NMI celebrates $100 million raised in Alabaster Offering
Monday, September 17, 2012
Global Ministry Center
Global Nazarene Missions International Director Daniel Ketchum reported the Alabaster Offering has raised US$100 million since its inception in 1949.

"This amazing benchmark represents ministry to multiplied thousands of people in the past, present, and future of the Church of the Nazarene through the land and buildings Alabaster has provided," Ketchum said.

The Alabaster Offering provides funds for buildings and property globally. While buildings are not the church, they help provide a sense of permanence. Observers in many cultures have often said that when they saw churches, schools, clinics, and homes for leaders being constructed, they knew the Church of the Nazarene was there to stay.

Since NMI began the offering, Alabaster funds have been used to complete 8,823 projects. These include churches and chapels, Bible and other school buildings, mission and district centers, missionaries’ and national workers’ homes, and other projects.

Eighty percent of the Alabaster offering is given to the Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Mesoamerica, and South America regions. Twenty percent is given to the USA/Canada Region. No Alabaster funds are used for administrative costs.

"Because Nazarenes have given generously, the vision that God gave Rev. Elizabeth Vennum 63 years ago lives on, providing places for spiritual development, evangelism and disciple making, leader education, and physical healing that will continue for generations," Ketchum said. "We encourage individuals, churches, districts, fields, and regions to celebrate with Nazarene Missions International as we begin the journey to the next $100 million for Alabaster."

The Alabaster Offering website has been updated with resources churches can use to help inform members of this milestone and inspire giving for the next Alabaster offering.
--Nazarene Missions International
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