears!

Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society

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SHARED REWARDS

In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men returned to their hometown of Ziklag to discover the Amalekites had attacked and burned it. The wives and children of David and his men were gone, taken captive by the Amalekite raiding party. With their loved ones missing and their houses destroyed, David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s fighters were so angry and embittered that they talked of stoning him.

In the midst of these horrific circumstances, “David found strength in the Lord his God” (vs 6). After inquiring of the Lord about whether or not to pursue those who had burned the city and taken all of the women, children, and livestock, David and 400 of his men pursued that raiding party of Amalekites. But the text makes it clear that 200 of David’s men stayed behind.

Soon, the 400 returned with abundant plunder, announcing that not one wife, not one child had been lost. All had been miraculously recovered. It was then that troublemakers among David’s men said, “Because they (the 200) did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered” (vs 22).

In response, David put forward a statute for Israel that has stood through many generations: “The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle” (vs 24). While this felt counter-intuitive, even unfair to the men who had risked everything to take back what the Amalekites had stolen, it was a reflection of God’s heart.

Today, there are missionaries who go to distant places and peoples representing Christ. When a person repents and puts their faith in Christ or a new worshiping group is established, who gets the reward? First and foremost, this is for God’s honor, not for the glory of anyone else. When it comes to God-given rewards, those who stand behind that missionary with prayer, giving, and encouragement are just as worthy to receive eternal rewards for what’s accomplished as is the missionary.

This is one of the many lessons from this amazing story in 1 Samuel 31. Being one of the ones who serves as a homeland missionary, to help support the work of OMS around the world, I’m grateful for this centuries-old statute about shared rewards!

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MEN FOR MISSIONS – POST ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE

On April 16, 2016, the southern coastal province of Manabi, Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 earthquake. The death toll was 676, with over 16,000 injured and 2,000 who lost their homes. There was widespread damage in the province, but one of the worst-hit areas was Manta.

One Mission Society responded immediately by taking in bags of supplies, water, and clothes to those in Manta. Along with our local church there, Jesus Christ is the Answer, we ran a two-month soup kitchen, delivering hot lunches to an average of 450 people, three days a week.

We also had the opportunity to share the Gospel with hundreds of people each day as we fed them. Many people came to Christ during that time and requested Bible studies. As a result, we have nine new study groups that meet weekly in the areas affected most by the earthquake.

We planned a three-phase ministry of relief work. We have completed phase one of the project, which was helping six churches with rebuilding and repairing the damage from the earthquake.

We are currently in phase two, which is the rebuilding of homes that were completely destroyed. We have the approval to begin building six properties. When we began this project, we had no idea of all the red tape that would be required by the government. We praise God for sending us Bolivar Conde, an Ecuadorian architect, who has taken over as Project Manager. He began construction on the first three houses in March. We are praying that God will provide the funds, so that we will be able to build 9 more houses, which will complete our initial goal of 15 homes.

Our final phase will be reparations made to homes that were not destroyed, but that had severe damage. These homes are habitable, but still need major repairs. We are hoping to be able to carry on Phase two and three simultaneously.

There are two main needs to help complete this project:
•We are currently seeking groups who would like to come to Manta to help us with Phases two and three.
•We need funds to help complete the project.

We are so thankful to all who have offered their time and funds thus far. It is amazing to see what God has done in Manta, not only with the rebuilding of homes, but also the restoration of lives. Outreach to those who lost so much in the earthquake continues, and the church is growing.

If you would like to help in any way, please contact the Belfast office info-uk@onemissionsociety.org  or click here to make a donation through the website quoting “Manta project”.

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ECUADOR EVENINGS


ECUADOR EVENINGS WITH MARK & NUBE VOGAN
Singer – Meilyr Rees of Noiz Ministries
Come along and hear what God is doing in Ecuador
Refreshments include Ecuadorian Food!

 

N.IRELAND
19th May, 7pm.
Parish Halls 22 North Street, Upper Ballinderry BT28 2ER
RSVP Mark & Nube Vogan  Tel: 028 93039038 . Mobile 07572592229

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
20th May 4.30pm
St Mary’s Community Campus, Granard Rd (N55), Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford
RSVP John & Rita Vogan  Tel: +353 44 9341354 . Mobile: +353 851564914

For further info email: mark.vogan@gmail.com

 

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PIERCING THE DARKNESS IN NORTH KOREA

A few years ago, mission researchers produced a map contrasting well-lit areas of the world with dark ones. Based on the best data available at the time, dots of light were imposed on an otherwise dark map of the world. Each pinpoint of light represented a certain number of evangelical followers of Jesus. The result was a compelling portrayal of the areas of the world where there is relatively rich access to the Gospel in comparison to the areas where access is critically low.

South Korea has a heavier concentration of light than any other nation. In contrast, North Korea is strikingly dark. Knowing the Lord of the harvest does not desire for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9), what can we do to help more people in, and from, North Korea have access to the light of Christ?

