A Tremendous Taiwan Trip!

Map of TaiwanEver been to Taiwan when the whole nation is celebrating Chinese New  Year?

It’s noisy…busy…tasty…interesting…colorful…crowded…and I got to do it recently!

Part of my ministry with One Mission Society (OMS) is to travel to the nations where we have ministry teams and/or partners to serve and equip them.  An invitation to do team building and encouraging ministry to our OMS Taiwan team during their annual retreat turned out to be a delight–in  more ways than one–and an adventure–also in more ways than one!

Along with serving a team of missionaries who come from five home countries learn how they can better fit and flourish personally and as teams, I got to experience a lot of Taiwan culture…which is especially interesting during their week of Chinese New Year!

The OMS team time was great.  I got feedback about our team building time with words like, “enlightening, eye-opening, helpful, encouraging…”  That makes long hours of travel and adjusting to a 13 time zone difference worthwhile!

There’s a lot more to the story, which includes a travel delay that led to finding our new doggie, a suitcase that came late but right on time…and more!  You can read my journal of the trip to read the fuller version and see more pictures by clicking here: Taiwan Journal 2-16.

Because of the prayer and financial partnership of our Roehl support team, we can do this kind of ministry.  Thanks to all who do!  We are always praying for more people to be ministry partners with us, so if you are interested, you can learn more at  https://onemissionsociety.org/give/theroehls .

And, from Taiwan…Happy New Year!

Asia Ministry Journal

Asia Map 2In November, Shirley and I spent most of the month ministering in four nations. We had a wonderful trip…our longest ever together internationally. We did team building work with three mission teams, coach training in two countries for leaders from a dozen ministries and had a memorable Thanksgiving with OMS missionary friends in Hawaii. For those of you who like to follow our ministry, you can download my journal from the trip. To read my journal, click Tim and Shirley 11-15 Asia Trip Journal

For those of you who support us in prayer and financial partnership, THANK YOU! You are making it possible for us to serve leaders all over the world who are making a huge difference for God. As it’s been said by others, “Teamwork makes the dream work”. Together, we’re making a difference!


Roehl Report November 2014

Roehl Report Masthead Prayer CardNational Conferences and International Trips
Part of our ministry gives us the privilege of equipping leaders in national and international settings. August through October were busy travel times with rich times of ministry and learning.

Evangelical Friends National Church Multiplication Conference
Tim was the featured speaker for the Evangelical Friends Church at their National Church Multiplication Conference on the campus of Barclay College in Kansas in August. He spoke in four main sessions and did a workshop around the theme of “Missional Multiplication”. There were over 100 leaders from all over the United States at the event. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak into the life of an entire denomination, casting vision for what “could be” and helping them with practical skills to make a difference in their world. A wonderful “extra” the Lord provided was being able to see our dear friends Justin and Kara Lefto and their three awesome sons.

To listen to Tim’s messages from that conference and download the PowerPoint and message outlines, click here

Haitian Coaching Group 3 Haiti Training Trip
A week-long trip to Haiti in the Cap Haitian area was an opportunity to equip over 30 leaders with coaching skills and also get to learn more about the multi-faceted ministry of OMS there. Tim was invited by Dave Graffenburger, who has served the Haitian people with his wife Marilyn for many years. It was a great experience to see a beloved leader work with his people. Dave and Tim trained pastors, church planters and church planting trainers, seminary students and others with ministry coaching skills. Tim also got to see our medical and dental clinics, seminary, school for children, wood shop and our radio ministry (4VEH)… all of which make the love of Jesus real and powerful in many ways. He also got to spend quality time with many of the OMS missionaries who serve there.

It was a rich learning experience. If you’d like to read Tim’s journal and see some pictures of the trip, click here.

Mozambique Training Trip
In early September, Tim was in Africa for two weeks. Joining his OMS teammate Jose’ Bañales we got to see a bit of South Africa with OMS Mozambique field director Larry Weil (a day at Kruger Park on safari seeing animals in the wild was a lifelong dream). Joining the rest of our OMS team in Mozambique, we had a whirlwind of ministry experiences:
– We spoke at a church, seminary and Christian school
– We led three coach training events for leaders from over 12 organizations and 12 nations
– We spent quality time with each of our OMS missionary families, who come from five countries.
– We also had ministry time with leaders from other ministry organizations.

