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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...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jul 14 2016
When you have nothing, God becomes your everything. God becomes your economy. Your doctor. Your counselor. In Venezuela, says, Pastor Jimmy De Gouveia, “The churches are growing because they offer hope to the lost, to the people in poverty,” De Gouveia said. “We have learned to pray for God to work supernaturally in healing people, because we have no access to medicine, psychology or psychiatry. We ask the Lord for economic miracles because we don’t have food. In the past, we had money. We could do everything. That was our supernatural, but now our eyes seek Jesus.” De Gouveia’...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jul 14 2016
Cuando no tienes nada, Dios se convierte en tu todo. Dios se convierte en tu economía, en tu doctor, en tu consejero. Según cuenta el pastor Jimmy De Gouveia, en Venezuela, "las iglesias están creciendo debido a que ofrecen esperanza para los perdidos, para las personas que viven en pobreza. Hemos aprendido a orar para que Dios obre de manera sobrenatural sanando a la gente, porque no tenemos acceso a medicina, psicología o psiquiatría. Le pedimos a Dios por milagros económicos ya que no tenemos alimento. En tiempos pasados teníamos dinero, podíamos hacer lo que quisiésemos. Eso era...
By Michelle McLane and Gina Grate Pottenger on Jul 5 2016
It is estimated that 850,000 people in the United Kingdom currently live with dementia. Facing the daily reality of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing for carers. For many churches and their congregations, it can be difficult to know how to help these families.Ken White (photo), pastor of the Bangor Church of the Nazarene in Northern Ireland, has learned firsthand what is needed by dementia carers. For several years, his mother, who suffered from dementia, was under his care. Unlike many, he was able to secure a day care unit for her, and even saw...
By Howard Culbertson on Jun 30 2016
Jesus approached leadership far differently than do many people do. Think, for instance, about what Jesus did the evening before His arrest and crucifixion. With the excitement of the “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem a few days before still in the air, Jesus stunned His disciples by washing their feet. Peter protested, no doubt thinking of the status and privileges usually accorded leaders. Leaders, and especially messiahs, didn’t do menial tasks like washing someone’s feet! Peter and the other disciples should have caught on much earlier to Jesus’ servanthood approach to leadership....
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jun 29 2016
ERSKINE, SCOTLAND -- When Pastor Derrick Thames stood before his congregation at Erskine Church of the Nazarene several years ago and cast a vision for the church to serve the community, he threw out ideas: people could donate clothes, food, maybe cars. “Or, even a house!” he joked. Shortly after, a woman with roots in the community heard about his invitation for donations and called the church to offer her house in Renfrewshire if the church would use it to serve people in need. Astonished, the congregation prayed for God’s leading. Gradually, they believed God wanted them to...
By Dorothy Tarrant on Jun 23 2016
At midnight of March 20, 2016 the European Union - Turkey Migrant Deal officially went into affect. The agreement closed the borders that had given 1.5 million people the opportunity to escape their war-torn countries and seek peace and freedom in Europe.  Dorothy Tarrant, a UK native and long-term volunteer/retired director of Veritas in Romania, was helping the Central Europe Field Nazarene refugee response in Sid, Serbia.  The following excerpts are from her journal.   Lydia* is 30 years old, tall and slim and rather distinguished looking.  A lawyer who speaks...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Jun 16 2016
Natalia* held her 6-year-old, Sergey*, in her arms as he was dying. Suffering from severe asthma, he had seen many doctors who had been unable to help. The medicines they prescribed did not work. During this most severe attack, the family called an ambulance, but in their city in Central Asia it takes several hours for paramedics to arrive. The boy struggled for each breath until he could breathe no more. He went still. Natalia’s mother cried out, “He’s already dead! He’s already dead!”  Natalia held the boy close and prayed for God to save him while they waited in agony for medical...
By Karla Deuel on Jun 8 2016
Twenty minutes, that’s all.  Only 20 minutes to fly from the Mission Aviation Fellowship hanger at Kagamuga Airport in Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea, to the Dusin Airstrip, on the side of a mountain at 6,100 feet.  The flight itself is good for the soul on two counts: one being the weeks it may have taken us to walk over the sharp jutting hills that stretch over two huge valleys; and two, the scenery itself, as we fly about 300 feet above the jungle canopy, up and over the natural passes that end in a box canyon at Dusin.The remote airstrip was hand dug in 1970 by the Koban people,...

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