Worldwide Mission in Action

Our Vision: One Opportunity

Bob Fetherlin - OMS President

Since coming to One Mission Society more than a year ago, it has been a joy to begin to get to know our OMS family! In this process, Esther and I have been given many books—inspiring biographies of OMS missionaries and their thrilling stories. Through reading several of these and meeting many dynamic people, we look back with gratitude and rejoice in what God has done in the past through OMS.
With deep appreciation for OMS’ spiritual heritage and history, God is now birthing a compelling vision for the future. Two verses on the walls of my office confront me every day.  They are Mark 16:15 and Acts 4:12. The vision for giving at least one opportunity for every person to hear the Good News flows out of the truth of God’s Word. There is NO other name in heaven or earth to proclaim, and we must preach the Good News to ALL creation.
Rooted in Scripture and building on the foundation that previous generations sacrificially laid, this vision reflects OMS’ core mission and values. It all starts with God and what He has done through Christ.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing” (Revelation 5:12).
Jesus is that Lamb who shed his blood for our redemption. Now, He awaits the fulfillment of His mission: the making of disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He has commanded.
We are a people of One Lord, One Life, and One Calling. Our One Lord is Jesus. Our One Life is in Him, worshiping and obeying Him, becoming like Him as we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work. Our One Calling is to Him, to be fully His, to live for His glory, and to carry out His mission.
We begin with God and the redemption He has graciously provided through the Lamb who was slain. Out of His heart, we are compelled by the love of Christ, and our love for Him and those who are far from Him, to carry out His mission. That mission is to give to every person at least one opportunity to hear, understand, and embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Usually, this involves more than one exposure to this Good News and even calls for Spirit-directed persuasion (2 Corinthians 5:11). After repentance and faith, we are then intentional about discipleship in multiplying communities of Christ-centered faith.
This is who we are. This is why we live. To this One Lord, One Life, and One Calling we are relentlessly faithful, energized by God’s Spirit, to give every person at least one opportunity to hear.
To carry out this vision, OMS will:
•    Focus on evangelism, disciple-making, leadership training, and church planting – This was the passion of OMS co-founders Charles and Lettie Cowman and reflects OMS’ calling well. It remains at the forefront of our vision for the future.
•    Affirm the enormous, strategic role of laypeople – Making up more than 99 percent of the church, the laity can often access people out of the reach of clergy missionaries, even in places “closed” to the Gospel.
•    Develop missionary-sending churches around the world to join as partners – Every true New Testament church has cross-cultural mission as a part of its DNA. Many churches OMS helped found in the last century are now sending their own missionaries, who have become a part of God’s global missionary force. Some of them can go places we can’t.
•    Grow in internationalization, leading to synergy in carrying out Christ’s mission – God has raised up new instruments to be a part of his global mission orchestra. We must welcome them and learn to play in harmony, making music together that honors him and draws people to Christ. This calls for intentional collaboration among international partners.
•    Unite word and deed inextricably just as Jesus did –Demonstrating the love of Christ through compassionate acts with our verbal declaration of the Gospel is compelling. When the church ministers as the hands and feet of Jesus in the local community, it raises its profile in that community, thus opening doors to give people the opportunity to hear, understand, and respond to the Gospel.
O LORD, AS WE SEEK TO CARRY OUT THIS VISION, GIVE US, BY YOUR GRACE AND POWER, A GLOBAL IMPACT FOR YOUR GLORY.
“To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)
While we have had the opportunity to hear the Gospel over and over again, many around the world are still in darkness, needing ONE OPPORTUNITY to hear. Could it be that over the next 10 years, God could use OMS, working with many other partners, to give ONE BILLION people this ONE OPPORTUNITY? This is a God-sized vision that is completely disproportionate to who we are, yet it reflects a passionate longing of His heart!
May God use the courageous, Christ-loving men and women of OMS, along with many partners, to help millions of them not only hear . . . but also repent and believe!

Pam Simpson in Haiti

Pam Simpson has been going to the Emmaus Biblical Seminary in Cap Haitien in Haiti for several years now to teach two-week courses.  She writes,

“In February this year, I was asked if I could come to Cap Haitien to teach at the Seminary for the whole Autumn semester.  I had been wanting to come for longer, and felt that this was what the Lord wanted, so I readily agreed.  I arrived here on 10th September, and spent the next two days mainly in bed, as the cold that I already had turned much worse.  However, I am fine now, except that my ears are still partly blocked, so I would appreciate prayer please as it is difficult to hear the students.  I am teaching Church History, NT Introduction, and NT Eschatology and Revelation.  The NT Introduction is a course I have not taught before, and I still need to do some preparation on that.  So far I have taught two classes, and I also hope to have time to continue to improve the library, which needs a lot more study books in French.  This is one aspect of what needs to be done for the Seminary to become accredited by the local Association of Theological Colleges.  There are talks going on about this accreditation at the moment – another matter for prayer please?

