Worldwide Mission in Action

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REACHING TOMORROWS LEADERS IN HAITI

haitiOne young four-year-old girl in Haiti was terrified to leave the children’s home where she lived. After a long history of being abandoned, her heart was scared to trust and to believe there were safe places outside of the walls of her home. During this time, she started to attend Cowman International School, and little by little she began to heal. Now, this young girl is learning to trust and experience new situations, which is a huge step for when she eventually moves into an adoptive family in the future. Her positive growth is thanks to the education she has been receiving, an education that introduced her to Jesus Christ, the only One who will never abandon her.

As many students return to school this season, we look to a school in Haiti that God has used to not only provide a solid education but also to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to more than 160 students.

haiti2Founded by One Mission Society (OMS) in the 1960s, the Cowman International School in Haiti was established as an English-language elementary school where OMS missionary kids and Haitian children could receive a Christ-centered education. Over time, the school has expanded to accommodate more students and grades.

Today,Cowman provides high-quality, Christian education for students in preschool, elementary, and high school. Student enrollment has increased by 150 percent over the past five years, with children coming from a variety of backgrounds. North American missionary children, children of Haitian families, children in the adoption process, as well as children of government leaders and other professionals in Haiti and around the world make up Cowman’s student body.

Cowman doesn’t just reach out to children, it also actively includes the entire family. Parents participate in parenting and marriage seminars, and in this process teachers at Cowman can share the Gospel message with the students’ families as well.

haiti3And Cowman continues to grow! As more grades are added, more space is needed. This past year, Cowman has constructed a new chapel/cafeteria area and a foundation for two more classrooms. But more resources are needed in order for the school and its leaders to continue to grow, seek God’s will, and give more opportunities for students to receive an education and the Gospel message.

Presently, Cowman seeks financial donations to support their expansion needs, such as new bathrooms and a kitchen, new furnishings, and classrooms. But there is also an urgent need for teachers as more students enroll.

haiti4God has placed OMS’ Cowman International School in an amazing position to impact Haiti’s next generation of leaders, to not only give them a solid education but also to introduce them to Jesus Christ and help them make a decision to follow Him as they grow up. Check out next week’s blog post to read some personal stories about how God is calling OMS missionaries to serve at Cowman and join the school’s mission of Christian education.

If you would like to donate or learn more about Cowman International School, contact info@onemissionsociety.org.uk.  For a list of current vacancies at the school please click here

 

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BIBLES FOR THE CARIBBEAN

“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Romans 10:14

Cuba is well known to most of us in the United Kingdom, but do we really know much about this island nation. God is really moving there, and the Christian Church is exploding at this moment in time. The Holy Spirit is showering blessings on the people of Cuba, but there is a drought of His Word, the Bible.

The stats speak for themselves: 11 Pastors are sharing 1 Bible, many Bibles are divided so that the Pastors are having little of God’s Word. Cuba is home to 11.5 million people and the Church needs our help.

robin1Men for Missions in the United Kingdom has undertaken to raise £1000 this Christmas to stand with our brothers in Cuba, so that many more Pastors can have the precious Word of God in their own language.

Many believers have been waiting many years to own a copy of the Bible. A leader of a Bible Study says this about receiving a Bible:-

“For a long time, almost for five years, I was using my mother-in-law’s Bible, then the person who talked to me about Jesus lent me one, but only temporarily. Now we finally can have our own Bible.”
We ask ourselves the question, how do the believers stay Gospel-centered when they don’t have Bibles?RobinBibles
A Bible only costs £5. Will you ask your family and friends this Christmas if their Christmas present could instead be donated to ‘Bibles for the Caribbean’? We need your help to raise £1,000!
If you would like to donate a gift, cheques should be made payable to OMS, and on the reverse side please include ‘Bibles for the Caribbean’ Account No:408141
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What’s WATS in Africa?

