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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...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Monday, March 30, 2015
Elma Mago, pastora de la Iglesia Internacional del Nazareno en Hong Kong, escuchó el llamado de Dios para involucrarse en el ministerio pastoral en seguida de haberse graduado de la secundaria en las Filipinas. Ella se encontraba participando como delegada en una convención de escuela dominical cuando el presentador principal, de India, habló acerca de la necesidad de que el evangelio fuera predicado en su país. “Me pregunté entonces, ‘¿Y qué tal en Filipinas?’ Él propuso un desafío y yo decidí responder al llamado”. Ella se inscribió en el Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary...
By Anndee Stringer on Thursday, April 9, 2015
Editor's note: Missionary Anndee Stringer reflects on her own call to serving in ministry in the Church of the Nazarene, as well as the calling that God has placed on all believers, whether they remain in their home cultures or serve interculturally. Today Chris and I are in central Arkansas. This afternoon we had our district license renewal interview with the North Arkansas District Credentials Board.  The board will recommend to our district assembly that our ministerial credentials are renewed.This is my fifth interview with this board and I look forward to the short time...
By Engage magazine on Monday, March 30, 2015
Tim and Karla Deuel are missionaries who have been serving at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital station in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, on the Asia-Pacific Region for the past four years. Tim is the field properties manager, updating properties owned by the station; he also mentors Christian brothers during the course of his responsibilities. Karla works part time in the field office, responsible for the church statistics for the Melanesia Field, which includes, 16 districts on five islands. Papua New Guinea has 12 districts and the other districts are the islands of Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon...

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