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LIFE CHANGING JOURNEYS

PollocksJonny Pollock
I was originally from Belfast, an atheist, with no time for God and the Church. Yet, I had a passion to share the Gospel with people when I became a Christian!
My wife and I were invited to work with street children in Mexico City with OMS for three weeks. There was opportunity to do manual work and share Christ. On the last week we were asked to pray about the needs in Mexico. Although we had a home and jobs, we felt that God directly called us to there.
Our son, Benjamin, was born while we were in Mexico, and now we serve God in Ireland. A lot started on that short-term trip. We had no real gifts or abilities. Yet, we could hold a paint brush, and share our faith, or knock on someone’s door to tell them of Jesus. Although insignificant in our eyes, it was significant when God was in control.
I recommend people to go and see how God works in different parts of the world.

Daniel Treharne
DanielI am a pastor’s son from North Wales, and became a Christian as a teenager.
At the University of Bath, I received a Masters in Civil Structural design engineering and felt God told me to do something for Him. He had given me everything – a good upbringing, good family, salvation, good education, and a skill. “What could I do for Him?”
OMS had built houses in Haiti. I discussed different opportunities and decided to go to Haiti, January-April 2015. But before leaving I proposed to my girlfriend!
I worked with several US teams and a Canadian team building Haitian Homes. Their testimonies and daily devotions challenged and impacted my spiritual life. The Haitians, with so little, have joy knowing Jesus as their friend and Saviour.
Since returning from Haiti, I’ve married Sharon who has a heart for mission. I’m working in construction gaining skills to be an effective tool to further God’s Kingdom in a mission field.

To find out how you could embark on a life changing journey, contact louisemcmahon.oms@gmail.com to discuss the various opportunities.

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HURRICANE HAVOC

“Definitely thinking a lot about the people of Jérémie in the southwest corner of Haiti. This is the second time that I have taken a survey trip of a major disaster. The heart sure gets torn up on these trips–leaving without feeling you have done anything, knowing you need to get back to communicate needs and establish a strategic response, seeing people and communities working together and wanting to join them, but knowing in your head that you can do more by leaving and communicating and working with others,” shared Brett Bundy, One Mission Society Haiti field leader.

RF2On Friday, Brett and a team of four Haitian OMS workers traveled to the worst-affected areas in the south and southwest of Haiti, around the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie. Their purpose was to assess how OMS can best respond to the many needs left behind in the wake of the devastating category 4 hurricane that struck Haiti and several Caribbean islands, as well as the southeast U.S. coast, on October 4 and the days following.

Though the majority of OMS’ ministries take place in Cap Haitien in northern Haiti, which we give thanks to the Lord that it was not heavily impacted, our longstanding presence in the country enables us to work in partnerships to provide resources and quickly mobilize teams to bring aid to those in need.

RF3It is difficult at this point to gauge the severity of the damage from the hurricane as travel and communication within the country is challenging. However, early reports indicate that the death toll has climbed above 1,000, with thousands more injured, left homeless and in need of aid. Some reports even state that 90 percent of the southwest of Haiti was completely destroyed.

RF4Our OMS survey team also reported, “No roofs were left on homes, schools, or churches. Crops, trees, animals are all gone. Things are very difficult. The government has declared three days of mourning in memory of those who died in this catastrophe.”

Another major concern is the outbreak and spread of cholera in the wake of the hurricane.

Pray for our leadership team, making decisions about what to do. Pray for all those affected in Haiti and in other regions. And pray that the people around the world would be generous and wise in who they donate to.

OMS has set up an emergency relief fund. If you would like to make a donation please click here and on the Confirmation page enter Project No.

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Mission Trip to South Korea

I was fortunate enough to return to Seoul with OMS this year to teach English. Having been last year, I was excited to return and be involved in God’s work there again.

I spent four weeks at the university: a total of about one week was used to prepare for teaching; one week was spent with North Korean defectors in South Korea; and two weeks were spent with South Korean teenagers and adults (ranging from university students, to missionary candidates, to pastors).

It is important for the missionary candidates and pastors to learn some English as it benefits their ministries in sharing the gospel with a range of people, especially for those who go to countries all across the world where English is spoken, at the very least as a second language in most places. My own personal highlight in this respect was helping a few different people to write their testimonies in English. It was amazing to work closely with these people, to hear their stories and see them structure them on paper so that others may understand. Furthermore, they all shared their testimonies with our whole group, so it was encouraging to see them speak in front of so many people about their walk with God. One of my students even shared her testimony with the crew on a ship where we did some outreach ministry!

In relation to the North Korean defectors, I was massively encouraged by them. Their English level can be non-existent, but yet they want to learn so that they may share their stories with, and gain support from other people outside of Korea, for the people of North Korea. Having studied a little Chinese, I found that I was able to help teach a little English to my students who were fluent in Chinese by translating English into Chinese, so that they could translate into Korean. It was a bit of a roundabout way of learning English, but it seemed to work! What is amazing is that it was not only OMS doing work for the North Koreans, but they were partnered with two other Korean organisations, Sarangnaru and PN4N, who aim to help those who escape North Korea, both physically and spiritually, and also prepare for the future reunification of Korea. When praying for Korea, I would stress the importance of praying for these two organisations and any others who are involved in this work.

