Worldwide Mission in Action

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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.

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VISITING THE UK THIS SUMMER

Storly & Kate Michel, and their daughters Hannah (11) and Esther (9) will be in the UK in June.
“We’re looking forward to visiting with supporters, friends and family in the U.K. in June. We’ll share how God is doing amazing things through the ministry of Radio-TV 4VEH, the Evangelistic Voice of Haiti, the ministry we lead in Haiti, as we reach, teach and serve Haitians through media. We’ll tell you more about how we’re using radio programmes, television, solar radios, Facebook, YouTube and mobile Apps to help Haitians hear the Gospel and find help for everyday life.

Hope and Healing for Claudio

Answered prayer and physical healing are part of 84-year-old Claudio’s story. When our evangelism team visited his village in northeast Haiti, his heart was prepared and he was ready to accept Jesus as his Saviour. Our team had run out of solar radios that day, but promised him a radio on a future visit. Recently, as he walked home from his field, he met our team again, and received a radio. Pray with us that Claudio and others in his village will hear hope and help as they listen to the 4VEH radio broadcasts and the audio Bible in their heart language.”

 

Please pray for the Michel family as they lead this team at Radio-TV 4VEH.

 

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TEAM TRIPS 2017

Outreach Teams 2017
Ukraine English Camp (2 camps)
Teaching English, befriending and mentoring.
Evangelistic opportunities.
July 16 – 29th and August 6 – 19th
Click here
for more details

Hungary English Camp (2 camps)

Teaching English and friendship evangelism
July 6th- 16th and July 13th – 23rd
There is an option to stay for both camps.

Belgium – July 15th – 23rd
Join an outreach team at the The Gentse Feesten 2017 (Freedom Festival) with opportunities for evangelism throughout the week.

MFM Work Teams 2017

Men for Missions (a ministry of OMS) urgently need your help with practical work.  ARE YOU WILLING TO GO?

BELGIUM 14th – 21st April, 2017
Project: Missionary’s House/Centre in need of renovations
Painters needed

IRELAND – Co. Mayo: Ongoing work throughout the year
Project: 2nd phase of Church Building
Needed: Electricians, Plumbers, Builders, Labourers

DEADLINE FOR TEAM APPLICATIONS – APRIL 30, 2017

*Possible Work Teams Next Year – 2018*
Hungary –  Builders, Plumbers, Electricians, Plasterers needed to help build home for orphans.
Ukraine – Digger driver, builder, carpenters needed to construct basketball/volleyball court.

Team trips are one or two week placements where you can get involved with practical work, prayer ministry, outreach with local churches, children’s Bible clubs, or teaching English. For more information on these or individual placements throughout the year, please contact louisemcmahon.oms@gmail.com  Tel: 0161 283 7992

 

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PASTOR PHILL EVANS ON A SHORT TERM MISSIONS TRIP

It was a quiet Saturday afternoon in October 2015. I had finished my preparations for the Sunday services and was just about to sit down and watch some sport when the phone rang. “Phill, I’m in the airport returning from the South Pacific. I’m returning next year and they’ve asked me if I could bring along a local pastor to share some experience of pastoring a local church. Have a think about it and we’ll talk when I get home.” And so it was that on Sunday 9th October 2016 I boarded a plane heading for the South Pacific with Dr Chris Palmer.

phill-evansI was asked to do two main tasks. Firstly, speak at the OMS missionary retreat and then to speak at a special missions week at the bible seminary. It was a great honour to be asked. Being aware of the need for retreat and rest when involved in full time ministry. I felt a little anxious as I approached the retreat as I wanted to make sure the time was as profitable as possible and that the missionaries would leave the retreat feeling spiritually refreshed as well as physically and emotionally renewed. For me it was a special time to get to know these great people on the field. It was a wonderful opportunity to laugh, share, play, worship and pray with them. I left the weekend deeply appreciating the people God has called into the harvest field.

My time at the bible seminary was also very special. I was given such a warm welcome by the students, staff and leaders there that I feel like the Apostle Paul when he wrote to the church at Philippi and said; ‘I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’. It was a great blessing to see a group of young people being trained to take the gospel to that part of the world. I was also impressed with the wisdom and spiritual depth of those who are teaching them and caring for them. One of my highlights was sitting with a small group in one of the open air classrooms discussing mission. I was excited to hear the students explain how they wanted to be trained so that they can go back to their communities with the gospel. It was such a blessing to see their passion and zeal.

Another highlight was helping one of the OMS missionaries in an English class and a Sunday School workshop. It was great fun with lots of laughter and it allowed me to interact in a different way with the students which I enjoyed immensely.

Finally, I will never forget the seminary mission trip to a local village to help after recent flooding. Despite being overcome by the heat at one point and a severely delayed journey home, the memory of being involved in practical mission with this group of people will remain with me for some time (although the visit to the beach and the swim in the sea helped too!)
Pastor Phill Evans – Newbridge AoG church

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN 2017?

“The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”    Matthew 9:37-38

The church is made up of 99% lay people, many just going Sunday after Sunday to their place of worship. As you read on, please ask yourself, `Am I one of these people who is just sitting in church?’ Do you want more and discover what God has for you?

Men for Missions can help you!  They have been working since 1952, and they are looking for people who are willing to do more than sit in Church on a Sunday; people who want to step out with God and ‘DO Mission’.

Men for Missions sends people on short term mission trips! As part of One Mission Society, MFM work in over 70 countries around the world. We, in the United Kingdom, have missionaries across the world and they need your help!!

