OMSC invited to the United Nations

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. 

Certificate Ceremony in honor of the Class of 2017 - 2018, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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.

Please click on the slideshow below and share this news link with everyone you know.

OMSC Executive Director Leads Final Seminar for the 2017–2018 Academic Year

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.

Click the photo below to enjoy the slideshow. 

OMSC is a charity partner with the Travelers Championship

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. 

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OMSC residents visit with The First Korean Presbyterian Church in Manchester, CT

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! 

 

OMSC 2nd Annual Art Gala a huge success!

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

Training Theologically-Grounded Mission Leaders

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.

OMSC in the News!

Please check out this recorded video of a live WWLP/NBC Mass Appeal interview in regard to the Overseas Ministries Study Center's Annual Art Gala on April 14, 2018. Click here

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Is God's Grace Sufficient?

"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: 

Uncommon God, Common Good. 

The works of Paul Louis Metzger

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Music and Mission seminar led by Dr. James Krabill

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

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.   

OMSC Art Gala promoted in March and April issues of Connecticut Magazine

Our April 14, 2018 2nd annual OMSC Art Gala is being promoted in the March and April issues of Connecticut Magazine. Click here to see the Art Gala advertisement. To register for this fun and inspiring event, please click here: http://www.omsc.org/2018artgala 

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Kirishitan Women Testify Today from Japan’s Christian Century, 1549–1650

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.

Religious Persecution, Privilege, Paranoia--and Hope Conference April 7, 2018

Please join New Wine, New Wineskins and our OMSC resident scholar Dr. Paul Metzger for this timely conference at Multnomah University/Multnomah Biblical Seminary aimed at adapting well to our increasingly post-Christendom world.

Speakers include Wilfred Kaweesa, Alicia and Kendrick Lau, Unique Page, David R. Wilson, Harris Zafar, Eric Knox, Tony Kriz, Rebekah Josberger, Karen Fancher, Daniel A. Scalberg, Tony Huynh, Mike Gerney, Thomas R. Schiave and Brad Harper.  

For more information and to register, please click here:

http://www.new-wineskins.org/blog/2018/1/26/zawu80k42y30w48b332onm6qwatgsy

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OMSC's current resident artist Keng Sen Chong creates magic & smiles at the Fair Haven School in New Haven, CT

OMSC's current resident artist Keng Sen Chong and his wife Ang Ang Yeh are facilitators for the Build A Bridge restorative art program,  where they attended the Build A Bridge Institute in Philadelphia in 2009 for training. Since 2009 they have conducted a few educational and therapeutic art programs for refugee children and troubled adolescents in not only New Haven, CT... but also in their native country and with children coping with traumatic experiences such as 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Ken Sen and Ang Ang work with a team of professionals with different artistic skills and gifts that create many smiles and much joy for many children in the United States and around the world. To help support inspirational leaders like Keng Sen & Ang Ang, please donate here: www.omsc.org/donate. Thank you! Please click on the below photo to see a slideshow of photos from the Fair Haven School's puppet creation visit. 

The Christian "Indiana Jones" of archaeology, Dr. Ron Choong leads seminar at OMSC

Dr. Ron Choong led an inspirational and educational seminar this week at OMSC. Dr. Choong integrates knowledge drawn from study and field research in archaeology, theology, and natural science to build a global narrative of human development and gain insight into God as revealed through creation and the scriptures. More on the fascinating story of Dr. Choong can be found here

Visitor From Ghana

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Thanks to an introduction by First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, Rev. Emmanuel Kwaku Antwi-Tumfuor visited OMSC on Thursday, February 8. He is the National Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (E.P.), and he delivered an inspiring message at our Morning Worship. Emmanuel is also the senior pastor of the Elom Parish in Ho-Bankoe, a city in the Volta Region with a population of about 100,000. Bounded on the east by Lake Volta, the region is to the west of the Republic of Togo. Emmanuel is also active in ecumenical work, particularly through the Bible Society of Ghana. 

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When All Else Fails, Zoom!

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Your support + new technology = happy seminar participants

When a family medical emergency prevented seminar leader David Shenk from coming to New Haven in January, his seminar was able to stay on track through Zoom video conferencing. Thanks to the gifts we receive in support of our programming, participants who signed up for “The Gospel of Peace in Dynamic Engagement with the World of Islam” were able to attend the classes as scheduled, even though the seminar leader was at home in Pennsylvania. Thank you for your support!
 

2018 Winter Olympic

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Let the Games Begin!
OMSC Residents Celebrate the Olympic Spirit

When the 2018 Winter Games begin this month in PyeongChang, South Korea, some residents of OMSC will be watching for glimpses of home. But whether they follow their home country athletes, or simply cheer for those with great performances, all agree that the Olympic spirit is about more than just sports. "The Olympic Games are probably the only official, public event where people from different backgrounds can compete equally," says Sophie. She finds the games "exciting and encouraging."

Given the intercultural nature of their work, it is only natural that the men and women at OMSC see beyond the athletic competitions to a deeper meaning of the Olympic games. And for some of OMSC’s “businaries” (business missionaries), athletics is the method they use to reach out to people of all faiths in a comfortable, non-threatening way. Engaging in activities together builds. 

February 5, 2018

Soichi Watanabe, former artist in residence at OMSC, contributed an image for the upcoming April issue of the IBMR

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Soichi Watanabe, former artist in residence at OMSC in 2008 - 2009, contributed an image for the upcoming April issue of the IBMR. Here is the description of this work of art:

 Through the Cross, by Soichi Watanabe

When asked to describe what motivated him to paint this image, Soichi wrote:

"I was very inspired by the message from Ephesian 2 about reconciliation and union through the cross of Christ."
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances.” (Eph. 2:14–15)

Soichi said he learned the following points from the Bible:

1. Christ brought peace by coming among two different peoples, Jews and gentiles, who were then connected in one Spirit and became the family of God.
2. They became stones for the building up of the body of Christ. (2:20-22)
3. Christ is the foundation and cornerstone of the building, therefore he bears the complete weight of the building and supports it from below. (2:20-21)
4. The combining of many different kinds of stones strengthens the structure.

"As for the different colors of the stones of the building, I was inspired by Mr. Tsunekazu Nishioka, a Japanese master builder and restorer of the Hōryū-ji Temple in Nara, Japan's ancient capital. Hōryū-ji  is the oldest wooden building in the world, built 1300 years ago, and is composed of hinoki cypress trees. Because of their beauty, Nishioka used the straight cypress logs for the pillars, but weaker logs and those with knots for the irregularly-shaped but strong ceiling joists. Thus the building is firmly established as a whole," said Wantanabe. 

Based on this, Soichi imagined the stone building in his painting in the same way as the hinoki building.

5. He also thought about the ongoing problem of discrimination against immigrants, refugees, and minorities. And this point is linked with the biblical teaching that the weaker parts are indispensable in sustaining the whole body. (1 Corinthians 12:22–27)