Worldwide Mission in Action

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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
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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.

A NEW LIFE IN INDIANAPOLIS

Antonio’s life exemplifies one completely turned around. In his former life, he partied, cussed, and got drunk regularly. He also stole from his family’s business and abused their trust. He came to the United States looking for a new start, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend. He confessed, “So many times I tried to straighten myself out, but I always failed.”
Things didn’t improve in the U.S. When his relationship with his girlfriend ended in betrayal, he was devastated and consumed with hatred. His six-year-old son resented him and blamed him for the problems between his parents. In desperation, Antonio told his son’s uncle to care for the boy if he ended up in jail, as he was determined to take his revenge on his former girlfriend’s new partner.
Depressed, drinking too much, and filled with bitterness, Antonio remembers that every time he planned to do something foolish or felt overwhelmed by the pain in his heart, a Christian friend would text him, assuring him of his prayers and God’s love for him. One day, provoked by an argument with his ex-girlfriend, Antonio closed his eyes and prayed, “God, I don’t want to feel this hatred and pain anymore. Please take it all away.” With tears streaming down his face, Antonio experienced peace as God removed all the bitterness.
In July 2016, One Mission Society started a new ministry to immigrants in the United States, a network of Hispanic churches. Red Nueva Vida, or New Life Network, plants churches that reproduce themselves by planting daughter churches. Lay people within the church body are intentionally discipled in their relationships with Christ. They are then trained to make new disciples and start new groups of dynamic believers.
My wife Lupita and I planted New Life Church, the mother church in Indianapolis, Indiana, and now we provide vision and coordination for the New Life Network. In the last six months, New Life has grown from 40 to 80 members. The network has also just started two new daughter churches. Francisco and Blanca recently moved to Tampa, Florida, to plant a church, and Omar and Katia moved to Chicago to do the same there.

Lives like Antonio’sare being changed.
Today, as a growing disciple and prayer warrior, Antonio soaks up Jesus.
He leads the prayer ministry and teaches the children. Antonio and his son now enjoy a restored relationship and attend church together. In July, Antonio was baptized.
His life has been completely transformed. “I love inviting people to church and sharing Jesus with them. I speak to everyone openly about the new life I have in Christ. Many who knew my life before Christ can’t believe it.” Even his ex-girlfriend and her new partner are so amazed at the changes they see in Antonio that they have begun to attend New Life as well. Antonio prays that they will soon be reached for Jesus.
Antonio is one example of many. Others like him are being trained to plant more churches.
New Life has launched an international nine-module church planting training course for lay church planters. Regional centers across the United States will be the hubs to launch this initiative and unleash the potential within Hispanic churches across the States. The first center begins in October in Orlando with more than 100 expected to attend.
The second regional center will open in Indianapolis. Over the next few years, New Life Network will train thousands of lay church planters to impact their local communities for Christ. It’s exciting to see God enabling ordinary people to do extraordinary things for his kingdom.

 

Jonathan, Lupita, Daniel & Noah Morton- OMS Missionaries

 

 

 

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

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NOT ALONE: MARIA’S STORY

Down a steep, one-lane, curvy mountainous dirt road, across a little river, and up the other side sits a little adobe and wooden farm house. There are chickens, ducks, dogs, and kittens running around the yard. A hammock, table, and bench are on the little porch. Our friend Maria is always ready to welcome us.

We met Maria last May when she heard about the medical team that was in Chaguarpamba. On her paper she marked that she would like to receive a visit from us. The first time we went, we weren’t sure how to find her house. After asking around, we were told, “to go down the road and, where you see the big tree, that is where her home is.”

Maria used to live in Guayaquil, but when her parents were sick, Maria moved back to their house to take care of them until they passed, leaving her the farm. One day, she told us about her sisters in Guayaquil and how they were Christians. She shared that she used to enjoy going with them and hearing God’s Word. She prayed with us to dedicate her life to Christ and shared how her heart breaks for others who place their faith in idols that can’t help them. She feels alone because no one near her has faith in Christ. I handed her a little card with spaces to be filled with seven names for people God places on her heart to pray for. She was excited to be able to play a part, through prayer, in the lives of people she cares about. Every time we go and share a Bible story with her and ask if we can pray for her she answers, “Sure!”

We loved being a part of bringing the Good News to her, and we hope to eventually plant a church she can invest in.

Maria’s generous heart means we rarely leave her place empty handed. Even though she doesn’t have a steady income, she always has something to share, like papayas, oranges, and bananas. She invites us to go with her to pick the fruit that she wants us to take home. It is her way of saying thank you.

