2018 EASTER OFFERING -- April 1
FEBRUARY IS ALABASTER OFFERING MONTH
Alabaster offerings are taken around the world in the Church of the Nazarene. 100% of the offering goes to support building projects on the mission field. Frequently, they are used for property acquisition upon which churches, training centers and parsonages will be built. Here are some resources and interesting alabaster stories.
January - Too cold to go outside Stay in and read a missionary book!
Here are the 4 adult missionary books for 2017-2018:
WHDL: A Library for the World
A shared passion to resource pastors and leaders around the world. A global collaborative team from a broad range of disciplines. Cutting-edge technology. God’s provision. Together, these elements culminated in a story of innovation that is bridging the gap between those with abundant resources and those with few.
The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library delivers content in a variety of languages and formats to remote locations across the globe. Committing to the development of this one-of-a-kind library required strategic leadership, bold initiative, and the hand of God. PDF E-Book
Living Side by Side: Serving the People of Cactus, Texas
Cactus, Texas is a community of 4,000 people and 40 languages. Many Cactus residents are refugees who have fled war, persecution, or natural disasters. Others are immigrants, documented and undocumented. Most are grappling with a new culture, a new language, and what life in America means for them.
Eyewitness: Seeing from Within an Oppressive Society
Gusztinné Tulipán Mária
Gustinne Tulipan Maria was born to Christian parents in Hungary at a time in that country’s history when Christ followers were being persecuted under Communist rule. By the 1990’s, the culture had begun to change in monumental ways. Maria was an eyewitness to great events.
As she reflects on her years or pioneering the work of the Church of the Nazarene in Hungary, Maria, an ordained elder in the church, says this about her homeland: “I do like the complexity of the ugly and the good together…and discovering the touch of God’s hand through it all. PDF E-Book
Mursi: Reaching the Unreached of Ethiopia
The Mursi people of Ethiopia are a community of nomads who were unreached with the gospel message as of the late 20th century. God called missionary Howie Shute to change that.
Howie and others prayed together that God would remove barriers so that the good news of Jesus would be proclaimed and received by the Mursi. Read about the incredible God-ordained partnerships that brought people from around the globe to work through the Church of the Nazarene to reach out to Ethopia’s Mursi.
Audio download -- all 4 books MP3 (420MB ZIP)
Source: Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library -- WHDL.ORG
Alternate languages available (Spanish, Portugues)
December is Nazarene Compassion Ministry (NCM) Month!
Please consider taking a special NCM offering this month in your church. This will help support the operation of NCM's ministries around the world. They include:
- Child Sponsorships
- Disaster Relief
- Crisis Care Kit, School Pal Pak Shipping costs
- Medical supplies
- Clean drinking water / new wells / sanitation projects
- Partnerships with other relief organizations
Also -- please consider giving directly to the Fawn Grove Compassion Center (the place that we take our Crisis Care Kits to). They have a matching gift offer that will double your donation and greatly help offset their operating expenses (Mark Checks FGCC, before December 22 to meet the grant deadline). Here is their Address:
Fawn Grove Compassion Center, Inc.
5300 Fawn Grove Road, Pylesville, MD 21132
Fawn Grove Matching Grant Information Letter:
Nazarene Missions International (NMI) Purpose & Strategy:
To mobilize the church in mission through praying discipling, giving and educating.
- The church prays for global mission endeavors
- The church provides opportunities, especially for children and youth, to become involved in the mission of the church and to respond to God's call.
- The church gives at least 5.5 percent of current income for the World Evangelism Fund and to other ministries/offerings as possible.
- The church utilizes mission resources and participates in ministries to develop global awareness.
--Christy Boes, SWID NMI President
For great ideas on how to promote missions in your local church, check out the NMI IDEAS website.
NMI Scholarships Available
Two $500 NMI Scholarships were awarded at the 2017 SWID NMI Convention. Scholarship winners were: Jarren Rogers and Jonathan Elliott.
- Liz & Lucas Gentry serving at Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center, Cactus, TX: www.lucasgentry.com Featured in the 2017 reading book, "Living Side by Side" -- read more
- Sarah Ross serving with Extreme Nazarene in Quito, Ecuador (update): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarah Warren serving with Extreme Nazarene in Quito, Ecuador: email@example.com
- Alyssa Loyd serving with Extreme Nazarene in Cuiaba, Brazil, 40/40 Church Planter: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alina Ellis serving with Extreme Nazarene, 40/40 Germany Master's Program, Frankfurt, Germany: email@example.com
- Ronny & Marlen Morante serving with Extreme Nazarene: firstname.lastname@example.org
ExtremeNazarene Blog -- Updated with stories from Extreme Nazarene Missionaries in their fields of ministry.
