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By Gina Grate Pottenger on Oct 29 2014
Sergo Slavchov es el primer miembro de su familia en 10 generaciones en poseer un terreno. Y él tiene grandes planes para su terreno en las afueras de Montana, en el noroesta de Bulgaria.Slavchov y su esposa, Daniella Evdokimova, se encuentran entre los primeros participantes en el nuevo centro ministerial de compasión de la Iglesia del Nazareno de Montana, llamado "Nuevas Oportunidades". El centro, el cual abrió sus puertas oficialmente este mes, proveerá educación, asistencia, y oportunidades a solicitantes seleccionados para que puedan aprovechar diferentes becas y fondos ofrecidos por el...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Oct 28 2014
When Valentin Kostov was a youth in Bulgaria, during the time of Communism, he wanted very badly to attend the Orthodox church on the Christian holidays. He would go, even though he knew that activists from the Communist Youth Movement would gather in front of churches and prevent people from entering. They also wrote down the names of those who had tried to attend services. After the school holidays ended, and everyone returned to school, they would identify to authorities all those believers who had tried to attend church.“It truly was very dangerous for you to be a Christian in this period...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Oct 27 2014
Serioja Slavchov is the first member of his family in 10 generations to own land. And he has big dreams for his land on the outskirts of Montana, in northwest Bulgaria.Slavchov and his wife, Daniella Evdokimova, are among the first participants in the Montana Church of the Nazarene’s compassionate ministry center called New Opportunities. The center, which officially opened this month, will provide education, assistance and opportunities for selected applicants to take advantage of Bulgarian and European Union grants and funds to start private businesses.In 2009, Bulgaria entered the European...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Oct 27 2014
Sergo Slavchov and his wife Daniella Evdokimova tried to have children for 18 years. Finally, in spite of being very poor, they decided to adopt – a beautiful baby girl they named Nadia.Not long after, a friend invited them to visit the Montana Church of the Nazarene, in northwest Bulgaria.“We really liked it,” says Slavchov. “The first week after I heard the words about Jesus, I had this warmth inside my heart and I believed that truly there was something.”That was five years ago. But life for the ethnically Roma couple suddenly improved when they became believers.They had struggled...
By Engage magazine on Oct 24 2014
 A brand new Matru Nazarene church in Buldana, in the Central Maharashtra District of India, gathered to learn about and give to the denomination’s Alabaster Offering on 12 October, in order to fund critically needed buildings for ministry around the world.  The congregation “knew about Alabaster but had to be reminded and encouraged to do it,” said Rajiv Yangad, the district superintendent who is pastoring the church.  The pastor, church board and NMI president, Mrs. Orpha Battase (pictured above), organized a service to celebrate the Alabaster offering. About 140...
By Heidi Bowes on Oct 22 2014
“Done, 100 year NMI project” was the title of the email from the India East District. Early this year their district stepped out on faith to adopt two projects as part of the Nazarene Missions International (NMI) 100th Anniversary; they had never done anything like this before and did not know how their churches would respond to the challenge in giving to a specific ministry in another country.  The projects were to provide evangelism soccer balls and EvangeCubes for 17 JESUS Film teams in Africa. The response surprised the leaders. “Our youth and Sunday school kids are raising...
By North Andean Field on Oct 21 2014
About a month ago a man named Luis, who lived three hours away in a community named Buenos Aires, came to Santo Domingo, Ecuador, to have surgery. During his visit, Luis came into contact with the district superintendent, Santiago Bereche, and his wife. They prayed with him for his surgery and a week later he came to Santiago's church and said that he had some property where we could put a church. With the help of Jon Fischer, a missionary who serves as a Work & Witness Coordinator, Santiago, and Marcelo, the JESUS Film ministry coordinator, they decided to put up a portable chapel (photo...
By Shawna Songer Gaines on Oct 15 2014
"The Germans are coming!" This has been the joke around our church office at Bakersfield First Church for the last several months. All summer we have prepared to receive a mission team here in California from Germany. We prayed, borrowed air mattresses and learned to say, "Willkommen" ("Welcome"). These Germans would not catch us unprepared! Still, with all our preparations I was not ready for the disorientation of being on the receiving end of short-term missions.I'm no stranger to international missions. I was 10 when my family joined our church on my very first mission trip to Mexico. I...
By Howard Culbertson on Oct 14 2014
"He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” -- Mark 16:15Contemporary English Bible translations render Mark 16:15 in very succinct and clear ways:“Go everywhere; tell everyone” (Easy-to-Read Version)“Go everywhere; announce to one and all” (The Message)“Preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere” (The Living Bible)No doubt about it: We followers of King Jesus are a commissioned people. That is clear from the mandate in Mark 16:15 to spread the Good News in all the earth. We delude ourselves if we see world evangelism involvement simply as an optional...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Oct 14 2014
Ellos son el pueblo kieni, desplazados desde 1992 y declarados "olvidados" por la ONU. En 2001, el gobierno de Kenia trasladó a este grupo tribal agricultor hacia un campo de refugiados cerca del bosque de Kieni. Con el correr de los años, el pueblo perdió toda su documentación. Eventualmente, el gobierno se olvidó por completo del pueblo kieni. En parte gracias a miembros de la iglesia nazarena Eagle (águila), en Idaho (Estados Unidos), quienes decidieron sumarse a su causa, los kieni ya no se encuentran en el olvido. Y debido a la iglesia Eagle es que surgió una nueva asociación...

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