We are praying that Maria will have the boldness to generously share Christ like she shares her fruit; that her family, friends, and neighbors will know her by her willingness to share Christ; and that one day, there will be a church out in this little farming community of Achiotes.

By Jennifer Riggs, OMS missionary, Loja, Ecuador

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PASSION FOR THE LOST

I cannot think that God’s heart can be satisfied with the salvation of just a few when his great heart yearns over the millions.” ~Charles Cowman, cofounder of One Mission Society

Charles Cowman wrote these powerful words years ago, but they still ring true in OMS today. Aligning with our Billion.Global vision, we are not content merely reaching just a few. We know that God’s heart yearns to be known and loved by everyone. So, we continue to press forward in our vision to reach at least one billion people with the Gospel by July 2026.

To accomplish this vision, prayer is key. Prayer allows us to grow together and, in turn, grow the body of Christ. Prayer allows us to remain within the parameters of what we believe aligns with God’s vision.

How can you be a part of fulfilling the vision?

You can pray. Prayer is powerful, and it is at the center of everything we do.

We are fully aware that we cannot achieve our goals without complete dependence on God, the one who is ultimately in charge of this vision. Pray that we are filled with zeal for the Lord, that we remember that this vision is not about us, and that we give ultimate control and glory to God.

In the fourth century, there was a man named St. Ephrem who lived in Syria, and he wrote this prayer which reaches to our core:

“O Lord and master of my life, take from me the spirit of laziness, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of purity, humility, patience, and love to thy servant. Yea, O Lord and king, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.”

If we are serious about working together to give at least a billion people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ, we must share this prayer. We must pray for purity, humility, patience, and love; we must pray that we don’t make ourselves the center of what God is doing. May we not only pray this, but also experience God’s enablement to live it!

With a vision this size, we must rely on the only one who can make it a reality. And, by the grace of God, we will continue until one billion people have heard the Good News of the Gospel.
Bob Fetherlin, One Missions Society President


Billion.Global
vision   https://billion.global/

 

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MEDICAL ELECTIVES IN MOZAMBIQUE

As part of our training, nursing students have an elective placement, which gives us the opportunity to choose where we would like to spend that time.
Following meetings, prayer and decisions, the doors to Mozambique were opened to us through One Mission Society, and we applied for a one month placement in Maputo to work alongside a nurse and other members of the team working with the Helping Hands project.*
Over the following few months, all the plans and logistics were put into place and we were able to head out to Mozambique on 17th February 2017. We raised enough money to buy equipment that we use in our work in N.Ireland with people with both learning and physical disabilities, and also purchased 50 solar powered audio bibles, translated into Portuguese.
During our time in Mozambique, we were able to fulfil everything we had hoped for, and more. For the mums of children with disabilities, we carried out seminars on oral health, nutrition and sensory play, as well as diabetes seminars at the Seminary. We provided health checks, such as blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring. During our visits in the villages we were privileged to meet some amazing people living full lives despite their disabilities. It was so fulfilling to be able to give them small aids and advice to make the tasks in their lives that little bit easier. It broke our hearts to see just how lowly people with disabilities are viewed in their culture.
It was great to be able to share passages from the bible with them, just to remind them how special they are and how loved they are by our God. There is so much more work to be done through the Helping Hands project, with new cases being brought to them daily.
We would have been so lost without the cultural guidance, language abilities and wisdom of OMS missionaries, Michelle, Melvin and Sharon. During our visits they were so understanding and helpful, letting us take the lead where appropriate. The whole team were so welcoming in Maputo, and we would both love to visit them again sometime. We were inspired by the members of the team, how much they depend on God, and how faithfully they follow him.
During our time on the compound in Maputo, we were invited to take part in the kids’ clubs, team devotions and evening meals together. We even arranged a ceilidh to finish off our time!
The whole experience was amazing. We were so busy every day that our time just flew in, and all of a sudden it was time to leave. It’s been strange going back to the same jobs in N.Ireland, having so much help and support, and so many resources to work with. It has made us more aware of all we have, but also made us realise just how resilient and faithful the people we met in Mozambique are.

Abigail Baxter and Sarah Jones, 3rd year learning disability nursing students from Northern Ireland.

*Helping Hands is a ministry to mobilize the church in Mozambique to compassionately reach out to those with disabilities. There are varied opportunities for those called to ministry among individuals with special needs including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and others with skills and interest in sign language/Makaton. OMS are also seeking people with practical/technical abilities to support the fabrication and maintenance of wheelchairs and other mobility aids.