Saturday, March 31, 2012

MissioLife


Join the creator of MissioLife, Chris Folmsbee, as he shares how to help the people of your church live into the mission of God in each of these free live webinars.


Receive a complete 6 week module for attending one of these webinars!


MissioLifeenables spiritual growth through the spiritual formation model of story, theology, identity and calling, way of life, and behaviors and expressions. It calls us to move beyond simply reading Scripture to participation in the mission of God, both communally and individually. Through six (6 week) modules, one year of MissioLife;provides the opportunity for intentional and comprehensive formation. Communities can continue on the journey with the following years of MissioLife.
  • Year One - The God of Life: A Story of God’s Redeeming Shalom
  • Year Two - The God Who Would Be King: A Story of God’s Kingdom
  • Year Three - The God of Promise: A Story of God’s People
  • Year Four - The God of New Creation: A Story of God’s Restoration
Check out Missiolife.com :  Living in the Mission of God - Breathe - Image - Rhythms

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mark Your Calendars. . . 2012 Deputation Tour



Dr. Stephanie Doenges was 15 years old when she first felt God's call to medical missions. This call was also a promise. And after many years of preparation, God has kept his promise. In January 2009, she moved around the world and joined a team of 5 missionary doctors and national staff in providing medical and spiritual care to the people at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital of Papua New Guinea.
Keep connected with Dr. Steph through her blog.
Support Dr. Steph through giving.
Dr. Steph's Oceania profile with a link to her prayer card.
Dr. Steph's Facebook profile.
Learn more about Nazarene Health Ministries in Papua New Guinea
Get involved with Kudjip Nazarene Hospital through the Nazarene Hospital Foundation or the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.
Peak into Kudjip Nazarene Hospital through ENGAGE MAGAZINE's 2009 photoessay.
Read about Kudjip Nazarene Hospital through HOLINESS TODAY's  articles; A Place of Healing  and Continues to Grow and 50 Years in Papua New Guinea
Hear Dr. Steph by visiting any one of these NCO churches on the date below:

Sunday, March 25
PM at 6pm-- Cleveland Zone Rally at Willowlake
Monday, March 26 at 7pm
Coschocton/Marion Zone Rally at Mount Gilead Fresh Faith Community
Tuesday, March 27 at 7pm
Bellevue Zone Rally at Fremont
1925 N. 5th St., Fremont, OH 43420
(E-mail: fremontnazarene@att.net ; 419-332-6427)
Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm
Ashland Zone Rally at Mansfield First
675 W. Straub Rd., Mansfield, OH 44904
(E-mail: mansfieldnaz@hotmail.com ; fax: 419-756-7080; 419-756-9990)
Thursday, March 29 at 7pm
Wadsworth Zone Rally at Orrville Harvest Hills
Friday, March 30 at 7pm
Ashtabula Zone Rally at Kelloggsville
4841 S. R. 84, Conneaut, OH 44030
(E-mail: lad3bolen@yahoo.com ; 440-224-1415)
Sunday, April 1
PM at 6pm--Cleveland/Elyria Zone Rally at Bedford
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sing for Joy . . . Oh, Africa


MISSION IMMERSION 2012 is scheduled for July 10-22,  2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, on the campus of Africa Nazarene University (ANU).This gathering is for high school students who have a definite call to serve as a missionary someday in a culture other than their own.

Congratulations to Renae Secrest from Mt. Vernon 1st who has been selected to participate.  Please pray for her and all the high school students involved.
Renee Seacrest 

Renae is also heading to Rwanda with  Kevin Hughes, Mikel Morris, Tim and Connie Sharrock,  her dad- Dave Secrest, Vivian and Bob McMillan from Mt. Vernon First; as well  Don Beecher, Ron Jackson, and Nancy Ritterbach from other NCO churches who are also participating in Mt. Vernon First's Work & Witness trip. 
  
Keep connected by following their blog.

Interested in participating in the 2013 District trip to Alaska?  Contact Tim and Connie Sharrock of Mt. Vernon 1st.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Get Ready to Engage with our NCO District Missionary

Come prepared to interact with Dr. Steph message!

