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By Dorli Gschwandtner on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"We don't need you."That's one thing you will definitely not hear when you apply for a Maverick team.Because the Mavericks know: You've got potential. You have unique skills that are needed on this team and that will be used for God's glory.Believing in people's potential, encouraging them in their skills, empowering them in ministry: That's what the "Maverick" version of short-term mission work is all about.And hundreds of people have discovered this firsthand.Like Wes Eby, who participated in Maverick trip No. 24 to Paraguay in October 2009."What piqued my interest was the fact that anyone...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Friday, May 29, 2015
Un día, cuando el esposo de la mujer regresó a casa borracho, él maltrató a su hijo. Así que la mujer, de repente, exclamó: "¡Escuchen! ¿No les gustaría escuchar una historia?" El esposo se vio sorprendido, pero durante esa pausa la mujer comenzó a contarles la historia acerca de cuando Jesús calmó la tormenta, la cual se encuentra en el Nuevo Testamento, en los libros de Mateo y Marcos. Su esposo y su hijo esucharon. Mientras que ella hablaba, el esposo se tranquilizó, se sentó, y finalmente se durmió. Laura Mata-Bolandi dijo que la mujer había puesto en práctica un método de...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Thursday, May 28, 2015
When the woman’s husband came home drunk one day, he became too rough with their son. The situation was getting out of hand. So the woman suddenly blurted, “Hey, do you guys want me to tell you a story?” The woman’s husband was startled, but in that pause she began telling the story of Jesus calming the storm, found in the New Testament books of Matthew and Mark. Her husband and son listened. As she spoke, her husband calmed, sat down and fell asleep. Laura Mata-Bolandi said that the woman was putting into practice a method of Bible storytelling called Tell THE Story that she is...
By Kent Pelton on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
It’s hot.  It’s muggy.  It may rain.  The tourists are slowly shuffling along the Night Bazaar street in Chiang Mai.  The hawkers are hoping to get your interest and make   a sale.  The trinkets are sparkly.  The fabrics are fascinating.  My visiting friend is interested in a particular article of clothing. It doesn’t quite fit.  “Do you have another size?”  The hawker responds, “One size only.  See?”  And then the hawker stretches the article of clothing at the elastic to show that it can expand.  Of course, it doesn’t...
By Engage magazine on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
RJ Strickland, pastor of Living Waters Church of the Nazarene, which organizes volunteers for a shelter for the homeless in Oahu, tells about an intense moment at the shelter when families there asked him to pray for a baby who had stopped breathing 10 minutes earlier. This past summer when we were doing a VBS (vacation Bible school) with some of the Work & Witness teams. As we were getting closed down, one of the interns from our church said, “Can you do a kids’ blessing?” It’s 9 p.m. We’re cleaning up from VBS. I’m trying to think of a Hawaiian blessing. Once I get there, I...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Until this winter, Pastor Civil and his family were one of the 85 percent of Nazarene pastors in Haiti to live in extreme poverty; many of those families are homeless, some, like Civil’s, due to the devastating earthquake of 2010. Civil and his wife (photo left), two children and a grandchild at least had a roof over their head, even if it was a crude pen formerly used to house pigs.  For the next four years, the family prayed that God would give them a new home. Missionaries Darin and Tonya Kucey were appalled when they saw the conditions this Nazarene leader and his family...
By Engage Magazine on Monday, April 20, 2015
Danilo and Emily Aguilar are missionaries serving in Ponta Delgada, the Azores Islands, Portugal since September 2014. They are supporting the local church after their pastor of 20 years retired, and are also working to establish creative forms of ministry in the community, and rehabilitate a Nazarene campground. This is their first assignment as global missionaries. They have a 1-year-old child, Sohvi Selah Aguilar.Engage: How did you first recognize God’s call to be involved in missions? Danilo: We both were called to missions during our teenage years. I was called in a youth camp...
By Engage magazine on Monday, April 13, 2015
George and Nancy Miller are missionaries serving in the Philippines since June 2014. George is the chaplain at Philippine Nazarene College (formerly Luzon Nazarene Bible College), which also offers kindergarten through high school education (La Trinidad Nazarene Learners Center). He teaches one class per term at the college, and teaches Christian Education to the grade 6 students. Nancy teaches one class at the college and is an English proctor.Previously, they served in Papua New Guinea from 1989 to 1999, and George as the district superintendent of the Solomon Islands from 1999 to 2014,...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Lily (not her real name) is a sixth grade girl who has lived for two years at the Hope for a New Beginning transitional shelter for the homeless at Onelau'ena in Kapolei, Hawaii, U.S. Lily’s mother died last year, leaving the girl alone with just a 19-year-old sister who has three boys of her own. Not even out of grade school, Lily spends most of her time caring for her nephews. Members of local Nazarene churches began visiting the shelter to minister to the residents, particularly to provide tutoring to the children and youth. They are doing this through the Hawaii Pacific District’s...
By Elma Mago on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Editor's note: This testimony accompanies our article about how World Evangelism Funds supported a scholarship for Pastor Elma Mago, at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, leading to her cross-cultural service as a pastor of a Nazarene church in Hong Kong, where her theological education is enabling her to lead women to Christ and disciple them out of religious cults. This is Dolores's story. Her conversion resulted in the conversion of her family, and a new church called Mango church, in Natividad, Philippines. Dolores, 46, is married to Buenvinido Banaga, and they have two...

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