The annual OMS Young Adults Weekend took place on 16th-17th October in Portadown. Our eyes were opened and our hearts warmed as we travelled around the world listening to the various mission reports. We were both challenged and encouraged as we listened to these reports and the excellent Bible teaching from our guest speaker, Rev Scott Moore, Minister of Stranocum Presbyterian Church.
Reports ranged from short-term mission trips, to others with a vision for long-term overseas mission. We began by hearing about the many opportunities to share the gospel through English camps in Hungary (Lorna Morrison) and similarly in South Korea (Scott Egerton). A personal testimony from a Hungary camp team member (Clare Cleland from Scotland) powerfully reminded us that God uses weakness to display His mighty strength!
It was good hear from Danielle Flood-Coleman, from N.Ireland, as she shared her experiences as a primary school teacher at an international mission school for the past two years in the South Pacific.
She highlighted the important role teachers have to play on the mission field, educating the children and therefore facilitating their parents to be involved in other ministries.
Two trips to Haiti this year showed us how God uses all types of skills in His service.
Daniel Treherne from Wales shared about his experiences serving God in Haiti using his skills as a civil engineer, and his hopes to return again in the future.
Bill & Julie Edler shared their vision for longer term service in Haiti. Bill shared the vision for his role at the Bible seminary and Julie shared how she hopes to be involved at the Bethesda Medical Clinic using her skills as a physiotherapist. Bill, Julie, and little Sam hope to head out to Haiti in June 2016 after the new addition to their family is born in January.
Michelle Heffer, from Southampton, completed our truly ‘United Kingdom’ weekend as she joined us to share her vision for future service with OMS in Mozambique. Michelle hopes to use her skills in paediatric nursing and health visiting to work alongside the Helping Hands project to develop health promotion and post-natal care.
Donald Coulter wrapped up the weekend, reminding us of the mission field on our doorstep and the great need of the gospel across Ireland. He shared about the SOW (Saturate Our Wards) project and emphasised the need that prayer is what counts. For a leaflet about SOW, or for more information please contact email@example.com
With so many stories buzzing around our heads, we can’t help being excited about the potential for God’s Kingdom and glory as He calls us to step out in faith to serve wherever He calls us. Plenty of opportunities are available and short term mission teams are already being organised for 2016 (see website for details). The Young Adults Weekend was a blessing to be part of, as we not only listened to reports and Bible teaching, but spent time together, sharing stories and getting to know one another. We were encouraged when we heard how God is working in individual lives all around the world, and we were reminded that none of this is accomplished except through the power of prayer.
Thanks to Herbie & Moira Dunn for doing an excellent job with the catering.