The students are great, mostly men, but a slowly increasing number of women. Many of them have difficulty in paying for their courses, but they love the Lord, and generally work hard and seek to make a difference in this country with multiple needs: great poverty, low employment, much corruption and government inefficiency, besides, of course, the widespread influence of Voodoo.  I would appreciate your prayers as I try to make a small contribution towards helping them to do this.

I expect to be here until mid-February, living in a house on my own, with occasional visitors, and enjoying the adventure of baking bread, pasteurising milk, and learning how to deal with the local foods.”

MEFI CAMP

The time spent at El Monte was life changing for many of the street Chavos (Spanish term given to the street children and young people) and of course for myself.  When I arrived at the camp, the Chavos had already been there a while and were enjoying the beautiful area surrounding the camp, enjoying being out of the city, playing in the pool, playing carpet ball, taking showers and resting in the sun.  The Chavos all said that they were really glad they could be in a calm and safe environment to relax and learn about God.  Every day we had three awesome meals, great times of worship and great activities.  One of the favourite activities during the morning was carpet ball.  Carpet ball is a game played on a special table where there are two players who are trying to knock the other player’s pool balls off the table first.  During the week, we had a tournament, which the Chavos loved!

As well as the MEFI team, some workers from the camp, and the team I was part of from Ohio, we also had a small team from Ambassadors in Football.  So every afternoon, we would go play soccer on the fields at the camp.  Everyone was having so much fun that we decided to have a tournament for that too.  What was unexpected was the level of competition between the Chavos during the final between Team Blue(the team I was on) and Team Yellow, and it got very aggressive, especially between the Chavos on opposing teams.  But the brotherhood (and sisterhood) really came out and that competitiveness was put aside after one of the Chavos, Pablo, got hurt.  Everyone was right back to being best friends and trying to help to the best of their abilities.  It was amazing to see them love one another so much, in sports, in games and most importantly in Christ.  Not only did the various teams involved in leading the camp help with the spiritual growth of the Chavos, but I also saw the Chavos grow one another in community; it was beautiful to see them help each other in Christ, in Baptism, in worship and in their everyday lives they live the call of lifting each other up in community, growing and encouraging one another.  The MEFI staff and volunteers are a huge element in creating that kind of culture.  All of the testimonies I heard from the Chavos throughout the week, but especially around the camp fires, were so moving.  The horrors and the triumphs they had seen were incredible.  I have never experienced the level of spiritual warfare and physical struggles these young men and women had witnessed and had been a part of.  I have so much respect for them accepting God and trying to overcome their problems through Him.  They are very special people and I was not ready to see them go on the last day.  They were so happy to be away from their struggles and in a healthy and safe environment, I didn’t want to see them go `home’.  But eventually we had to leave.  So, we said goodbye to them, knowing that God is watching out for His children, the ones who made a commitment to Christ and got baptised (Osiris, Miguel, Maite, Manuel, Juanito, Jessica, Daniela, Daniel (12yrs old), Jorge, Domingo, Pablo).  Please keep them in your prayers, for protection from temptation and for safety on the dangerous streets of Mexico City.

Berkeley Chadwick OMS-Mexico Summer Intern

A short-termer in South Korea

Scott Egerton is currently studying BA in Theology at Belfast Bible College.  This Summer he served on a short-term placement at an English Camp in South Korea.  He  writes:-

My first week flew by. My day started at 7:30am and ended only when I went to bed at about 11pm.

The teens and missionary candidates joined us on Monday after lunch. There was a sense of excitement about the place, but also an anxious feeling among the campers as well as the leaders! But they quickly faded as the week went on.

My main responsibility was to take a class of 5 teenagers, who had a lower level of English, for a Bible class each day for an hour and ten minutes. It was a challenge at first as they were not as willing to talk as I would have liked. But as the week went on and we became familiar with each other and formed relationships, they began to contribute more. And as they became more comfortable, I learned that their English was actually quite good. The main problem was, as is the case with most of the Koreans I meet, a lack of confidence in speaking it.

