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By Dorli Gschwandtner on Jun 30 2015
"We don't need you."That's one thing you will definitely not hear when you apply for a Maverick team.Because the Mavericks know: You've got potential. You have unique skills that are needed on this team and that will be used for God's glory.Believing in people's potential, encouraging them in their skills, empowering them in ministry: That's what the "Maverick" version of short-term mission work is all about.And hundreds of people have discovered this firsthand.Like Wes Eby, who participated in Maverick trip No. 24 to Paraguay in October 2009."What piqued my interest was the fact that anyone...
By Howard Culbertson on Jun 25 2015
Imitate Christ.  Reflect His image. That’s the challenge facing us in 1 Corinthians 11:1.What would imitating Christ look like in our lives?  It certainly should include one characteristic which Paul specifically mentions: Our Lord’s humbleness (Philippians 2:8). Humility is like grace in that the more of it we have, the better off we are. That is especially true in cross-cultural missionary work. To begin with, people entering a new culture invariably make embarrassing mistakes that are deflating and humbling (and I am speaking here from personal experience).I have heard...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jun 24 2015
Como pastor principal de University Church of the Nazarene (Iglesia del Nazareno de la Universidad), en Africa Nazarene University (Universidad Nazarena de África, o ANU) en Nairobi, Kenia, Gift Mtukwa recibe visitas de muchas personas de la iglesia así como de la comunidad en la que se encuentran, quienes esperan que la iglesia les dé algo. “Cada domingo al dejar el púlpito, hay gente que se me acerca diciendo, ‘Pastor, no tengo esto, me falta aquello,’” cuenta Mtukwa. Él ve esta situación como una mentalidad de dependencia. Su equipo pastoral, el cual incluye otros tres pastores...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jun 23 2015
As lead pastor of the University Church of the Nazarene at Africa Nazarene University (ANU) in Nairobi, Kenya, Gift Mtukwa receives visits from many people in the church and the surrounding community who hope the church will give them something.  “Every Sunday I would leave the pulpit and people would say, ‘Pastor, I don’t have this, I don’t have that,’” he says. He sees it as a mindset of dependence. His pastoral team, which includes three other part-time pastors, is trying to engender in the people the ability to solve their own problems and care for their own needs, and then...
By Disha Daborah Dongardive on Jun 17 2015
My name is Prema Shriram Nikam and I live in Pune, India. Since I was a child, I was taught to worship idols and pray to all the gods which my parents told me about. I was told that all gods are alike. But my heart never agreed to what my parents and relatives told me. I often asked my friends, how can there be so many gods? There must be one supreme God. And if all gods are one then who created all these castes and religions? My friends could not answer my questions. Probably even they were in search of the truth but did not find answers to the similar questions. Or maybe they simply...
By Engage magazine on Jun 16 2015
Edwin and Wendy Lopez are missionaries serving the Mesoamerica Region since August 2013 in Panama. Edwin is part of the regional communications team and Wendy is the regional personnel coordinator. Previously, Wendy was the finance coordinator for the Caribbean from 2006 to 2010, and the Mesoamerica Special Projects Coordinator from 2010 to 2013.They have two children: Joshua, 14, and Jeremy, 3 months.They shared their story of being called to and serving in missions with Engage magazine.Engage: How did you first recognize God’s call to be involved in missions?Wendy: I went on my first Work...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jun 12 2015
Latvia was among the countries particularly hard hit by the global economic crisis that began in 2008, suffering from a high of more than 20 percent unemployment by 2010. Although that figure has fallen to about 9 percent last year, waves of emigration have cost the country more than 600,000 of its citizens in the last 15 years, as the young and educated move west for the promise of greater prosperity. That’s why many Latvians have moved to the United Kingdom, with a significant number making a home in Barnsley, just west of Manchester. Zane Pavlovica and her family moved to...
By Howard Culbertson on Jun 11 2015
“Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,    sing praise to the Lord” -- Psalm 68:32“We cannot have too much singing to God,” wrote Charles Spurgeon in comments on Psalm 68:32 for his Treasury of David book.The Psalm 68:32 phrases about singing powerfully illustrate the priority God wants us to give to world evangelism. Furthermore, the idea of people around the world bursting out into songs of praise to God makes me think of those surprise “flash concerts” which choirs sometimes give in public places (example: http://youtu.be/SXh7JR9oKVE).As I envision a global “flash concert”...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jun 10 2015
Rai’s* father was a priest in a traditional religion and ran a monastery in Nepal. A dedicated theologian, his father wrote many religious texts and songs.  He was raising his family in the traditions and rituals, which included worshipping idols in the temple. The monastery attracted tourists who visited and sometimes also camped outside its walls. One day, Rai, a teenager, went to visit the tourists’ camp to see if they wanted to make any offerings to the gods in the temple. He noticed that the door to the temple was open. He thought maybe the tourists had visited to make an...
By Engage magazine on May 30 2015
Miguel e Irene Garita son misioneros y se encuentran sirviendo en Costa Rica, dentro de la Región Mesoamérica, desde el año 2011. Ellos son coordinadores de cuidado familiar dentro de la región, trabajando como equipo en las áreas de psicología y consejería, ofreciendo apoyo, cuidado, ayuda y asistencia especializada a familias misioneras, superintendentes y líderes de la región. Anteriormente, Miguel fue profesor del Seminario Nazareno de las Américas, Costa Rica, desde 1984 a 1991, dentro de las siguientes áreas:- Psicología Pastoral I y II- Psicología de Desarrollo Humano- Desarrollo...

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