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Joy Despite Poverty
Volume 113, No. 1
OMS Outreach equips Christians to make disciples of Jesus Christ through informative, inspiring and involvement-driven articles, which leads to deeper mission participation by serving, giving and praying.
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Last year, I traveled around South Asia and saw things I have never seen before, despite living in Mexico for a few years. Smells, heat, traffic and poverty like nothing you can imagine if you’ve never experienced it. Yet, in small village after small village, we witnessed true joy in the midst of poverty. We met Maloti, a woman who accepted the Gospel message, was trained and then shared the Good News with her whole village … who all, in turn, accepted Jesus, also. They meet together around the fire each night as she reads the one Bible they have. As I interviewed person after person, I realized the faith of each was so genuine. Most had memorized and hidden His Word in their hearts. These folks have no TVs, books, electricity or even church buildings … and still, they are growing. In this issue of OMS Outreach magazine, we spotlight several OMS ministries that are sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ AND are also being the hands and feet of Jesus, showing compassion to a lost and hurting world. If you want to get involved with what God is doing, contact us today.
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The mission statement of One Mission Society provides a clear mandate. Our mission is to make disciples and multiply churches. This sets us apart, in a sense, from organizations that focus solely on holistic ministry. So, from time to time we get questions about whether OMS is involved in humanitarian work. The answer is an emphatic “yes,” but in order to be aligned with our mission statement, humanitarian work must be secondary to that prime directive. Maintaining this priority is an important discipline. Too many organizations set out to proclaim the Gospel only to have that imperative eclipsed by humanitarian work … and sometimes lost completely. We will not let that happen in OMS. Yet, we know that humanitarian efforts are ordained by God. We see this throughout Jesus’ ministry. When he described his ministry to John the Baptist, he said, “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor” (Matthew 11:5). How do we address the critical humanitarian needs we face in our fields of ministry while remaining faithful to our calling? We do so through or in coordination with the local churches and our national partners on each field of service. This does two things. First, it allows us to integrate a humanitarian response into our ministry. Second, it allows us to work with the local church, helping each to develop a holistic ministry that meets the full needs of their community. With tens of thousands of churches around the world with whom we are affiliated, we are able, through this approach, to multiply our abilities to respond to humanitarian needs. As you read in this issue of OMS Outreach magazine about several of our key ministries that have a strong compassionate focus, keep this in mind and look to see how OMS is both the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need and the voice of Jesus to those who need to hear the eternal words of the Gospel.
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photo, above: The province where Edna and Angel live. photo, left: Lauren Biebel, with new friend Edna
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By Lauren Biebel, OMS Missionary in the Philippines, Hope61
I first met Edna at an Every Community for Christ retreat. She is a Filipino woman in her mid-40s, but she has the energy and passion of someone half her age. At the retreat, she approached me about the ministry of Hope61. We soon realized that we shared a burden and a passion. She told me about a young girl named Angel,* who was one of the first children in her outreach ministry to the poor. But within the last year, Angel had stopped coming, and Edna lost contact with her … only to find out that she was “working in the plaza.” This is where the prostitutes work. Edna wanted help. She asked me to come to her province to train her and her leaders in how to help this young girl and protect their community against trafficking. The following Thursday, we were on a three-hour bus ride to see her. God orchestrated that moment at the ECC retreat when Edna and I would meet, and He orchestrated the days we would spend together in her province. On Friday night, God brought Angel to the school yard where Edna’s ministry was held. Edna hadn’t seen Angel in months, but that Friday, at the end of our time with the children, God allowed us to sit with Angel. When I saw her … when I looked into her eyes, it was all I could do to not start sobbing. Only 14 years old … she was just an innocent child, but she was dressed in a way that tried to hide her youth. My heart broke. I prayed silently as Edna spoke to her, and I watched a young girl, aged by the evils of this world, tell her story of pain and desperation. Her life of abuse and neglect had left her vulnerable to exploitation. She wanted to feel loved … she felt the pressure to provide for her family. And soon, Angel found herself being recruited to “belong” with the girls who worked in the plaza and to sell herself to feed her family. Four nights a week, this 14-year-old worked for $10 a day. After talking and praying with Angel … after offering help and a way out, we felt encouraged. But when I talked to Edna in the days that followed, she said Angel did not show up in church on Sunday. I wish I could share a success story, but that’s not always the reality. We aren’t giving up hope or letting her go though. We trust that God will be victorious in saving this young life. Edna, her leaders and I continue to meet as we go through the human trafficking prevention training and pray for God’s leading and development of ministry in this area. I know the road to recovery is hard. I know the statistics on recidivism. I know the reality of this child’s (and so many others’) situation. But that night was the first step to a victory for the Lord. A relationship was reestablished … a connection was made … hope was given. The God of justice and redemption is mighty; His healing is sufficient; His power is unmatched, His Gospel penetrating. He is sovereign, and He planned that Friday night before the beginning of time. Editor’s Note: Hope61’s mission is to train national leaders in the churches we work with around the world. We train these leaders to become aware of the situation, we teach them the biblical perspectives of anti-human trafficking, and we equip them to take an active role in ministering to their community and protecting those vulnerable from being exploited. Although the ministry focus of the missionaries sent out through Hope61 is not on the rescue of victims, God intervened and brought Angel into Lauren’s path. *Name changed for privacy.
Beauty From Ashes By Tom Overton, Director, One Mission Societyâ€™s Hope61 ministry
An estimated 27 to 40 million people live in slavery in the world today. A year ago, I was among the many people who would have never guessed that modern-day slavery was so prevalent or such a huge problem in the world â€Ś even in the West.
