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By Howard Culbertson on Apr 11 2016

Missionaries, like Jesus, can do things intentionally so that daily activities contribute to purposefully following a pattern that fulfills the call of God on their lives.

By Brandon Sipes on Mar 30 2016

Hassan's family pooled all their money to send him ahead to Europe in hope that they will be able to join him after he establishes a new, safer life. At 18, if he cannot succeed, his family will very likely die.

By Howard Culbertson on Mar 16 2016

In this day of instant communication, airplane travel, and Google Translate, rookie missionaries can be tempted to try short cuts around language learning and cultural acquisition. But Jesus didn't take short cuts when He lived among us.

By Howard Culbertson on Mar 2 2016

The merciful, forgiving side of Jesus did not turn into a co-dependency with sinners who remained entrapped. Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness were transformative.

By Howard Culbertson on Feb 11 2016

Not long after Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, He called 12 men as His “disciples.” Choosing them was an intentional, strategic move on Jesus’ part.

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We are passionate about making a difference in the world by taking the good news of Jesus Christ to people everywhere. Today there are missionaries and volunteers serving around the world. In this section we will share stories about Nazarenes engaged in changing the lives of people and starting new churches worldwide.

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By Howard Culbertson on Apr 11 2016
Jesus went about His three years of earthly ministry in intentional and proactive ways. He did not wait for life’s interruptions to dictate His direction, pace or overriding priorities. Jesus models...
By Brandon Sipes on Mar 30 2016
I recently went to Slavonski Brod, Croatia, and then to Sid, Serbia, where our church is working at transit stations for refugees. My friend Jon, who works as a videographer, and I were there to...
By Howard Culbertson on Mar 16 2016
In the opening words of his gospel, the Apostle John declared that Jesus the Messiah had lived “among us.” The Message colorfully renders John 1:14 as “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into...
By Howard Culbertson on Mar 2 2016
“Judge” is among the titles or roles ascribed to Jesus. Matthew 25, Acts 10 and 17 and 2 Corinthians 5 all call Jesus our judge. That being said, the most common image for Jesus which pops into...
By Howard Culbertson on Feb 11 2016
Not long after Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River (photo left), He called 12 as His “disciples.” Those chosen were not going to be simply followers or “groupies.” Choosing them was an intentional,...

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Kathy Slamp on [field_publish_date]
Like countless others, years ago my husband, Dave, and I set out on our life journey. We were young then, and full of enthusiasm for God’s kingdom, our world, and each other.  We met on a Nazarene college campus, and that meeting has taken us now through a lifetime of Christian service. It’s been a journey to say the least—some seasons filled with excitement and fulfillment, and other seasons of disappointment. Yet through it all, our hands have been in His, and His ways we’d not change if even we could.Ultimately, we came face to face with that unwritten deadline called retirement...
Michele Andrews on [field_publish_date]
Michele Andrews (photo, far left), an attendee at Faith Community Church of the Nazarene, in St. John's, Florida, U.S., went on her first Work & Witness trip to the Dominican Republic with the church's team in August. They went to build a sanctuary for the Ansonia Iglesia del Nazarene. Michele learned that God also had another purpose for her.Work & Witness had been a huge part of my life for nearly 15 years but not like you would think. I never went on a trip; rather, it was my husband and my daughter who served. Not only had I never been on a trip, I never had any desire to go, not...
Lexie Barbee on [field_publish_date]
The barriers that prevent cultures from engaging together can sometimes feel overwhelming and indestructible. On Sunday, July 15, 2012, driven by the Holy Spirit, those barriers were broken among four churches in Nairobi, Kenya.The Mission Immersion group divided into teams to visit four different local Nazarene churches. The students embraced the many anxious feelings swelling within as they were directed by missionary Tammy Condon to "enter their church and sit with a new person. Try to get to know them." Although we were unaware, God had some awe-inspiring experiences in store.If you've...
Jordan Price on [field_publish_date]
Nairobi, Kenya -- Everyone has their own definition of compassion. To some it may be donation, providing assistance, or even just helping to help. Although these are all aspects of compassion at one point or another, we are here at Mission Immersion learning the true meaning of compassion.On July 12, our group of 42 high school students went out in small groups to serve our fellow neighbors.I started off the day by talking to Raegan Zelaya, a 16-year-old from Indiana, about what she hoped the day would bring. She was excited to interact with the kids. As I looked around at the eager Mission...
Blair Foster and Daniel Edie on [field_publish_date]
The 42 members of our 2012 Mission Immersion team to Kenya, dispersed into the community around Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi once again Saturday, July 14, to serve the people. The students divided into four teams and went out to tackle much needed construction projects in the nearby areas of Rongai, Kware, Kawangware and at the Central Church of the Nazarene in Nairobi.Students from Rongai were partnered with a member of the youth from the local church and painted their youth room while interacting with each other and making new friends. Sydney Wiseman was most excited about the food...
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Nairobi, Kenya -- During Mission Immersion 2012, a topic often revisited was culture shock.  The participants learned about the six stages of culture shock. The first stage involves wanting to experience the culture through the five senses. The second stage is fascination with the culture.  Acknowledgement of the culture shock and frustration with the culture are included in the third stage. Stages four through six are comprised of adapting and integration. The participating students experienced the first, second and – for some – the third stages of culture shock in...
Elizabeth Elliott on [field_publish_date]
Nairobi, Kenya – "God is calling you!”These were the opening words of the final worship service for the 42 high school students who participated in Mission Immersion 2012. "It is tough. But the tougher it is, there are more blessings from God,” continued Professor Leah T. Marangu, vice-chancellor of Africa Nazarene University, which hosted the two-week mission simulation trip. Though no one knew it, her words foreshadowed the students' upcoming adventures as they attempted to travel to their homes in four nations: United States, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa. ...
Daniel Edie on [field_publish_date]
Education is an important step in the process of preparing for service. We’re called to do everything for the glory of God and that includes preparing ourselves to be the best tools for His kingdom we can. Paul, after his conversion, spent three years learning and studying. Being prepared both with spiritual knowledge and physical knowledge is vital for effective ministry.A missionary will want to equip himself or herself with not only spiritual knowledge, but cultural and worldly knowledge, as well, so as to relate effectively with others.Education not only prepares the missionary for the...
Abbie Allen on [field_publish_date]
Nairobi, Kenya -- If any of us came to Kenya expecting to find out that the missionary’s life is always glamorous and adventuresome, the first task on our plate revealed the truth.It had seemed so simple at first. On July 16, the first day of our Mission Immersion trip, our group of 42 high school students formed small teams to experience a simulation of how missionaries must navigate the many demands on their time. We were given a list of required ministry tasks and events and were told to balance them throughout a 30-day calendar alongside personal time with God and family.  It...
Lexie Barbee on [field_publish_date]
Nairobi, Kenya – As Morgan Bundenthal said goodbye to her seatmate on the flight from Sparta, Michigan, to Washington, D.C., the self-identifying atheist said she was probably the nicest Christian he had ever met and wished her luck on her mission trip in Kenya.The encounter was one of several that marked the first day of travels for 42 high school students who flew to Nairobi during the first week of July to be part of Nazarene Mission International’s Mission Immersion 2012.We hailed from diverse backgrounds -- America, Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands – but we shared the common...