In 1909 OMS started life in a storefront building in the heart of Tokyo, Japan.
In 1901 American missionaries Charles and Lettie Cowman (the author of the best-selling devotional, 'Streams in the Desert', worth reading if you can get a copy or view these daily Bible readings online at www.devotionals.ochristian.com) partnered with a Japanese minister, Juji Nakada, holding Christian evangelistic meetings for 2,000 consecutive nights. Before long, Japanese churches were organised, and the new association, the Japan Holiness Church (JHC), grew rapidly.
Originally known as the Oriental Missionary Society, today OMS is engaged in ministry in over 50 countries on six continents. Partnership remains key to the effectiveness of OMS' endeavours to - ‘make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19)
The ladies fellowship here at Carley support and pray for Ken Roberts and his wife Elizabeth and children Esther and Daniel. Ken is serving in Spain as a Field Director and Field Treasurer.
Here are three other profiles about OMS staff:
Melvin and Sharon Kelly and their twins, from Northern Ireland, are missionaries to Mozambique. They feel God is leading them to train the churches as they establish strategic sustainable ministries.
Through her work at a Christian community centre Sharon came into contact with OMS. Melvin uses his construction training to serve God and has spent 3 years overseeing projects, including the Maputo Bible Seminary. They both want to work closely with the Maputo Bible Seminary to facilitate ministry placements and bi-vocational training for students. This is one of Melvins latest “blogs”:
“Work is progressing on CAM school. This week we increased our workforce to 15 workers, including carpenters, blocklayers, a welder & some helpers. We hired a concrete saw to cut tracks in the floor of the old church building which will become a classroom block. Everything worked out ok in the end but it was troublesome as the concrete saw broke down so we had to get it replaced. This meant that a few hours work dragged out to 2 days work! Please pray for Belarmino as he supervises the workers, especially as we will be away in South Africa this week.”
Steve and Helen are with the OMS team in Mexico City after a year of language training in Costa Rica. God started preparing them for this move to Mexico back in 1998 when Helen first became involved in a project with street children there. Helen, a nurse with a Dip HE in Applied Theology met OMS at Bible school. Steve has a degree in Applied Theology and has led teams to Mexico. The Cossletts are working with the street children's project and planting churches amongst the street people and the poorer communities .They have two young children Nisha and baby Anya. Here is recent news sent in April:
“We wanted to mention two people we’re working with currently that could really use your prayers; one is Jenni who completed her rehab programme but sadly returned to the streets after she found out her parents didn’t want her back. We had an alternative lined up as one of the volunteers at the drop-in centre had offered to take her into her own home, but the disappointment after the rejection from her parents broke her heart, and she has gone back to the only family she ever knew. On the positive side, Ivan, a guy currently in rehab, not only is doing really well and is determined never to go back to the streets, but actually wants to help other street kids by working in a rehab centre. He wasn’t able to walk or feed himself when he arrived in rehab, but he is now slowly regaining his independence. The transformation that comes from Christ’s power to forgive and change lives is the first miracle, but then to see that same life receive a calling, passion and desire to use their life for God’s glory is a powerful testimony to the world.”
The Davies family
Katuska Davies is from Guayaquil, Ecuador and Steve is from England. They live in the southern city of Cuenca, 2,500 metres up in the Andes. Their principal ministry is the Bible Seminary of Cuenca, teaching classes in Old and New Testament, Christian Education and Greek. Their ministry includes children's work, a women's Bible study, prison visiting and encouraging hard-working pastors. They want to focus more on evangelism and church planting and promoting the Seminary, praying that the Lord will send them more students.
One of the areas of ministry that Steve enjoys most is preaching. Preaching appointments here come by waves, there are months when Steve preaches 2 or 3 Sundays, and there are others when he rarely gets an invitation. Last Sunday Steve was invited to preach at the “Baluarte de la Verdad” Church (Tower of Truth): “There, we were blessed in different ways, and one of them was that we were encouraged to worship the Lord, through songs that really praise His Name, acknowledge His divinity and power, and invite us to surrender to Him. The people were also very welcoming and friendly. Ask the Lord that He Himself will make this church flourish even more!”
Pray for the people mentioned above. See and learn more about the work of OMS: www.onemissionsociety.org.uk