After college, I began a career in business that took me through several jobs in sales and marketing. My wife Tonya, a full-time mother to our children, and I have always been active in our church, but until a few years ago, not open to serving in full-time ministry. But then, God began to work on my heart and called me to leave many of the securities of our current lifestyle and follow His call for my life. After resisting this call for many years, I was let go from my job. I have said many times since then that God was tired of giving me gentle nudges and decided to make His call clear. The same week that I lost my job, I left on a short-term mission trip to Haiti with OMS’ Men for Missions to participate on a Homes for Haiti team, building a new home for a Haitian family affected by the 2010 earthquake (see the story on page 14). That trip changed our family forever. When I returned, I shared my heart with Tonya. She was not surprised at all when I shared what God had planted in my heart for our family. We wondered if our passion for anti-human trafficking and our new call to full-time career ministry could be connected. Through much prayer and many conversations with Men for Missions leaders and other trusted brothers in Christ, God confirmed our call to missions. Tonya and I met with long-time OMS missionary Joyce Oden, the founder of Hope61, and were transformed by the scope of human trafficking around the world. Joyce still has a burning passion for the issue of human trafficking and other injustices in our world today, but as she draws near retirement, she wanted to step away from the day-to-day leadership of the ministry and pass it on to another. I began serving as the director of Hope61 in September 2012; Tonya serves part-time in administration. Many organizations that address the issue of human trafficking are led by women—women who are passionate about the evil exploitation of other women and children. As I assume the leadership of Hope61, our ministry joins a movement that has seen many of these organizations moving to male leadership. This trend follows the realization that reducing the demand for the product that human trafficking often produces—young sexual slaves—may be the single biggest opportunity to reduce the number of those being trafficked in the future. This demand is almost exclusively male driven. Also, many of these ministries were started to rescue the victims from their enslavement and to restore them to a full and fruitful life after the trauma they have experienced. While rescue must remain a concern for all who are involved, many ministries, including Hope61, have turned much of their attention to the prevention of human trafficking. Hope61 sends missionaries to OMS fields to work with the national church denomination or other church contacts to bring awareness and to train and equip nationals to combat this issue in a culturally appropriate and relevant way. The trained national leaders then use intentional evangelism of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continued discipleship to minister to these groups of lost people. We need many more missionaries to help. Human trafficking is an immense problem, but we at Hope61 believe that our God is bigger. We know that through His power, we can make a difference for those vulnerable and at risk in all corners of this dark and broken world. If you are interested in learning more or serving with Hope61, scan the QR code on page 6, or contact Paul Cox today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharing Health Tips and God’s Love Through the Airwaves By Kate Michel, Marketing & Communications Director, Radio 4VEH
Eleven-year-old Mayko has been confined to a crib all his life, most likely as a result of cerebral palsy. He’s one of 800,000 people living with a disability in Haiti, including about 200,000 children. Haitians often view sickness in general, and disability in particular, as having a supernatural cause, either as punishment for personal or family sin or from a witch doctor’s curses. Those living with disabilities are ostracized, hidden and often abandoned. When OMS Haiti missionary Angie Bundy and her 11-year-old daughter Brianna visited shut-ins in the Vaudreuil neighborhood, they met Mayko and his family and gave them a solar radio tuned to Radio 4VEH. Through the solar radio, Mayko and his family will hear a consistent message every day—that God loves them and has a plan and purpose for their lives.
Angie reports, “My heart goes out to Mayko’s parents, who have taken such good care of him for 11 years. Brianna felt extremely blessed to be able to give him and his family a radio. I pray that the radio will be a blessing of hope to Mayko, as well as to his parents, who must find daily strength to care for him.” While most people in Haiti are not familiar with basic health and hygiene, they trust Radio 4VEH, which gives us a platform to help listeners learn to take better care of their children, their communities and themselves, saving lives today and for eternity. So, every week, we talk about health on Radio 4VEH, on programs like Sante Live (Health Live), a show where listeners call in from all over northern Haiti, with ques-
And that’s what Radio 4VEH does through easy-to-understand information about health, including songs and jingles that help the message stick in people’s minds—messages like, “wash your hands after using the restroom” and “add chlorine to water before you drink.” With God’s help, radio is a powerful communicator, able to reach into people’s homes and hearts, providing answers that can’t be found at the witch doctor’s hut. When people like Mayko and his family are blessed with a solar radio, they hear of God’s love and compassion for them, as well as news, farming and health advice, community announcements, worship music and more. You can bless a family like Mayko’s by sponsoring a Resounding Hope solar radio.
tions for our resident medical doctor. Dr. Nolly shares real-life help, appropriate for the Haitian context of limited resources, all coming from a biblical worldview. Haiti’s most urgent health problem right now is cholera, a fast-hitting, waterborne infection that is both preventable and treatable. More than 7,000 people have died already, and more than half a million people have been sick with cholera (1 in 20 of Haiti’s people). When the outbreak began two years ago (the first in 100 years), OMS UK missionary Julie Briggs (now Edler) reported, “People are believing all kinds of things (about cholera), and they are willing to believe them because they are so scared. I’ve heard, ‘If you drink lots of alcohol, you will be protected against cholera’ or ‘You can get cholera from the dust in the street.’” “Educating people is the most important thing,” Julie said.
photo page 8, top: Radio 4VEH bottom: Dr. Nolly photo page 9: MK Brianna Bundy, giving a Resounding Hope solar radio to 11-year-old Mayko
Help families like Mayko’s hear hope every day through radio by sponsoring a Resounding Hope solar radio fixtuned to Radio 4VEH and pre-loaded with an audio New Testament in Haitian Creole. Families will hear life-saving information when disaster strikes, farming and health advice, and the ultimate in Good News, the resounding hope of Jesus Christ. Send your donation, marked Resounding Hope, in the enclosed envelope. Visit www.resoundinghope.org to find out more.
