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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

 

 

 

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OMS RALLY LIVERPOOL – APRIL 1

Bethel Church
Green Lane, Tuebrook
Liverpool L13 7EA
www.bethelliverpool.co.uk

Saturday, April 1, 2017
3-5pm
(refreshments following the meeting)

Speakers:
Martin Brennan (Men for Missions)
Paul Buchannan (OMS Board of Trustees)
and Robin Sloss with reports from around the world.

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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

 

ANNUAL MISSIONARY WEEKEND IN LIVERPOOL – 28/29 January

28th & 29th January, 2017
Bethel Church, Green Lane, Tuebrook, Liverpool L13 7EA
www.bethelliverpool.co.uk

PROGRAMME
Saturday 28th January
4.30pm – Seminar
The Persecuted ChurchKathy Till (Open Doors)
6.00pm – Buffet
7.30pm – Missionary Meeting
North KoreaMartin Dudgeon (Asia Link)

Sunday, 29th January

10.45am – Morning Service
China’s People Groups – Martin Dudgeon
6.30pm – Evening Service
JordanMartin Dudgeon