Are you willing to give up some free time to go on a mission trip, to help maintain, build, stand beside the missionary on the field, and get to know the Church in different parts of the world?

Men for Missions only asks you to say YES to this spiritual commitment:

‘I will do whatever God asks me to do;
I will go wherever God asks me to go;
I will give whatever God asks me to give’.

We have teams going out in 2017, and we need people who are willing to give up their time for one week to help our missionaries in different fields in Europe. We need skilled and unskilled people: builders, carpenters, electricians, digger drivers, painters, and people who are just willing to go and help!

Please pray that God would open your heart to short term mission!
Come and step out and meet new people in a different culture!
See what God has for you in 2017!

MEN FOR MISSIONS NEED YOU !!

Click here for MFM teams 2017

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FIRST HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENT TRAINING IN HAITI = SUCCESS

I recently travelled to Haiti to conduct the first HOPE61 training seminars in that country. The problem of human trafficking is monumental across the country, and the pastors and leaders were hungry to learn from the seminar how they could prevent it from happening in the communities they serve.

Haiti is the 14th country to receive the HOPE61 training. It was a blessed time of learning for me and the pastors and church leaders that attended the sessions in Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince.

enews2It rained for days, and the flooding was severe across the Cap Haitien region, but the day we conducted the training was sunny and warm. One hundred pastors and leaders were invited to attend, but with the flooding in homes and on the roads, we were unsure how many would be able to attend. We praise God for the more than 75 leaders that attended the seminar!

The training was interactive and dynamic. One attendee was Dr. Rodney Baptiste, the director of the OMS-related Bethesda Medical Clinic. Dr. Rodney was so excited to receive this training on human trafficking prevention that he took what he had learned and shared it with the entire staff at Bethesda the next day.

enews3At the end of each HOPE61 training seminar, participants are asked to develop a plan of action to implement what they have learned. Dr. Rodney’s plan was to share the information with his staff as they interact with people every day at the clinic who are vulnerable to become involved in trafficking. Raising the awareness and the knowledge of the staff at Bethesda Medical Clinic will directly reduce the vulnerability of those that come through the clinic. How wonderful to know that the training was multiplied, almost immediately, by Dr. Rodney.

Another 35 pastors and leaders were trained the next day in Port-au-Prince. We are excited to hear stories of the training the pastors received being implemented across southern Haiti, as well. God is working powerfully in Haiti in a number of ways, and it is a huge blessing for HOPE61 to begin work there, as well. Human trafficking is a huge problem around the world, but not too big for God and his church to overcome! Will you join us in praying for Haiti and for the other 13 countries that HOPE61 is working in to prevent human trafficking?  If you’d like to give a Christmas gift this season to help with future HOPE61 trainings please click here

Tom Overton, Director of HOPE61

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INTRODUCING PHILIP AND FIONA RICHARDSON

richardsons-2016Philip and Fiona Richardson have been on quite a journey with the Lord to get to where they are now: serving with OMS in Indiana, USA. Philip grew up in Romford, Essex and Fiona in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Jesus took a hold of both of them in their teens and they gave all of themselves to him, living distinctive lives in Christ and becoming spiritual leaders in their schools. North and south came together when they met at Durham University! Fiona completed a ministry training degree alongside pastors there and Philip grew spiritually through receiving teaching and leading in the Christian Union.

When Philip spent a year after university in rural Kenya with Africa Inland Mission, they were both prayerfully exploring a call to Africa in the future. They married in 1995 and worked for a while before moving to London. Philip studied at London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and Fiona began full time ministry, doing youth and children’s work for an evangelical Anglican church. After much prayer and when Philip completed his Masters in Biblical Interpretation, the Lord sent them through “Crosslinks” to work under the Anglican Church for a large region of churches in Tanzania, East Africa. They worked there from 2002 to 2010; training pastors, lay leaders, young adult leaders, children’s workers, and women’s leaders through teaching, building teams, and writing resources. While there, they adopted Bethany (13) and Jasmine (18), their two precious daughters.

Then God opened up the way for Philip to study for a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, USA. They have lived there for the past 6 years, which has been a huge blessing to all the family. Fiona has been writing resources, speaking, training, leading Bible studies, and praying with a women’s ministry in the U.S., while continuing to work on publishing and distributing Bible study resources for young women’s ministry in Africa. Philip has enjoyed opportunities to teach at the master’s level during his time at the seminary and grown in his love for building up leaders all over the world as he has studied among many internationals.

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Philip teaching in Tanzania

The Richardsons are based at OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Philip has a passion for engaging people with the Bible and helping them interpret it within its original contexts and apply it to their own situation. He will work with the Theological Education team to come alongside the many Bible colleges, seminaries, and training programmes around the world that partner with OMS. He will also have opportunities to teach and equip international church leaders through building online resources for in-depth Bible knowledge and understanding. He is excited to see what God will do through these leaders, who will become leaders of leaders and teachers themselves all over the world.

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Fiona writing discipleship resources in Swahili

Fiona’s passion is to pray, equip, and encourage people as disciples and disciple makers. She delights in building up leaders to work with women and guiding younger women by developing written resources, training trainers, and working through teams in many nations, welcoming God’s transforming power.

They would appreciate your prayers right now as they seek God’s provision for their support. They are thankful for the way the Lord has helped Bethany settle into her new secondary school and has blessed Jasmine in beginning University. From Essex and Yorkshire to Tanzania and America, they have come a long way and now they will get to connect with the many countries where OMS works. Philip and Fiona look forward to seeing what Jesus will do next in their journey with him for his Kingdom worldwide.

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