The Church is Praying

Throughout the Mesoamerica region NMI is mobilizing the church in prayer, inside and outside the church building, the place is not important. God is blessing His church through prayer! 

Seventy members from six different churches in the Veracruz Central Zone in the Mexico Gulf District gathered on Sept. 1 at the House of Prayer Mission for a special time of prayer.

They prayed for pastors and leaders in the zone, their district, the Mesoamerica Region, missionaries, Genesis Project participants, safety and their government. They also took time to anoint those who were ill.

The event happened as a result of an invitation from Nazarene Missions International (NMI) in the Veracruz Zone to the local churches to share a time of prayer and breakfast together. Since the space was small, they moved outside to an area that the locals call The Lakes, where they held the prayer meeting in the open air.

Each church brought an assigned dish. The full group closed the activity by eating together and sharing a time of fellowship.

“We thank God for the chance He gave us to hold this event that strengthened the bonds between brothers,” said Carlos G. Quijano, a Global NMI Council member who represents the Mesoamerica Region.

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This article was originally published at: Church of the Nazarene Mesoamerica

NMI Training

As a result of the changes in emphases in NMI in the Mesoamerica Region, regional leaders have held training events for NMI leadership in order to better develop the ministry. 

One of these events was on Sept. 1 at the Barrio Mexico Church of the Nazarene in Costa Rica. Costa Rica Central District NMI President Nelly Montero Jara organized the event along with the district NMI council. Regional NMI Coordinator Ana Maria Crocker presented the new information.

District Superintendent Rev. Sirlene Bustos attended along with pastors, missionaries, NMI presidents and local NMI council members. They were challenged to move forward with excellence in ministry and to make Christ-like disciples not only in their communities and country but also to the ends of the earth.   They were also encouraged to help with faith promises and the general vision of the region for the next few years.

“We praise God for a blessed time of challenge,” said Crocker.

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This article was originally published at: Church of the Nazarene Mesoamerica

Missionary Trip to Linden Zone

A sixteen-person team from the Guyana Demerara/Essequibo District, led by NMI President Augustus Andres and District Superintendent Rev. Dr. R. Alphonso Porter, traveled to the Linden Zone, Guyana, for a mission trip from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17. They sought to serve both the physical and spiritual needs in the area.

They had the opportunity to minister in all four churches on the Linden Zone at their Sunday morning service. They also attended evening services at Wismar, Lower Omai and Christianburg Churches of the Nazarene. “The services were well attended and God moved mightily,” observed Andrews. Many recommitted or gave their lives to Christ. The team was amazed to see the people traveling by boat, the only means of transportation, to attend the serve at the Lower Omai Church of the Nazarene. The team also had a chance to hold early-morning prayer meetings at three of the four churches. “(The prayer services) were very refreshing and God’s hand was at work in extraordinary ways,” wrote Andrews.

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Members of the team assisted in conducting Vacation Bible School at the Wismar and Christianburg Churches of the Nazarene. The children had a grand time “Discovering the Mystery of God’s Plan.” An average of 60 children attended the event at the Wismar Church of the Nazarene, and 14 children gave their lives to God. The VBS at the Christianburg Church of the Nazarene had an average attendance of 45 children daily. Four children gave their lives to Christ. In the evening service, 37 people recommitted their lives to God and 18 accepted Christ as their Savior.

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The team made house-to-house visits in Christianburg during which they prayed for people and invited them to the services. They also aided in repairing the bridge for one person they visited. The District Women’s Ministry President, Allison Porter, along with other members of the team attended the McKenzie Church of the Nazarene Women’s Ministry session on Tuesday evening. In addition, on Wednesday evening, another group from the team shared information a Mission’s Conference in Barbados.

The district focused on physical needs as well as spiritual ones, and so they distributed food baskets to 44 homes, painted the fence at the Wismar Church of the Nazarene, and poured the floor of a shed at the Christianburg Church of the Nazarene.

“The team was welcomed and their hard work well-appreciated by the churches on the Linden Zone. They are truly grateful to God for moving in miraculous ways as they availed themselves to be used by Him,” concluded Andrews.

This article was originally published at: Church of the Nazarene Mesoamerica

A Missionary Adventure

During May and June 2018, Nazarene Missions International (NMI) in the Mexico Gulf District held 4 “Missionary Adventure” events for children ages 4 to 14. More than 100 kids from 4 different areas of the district attended the camps, with the purpose of making them aware of the missionary work of the Church of the Nazarene around the world, and to help them discover their call to missions.