Throughout the week there has been a theme of “Make us One”, based on the Bible verses John 17:21-23. One night in particular stands out to me in this respect. After our usual daily events, the teachers have meetings at 8:30pm. After a mid week meeting, I went back to the Chapel to experience a Korean worship service. I was only a bystander, observing what was going on. I didn’t understand what was being said or sung. But what I did acknowledge was the passion with which these teenagers and adults worship the same God who is worshipped in Northern Ireland! Fantastic to see! It was a perfect display of the year’s theme. After this service we had snacks and then it started to rain. It genuinely made me happy just to run in the rain with the kids, teenagers and staff, as it reminded me of home!

2 August, 2015
English camp continued this week, without the teens. I thought it would be a very relaxed week with so many numbers lost, but it turned out to be just as tiring.

I continued to lead a Bible study, but this time with another teacher and the class were adults. It offered challenges, but the class were more readily willing to contribute than the teens, so that ultimately made it easier. Their English was also of a higher standard, and they managed to pick up some words used in Northern Ireland that I taught them, such as “dander”, “melter”, and “he/she does my head in”. Here’s hoping we can leave Belfast’s small mark on South Korea through it!

During the week, again with another teacher, I led a small group of Koreans in organising a morning worship service. It went well. Thankfully, one of our members, Sandra, was able to sing, and led the worship, whilst her husband, Joongmok, shared his testimony and talked about the mission work he and his family are planning to undertake in Russia. It was amazing to hear of how God has used him and led him to serve in a country like that.

We visited Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery on one of the days, learning about how the Bible was translated into the Korean alphabet, Hangul, and the work that the missionaries did in Korea, including what is now North Korea, and the lasting impact it has had. When looking at the vast number of different countries represented from across the world in the Cemetery, and the way in which work has progressed, it is clear to see that God has been moving in Korea for a long time.

I hope these small snippets give an idea of what life is like for a short-termer in S.Korea.

I have had an interest in Korea for a few years now, and my time there has helped to grow my passion for the country and its people.  I hope to return soon to work alongside these people even more, all the while continuing to see how God is moving in that part of the world.  Until then, I will go on praying for Korea, and urge you please to do the same.

My Two Years in the South Pacific

The past two years living out in the S.Pacific have been filled with blessings. As I look back, I’m surprised by how much has changed. When I first decided to go out on mission I went on blind faith. I didn’t know the school, I didn’t know any people there, I hadn’t been there before and I didn’t speak the language, but I did know that God had called me and that was enough. I trusted that he would provide and he has at every turn. Over the 2 years I learned a lot about the school where I taught; its curriculum, its students, its teachers, its layout and how it serves the local community by educating the ‘MKs’. I made friends who became like family, I went to new places and served in new communities, I learned my way around the city I lived in and I learned enough of the local language to get my independence back.
The past 2 years have also had their challenges and set-backs. I had trouble getting a visa, and ended up with a visa through the bible seminary, where I needed to register as a ‘student’ and then take some classes. This meant every time someone from the Education Department came visiting and wanted to look around; I needed to hide in the library! The past visits home have been a challenge. Last summer my taxi to the airport got stuck in a riot on the motorway. There was broken glass on the road and an angry crowd on the street all wearing black. My driver told me, and I quote, ‘there’s no point locking the doors because they’re going to break the windows. Get down and pray,’ but somehow everything was totally fine, and no windows were broken.  They let us through and I made it to check-in an hour and a half before my plane left.  This was a reminder that God was with me through everything-even the things that scare me.  At Christmas, I missed my connecting flight and got stuck for 30 hours by myself. Just 2 weeks ago I was trying to get through immigration to come home, when immigration informed me that I didn’t have permission to leave the country, and was going to need to drive the 4 hours back to the town where my visa is issued to get the stamp I needed, and so, I would need to book another flight. Then the immigration officer reluctantly stamped my passport anyway, and told me I couldn’t return on my current passport (because of the illegal stamp) and told me to go get on my flight quickly.
One of the biggest challenges was on arrival at the school. It took 5 months for me to feel like I wasn’t just ‘keeping my head above water’.  I didn’t understand most of what was going on, and yet the school year was about to start, so I had decisions to make about my classroom and resources and curriculum, all kinds of things I didn’t have enough knowledge about yet, but the decisions needed to be made anyway. I felt quite out of my depth, and a bit overwhelmed. I remember standing in my classroom, the day before school began, and realising it was really happening; I really had moved to the S.Pacific, and I really was going to have to teach the next day, and some little children really were about to be entrusted into my care, whether I was ready or not. Then school began and swept me away with its energy and fullness. I love the way the whole community is supported by the school. It’s a school first and foremost, but outside school hours it’s a church, it’s a soccer stadium, it’s a venue for fundraisers, it’s a running track, it supports the mission community in all kinds of ways a normal school doesn’t.

