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By Joy Forney on Feb 22 2017
They said it couldn’t be done. They said that Haiti was in too much disarray for the church to spend time telling people about God and planting churches.They were wrong.First hit by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010, over 216,000 Haitians died and an estimated three million were affected by the chaos caused by the quake. This disaster crippled the infrastructure of Haiti. People were left without homes, jobs, power, food, clean water, or access to medical care. Within such dire circumstances, an outbreak of cholera claimed the lives of another 9,200 people. In October 2016, Haiti was hit...
By Kaitlyn Williams on Feb 17 2017
Karli* first became a Christian at the age of 16, when her dad was in the military in Tennessee. At the age of 18, she moved to Hawaii and, as she drifted away from God, took a job dancing, which led her into prostitution for the next 20 years. But God had not drifted away from Karli. Through the committed outreach of a local Nazarene church in the island of Oahu, God’s grace and persistence led Karli back to Him, something Karli is now eager to share with others. On the Pacific island of Oahu, part of seven inhabited islands that make up the U.S. state of Hawaii, a church of about...
By Richard Gammill on Feb 16 2017
Thangchinkhup Singson leaned toward the pastor he had come to visit. They were seated in the simple, one-room building that houses the pastor's congregation. "You have 10 young people enrolled in Nazarene Youth International (NYI). Tell me about your ministry with them." "Well, to be honest, it used to be that they only came for Sunday morning worship. My church offered them little else to do. Today that has changed. Thanks to you, I now realize that we must be concerned about all aspects of their lives." "Yes," Thangchinkhup said. "Our youth deserve to have opportunities to...
By Dorli Gschwandtner on Feb 9 2017
For many Syrian-Armenians who have fled Syria during the past six years of civil war, finding refuge in Armenia is coming home – and not.Zareh Mangilikian knows what it’s like. A jeweler in Yerevan, Armenia, he is also a man who, together with his family, has allowed the Lord to prepare and guide him to exactly the right place. Among a people who are still struggling to come to terms with their refugee tragedy a century ago, Zareh is using the experiences God has given him to help refugees returning “home” in face of the current crisis to truly find a home.The long way ‘home’Zareh was born in...
By Kaitlyn Williams on Feb 3 2017
At just about 100 years old – the point when many aging churches end their natural life cycle by closing their doors – Bakersfield Church of the Nazarene, in California, is drawing in a new generation of teenagers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Donabel Martin is the outreach and young adult pastor, as well as an interim youth pastor. She and her lead pastors and the congregation have tried to create a foundation for the church based on the concept of being good neighbors. Bakersfield First, which has an average attendance of about 200, has developed both long-term programs and short...
By Joy Forney on Jan 31 2017
La Asociación Película de JESÚS (APJ) es un ministerio para la edificación del Reino, dedicado al evangelismo mundial a través de la película JESÚS y de otras herramientas utilizadas por equipos de individuos locales para el evangelismo, el discipulado y la plantación de iglesias.Este año, el ministerio celebra su 20o aniversario. La revista ENGAGE se reunió con el director ejecutivo de la APJ, Brian*, para reflexionar acerca de lo que Dios ha hecho durante el correr de las últimas dos décadas y para vislumbrar lo que ha de venir. Lea parte de esta entrevista aquí.ENGAGE: Hablemos acerca del...
By Joy Forney on Jan 30 2017
Este año, el ministerio celebra su 20o aniversario. La revista ENGAGE se reunió con el director ejecutivo de la APJ, Brian*, para reflexionar acerca de lo que Dios ha hecho durante el correr de las últimas dos décadas y para vislumbrar lo que ha de venir.  ENGAGE: Brian, tú has hestado con la APJ desde el principio. ¿Podrías tomar un momento para contarnos tu historia junto a la organización? BRIAN: Mi historia comenzó cuando un grupo de laicos, quienes se encontraban trabajando para el ministerio Cruzada Estudiantil para Cristo, de la APJ, se acercaron a la Iglesia del Nazareno...
By Joy Forney on Jan 27 2017
JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP) is a Kingdom-building ministry devoted to world evangelism through the JESUS film and other tools used by teams of local people for evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. The ministry is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. ENGAGE caught up with JFHP Executive Director Brian* to spend some time reflecting on what God has done across the past two decades and to look ahead at what is to come. Read part one of this interview here. ENGAGE: Let’s talk about the future of JFHP. Going forward, what new strategies or goals is JFHP exploring...
By Joy Forney on Jan 26 2017
JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP) is a Kingdom-building ministry devoted to world evangelism through the JESUS film and other tools used by teams of local people for evangelism, discipleship and church planting. The ministry is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. ENGAGE caught up with JFHP Executive Director Brian* to spend some time reflecting on what God has done across the past two decades and to look ahead at what is to come.  ENGAGE: Brian, you have been with JFHP since the beginning. Could you take some time to tell us about your history with the organization? ...
By Carol Anne Eby on Jan 24 2017
With tears in his eye, Pastor Felix, an immigrant from Africa, said, “I never thought I would be able to earn a bachelor’s degree. You are making this dream possible.”Pastor Felix is among a group of pastors who are seeing their dream of theological education come true, thanks to a new partnership to bring bachelor's and master's degrees in theology to Nazarenes in New Zealand.Over 30 years ago, Neville Bartle, district superintendent of New Zealand, who was then a missionary in Papua New Guinea, wrote in his master’s thesis about the church in New Zealand’s need for a means of educating...

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