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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...
By Betsy Scott on Apr 21 2015
Editor’s note: Betsy Scott, missionary to Croatia, reflects on how she has gradually adapted to an endearing part of Croatian culture as part of her family’s calling to live interculturally while sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the Croatian people. I almost did it. I almost ran to the car this morning just wearing my flip flops. I got to the outside door and realized how cold it was, and more importantly realized how far the car was, and quickly calculated my odds. Yup, there was a good chance I was going to get scolded by a baka (Croatian word for grandmother). So, I went back...
By Engage Magazine on Apr 20 2015
Danilo and Emily Aguilar are missionaries serving in Ponta Delgada, the Azores Islands, Portugal since September 2014. They are supporting the local church after their pastor of 20 years retired, and are also working to establish creative forms of ministry in the community, and rehabilitate a Nazarene campground. This is their first assignment as global missionaries. They have a 1-year-old child, Sohvi Selah Aguilar.Engage: How did you first recognize God’s call to be involved in missions? Danilo: We both were called to missions during our teenage years. I was called in a youth camp...
By Howard Culbertson on Apr 15 2015
"Let my heart be broken with the things that break God's heart" -- Bob Pierce, World Vision founderI have Christian friends whose hearts get broken when things in the political arena do not turn out like they had hoped. I know believers whose hearts get broken over the ups and downs of their favorte sports teams. Some people’s hearts get broken by the outcomes of television programs.Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision, pleaded for us to allow our hearts to be broken by something far more important than all those things. Pierce pleaded with believers to have their hearts so in tune with God’s...
By Engage magazine on Apr 14 2015
RJ Strickland, pastor of Living Waters Church of the Nazarene, which organizes volunteers for a shelter for the homeless in Oahu, tells about an intense moment at the shelter when families there asked him to pray for a baby who had stopped breathing 10 minutes earlier. This past summer when we were doing a VBS (vacation Bible school) with some of the Work & Witness teams. As we were getting closed down, one of the interns from our church said, “Can you do a kids’ blessing?” It’s 9 p.m. We’re cleaning up from VBS. I’m trying to think of a Hawaiian blessing. Once I get there, I...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Apr 14 2015
Lily (cuyo nombre ha sido cambiado por motivos de seguridad) es una niña de sexto grado que ha estado viviendo durante los últimos dos años en Hope for a New Beginning (Esperanza Para un Nuevo Comienzo), un albergue para marginados en Onelau'ena, Kapolei, Hawái, (Estados Unidos). La madre de Lily falleció el año pasado, dejando a la niña sola junto a su hermana de 19 años, quien tiene tres hijos. A esta temprana edad, Lily pasa la mayor parte de su tiempo cuidando de sus sobrinos. Los miembros de varias iglesias nazarenas locales comenzaron a visitar el albergue para ministrar a los...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Apr 14 2015
Lily (not her real name) is a sixth grade girl who has lived for two years at the Hope for a New Beginning transitional shelter for the homeless at Onelau'ena in Kapolei, Hawaii, U.S. Lily’s mother died last year, leaving the girl alone with just a 19-year-old sister who has three boys of her own. Not even out of grade school, Lily spends most of her time caring for her nephews. Members of local Nazarene churches began visiting the shelter to minister to the residents, particularly to provide tutoring to the children and youth. They are doing this through the Hawaii Pacific District’s...
By Engage magazine on Apr 13 2015
George and Nancy Miller are missionaries serving in the Philippines since June 2014. George is the chaplain at Philippine Nazarene College (formerly Luzon Nazarene Bible College), which also offers kindergarten through high school education (La Trinidad Nazarene Learners Center). He teaches one class per term at the college, and teaches Christian Education to the grade 6 students. Nancy teaches one class at the college and is an English proctor.Previously, they served in Papua New Guinea from 1989 to 1999, and George as the district superintendent of the Solomon Islands from 1999 to 2014,...
By Anndee Stringer on Apr 9 2015
Editor's note: Missionary Anndee Stringer reflects on her own call to serving in ministry in the Church of the Nazarene, as well as the calling that God has placed on all believers, whether they remain in their home cultures or serve interculturally. Today Chris and I are in central Arkansas. This afternoon we had our district license renewal interview with the North Arkansas District Credentials Board.  The board will recommend to our district assembly that our ministerial credentials are renewed.This is my fifth interview with this board and I look forward to the short time...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Apr 8 2015
Until this winter, Pastor Civil and his family were one of the 85 percent of Nazarene pastors in Haiti to live in extreme poverty; many of those families are homeless, some, like Civil’s, due to the devastating earthquake of 2010. Civil and his wife (photo left), two children and a grandchild at least had a roof over their head, even if it was a crude pen formerly used to house pigs.  For the next four years, the family prayed that God would give them a new home. Missionaries Darin and Tonya Kucey were appalled when they saw the conditions this Nazarene leader and his family...

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