I hope that this gives a little taste of the importance of the work happening in Korea. There is much more to tell and this is only a brief outline of some things which we did and why. I’d encourage you to pray for Korea. And if you want to know more about the work which OMS is involved in then you can always enquire about making the trip to South Korea, or somewhere else, yourself!

Scott – Short-term volunteer from N.Ireland

To find out about short-term mission trips, contact Louise recruiter@onemissionsociety.org.uk/0161 283 7992

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A CALL TO ISRAEL

MOSHESince he was young, Moshe* felt God calling him to go to Israel. This calling would lead him to begin a growing ministry there that he began with One Mission Society (OMS).

Though he grew up in South America, Moshe had ties to Israel through his family’s Jewish heritage. During World War II, his grandfather, a Jew, escaped from Europe to South America. Moshe is the second generation of Messianic-Jewish believers in his family. He was raised in a Messianic-Jewish household where he believed in Yeshua, God’s Son, but still had Jewish ties. Growing up, he did not practice Judaism, but he continued to claim his “Jewishness” as he describes it, a claim to the culture as part of himself.

This tie to his Jewishness developed a desire and a call in him to journey to Israel. After Moshe got married and had four kids, his family moved to Israel in 2007, using the Law of Return, which states that every Jew has a right to return to the Holy Land.

Once Moshe and his family got settled, he took a job selling solar-powered devices that contained God’s Word inside of them, which led him to attempt to sell them to OMS in 2008.

Shortly after this first encounter with OMS, economic problems hit Israel. The company Moshe had worked for laid him off, but immediately after that, OMS proposed a new opportunity. After further conversations, Moshe began working with OMS in ministry.

Moshe is not only the sole worker but also the director of the OMS Israel field since 2009. Part of his work is leading a house congregation that he started three and a half years ago. The congregation has grown to more than 20 people, mainly immigrants from countries all over the world. Moshe believes the best way to reach these people is through relationships and evangelism.

MOSCHE3Moshe said that Israel is important because of God’s covenant with them. This nation is where everything started, the source from where the world was given God’s truth. It is like using valuable recipes from your grandmother. When we bring the message of Yeshua back to Israel, it’s like returning all those recipes back to your grandmother’s family.

Bringing God’s message of love and his Son back to Israel is a difficult task. But it is about meeting people where they are, Moshe said. When he talks with people, he talks about Yeshua starting in Genesis, not Matthew or Romans. He can explain from there why he believes in Yeshua and why it makes sense to him. Moshe said that God gives him good conversations with people.

“When you act as just a messenger, you give room to the Holy Spirit,” he added.

The entire body of believers in Israel is no more than 20,000, Moshe said. But the numbers are increasing across the country. As the ministry progresses, Moshe wants to keep reaching out to the Jewish community.

God has been working in Israel in the hearts of his people through Moshe’s ministry. One of the stories Moshe shared about God working in Israel happened when he announced that he was starting a new congregation. Eventually, the original congregation he was with accepted his decision but still didn’t agree. Moshe stayed with them until the end of the year and then he left to begin his ministry. However, he questioned if he was moving too fast.

MOSCHE4In November 2012, he received a call from someone who wanted to know more about his new congregation. This man was not a believer, but he wanted to know more about God. Moshe discipled him for one year. Throughout this time, the man looked like he was a believer but he still had not made a decision.

During the man’s one year discipleship, his wife went into labor. As the man was with his wife, a big wind blew their door open. The man closed the door. But the wind blew it open two more times. In her labor, the wife said that is was the Lord’s Spirit coming to say that Yeshua was the Son of God. After that, she gave birth to a healthy daughter. Two months later, the man’s wife told Moshe that she accepted Yeshua as her Savior. Her husband was still unsure, but he finally agreed as well. Moshe baptized the couple as new believers.

MOSCHE5Stories like this are happening in Israel as God moves across the nation. Please pray for Moshe and his ministry, especially as he seeks mature believers to help with the home congregation. He also hopes to start congregation multiplication and prays that God will lead him and his congregation in the right direction in regard to that vision. Finally, Moshe prays that his growing home congregation can figure out if they need to find a new place to hold meetings and services.

“The Jewish people have a call to be a light to the nations,” Moshe said. His prayer is that they can rediscover that call and that God will work in their lives.

*Last name withheld

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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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Men for Missions International Cabinet Meetings – N.Ireland 2016

We had a lovely spell of summer weather at the end of May/early June. We trusted our Heavenly Father for good weather as the United Kingdom Men for Missions was asked to host the MFM International Cabinet Meetings. Audrey and I had spent two years in planning these meetings and on 29th May -2nd June the planning came to a climax in the Roe Park Resort, Limavady in Northern Ireland. This is only the second time in our history that the UK has hosted the MFM International Cabinet Meetings.