Playing games with the children

My highlight for the year has to be a local mission trip I helped lead, taking high school students out to a tiny island, off the island where I stayed. We were only there for 3 days, but it was incredible. We arrived after a plane journey, a 3 hour drive and 2 hours on a fishing boat to a village with no electricity, no running water (and in dry season sometimes no clean drinking water). The people are descended from pirates and lived in shacks raised on stilts above the ground. We took books, to teach some of the village kids how to read, and to try and soften their attitude towards foreigners. The high school students were great at running games and reading groups, in the local language, and bonding really well with the children. It’s hard to be so completely out of your comfort zone, and then be needed to lead something, so I was really proud of the way they stepped up, and for how the girls, especially, dealt with the living conditions.

Grades 1 and 2 celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

I think my second year was even busier than the first year. This past year I taught Grades 1 and 2 (that’s like P2 and P3) because we didn’t have enough teachers to separate the grades. This was a bit mental, and by March I was also directing the high school musical and getting ready for the mission team trip that I just mentioned, so I was stretched too thin and feeling the strain. Thankfully, we were able to get another teacher to come in and teach, so we were able to split the grades, and just in time for me! So for the last quarter I taught only G2, giving me more time to plan for the musical.
My time ended with a visit from my mum and sister; Glynis and Naomi.

Part of King’s Kids current housing

They came out to see where I was working, and to share in what I had been doing for the past 2 years. I am so thankful that they now understand what I’ve been talking about, and met most of the people who have meant so much to me. They were a blessing to the community as well, and split the funds raised from the coffee morning to the orphanage ‘King’s Kids’, to the stroke rehabilitation unit of a local hospital, and to the bible seminary. King’s Kids are in the process of having a new building built and the bible seminary students are always struggling to pay their tuition fees, so this money came at the right time. My mum and sister were able to visit both these places and see the ministries. The stoke unit has recently appointed a new head physio, who is a friend and a fellow missionary with OMS. She is planning to use the funds to buy some much needed equipment.

with my mum, sister and Grade 2 at the school graduation ceremony

After this we went touring for a week. It is a beautiful country, full of adventure, and it was great to be able to experience some new things during our tour. This was also a really helpful time for me to process that I was returning to Northern Ireland permanently. We returned to my lodgings and I packed my two years into a suitcase and headed home.
My plans for the future are: wait and pray. At the moment I am searching for a temporary job so that in September I can begin substitute teaching. I’m not sure what God has for me in this upcoming year, but I’m excited to see what He will do next. Thank you for your continuing prayers and support. I have been so blessed by the support over my two years overseas, and I’m excited to be back in the UK now for the foreseeable future.
Danielle Flood-Coleman

LET’S BUILD HOMES FOR HAITI

Once again, it was immense joy and humbling privilege for me to return to Haiti (March 27 – April 18, 2015), with Men For Missions, to help with the Homes for Haiti building project, on this occasion, at Bon Repose, north of Port-au-Prince.
Stepping out of the plane, onto Haitian soil, felt as if I was coming home, just as on all previous four ” tours of duty” with MFM. There were some visible signs of improvements, but much more still remains to be done.
I linked up with a great team from Ohio, USA, and also a fellow Welshman, who had already been in Haiti for some weeks.
Together with conscientious, hard working local workers, foundations were marked and dug out; concrete laid to foundations and shuttering sections; walls and windows built; door frames and trusses assembled and erected; roof covering secured; ceilings counter battened and boarded; doors and ironmongery fitted and adjusted; floors concreted and walls rendered and finished.
Evangelism outreach to the locality was also undertaken by some members of the team.
I sincerely thank God for the undeserved calling to be His hands and feet, and for His bountiful provision and equipping for the task to minister both to the practical and spiritual needs of those whom He has ordained unto such Divine appointments, that in it, and through it all, He might have the pre-eminence and all the honour and glory.

On a very personal note, I would like to thank each one of you who prayed for me and my family as I underwent open heart surgery for six heart by-passes in February, 2014. Times were trying, but the providential care and goodness of our Great God and Saviour, remained constant. In all things, we are able to say:-

“How good is the God we adore;
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend!
His love is as great as His power,
And knows neither measure nor end!

‘Tis Jesus, the First and the Last,
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We’ll praise Him for all that is past,
And trust Him for all that’s to come”.

Hywel Slaymaker –  E-mail contact:-
harveststorehouseministry@hotmail.co.uk/harveststorehouseministry@hotmail.com
If you would like to serve on a Men for Missions project please contact the OMS Manchester office.

