100 Years with OMS
On January 20, 1917, the ship carrying my great-grandfather, Everette Williamson, and nine other single young men from the United States dropped anchor in Yokohama, Japan. They came to Japan to serve with OMS for one year in the Great Village Campaign to reach every home in Japan with the gospel. Everette returned to the States, married, and then went back to Japan with his wife.
In 1951, my grandfather, Lowell Williamson, went to Japan with OMS to serve in the Every Creature for Christ Crusade for two years. He then served in Taiwan for eight months before returning to the States to finish college. After getting married and attending seminary, he went back to Taiwan in 1958 with his family to teach at the Central Taiwan Theological Seminary.
In 1979, my father went to Taiwan to serve with OMS in English evangelism. In 1991, he met Beth Hearn at the Taipei airport and six months later they were married. My brother Matthew and I were born in Taichung on the west coast of Taiwan. Initially my parents served for many years in field administration, however, recently they have begun devoting their service toward helping families with children who are uniquely-abled and caring for orphans that are uniquely-abled.
And now it’s my turn. Jessica and I are honored to be the fourth generation of Williamsons to serve God overseas. We are currently in the fundraising process but hope to move to Taiwan in May to begin language study. Our eventual goal is to reach out to the unreached single mothers and orphans that are currently outside of the ministry of the church. We are just as excited about the opportunity to raise our daughter Hosanna- the fifth generation of Williamsons in Asia- to know and love the Lord and to experience life dedicated to His purposes.
On behalf of four generations of Williamsons, I want to thank all of you who have supported our family for the last 100 years. I know of one family that has supported three generations of Williamsons in OMS: my grandparents, my parents, and now my family. It has been an incredible journey so far to serve our awesome God in Asia. We are excited to see what God has in store for the next 100 years.
Originally written by Rod Williamson
Edited and posted by Josh Williamson