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GROWING SPANISH-SPEAKING CHURCH IN LONDON

On Sunday mornings, people from across London make their way by bus and train to a theatre in Stratford. They are not going to see a movie. They are going to church. Churchgoers include Spanish speakers from many Latin countries now living and working in London. Rev. Oscar Jimenez, a young Colombian, pastors the growing church.

In 2014, Oscar, then director of the Mission Department for the OMS-related InterAmerican Church in Colombia, traveled to London to check on a ministry. He found little fruit, but saw other potential opportunities. After the church heard his report, they sent Oscar, a graduate of the OMS seminary in Medellín, as a missionary. Soon, more than 100 people were meeting every Sunday in a hotel to hear him preach God’s Word.

Oscar baptizes a new convert

However, his stay in London became complicated with visa issues, so he had to return to Colombia. After a few months, Oscar secured a four-year student visa to attend the London School of Theology. This visa allows him to work on a Ph.D. and pastor the growing 250-person InterLondon Church, with 15 house churches and plans to plant a daughter church in Wimbledon later this year. Oscar continues to seek the Lord’s help, guidance, and strength as he studies and pastors full time.

If you would like to support Oscar in this ministry please contact OMS.

A NEW LIFE IN INDIANAPOLIS

Antonio’s life exemplifies one completely turned around. In his former life, he partied, cussed, and got drunk regularly. He also stole from his family’s business and abused their trust. He came to the United States looking for a new start, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend. He confessed, “So many times I tried to straighten myself out, but I always failed.”
Things didn’t improve in the U.S. When his relationship with his girlfriend ended in betrayal, he was devastated and consumed with hatred. His six-year-old son resented him and blamed him for the problems between his parents. In desperation, Antonio told his son’s uncle to care for the boy if he ended up in jail, as he was determined to take his revenge on his former girlfriend’s new partner.
Depressed, drinking too much, and filled with bitterness, Antonio remembers that every time he planned to do something foolish or felt overwhelmed by the pain in his heart, a Christian friend would text him, assuring him of his prayers and God’s love for him. One day, provoked by an argument with his ex-girlfriend, Antonio closed his eyes and prayed, “God, I don’t want to feel this hatred and pain anymore. Please take it all away.” With tears streaming down his face, Antonio experienced peace as God removed all the bitterness.
In July 2016, One Mission Society started a new ministry to immigrants in the United States, a network of Hispanic churches. Red Nueva Vida, or New Life Network, plants churches that reproduce themselves by planting daughter churches. Lay people within the church body are intentionally discipled in their relationships with Christ. They are then trained to make new disciples and start new groups of dynamic believers.
My wife Lupita and I planted New Life Church, the mother church in Indianapolis, Indiana, and now we provide vision and coordination for the New Life Network. In the last six months, New Life has grown from 40 to 80 members. The network has also just started two new daughter churches. Francisco and Blanca recently moved to Tampa, Florida, to plant a church, and Omar and Katia moved to Chicago to do the same there.

Lives like Antonio’sare being changed.
Today, as a growing disciple and prayer warrior, Antonio soaks up Jesus.
He leads the prayer ministry and teaches the children. Antonio and his son now enjoy a restored relationship and attend church together. In July, Antonio was baptized.
His life has been completely transformed. “I love inviting people to church and sharing Jesus with them. I speak to everyone openly about the new life I have in Christ. Many who knew my life before Christ can’t believe it.” Even his ex-girlfriend and her new partner are so amazed at the changes they see in Antonio that they have begun to attend New Life as well. Antonio prays that they will soon be reached for Jesus.
Antonio is one example of many. Others like him are being trained to plant more churches.
New Life has launched an international nine-module church planting training course for lay church planters. Regional centers across the United States will be the hubs to launch this initiative and unleash the potential within Hispanic churches across the States. The first center begins in October in Orlando with more than 100 expected to attend.
The second regional center will open in Indianapolis. Over the next few years, New Life Network will train thousands of lay church planters to impact their local communities for Christ. It’s exciting to see God enabling ordinary people to do extraordinary things for his kingdom.