Introducing Stephen & Ana

Stephen and Ana serve in Mexico.

In 2008 Stephen completed his BA (Hons) in Applied Theology and then joined a church-planting team in the 10/40 window.

Ana has also served as a missionary for several years; working in evangelism, discipleship and being involved in women’s prison ministry in various countries.

Stephen and Ana met each other in the UK in 2012, whilst attending a prayer ministry course. They married in April 2013 and set up their home in Mexico, in Ana’s home city. Wanting to put their hard learned lessons to use, they sought the Lord for His guidance and direction.

Subsequently, Stephen contacted a friend from Bible College, who was serving with OMS in Mexico City. Following the Lord’s leading, Stephen joined OMS in 2015 and currently serves as a Church Multiplication Facilitator to Mexico. His role means that he travels to Mexico City three to four times per year to support and encourage the ongoing church-planting work.

By God’s grace Stephen and Ana hope to see Every Community for Christ go from strength to strength throughout Mexico.
*Last names withheld for security reasons.

For more information on opportunities to serve as a Church Multiplication Facilitator contact Chris Palmer <chrispalmer2003@hotmail.com>, or the Manchester office.

Teaching in the Frozen North

Situated on the Baltic Sea coast, Tallinn Estonia is a beautiful and very historic city; a regular destination for cruise ships and holiday-makers from all over the world.  A visit to the Old City gives the traveller the opportunity to experience narrow cobbled streets, ancient historic churches, and to sample some northern European cuisine – perhaps a wild boar or bear steak, or an elk sausage served with sauerkraut.  However, this is not a tourist article, but an opportunity to share about a visit I made to the Baltic Methodist Seminary to teach a group of keen students on the topic of Biblical Foundations for Mission.
Arriving in Tallinn at the end of February, the first thing to strike you is the temperature – well below freezing in the Winter months. After meeting my contact at the airport, we drove through the modern part of the city to the very impressive Methodist Church, which is also home to the Bible seminary.  Three days of intensive teaching, followed with a class of 18 students, 2 translators (simultaneous translation into Russian & Estonian) and plenty of coffee, we got through our task emerging rather tired at the conclusion of the course.  Estonia has one of the lowest rates of evangelical Christian church attendance in Europe, is very much a secular country with major spiritual needs, and these young people are working to spread the gospel. Please pray for these students who are training for ministry involvement, some travelling to very remote parts of the ‘frozen north’ with the gospel.
On the Sunday, it was a privilege to travel to the towns of Rakvere and Sakussara in Eastern Estonia to preach at two Methodist churches; what a great opportunity to share ministry with two groups of believers struggling in harsh conditions to reach out with the gospel.  Please pray for Pastor Hans as he leads these two congregations; that he will know God’s blessing and direction in his ministry and service.
Thank you for your continued prayerful and financial support as I endeavour to serve in the area of Theological Education – please keep praying as I prepare for an Autumn visit to Asia for another teaching trip, where I will present two full courses on the curriculum at an OMS related college; the first on the Pastoral Epistles and the second on 20th Century Theological Developments.  If you would like to hear more about my teaching trips please contact me to arrange a meeting.

Chris Palmer; S. Wales & West

Pray for our Summer teams

Please pray for the following individuals from the UK preparing to serve on a short-term missions trip this summer:

HUNGARY ENGLISH CAMP (July 9-25)
Team of 5 from Carryduff Presbyterian Church (NI)
Scott Moore (Leader), Lorna Morrison, Robert Johnston, Susanne Shaw & Rebecca Hendren

…also joining an international team to Hungary – Clare Clelland from Edinburgh

SOUTH KOREA (July 13-August 10)
Scott Egerton
from Belfast Bible College joining an international team

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Men for Mission Evangelism Team (July 13August 3)
Working with local churches in Co. Mayo.  Outreach at Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday.
Bob Bell (Team Leader), David Elwood, Mervyn Camlin, Dennis Ferguson, Robin Sloss

MEXICO (5th-19th August)
Team of 12 from Lister Hill Church, Leeds
Pray for Dom, Sarah (Team Leader), Jill & Mike, Tina, Pete, Soph, Lizzie, Brian, Joe, Jack and Amanda.

MOZAMBIQUE `Through the Roof’ Helping Hands Team (14th – 23rd August) Serving with the Mozambican church in reaching out compassionately and practically to those living with disability.
Pray for:- Nigel Drury (works for Church of England in a development and disability role), Kerry McLean (a special needs teacher in an autistic school), Heather Phillips (an occupational therapist), Jillian Windrum (a physiotherapist)