By Dennis Hardin, President of Mercy, Inc., a partner ministry of One Mission Society
OMS Missionary Dennis Hardin baptizes new believers in South Asia.
On my last trip to South Asia, my wife Cindy and I, alongside our national partners, trained 448 pastors and church leaders in the Inductive Bible Study method. Each of those trained persons will now train 32 others in this method. This totals 14,336 that soon will be trained. Thatâ€™s multiplying leaders exponentially. We also baptized 664 people during our 12-day trip, and 20 new churches were planted during the month of July alone.
Then, we checked the progress of the Jesus Well Project … When Mercy, Inc., a partner ministry of One Mission Society, began ministry in South Asia, we came alongside an existing indigenous ministry to start microcredit programs and assist with flood relief. These projects were successful, but it came to our attention that a greater need was for clean, arsenic-free water. So, together, in 2010 we started the Jesus Well Project. Our purpose was twofold: First, we wanted to provide water that was safe to drink, and second, we wanted to open the doors to evangelism in this region. Mercy, Inc. provides the funds needed to drill and maintain the wells in the country, and the national ministry partners do the evangelism through their partnership with Every Community for Christ, a direct ministry of One Mission Society. Let me tell you the story of Shelfali and her village. Shefali is a housewife. She lives in a village with her husband Sham, who is a day laborer. They have one son and one daughter, ages 1 and 6, respectively. They live in an area with high levels of arsenic. For years, they did not have access to safe drinking water … until the Jesus Well Project reached out to this village. By installing arsenic-free tube wells, the people now have pure, safe drinking water, thus helping these villagers to protect themselves from arsenic poisoning. Arsenic effects can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness in hands and feet and partial paralysis. Arsenic also has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney and nasal passages. Today, Shefali, her family and many other villagers have access to clean water for drinking, cooking food, bathing, Shefali pumps water washing clothes and cleaning utensils. Shefali says that from the new well. this well keeps them safe from arsenic, as well as other waterborne diseases that can harm the villagers, especially their children. She is thankful to the Lord and also to the donors for their generous giving to help these people who, otherwise, have no access to clean water. These faithful donations have opened doors to share the love of Jesus among the beneficiaries. We extend our hands to help individuals, their families and communities overcome and improve their lives. This includes Shefali’s family. After three years of ministry with the Jesus Well Project, these are the results: • 692 arsenic- and bacterial-free tube wells have been provided. • 244,000 people have been reached and provided with safe water. • 118,000 have come to know Christ. • 10,910 people have been baptized. Because of strong national leadership, the Jesus Well Project has gone beyond our expectations. We knew going in that the well project would work, and we had high hopes for effective evangelism, but the number of people that have been reached and the responses to Christ have been even better than we had hoped. We look forward to drilling more wells and reaching even greater numbers for the cause of Christ by meeting the physical needs of the people of South Asia. If you would like to donate to the South Asia Jesus Well Project, #407760-OUT982, please use the enclosed envelope, and mail it today, or give through the website at www.onemissionsociety.org/give/Jesus-well. 11
By Greg Carlson, Church Multiplication Facilitator, Every Community for Christ
My turn never came. I was 16 and eager to keep watch for an hour in the night with a Honduran friend over a sick little girl, struggling for her life. The medical mission team had organized shifts to alert my dad if the child’s fragile condition threatened her survival in the night. When she died, sadness and despair hung over her father and our temporary clinic. I watched Dad closely, wondering at his physician’s ability to press on without betraying the emotion that certainly pierced him. His participation in missions revealed his compassionate nature to me in practical ways and developed a picture of him I would not have easily discovered otherwise. For example, in 2005, a Men for Missions medical team traveled to South Asia, where Dad encountered a man facing cancer with no medical care. Frustrated because he knew there was nothing he could do, Dad thought of his own prescription for the knee pain he endured. He thought, “The only thing I can do for this dying man is give him my own medicine to make him comfortable.” So, he gave him the whole bottle. We didn’t know how much Dad needed that medication just to be able to keep walking without pain. His compassion urged him to action. During the same ministry trip, children in an orphanage thronged around Dad and his teammates so tightly the men couldn’t even move. To their joy, the doctors learned if they shouted, “Hallelujah!” all the children would respond, raising their hands in the air to shout back, “Hallelujah!” In that moment, they could quickly slip through the crowd of children. The pastor at Dad’s funeral shared this anecdote and invited us to raise our hands, shouting, “Hallelujah!” and I imagined his indescribable joy as he slipped through the crowd into heaven. Dad derived great joy from touching patients and interacting with children, and his partnership with OMS allowed him to touch the world with his heart of compassion. photo, top: Dr. David Carlson, Greg’s dad, surrounded by children in an orphanage on one of his ministry trips framed photo: David Carlson in South Asia
Healing Hands By Beth Bailey, Short-Term Missionary Nurse