Along with many other partners, One Mission Society is deeply concerned for the people of North Korea. Christ loves them and died so that they could have life. Yet, so few of them have ever had the opportunity to hear and understand the truth of Christ. By God’s grace and with his help, OMS is seeking ways to make the Gospel available to North Koreans. May the walls keeping it from them come down. And when they do, may God’s people be ready to blanket this dark nation with light!                           Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society

RESTORING THE CHURCH IN NORTH KOREA

Did you know that before the division of North and South Korea, there were about 3,000 churches in North Korea, with 132 of those being Korea Evangelical Holiness Churches (KEHC), started by Koreans trained by OMS missionaries? But during the Korean War, the churches in the north were laid waste, and the majority of the Christians fled to the south.

Dozens of North Korean pastors stayed to watch over their churches while they sent their families to flee south. Many of them were captured and suffered greatly, finally dying a martyr’s death. In the following decades of continual persecution by the North Korean government, the churches and Christians in North Korea disappeared altogether.

One pastor, who in spite of his sadness over losing his father to the communists, has devoted his life to restoring the church in North Korea. For several decades, he has embraced his enemies, the North Korean people, with the love of Christ. Because of the mission of unification in the Gospel, although he is in his 80s, he is still working hard to restore the North Korean church.

Here is a passionately written except from a letter he wrote to his father, who was abducted by the North Korean government:

What has happened to Shinuiju Dongbu Church now . . . father! Restoring that fallen church is my fervent hope and prayer. Someday a church will stand tall again in that place. Father, in that church where you shared the Gospel and pastored, I see a vision of your descendants sharing the Gospel.”

This pastor has been doing the dangerous ministry of setting up a shelter for North Koreans, sharing the Gospel with those travelling overseas, and training them to go back to North Korea. Because South Koreans cannot go into North Korea to share the Gospel, he has also been training ethnic Korean Chinese nationals and Mongolians who can enter North Korea.

There are North Korean evangelists who, in obedience to God’s Word, are risking death to accept Jesus while overseas and then return to North Korea. They are keeping the faith in the midst of persecution and danger, building the underground church and sharing the Gospel.

Among the one billion people that OMS is pursuing to share the Good News of Jesus with, there are 25 million North Koreans who have never heard the Gospel. They are waiting for someone to share with them. OMS has focused on training national evangelists in Korea since the start of the Korea Evangelical Holiness Church (KEHC) over 110 years ago. The North Koreans that we have discipled will rebuild the fallen North Korean church and bring salvation to the souls dying without knowing Jesus Christ. The North Korean underground Christians who have kept their faith through suffering will fulfil the task of being witnesses of the light of Jesus Christ all over the world. We ask for your prayers and support as this ministry is dangerous and difficult.                          Rev. Sungho Kim, Sarangnaru adviser

 

 

 

 

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NEWS FROM THE MOSCOW SEMINARY

Sasha Tsutserov, Principal of the Moscow Seminary writes,

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ at One Mission Society United Kingdom, Greetings to you from Moscow!
Please, allow me to introduce Igor Belebeha, our new scholarship student.

Igor Belebeha’s first career was Lt. Col. Neurology doctor with the Navy. Igor accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1990, and in 2001 the Lord called him into ministry. At first Igor served as a pastor in Severomorks (Russian naval base above the Polar Circle … half a year day, half a year night). And then the Lord called Igor to church planting.
Igor, together with his wife and 8 (!) kids, moved to Obninsk – a 100,000 inhabitant city located 75 miles SW from Moscow. The Resurrection of Christ church plant started with two families and quickly grew to a regular 80 in attendance (and up to 180 at Christmas and Easter).
Igor wanted more people to come to Christ, though, but felt he lacked training for ministry, and so Igor got himself enrolled at the Moscow Seminary! Igor studied at the seminary for a year and loved it so much that he encouraged 11 (!) more of his church’s leaders to study at the seminary as well (as Igor puts it, “for everybody to be ‘on the same page,’ to be equally yoked, ‘equally called by God and trained by the seminary’ – for ministry”).
Igor and his 11 church leaders all diligently study at the seminary (with the emphasis on church growth and multiplication) while literally following Jesus’ charge, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

It is due to you giving that student-ministers, like Igor, have a chance to study at the Moscow Seminary on a scholarship. And for this, I praise God and thank you, brothers and sisters in Christ at One Mission Society United Kingdom!

To support the training of ministers at the Moscow Seminary, you can donate online here, or send a cheque, payable to `One Mission Society’, to the Belfast Office, and marked Project 301710 Moscow Seminary.

www.moscowseminary.ru
tsutserov@moscowseminary.ru
www.facebook.com/moscowseminary

MEN FOR MISSIONS GLOBAL

What will be the impact of OMS Global?
The impact of OMS Global will be more souls coming to Christ through new opportunities. OMS International worked within a restricted group and used a limited number of people and did a great job reaching the lost across the world. OMS Global will look to reach more partners and more associate segments to achieve the vision Bob Fetherlin, OMS President, presented to the Board of Trustees that one billion people will be given the opportunity to hear the gospel in ten years. I believe the Lord will take and move this project forward with great opportunities to see how the people of OMS, other agencies, and organizations can join together to reach that one billion people in ten years.