Using your cell phone text messaging feature to communicate with Dr. Steph when she poses questions to the congregation via this wifitti screen. Come back later throughout the week and read what others on the district answered  the same questions you were posed with!

Twitter user can simply include @ncohionmi in their message or the hastag of #DrStephPNG

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Called. . .



Christ entered my life at an early age.  I grew up in Painesville, OH attending the local Nazarene church every Sunday and Wednesday that was humanly possible.  After high school, I decided on attending Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois to study Engineering.  By second semester, I changed to a double major in Math and Actuarial Science.  My faith only grew stronger at Olivet (it's a great school.)  God blessed me in so many ways, and He has prepared my heart to only want to serve Him.

After finishing my first year at Olivet, God couldn't have been more obvious in calling me to Peru.  I'm mega-excited for this journey.  My major has nothing to do with missions work, but I feel that I can bless people even more with the skills that I possess.  One of my favorite verses, John 15:13, states, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  He died for us.  The very least I can do starts with this trip. God bless.

Garren Moore is currently a 40/40 Mission Corps Volunteer with Extreme Nazarene Ministries serving in Puno, Peru.

Keep connected with Garren as he draws near to the close his two year service to the Lord through his blog or through facebook.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nazarene World Week of Prayer : Persecuted Church




With the formation of the Mesoamerica Region last year, the Church of the Nazarene now has six regions. This year we begin a new tradition with the requests for the seventh day of NWWP focused on the persecuted church. 100 million Christians around the globe currently are persecuted for their faith. This can take the form of imprisonment, abuse, hostility, and even death.

The prayer requests below have been gathered from various sources and do not necessarily reflect the work of the Church of the Nazarene or indicate that the denomination has work in these world areas.

1.     An evangelist in the Afghan-Pakistan border region reports being harrassed by a local leader and attacked by spiritual forces. The evangelist’s activities are being monitored, and another local leader announced that Christian activities “must be stopped.” Pray that God will grant supernatural strength to this brother and his church.

2.     A 26-year-old man was beheaded by extremists in Somalia in early January. The man worked for a Christian humanitarian organization that was banned by an extremist group. Pray for the man’s family and others who work for the humanitarian organization.

3.     It is said that there is no country harder to live in as a Christian than North Korea. Please pray for Christians in North Korea, asking God to extend His mercy and love to them and help them stand strong in their faith.

4.     Members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in Colombia have prevented a Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) evangelist from entering the La Macarena region with items such as radios, Bibles, and Christian books. They are closing churches and burning buses attempting to enter the region. Please pray for believers in the region, that God will preserve their lives and give them courage.

5.     Pray for Christians in Afghanistan. In October 2011, it was reported that this country no longer had any church buildings and no Christian schools.

6.     Police beat and arrested a church leader in Khartoum, Sudan, amid increasing harassment of Christians following the 2011 secession of South Sudan. Pastors have been threatened. About 350,000 people, most of them Christians, fled to South Sudan after its secession, and Christianity is now regarded as a “foreign” religion in Sudan. Pray for the few remaining believers in the north.

7.     Authorities in China thwarted efforts by the Shouwang Church to lease a worship facility. Lacking a facility, the Beijing congregation was forced to meet outdoors, resulting in the arrest of 48 members. The congregation has tried three times to rent venues for its church, but each time the rental agreements are revoked due to pressure from the authorities.

8.     Susan Ithungu, a 15-year-old Christian girl in Uganda, lost the use of her legs after her father locked her in a room for six months for leaving Islam. She has now begun to take tentative steps. Well-wishers have paid the rent for the house where she lives and bought food and clothing for her. Susan says she has forgiven her father. Pray for Susan’s continued recovery and that Jesus’ love will touch her father’s heart.

9.     In North Korea, the country that has been consistently number one on Open Doors’ World Watch List, the Bible is absolutely forbidden. A Christian refugee recalls how his parents would sneak outside under cover of darkness to get their Bible. “Every night they went to the garden and dug up a pot. They took out a black book and read from it.” Pray for Christians who live in Gospel-resistant places like North Korea.

10.  Herdsmen and soldiers killed at least 45 ethnic Berom Christians in Nigeria in November 2011. The herdsman had leveled accusations of cattle theft, which sparked the killings. Church attendance was decimated, and Christians fled the town.

