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By Santiago Bereche on Apr 29 2016
Después del terremoto del 16 de abril, que resultó en mas de 600 muertos y miles de heridos, los nazarenos buscaron a sus miembros desaparecidos, sufrieron la destrucción de sus hogares y lamentaron la muerte de sus seres queridos. Sin embargo, esto no les paró y no perdieron la oportunidad de ayudar a los demás – y compartir con ellos la esperanza que hay en Jesús. El superintendente del distrito Costa Norte, Santiago Bereche fue a ver lo que estaba pasando y escribió este informe. Ha sido difícil hacer algún tipo de evaluación por el derrumbe de las carreteras. El domingo 17 de...
By Ted Voigt on Apr 27 2016
How do we decide it’s time to act?  When is the moment we step out in faith in a new direction, and how do we know it will be worthwhile?  And what if we fail?Clive Tutty, pastor of the Uddingston Church of the Nazarene just outside of Glasgow, Scotland recently took a step out in faith with his congregation, but their story isn’t what you might expect to hear.  They spent over four months planning, praying, weighing the costs, assessing the risk, and then they did something bold: they moved their Sunday morning service to a cinema.“We’ve been toying with the idea of going...
By Santiago Bereche on Apr 26 2016
After the April 16 earthquake shook parts of Ecuador, killing more than 600 and injuring thousands, Nazarenes searched for missing church members, suffered the destruction of many of their homes and mourned loss of life. But, that didn’t stop them from jumping into action to help others – and tell them about hope in Jesus. District Superintendent Santiago Bereche, of the Ecuador North Coast District, went to investigate what was happening and wrote this report. It has been so difficult to make any kind of an assessment due to the collapse of the road system. On Sunday, April 17, the...
By Shannon Herndon on Apr 19 2016
It’s not every day that you hear baseball and bullfighting in the same sentence.Josh and Shannon Herndon, missionaries in Spain, recently partnered with a Work & Witness team from the U.S. to lead baseball ministry for the children of Illescas, where the Herndons live and minister. Because baseball is not widely available in Spain, it has proved an incredibly popular way to build relationships and serve the community. (Read more and watch a video.)The Herndons wrote about how baseball opened the door to a local school, and to … well, read on.On March 12, 2016, a Work & Witness team...
By Kaitlyn Williams on Apr 13 2016
One by one, the children are checked and examined for medical needs. One has a serious wound on her leg, and another needs a great deal of dental work, because, from a variety of causes, his teeth are deteriorating. Yet another child is suffering from a painful worm infection.These children have numerous physical needs, some of which are not being met because they do not have access to medical attention. There are thousands upon thousands more of these cases across South Asia; many go without treatment while trying to continue on with their lives.Han and Corry Tan are trying to change that....
By Howard Culbertson on Apr 11 2016
Jesus went about His three years of earthly ministry in intentional and proactive ways. He did not wait for life’s interruptions to dictate His direction, pace or overriding priorities.Jesus models how missionaries can ensure that their day-to-day actions move them forward toward long-term objectives. To be sure, missionaries can accomplish good things even when they operate primally by spur-of-the-moment decisions. When they do that, however, they risk being “blown here and there by every wind” (Ephesians 4:14).Numerous Gospel passages indicate the intentionality with which Jesus lived and...
By Carol Anne Eby on Apr 9 2016
Crosses rise over churches, orphanages, and rural medical clinics. Funds are sent to support an orphanage in war-torn Sri Lanka. A school is rebuilt after being destroyed in typhoon devastated Philippines. Wells are installed in 10 rural villages of earthquake-stricken Nepal. These are amazing results of compassionate caring and giving.  But what is more amazing is that the initiators of these projects are men incarcerated in a Canadian correctional institution who never go beyond their prison yard!Rev. William (Bud) Sargent was the pastor of the Innisfail Church of the Nazarene, which...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Apr 4 2016
Cuando ella tenía 6 años de edad, Rut se encontró sentada a la mesa de su cocina haciendo su tarea domiciliaria y por primera vez se puso a contemplar acerca del sentido de su vida. Todo comenzó cuando ella se puso a pensar acerca de lo que haría al terminar con su tarea. Sus pensamientos comenzaron a fluir mientras que ella se imaginaba a sí misma comiendo la cena y retirándose a su habitación para dormir, despertándose al día siguiente para ir a la escuela, volviendo a casa para hacer su tarea y luego comenzar el ciclo una vez más. Ella se dio cuenta de que esa sería su rutina diaria...
By Brad Crofford on Apr 1 2016
The first thing you notice as you approach Swaziland is the hilly terrain. Shrouded in fog, the hills tower over the road. Along the roadway, cows graze and groups of people sit, waiting for public transit vans. Billboards advertise cell phone plans, restaurants, hotels … and HIV testing.One such billboard shows two young people at a desk together poring over a book. “Are you really just study pals?” it reads. “Why not test together?”The billboard touches on the realities Swaziland faces as the country with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in adults in the world. Although the rate has...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Mar 31 2016
When she was 6 years old, *Ruth was sitting at the kitchen table doing her homework, and for the first time began to wonder about the meaning of her life. It began as she wondered what she would do after finishing her homework. Her thoughts rolled forward as she imagined herself eating supper and going to bed, then getting up the next day, going to school, coming home to do homework, and doing it all over again. She realized she would do this every day until graduating high school. “After that what will I do?” Ruth remembers asking herself. “I will get a job, maybe get married. Then...

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