Looking to take on the 5k (3 miles), 20k (12.4 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) challenge of the epic and historic New Haven Road Race in CT on September 3rd? Or perhaps you can grab some friends and do the relay? The Overseas Ministries Study Center has a free fundraising program & personal website you can create/customize that offers professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way. Ready to make a difference locally, nationally and internationally? Join our OMSC team and let us help you find your extraordinary, while embracing the world at the same time! Click here for more details on joining Team OMSC. Click here for more information on the NHRR.
We are thrilled to launch a new way to give to OMSC — and that’s through PWI Swipe. It’s a way for you to donate the spare change from your purchases to OMSC, and it only takes five minutes. Sound like something you want to be a part of? Visit our website here to find out how you can start supporting us by donating your spare change. Please spread the word to help us grow.
PWI Swipe allows you to donate your “spare change” to support a great cause, OMSC! When you participate in Swipe and make a purchase, your total is rounded up to the nearest dollar—and the difference is donated directly to OMSC.
Here is how you can start supporting us by donating your spare change:
1. Download the PWI Swipe app for iOS or Android
2. Create an account or login (it’s free)
3. Add your credit card (and funding account) and/or debit card to the app to keep track of change from your purchases.
4. Search for the Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) in the nonprofit list.
5. Shop and purchase as you normally would—and little by little you’ll be making a huge difference!
We are excited for you to signup for Swipe and contribute to our mission. Thank you!
OMSC Executive Director Dr. Tom Hastings and OMSC Development Officer Rob Gerowe shared the inspirational 96 year story of the Overseas Ministries Study Center to over 2.3 million listeners on iHeart Radio with the wonderful host & Director of Community Affairs & On Air Programming for IHeart Radio - Renee DiNino. Thanks Renee and Travelers Championships for supporting the work of OMSC and choosing us as one of your charity partners! With your help we have raised over $5,000 via the Travelers Championship's Birdies for Charity Program. Here is a link to the interview of the iHeart Radio broadcast. To donate to OMSC and have your generous gift matched... click here by June 24, 2018.
iHeartCommunities is once again the proud media sponsor of Birdies for Charity with The Travelers Championship. iHeart Radio will be broadcasting live from the Fan Zone the week of the tournament (June 18-24) , be sure to stop by and say hello! OMSC will be there as well. Listen to Rob Gerowe, Development Officer for Overseas Ministries Study Center talk about their involvement with Birdies for Charity and how you can help their charity!
Since our founding in 1922 we have been engaging in mission with the world Christian movement through our:
Residential community for missionaries, church leaders, research scholars, and artists from every nation and Christian tradition
International Bulletin of Mission Research
Study program in mission and world Christianity
CLICK HERE to visit OMSC's website to learn more!
Pictured below: (Left to Right) Nathan Grube, Tournament Director for Travelers Championship, Julie Pyrcz Community Relations Intern for Travelers Championship, Taylor Whiting, Volunteer and Charity Coordinator for Travelers Championship, Renee DiNino of iHeartRadio, and Rob Gerowe, Development Officer for OMSC.
On Wednesday, June 6 Edward Seibert of Guilford will retire from the OMSC Board of Trustees after 16 years of service. Having previously completed the term limit of 9 years on the board, his fellow trustees twice voted to extend his service for additional terms in order to continue in his capacity as treasurer. In addition to being treasurer Mr. Seibert also served as a member of the executive committee, and on the property management and financial management committees.
Mr. Seibert has worked with financial and strategic planning in not-for-profit and church-related organizations including the Episcopal Diocese of New York, Connecticut, and Western Massachusetts. He and his wife, Winnie, live in Guilford where they actively volunteer with their church and with the Guilford Keeping Society (historical society). Winnie is also Past President of the Guilford Keeping Society.
John Mullins will begin his first term of service on the OMSC Board of Trustees when he attends the annual meeting on Wednesday, June 6. He was elected at the December 2017 meeting.
Mr. Mullins was based in Asia Pacific for more than 25 years and has extensive experience working in the financial sector. He is the founder and president of JDM Advisors, Inc. in North Carolina.
Welcome to the Board of Trustees, John!
