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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...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Oct 13 2014
They are the Kieni People, displaced since 1992, and called “forgotten”  by the UN. In 2001, the Kenyan government moved this tribal agricultural people into a refugee camp next to the Kieni forest. Over the years, it lost all their paperwork and documentation. Eventually, the government forgot all about the Kieni people. In part, because members of the Eagle Church of the Nazarene, Idaho, decided to take up their cause, the Kieni people are forgotten no more. And because of Eagle church, a new partnership was born last year between a nonprofit organization called Expansion...
By Gavin Fothergill on Oct 9 2014
Editor's note: Gavin Fothergill is a missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This story is reprinted from his family's ministry blog with permission. I was driving home late one night from a meeting with local pastors in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). At first, the two men running at full speed behind my car unsettled me, but I soon made out the figures of two brothers I knew well: Shadrak and Mechak. “Come quick” they shouted through tears, “our father’s dying!” We ran quickly around the corner and while still a good distance from the house I...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Oct 8 2014
Cuando el esposo de la mujer murió a causa del VIH/SIDA, ella no tenía idea de cómo cuidaría de sus hijos. Él era la única persona que traía el pan a la casa, y ella no tenía ninguna destreza vocacional que ofrecer. Desesperada por conseguir ingresos monetarios, ella se convirtió en trabajadora sexual. Más tarde, sus hijos fueron inscritos en un ministerio apoyado por el Ministerio Nazareno de Compasión (MNC), el cual asiste a huérfanos y a niños en situaciones de vulnerabilidad dentro de su vecindario en Kisumu, Kenia. El programa proveyó alimentos para sus hijos y les ofreció...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Oct 7 2014
When the woman’s husband died from HIV/AIDS, she didn’t know how to care for their children. He had been the sole breadwinner, and she had no vocational skills to offer. Desperate for an income, the woman became a sex worker. Then, her children were enrolled in a Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) ministry to orphans and vulnerable children in their neighborhood of Kisumu, Kenya. The program fed her children and offered them emotional counseling and spiritual care. One day, the staff invited all the enrolled children’s caregivers to come to a vocational training day, teaching...
By Nepal Communications Team on Oct 1 2014
Pastor Rajendra*, 32, lives in a mountainous district of Western Nepal. He must walk for three to four hours to reach and come back from his local church. Rajendra was a new Christian when he became the pastor in the local church and had little experience in church ministry. He never gave up his ministry, rather he chose to commit his life for ministry in remote villages that lack many facilities like electricity, health centers, good schools and colleges, roads, etc. Three years before, he was enrolled in the South Asia Nazarene Bible College (SANBC) learning center in western Nepal.“...

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