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Faith: OMS Core Values By Faith and Prayer By David Runge, Director of OMS World Intercessors • 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. 25