By Dennis Hardin
Jesus Well Project
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. That’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 …
From Brett Bundy, OMS Haiti Field Director:
Another day of evangelism and radio distributions in Balan, and another 50 people said that they wanted to accept Christ. God is moving!
This time we delivered the new Resounding Hope solar radios (which include an MP3 recording of the New Testament in Haitian Creole). We talked with one man, who on March 25 had gone to a witch doctor for an illness and ended up with severe burns all over. The “doctor” left him for dead, but he was able to get to a hospital and he gave his life to Christ.
His burns are still visible on his chest. What a pleasure to give this young guy a radio tuned to Radio 4VEH and an audio New Testament to encourage him!
By Kevin G. Verett, Short-term Participant with One Mission Society
Distributing soup to Japanese affected by the earthquake and tsunami March 11, 2011
On March 11, 2011, when I heard that a massive earthquake had struck near Japan, I turned on the news for more details. As I watched the horrible video of the powerful tsunami wave of water destroying everything in its path, I began to cry out to God for mercy and grace for the people of Japan and elsewhere that could be affected by the tsunami. My heart ached for the Japanese people. These thoughts were on my mind when I received an email on March 17 that indicated that One Mission Society (OMS) would be organizing work teams through Men for Missions (MFM) to go to Japan to help with clean-up, rebuilding and whatever else needed to be accomplished. I immediately knew in my heart that I should plan to go, so I quickly responded that I was willing to go on the trip planned for June 10-25, 2011.
By Beka Mech
Fatima in Mozambique
In the quiet of a home in the city of Maputo, Mozambique, Fatima Mandlate focused on the words in front of her. As One Mission Society missionary Aimee Howarth went over new sounds and letters in Portuguese, 35-year-old Fatima listened intently, memorizing the shapes and sounds of the letters, knowing soon it would be time for her to try to read the words on the page of her primer.
When Fatima was three or four years old, there was civil war in Mozambique. In fact, one of her earliest memories is hearing people say “the war has begun.” So, as an eight-year-old, instead of learning in school, she was fleeing war violence and left home to live with her sister.