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By Kindra Bible on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Most people when they think of missionary life they think of the exciting stories that missionaries share in their presentations, the stories of the lives changed and the miracles that happen.  These are the exciting days.  But for every exciting day, there are many, many ordinary days.  The days where you get up and you go about your work.  You come home enjoy your evening, and you go to bed.  Some of these days may even be filled with frustrations and disappointments. These days are not glamorous. These days wouldn't make for a very good presentation, and you...
By Caleb Freideman on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Read this in English. ¿Cómo podemos crear una experiencia misional para nuestra juventud de manera que no sea una carga financiera? Ésta es la pregunta que mi hermano Elijah y yo nos preguntábamos mientras hablábamos por teléfono tres años atrás. Yo estaba en mi último año de universidad, a punto de regresar a mi pueblo natal de Jackson, Mississippi, en los Estados Unidos, para servir como pastor de jóvenes en mi iglesia, DaySpring Community Church. Elijah estaba en su último año de secundaria, y era parte del equipo de liderazgo juvenil de DaySpring. Estábamos ideando oportunidades...
By Caleb Friedeman on Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Leer esto en Español. How can we create a missional experience for youth that is not a financial burden? That’s the question my brother Elijah and I were pondering over the phone three years ago. I was a senior in college, about to return to my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, U.S., to serve as youth pastor at my home church, DaySpring Community Church. Elijah was a senior in high school and a member of DaySpring’s youth leadership team. We were brainstorming summer missions opportunities for the youth group. Two years before, DaySpring’s youth had taken a mission trip to New York...
By Engage magazine on Monday, April 7, 2014
Jim and Kathy Radcliffe are missionaries in Papua New Guinea, where they have served since 1985 at the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital. Jim is a doctor and surgeon, while Kathy fills various support roles with children, women, volunteers and hospital staff. They have six children: Ben, 33; Rebekah, 30; Timothy, 26; Priscilla, 21; Josiah, 17; Lydia, 15. Engage: How did you first recognize God’s call to be involved in missions?  Radcliffes: Jim at senior high youth camp during a missionary presentation and Kathy at her church teen retreat. In addition to this we had both felt...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Thursday, February 27, 2014
“Lleva mucho más tiempo del que te imaginas.” Éste es el mantra de Rondy Smith cuando habla acerca de lo que conlleva el desarrollo de un refugio para víctimas del tráfico sexual. Smith comenzó a realizar el trabajo inicial para el ministerio Rest Stop (parada de descanso) en 2011. Se trata de un centro de rehabilitación y refugio sin fines de lucro, el cual se espera que abra sus puertas en Nashville, Tennessee, Estados Unidos, en 2015. Estará estrechamente vinculado con la Iglesia del Nazareno de Hermitage, donde Smith pastorea desde hace mucho tiempo. El proceso de...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
“It takes longer than you think.” That is the mantra of Rondy Smith when she talks about what it takes to develop a shelter for sex trafficking victims. Smith began in 2011 to lay the groundwork for Rest Stop Ministries, a nonprofit rehabilitation center and shelter that is expected to open in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. in 2015. It will be closely tied to Hermitage Church of the Nazarene where Smith is a long-time pastor. The carefully-executed four-year process of establishing the shelter will help to ensure it is adequately equipped to care for the special emotional, physical...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Monday, March 10, 2014
 Your giving to World Evangelism Fund (WEF) helps the Church of the Nazarene to enter new world areas with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. The nation of Moldova is one example. Prior to 2010, the denomination had no presence in this former Soviet nation. In Moldova, alcoholism and addiction are widespread problems. Nazarene leaders wanted to send missionaries to begin a new work in Moldova. They sent Sergei and Irina Talalay, Russian Nazarenes who had received a call to ministry. Sergei was a former alcoholic who had found freedom through Nazarene addiction...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Thursday, February 13, 2014
Quizás usted esté familiarizado con el siguiente dicho: “La mano derecha no sabe lo que hace la mano izquierda". Considerando la analogía bíblica de la iglesia en relación con el cuerpo humano, ésta describe adecuadamente la situación de la denominación nazarena hasta el día de hoy en lo referente al área del tráfico de seres humanos, también conocido como esclavitud mundial. Mientras que diferentes iglesias locales han iniciado en manera esporádica diferentes ministerios individuales dentro del área de la esclavitud moderna, la iglesia en general no tiene conocimiento acerca de...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
You know that saying, “The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing”? Considering the biblical analogy of the Church to the human body, that might adequately describe where the Nazarene denomination has been until now in the area of human trafficking, or global slavery. While scattered local churches have begun individual ministries in the area of modern slavery, the general church may not be aware of them. That’s why a handful of people with a concern on the issue are beginning to talk about developing a denomination-wide approach to joining the growing abolition...
By Dave Hane on Monday, February 10, 2014
We were huddled in a shelter that served as the temporary parsonage with co-pastor Mrs. Ofilanda.  Just outside the door was a bare concrete slab where the Salcedo Church of the Nazarene had once stood.   The splintered wood and twisted roofing from the destroyed church was piled on another concrete slab where the parsonage had once stood.  Both had been destroyed in the mid-morning hours of November 8 as the 195 mph winds and 7 – 10 foot storm surges of Super Typhoon Haiyan obliterated coastal villages in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines.  Over 6,200 people...

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