11.  A married couple that had served for 28 years as Baptist missionaries in Mexico were murdered on January 31. The area where they lived has suffered heavily from attacks by drug cartels, leading to the tentative conclusion that narcotics traffickers committed the crime. Drug traffickers oppose the message of Christ because it turns people away from their business.

12.  Pray for the physical protection of Christians being persecuted. Pray that they will see God’s grace as sufficient and God’s power perfected in their weakness. Pray that they will endure trials and that they will love their enemies. Above all, pray that they will trust God completely no matter the circumstance.


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Thank you for taking these to the throne room of our Lord, Jesus Christ.




Friday, March 2, 2012

Nazarene World Week of Prayer : USA/Canada




1.     Pray that God will send a revival of holy love to each of the 5,002 churches in the United States and Canada.

2.     Thank God for His blessing on the USA/Canada Region in this last year—56,000 people found Christ and more than 20,800 were baptized.

3.     Pray that each of our churches will experience vibrant renewal inside the Body and that renewal will lead to a new passion for reaching the lost and hurting of our communities.

4.     Pray that 150 new Nazarene churches will be started in 2012 in the USA/Canada Region.

5.     Pray that every Church of the Nazarene will be known as a body of loving people, so that people in need will know they can find help among us.

6.     Pray that Nazarenes in the United States and Canada will continue to have a spirit of generosity so missionaries can continue their work around the world.

7.     Pray that visitors will feel welcome in the churches of the USA/Canda Region and that a welcoming spirit will also bring assistance.

8.     Pray for God to call young men and women to ministry; and that with Christ’s help, they will effectively develop into passionate, holiness leaders for the future.

9.     Pray that pastors will continue to preach the message of holiness with clarity and power and that people listening will hunger and thirst for righteousness.

10.  Pray that churches will find new ways of bringing their children, youth, and adults together in worship and service and that new mentoring relationships will develop.

11.  Pray for the 11 Nazarene universities, colleges, and seminary in the USA/Canada Region, as they prepare strong Christian men and women to impact our world for Christ.

12.  Pray for the 79 district superintendents in the USA/Canada Region as they lead and resource their districts.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nazarene World Week of Prayer : South America

 

1.     Please pray for Brazil Nazarene College and Brazil Theological Seminary, their students, faculties, and staffs.

2.     Pray for the development of the Church of the Nazarene in Chile.

3.     Pray for the stability of the Church of the Nazarene in Peru.

4.     Ask the Lord to bless the Extreme Nazarene Projects in Peru, Paraguay, and Colombia.

5.     Pray for the Communications and Literature Ministries on the South America Region. The taping of Mujer Valiosa (“Valued Woman”) takes place in February. Pray also for the distribution of discipleship lessons for the new children’s program Industria X and finishing the modules for Disciples in Ministry.

6.     Ask God to give South America Region’s missionary kids physical and spiritual protection.

7.     Pray for the personnel who carry out their calling at the South America Regional Office.

8.     Please pray for a mighty revival of church planting across the South America Region.

9.     Pray for the cities where field strategy coordinators envision the opening of new work for the Church of the Nazarene. Those areas are:

            Argentina:            Santiago del Estero
Chile:                         Coquimbo Pcia de Elqui
Uruguay:             Durazno, Depto de Durazno
Paraguay:             Katuete Depto de Camindeyu
Brasil:                        Boa Vista Estado de Roraima
                                       Macapa Estado de Amapa
               Rio Branco Estado de Acre
                                           Porto Velho Estado de Rondonia
Colombia:            Cartagena de Indias Depto Bolivar
Ecuador:            Loja Provincia de Loja
Venezuela:            Ciudad Ojeda Estado de Zulia
Peru:                        Cañete Depto de Lima
           
10.  Pray for the eight field strategy coordinators for the South America Region:

Dwight Rich
Segundo Rimarachín
Felix Vargas
Juan José Zani
Flavio Valvassoura
Pedro Pablo Matos
Rubens Rodrigues
Aguiar Valvassoura (Director, Sub-Region Brazil)

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Thank you for taking these to the throne room of our Lord, Jesus Christ.