Alumni News and Notes

The School Principal and “Uncle Ohene”
Update from Ghana

As we reported in the last issue of OMSC TODAY, alumnus Ohene Kumi brings Bible lessons to many schools in Ghana. Recently he shared this experience: 

“One of the junior high schools had a new principal, and I was asked to speak to her so that she could decide if we should bring our Bible course to her school. After reading over our materials, the principal shouted ‘Oh my Lord, I studied this lesson when I was a student, and Uncle Ohene was bringing the lessons to us every Friday.’ She looked closer and said ‘you are Uncle Ohene!’ and she quickly took the lessons and shared to all the students and teachers at her school.”


No Taxi? No Problem!
The Birth of a Home Church in Nigeria

Modupe at her home church – the Good News Chapel

Modupe at her home church – the Good News Chapel

Former OMSC residents Amos and Modupe recently shared how God is always at work. Amos says, “While I was away during the month of January for Steering Team meetings, Modupe relied on a taxi to get to church. One day she waited but the driver never showed up. She decided to start singing and praying. After a while she heard a knock on the gate. When she went to open it, there stood 15 young boys dressed for church. She invited them to join her…and this gave birth to the Good News Chapel!”


Former Senior Scholar Receives Ph.D.

A moment of Grace is what the speaker called it, and so it was as former OMSC Senior Scholar Randall Prior took part in the March 24 University of Divinity Conferral Ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia for the conferral of his Ph.D. After ten years enrolled, and perhaps thirty years in the making, he notes that it was with a deep sense of gratitude and satisfaction that he received his Ph.D.


Spreading the Gospel in the Mountains

At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out.
— Numbers 9:23

Former residents of OMSC, E* and J* (names protected for security reasons) work in a remote area under the ever watchful eyes of the Chinese government. Recently they undertook a trip into the mountains to train four local mission workers. Despite security concerns, and some personality conflicts among the local workers, E* and J* felt the Lord’s peace as they undertook this trip. Here is what they said:

“We had a great time in the mountains. It was snowing on the mountain tops and still cold…J couldn’t sleep well because of the low temperature at night, but we were full of His spirit. We had 7 people all attending the training, for a total of 21 hours teaching within four days. We were so encouraged by the workers’ experiences of local culture and religion. We were thankful that more and more local people have been interested in reaching out and sharing the Gospel.”


OMSC Alum Paul Matheny proudly wears his OMSC T-shirt in this photo taken at Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. He and his wife, Mary Nebelsick (far right), and their daughter, Rachel (second from right), pose with some of their students.

OMSC Alum Paul Matheny proudly wears his OMSC T-shirt in this photo taken at Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. He and his wife, Mary Nebelsick (far right), and their daughter, Rachel (second from right), pose with some of their students.


The Good News of the Gospel is Not Always Good News for Mission Workers

New churches are opening around the world as people of other faiths convert to Christianity. But in many places, those who are newly converted themselves are often tagged as the local leaders of the church, without the educational resources or the experience for the job. Thanks to your support, current OMSC residents who have gained experience and understanding through participation in our residential study program will be returning to central Asia to offer member care for some of these pastors.

In India, former OMSC resident Steward faces a different challenge as he works with Hindu converts. He reports that Hindu fanatics are trying to reconvert all the Christians in India and are mobilizing nearly 100,000 workers. Some churches are closing and one church was forcibly turned into a school. Even amidst these challenges, Steward says, “Indeed the Lord is good and He is taking care of our life and ministry here.” Please continue to pray for workers like Steward.