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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
Men for Missions

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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.

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OMS PORTGLENONE CHARITY SHOP

shopOMS Northern Ireland are pleased to announce an exciting new venture in Portglenone Co Antrim.
Over the past ten years, Mission Possible, under the leadership of Joe and Sadie Law, ran a charity shop in Portglenone. The purpose of the charity shop was to fulfil the desire to see as many as possible of the ‘Street Children’ of Bogota, Colombia helped in their plight and given a better and sustainable life.
From 31st May 2016, the charity shop duties have been handed over to One Mission Society to allow Joe and Sadie to concentrate fully on other fundraising activities which support their projects in Colombia. All of the projects that Mission Possible support in Colombia are One Mission Society related.
The ‘OMS Portglenone Charity Shop’ provides opportunities for local Christians to be ‘salt and light’ at home and to continue to provide support for the Mission Possible work in Colombia, as well several other OMS projects in Haiti and Ireland.
There is a current need for volunteers to help out in various roles in the shop. These include:

SHOP ASSISTANTS
SORTERS OF PRODUCTS IN THE STORE ROOM
VAN DRIVERS
VAN HELPERS
OTHER VARIED ROLES

Helen Arrell & Betty Marks

Helen Arrell & Betty Marks

If you could spare a few hours each week to help at the shop please contact:
Helen Arrell (Shop Manager), Tel No: 028 25821619 or Mob No: 07787421335 or why not drop into the shop at 44 Main Street Portglenone
We also welcome all relevant products/donations for the shop, including bricabrac, jewellery, and household furniture. We have a collection service for large items.

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PRAY FOR OUR SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS 2016

Pray for those preparing to serve overseas this Summer:

Ukraine English Camp – Camp 1 (July 10-31) & Camp 2 (July 31-August 13)
Camp 2 – David & Nastya from Ballyclare, N.Ireland

South Korea English Camp, plus refugee ministry (July 12-August 8)
Scott from Belfast N.Ireland

Hungary English Camp (July 20-August)
Scott Moore, Minister of Dervock Presbyterian Church (Leader)
Rebecca
(Belfast) Lorna (Port Stewart) and Robert from Lisburn, N.Ireland 

Gilbert from Bainbridge, N.Ireland and Clare from West Lothian, Scotland

Haiti Team (12-23 August)
Dean from Ballygawley (Leader), Bethany (Ballygawley), Phoebe (Newtonards) & Lewis (Bangor) N.Ireland

and for those on individual placements:
Hannah and Ross, both from University of Bath, serving in Ecuador from early August
Dan & Sharon from Chippenham, serving in Haiti in September

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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