Worldwide Mission in Action

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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)

How to use your job for the Kingdom

“Tentmaking”, a strategic ministry in which we use our professional skills to enter a country that is otherwise closed to missionaries, requires a delicate balance. Enough time and attention need to be devoted to the business to make it successful and legitimate, but it can’t distract from ministry. As a veterinarian and nurse working in a Creative Access country for the last 10 years, we have felt the tug of that tension.
A Creative Access country requires just that ….creativity. So God, in His sovereign ingenuity, placed an ordinary vet in one such country. Working a regular work week with exotic animals allowed us to learn the local ways, build relationships and trust, and gain credibility. Being able to speak the language and working among the people gave us insight into their culture and time to explore ministry opportunities. The locals recognized that we were there to genuinely benefit the people, and as a result, when God opened the door for us to share the Gospel, otherwise sceptical ears were more willing to listen. It was time well spent.
After two years in the job, God opened new doors. We started our own company and spent three years training rural animal health workers. These hands-on experiences, working side-by-side among the people, brought new opportunities for ministry. Finding the balance between business, ministry and family has been a challenge, but what we have realized is that God was using all three areas for His glory.
TigerRunning an ethical and successful business in a country wracked by corruption displays to all those watching from the sidelines that biblical morals are not a hindrance to business. It honours God.
Our family too, is carefully observed. As a visible minority, we stand out. Our kids’ kindness towards each other and the respect they show to the street sweeper is noted. Openly including our handicapped son in our daily activities instead of hiding him in the house is admired, and our everyday family life attracts people and causes them to ask questions. “Why are you so happy?” “How to you cope with living here?” “Why would you move here when we all want to move to your country?” These and many other questions open the door for us to share the hope of our lives in a country where open evangelism is forbidden. In a Creative Access country, much of the ministry portion of our work needs to be more “behind the scenes”. We are able to devote about four days a week to mentoring, discipleship, and training national pastors. Working alongside our national church planters, we have seen rapid church growth. (We saw more than 20 new churches planted and 700 decisions last year!) Many of these new believers are first-generation Christians, so we spend a good portion of our time meeting with eager young disciples to encourage them in their relationship with Christ. All those new churches also require many new pastors, but most of these passionate young men and women, who are willing to lead a church, have no biblical training. We meet with them weekly to discuss challenges, equip them for ministry, and pray through difficulties.
Our job description is not clean and tidy. Our schedules are a bit of a mess, and we often feel the tug of one responsibility while working on another. However, to our heavenly Father, who creatively placed us into this country and in this work, all these things are irrelevant. The only thing that matters to Him is that in all these areas we shine His glory into a dark part of this world that He loves so much.
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A New Partnership

eurasia-regionAn important aspect of the work of One Mission Society is partnering with other Evangelical organisations in order to promote the spread of the Gospel worldwide. In 2015 a new partnership agreement was signed with the European Nazarene College (EuNC). EuNC is a vocational school of ministry that offers short cycle vocational education for Christian service. This means that EuNC intends to help students prepare for vocational work in churches or Christian organisations. EuNC is a Nazarene educational institution reflecting the Wesleyan theological heritage, which is in keeping with the roots of OMS. However, this does not limit the theological scope of the learning centres. Furthermore, EuNC provides the educational requirements for ordination into the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene in the Eurasia Region.

EuNC2EuNC is a multi-site school, with a general administration and many different learning centres serving the churches in continental Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In these countries, churches face particular challenges in ministry, and the curriculum of EuNC is developed with these challenges in mind, trying to be relevant to the cultural differences and specific needs of each country.

Following the signing of the partnership agreement, volunteers were sought from within the OMS Theological Education team to help facilitate some courses as part of the EuNC curriculum. A particular need was discovered, to present a 2 week course on the subject of Preaching at the Learning Centre in Lisbon. As a result, I have been asked to fulfil this commitment in February 2017. The course will be presented on 2 consecutive Saturdays and also on the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings of each week.

Please join with me in prayerful support of this new venture between OMS and EuNC. There are many needs to be met in order to fulfil this role, especially in the area of finance, so that I can continue to serve the Lord in this avenue of ministry. Pray also for more opportunities to serve the Eurasian church through further involvement with EuNC. Europe is a very spiritually needy region, and we have a responsibility to keep the cradle of Christianity saturated with the Gospel.
In his service,
Dr. Chris Palmer OMS UK

theological-education-logoFor more information on supporting the Theological Education ministry of OMS please feel free to contact Chris: chrispalmer2003@hotmail.com , or read more about TET on our website page http://www.onemissionsociety.org.uk/opportunities/ministries/theological-education-training-tet/

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From KGB Agent to God’s Ambassador

Testimony of Sasha Tsutserov
sashaMy parents were members of the Communist Party. They never spoke of God or the Bible. However, when I was five years old, my grandmother insisted that I be baptized in the Orthodox Church. This was all done in secret — miles outside of Moscow, inside a dimly lit sanctuary. Although I was young, the Holy Spirit touched a hidden yearning in my heart for spiritual reality.

