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By Merideth Spriggs on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
I met Dave when I was doing homeless outreach in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Dave was a heavy drinker. We had tried three times to get him sober, but each time he left detox and returned to drinking on the streets. One day, though, he reached out to me for help.A friend who directs a sober living program and I created a plan to help Dave. We would take him with us to a one-day intervention being held by homeless outreach agencies in the area. Even though he had asked for help, I still feared Dave might be drunk and miss the appointment, so I surprised him with a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call. I...
By Engage magazine on Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Enoch Tee is a graphic designer and photographer for World Mission Communication in the Asia-Pacific Region, based in Manila, in the Philippines. He began his assignment in 2014. As part of his service, he develops visual arts pieces such as logos and banners for the region, and also conducts usability testing and research for websites. With his camera he provides photojournalism, including at events.  He says: "These are the behind the scenes work of the Church, but these are also vital to the mission of spreading the Gospel -- telling what the Lord is doing through the Church and...
By Kaitlyn Williams on Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The scent of burnt wood, grass, flesh, and various debris filled the air in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea in September 2015. It was Independence weekend, but tribal war in this Pacific Island nation is still a reality. A death the day before tragically had triggered tribal rivals’ revenge, burning many homesteads, animals, and destroying other property. It left nothing but ashes and brokenness behind. On the grassy hillsides of the Wahgi Valley are the communities of Kudjip and Banz. Nearby, live people who for centuries have worked the ground, and built their lives there. Out of...
By Karla Deuel on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Twenty minutes, that’s all.  Only 20 minutes to fly from the Mission Aviation Fellowship hanger at Kagamuga Airport in Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea, to the Dusin Airstrip, on the side of a mountain at 6,100 feet.  The flight itself is good for the soul on two counts: one being the weeks it may have taken us to walk over the sharp jutting hills that stretch over two huge valleys; and two, the scenery itself, as we fly about 300 feet above the jungle canopy, up and over the natural passes that end in a box canyon at Dusin.The remote airstrip was hand dug in 1970 by the Koban people,...
By Carol Anne Eby on Saturday, April 9, 2016
Crosses rise over churches, orphanages, and rural medical clinics. Funds are sent to support an orphanage in war-torn Sri Lanka. A school is rebuilt after being destroyed in typhoon devastated Philippines. Wells are installed in 10 rural villages of earthquake-stricken Nepal. These are amazing results of compassionate caring and giving.  But what is more amazing is that the initiators of these projects are men incarcerated in a Canadian correctional institution who never go beyond their prison yard!Rev. William (Bud) Sargent was the pastor of the Innisfail Church of the Nazarene, which...
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 Gina Grate Pottenger on Monday, March 21, 2016
  On a recent Sunday morning, the congregation of First Church of the Nazarene, in Moscow, Idaho, U.S., was treated to an unusual service: a Skype video interview with Khalil and Randa Halaseh, pastor couple for the Al-ashrafieh Church of the Nazarene in Amman, Jordan. The live interaction with the couple, who live and work nearly 11,000 km (6,700 miles) and nine time zones away from Moscow, led to a deeper understanding of what the church only hears in the news regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. They also learned how Nazarenes in the Middle East are supporting the refugees...
By Keith Cox and Kelly Williams on Friday, March 18, 2016
 It was the end of Nall Avenue Church of the Nazarene's mission trip, and the team was in the city of Quito. During the evening group devotions, Dr. Lisa’s thoughts were thousands of miles away, back in Kansas City, U.S. She was thinking of her daughter and how she would like to be at her volleyball game tomorrow to cheer her on. Being home for her daughter’s big game seemed more important to her than the sightseeing the group was planning to do the following day. Dr. Lisa (photo left) had tried to arrange her return flight so she could make it,...
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...

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