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By Simone Mulieri Twibell on Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Eight hours north of Guatemala City is a town called Fray. Near Fray is a remote village named Maguila, which does not appear on any Guatemalan map.  Simply getting to Maguila requires a 25-minute car ride on dirt roads or a 50-minute walk through the rugged terrain. Our group arrived at the village on February 12, 2013 on a rented school bus anticipating great things. At the same time, we had no idea what to expect.I made the journey as a representative of the Mesoamerica Region, a team assistant for Evangelism Ministries and the “official interpreter” for the group from Rock Island...
By Josiah Mosley on Thursday, August 22, 2013
Editor's note: Josiah Mosley, a student at Southern Nazarene University, writes about his experiences on a mission trip sponsored by the university to Swaziland, earlier this summer. I don’t know where to begin as I write this article. There were many things I was able to learn and experience on my mission trip to Swaziland in Africa. I saw God’s hand at work in many ways in the beautiful country of Swaziland. One of those ways was at Southern Africa Nazarene University’s (SANU) theology branch in Siteki, Swaziland. My team and I were given the chance to serve alongside Manna Farms...
By Kathy Slamp on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Like countless others, years ago my husband, Dave, and I set out on our life journey. We were young then, and full of enthusiasm for God’s kingdom, our world, and each other.  We met on a Nazarene college campus, and that meeting has taken us now through a lifetime of Christian service. It’s been a journey to say the least—some seasons filled with excitement and fulfillment, and other seasons of disappointment. Yet through it all, our hands have been in His, and His ways we’d not change if even we could.Ultimately, we came face to face with that unwritten deadline called retirement...
By Larry Orwig on Thursday, May 9, 2013
In October, I was invited along with Mark McArthur, a fellow member of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Ellicott City, Maryland,  to join the Severn, Maryland, Grace Point Community Church's (GPCC) Work & Witness team to Cuba. For the 14 team members (pictured left with four Cuban workers), the October 1 arrival date was the beginning of our very first visit to Cuba, a moment that I will cherish for a lifetime. This team was the first of many Work & Witness teams that Bob Prescott hopes to send to Cuba in 2013 and beyond. According to Prescott, the Cuba...
By Anonymous on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Nazarene mission workers in undisclosed areas shared the following stories with Engage magazine recently. Names have been changed and locations omitted for security purposes.The miracle buildingLast year Rev. Pat’s* church was shut down. For more than 20 years it had been in this middle class neighborhood, as a house that was a church.  The community situation had grown tense, and neighborhood leaders successfully got the attention of people with power. The resulting decision was that the house could no longer be used for worship. Immediately there was a problem: Where was this...
By Wendy Walker on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
After prayerful consideration, my husband and I set off to Africa with seven other people from our church on a short-term mission trip called Work & Witness.   As the trip drew closer, I remember Pastor Brian specifically telling us to be open for what God would show us on this trip because He would show each one of us something. He further warned us not to go on the trip “knowing” ahead of time what that was. I laughed at this because I was two months ahead of both him and God. My over-analytical mind had long-ago figured out what God was going to reveal to me; not only...
By David Stevens on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Over the 27 years that David and Carol Stevens have served as pastor and wife in the Church of the Nazarene they have desired to attend the Southern Nazarene University (SNU) annual Work & Witness trip called Commission Unto Mexico. Carol Stevens was born in Mexico. Her parents were independent missionaries there. She has always wanted to return.In 2012 they decided to go on the winter trip. David and Carol had no idea about where trip coordinator Howard Culbertson had arranged to go and work on the trip. As they learned more they were excited to learn that Monclova, Mexico, was the...
By Savilla Smith on Friday, March 1, 2013
“The house is small, but the heart is big.”  I heard that expression on the recent Work & Witness trip to Valparaiso, Chile. The gentleman who said it was describing a mutual friend’s house where we had gathered to share a meal. It is true that by U.S. standards my friend’s house would probably be called small, but to me it was absolutely perfect. Each room had a gentle beauty and serenity. Plus the space was efficiently utilized. The house reflected the personality of my friends who lived there. I realized how true the expression was as all nine of us assembled around the table...
By Savilla Smith on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I have heard the voice of the Lord, not as a heavens splitting thunder or in some dramatic way, but as that still small voice which cannot be doubted.  (John 10:1-21, verse 4 “and his sheep follow him because they know his voice…”)I was standing in Valparaiso, Chile along with the other 24 members of the Chicago Heights-sponsored Work & Witness team.  We were waiting to take a boat tour out into the bay. As we waited an unshaven man dressed in worn clothes approached the group.  He began asking for pesos.  The Lord spoke one word to me. “GIVE,” He said. Immediately I...
By Cryz Colorado on Thursday, February 7, 2013
 A small group of believers began meeting in Camias, a rural mountain area of the Philippines, after a member of the village accepted Christ through listening to a World Mission Broadcast (WMB) radio program called "Rated PG." That listener contacted the program hosts -- Emily Bolinas, with Pastor Cryz Colorado as PAMANA segment producer.  As a result of this contact, the Church of the Nazarene in Cabanatuan, a city below the mountain, has been sending pastors and leaders to disciple this growing group of believers in Camias. Pastor Colorado gives an update on the growth of...

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