Russia had lost virtually all traces of Christianity during 70 years of Communist captivity. Her legacy to me was one of atheism. I became a member of the Communist Party and secured a position in the KGB. I had a beautiful wife Natasha, a precious daughter Julia, good friends, a bright future, and all that I dreamed of as a young man.

sasha2Julia befriended an American girl whose father was a missionary in Moscow. Soon after, Natasha was engaged as their private Russian language tutor. As the head of my home and a KGB agent, I felt obligated to investigate these foreigners who had made such an impact on my family. I was awestruck by the humanitarian aid distributed by their church. And I was irresistibly drawn to their joy for life, for each other, and for the Lord. Step by step, I began to realize their generosity and joy stemmed from their love for God. At first, I gave God a 50/50 chance: since no one could prove God’s existence, then no one could deny Him either. I stepped away from my aggressively atheistic realm. Then, while praying at one of the church retreats, I had a vision. I saw God standing on the top of a mountain. I felt I was a jar of clay. God was pouring down pure gold of the Holy Spirit right inside of the jar – me. From that moment on, I needed no evidence for God’s existence, for I knew God in Jesus Christ. I came back home that day. My wife Natasha met me in the door and said, “What’s wrong with you?” I said, “What’s wrong with me, honey?” She said, “You are smiling!” You see, I had never smiled before. But that day Jesus made me smile. Now, my smile gave me away. I did not know any better than to admit that I had become a Christian. She, in turn, confessed to me that she had become a Christian even earlier than I did, only she was scared to death to talk about it with her husband, a KGB agent! In July 1993, I was baptized and openly proclaimed my faith in Jesus Christ.

I soon realized I could not keep both my faith and my job, so I quit working for the KGB. We – as a part of a team of ten converts – planted a church in Moscow. And I also knew God had called me to ministry in education. But there was no school in Russia offering a degree in Biblical Studies because the Communists had prohibited theological training. Therefore, I had to study abroad. In 1997, I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, with a Master of Divinity degree (mentored by Dr. Ben Witherington, III). In 2004, I earned a Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (mentored by Dr. Richard Bauckham). While studying, I also worked at the Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary by consecutively taking each and every position the school had – from a secretary to the provost.

sasha3Today, I am a full-time minister – director and professor of the Moscow Seminary. We are raising a whole new generation of Christian leaders from scratch. Under Communism, more than 200,000 Christian leaders were martyred and nearly 40,000 church-owned buildings were destroyed. I now have realized a new dream. Not the dream I sought as a young man; that dream did not include God. But the dream of you and me, together, training men and women to evangelize the lost and plant churches across Russia and the former Soviet Union is becoming a reality!

To support Sasha, director and professor of Biblical Studies at the Moscow Seminary, or MECS, please donate here.


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Mission Possible Trip To Bogota, Colombia

Mission Possible has partnered with One Mission Society in supporting ministry projects in Bogota, Colombia since January 2012. They commenced their partnership by financially supporting a Home for boys who had been Street Children, or came from a dysfunctional family background. As the partnership developed, Mission Possible also began supporting a Community Ministry Project in the Juan Rey district of Bogota.
Hope HouseThis Ministry includes a feeding programme for children. Currently, 85 children are in the programme, which gives these children one nutritious meal seven days each week. Mission Possible has caught the vision to support the construction of a Community/Feeding Station/Church building, which will ultimately service 300 children and 2100 meals each week. In addition to this, they had a vision to purchase a building for a ‘Hope House 2’, for girls who come from a similar background to the boys in ‘Hope House 1’.

Juan ReyAll of these projects are run by Christians from the Christian Fellowship Church (planted by OMS) through the Christian Fellowship Foundation. The Gospel is shared with the children and their families in the Juan Rey District, and it is the intention of the Christian Fellowship Church to plant a church in Juan Rey. Many of the boys in Hope House 1 have come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ over the years, and attend the Christian Fellowship Church.
Since Mission Possible commenced their Partnership with OMS, I have been the OMS UK link, along with Joe and Sadie Law, who direct the Mission. girls hope house

At the beginning of April, I had the privilege of joining a Mission Possible Team to participate in the opening ceremony of ‘Hope House 2’ for girls (the dream realised), and the inauguration service of the Juan Rey Project building (again this wonderful vision becoming a reality). In addition to attending these services/ceremonies, we visited the boys at Hope House 1. It was so encouraging to meet the current 19 boys in residence at the Home, and also the first 5 girls in Hope House 2. Hope House Boys 1Both Homes are run in a loving, Godly and professional manner. It was clear to see that all the children were happy and developing in every area of their lives. It was also wonderful spending several days in the Juan Rey district, visiting the current Feeding Station, meeting the boys and girls, including members of their families who are in the programme, along with the volunteers and workers of the Christian Fellowship Church, including Pastor Julio Cesar and his wife, Blanca, who direct this wonderful ministry.

Donald Coulter – Ireland People Group Director

Donald with Jeff Edwards (OMS) & Luz Marina Patino (Director Hope House 1 & 2

Jeff Edwards & Donald Coulter (OMS) & Luz Marina Patino (Director Hope House 1 & 2)

Joe & Sadie

Pastor Julio & Blanca Cesar (Christian Fellowship Church) with Joe & Sadie Law (Mission Possible)

Opening ceremony of Hope House 2 and inauguration service of Juan Rey Project Building

Opening ceremony of Hope House 2 and inauguration service of Juan Rey Project Building