 

Jonathan, Lupita, Daniel & Noah Morton- OMS Missionaries

 

 

 

If you would like to support this ministry please contact OMS.

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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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GIFT RECEIPTS

James 1:17 tells us, ‘every good gift and perfect gift comes from above’; 1 Peter 4:10 tells us that, ‘we should use our gifts to serve others, ‘faithfully administering’ God’s grace in its various forms’. These challenging passages, and other circumstances have led me to cease our current practice of ‘routinely’ issuing and posting receipts for every donation to OMS UK. Going forward my desire is to use this overhead ‘saving’ for the benefit of why we are here, to provide the means to share the Gospel. I believe this move is Biblical, necessary and timely. I am sure you will agree redirecting the postal cost to support our work will enhance our impact for His Kingdom. Receipts can still be sent, but only if they are requested. Any comments please feel free to contact me, walter.omsuked@yahoo.com, or the Manchester office. May God bless this, His direction, as OMS UK moves forward and aligns with the direction many other Missionary organisations have taken.

 

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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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NORTHERN IRELAND CONFERENCE REPORT

From February 24-26, the OMS N Ireland Annual Conference was held once again at Glenada Christian Holiday and Conference Centre in Newcastle Co Down.

Each morning began with a prayer time for our OMS work and workers throughout the world, as well as seeking God to minister to us during the weekend.

Dr Robert Murdock, Principal of the Faith Mission Bible College, Edinburgh was our guest speaker. Robert brought four very powerful and challenging messages from the Book of Acts. The first message was on `The Antioch Church’ based on Acts 11:19-30 and Acts 13:1-3, and Robert brought out the following four points:  1. an exciting beginning, 2. an encouraging visitor, 3. a dynamic leadership and 4. an outward focus.

His second message was on ‘The Church God Used’, based on Acts 13:1-5, when he brought out three main points: 1. The Church, 2. The Call and 3. The Commitment.

Robert’s third message involved `the second missionary journey of Paul’, based on Acts 15:36 – Acts 16:13, when once again he made four key points: 1. The Plans, 2. The Problem, 3. The Pathway and 4. The Providence.

His final message was on `The Church at Corinth’, from Acts 18, when he spoke about: 1. The People, 2. The Preaching and 3. The Problems at Corinth.

(All these message were recorded on both DVD and CD and are available for £10 for a set of DVDs, £10 for a set of CDs and £15 for a set of both DVDs and CDs. All proceeds will go towards the support of OMS N Ireland Young Adults).

On the Friday evening, Stephen Williamson brought a warm and moving tribute to our esteemed friend, the late John Herron (Former OMS Missionary to Spain), who organised the technology and recorded the sessions of the Conference over many years. John’s wife, Grace, and daughter, Hannah, were with us over the weekend.

We had encouraging, challenging and informative missionary reports from: Julia Henry: Ecuador, Sharon Thompson: Mozambique, Dean Lappin: Haiti, Dr Chris Palmer: OMS Theological Training, Michael Walsh, Andy Compton, Jonny Pollock, Ciaran and June Loughrin , and Tim Coyle: the Republic of Ireland, Oscar Jimenez: Church Planting in London amongst Latin Americans, Joe and Sadie Law: Mission Possible, Colombia, Christina Bell: Mexico, Ross and Emily Coulter: South Pacific and Donald Coulter: The “Into Every Community 4 Christ (NI)” Initiative and OMS Ministry Ireland.

Many folk commented that they were blessed, challenged and encouraged as a result of attending the conference. Many of our prayer group leaders took away much prayer fuel to pray about over the coming months.  Most of all, we praise God for His presence and anointing on all the speakers over the weekend. To God be all the glory.

Donald Coulter
OMS N Ireland Regional Director March 2017