Asia Pacific
 
By Engage magazine on Monday, April 7, 2014
Jim and Kathy Radcliffe are missionaries in Papua New Guinea, where they have served since 1985 at the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital. Jim is a doctor and surgeon, while Kathy fills various support roles with children, women, volunteers and hospital staff. They have six children: Ben, 33; Rebekah, 30; Timothy, 26; Priscilla, 21; Josiah, 17; Lydia, 15. Engage: How did you first recognize God’s call to be involved in missions?  Radcliffes: Jim at senior high youth camp during a missionary presentation and Kathy at her church teen retreat. In addition to this we had both felt...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Monday, March 10, 2014
 Your giving to World Evangelism Fund (WEF) helps the Church of the Nazarene to enter new world areas with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. The nation of Moldova is one example. Prior to 2010, the denomination had no presence in this former Soviet nation. In Moldova, alcoholism and addiction are widespread problems. Nazarene leaders wanted to send missionaries to begin a new work in Moldova. They sent Sergei and Irina Talalay, Russian Nazarenes who had received a call to ministry. Sergei was a former alcoholic who had found freedom through Nazarene addiction...
By Dave Hane on Monday, February 10, 2014
We were huddled in a shelter that served as the temporary parsonage with co-pastor Mrs. Ofilanda.  Just outside the door was a bare concrete slab where the Salcedo Church of the Nazarene had once stood.   The splintered wood and twisted roofing from the destroyed church was piled on another concrete slab where the parsonage had once stood.  Both had been destroyed in the mid-morning hours of November 8 as the 195 mph winds and 7 – 10 foot storm surges of Super Typhoon Haiyan obliterated coastal villages in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines.  Over 6,200 people...
By Erin Meier on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Ella se encontraba caminando junto a su familia en las cercanías de su casa, a través de las malezas del Valle del Jimi.  Ella seguía de cerca a su madre llevando consigo un cuchillo, el cual era utilizado para recolectar comida y preparar así el almuerzo. El suelo mojado y el cuchillo en sus manos resultaron ser una peligrosa combinación cuando ella resbaló y cayó.Su padre, quien caminaba detrás suyo, la vio caer y la escuchó gritar, de modo que se dirigió a donde ella estaba para ayudarla a levantarse. Cuando la alcanzó, ella le dijo que se había pinchado y él pudo ver el cuchillo...
By Erin Meier on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Seeing patients without a finger or two is pretty common in Papua New Guinea.  Many folks lose them in injuries with bush knives, or chop them off themselves as a sign of grief when a loved one has died.  At times, we see folks have amputations of part of their leg as a result of a cancer or a chopchop (machete) injury.  Up until today, I didn't know that there were so many people with missing arms in the area.  They lose their arms the same way they lose their legs - from machetes.  Some were sorcery victims, another a rascal chopped him in the market, others were...
By Erin Meier on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
She was walking with her family near her home, through the bush of the Jimi Valley.  She was following closely behind her mom, holding a knife used to collect food from the garden and to prepare their lunch.  The wet ground and the knife in her hand made for a dangerous combination as she slipped and fell.Her dad, walking behind her, saw her fall, heard her yell and went to help her up.  As he got to her, she told him the knife poked her and he saw the knife sticking out of her abdomen.  Having already grieved the death of one child in this remote place, he didn't want his...
By Carol Anne Eby on Friday, October 25, 2013
Missionary retreats provide great opportunities for inspiration, information, fun and fellowship. It is also a time to meet new co-workers, and last fall, Tim Eby (photo left), a missionary from Senegal, West Africa met the Scot Riggins family working in the South African office, and they discovered a unique fact that connected them together. The Riggins had previously worked at Kudjip Hospital in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Tim’s birthplace. But more than that, Tim had been the first baby registered in the then new hospital still under construction while Noah Riggins, Scot’s...
By Cindy Schmelzenbach on Thursday, August 29, 2013
Mi padre se venía deteriorando físicamente durante varios años, y finalmente culminó su travesía en el mundo hace unos días. He estado procesando el hecho de que no volveré a verlo—al menos no en esta vida. Recientemente mi hija me recordó una conversación que tuve con mi papá cuando nos encontrábamos en familia durante una de nuestras primeras asignaciones de hogar. Fue una conversación en la que papá habló acerca del día en que él falleciera."Por supuesto." Mi papá frunció el ceño y frotó su mentón, lo cual era señal de que estaba por decir algo muy profundo. "Por supuesto, deseo ver a...
By Cindy "Thornton" Schmelzenbach on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
My dad has been deteriorating physically for many years and he finally finished his earthly journey the other day. I've been working through the fact that I'll not see him again -- not in this lifetime. I was reminded recently by my daughter of a conversation I had with Dad when we were with my folks during one of our first home assignments, a conversation in which Dad spoke of the day he would die."Of course," my dad wrinkled his forehead and rubbed his chin and that was my cue that he was going to say something profound. "Of course, I want to see Jesus most of all; but there is one other...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
In May and June of this year, the Nazarene Church in the Philippines partnered with Christian music’s top reggae band, Christafari, to boost local Nazarene outreach ministries in the Philippines. During the concerts, a combined 2,129 people indicated decisions to accept Christ, according to the band’s website. It started with R.J. Strickland, pastor of the Living Waters Church of the Nazarene on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii, who went on a Work & Witness trip to the Philippines in March 2012. Strickland has a long-term connection to Christafari, playing with the band on its Hawaii...

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