Will and Karis Stemen recently returned from an eight-month stint as on-site coordinators for the Swaziland Partnership. They shared about their clear call to go, the main mission performed and an interesting insight they gained as a result of their time in Africa.
 
A Clear Call

Part one of a three-part series based on the ideas presented by J. Matthew Price, Ph.D. in “A Theological Framework for Cross-cultural Teaching: Investigate, Inculturate, Incarnate” presented at the Wesleyan Theological Society in Anderson, IN on March 6, 2009.

True or false: If you can teach a Bible class in Freetown, MA, you can effectively teach the same material in Freetown, Sierra Leone. If you can fruitfully teach holiness in Paris, France, you will be equally successful in Paris, TX.

"Missions is nothing more than a budget to pay."

Ever hear someone say this to you? Perhaps you have thought this yourself; missions is about money. Missions, at least in the Church of the Nazarene, is about a budget to pay and, therefore, a burden to bear for many.

Ever think that? Many have, I am sure.

How sad.

It started with an e-mail.

“I am having some uncertain thoughts concerning [short-term mission trips] My mind goes back and forth as to the benefits of this type of lay missionary service.”

Hmmm…..

As I reflected upon the words typed on the screen my mind starting to re-consider other comments and concerns I have heard over the years regarding missions:

“Missions, especially short-term missions, is nothing more than a vacation with a purpose.”

“Missions is nothing more than a budget to pay.”

Three men leaned close together in a crowded bus on its way from Burundi’s capital city to Rwanda. As it bounced along a rutted road, its three passengers ignored the heat, the other passenger voices, and the jostling, examining a sheet of paper printed with an array of seemingly jumbled illustrations.

Talking and pointing at the drawings, the three men spent the hour-long ride memorizing the theological themes of the Gospel of Mark’s 16 chapters.

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By Joel Tooley on Jun 10, 2010

What started out as a group photo became a moment when God burdened the hearts of young people for the lost.

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Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College Opens Indianapolis Extension Center

Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College opens extension center in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. When Ray McCrary came to Indianapolis, Indiana, Southside Church of the Nazarene in 2012, he quickly realized the challenges of pastoring an aging white congregation in a community undergoing rapid social change.“If we were to continue ministering to the south side of Indianapolis, we had to become multicultural,” McCary said.

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