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By Gina Grate Pottenger on Mar 5 2015
When Josh and Shannon Herndon opened the rear of their car in mid-February, their hearts sank: They were the victims of a car break-in. Four bags of children’s baseball equipment had been stolen from the vehicle’s hidden compartment in a targeted theft that left behind their GPS and car radio. The baseball equipment is a critical component of their sports outreach ministry in Illescas, Spain, on the outskirts of Madrid. Last summer they hosted a baseball camp that saw 150 children and youth participate, as well as numerous parents who watched or volunteered to help. In a...
By Jennifer Ward on Mar 4 2015
Six years ago João Pedro Pereira, former district superintendent of Portugal, proposed the idea to his advisory board that they should utilize a vacant building owned by the Church of the Nazarene in Mercês, a small parish in Lisbon, Portugal. This building was purchased by the Portuguese District with donations in 1990 and used as a church for 18 years, but for the past six years it had been closed due to lack of leadership.Once the idea was presented, João Pedro and his board began dreaming of the possibilities. “I was thinking, what can we do with such a nice building that was just...
By Howard Culbertson on Mar 3 2015
"He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles." -- Galatians 3:14Want to know God’s will for your life? Start with Galatians 3:14. Paul originally directed that verse to congregations in what is now central Turkey. The Holy Spirit, however, had a much wider audience in mind. Thus, this divinely-inspired letter to the Galatians became part of the written Word through which God wishes to speak to people everywhere in every age.Read Galatians 3:14 along with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20, the Pentecost promise in Acts 1:8 and the approximately...
By Dorli Gschwandtner on Mar 2 2015
"Les aseguro", dijo Jesús, "que los recaudadores de impuestos y las prostitutas van delante de ustedes hacia el reino de Dios" (Mateo 21:31, NIV). Y de esta manera enfureció a los religiosos de su tiempo al asociarse con pecadores, con mentirosos, con ladrones y prostitutas, aceptándolos, amándolos, compartiendo con ellos la gracia purificadora de Dios.Cuando a María se le pidió que comenzara una iglesia en una pequeña aldea en una montaña de Europa central, ella decidió hacer tal como Jesús hizo.Un día, aproximadamente dos años atrás, una mujer que había oído acerca del ministerio de María a...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Feb 27 2015
It was 13 days that Rohan* languished in a hot jail cell, a case of mistaken identity. An active evangelist in a South Asian country, he had been confused by the police with someone who was involved in political activism for an underground party. The police had dragged him to the station and over the next 13 days they interrogated him aggressively 39 times. They asked him, over and over, what is your name? where do you live? what are you doing? who are your friends? They accused him of murder. Confused, Rohan had done his best to answer their questions, but didn’t know what they were...
By Dorli Gschwandtner on Feb 25 2015
"I tell you the truth," Jesus said, "corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do." (Matthew 21:31, NLB) And so he angered the religious people of his time by associating with sinners, with liars, thieves and prostitutes, accepting them, loving them, sharing with them the purifying grace of God.When Maria was asked to start a church in a small mountain village in central Europe, she decided to do as Jesus did.One day about two years ago, a lady who had heard of Maria's ministry through her sister invited her to come and start a church in her village. "...
By Scott Armstrong on Feb 23 2015
In the community of Haina, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, most cohabiting adult couples are not married. Many have been together for years and have children. Yet, as 21 of these individuals have begun to regularly attend a new Nazarene church plant and give their lives to Christ, the Holy Spirit has been gently speaking to them about their need to be married – an elementary doctrinal belief in the Christian faith.Two of those couples have joyfully decided to obey God's calling to be married. Through the financial backing of the Bluffton Church of the Nazarene, Indiana, USA, as well as...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Feb 18 2015
Puede que se trate de un equipo misionero inusual, o quizás se trate del equipo que uno menos se imaginaría: una mujer anciana y una mujer joven, miembros de una iglesia local en Albania que, por su propia iniciativa, visitan dos veces a la semana un basural en Sharr para dedicar su tiempo a una comunidad pobre de gitanos que han sido excluidos socialmente. Vera Broli (a la derecha, en la foto de arriba) vive en una pequeña casa de bloques de cemento cerca del basural de Sharr. En Sharr vive una comunidad de gitanos (un grupo étnico generalmente pobre que vive al margen de las sociedades...
By Howard Culbertson on Feb 17 2015
"Since God is a missionary God, God's people are a missionary people." -- Eddy HoFor Eddy Ho, the reason pushing us to evangelize the whole world is powerful: World evangelism reflects the character of God. In essence, God does not sit in Heaven barking out orders to go seek the Lost. Rather, He beckons us to join Him in seeking lost people in all the earth.God has gone and continues to go to great lengths to cross barriers and overcome obstacles to confront sinful people and offer them His grace. Because God so tirelessly does that, English author Francis Thompson used a hunting dog metaphor...
By Engage magazine on Feb 15 2015
Dong Hwan "Bill" and Yun-Bum "Mill" Kwon are missionaries living in Bangkok, Thailand, since 2014, while they serve the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in the Southeast Asia Field of the Asia-Pacific Region. Bill is the country coordinator and district superintendent of the Myanmar District. Previously, in 2011 he started the holistic Rowenas Community Development Project in Manila, Philippines, and planted the River of Life Church of the Nazarene, which is now pastored by Jackson Natividad.  He has also served as director of World Mission Communications for Asia-Pacific (AP) from 2011...

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