MFM1We had 10 people from the USA, 4 from Canada, 1 from South Africa and 10 from the UK, all coming into to the Roe Park Resort to stay during these meetings. We were all present on Sunday 29th May, and after a good night’s sleep we began our two days of meetings each morning at 8:15 am. Marlowe Janke from Canada and Dr. Bob Fetherlin (OMS President) brought us around God’s Word each morning, and then we spent time in prayer until approximately 10am when our wives left for their meetings.

On the Tuesday night, after two long days of meetings, we as an International body travelled to TBF Thompson Ministries, Garvagh to have a ‘Fellowship Evening’ with the OMS Prayer Groups in Northern Ireland. Each of us shared who we were and where we came from. Nigel Davison brought two gospel pieces in song before Dr. Bob Fetherlin brought greetings from OMS-US and shared from God’s Word.

MFM2MFM3On Wednesday 1st June, we had a day off to see the beauty of the North Coast. Our first engagement of the day was a ‘Mayor’s Reception’ at the Coleraine Civic Centre, hosted by Mayor Michelle Knight-McQuillan. Both Warren Hardig and Audrey presented the Mayor with gifts. Warren presented the Mayor with a copy of ‘Streams in the Desert’ and Audrey a Men for Missions International Belleek mug. We then travelled to ‘Royal Portrush’ Golf Course, and stopped off at a beauty spot for a picnic, prepared by our daughters, Stephanie and husband, William, along with Leanne.

Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

We continued to the Giant’s Causeway and the ‘Dark Hedges’ before stopping off for an evening meal at the Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae.

On Thursday 2nd June, most of our friends left for homeward flights, but ten of us stayed on and travelled down to the Republic of Ireland for a Prayer Journey to visit Calvary Mission, Westport, and Grace Community Church, Roscommon before flying home on Sunday 5th June.

We as Men for Missions give God all the glory for blessed meetings with great unity, as we as laymen take up the challenge to ‘do; go; give’ whatever God has called us to do!

 

Robin Sloss – MFM-UK National Director

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INTO EVERY COMMUNITY 4 CHRIST (NI) – MINISTRY UPDATE

OMS MINISTRY INITIATIVE UPDATE AUGUST 2016
The “Into Every Community 4 Christ (NI)” OMS Ministry Initiative was launched on 1st August 2015. The Initiative has two main focuses:

  1. The first focus was to recruit 3 prayer partners to pray regularly for each of the 80 District Electoral Areas in N Ireland. This initiative is called SOW (Saturate our Wards) with Fervent Prayer. We praise God that currently we have 240 individuals/couples/churches/Mission Halls or Prayer groups signed up. This represents well over the 240 of God’s people we envisaged praying for the initiative. To God be all the glory. Each month we send out, by e-mail or post, a letter to each of the 240 prayer warriors to encourage them to keep faithful in the place of prayer. ‘Prayer is the only adequate way to multiply our efforts fast enough to reap the harvest God desires’. – Dr Wesley Duewel.
  2. The second focus is to send into each of the 780,000 homes in N Ireland (1.85 Million Occupants) a piece of Gospel literature relevant to that area over time. This initiative is called SOW: (Saturate our Wards) with Abundant Gospel Sowing. In the 1st phase literature250,000 “No Longer Hoping” booklets written by Dick Keogh were printed. To date we have sent out 160,000 copies into homes which are located in predominately Nationalist /Republican /Catholic areas. We offer a free Bible, a copy of John Blanchard’s “Ultimate Questions” booklet and another booklet called “Two Ways to Live” written by Phillip D Jensen and Tony Payne, to anyone who requests them after receiving the “No Longer Hoping” booklet. BOOKLETWe praise God for those who have responded.  We are looking to God to provide the necessary funding to complete this 1st phase by the 31st December 2016. Beyond this, we commence Phase 2, when another batch of booklets will be printed and distributed by the Royal Mail Door to Door service. The following are extracts from the “No Longer Hoping” booklet: “For many years I had been HOPING I could earn or merit salvation by being religious, depending upon the church and doing my best. But I had reckoned I would never know until after I died if the church had done enough for me or if I had done enough to secure my salvation. Now, for the first time in my life, I was confronted with what God said in His Word. It was clear that the church, regardless of which one I belonged to, could never save me. It was also very clear that my good works and best efforts could not earn or merit salvation for me. But in the scriptures I read the GOOD NEWS – the Lord Jesus Christ did enough, through His death on the cross, to save me. ….. It was time to make a decision …. Would I put my faith in a living Saviour? …. I am NO LONGER HOPING. Now I KNOW that I will be in heaven someday. This is not based upon whether a person is a Roman Catholic or a Protestant. It is based upon the fact that ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life’.”

Our OMS President, Dr Bob Fetherlin, has cast the following vision for our Mission: The: One Billion-One Opportunity Vision: We are asking God, by His power and grace, and for His glory alone, to enable OMS and our partners to give one billion people the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ over the next 10 years.

Please pray that as these gospel booklets go into homes in N Ireland that they will be read by the occupants, and by doing so will have the opportunity of hearing, understanding and believing the gospel. And as they do so, they will make the vital decision to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their own and personal Saviour.