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By Gina Grate Pottenger on Aug 23 2016
Los primeros ensayos del club dramático comunitario en Bulgaria se vieron tan llenos de hostilidad y discusiones que llevavan a pensar que el verdadero drama ocurría fuera de escena. Conflictos y una desconfianza mutua eran comunes entre los niños gitanos y sus vecinos búlgaros hasta hace dos años atrás. Los niños a menudo robaban o molestaban a sus vecinos ancianos y retirados. En respuesta, los ancianos culpaban a los gitanos por cualquier cosa que estuviera mal en la comunidad, fuera o no su responsabilidad. Pero un club dramático con una ética cristiana se convirtió en la...
By Richard Gammill on Aug 22 2016
A brainstorming session between two Nazarene friends resulted in a ground-breaking, globe-spanning experiment. It united two groups of students from Batesville, Arkansas, and Sighisoara, Romania, to solve community needs. The project has provided an opening for a Nazarene Romanian pastor to mentor youth in the Sighisoara high school.The story unfolded when Dr. Roberta Bustin asked her friend, “What can we do to reach out to the youth in my city? After almost 20 years of ministry, we still have not found the answer.”Roberta is a volunteer with Nazarene Mission Corps., the mission-sending arm...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Aug 17 2016
The community drama club’s first rehearsals in a rural village of Bulgaria were so full of hostility and arguing that one might think the real drama was off stage. Widespread conflict and mutual suspicion between Roma children and their elderly Bulgarian neighbors had been the norm until about two years ago. The Roma children often stole from or vandalized their retired neighbors’ property. In turn, the elders tended to blame the Roma families for anything that went wrong, whether or not they were responsible. But a community drama club with a Christian ethos became the unlikely...
By Merideth Spriggs on Aug 10 2016
I met Dave when I was doing homeless outreach in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Dave was a heavy drinker. We had tried three times to get him sober, but each time he left detox and returned to drinking on the streets. One day, though, he reached out to me for help.A friend who directs a sober living program and I created a plan to help Dave. We would take him with us to a one-day intervention being held by homeless outreach agencies in the area. Even though he had asked for help, I still feared Dave might be drunk and miss the appointment, so I surprised him with a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call. I...
By Engage magazine on Aug 9 2016
Enoch Tee is a graphic designer and photographer for World Mission Communication in the Asia-Pacific Region, based in Manila, in the Philippines. He began his assignment in 2014. As part of his service, he develops visual arts pieces such as logos and banners for the region, and also conducts usability testing and research for websites. With his camera he provides photojournalism, including at events.  He says: "These are the behind the scenes work of the Church, but these are also vital to the mission of spreading the Gospel -- telling what the Lord is doing through the Church and...
By Beth Clayton Luthye on Aug 5 2016
Water is life. It has become a cliché, but sometimes clichés are true. For people living in Sierra Leone, those three words are a daily reality that is never taken for granted. Each day’s schedule revolves around collecting water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and laundry. For most, the task also brings with it the worry that contaminants in the water may cause illness. In fact, thousands of children in the country die each year due to water-related diseases that are almost entirely preventable.“Sometimes we got sick because of germs,” says Davida, a young mother of two boys, ages 4 and 2. “...
By Kaitlyn Williams on Jul 27 2016
The scent of burnt wood, grass, flesh, and various debris filled the air in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea in September 2015. It was Independence weekend, but tribal war in this Pacific Island nation is still a reality. A death the day before tragically had triggered tribal rivals’ revenge, burning many homesteads, animals, and destroying other property. It left nothing but ashes and brokenness behind. On the grassy hillsides of the Wahgi Valley are the communities of Kudjip and Banz. Nearby, live people who for centuries have worked the ground, and built their lives there. Out of...
By Howard Culbertson on Jul 26 2016
When Jesus gave His Great Commission, He wasn’t simply assigning a task to people. He was empowering them. Indeed, the verb “to commission” carries some of the same nuances as the verb “to empower.”Empowerment means giving people authority and power. Jesus did not hesitate to do that. He did not try to keep followers on a “short leash.” Though His earthly ministry lasted only three years, the Gospels mention instances of Jesus sending followers out on short-term preaching/healing/deliverance missions. More importantly, Jesus empowered others for the future when He would not be there. For...
By Carol Anne Eby on Jul 20 2016
For Johannes Orsoe, the roar of a Harley signals the opportunity to contact another soul for Christ.Johannes, or “Johs” as his friends call him, gave his life to the Lord while touring the United States in 1980. In a van parked at the Flagstaff Church of the Nazarene, he surrendered to God. He became a member of the Church of the Nazarene in 1981 and he and Lone, his wife of 33 years, have served the Lord ever since.Johs’s pastor, Kaj Ove Bollerup, says that Johs has served in the Greve Church of the Nazarene in Denmark since he was a young man. Johs began a worship ministry in 1982 with a...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jul 18 2016
In 1998 and 1999, a brutal civil war in the Balkan Peninsula led to an expulsion of Kosovar Albanians who found themselves as refugees, their homes destroyed. Imir Gashi is one of those former refugees. As a teenager, he found safety in Albania before being able to return home a few months later. It’s because he remembers what it was like to be a refugee that he is now one of the Nazarenes from Kosova who regularly visits refugee camps in neighboring Serbia and Macedonia. These Kosovars are serving as volunteers with the Nazarene Central European Refugee Response team. On his...

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