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By Shawna Songer Gaines on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
"The Germans are coming!" This has been the joke around our church office at Bakersfield First Church for the last several months. All summer we have prepared to receive a mission team here in California from Germany. We prayed, borrowed air mattresses and learned to say, "Willkommen" ("Welcome"). These Germans would not catch us unprepared! Still, with all our preparations I was not ready for the disorientation of being on the receiving end of short-term missions.I'm no stranger to international missions. I was 10 when my family joined our church on my very first mission trip to Mexico. I...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Ellos son el pueblo kieni, desplazados desde 1992 y declarados "olvidados" por la ONU. En 2001, el gobierno de Kenia trasladó a este grupo tribal agricultor hacia un campo de refugiados cerca del bosque de Kieni. Con el correr de los años, el pueblo perdió toda su documentación. Eventualmente, el gobierno se olvidó por completo del pueblo kieni. En parte gracias a miembros de la iglesia nazarena Eagle (águila), en Idaho (Estados Unidos), quienes decidieron sumarse a su causa, los kieni ya no se encuentran en el olvido. Y debido a la iglesia Eagle es que surgió una nueva asociación...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Monday, October 13, 2014
They are the Kieni People, displaced since 1992, and called “forgotten”  by the UN. In 2001, the Kenyan government moved this tribal agricultural people into a refugee camp next to the Kieni forest. Over the years, it lost all their paperwork and documentation. Eventually, the government forgot all about the Kieni people. In part, because members of the Eagle Church of the Nazarene, Idaho, decided to take up their cause, the Kieni people are forgotten no more. And because of Eagle church, a new partnership was born last year between a nonprofit organization called Expansion...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
El Dr. Jim Radcliffe (izquierda en la foto), un cirujano misionero en el Hospital Nazareno de Kudjip, Papúa Nueva Guinea, comenzó a darse cuenta este año que sus niveles de energía se encontraban más bajos que de costumbre. Los días de mucho trabajo lo agotaban como nunca antes. Y un día, mientras que caminaba cuesta arriba en un cerro, sintió que se quedaba sin aliento. Jim se hizo observar por un colega y descubrió que su corazón se había agrandado debido a una deficiencia cardíaca congestiva. Su médico temía que él ya hubiera tenido un ataque cardíaco. Jim y su esposa, Kathy, ya...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Thursday, September 4, 2014
Dr. Jim Radcliffe (left in photo), a missionary surgeon at the Nazarene hospital in Kudjip, Papua New Guinea, started noticing earlier this year that his energy levels were lower than usual. Busy work days completely wore him out. And one day, while walking up a hill, he became very short of breath. Jim sought a check-up from a fellow doctor and discovered that his heart was enlarged from congestive heart failure. His physician worried he may have already had a heart attack. Jim and his wife, Kathy, were already scheduled to return to the States to accompany a group of missionary...
By Kindra Bible on Friday, August 29, 2014
In July, Extreme Nazarene Missions held its third Love Extreme project. Love Extreme is when a larger than normal group of short-term volunteers come to work alongside the Extreme team members to make a major impact on a city.  This year there over 65 short-term volunteers that came to work alongside the volunteer church planters and other Extreme team members in Ibarra, Ecuador, and then Ambato, Ecuador.  The church in Ibarra, Ecuador is newer, only having had its first service in March of this year. That's why the major goal is letting people know about the church, and this...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
“This has been one of the best gifts ever given to me. Through Rendezvous Plus, God refreshed and encouraged me in the middle of one of the hardest years of my life,” wrote Joy Fosnaugh, a Nazarene missionary kid fresh out of Rendezvous Plus, an intense re-entry training that was held at the Nazarene Golden Bell campground in Colorado earlier this month. Rendezvous Plus is part of a new global strategy to prepare missionary kids (MKs) who are reaching adulthood and transitioning away from their support systems in the lands where they and their families have been serving as missionaries....
By Simone Finney on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
In Zimbabwe’s third largest city, the biggest challenge is its 80 percent unemployment rate. More than 1 million people who call Gweru home are all too familiar with poverty and its related challenges, and the township of Mkoba is home to many widows, orphans, economically disadvantaged individuals, and people living with HIV / AIDS. “With so many orphans around us, education becomes the next challenge,” said Pastor Noah Sibanda, who has been working in the Mkoba area since 2003. “When people are poor they tend to turn to anything that will give them money, such as prostitution for girls...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Friday, July 18, 2014
Lo que comenzara como capacitación centrada en un nuevo método de discipulado se ha convertido en un avivamiento. Más de 100 líderes y miembros laicos de todo Papúa Nueva Guinea se reunieron a principios de este año para capacitarse en cuanto a cómo contar historias bíblicas en forma oral. Ellos recibieron tal convicción mediante las lecciones que recibían mediante las historias, que comenzaron a confesar pecados y a arrepentirse uno tras otro.  Algunos se disculparon con otros, y estos ofrecieron perdón por sus ofensas. Prontamente todos cayeron sobre sus rodillas, llorando y...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Thursday, July 17, 2014
Kevin McCann woke up one morning and decided he wanted to walk 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) from the northernmost tip of Scotland, called John o’ Groats, to the southernmost point of England, called Land’s End. And he would do it for charity. Fifteen months later, McCann (photo left with wife, Ruth) is 40 days into his 80-day “end-to-end on a shoestring” walk. He’s walking from 3 June to 19 August, with eight days off. His goal is to raise 10,000 British pounds (17,000 USD) for two causes: New Hope Ashton, a ministry of his local Nazarene church in Ashton-Under-Lyne, in the Greater...

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