A special work began in the hearts of a few nursing students from Indiana Wesleyan University in September 2012. God worked on the hearts of these nurses, a few doctors, the Ecudorian helpers and the patients that were served in Ecuador from September 23-30, 2012. His work in all those involved with the IWU Ecuador mission trip continues today. During the five days of clinic, the IWU nursing students and faculty, in partnership with OMS missionaries Tom and Susan Stiles, Dr. Kime, Dr. Lehman and three wonderful Ecuadorian doctors, served more than 660 patients. What a blessing the local churches in Anconcito and Libertad were to the nurses and doctors! The people in the churches worked overtime to make the medical team comfortable and meet the needs of the visiting patients and their families. And most importantly, the church people shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with every person who wished to be seen in the clinic. I learned three important lessons from the Ecuadorian people that I will never forget: • First, love for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Regardless of our language or cultural differences, our Savior unites us as a family. I will never forget the genuine love and kindness shown to me by the Ecuadorian people. • Second, joy for whatever situation I am in. The Ecuadorian people waited in line for hours to receive medical attention, yet they remained joyful. Their thankfulness for even minor treatment and medications was obvious and contagious. I cannot help but remember my Ecuadorian “family” with great joy! • Third, boldness in sharing the message of salvation. Due to the boldness of the local church people in Anconcito and Libertad, some patients that attended the clinic accepted Christ. In others, seeds were planted. My prayer is that I, too, will be bold in my declaration of the Gospel message, whether at home or serving overseas. The work started in September 2012 has not ended. God will use the relationships, lessons and friendships formed in Ecuador to continue His plan. Let us never forget to pray for our Ecuadorian family and always remember, with joy, the privilege of being a part of God’s unfolding plan. Editor’s note: Beth is pursuing her MSN in nursing education at Indiana Wesleyan University. OMS thanks her, Heather Lowmiller and the entire IWU nursing team and faculty for their service. photo, top: The IWU nurses (top row), with Dr.Lehman and Dr. Kime photos in circles: Treating Ecuadorian patients
Building Homes, Building Bridges By Harold Brown, Missionary and Former Homes for Haiti Coordinator, One Mission Society
In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, One Mission Society started the Homes for Haiti project in August 2010. Our goal: to build solid homes to replace those destroyed in the earthquake in and around the Port-au-Prince area. OMS has had a relationship with two churches in the area for many years. So, we formed a committee from the two churches to help decide which families would receive homes after living in tents or other non-permanent structures for a year. We decided to build a permanent house for each family chosen rather than a temporary shelter as many organizations were doing. We knew this would take longer and require more resources, but we felt it would be an encouragement to the churches and a good testimony to the community. This has proven to be quite true. In January 2011, the First United Methodist Church in Waco, Texas, sent a group to Haiti to build the first home. The church provided the funds for this house. The committee chose the family of Mr. Dieuthene Clairissant, who worked as a mason, to receive this first house. On the afternoon of January 12, 2010, when the earthquake shook their area of Haiti, the Clairissantsâ€™ house collapsed, along with thousands of others. One of their sons was in another area, near Port-au-Prince, and they thought he had been killed. But, two days later, they found him alive and well. They praised the Lord that none of their family had been hurt. They lived in a small tent for a year until they received the keys to their new house. Dieuthene thanked the Lord, first of all, for the house. Then, he thanked the church and OMS. He shared how many of his neighbors had received temporary shelter that was already decaying. Some of Dieutheneâ€™s neighbors have begun to go to church with him and
photo page 14: Destinat Dieumerci and his wife, received H4H house #29. photo page 15: The team from Centerpoint Fellowship Church in Alabama, along with the Dieumerci family
his family. They have services each week in their yard or in their house. Sometimes, as many as 50 people attend. Each Saturday, they also have a childrenâ€™s club, with about 25 children in attendance. Two other families from the Gressier church have also received houses through the Homes for Haiti project and are also having services during the week at their new houses. They are praying that many more of their neighbors who lost houses in the earthquake will soon have a house as well. Many families are still in tents after three years. Centerpoint Fellowship Church in Prattville, Alabama, also provided the funds for a house, and in October 2012, they sent a team of four men and two women to Haiti to finish building house number 29. The young family that received this house, the Destinat Dieumerci family, was so grateful to the Lord and to the Prattville group for their house. The mother shared that when their old house fell down during the earthquake she was told that her baby had been killed. In her panic, she picked the seemingly lifeless baby up from the rubble, ran outside and began to try to nurse the baby. She said it was a miracle; their baby son began to eat and is completely healthy today. At the end of December 2012, OMS had completed 35 homes. But we can only move forward as the Lord provides the financial resources and as He calls men and women, like you, to go to Haiti to help build a home.
If you are interested in giving to Homes for Haiti, use the enclosed envelope with your next gift. If you are interested in participating on a H4H team, email Bill Evans at email@example.com, or check the trip opportunities at www.mfmi.org.
Haiti Short-term mission teams are needed in Haiti to build small sturdy houses for families who lost their homes in the January 2010 earthquake. To date, 35 homes have been built through the OMS Homes for Haiti project, which has been an effective ministry to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Haiti.
Colombia In November 2012, a Men for Missions short-term church planting team went to MedellĂn, Colombia, to support the OMS Saturation Antioquia project. During their four days of houseto-house evangelism, in which they used the EvangeCube, 91 people accepted Christ.
Ecuador A short-term medical team from Indiana Wesleyan University went to Ecuador in September 2012. The team saw more than 600 patients, and each patient received a Gospel presentation. The team also witnessed three new believers being baptized in the ocean. The pastor of the church they partnered with, Pastor Abdon, reported that six people who accepted Christ during the trip have now joined a home cell group.
South Korea In October 2012, eight missionary candidate families from the Korea Evangelical Holiness Church were commissioned and sent out to various countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The new missionaries are adjusting to their mission fields, learning new languages and cultures and beginning their ministries.
Singapore In October 2012, 60 Tamil people from Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India enthusiastically participated in training led by OMS missionaries Folmer Strunk and Mike Dragon. Participants learned to use Train and Multiply materials to share Christ and start new house churches. Now, they are applying what they learned in their home towns.