JESUS Film Harvest Partners exists to help others fulfill the Great Commission
2017 SWID MISSIONARY Rev. Daniel Pesado
Janet Ritter—Deputations Secretary,
LINKS: 2016-18 SWID LINKS Missionaries
Bedford Davis Memorial
Community of Hope
New Albany Christ's Community
Address : Alameda Manaca 565, Recanto Tranquilo, Atibaia, SP, CEP 12949.195, Brazil
facebook: Stephen M. Heap
Mount Vernon First
Newburgh New Life
Princeton New Life
Calvary Community Fellowship
Oasis of Hope
Terre Haute First
Terre Haute Southside
LINKS Director: Renee Johnson 812-259-1180 or email@example.com
(For church assignment or contact information)
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries: Following the example of Jesus, NCM partners with local Nazarene congregations around the world to clothe, shelter, feed, heal, educate, and live in solidarity with those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. NCM exists in and through the Church of the Nazarene to proclaim the Gospel to all people in word and deed.
SWID NCM Director: Dave Lynn 812-486-5504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRISIS CARE KIT / SCHOOL PAL PAK Collection Information
Please don't forget to pay the warehousing and handling fees: $12 for each CCK box (ACM1297) and $10 for each School Pal Pak box (ACM 1788).
Work & Witness: Doug Jones, SWID Coordinator 812-829-6203 email@example.com
IMPORTANT W&W NEWS ITEM
The 2018 W&W project information has been sent out to pastor's and NMI Presidents about the Honduras 2018 W&W project. The dates are April 4 - 16, 2018. A $100 (refundable) deposit is due immediately to sign up for the first 25 spots. Full funding of $1545 will be needed NLT Mid-January 2018. Use the Application form below and the contact info above if you are interested in going.
2017 W&W Project
The SWID W&W team did site prep, poured a concrete slab and erected a metal building that will be used as a District Compassion Center in Dilkon, AZ.
SNAD Compassion Center shell erected: June 2017
A second SWID W&W trip was made to Dilkon, AZ on September 18 - 29, 2017. Doug and Dede Jones were invited back by SNAD W&W coordinator to prepare for and lead a Chicago First Church team that would be arriving September 23rd. Below are a few of the pictures of progress made prior to the team's arrival. More pictures will be added. Thank you, Doug for your leadership and hard work! This building will be a compassion center for the SNAD district. This is only phase 1 (of 3). God is working in the hearts of Native Americans and SWID and friends are playing a part.
*President – Christy Boes, 13255 E 100 N, Columbus, IN 47203 (812-371-0722) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Vice President – Lillian Pursell, 1578 Freeman Rd., Spencer, IN 47460 (812-828-7476) email: email@example.com
*Secretary – Renee Johnson, 315 NW 1st St., Washington, IN 47501 (812-259-1180) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Treasurer – Marilyn Hicks, 4010 S Falcon Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403 (812-824-2317) email: email@example.com (cell 812-327-8459)
Alabaster/World Mission Broadcast – Lillian Pursell (see Vice President)
Compassionate Ministries – Dave Lynn, 10055 E 1400 N, Odon, IN 47562 (812-486-5504) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputation – Janet Ritter, 256 Crest Motel Rd., Bedford, IN 47421 (812-279-0680) email: email@example.com
Jesus Film/Harvest Partners – Ron Ritter, 256 Crest Motel Rd., Bedford, IN 47421 (812-278-4683) email:
Kids in Missions – Alissa DeKemper, 5027 Broadway Ave., Evansville, IN 47712 (812-781-0944) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LINKS – Renee Johnson, 315 NW 1st St., Washington, IN 47501 (812-259-1180) email: email@example.com
*Missionary Care – Debbie Betts, 1143 W Stan Mar Estates, Brazil, IN (812-653-9607) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teens in Missions - Christy Boes, 13255 E 100 N, Columbus, IN 47203 (812-371-0722) email: email@example.com
*Work & Witness – Doug Jones, 1141 N US Hwy 231, Spencer, IN 47460 (812-829-6203) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Rep – Grace Biggerstaff, 820 Magnolia Dr., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 (618-384-1152) email@example.com
Youth Rep – Marquis Green, 3300 Carolina St., Columbus, IN 47203 (812-344-1565)
Bedford Zone – Janet Ritter (see deputation)
Bloomington Zone – Carrie Burris, 141 Cooper Ct., Ellettsville, IN 47429 (812-360-1780) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evansville Zone – Bethany Burnett, 1825 Greenbrier Drive Mount Vernon, IN 47620 ( 812 454 2360) email: email@example.com
*New Albany Zone – Ken Walker, PO Box 188, Corydon, IN 47112 (812-972-2451) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakland City Zone – Lydia Johnson, 691 S Concord, Drive, Princeton, IN (812-508-4154) email: Lgjohnson1114@gmail.com
Seymour Zone – Brenda Loutner, 4903 Timber Ridge Drive, Columbus, IN 47591 (812-344-2370) email: email@example.com
Terre Haute –Emily Book, 2019 N 10th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47804 (812-917-7163, 317-494-1601(c)) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EQUIP 2017 Training Materials