It was 1:30 in the morning. A woman had come to the hospital in early labor. Under heavy anesthesia, she lay on the hospital table, her abdomen surgically opened as the surgery team began the C-section delivery of her baby.
That’s when the lights went out.
In the darkness, the nurses groped for flashlights and head lamps. Someone tried to turn on the back-up generator. Without electricity the phones didn’t work, so staff could not call for help.
Editor’s note: David del Angel of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, spent the past two years as a volunteer missionary in Spain. He was in the experimental first wave of volunteer missionaries from the South America (SAM) and Mexico and Central America (MAC) regions, sent to Spain through Project Caleb. In total, eight missionaries were selected to help advance the church in Western Europe.
The song service at Nairobi Central church, in Kenya, had just begun as the French-speaking congregation finished Sunday school and joined the English congregation in the large sunlit sanctuary. The congregants represent many countries across East and Central Africa. Some are drawn to Nairobi for economic reasons and others for education through Africa Nazarene University (ANU). Expectation filled the room.
When Pastor Rubens Rodrigues was recently given the opportunity of free television airtime, he jumped at the chance. With no knowledge or training in television production, Rodrigues, field strategy coordinator for the North Brazil Field, produced two very different programs to reach out to the cities, towns and villages spread across northern and northeast Brazil. Transmitted on open air frequencies, these Portuguese-language programs reach out to the rooftop antennas on many homes.
In Romania, the Church of the Nazarene has work in the capital city of Bucharest, as well as the Transylvania region, in the city of Sighişoara and the village of Ţigmandru. Take a closer look at what Nazarenes are doing here.
The Church in Ţigmandru
A new Brazil communications center is providing a huge step forward for the communications ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. Assisting and providing support to the denomination in Brazil, the center is a partnership between World Mission Broadcast (WMB) and Brazil Nazarene College (BNC). This center will make possible the training of students and future leaders in the area of social communication and mass media, as well as provide a laboratory for hands-on learning.
Sudden illness stole everything from Mansueto Tampayan, a family man, father of three and hard-working farmer from T'boli, South Cotabato, Philippines. Complications from acute diabetes rendered him helpless and dependent on others.
Bus after bus pulled into the Zamacola Church of the Nazarene parking lot Sunday morning, Aug. 16. Adults and kids streamed from the vehicles, filling the church that normally sees 40 attendants in its pews.
Imagine that your 6-month-old, 8-pound infant is dying of kidney failure. You live alone at the hospital because your husband is at works hours away, trying desperately to pay the baby’s medical bills. You’ve been at the hospital for over a month, and you spend every night on the cold, hard floor.