Africa Region
Shebedino Zone holds first Holiness Conference

A full house excitedly gathered at the Centro de Adoración Norte (North Center of Adoration) on Sunday, September 20, to celebrate the official organization of this church located in the Sierra Centro District in Riobamba, Ecuador. Field Strategy Coordinator Dwight Rich and District Superintendent Mario Paredes presided over the ceremony.

The flood waters stirred up in Manila, Philippines, by Typhoon Ketsana on September 26 were still at their peak when Pastor Byunggi "Timothy" Kim and his wife Lydia decided they must help people from Faith Church of the Nazarene, in the Napindan community near Laguna Lake. The couple was concerned for members of the new church plant, whom they’d joined for Sunday afternoon prayer for almost two years.

All the families of Manaselka Reka but one live on welfare, and most barely survived last winter. For people in the mountain village in northwestern Bulgaria, survival is mostly hand-to-mouth and always a challenge.

As a new school year began across the Eurasia Region, faculty members of South Asia Nazarene Bible College (SANBC) gathered in Bangalore, India and Dhaka, Bangladesh, to work through the fourth in a series of Professional Development Seminars (PDS) for its theological educators. The seminars are held every three years to upgrade the teaching methods and curriculum of SANBC, and are a significant part of the college’s commitment to excellence.

In the wake of typhoons, earthquakes and a tsunami across the South Pacific at the end of September, Nazarenes throughout the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand are mobilizing to care for the victims in the Philippines, the Samoa islands and Indonesia.

Pastor Daniel Ekka is the radio director for World Mission Broadcast in Papua New Guinea. This is his story in his words.

Just days after a typhoon crossing the Philippines on Sept. 26 flooded more than 80 percent of Manila, killing up to 200 people and displacing half a million, a tsunami struck the islands of Samoa and American Samoa. The next day, Sept. 30, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia. The Philippines is bracing for another possible typhoon on Oct. 3.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) is working to reach NCM personnel in the affected areas to develop response strategies for assisting victims.

Typhoons

Lately, Nazarene pastor Gary Pierce, Jr. has been standing behind a different kind of pulpit. This pulpit is not made of wood or plexiglas, but rather slabs of concrete. As a part of the X-treme team led by Rick Willison, Gary spent August 31 – September 19 in Kenya.

Nota del Editor: Este artículo fue traducido por Noemí Fernández.

A medida que se acercaban al mostrador los cansados viajantes cargando pesados equipajes y llevando arrugados documentos de viaje, eran sorprendidos por personas que les saludaban en un idioma diferente. Mientras intentaban registrarse y obtener sus tarjetas de identificaciones. El proceso de registración se tornaba rápidamente confuso, frustrante, y divertido.

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