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The children “traveled” to South Africa, Japan, Palestine and the Dominican Republic, where they learned important facts about each of these countries. The district NMI president, Elizabeth Roa, along with NMI council members Judith Galindo and Rebeca Ramirez, were in charge of preparing this great adventure. Missionary Freya Galindo, who serves with regional initiatives Genesis and Global Mission in the Dominican Republic, also helped with the events. Freya visited churches in the Mexico Gulf District during these weeks as part of her home assignment.

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In addition to the Missionary Adventure events, NMI leaders from the different areas of the district, specifically those who work with children, received workshops on how to educate and involve children in missions, using teaching materials and other tools.

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Several kids expressed that they were feeling a call to missions during the activities. This event would not have been possible without the help of local churches that supported the event.

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We praise God because He continues to call children! They are also part of the Church!

This article was originally published at Church of the Nazarene Mesoamerica Region.

Fast Facts – Church of the Nazarene (2017)

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  • The Church of the Nazarene ministers in 162 world areas.*
  • In 2017, there were 685 missionaries originating from 59 world areas (including 225 long-term volunteers). Last year, 110 new missionaries were added. Within these missionary families, there are 379 missionary kids.*
  • 9,480 volunteers participated in Global Missions in 2017. In addition to the long-term volunteers, there were 314 short-term volunteers, and 9,166 Work & Witness team members.
  • Churches in global mission areas numbered 30,875 churches (increase of 0.98 percent) with 2.55 million members (increase of 3.19 percent from last year).*
  • 479 districts have been established around the world in 2017 with 28,719 clergy.*
  • 5 graduate seminaries, 30 undergraduate Bible/theological colleges, 14 liberal arts institutions, 2 nurses training colleges, and 1 teacher training college had a 2017 combined enrollment of 50,799 students globally.*
  • People were treated at community-based clinics and health care centers all over the world with concentrated efforts in India, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland.*
  • 221 retired missionaries received pensions.*
  • NMI membership was approximately 1 million, and the number of organized local NMIs have risen by 2.33 percent to 17,293.
  • NMI and JESUS Film Harvest Partners, through WEF, helped provide infrastructure for 608 Nazarene JESUS Film teams to share God’s love. In 2016–2017, the teams reported 2.67 million evangelistic contacts. Of these contacts, 638,319 (24 percent of contacts) indicated decisions for Christ with 379,669 (59 percent of decisions) initial discipleship follow-ups. The teams started 7,544 preaching points in 2017.
  • NMI partnered with pastors, church boards, Global Missions, and Stewardship to help churches raise US $37.44 million through the World Evangelism Fund during the 2017 fiscal year (FY).*
  • Churches globally gave US $30.86 million for Approved Mission Specials (up 17 percent from FY 2016).
  • In 2017, 110 districts gave 5.5 percent of their income and beyond to the World Evangelism Fund (up 21 districts). WEF giving beyond 5.5 percent invests in new works in all world areas, including the USA and Canada.
  • Missionary Health Care provided approximately US $472,769 in medical assistance for Nazarene missionaries (up 6.76 percent from FY 2016).
  • NMI partnered with World Mission Broadcast (WMB), giving approximately US $367,327 to provide radio, television, and Internet programs to share the gospel globally.
  • Nazarenes gave US $3.7 million in deputation offerings for missionaries, up 15.9 percent from FY 2016.
  • NMI generated approximately US $253,347 through Links (up 4.94 percent), a vital personalized connection between local churches, districts, and missionaries around the world.
  • Nazarenes gave US $2.46 million for Alabaster (up 0.24 percent) to fund construction projects in 2017. In 2016–2017, Alabaster funds were released for 216 projects for the Church of the Nazarene in all six regions around the world. The Alabaster Offering is used in all six global regions. No Alabaster funds are used for administrative costs.
  • International Student Scholarship Fund (NMI 80th Anniversary project) provided 89 scholarships for students to attend Nazarene theological institutions globally.
  • NMI partnered with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to give more than US $9.28 million for disaster response and compassion projects around the world and to support approximately 12,000 children through Child Development Centers and Pastor’s Kid programs. Churches sent 52,320 Crisis Care Kits and 9,700 School Pal-Paks.
  • NMI assisted Work & Witness in raising approximately US $1.66 million to deploy 647 teams, an average of 12 teams per week. 9,166 people participated in Work & Witness in 2017, donating the equivalent of 329 years of labor.
  • Nazarene churches around the world operated 1,439 pre-school, primary, and secondary schools with a total enrollment of 166,231 students.

* Supported either directly or indirectly by World Evangelism Fund (WEF).

Denominational statistics for 2017

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