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By Gina Grate Pottenger on Dec 8 2016
As a young woman living in Central Asia*, Lucy* met a man, fell in love and moved in with him. She had been raised by parents who were each from a different faith, but did not connect faith to their daily life choices. So Lucy did not see any moral implications to living with a man to whom she was not married. The man’s mother, on the other hand, was a strong Christian and she objected to the two people living together without being married. “I didn’t understand at that time why. We love each other! She was witnessing to us.” In those days, Lucy smoked. For two years she tried...
By Michelle McLane on Nov 30 2016
In 2010, Paul* came to the UK to earn a degree, planning to return to his fiancée in his home country where they would start a better life. Instead, he found Christ, and now he can never return home.Paul had made many friends at his university, and found his life full with school activities. One afternoon, Paul took the tram to meet a classmate to discuss an assignment. When he returned to the station to ride back home, he realized he had lost his ticket and couldn’t get another one without coins. Since he only had paper bills and a debit card, there was no way for him to purchase another...
By Michelle McLane on Nov 29 2016
Holiness or entire sanctification as a term confounds description to some degree. For Franckel Formétus, a Nazarene leader in Haiti working closely with JESUS Film, holiness is best described not with words, but with your life.Franckel began his faith journey in a family that was already dedicated to the Lord. His father had been a pastor in another denomination, but found that he couldn’t reconcile his beliefs with that church’s doctrine.  He began studying Nazarene theology and discovered he agreed strongly with what he learned. Shortly after Franckel was born, his father became a...
By Kaitlyn Williams on Nov 19 2016
When thousands of Ebola-stricken people in Karnplay City, Liberia, were separated into quarantine camps to prevent the disease from spreading, Nazarenes took an innovative approach to reach them with the hope of Jesus, and also combat myths and disinformation about the disease. Liberia’s Ebola outbreak in February of 2014 brought fear, isolation, sickness and death. Most of the sick were confined to government-assembled camps for at least one month. The only outside people they could see were government assigned teams headed by the District Health Officer Aaron Glay. Pastor Tee...
By Shirley Fischer and Gina Grate Pottenger on Nov 16 2016
Read this in English. Cuando Alex tenía 12 años de edad, él dejó su relación con Dios y comenzó a beber alcohol.Él odiaba a su padre, quien era alcohólico y maltrataba a su madre. Aún así, desde su infancia Alex había comenzado a seguir los pasos de su padre rumbo al alcohol.Cuando se hizo mayor, Alex estudió para ser chef durante los días de la semana y se dedicó a beber desmedidamente durante los fines de semana. Él pudo dejar a un lado el alcohol luego de que un amigo lo invitara a jugar fútbol semi profesional, de modo que su motivación por mantenerse sobrio fue su ambición por...
By Richard Gammill on Nov 16 2016
Read this in English.OSSIAN, INDIANA -- Cuando Steve Jones sintió que Dios lo llamaba al ministerio de tiempo completo, dejando su carrera de maquinista, él asumió que se convertiría en pastor de alguna iglesia. Pero Dios tenía otra cosa en mente. Antes de que le entregara su vida a Dios a los 30 años de edad, Jones había buscado placer en la música rock, saltando de bar en bar y bebiendo alcohol en exceso. Todo eso cambió cuando Jesús entró en su corazón y le dio un propósito más grandioso para su vida. Años más tarde, cuando sintió que Dios lo llamaba al ministerio, él tuvo dudas...
By Shirley Fischer and Gina Grate Pottenger on Nov 12 2016
Lea esto en español.When Alex was 12 years old, he walked away from his relationship with God and began drinking.He hated his father, who was an alcoholic and mistreated his mother. Yet, even as a child Alex was beginning to follow in his father’s footsteps with alcohol.When he was older, Alex studied to be a chef on the weekdays, followed by drinking away his weekends. He managed to put aside the alcohol when a friend invited him to play semi-professional soccer, and Alex was motivated to be sober by his ambition to be a skilled player.He reached a spiritual turning point when he visited his...
By Eurasia Region Communications on Nov 10 2016
Having moved to India at the age of 3, the child of American missionaries to India, Rev. John Anderson grew up there, and eventually gave his life and ministry to India as a Nazarene missionary, as well. This summer he passed away at the age of 83 with his family near him, along with close friends Sunil and Sarah Dandge. He mentored and discipled Sunil from his childhood. Today, Sunil is the strategy coordinator for Nazarene work across India.A number of today's Nazarene leaders in India were deeply influenced by the love and personal investment into their lives by Anderson. They pay tribute...
By Richard Gammill on Nov 9 2016
Lea esto en español. OSSIAN, INDIANA -- When Steve Jones sensed God calling him into full-time ministry from his career as a machinist, he assumed that it would be as pastor of a church. But God had something else in mind. Before he turned his life over to God at age 30, Jones had sought pleasure in rock music, barhopping and heavy drinking. All that changed when Jesus came into his heart and gave him a greater purpose for living. Years later, when he felt God calling him into ministry, he had doubts about himself. He was a machinist; what did he know about professional...
By Carol Anne Eby on Nov 4 2016
 One-hundred and 15 wheelchairs recently rolled off a ship at the Island of Tonga, changing lives for disabled people across the island, thanks to a partnership between numerous groups initiated by a Nazarene mission leader in Alabama, U.S.Fred Faith, former president of Nazarene Missions International (NMI) for the Alabama North District, visited Tonga to help layman Donald Hunter in building a missionary house there. During the trip he met with Nazarene missionaries In-kwon Kim and his wife Jeong-Seok Kim, directors of The Mango Tree Centre, which provides rehabilitative therapy,...

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