Kenya An evangelism and church planting team visited Kenya and ministered in the slums of Nairobi in October 2012. By the end of the trip, six new house churches had been started, and 12 people had made decisions for Christ. Throughout Africa, as of the end of September 2012, nearly 800,000 people had made decisions for Christ. 17
Healing and Harvest for the Saraguros By Ed Erny, Former President, One Mission Society
One Mission Society celebrates 112 years of ministry this year. Of the hundreds of missionaries who have served in our ranks, few have remained in active service as long as Bill and Ilene Douce. They joined OMS in 1946, and now, though semi-retired, they still spend part of each year in Ecuador, the nation they love. The Douces travel two times each year to the remote Saraguro region to assist with the medical work at the clinic they founded. “I was raised in a Christian home on a farm in Ohio,” Bill says. “We always had daily devotions and prayer, and we attended church every week.” In spite of his pious beginnings, at an early age, Bill learned the arts of deceit … things like cheating and stealing. “But when I was 13,” said Bill, “our church scheduled a two-week revival. During the altar call, miserable and repentant, I made my way to the front. That night, the wondrous blessing and joy of forgiveness was mine. I belonged to God.” At a summer family camp, Bill was urged to attend Asbury College. Shortly thereafter, he felt compelled to kneel at an old stump and ask God to guide him. “Suddenly, a voice, so clear that it seemed audible, said, ‘Bill, I want you to be a doctor.’” Thus, after graduation from high school and a short stint in the Army, he found himself at Asbury. On weekends, he pastored a small rural church. It was there that he got to know a beautiful classmate who could work magic with the keyboard. Her name was Ilene Moser.
Bill and Ilene were married the day after graduation. At Asbury, they had heard from scores of missionaries. The ones from The Oriental Missionary Society (now One Mission Society) had deeply impressed them both. When OMS President Dr. Eugene Erny visited and learned of Bill’s call to medical work, he asked, “We’ve just opened the Ecuador field, would you consider helping us open a clinic there?” The young couple prayed about this challenge, and within months, they were accepted by OMS and began preparations. But it would be several years before they arrived in Ecuador due to medical school and language learning. While the Douces were on deputation, they, along with the entire evangelical world, heard of the tragic murders of five young missionaries at the hands of Auca Indians in Ecuador. Even before this, OMS had chosen a remote Inca village, Saraguro, high in the Andes, as the target of their first thrust. Once in Ecuador, the Douces, along with the help of Men for Missions teams, built a medical clinic and a church in Saraguro. The strong evangelical influence of
photo page 18: The Douces, with a few Saraguro friends photo page 19, top: Ilene teaches the Saraguro children. bottom: Dr. Bill baptizes a new Saraguro believer.
the Douces and other OMS missionaries upon the Saraguros was not lost upon the priests who had ensconced themselves in the area as dictators. Before long, friendly residents of Saraguro advised the Douces that a conspiracy was afoot, one that would settle for nothing less than the extermination of the American Protestants and shutting down the work of the clinic. For years, the Douces endured one obstacle after another. This opposition took many forms. “The first was a tax on our bodies,” Ilene explained. She suffered four attacks of debilitating malaria. Bill, due to a freakish misidentification of medication, suffered terrible poisoning and was rushed to a distant hospital. Doctors predicted that he would be dead by morning. At another time, a cholera epidemic in the area was so bad that as many as 20 Saraguros a day were dying of dehydration. It soon became evident that satanic forces were not happy that the Gospel was being preached in the OMS clinic and church. But the Douces survived, and longer lines formed in front of the clinic each morning, a witness to the Saraguros’ faith in them. At the hands of Dr. Bill, Ilene and their team, they were experiencing a compassion they had never known. The threats against the Douces culminated one evening as they celebrated
Christmas with many of their neighbors. The mood took a frightful turn as several men appeared at their home, with angry threats and cries for them to get out of town. One rough, burly man boasted, “We are going to see the Protestants’ blood running in our streets.” Then, they saw a mob of Saraguros approaching. Some carried clubs and others, machetes; all shouted slurred threats. Ilene shares, “Some people later told us that, at that moment, they saw an angel guarding the entrance.” Bill recalls that a wall of friends then formed to protect them, opposing the advance of the rowdy mob. It was then that the police showed up, and the priests declared it had all been a misunderstanding. Today, the work that the Douces began among the Saraguros more than 50 years ago continues, although OMS has yet to see the mass results that other areas of Ecuador have seen. The clinic continues to administer love and healing. The church fearlessly preaches the Gospel to both Saraguros and Spanish-speaking Ecuadorians, and the OMS-founded radio station proclaims salvation throughout the vast jungle region. We believe more than ever the promise that, “they who go forth bearing precious seed will doubtless come again rejoicing.”
photos, top: Dr. Bill and Ilene Douce today inset: Dr. Douce, last summer, in Ecuador with a Saraguro in traditional dress. bottom: Dr. Bill helps a small patient.
