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By Leody Eschavez on Friday, March 25, 2016
In May 2014, I moved to Zamboanga City, a 12-hour bus ride from my hometown in the Philippines. I had just graduated from university. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but my church had asked me to go and I said yes.Eight months earlier, Zamboanga had experienced a 20-day battle between the Philippine military and a separatist organization that had left more than 60,000 people displaced. I was sent to work in the Mampang transitory site where 10,000 people had been relocated.Most of the people I work with are from the Badjao tribe, an ethnic group who live in the seaside areas of the...
By Dave Hane on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
In the year 1206, Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire. Today, 3 million people live in the vast expanse of high plains called the country of Mongolia. It is the most sparsely populated nation in the world. Most Mongolians are either Tibetan Buddhists or atheists.Nazarene missionaries Sunny and Lisa Um moved to Darkhan, Mongolia, in 2012. The temperatures in parts of Mongolia are below freezing from November to March, and -40 is common. (-40 degrees happens to be the point where the temperature is the same for both Fahrenheit and Celsius.) Many of the people still live in heavily insulated...
By Jaron Graham on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
I remember well the black and white picture on the wall and the questions that ran through my young mind as I studied it. Who are those people? Why do we have their picture hanging in our church fellowship hall? How old is it? How old are they?!The picture of “our missionaries” Wallace and Mona White (left) was a mainstay in my home church in Lovington, New Mexico, U.S. We held children’s church and VBS, ate at numerous potlucks, and ran wild while our parents practiced for worship team, all under their watchful eyes.The story goes something like this: Sometime in the 1950s, Wallace and...
By Dr. Erin Meier on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
For the past few weeks, things at the Nazarene Hospital at Kudjip, Papua New Guinea, have been a bit gloomy. Some of the gloom has been due to the rain, power outages, wet shoes, and darker days, but a lot of the gloom has been because the hospital received confirmation that our budget for the year was going to be 40 percent less than we received from the Papua New Guinea government in 2015. A 40 percent reduction in our budget isn't something that we can easily make up from other areas. As we have shared ideas for how to continue offering the same medical services as in prior years,...
By Priscilla Radcliffe on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
A recent church service was slightly ironic and very meaningful on multiple levels. Immanuel Church of the Nazarene’s held a Nazarene Missions International (NMI) service for the Papua New Guinean missionaries to the island nation of Vanuatu – the Isaac family. Peter, Jenny, Bennett, Enrich and Junior Isaac left Papua New Guinea (PNG) for Vanuatu 10 years ago to work at discipling and training the church there.Pressed together in the crowded church building this morning were several spheres that don’t coincide everyday. There were American missionaries, sent and supported by the Nazarene...
By Carol Anne Eby on Thursday, February 18, 2016
Some people say the Internet is not a good platform for real relationships. But Ánderson and Janary Godoy might argue that point -- that’s where they met and formed a deep friendship. But way before that, God began preparing this Filipino, Tagalog-speaking girl and Spanish-speaking, Colombian boy for the marriage and ministry He would eventually lead them to. Today, they are serving as missionaries in Japan.Christianity was nothing new to Janary, also known as Jana. “You can call me a third generation Nazarene since my grandparents became Christians through the  missionaries of the...
By David and Sylvia Potter on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
En tiempos recientes se nos ha puesto en el corazón una canción basada en Salmos 103:8: “El Señor es clemente y compasivo, lento para la ira y grande en amor.” Mateo 9:36 dice que cuando Jesús vio las multitudes, Él tuvo compasión por ellos. Una de las maneras en que nos hacemos semejantes a Cristo es en Su compasión hacia los demás—al ver a los demás como Jesús lo hace.La pequeña nación isleña de Vanuatu ha recibido durante muchos años la ayuda de otros países, especialmente durante tiempos de desastre. Con el correr del tiempo, esto puede generar una actitud de impotencia y dependencia...
By David and Sylvia Potter on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A song has been in our hearts lately that is based on Psalm 103:8: “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love.” Matthew 9:36 says that when Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion on them. One of the ways that we are to become like Christ is in His compassion toward others—to see others like Jesus sees them.The small island nation of Vanuatu has for many years been the recipient of lots of outside aid, especially in times of disasters. Over time, this can engender an attitude of helplessness and dependency. It can also tend to make people think that compassionate...
By Asia-Pacific Communications on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
“Just what do Nazarenes believe?”  Many Nazarenes are asked that question, and not everyone may feel adequately prepared to answer.The core beliefs of the Church of the Nazarene are found in the Articles of Faith from the Nazarene Manual. These articles provide the essential “glue” that binds the church into a unified and cohesive whole, regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, culture or language. Without the unifying expression of the church's beliefs as articulated in these articles, there is no reason to exist as a denomination.For those who may desire to have a quick and...
By Carol Anne Eby on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
It’s hard enough for medical personnel when they must treat the diseases that afflict people in remote and under-developed areas like the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. But it’s even more discouraging when they are trying to save lives from unnecessary wounds inflicted by hatred and sin. That’s why the Nazarene College of Nursing in Kudjip, Papua New Guinea, is not only training its students to be high quality medical nurses, but also to give time as a JESUS Film team that goes out to share the gospel and plant churches. Healing souls as well as bodiesThe Church of the...

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