In the next few months, OMS Global will be discovering, researching, developing, and working together. We will need to go through the transition period of the change from OMS International into OMS-USA, but also into OMS Global. The first few months will focus on coming together, praying together, and finding out how to work together rather than seeing dramatic changes in the early life of OMS Global. From there we will move forward, develop, change, and bring in new organizations, new people, and new groups who are willing to share with OMS in the future of reaching one billion people. There are certain issues that we need to deal with such as how to deal with partners, how we deal with signatories, and how do we deal with associates. There are also new roles that are going to be created for people working with OMS Global.

With OMS Global, we hope that the OMS International affiliate countries: Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and United States will come together as the signatories, but we will not be restricted to those six countries. We seek to have people from Cuba, Colombia, Bangladesh, and all over the world join in with the ethos of OMS Global to create a combination of resources that will reach more people and tell them the good news of the gospel.

Greater opportunities for MFM Global
The OMS Board of Trustees has also formed Men for Mission Global, which is a great opportunity for laymen to have an impact on the one billion vision. For men and women who have felt the call of God upon their lives to go on a short-term mission trip, they will take this mission forward. There are not enough missionaries to reach one billion people. Men for Missions and the utilization of laymen is a key part of moving forward.

John McLaughlin, President of MFMI Cabinet (left) interviews newly appointed Chairman of OMS Global Board, Bill Anderson

Men for Missions Global will give people the opportunity to operate in areas where there is no OMS Global involvement by working in partnership with like-minded people and organizations who accept and understand the ethos of OMS Global. Those partners will still have their individual identity but will work together with OMS and Men for Missions Global to mobilize more people. Men and women from countries not involved in any mission work can have the opportunity to come in partnership with OMS. They have a passion, desire, and the heart to be involved. OMS and Men for Missions Global will give opportunities to the people who are already being prepared. God will prepare people to take this project forward to greater things.

The opportunities for Men for Missions Global will increase and they will multiply. Men and women will help reach one billion people for Christ through this great opportunity. These are exciting days. I’ve been involved in OMS since 1978 and never been more excited than right now.

 

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ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS PRESENT

16th April 2016

Faith in Action
Help a needy family by giving towards a new  replacement home in Manta, Ecuador.  Maybe you can’t think what to give your loved ones this Christmas; read on…
Few of us will have experienced the gut wrenching fear that penetrates one as the ground appears to move in waves like water. All that we once thought safe, safe as houses and solid, is no longer.  That was Mark Vogan’s experience of a 6.2 aftershock in Manta. He says, “The vehicle I was in shook as if some giant gorilla was bouncing it like a basketball.  Above me large Mango tree branches were banging on the church roof as we loaded lunches. The roaring sound and vibrations were like 50 massive lorries passing.”
18 months after the earthquake many families still live in temporary shacks. Their homes were destroyed by the 7.8 Mw earthquake. Some  buildings collapsed on neighbouring homes. In the months following, the government demolished unsafe homes. They rebuilt some, but will do no more now. The OMS re-building initiative has begun, reaching out to the forgotten who have no other chance of help.  10 church buildings have been rebuilt or repaired. However, there are not enough funds yet, to cover all the 45 homes required.  Each 44m2 (440 ft2) basic home costs just £9408 to build; subject to price changes and exchange.
Would you give an Alternative Christmas Present to help a rebuild in Manta? Please click here to download and print the Alternative Christmas Present Certificate; select items, fill-in and send with the Total Donation to OMS.  Tick the Gift Aid box if relevant. Alternatively, a gift can be given online at www.give.net/omsinternational. It will be exciting to see how much of a home or how many homes God will provide through your gifts this Christmas and New Year.

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GROWING SPANISH-SPEAKING CHURCH IN LONDON

On Sunday mornings, people from across London make their way by bus and train to a theatre in Stratford. They are not going to see a movie. They are going to church. Churchgoers include Spanish speakers from many Latin countries now living and working in London. Rev. Oscar Jimenez, a young Colombian, pastors the growing church.

In 2014, Oscar, then director of the Mission Department for the OMS-related InterAmerican Church in Colombia, traveled to London to check on a ministry. He found little fruit, but saw other potential opportunities. After the church heard his report, they sent Oscar, a graduate of the OMS seminary in Medellín, as a missionary. Soon, more than 100 people were meeting every Sunday in a hotel to hear him preach God’s Word.

Oscar baptizes a new convert

However, his stay in London became complicated with visa issues, so he had to return to Colombia. After a few months, Oscar secured a four-year student visa to attend the London School of Theology. This visa allows him to work on a Ph.D. and pastor the growing 250-person InterLondon Church, with 15 house churches and plans to plant a daughter church in Wimbledon later this year. Oscar continues to seek the Lord’s help, guidance, and strength as he studies and pastors full time.

If you would like to support Oscar in this ministry please contact OMS.