On February 24 , Ukraine ’ s capital city , Kyiv , heard the first explosions of Russia ’ s attack on Ukraine . This is the largest European invasion since World War II . OMS had five family units ministering in Ukraine . The four serving in Kyiv safely evacuated to Hungary and the UK . The other couple resides in Lviv in western Ukraine and has evacuated to Poland .
Our OMS Europe / Middle East team is actively serving at the borders to offer food , water , and other essential supplies . To learn more and donate toward this relief effort , visit www . onemissionsociety . org / UkraineRelief .
A belated but warm welcome to Stephen McCurdy , OMS New Zealand executive director . Stephen , with his wife Bex and their two young children , joined OMS in February 2021 . Stephen was born in Texas and met his Kiwi wife in the U . S . Soon after meeting , they married and started their family . On a visit to Bex ’ s family in New Zealand , Stephen realized that is where God wanted them . We celebrate Stephen and family joining OMS !
In early February 2022 , 36 theological educators and church leaders from India , Japan , South Korea , Nepal , the Philippines , and the U . S . joined with leaders from Seoul Theological University on Zoom for a homecoming day . These former participants of the Wesleyan Holiness Summer Study Program shared what they had gleaned from the program , which was held from 2013 to 2019 but canceled the past two years due to COVID . Seminary leaders in these and other countries have implemented what they learned and include it in their schools ’ curriculums to pass on to next generations . We praise the Lord for lives and ministries transformed through the program .