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A Lover of Children By Gail Leroy, Missionary in the Dominican Republic, One Mission Society
photos: Millie presents a trophy to the winning team for Bible quizzing at the Vocational Bible Institute. inset: Millie Young today
When I think of “Aunt Millie,” the words children and compassion come to mind. Millie was my grade school teacher in Medellín when I was a missionary kid living there. I remember well her love of teaching, encouraging people and counseling. As a young adult, I returned to Colombia on a short-term trip. To my surprise, Millie was the missionary that took us around to visit OMS- and Compassion Internationalsponsored schools out in the jungles. It was Millie who encouraged me on that trip to become a full-time missionary. Three years later, I was back in Colombia, working with Mighty Millie, as many called her. She was a tiny little thing, but mighty in so many ways. Bruce Hess, the Colombia field leader for many years, says Millie was the first OMS missionary to obtain a visa to Colombia in 1955, in the midst of the 10 years of violence (1948-1958). Years later, Millie moved to Cristalina to serve at the OMS-related Bible institute. Millie taught and oversaw the girl’s dorm. On the weekends, she took students to the village to do evangelism and teach the children. The students learned a lot from her and still talk about it today. I remember how the children reacted to Millie when we visited the schools. They swarmed around her, anxious to hear and see the flannel graph stories she had prepared for them. She was loved, and she loved. During this time, a young U.S. intern came to Cristalina to teach children. His name was Vernon Young. He and Millie hit
it off. After a short time, Millie and Vernon were married and later had three children: Colleen, Joyce and Howard. They soon moved to Magangué to be closer to the river ministry. One tragic day in 1975, Vernon, out delivering supplies to the river schools, was traveling on horseback along a dangerous river. While crossing it, Vernon’s horse stumbled in a hole; Vernon fell and drowned. In 1980, I returned to Colombia to work with Millie. I lived with her and her kids off and on for a few years. I remember her working on VBS materials until late at night and getting up in the wee hours of the morning. Her devotional life gives answer to how she accomplished all she did—raising three children by herself, running the Compassion program, teaching Sunday school, counseling teachers, pastors, young missionary candidates and so much more. I learned a lot from Millie. I saw the love and respect the Colombians had for her. When asked why Millie didn’t return to the States after Vernon’s death, she said, “I was called to Colombia. I think the Lord wants me to continue the work He called me to.” Colombia and the Colombians are her life. After nearly 60 years of ministry, she still leads yearly work teams to Medellín and Bogotá. She still raises support for the seminary and grade school students. And she still prays for the Colombian people every day.
Eternal Change …
One Child at a Time By Cindy Lenker, Missionary in Haiti, One Mission Society
When I stepped into the office and saw the slightly-built girl in her tattered dress and thinly soled shoes, I sensed she was waiting for me. With one week before the start of school, the flow into the office had been nonstop. Ruth, our receptionist, confirmed my suspicions. When I asked the girl what she wanted, with haunted, serious eyes, she simply said, “I want to go to school.” Ruth explained that she was 12 years old, one of three children, and that her single mother was unable to afford school. In fact, she had never attended school. In Haiti, affordable schooling is unattainable for most. That’s where One Mission Society’s Starfish Kids (SFK) program steps in. Starfish Kids is an evangelism and education ministry that works directly with the OMS-founded Emmaus Fellowship of Churches to partner donors with students who otherwise could not afford school. These $25 monthly sponsorships provide a Christian education and the opportunity to evangelize and disciple more than 7,000 Haitian children in their relationship with Jesus Christ each year. When I came to Haiti in 2011 as the sponsorship coordinator for Starfish Kids, it was apparent that we needed more sponsors. In 2010, the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince sent thousands of Haitians to seek refuge in Cap Haitien, which is where the SFK ministry headquarters is located. The influx of refugees greatly increased the number of students in Starfish Kids schools. Although the promise of free education in Haiti is slowly becoming a reality in some areas, it’s not yet available to all children. How does Starfish Kids find sponsors? “By God’s grace and through our OneLife Changers,” says field director, Brett Bundy. OneLife Changers are individuals who have a heart for Haitian children, realize the great need and want to help. OneLife Changers promote Starfish Kids by seeking 22 22
sponsors in their churches and through family members or friends. Anyone who desires to see children in Haiti go to school and learn about the love and hope of Christ can become a sponsor themselves, a OneLife Changer or both! OneLife Changers promote Starfish Kids in a variety of ways. Kathy, one of Starfish Kids’ most successful OneLife Changers, does an annual Christmastime promotion in which she encourages people to consider student sponsorship as a gift alternative for friends and family. Many of these gift recipients have become ongoing sponsors. Another OneLife Changer displays student photos at her church. Shelly says, “I don’t have to do much; the beautiful photos of the children tug at the heartstrings, and the Holy Spirit does the rest!” Other OneLife Changers display student photos, show the promotional DVD and distribute brochures at mission conferences, Rotary Clubs, vacation Bible schools, in Sunday school classes of all ages and even at scrapbook or quilt groups. Starfish Kids is also promoted through church partnerships. Churches use Starfish Kids as a springboard to a more extensive involvement in Haiti ministry. Pastor Rob explains, “At Millcreek Church, our desire has always been to establish ministries that not only meet an immediate need but that grow far beyond those humble beginnings. We partnered with Starfish Kids at St. Philomene School to meet an immediate need, but our prayer and expectation is that God will grow the relationship into something that reaches the entire community, effecting eternal change for generations to come.” At night, when I hear the voodoo drums in the distance, I think about the children who hear those same drums … children who have only known the fear and bondage of voodoo. I think about a little 12-year-old girl who wants to go to school. I want her to have more than just an education. I want her life to be changed for eternity through a relationship with Jesus Christ, and I know that through the ministry of Starfish Kids and the gift of sponsorship from our donors, eternal change can happen, one life at a time. photos page 22 & 23, top: Starfish kids photo page 23, bottom: A young sponsor meets her student.
