The island nation of Jamaica sets aside one day a year for the purpose of serving communities. On the National Labour Day, May 23, Jamaicans are encouraged to put aside any spirit of divisiveness as they participate side by side in local community projects and selected national projects — everything from planting trees to painting or refurbishing hospitals, schools, clinics and homes for the aging.

OLATHE, KANSAS—When the timer started, the five teams of five people opened envelopes and dumped out their contents. On the table tops lay paper clips, colored construction paper, scissors, post-it notes, tape and other random office supplies. The teams were instructed to work together to build a church.

The catch? They weren’t allowed to talk or even make hand gestures to communicate.

As the clock ticked away silent seconds, the paper churches rapidly took shape.

 

At 7 years old, Jennifer Brown left her family and home in Jamaica to live with her aunt in England.

It was the 1960s, and some of the Caucasian students called Brown and their other classmates of color by racial epithets. Brown had had enough, one day, when a little girl with waist-length hair teased her again. Brown grabbed the girl’s hair and yanked her to the floor.

Notas del Editor:  El Distrito de Sierra Norte en Quito, Ecuador, ha organizado, con una asistencia de 20 personas a los cultos de adoración,  la Primer Iglesia del Nazareno Coreana.  El Pastor Kan Joon Young dirige la congregación,  predica a través de Internet desde Seúl, Korea, y estudia en la Universidad Nazarena en ese país.

Editor's note: The Sierra Norte District in Quito, Ecuador, organized the South America (SAM) Region's first Korean Church of the Nazarene in February with about 20 attending the worship services. The congregation's pastor, Pastor Kan Joon Young, leads the congregation through Internet preaching from Seoúl, Korea, where he is a student at Korea Nazarene University. Engage takes a look at this fully self-supported church through the following interview with Rev. Hernan Puga, district superintendent in Quito, Rev. Kan Joon Young and several church members.

Engage magazine made its debut to our global church family in the exhibit hall at the 2009 General Assembly and Conventions in Orlando, Florida, USA, June 24-29.  Hundreds of you stopped by to introduce yourselves, check out the new magazine on the computers, sign up to be contributors or to get the Engage electronic newsletter.

Lots of you also stood in line to get your personalized reporter's "press pass" -- something fun to remember your visit and to remind you that you have a mission story to tell, and Engage is one place you can tell it.

Joshua and Robyn Allen, new intern missionaries on the Eurasia Region, were recently assigned to the Commonwealth of Independent States* Field (formerly the Soviet Union). They shared with Holiness Today their first impressions as they have adapted to their new assignment and culture in Kiev, Ukraine, where they are focusing on language study.

Entry #1: It's time to go!

Pastor Sean McNabb leads Orlando Colonial Church of the Nazarene, a congregation of about 50 regular attenders in the Central Florida District. The church hosted a football camp for neighborhood children in mid-June to test out the GOL 2010 global football evangelism emphasis before it officially kicks off at the General Assembly and Conventions in Orlando this summer.

The Dios Es Nuestra Fortaleza (God Is Our Strength) Church of the Nazarene in the Buenos Aires suburb of Adolfo Sourdeaux recently celebrated its second anniversary. Weeks ago, the church began a new ministry on Radio Universal 107.1 FM, which also transmits via Internet from www.radiouniversal.com.ar.

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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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