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York Nazarene killed in “freak accident”
Aubrey Veira, Credo’s husband of 60 years, could only pull over, stumble out of the car, and break into tears. He knew.
Veira was a native of Trinidad where she first became a member of the
Vance River Church of the Nazarene. After migrating to the United States,
Veira joined the Brooklyn Beulah Church of the Nazarene congregation where
she was an active member for many years. When the NewStart Brooklyn Victory
church was formed, Veira became a charter member.
Veira will be eulogized at the Brooklyn Beulah church on Sunday, February
University leaders developing new student diversity recruiting strategies
The summit, convened by Mission Strategy director Oliver R. Phillips and endorsed by International Board of Education (IBOE) commissioner Jerry Lambert, was the first of its kind to study these concerns. Both President David McClung of Eastern Nazarene College and President Bob Brower of Point Loma Nazarene University declared their respective institutions were proud of the aggressive and intentional initiatives being undertaken. Brower stated, “I believe this is a priority that has slipped from us in recent years, and the time has come for us to be intentional.”
Brian Parker of Olivet Nazarene University proclaimed, “we must make student diversity an institutional priority and we must challenge ourselves to do a better job.” Nazarene Theological Seminary President Ron Benefiel called for the group to reflect on the foundational and historical reasons for which Nazarene institutions were begun in the first place. He exegeted the assumption that Nazarene institutions evolved from a mandate to provide quality theological education for Nazarenes who couldn’t otherwise access such opportunities.
The summit concluded with the development of 10 recommendations to IBOE, which will be presented to the board during the upcoming General Board meetings.
setting sites on Liberia’s war-torn capital
Many have come to assist Monrovia
in the process of re-building. Roadblocks, peacekeepers, and swarms of
white four-by-fours representing a myriad of non-government organizations
testify to helping hands. Outside the city are dozens of camps, some of
which have tens of thousands of displaced persons living in tiny plastic-covered
mud huts. Here, people wait for the next food distribution, the doctor
to make his rounds, and for the water truck to come. Their houses are
looted and burned, the fields are empty, the animals are gone, and everything
of value has disappeared.
The Church of the Nazarene has 70 churches with nearly 2000 members scattered across the Liberian countryside. The war has affected every church and every family in one way or another. According to the Schuberts, “The Church is still vibrant, rejoicing in God’s faithfulness and eager to learn more in order to share this faith with others. Hope has put the sparkle back into the lives and the faces of the people!”
Nazarene Disaster Response Africa (NDRA) is endeavoring to keep that hope burning. There are plans to assist the displaced persons as they return to their home areas. NDRA is preparing to distribute seeds and tools, household kits, food, and used clothing. Funding is also being sought for the construction of wells to provide pure water, as well as materials for the reconstruction of homes.
Prayer that NDRA will be able to meet the enormous needs and to keep the hope burning in the hearts of the people in Liberia is requested.
view more photos, click on the following link: http://www.ncnnews.org/liberia_2_20_04.html.
For more information on the Africa Region, please visit www.africanazarene.org.
blaze sets the heart of young people on fire with compassion
In response, a team composed of young people, including young pastors, was organized and mobilized to distribute relief supplies, provide meals, organize games, direct a children’s fellowship, and do a gospel film showing with the help of the district JESUS Film Team. With the resources gathered by the team from the district’s local churches, the district NYI fund and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM), the team was able to reach out to 120 families and feed 200 children. More than 300 viewers attended a film showing in one of the affected blocks. The one-day ministry was held in coordination with the Center for Community Transformation, an Evangelical Non-Government Organization (NGO) working in the community for several years.
The fire at BASECO, though heartbreaking, has opened up the hearts and minds of the team members. The slum colony had been a maze of narrow alleys and wooden bridges jutting out from Manila Bay. The fire reduced it to an ugly blackened marsh of rubble, twisted tin, and charred support posts. One of the team members said, “This was my first time to do this kind of ministry. When we arrived at the site the horrible smell made me sick. I wanted to go home right away. But, when I saw the misery in the eyes of the people, the Lord reminded me of the passage in the Bible where Jesus saw the multitudes and was moved with compassion because they were harassed and helpless. I realized that the Lord sent me here to be His worker.”
