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By Gina Grate Pottenger on May 20 2015
Thirteen-year-old Elysee Bayishime decided to disappear for a little while, since he didn’t want to do the chores his father had asked him to do. In 1994 in Rwanda, perhaps that wasn’t the wisest way to rebel. People had been vanishing without a trace for some time. Having wandered outside his family’s safe compound without telling anyone where he was going, the boy suddenly found himself gripped by a soldier. The soldier jerked him along for 10 minutes without saying anything. Frightened, Elysee could not pull away. They arrived at the Kaburi Majengo at Gisenyi graveyard. In...
By Howard Culbertson on May 14 2015
"The Church must send or the Church will end." -- Mendell Taylor, church historianMendell Taylor’s “sound bite” on the Church’s obligation to send missionaries sounds poetic. It should. Taylor liked saying things so they would stick in people’s memories.Taylor was a church history scholar. However, his interests extended beyond centuries of doctrinal development (as important as that is) and church squabbles (as fascinating as those can be). In addition to those things that church history buffs sometimes concentrate on, Taylor seemed drawn to the church’s missionary outreach and global...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on May 13 2015
Entre los 83 mil refugiados de la guerra de Siria que han estado viviendo en un campamento temporal para refugiados, uno de ellos es una viuda anciana. Ella huyó cruzando la frontera junto con sus dos nietos, dejando atrás a su hijo. Recientemente, un pastor nazareno y varios de los miembros de su iglesia la visitaron en su carpa para sentarse junto a ella y escuchar su historia. “Cuando entramos a su casa, ella comenzó a llorar. Cuando le pregunté por qué, ella me respondió en una manera que jamás podré olvidar”, dijo el pastor Fadi (éste no es su nombre real). “Ella dijo, ‘He estado...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on May 12 2015
Among the 83,000 refugees from the Syrian war who have been living in one temporary refugee camp outside the country is one elderly widow. She fled across the border with her two grandchildren, leaving her son behind. Recently, a Nazarene pastor and several of his church members visited her tent to sit with her and listen to her story.“When we entered her house, she started crying. When I asked her [why], I will never forget this woman,” Pastor Fadi (not his real name) recalled. “She said, ‘I’m staying here 6 or 7 months. No one visited me. I used to go around and ask for help and you are the...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on May 8 2015
Sajita* and other members of her 12-person family had done everything they could think of to find help for her father and her younger brother, who was now 16 years old. The two were out of their minds with a kind of madness for years that had placed great tensions and burdens on the whole family.Sajita (left) had sought out medical doctors as well as witch doctors for healing for their mental state, but no one knew what to do.Her brother, Akash* now 18, remembers what it was like when he was sick for four years, since the age of 12. It was like he was unconscious, and words came out of his...
By Dorli Gschwandtner on May 5 2015
It's a perfect night for the dawn of new hope.A calm and quiet evening in a remote location in Sri Lanka, far away from the cities' noise and light pollution. A tiny settlement, with a cleared space beside the huts and rugs spread out upon the tidily swept ground. An open fire crackling merrily off to one side, and beyond it: darkness. A white screen strung between two trees, and a couple dozen children and adults in colourful clothes, sitting on the rugs or on plastic chairs, attentively watching the story unfold on the screen.Above us, a spectacular night sky is displaying a breathtaking...
By Kent Pelton on Apr 29 2015
It’s hot.  It’s muggy.  It may rain.  The tourists are slowly shuffling along the Night Bazaar street in Chiang Mai.  The hawkers are hoping to get your interest and make   a sale.  The trinkets are sparkly.  The fabrics are fascinating.  My visiting friend is interested in a particular article of clothing. It doesn’t quite fit.  “Do you have another size?”  The hawker responds, “One size only.  See?”  And then the hawker stretches the article of clothing at the elastic to show that it can expand.  Of course, it doesn’t...
By Howard Culbertson on Apr 28 2015
“This Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all people; and then the end will come.” -- Matthew 24:14 (Good News Translation)Throughout Christian history, there have been believers speculating that the prophesied End Times were just about to start. Some audacious ones have even set specific dates. Not long ago, for example, radio preacher Harold Camping had people talking about his declaration that the present world order was going to end in May of 2011.  When that did not happen, Camping revised his prediction foward a few months to October...
By Nazarene Stories on Apr 27 2015
Since the violent civil war in Syria began, millions of refugees have fled to neighboring countries, including Lebanon. The Church of the Nazarene in Lebanon has responded to the needs of Syrian refugees with open doors and open hearts. With food, shelter, and opportunities for education, congregations are embodying the compassionate love of God in their communities.Through their ministry, a young boy named Ahmed, with dreams of being a professional musician, found the Lord.
By Teanna Sunberg on Apr 23 2015
En el Museo “La Gran Sinagoga de Budapest” (Dohany Synagogue Museum) en Hungría, se exhibe la foto de un hombre  y un niño judíos detrás de una valla en el gueto. Un letrero dice: “No se admiten cristianos más allá de este punto.” Sentí la ironía de ese letrero como un puñetazo en el estómago porque, si hay algún lugar en donde el Cuerpo de Cristo debería estar, es más allá de ese punto, justo ahí donde hay dolor y hay odio, donde habitan los muertos vivientes.Entiendo el contexto cultural, cómo ese letrero tenía sentido para quienes lo publicaron, y quizás eso es lo que lo hace más...

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