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Global Half Day of Prayer

“Prayer does not equip us for greater works – prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some common sense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power of God… Prayer is the battle, and it makes no difference where you are.”

-Oswald Chamber, My Utmost for His Highest

Prayer is a integral part of ministry, according to Oswald Chambers, in his devotional book My Utmost for His Highest, “…prayer is the greater work… …prayer is the battle…”. And it is an aspect of the ministry that we take very seriously here at One Mission Society.

Once a month the body of OMS missionaries gather for a Half Day of Prayer. This is a special time of fellowship, worship, and intercession before the throne of God on behalf of our ministries around the world and especially on behalf of the One Billion people that OMS has a vision of sharing the gospel with over the next 10 years. What made this prayer time different, and the reason that I am highlighting it in this email, was that we invited our ministries from around the world and our ministry partners to join us in prayer LIVE through the use of LiveStream (or on tape delay if their timezone did not allow them to join us LIVE).

The OMS AV team was heavily involved in making this event a success. I helped coordinate the event as well as plan, set-up, and operate the LiveStream broadcast. The newest member of our team, Michael Gearhart, worked directly with Shirley Carlson, the director of our prayer ministry, to produce the visual elements used during the broadcast (graphics and video).

I would love to say that our broadcast went off without a hitch, I can’t, we had some audio issues at the beginning of the event. But these were quickly ironed out and the remainder of the event went smoothly. We had individuals joining us LIVE from Scotland, Mozambique, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, and various locations around the US.

*Photos taken by Benjamin Taber with a Canon 5d mk iV, panoramas taken by iPhone 6.

Door to Door – Chaguarpamba, Ecuador

Door to Door in Loja

The region of Loja, Ecuador is high in the Andes Mountains in the south of Ecuador. It is an underdeveloped region and almost as soon as you get off of the main highway you find yourself snaking up and down poorly maintained gravel roads as you wind yourself deeper and deeper into the backcountry. The path in the picture below is typical of how the OMS team has to get to homes when they are doing door to door evangelism. I am told the the path in the second picture looked much like the path in the first until quite recently when someone brought a grader in and “leveled out” the path.

 

This family was at the end of one of those long, winding footpaths down the mountain. Earlier this year a short-term medical team visited the area and set up a clinic to perform a variety of exams and treatments. This lady was a patient of one of the clinics and as a follow-up from her visit the OMS team stopped by her house share the Gospel with her. After about twenty minutes of Bible reading and discussion (all in Spanish, which I don’t speak) she decided to pray and accept Christ as her personal Lord an Savior. I have video from here, which I hope to post soon.

Discipleship – Chaguarpamba, Ecuador

Discipleship in Chaguarpamba

Much of southern Ecuador is suspicious of outsiders and especially anything to do with Evangelicals. That can make evangelism and discipleship difficult. Catalina and her family were introduced to two Loja Challenge short-term missionaries who lived in Chaguarpamba for nine months. Through their daily witness, both in word and deed, Catalina and her family began to open up to discuss the Bible and spiritual things. Today, Catalina and her family meet on a weekly basis with the OMS team to read the Bible and learn more about Jesus. Their family runs a small shop on the main street in Chaguarpamba, so many times these discipleship times take place in the store.

 

This is Catalina’s mother. Since starting to be discipled by the OMS team she has seen an incredible tranformation in her families life. She is excited about further study of the Bible. It is the desire of the OMS team that this contact in Chaguarpamba could eventually turn into a house church.
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Children’s Outreach – Chaguarpamba, Ecuador

Children’s Outreach in Chaguarpamba, Ecuador

The OMS Team (Jennifer Riggs and Andrea Williamson) head up the Children’s outreach in Chaguarpamba. Every Saturday they drive through the streets of the this small town high in the Andes mountains and ring a bell out of their window letting the kids know it’s time to meet. They share a Bible story, do crafts, have a snack time, and then play games with the kids. The outreach was started by two Loja Challenge missionaries over a year ago. It has continued to grow even after those two short-term missionaries returned home.

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Dynamic Women in Missions: Bible Studies

For the last week and a half I have been on location at Rocklane Church in Greenwood, Indiana filming a series of bible studies for Dynamic Women in Missions. Dynamic Women (DWIM) is a ministry of One Mission Society that strives to inspire women to become more involved in international ministry by connecting women with a passion for Christ with other women on mission fields all around the world of OMS.

Practically speaking, this is lived out through the organization of women’s based short-term mission trips to Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia, Spain, South Asia, and Hong Kong (to name a few places they have travelled recently). While on the mission fields, the DWIM teams minister to the lives of OMS missionary women in their fields of service as well as female international partners through a series of bible studies, and other hands on acts of love, that they have developed over their years of travel. “Beautifully Broken” and “The Main Ingredient” are two such bible studies that have had a great impact on the lives of women all around the world.

I have had the privilege of filming the “Beautifully Broken” and “The Main Ingredient” bible studies with Annie in the chapel of the Rocklane Church as well as a series of historic portrayals of biblical women by Gemma. It is a beautiful old chapel that has been recently renovated, which allowed for a great venue.

Bible Study Setup

Our time hasn’t been without it’s challenges. There is major road that runs right next to the church and an elementary school a couple of miles down the road, so we have had buses and heavy trucks periodically interrupt our filming. We had interference with our wireless microphone, which created for an interesting experience trying to come up with a solution. And then last night and this morning it decided to snow (not as much as my friends in Kentucky got yesterday) but enough to make the country roads around the church a bit treacherous till the snow plows came through in the late afternoon, which then posed an annoying audio problem.

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But through it all we have persevered and I believe have gotten some great footage of some powerful teaching. I look forward to seeing how the Lord will use what we have done here today. The next step, editing through the hours of footage. I may not make it out of my office for awhile.

Gear List:

  • BlackMagic Cinema Camera 2.5K w/ Canon Lens
  • BlackMagic Pocket Camera w/ Olympus Lens
  • Manfrotto Tripods (2)
  • JuiceLink BMC 388
  • Kino Flo Celeb 200 (2)
  • Lowel Pro Lighting Kit

God bless! -BT