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Flying High By David Runge, Director of World Intercessors
I first heard about One Mission Society in 2010 while I was serving as a pastor and prayer facilitator for another Midwest mission organization. I visited OMS, met Dick McLeish and learned about the OMS prayer ministry, which Dick was leading at the time. Dick and I shared a common story, having both been called out of the marketplace into missions in our 50s and now leading prayer for our respective organizations. My training had been in theology, psychology and counseling, but in 1985, after seven years of ministry, I left to begin a career in aviation. In 2008, God called me back into ministry. Yet, in spite of an immediate ministry opportunity, I told God, “No, I’d rather fly airplanes. “ “Fine,” He seemed to say, “We can do this the hard way.” Over the next year, God began to take away all my work until, in April 2009, I was finally unemployed after flying planes for nearly 25 years. During that year of dwindling work, God opened up new opportunities for volunteer ministry and preaching. I asked His forgiveness for saying no and told Him that if He ever asked me again, I would say yes. I went
on a short-term mission trip the next April and was asked by the executive director of that organization to come on board as staff pastor. This time, I said yes. Over the next two years, Dick McLeish and I developed a friendship, and he became a mentor to me in prayer. My wife Kathy and I visited him and OMS several times in those two years, and each time, I became more impressed with what God was doing through the ministry of OMS and with the joy, earnestness and humility of the people I met there. God kept bringing people associated with OMS into my life during this time when our own organization began to downsize. I investigated opportunities on the OMS website, and in March 2012, after two months of exploring, I pulled the trigger and contacted OMS. The position of director of World Intercessors had just been posted. Kathy and I applied and were accepted for missionary service. I’m thankful that, through this new ministry with OMS, God has given me the opportunity to renew my love for Him and the privilege of responding to His invitation to “feed my sheep.”
By Faith and Prayer By David Runge, Director of OMS World Intercessors
OMS Core Values
• HOLINESS—By God’s grace, we commit to submit to the authority of Christ and His Word, living lives of holiness, growing in Christlikeness by word, deed and all aspects of our lives (John 17:17). • DISCIPLESHIP—By God’s grace, we commit to proclaim the love of Jesus through mentoring and discipleship in ministry, living out our Christianity as part of a community or team, partnering with other community members in a biblical manner (Ephesians 4:11-16). • FAITH—By God’s grace, we commit to live by faith, depending on God for all things, through prayer and reliance on the Holy Spirit (John 15:5). • ACCOUNTABILITY—By God’s grace, we commit to be accountable to God, to our leaders and to our constituents through faithful, persevering labor and good stewardship (Luke 12:48b). • MINISTRY—By God’s grace, we commit to be involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission through evangelism, church planting, leader training and partnership with churches to evangelize their nation and the world (Matthew 28:18-20).
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a five-part series, covering OMS’ core values.
Jesus’ disciples followed Him into the house with trepidation. They were humiliated by their inability to cast out a demon from an epileptic boy, a boy who subsequently was delivered at Jesus’ command. But still reeling from their failure, they had to know, so they asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” The Bible records two answers to this question, indelibly imprinted upon the hearts and minds of Matthew and Mark. In Matthew 17:20a, Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith,” and in Mark, He added, “This kind can come out only by prayer” (Mark 9:29). Why this link between faith and prayer? Surely the disciples had faith to cast out the demon. They had seen many demons become subject to them in the name of Jesus. But Jesus said their faith was too little and they lacked prayer. Could it be that Jesus was teaching them that faith is fueled by prayer? For Jesus, relationship with the Father trumped successful ministry. Jesus emphasized relationship with Him in His last words to His disciples: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” —John 15:7-8. It is through faith fueled by prayer that we see our Father for who He is, building our faith to believe Him for anything. It is faith fueled by prayer that led OMS cofounder Charles Cowman to marshal all of the resources of The Oriental Missionary Society to saturate every home in Japan with the Gospel, a task he called the Great Village Campaign. It is faith fueled by prayer that led Dr. Wesley Duewel, OMS President emeritus, to recruit nearly 1,500 intercessors for India, resulting in the mission exploding in a few short years. It is faith fueled by prayer that saw God bring more than one million people to Jesus through the ministries of OMS in 2012, and faith fueled by prayer is what sustains OMS today.
Give Me a Missionary Heart
By Jason Campbell, Creative Director of One Mission Kids, a ministry of OMS
One Mission Kids (OMK) teaches compassion by using the head, heart, hands and feet method. Sympathy starts in the head. It says, “I am sorry for what has happened to you.” Empathy starts in the head and travels to the heart, saying, “I feel sorry for you because I can understand and relate to your problem.” But on their own, sympathy and empathy do little beyond involving our thoughts and feelings. Compassion engages both our head and heart, and it takes it one step farther and moves us to use our hands and feet. When teaching children about missions, it is easy to flood them with facts and other statistics to create sympathy. We can share real-life stories that tug on their hearts, getting them to empathize. But true compassion comes when we actively find ways to get our children involved in using their hands and feet to help reach and rescue a lost world for Jesus. When given the opportunity, kids jump at the chance to show compassion. Recently, OMK field-tested our soon-to-be-released mission-based VBS program, Good News Reporters, which includes a Bibles for Africa mission project. Throughout the week, kids did extra jobs around the house, asked for donations and even used their own money to help provide new churches in Africa with God’s Word. During the missions sharing time, one boy told how God asked him to sell his expensive TV game console so that people could have their own copy of God’s Word. Another child shared how he and his mom sold most of his clothes so the African people could read about Jesus for themselves. Two vacation Bible schools raised enough money to provide more than 120 Bibles for 15 churches! The goal of One Mission Kids is to create resources to help equip parents, schools and churches to better educate their children about missions. Through the One Mission Kids website (www.onemissionkids.org), we offer many resources, including a free monthly prayer calendar and an interactive place for kids to explore seven global destinations. Each destination includes a kid-friendly mission project so children can learn about what God is doing around the world AND get their missionary heart involved. photo, top: Jason Campbell leads a VBS.