‘In the heart of Africa responding to Africa’s greatest need; leadership training’.
When I read this statement on the website of West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS) I was a little surprised to say the least. I had always thought Africa’s greatest need was finance to help with the plethora of problems the people have to deal with: corruption, disease, dirty water, failing crops, internal strife or even dangerous animals. Church leadership training is not high on the list of most people’s priorities for the continent of Africa. However, when I stepped back to think this whole issue through I was challenged as to the real heartfelt expression of need in these words. Yes, if the Christian church is correctly, biblically and spiritually led, then society too can be changed. The church in Africa is growing in a remarkable way; in order to prevent false teaching distorting the faith of many, the church needs leaders well trained in the Gospel. As the church progresses with the gospel it can meet both spiritual and material needs. It can do this, firstly, by preaching a message of repentance ie – change of attitude in people’s hearts. Hence, a change of mindset will slowly allow people to reform communities in line with biblical principles of honesty and integrity. This, one hopes, would allow for a transformation in society, which is characterised by a greater burden of love for others, in thinking of others more than of self, as being more Christ-like in one’s attitudes, desires, thoughts and actions. If this is at the heart of the statement of intent at WATS it must be commended.
So what’s WATS?
WATS serves one of the fastest-growing segments of the Christian Church in the world, and it focuses squarely on the two greatest needs of the African Church: leadership development and discipleship of believers.
wats ministryWATS is a community of learners in Ipaja, Lagos, Nigeria; it has small extensions in Owerri and Aba to the East. The learning community consists of approximately 750 men and women who passionately embrace the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. WATS takes the calling to be salt and light as a serious and personal call to make a difference in Nigeria, West Africa, and the world.
West Africa Theological Seminary commenced ministry in April, 1989, when a group of Nigerian and expatriate Christian leaders met to consider the needs of the Church in Nigeria, and in particular to determine how to provide sound theological training to as many pastors as possible. Led by Rev. Gary S. Maxey of the US, the group moved quickly to establish a strong, academically competent, nondenominational theological seminary, now known as WATS. For its first twelve years the seminary was initially known as Wesley International Bible College, and later as Wesley International Theological Seminary; since 2001 it has been known as WATS.
wats gradsThe growth of WATS has been significant since it first opened and over the years more than 1,000 pastors have graduated, and more than 2,000 have received training. Because WATS is nondenominational, it has attracted students and ethnic groups from a broad spectrum of churches, language groups and countries.
At any given moment WATS usually has students from at least:
• Thirty of Nigeria´s states
• Over forty native languages
• Ten or more other African countries, and
• Well over eighty different church groups.

WATS wants to make a difference – their website states: We intend to be “world changers” by God’s grace.
In June 2017 I will, God willing, be travelling to WATS in order to facilitate a course on the MA programme; ‘An Introduction to Christian doctrine’. This will be an excellent opportunity and a great privilege to be involved in helping to shape the future of the Nigerian Church. Please pray for me as I prepare and travel to Nigeria to be involved in this vital ministry. I ask you to pray specifically for safety in travel, relevance in teaching, finance for the trip to take place, and for God to be glorified in all that I do for Him.

In His service
Dr. Chris Palmer OMS UK Wales & West of England.
For more info on WATS see www.WATS.edu.ng

theological-education-logoSmallIf you want to hear more about the OMS Theological Education ministry, or to support Chris in his ministry, please contact the OMS office for more information.

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PRAY FOR OUR SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS 2016

Pray for those preparing to serve overseas this Summer:

Ukraine English Camp – Camp 1 (July 10-31) & Camp 2 (July 31-August 13)
Camp 2 – David & Nastya from Ballyclare, N.Ireland

South Korea English Camp, plus refugee ministry (July 12-August 8)
Scott from Belfast N.Ireland

Hungary English Camp (July 20-August)
Scott Moore, Minister of Dervock Presbyterian Church (Leader)
Rebecca
(Belfast) Lorna (Port Stewart) and Robert from Lisburn, N.Ireland 

Gilbert from Bainbridge, N.Ireland and Clare from West Lothian, Scotland

Haiti Team (12-23 August)
Dean from Ballygawley (Leader), Bethany (Ballygawley), Phoebe (Newtonards) & Lewis (Bangor) N.Ireland

and for those on individual placements:
Hannah and Ross, both from University of Bath, serving in Ecuador from early August
Dan & Sharon from Chippenham, serving in Haiti in September

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RUSSIAN STUDENT SAYS THANKS

“Thank you so very much for participating in advancing the Gospel in Russia!”

Ivan1Ivan Beshlyaga is a student at Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (MECS) in Russia. Here’s his testimony:

“The church that the Lord helped me plant in Nizhny Novgorod (a city of 1.5 million people, 250 miles East of Moscow) and is doing great! Each Sunday, about 50 come to worship. We have three Sunday school classes after each service: one for kids, one for new converts, and one for those preparing for church membership and baptism. On Mondays, we have our leadership team meeting. On Tuesdays, our cell groups meet in homes. On Wednesdays through Fridays, we are devoted to our Bible school studies (to prepare church members for mission work in other towns and villages). And on Saturdays, we have our Youth Club and evangelism, (we actually do evangelism every single day of the week.)

“The seminary teaches me a lot for ministry. I am currently working on my thesis.

Ivan2Natasha, my wife in purple, is now also a student at MECS, studying counseling, as well as being six months pregnant with our third daughter. I covet your prayers with her doing it all simultaneously, studying at the seminary and taking care of our family and the church. But I am excited that we will soon be able to minister together as a team.

