Worldwide Mission in Action

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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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LIFE CHANGING JOURNEYS

PollocksJonny Pollock
I was originally from Belfast, an atheist, with no time for God and the Church. Yet, I had a passion to share the Gospel with people when I became a Christian!
My wife and I were invited to work with street children in Mexico City with OMS for three weeks. There was opportunity to do manual work and share Christ. On the last week we were asked to pray about the needs in Mexico. Although we had a home and jobs, we felt that God directly called us to there.
Our son, Benjamin, was born while we were in Mexico, and now we serve God in Ireland. A lot started on that short-term trip. We had no real gifts or abilities. Yet, we could hold a paint brush, and share our faith, or knock on someone’s door to tell them of Jesus. Although insignificant in our eyes, it was significant when God was in control.
I recommend people to go and see how God works in different parts of the world.

Daniel Treharne
DanielI am a pastor’s son from North Wales, and became a Christian as a teenager.
At the University of Bath, I received a Masters in Civil Structural design engineering and felt God told me to do something for Him. He had given me everything – a good upbringing, good family, salvation, good education, and a skill. “What could I do for Him?”
OMS had built houses in Haiti. I discussed different opportunities and decided to go to Haiti, January-April 2015. But before leaving I proposed to my girlfriend!
I worked with several US teams and a Canadian team building Haitian Homes. Their testimonies and daily devotions challenged and impacted my spiritual life. The Haitians, with so little, have joy knowing Jesus as their friend and Saviour.
Since returning from Haiti, I’ve married Sharon who has a heart for mission. I’m working in construction gaining skills to be an effective tool to further God’s Kingdom in a mission field.

To find out how you could embark on a life changing journey, contact louisemcmahon.oms@gmail.com to discuss the various opportunities.

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HURRICANE HAVOC

“Definitely thinking a lot about the people of Jérémie in the southwest corner of Haiti. This is the second time that I have taken a survey trip of a major disaster. The heart sure gets torn up on these trips–leaving without feeling you have done anything, knowing you need to get back to communicate needs and establish a strategic response, seeing people and communities working together and wanting to join them, but knowing in your head that you can do more by leaving and communicating and working with others,” shared Brett Bundy, One Mission Society Haiti field leader.

RF2On Friday, Brett and a team of four Haitian OMS workers traveled to the worst-affected areas in the south and southwest of Haiti, around the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie. Their purpose was to assess how OMS can best respond to the many needs left behind in the wake of the devastating category 4 hurricane that struck Haiti and several Caribbean islands, as well as the southeast U.S. coast, on October 4 and the days following.

Though the majority of OMS’ ministries take place in Cap Haitien in northern Haiti, which we give thanks to the Lord that it was not heavily impacted, our longstanding presence in the country enables us to work in partnerships to provide resources and quickly mobilize teams to bring aid to those in need.

RF3It is difficult at this point to gauge the severity of the damage from the hurricane as travel and communication within the country is challenging. However, early reports indicate that the death toll has climbed above 1,000, with thousands more injured, left homeless and in need of aid. Some reports even state that 90 percent of the southwest of Haiti was completely destroyed.

RF4Our OMS survey team also reported, “No roofs were left on homes, schools, or churches. Crops, trees, animals are all gone. Things are very difficult. The government has declared three days of mourning in memory of those who died in this catastrophe.”

Another major concern is the outbreak and spread of cholera in the wake of the hurricane.

Pray for our leadership team, making decisions about what to do. Pray for all those affected in Haiti and in other regions. And pray that the people around the world would be generous and wise in who they donate to.

OMS has set up an emergency relief fund. If you would like to make a donation please click here and on the Confirmation page enter Project No.