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Portuguese Association of Preventive Medicine (VitaSalus) · 07.21.2016

by Naomi Jackson The coastline of Portugal was the backdrop for the 2016 OCI Leadership Retreat held May 2-7. Approximately 185 attendees gathered to reflect on how God has led in the past and how He is guiding into the future with the theme Fast Forward. This year’s retreat drew a larger crowd from Europe, which…

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OCI Welcomes New Member Ministries

Train Them 2 Fish · 12.21.2015

The OCI family has expanded by three full member ministries since August, 2015. We are excited to see how the Lord will continually use them to shine a light in darkness around the world. ATO Padada Christian School – Philippines Since 2004 ATO Padada Christian School has provided quality, Seventh-day Adventist education to more than 100…

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New Ministries in the OCI Family

OCI Headquarters · 08.25.2015

God is continually raising up new ministries and helping OCI fulfill its vision to see a thriving network of lay ministries reaching every country of the world. These are the ministries that we welcomed to OCI most recently: Full Members Escola de Profetas—Brazil Students at Escola de Profetas go door-to-door to share the everlasting gospel…

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Growing Leaders: Everyone is Called

OCI Headquarters · 07.17.2015

by Steven Grabiner What place does a mechanic, builder, or plumber have in the mission field? What about an IT expert, accountant, or graphic designer? Unquestionably there is a spot for teachers, doctors, nurses, and pastors, but what about the rest of us? One of the great misconceptions about mission work is that the opportunities…

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Look Among the Lowly

OCI Headquarters · 07.06.2015

Album available now! Click here to purchase. Look Among the Lowly features 10 uplifting Christian songs performed by Naomi Jackson, who serves as OCI’s communication director. Each piece melodically draws the listener closer to the heart of God. It emphasizes the reality that Jesus gave Himself selflessly for the sake of our eternal life. Inviting us to…

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Growing Leaders: Decisions

OCI Headquarters · 03.17.2015

by Steven Grabiner It happens all the time; two people make the exact opposite decision, and both think it is for the best. A football team fires their coach, and another team hires him right away. One person sells a stock, and another buys it. In both instances, and many more besides, everyone thinks they…

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Growing Leaders: Give It Some Thought

OCI Headquarters · 02.17.2015

by Steven Grabiner I’m sure that you have experienced this problem at some time in your life. There is an important decision to be made and you are feeling stuck–torn between competing options that all have something good about them, as well as potential for going wrong. You have thought about, prayed about it, counseled…

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The President’s Bookshelf: Absence of Dissent

OCI Headquarters · 02.03.2015

by Steven Grabiner Successful leadership involves many skills, some of which seem to be directly contrary to each other. A good leader needs to know how to facilitate consensus around a decision, so that it can effectively implemented. At the same time, team members need to engage in constructive conflict to help ensure that the…

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Growing Leaders: The Other Side of the Story

OCI Headquarters · 01.20.2015

by Steven Grabiner Everyone in leadership knows the feeling. A situation has occurred, conflict has arisen, and the person you are attempting to reason with just doesn’t see your side of the story. The more you endeavor to clarify the issues, emotions boil more vigorously. In fact, as I write this, I am in one…

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Celebrating Christ’s Birth

OCI Headquarters · 12.23.2014

By Steven Grabiner Having worked in New England, cold weather and snow are always associated in my mind with the Christmas season. I remember our church members bundling up in warm clothes to go singing house to house. I realize that you might be in a part of the world where the remembrance of Christ’s birth…