Kongolati Tim coaches Pastor JukaAs Tim modeled coaching skills by coaching the leader of our partner denomination in Mozambique under a beautiful shade tree, one of the pastors watching the power of what coaching can do said, “A movement has begun under this tree.” If you’d like to read the journal from Tim’s trip to Africa, click here.

Grace Covenant International Conferences
Our friend Dallas Elder leads a ministry called Grace Covenant International, based in the Kansas City area. Tim was one of his three presenter/equippers for their “Ignite” Ministry Conference. Leading workshops on how to go deeper with God, deeper as healthy teams, and deeper into your mission fields was rewarding and well received.

Missio Nexus Conference
We both joined other OMS leaders in Atlanta in late September at the Missio Nexus Conference, which brings together leaders from mission agencies and ministries across North America. We represented OMS at our booth, attended workshops and enjoyed meeting friends from other ministries. A great joy was to see our cousins Jamie and Dot Bosworth before the Conference and our good friends Chris and Lisa Cooper and their family (including 18-month old triplets!) before we went home.

Birkman International Conference
An important part of our ministry is helping leaders and teams fit and flourish. A key resource is the Grip-Birkman process (www.gripbirkman.com). Tim went to Houston to get more training to become a Senior Birkman consultant and attend their international conference. It was tremendous to meet people from all over the world who work in business, educational, ministry and other professional environments. He had some amazing conversations with people…some about their spiritual journeys as well as Birkman learning!

On the “what a pleasant surprise” front, Tim found out that his dear cousin Nancy lives five minutes from where the training was held! He had not realized that her town was a suburb of Houston. Precious time was spent with her and her daughter Dawn’s family.

Family Trip
We made a trip back to Minnesota in late August to spend time with our family, especially going through many boxes of family pictures and mementos with Tim’s Dad, our Uncle Noel and Tim’s brothers Randy and Rick and their wives Lisa and Aleen. We had some wonderful time with our daughter Elise, shared about our ministry at Illumination Church, where we had pastored and also helped with the homegoing service of our dear friend Darlene Irwin. It’s always good to be home and see family.

Upcoming Ministry
** Ongoing coaching relationships
6-8 Presenting/Equipping at Kentucky Mountain Bible College
10-13 Chapel Speaker, Evangelical School of Ministry, Greenwood, IN
10-14 Grip Birkman Super Week, Greenwood, IN
17-20 Train and Multiply Training, Greenwood, IN

** Ongoing coaching relationships
3-5 OMS Orientation, Greenwood, IN
17-30 Help Aubrey, Dylan and boys move, Marshalltown, IA and family time, MN

Pray For…
1. Aubrey and Dylan’s move from WA to IA and the sale of their house.
2. Tim’s dad who is dealing with health issues.
3. Upcoming ministry opportunities locally and globally.
4. Us to be a blessing in our neighborhood.

Thanks for your support…together, we’re making a difference around God’s world!

African Adventure: Ministry in Mozambique

Kongolati Church Tim coaches Pastor JukaAs an OMS missionary, I get to serve our missionaries and also ministry leaders from many other nations and organizations.

In September, my travels took me to South Africa and Mozambique in Africa, where I had the honor of working with leaders from over a dozen nations and a dozen ministries.

During the two week trip, we ministered mainly around Maputo, Mozambique.  You can see it at the bottom of the map of Mozambique.

I spoke at a Christian school to high school students, a seminary and at a church.  My OMS team mate Jose Banales and I led three training events to equip leaders with coaching skills.

At one of the events, while many church leaders and pastors looked on, I modeled coaching under a beautiful African tree with Pastor Juka, the head of our partner denomination. Watching the power of coaching, one pastor exclaimed, “A movement has begun under this tree!”

We also had significant time with our OMS missionary families, who come from five different countries.  Their dedication, sacrifice and faithfulness inspire me.

I also got to do something on my “bucket list”…go on a real African safari.  What an amazing experience!