Complete All-Missions VBS Program *Everything you need for VBS on 1 CD-Rom, simply print materials as needed
Funding OMS Candidates/Missionaries Here are a few of our missionaries that need additional funding. For a complete list, please contact Bill Oden at email@example.com, or call 317.888.3333, ext. 305.
Anne Baenziger — Republic of Ireland Anne will be involved in evangelism, discipleship and church planting while serving with eXtreme Walk, our one-year program for young adults. 18% funded/project #802464 Steve and Katuska Davies — Mozambique Steve and Katuska (OMS United Kingdom) previously served for a term in Ecuador, teaching at the seminary in Cuenca. Now, they are funding to move to Mozambique to teach theology at the Biblical and Theological Seminary of Maputo. 55% funded…/project #803810 Ray and Sylvia Degenkolb — Colombia Ray and Sylvia will teach at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia. Just beginning to fund/project #802479
Sandy Newcomer — USA — Hope61 Sandy serves with Hope61, the anti-human trafficking ministry of One Mission Society. She will be the representative in the Greenwood, Indiana, area churches in raising awareness, education and project funds. 32% funded/project #802456 Michael and Katie Lucero — South Pacific Michael and Katie will be teaching at Wesley International School, a school for missionary kids, expatriates and international business people’s children. 7% funded/project #802476
Randy and Shelley Marshall — Ukraine Randy and Shelley work with house churches and university students. Randy is also the people group coordinator in Ukraine. Funding on Home Ministry Assignment/project #801930 Andrea Walker — USA — Human Resources Andrea will assist the vice president of Human Resources and the director of Mobilization with projects, candidate follow-up and event planning. 16% funded/project #802483 *Missionaries are from the U.S. unless otherwise noted.
Please pray about how you might be able to help these missionaries fulfill their missionary assignments. 27
Eating at the Kingâ€™s Table By Jessica Hollopeter, Missionary Journalist, One Mission Society
Ivan was just 6 years old when he ran away from home to live on the streets of Mexico City. For 23 years, his life was filled with drugs and criminal activities. Eventually, Ivan became so dependent on drugs that he was unable to walk or feed himself. He was carried to the OMS dropin center and left there, convinced that he had no hope of returning to a productive life. Ivan endured months of rehab, retraining his damaged brain to function without the drugs that had ruled his life. Day by day, as Ivan learned how to walk again, he also grew in his faith, learning that God had a plan and a purpose for his life. Ivan ac-
cepted Jesus as Savior before going into rehab, and he now has a passion to tell others like him about Jesus, desiring to be a living testimony of what God can do. The drop-in center where Ivan was left is just one aspect of Proyecto MEFI, a ministry of One Mission Society that exists to equip and train the local church in leading society to eradicate homelessness among children and young adults in Mexico City. This is a daunting task as an estimated 1.2
Willing to Count the Cost By Beka Mech, Missionary in the Philippines, One Mission Society
“You’re Hillary, the nurse! We need you!” These were the words Hillary Faas heard in Spanish within 30 seconds of arriving at MEFI, the One Mission Society-related drop-in center for street kids in Mexico City. Hillary was just visiting the center for the weekend while finishing her seven-week college language course in Guadalajara, when God perfectly orchestrated the timing of her visit. Two people needed a nurse that day. One man had a gaping wound on his calf that was covered by a dirty white sock; the other youth had injured his eye during an explosion. Hillary set to work,
making a makeshift eye patch and dressing the other man’s leg wound. God had truly brought her at the perfect time. Hillary interned at the OMS World Headquarters in the summer of 2011. Then, during her senior year at Purdue University, she applied to serve for one year with OMS. Hillary now serves as a missionary nurse at the MEFI drop-in cen-
photo: Hillary nurses a youth’s eye, injured in an explosion.
ter as a short termer until May 2013. God called Hillary to become a nursing major at Purdue while on a short-term mission trip. During that trip, she was overwhelmed by the poverty and unsanitary conditions she saw. “During that time, I was challenged with, ‘What will you do to help? How can you bless as you’ve been blessed?’” Jesus really got a hold of Hillary’s heart after a season of rebellion in high school. She grew up in a Christian home, and her parents were good role models, but she rebelled because she hadn’t investigated her faith for herself.
“I very quickly learned that the part of your heart that people try to fill with other things can only be filled by Jesus,” she shared. Hillary jumped into missions right after graduating as an RN because she wanted to be obedient. “I always knew that my calling was not to a traditional nursing job. I knew I wanted to spread His glory throughout the world, and I felt one year would be a good time to see where the Lord was calling me. Even in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve learned there’s no way I can’t be involved in missions in some way; whether it is full time overseas or by getting involved in a role at the OMS headquarters, He wants me to serve.” Hillary has experienced some of the costs and rewards of obedience. “The most rewarding part is also the most challenging part,” she said. “I’ve left all the comforts of home … I had just finished living with six awesome girls at school, saying goodbye to family and leaving my boyfriend—that was hard. But then, I’m obeying, and that is exactly what I need to do. On those hard days, I go to Him and say, ‘God, you have to be the one to carry me through and fill me because if I was doing it by myself, there’d be no way.’” One Mission Society offers a variety of one- and two-year opportunities for people to serve overseas. Whether you’re a student or in your retirement years, doing a shortterm trip is a great way to begin your engagement in missions with OMS. Hillary shares this with those considering serving, “It’s an exciting, fun opportunity that you may never get again, but it’s also a transforming experience for the kingdom of God to shine through you. Your life is demonstrating that as hard as it is, you’re willing to leave everything behind, pick up your cross and go. God’s will is not about all the things you can do for Him, but rather, who you become for Him.” If you’re interested in opportunities to serve as a short-term missionary, contact Beth Jordal at 317.888.3333, ext. 302, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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