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By Kaitlyn Williams on Friday, February 17, 2017
Karli* first became a Christian at the age of 16, when her dad was in the military in Tennessee. At the age of 18, she moved to Hawaii and, as she drifted away from God, took a job dancing, which led her into prostitution for the next 20 years. But God had not drifted away from Karli. Through the committed outreach of a local Nazarene church in the island of Oahu, God’s grace and persistence led Karli back to Him, something Karli is now eager to share with others. On the Pacific island of Oahu, part of seven inhabited islands that make up the U.S. state of Hawaii, a church of about...
By Joy Forney on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
La Asociación Película de JESÚS (APJ) es un ministerio para la edificación del Reino, dedicado al evangelismo mundial a través de la película JESÚS y de otras herramientas utilizadas por equipos de individuos locales para el evangelismo, el discipulado y la plantación de iglesias.Este año, el ministerio celebra su 20o aniversario. La revista ENGAGE se reunió con el director ejecutivo de la APJ, Brian*, para reflexionar acerca de lo que Dios ha hecho durante el correr de las últimas dos décadas y para vislumbrar lo que ha de venir. Lea parte de esta entrevista aquí.ENGAGE: Hablemos acerca del...
By Joy Forney on Monday, January 30, 2017
Este año, el ministerio celebra su 20o aniversario. La revista ENGAGE se reunió con el director ejecutivo de la APJ, Brian*, para reflexionar acerca de lo que Dios ha hecho durante el correr de las últimas dos décadas y para vislumbrar lo que ha de venir.  ENGAGE: Brian, tú has hestado con la APJ desde el principio. ¿Podrías tomar un momento para contarnos tu historia junto a la organización? BRIAN: Mi historia comenzó cuando un grupo de laicos, quienes se encontraban trabajando para el ministerio Cruzada Estudiantil para Cristo, de la APJ, se acercaron a la Iglesia del Nazareno...
By Joy Forney on Friday, January 27, 2017
JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP) is a Kingdom-building ministry devoted to world evangelism through the JESUS film and other tools used by teams of local people for evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. The ministry is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. ENGAGE caught up with JFHP Executive Director Brian* to spend some time reflecting on what God has done across the past two decades and to look ahead at what is to come. Read part one of this interview here. ENGAGE: Let’s talk about the future of JFHP. Going forward, what new strategies or goals is JFHP exploring...
By Joy Forney on Thursday, January 26, 2017
JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP) is a Kingdom-building ministry devoted to world evangelism through the JESUS film and other tools used by teams of local people for evangelism, discipleship and church planting. The ministry is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. ENGAGE caught up with JFHP Executive Director Brian* to spend some time reflecting on what God has done across the past two decades and to look ahead at what is to come.  ENGAGE: Brian, you have been with JFHP since the beginning. Could you take some time to tell us about your history with the organization? ...
By Carol Anne Eby on Tuesday, January 24, 2017
With tears in his eye, Pastor Felix, an immigrant from Africa, said, “I never thought I would be able to earn a bachelor’s degree. You are making this dream possible.”Pastor Felix is among a group of pastors who are seeing their dream of theological education come true, thanks to a new partnership to bring bachelor's and master's degrees in theology to Nazarenes in New Zealand.Over 30 years ago, Neville Bartle, district superintendent of New Zealand, who was then a missionary in Papua New Guinea, wrote in his master’s thesis about the church in New Zealand’s need for a means of educating...
By Kaitlyn Williams on Friday, February 3, 2017
At just about 100 years old – the point when many aging churches end their natural life cycle by closing their doors – Bakersfield Church of the Nazarene, in California, is drawing in a new generation of teenagers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Donabel Martin is the outreach and young adult pastor, as well as an interim youth pastor. She and her lead pastors and the congregation have tried to create a foundation for the church based on the concept of being good neighbors. Bakersfield First, which has an average attendance of about 200, has developed both long-term programs and short...
By Amy Crofford and Wambui Mwangi on Thursday, January 12, 2017
God has given all of us gifts, strengths. We are unique. Working in our areas of strength often leads to greater fulfilment and satisfaction, as well as effectiveness.It was based on this premise that Dr. Daryl Johnson, a trainer with Nazarene Strengths Institute (NSI), brought Strengths training to Africa Nazarene University last fall at the invitation Prof. Rod Reed, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academics, and other local leaders. Through the generosity of an international donor, all full-time university faculty and staff were able to take the online test to discover their top five strengths...
By Richard Gammill on Friday, December 23, 2016
A white van pulled into a motel parking lot near downtown Ashland, Kentucky. The doors opened and six people got out and looked around at 100 doors facing the courtyard. They separated into pairs and began knocking on doors.“Hi, we are from Intersection Church a few blocks away. We are here to meet you and see if there is any way we might be of help to you.”At one door, Robert looked at his callers with amazement. “I can’t believe this. Last night my girlfriend and I prayed that God would send us someone to help us get back to Him. Just now, we were sitting on my bed praying again—and here...
By Carol Anne Eby on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
A tourist paradise of sparkling water and incredible beaches, roaring waterfalls and memorable sunrises also has a darker side hidden from the average tourist’s eyes. But God sees what others may miss: homeless people who sleep on the beach, feel hunger and pain, and despair brought about by addiction.The name of the town, Pukalani, a Hawaiian word, means "window of heaven.” A loving God sees this town, and has put compassion into the hearts of the congregation of the Pukalani Community Church of the Nazarene to bring hope and to reclaim these who are lost in “paradise.”In the past year a...

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