Former Trustee Jesse Glick passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2018. Jesse was an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church and spent his life working and advocating for peace and justice issues. He served on the OMSC Board of Trustees from 2004 until 2013. As a trustee he served on the financial development and property management committees. He is survived by his wife Eloise, son Bradford and his wife Susanne, daughter Shelly King and her husband Matthew, and granddaughter Allison. A celebration of his life was held May 5.
OMSC recently received news that former Trustee Rev. Dr. Seth O. Asare passed away in his sleep on August 12, 2017 at his home in Ghana. Seth forged lasting friendships everywhere he traveled, and had an impact on the Christian community. In 1984 he and his family moved from Ghana to Wakefield, Rhode Island. Seth answered the call to serve the Lord as a minister and was posted as pastor of the Cochesett United Methodist Church of West Bridgewater, MA, while pursuing his Master's of Divinity at Boston University School of Theology. After completing his M.Div. he became the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Boston University. Following his career in the United States, Seth and his wife, Dorothy, retired to Ghana in 2011.
In addition to his service on the Board of Trustees, he was also an elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy and their children Solomon, Ohene, Abena, and Amma.
OMSC is very grateful to Prosthetics For Change and Jaipur Foot for providing free of charge a new high tech prosthetic leg to John Ekechukwu, a missionary from Nigeria and current OMSC resident. Jaipur Foot is currently being celebrated at the United Nations for their amazing work over the past 50 years in restoring dignity by providing prosthetics to over 1.7 million people worldwide! John and his wife Adebola, OMSC Executive Director Tom Hastings, and Development Officer Rob Gerowe were invited to a United Nations Panel Discussion and the launch of the Jaipur Foot UN Exhibition on May 15th. Dr D. R. Mehta, founder of Jaipur Foot, led the discussion, and Ashita Dhadda, a high school junior from New Jersey and founder and CEO of Prosthetics For Change, gave a stirring address to gathered dignitaries. Many UN ambassadors from around the world were in attendance at both events. OMSC presented both organizations with a gift of artwork by Wisnu Sasongko, former OMSC artist in residence. It was a great evening of celebration and hope!
Please click below to see photos from the United Nations event.
On Tuesday May 8, 2018, the staff, trustees and friends of OMSC celebrated the resident class of 2017 – 2018 with a certificate ceremony and luncheon at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, CT. We have been honored to get to know these wonderful scholars, pastors, missionaries, and artists that have studied and fellowshipped with us this past year. They have inspired us and we wish our class of 2018 safe travels and many blessings in their ministries as they return to their home communities around the world this summer.
Dr. Thomas Hastings, OMSC Executive Director, delivered the message and led us in prayer before handing out certificates. We also sang two hymns, opening with “Lord, You Give the Great Commission,” which was very appropriate since the ceremony was held in OMSC’s Great Commission Hall. In addition, we were blessed to have Bishop Jeffrey W. Rowthorn, the writer of this inspiring hymn, and his wife Anne, at the ceremony. We closed the ceremony with the classic hymn, "To God be the Glory," written by William Howard Doane, whose daughters founded OMSC in 1922 as a place of rest, renewal and empowerment for missionaries from around the world. After the ceremony, we enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and celebration at a luncheon hosted by staff in our main building.
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This week OMSC Executive Director Tom Hastings leads the last seminar for the academic year on "Worshiping, Witnessing and Wondering: Unitive Practices for Participants in God's Mission." Please see below photographs of the lively discussion and fellowship of OMSC's residents. Although we at OMSC and the surrounding communities will miss our current resident graduates this summer, we wish them many blessings and safe travels back to their homes. We look forward to welcoming our new incoming resident artist, pastors, scholars, and missionaries that arrive in August for the September 2018 - May 2019 academic year.
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OMSC is a charity partner with the Travelers Championships Pro and Celebrity Golf Tournament this year, June 18-24. If you donate to OMSC via the below secure link between now and June 18th... your generous gift and support will be matched! Watch your donations grow and be eligible to win the Birdies Challenge. We will also enter you into a drawing to win two free passes to attend the TC this year! Thank you! Please share this link with everyone you know.
OMSC residents had a wonderful time of fellowship with their brothers and sisters at the First Korean Presbyterian Church in Manchester, CT on Saturday April 28th. The FKPC were gracious hosts and provided fantastic food and a fun Christian trivia game with prizes.