If you’d like to “go with me” on that trip and read the longer version of my experiences and reflections, you can download my journal here.

Thanks again to all who “go with us” through prayer, encouragement and financial partnership!

Equipping Leaders in Haiti

Haiti mapHaiti is a nation of incredible contrasts…economically, materially and spiritually. In August I had the opportunity to equip leaders there and learn more about the ministry of OMS in the Cap Haitian area. You’ll see it at the top of the map of Haiti.

In the midst of extreme poverty I had rich experiences relationally and spiritually as I  equipped ministry leaders and met with our OMS missionaries.

It’s difficult to describe all that happens on international trips like these, so I always keep a journal of my experiences. Writing the story–what led up to the trip, how the trip came together, who I met, daily life, divine appointments, ministry opportunities and unexpected “extras” all get captured in my ministry journals. It helps our supporters, prayer partners, friends and family “go with me”. If you’d like to download and read the journal of my trip to Haiti, click Tim Roehl Trip to Haiti 8-14.

Thanks again to the many who support us with encouragement, finances and prayer.  We couldn’t serve leaders in other nations without you!

Tim’s Uganda 2010 Journal

Uganda Ministry May 14-30

Just returned from a sixteen day trip to Uganda (May 14-30) with my CRM teammate John Blake and his Dad Ken Blake, who is a missionary to Germany with the Wesleyan Church.  We trained over 100 leaders from three different ministry organizations– YWAM (Youth With a Mission), Elim Evangelistic Fellowship of Uganda and Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG).  It was an amazing experience…I wrote a journal with a number of pictures to briefly describe my experience.  It was wonderful, amazing and humbling!  My part of the training was to introduce the ministry of coaching, which was very well received!  Hope you enjoy the journal.  Thanks to so many who prayed for me and the team while I was there…I could feel your prayers!

Tim Roehl Uganda Ministry Trip Journal 5-10

International Ministry

As a missionary with CRM, Tim’s ministry gives him the privilege to assess, coach and train leaders from many different denominations and organizations across the United States and around the world.  Over the past year, Tim was able to train leaders who in turn equip leaders in over 40 nations.

In 2011, Tim trained leaders for OMS and CRM in the ministries of coaching and assessing.  In Bangkok, Thailand, Tim trained leaders from 14 nations with coaching skills at a gathering of OMS’s ECC (Every Community for Christ) ministry.  Though many initially felt that coaching would not fit their culture, after learning about the ministry of coaching and practicing the skills, all felt that coaching would be very valuable in helping them with healthier relationships, equipping more leaders, reaching more people for Christ and multiplying more churches!  One leader told Tim that his view of coaching had changed from someone who is harsh, critical and demanding to “the friend of an emperor who comes alongside to help him become a better king.”  Wow!  Talk about a shift in understanding…and practice!

Tim then went to Korea where he trained leaders from three organizations in coaching.  He also introduced the Board of CRM Korea to the minsitry of assessment, which they feel will be an important part of their overall strategy to equip leaders in Korea.

In 2010, the Lord sent Tim to several places in the world to minister!

UGANDA — for two weeks in May, Tim will be part of a team that will train leaders from three ministry organizations–the Pentecostal Assemblies of God, YWAM and the Anglican Church.  We will train these leaders in coaching, teambuilding, ministry identity and church planting as part of our Leadership Initiative developed by Tim’s CRM teammates Paul Ford and John Blake.

MALAYSIA — Tim and Shirley will take part in CRM’s Worldwide Staff Conference in July.  Once very four years all CRM missionaries who serve in over 25 countries around the world gather for inspiration and team meetings.  Tim will work with the “A*C*T*S” Team he leads and leaders from other CRM teams.

2009 Tim trained coaches who minister in over 35 countries for OMS International, a great mission agency.

Tim’s served leaders in Belarus, Japan, Korea, Germany, Uganda, Canada and Thailand.  He’s equipped leaders from over 40 nations.

Through prayer, encouragement and financial support, our team “goes with” Tim to equip leaders literally around the world…resulting in many people coming to know Jesus Christ.  That’s our greatest reward and joy!  In order to follow the Lord’s leading for international ministry, we invite you to “go with us” through your prayers and financial support.