The Southern Tagalog District NYI is planning to go back to BASECO and is encouraging other districts and churches to join them. There is no evangelical church in the 30 square block area where the 20,000 families live. Prayer is requested for the Southern Tagalog District NYI, that they can be the hands and feet of Jesus to show compassion to those who are suffering.
interested in partnering with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to help
respond to those
For more information on the Asia-Pacific Region, please visit www.nazareneworldmission.org.
For information on the Caribbean Region, visit www.caribnaz.org.
Nazarene now sings for the God who changed his life
Ramon, who was formerly known as Ayman Kafrouny, sang to thousands of adoring crowds throughout the Arab world in theaters and on television. Kafrouny now sings for the God who changed his life. He is in demand for guest appearances in Europe, the United States, and throughout the world to Arabic speaking congregations. His testimony is a poignant reminder of the emptiness of a life without God and in each moment he lifts up the One who "brought him from death to life, and from darkness to the glorious light of the Living Christ."
recently began serving as the Director of Arabic Broadcast and Communications
Ministry for the Church of the Nazarene’s Eastern Mediterranean
Field. This will expand on the Arabic Radio program "The Voice of
the Nazarene," which has been aired over Trans World Radio (TWR)
for the past 13 years. Jacob Ammari was the pioneer in Arabic Radio Ministry
for the Church of the Nazarene and the program has been one of the most
popular programs broadcast over TWR. The new ministry will expand on the
current programming to include the use of the Internet, as well as the
possibility of a television program.
For more information on the Eurasia Region, please visit www.nazareneworldmission.org.
For more information on the MAC Region, please visit www.nazmac.org.
NMI Council affirms plans for 90th anniversary project
President Eunice Brubaker chaired the council through a full agenda of reports and business, which included:
Members attending were Eunice Brubaker, general president; Louie E. Bustle, World Mission Department director; Esther Ribisi, Africa; Jung Kyung-sook, Asia-Pacific; Margaret Rossiter, Canada; Margaret Eversley, Caribbean; Carol Techau, Central USA; Sue Fox, East Central USA; Geraldine Perry, Eastern USA; Philip Weatherill, Eurasia; Ana Maria Crocker de Diaz, Mexico/Central America; Susan Dillow, North Central USA; Mary Winkle, Northwest USA; Marleny Palma de Medina, South America; Jane Bowers, South Central USA; Nina Fuller, Southeast USA; and John Wilcox, Southwest USA.
“I’m very pleased
with the dynamic ways the NMI promotes worldwide missions,” Gunter
said. “What a joy to work with the members of the General NMI Council.
These dedicated individuals certainly demonstrate their commitment to
the Great Commission and take seriously the call to all nations.”
Ministries reports aggressive training effort
The conference trained and certified Master Teachers who will in turn train Pastor Teachers beginning with the PALCON meetings this summer. The goal of the Master Teachers Plan is to deliver the Modular Course of Study at the district level in order to recruit and expand the number of Hispanic pastors in the Church of the Nazarene. According to Luis Quinonez, Hispanic coordinator on the Kansas district, “It’s a new day for training Hispanics for ministry in the Church of the Nazarene.” Agreeing with this sentiment, Obed Santiesteban of the Hialeah, Florida Good Shepherd church said, “This will help us recruit new ministerial students and train them for ministry in the Church of the Nazarene.”
view a photo gallery of the event, click on the following link: http://www.ncnnews.org/hm_2_20_04.html
Prime Time challenge for NTS students
Keefer challenged students to embrace the concept of a model of ministry that encourages Prime Time adults to “add life to years and not just years to life.” He continued by asking them to emphasize the positive gift of longevity calling for lives of significance and passion. He further stated that, “we need to refute the old paradigm that senior adults are unresponsive to the Gospel by asking what church can do to evangelize ‘prime timers.’” Keefer asserted that these people are still needed to productively work for the Kingdom of God.
Leona and Richard Bergstrom, co-founders of ChurchHealth, a ministry devoted to assisting churches in developing effective older adult ministries, published a book entitled, Amazing Grays. The subtitle of the book is, “Unleashing the Power of Age in Your Congregation.” Keefer challenged the group to go out into their future pastoral assignments ready to unleash the power of age into their congregations.
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