OMS Outreach OMS Online January-April 2019 - Page 16

By Rich Danzeisen, Executive Director of OMS Global Ministries “So would you say you are now a church planter or a missionary?” I asked my new Filipino friend Mar. He looked off into the distance. “I guess I would say ... a missionary.” He continued to ponder the question, even as he answered. As I met with our Every Community for Christ lead- ership team in the Philippines recently, they explained the incredible opportu- nities the Lord is giving OMS to prepare overseas foreign workers from that nation who seek work in more economically ad- vantaged nations such as Singapore and Hong Kong. These Filipinos live away from their families for the majority of the year to earn better wages overseas and send financial support home. More than 2.3 million Filipinos work in places like Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, places that can be difficult for Western missionaries to enter. Mar leads a team of church planting trainers to plant churches throughout the Philippines.* Now, they also train over- seas workers in evangelism and church planting. This renewed vision of equip- ping Filipino workers to have a kingdom impact in the nations where they work thrills us. The initial testimonies are ex- citing to hear as these workers minister cross-culturally to see others come to Christ and meet together to worship as new believers. One Mission Society has always fo- cused on raising up leaders among the sons and daughters of a nation to be equipped to reach their own. Now, they join us in reaching their own nations and beyond. Areas that once received OMS missionaries now send missionaries of their own to other cultures and nations in a new wave of missionary movements. Saturating Colombia and Beyond I listened excitedly to the plans that Juan Guillermo Cardona was putting to- gether to expand the ministry in Colombia. His vision was to reach not only his home 16