Puerto Maldonado, Peru -- There we stood, a group of Americans and Peruvians, hot and sweaty after a hike through the middle of the Amazon jungle, coming face to face with a group of men holding machetes.
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During the flurry of the holiday season, members of the Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene in Mount Sterling, Ohio, USA, gather once a week -- not to discuss their families' wish lists, but to strategize what kinds of gifts they will bring to the people of Jamaica during their annual 12-day mission trip.
“We wanted to reach our community,” said Kathy Robinson of the Highland Park Church of the Nazarene in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Using the JESUS Film as a community outreach tool, the church planned a fall event.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh––On the third night of camp, 85 young people from throughout Sri Lanka gathered around the campfire to dedicate themselves to living a “holy life in Christ and show our characters to others to follow Jesus.” Also, they said, “our life will be salt and light as a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”
November 4-6, staff at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, will move from their 40-year-old hospital to a brand new, seven-building medical complex just 100 feet away. The new hospital will have an additional 10,000 square feet, providing a total of 25,000 square feet of space. It will also house 136 beds, up from the 96 beds at the original location.
On October 10, missionary April Baggott found herself playing a fierce game of football (called soccer in the United States) in front of several thousand people in the Rwanda National Stadium in Kigali.
Along with women from seven different nations, Baggott represented international non-government organizations against a team of Rwandan women who work for the nation’s Parliament.
Gluai is married to Saranya and has a young son. About three years ago when I first met Gluai, he was wearing a bandage on his head due to a motorcycle accident. He had been driving while intoxicated and drove off the road and tumbled down the mountain.
Flames filled the pitch-black sky recently as a crowd watched a fire destroy the Ecole National de Desronville public school in Gonaives, Haiti. The news of the October 7 fire was just one more blow to a town still working to recover from the devastating hurricane season of 2008.
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