“Our studies at the Moscow Seminary are only possible through your help, my dear coworkers in Christ. I am thankful. And I want you to know that your investment in me pays back in the form of souls of Russians being saved by Jesus Christ the Lord.”
To read more about the Seminary, or to make a donation click here
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MFM/OMS SPONSORED WALK

Sponsored walk2A Men for Missions/OMS 17 mile sponsored walk from Crickhowell to Brecon, along the canal, took place on Saturday, June 18.
Clive Beven, Men for Missions, West Gwent and Chris Palmer, OMS Wales & West, completed the walk to raise funds for a new library computer for an OMS Bible college in the South Pacific; this is in a country where Christianity is a minority faith, with little financial support for OMS colleges.
S.Pacific-Bible-CollegeIf you are interested in supporting this ministry, please send donations to OMS HQ in Manchester for `Wales Sponsored Walk’. Donations can also be made on our website at https://www.give.net/omsinternational

 

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AGUSTÍN

AgustinIn July last year, Agustín, 26, left prison after 6 years. Most of his life was spent without hope or dreams for his future (he had lived on the streets of Mexico since he was a young boy). However, after he left prison and began to come to MEFI a new hope started to grow in him. He was put into prison after an injustice, which prevented him from seeing his three children. Life in prison was not easy; he suffered abuse, mistreatment, and poor nutrition, amongst other things. However, one thing he said he’ll never forget is when he learnt about new life in Jesus Christ. This was the main thing that kept him going in prison – he knew that only with God’s help would he come out the other end. When the morning came for him to leave and he had nowhere to go, he did not know what he would do with his life. He considered going to see his daughters, but he knew he ran the risk of having family members turning on him, and then he remembered MEFI.
Alex and Paty had known him from before the drop-in centre was set up. In fact Agustín helped during this time to clean up the old building that would become the drop-in centre. It was encouraging to learn he had not forgotten about MEFI. So just one day after his release he walked in to the drop-in centre and Alex and Paty instantly recognised him. Only now there was a new desire in his heart to restart his life, find work, and return to his daughters. These were all wonderful desires, but he knew the
only way he could do this was with the help of God, and this is why he came back to MEFI.

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Immediately he asked the team for help and counsel. Alex especially was a great help to him, and three months later we could see the huge and genuine work God was doing in his life. After a while he found work and each time temptations came God helped him not to fall, but to move forward.
MEFI played a big part in his spiritual formation and now he’s a different person. His job is going well, he is renting a room and continues to grow. We had the opportunity to see him again over Christmas and we thank God that his confidence and faith remains the same. Although he isn’t able to continue his discipleship at MEFI, we ask for you to pray with us for God to continue to do great things in his life.
For us, this is a testimony that encourages us to see how over the years MEFI has impacted lives and to see that God is at work in them (even when we are no longer in contact). We know that God wants to continue to use us in His work in the lives of young people on the streets of Mexico, and He has put this desire in our hearts.
Testimony written by Josué Carreón
Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 1: 31.
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To find out more about MEFI and how you can support this ministry, visit www.mefi.co

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MISSION TRIP TO HAITI

Recently, some friends and I had the incredible opportunity to be together on a short mission trip to Haiti. My husband and I are missionaries with One Mission Society; we had served in Haiti in the ‘90s, but had only returned once in the intervening years. I was excited to return again, especially with my friends!
One Mission Society has several ministries in Haiti. One of them is a radio station, Radio 4VEH. radioWhen we lived in Haiti, pre-tuned solar radios were being distributed. Ever increasing technology advancements have now made it possible for a smaller solar radio to include an audio New Testament in Creole in response to the high rate of illiteracy. Daily, these radios broadcast life-changing programming which give Haitians continuous access to the Gospel, prayer, worship music, discipleship and most importantly – hope!
Resounding Hope coordinates the distribution process. Teams from all over the world join local Haitian Christians in presenting the Gospel face-to-face whilst handing out the radios.

Heidi 1On a very warm and humid Sunday afternoon, my friends and I joined a Haitian ladies’ church group as we made our way through a rural village. At one hut, we stopped to visit with a young woman seated outside on a wooden chair surrounded by her young, scantily dressed children. As the Gospel was shared with her, she accepted Jesus as her Saviour! Her children were immediately interested in the new radio she was given.

Heidi 2We continued along the dirt path to a small house. An elderly woman, crippled by arthritis and unable to attend church, was seated on her front porch. She is a Believer and was absolutely thrilled to receive a radio. We found a similar opportunity at another hut, when an elderly blind woman was carried outside by her son. She, too, had been unable to attend church for several months and was overjoyed to receive something so small which would give her so much encouragement and hope in the coming days.

Heidi 3The village’s huts and houses are located in fairly close proximity. Our team observed that as the instructions were being given for the radios, there were several interested onlookers. And, since most of village life exists out-of-doors, we knew those ‘onlookers’ were future listeners and, by God’s grace, future Believers.
Prayerfully consider how you could become involved – sponsoring radios or joining a team to deliver life-giving hope in person! It’s an experience my friends and I will always treasure.

Heidi Walton

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ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

mantaOn April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the northwest region of Ecuador, and hundreds of lives have been lost as a consequence.

Please partner with us in prayer for this land, and join us in providing whatever support you feel led to give to the disaster appeal.  To read more about the Appeal click here
To give via our website, go to https://www.give.net/omsinternational and quote Project Account # 402070 (Emergency Relief Fund)