OMSC residents learned more about the important and inspirational ministry of the FKPC, and got to share their powerful stories and ministries as well.
Enjoy the gallery of photos from the evening below!
April 14th, Saturday, the warm sunny weather shined upon the Overseas Ministries Study Center's 2nd annual Art Gala. A record number of wonderful guests, sponsors and supporters enjoyed great discussions and wonderful presentations, art, micro dining and music to raise awareness and funds for the OMSC Resident Artist Program.
Makoto Fujimura, an OMSC friend & supporter and artist, writer, and speaker recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper, gave an inspirational talk to set the tone for a fun and robust live auction on current OMSC Resident Artist Keng Sen Chong's work.
Keng Sen Chong, pastor of Hope Evangelical Free Church and a visual artist shared his passion of heightening humanity's spirituality through his art. Many of his works of art were available for purchase and helped raise funds to support OMSC's Resident Artist Program. Keng Sen believes all of life is spiritual and everyone — is made in God’s image. The fabulous contribution of his and many other international artists' creations over the years has made it possible for OMSC to continue to support artists from around the world. We hope to continue to grow the OMSC Resident Artist Program and look forward to seeing even more people at our 3rd Annual Art Gala in April of 2019. Enjoy the photo gallery below by clicking the photo below to see a slide show of the spectacular evening. If you would like to support our Resident Artist Program, please click here.
OMSC is honored and thankful to have Dr. Charles Van Engen, Arthur F. Glasser Professor Emeritus, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, leading an insightful and relevant seminar this week on Training Theologically-Grounded Mission Leaders.
Throughout the history of Christian mission, one of the essential elements of missionary concern and action has been the formation of theologically, biblically, and missiologically grounded church and mission leaders. The need is as great today as it has been in the past. Church revitalization and mission mobilization the world over depend very much on the vision, expertise, giftedness, and commitment of leaders to global evangelization. For their leadership to be consistent with God's mission, their formation in being, knowing, doing, and serving need to be permeated by biblical, theological, and missiological insight. This seminar will explore elements of the history, theory, praxis, best practices, and issues facing the global church in forming a new generation of missionary leaders. Co-sponsored by Resonate Global Mission.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
OMSC resident scholar Dr. Paul Louis Metzger shared a powerful and profound message of hope and tenacity today at OMSC's morning worship and with OMSC's resident scholars, artists and missionaries in his weekly bible study on the book of Hebrews. To learn more about Paul and his inspirational ministries please click the below links:
Music has always been important to the life of the church. Sometimes it has assisted the church in her witness; other times it has been a hindrance. This OMSC seminar, led by Dr. James Krabill, will examine case studies from the Bible, mission history, and faith communities in the Global South to draw lessons for the church today. Music recordings, video clips, story-telling, and ample opportunity for participants to share experiences from their own church life and ministries will figure prominently in seminar sessions. Please click on the below photo to view the slideshow from the conference.
OMSC residents explore CT and MA on their Jonathan Edwards Tour on Saturday, March 10, 2018. OMSC thanks Jon Hinkson, the Director of the Rivendell Institute, for his inspiring and informative tour of historical sites in CT and MA of Jonathan Edwards' life, his family and his ministry. Click below photo to see a slideshow of photos from the Tour.
Rev. Haruko Nawata Ward, PhD, Professor of Church History at Columbia Theological Seminary, is leading a fascinating seminar this week at OMSC entitled: "Kirishitan Women Testify Today from Japan’s Christian Century, 1549–1650." Here are some pictures of today's session below (click the photo below to see slide show).
This seminar introduces several Kirishitan women. These include Hibiya Monica, Blessed Hayashida Magdalena, Lady Hosokawa Tama Gracia, and Kiyohara Ito Maria. Most intriguing were women evangelists. Naitō Julia founded a society of active women catechists around 1600, who helped convert about 6,000 persons until 1614, when they were expelled from Japan. Julia’s community included Pak Marina and other Korean-born hostages of war. The community relocated to Manila. During the fierce period of persecution, numerous Kirishitan women became martyrs, of whom the Catholic Church has canonized two as saints and beatified a hundred fifty.