Amman, Jordan––Maria* and her family stayed in Baghdad as long as they could after the United States declared war on Iraq in 2003. It’s not that things had always been easy––as Christians, there was always a measure of tension with Muslim neighbors. But her husband owned a successful window installation shop in the city, her pre-school-age son Rani* enjoyed PlayStation at home, and her 11-year-old daughter Samiya* loved grade school. Maria had lived in Iraq since she was born, family was nearby, and 35 years had made it home.

Nota del editor:  Ana María Delgado Rafael es originaria de Jaén – Cajamarca – Perú.  Está en este Proyecto 40/40 Extreme desde su lanzamiento.  Es docente de educación primaria y aceptó al Señor cuando tenía 11 años de edad.  Dios la ha llamado a ser misionera y ha aceptado el desafío de servir voluntariamente en esta gran tarea de plantar iglesias en Perú.


Engage:  ¿Qué trabajo  realizaba antes de unirse al Proyecto Extreme en Perú?

 Editor’s note: Olivia Meyer, 23 of Eugene, Oregon,

“My heartbeat is the worldwide mission of the Church,” writes Greg Nash, the Children’s Pastor at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene in Tennessee, USA. “I am always trying to find ways to help my children love it just as much as I do!”

Greg Nash has been Gallatin Church of the Nazarene Children's Pastor since the summer of 2007. An ordained elder, Greg is responsible for the Christian education of children in the church from birth through sixth grade.

 Africa Region
300 attend Africa Regional Leadership Conference in Nairobi
Three hundred Nazarene leaders from across the seven fields of Africa came together to hear from Nazarene leadership and from their Lord at the recent Africa Regional Leadership Conference held at Africa Nazarene University (ANU) in Nairobi, Kenya, from April 19-24. Read more.

Asia-Pacific Region

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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