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By Amy Crofford and Wambui Mwangi on Jan 12 2017
God has given all of us gifts, strengths. We are unique. Working in our areas of strength often leads to greater fulfilment and satisfaction, as well as effectiveness.It was based on this premise that Dr. Daryl Johnson, a trainer with Nazarene Strengths Institute (NSI), brought Strengths training to Africa Nazarene University last fall at the invitation Prof. Rod Reed, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academics, and other local leaders. Through the generosity of an international donor, all full-time university faculty and staff were able to take the online test to discover their top five strengths...
By Richard Gammill on Dec 23 2016
A white van pulled into a motel parking lot near downtown Ashland, Kentucky. The doors opened and six people got out and looked around at 100 doors facing the courtyard. They separated into pairs and began knocking on doors.“Hi, we are from Intersection Church a few blocks away. We are here to meet you and see if there is any way we might be of help to you.”At one door, Robert looked at his callers with amazement. “I can’t believe this. Last night my girlfriend and I prayed that God would send us someone to help us get back to Him. Just now, we were sitting on my bed praying again—and here...
By Dorli Gschwandtner on Dec 15 2016
“The ‘co-creating approach’ doesn’t just ask ‘what are your needs that we will meet,’ focusing on power, but ‘what can we bring together that will create a more hopeful future,’ focusing on mutuality.” In his workshop “CO-CREATING CANAAN: The Blessing and Gift of Welcoming the Stranger,” Rev. Ian Wills of Parkhead Church of the Nazarene in Glasgow, Scotland, introduced and illustrated his congregation's “co-creating approach” on their local ministry with refugees and asylum seekers. The workshop took place during a three-day conference in early November 2016 that focused on refugee...
By Carol Anne Eby on Dec 13 2016
A tourist paradise of sparkling water and incredible beaches, roaring waterfalls and memorable sunrises also has a darker side hidden from the average tourist’s eyes. But God sees what others may miss: homeless people who sleep on the beach, feel hunger and pain, and despair brought about by addiction.The name of the town, Pukalani, a Hawaiian word, means "window of heaven.” A loving God sees this town, and has put compassion into the hearts of the congregation of the Pukalani Community Church of the Nazarene to bring hope and to reclaim these who are lost in “paradise.”In the past year a...
By Dorli Gschwandtner on Dec 9 2016
If you've ever lived away from your home country, even if it was just for a semester abroad, you know how important it is to have a home away from home. A place where, even if you still miss your "real" home, you feel accepted as you are, with your differences appreciated, and where you are treated with equality, dignity and respect. A place where you can really live, not just exist, as a valued and profitable member of society.In the country of Lebanon, two million refugees from Syria and Iraq are hoping to find this: a home away from home, a place where they can lead a life of dignity today...
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...

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