Senior Editor: David J. Felter
News This Week
Nazarene Kids Raise More Than $145,000
Brooklyn Nazarene Elected Judge
NYI’s Third Wave to be held in Ecuador
D. James Kennedy Interviews Nazarene Author
Out of Africa
International Church of the Nazarene Web Links
Prayer Mobilization Line
Nazarene Collegiate News
NCN Broadcast Schedule
kids raise more than $145,000 in VBS offering
For 50 years, Nazarene boys and girls have been bringing their dollars
and coins to Vacation Bible School as a part of the VBS Mission Offering.
Throughout these years, this money has helped provide items such as buildings,
bicycles, vehicles, and even an airplane.
the last five years alone, boys and girls in churches large and small
have raised nearly a million dollars. According to VBS/Summer Ministries
Editor David Hutsko, the VBS offering encourages children to learn the
principles of stewardship, while participating in the global mission of
year, in a project called “Kids Reaching Kids,” Nazarene boys
and girls around the world combined to raise $145,011.41, marking a 3
percent increase from 2001.
majority of funds raised will be used to help local churches reach children
in their neighborhoods through sports programs, tutoring programs, Bible
clubs, and/or to simply provide a place for all children to meet and observe
positive role models.
will also be given to the Pioneer VBS program, which provides VBS materials
for new churches, and toward the education of 10 international pastors’
children. Nazarene boys and girls have made it possible for pastors’
children spanning Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Asia to attend
Nazarene elected Civil Court Judge
On November 5, the citizens of Brooklyn, New York’s Second District
elected Wavny Toussaint as Civil Court Judge in a landslide victory. The
voters not only elected an accomplished judicial figure, but a humble
servant of her local church–the Brooklyn Beulah Church of the Nazarene.
pastor, Dr. Wenton Fyne, describes the Trinidad-born Toussaint as “a
hardworking person,” and “a genuine Christian lady who is
very supportive of her local church.” Toussaint became a member
of the church in 1994 and remains part of the church choir, a member of
the church board, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee. She also serves
on the Board of Trustees for Eastern Nazarene College.
New York Times endorsed Toussaint, a graduate of the City College
of New York, as well as Howard University of Law, in her quest to win
the seat which she was upset for in 1999. There would be no upset this
time, as she received an astounding 84 percent of the vote. As a Civil
Court Judge, Toussaint is now one step away from the State Supreme Court.
Times spoke highly of Toussaint, praising her strong work ethic
and saying she “has the determination and know-how to become a fine
judge.” The New York Law Journal attributed part of the
landslide victory to Toussaint’s endorsement by at least five of
the district’s most prominent ministers. Other sources took special
note of her strong character.
a world desperately in need of Christian women role models, Toussaint’s
perseverance, tenacity and accomplishments are impressive. However, it’s
her stewardship, faith, and strong character that set her above the rest.
Third Wave to be held in Ecuador
Thirty participants from each NYI world area will be selected to participate
in Third Wave, January 7-11, 2004: A Global Leadership Conference for
Youth in Quito, Ecuador. This event will focus on developing global awareness
and perspective among the emerging young leaders of the church. Through
times of worship and discussions highlighting current global issues, the
youth will respond to these issues as they form a global identity. During
this event, attendees will minister together in the local communities
of Quito, through four ministry projects. These will include environmental
cleanup, hospital ministry, church facility restoration, and a creative
outreach with area children.
Wave,” said Gary Hartke, Director of Nazarene Youth International,
“is the first conference for Nazarene youth of its kind. The youth
who are leaders now in our church will have an opportunity to meet and
dream about the role of the church in the world.”
Third Wave event plan was presented to the General NYI Convention in June
2001 and met with great support. In January 2002, it was decided that
this event would be held in Quito, Ecuador, on January 7-11, 2004.
NYI President, Deirdre Brower, reports, “We are still learning what
it means to be a global church. This event will focus on developing friendships,
discussing key issues for the church, and focusing on the nature and role
of the youth through the international church.”
find out more information about this event or how you can contribute,
please visit http://nyi.nazarene.org/Third_Wave.
James Kennedy interviews Nazarene author
television and radio personality D. James Kennedy, Ph.D. recently interviewed
Beacon Hill Press author and noted grief counselor Harold Ivan Smith for
the nationally syndicated radio program "Truths That Transform."
The interview, which will air nationwide on Monday, December 2, discussed
Smith's book "Decembered Grief." Kennedy and Smith talked extensively
about the difficulty many people have during the Christmas holiday season
the first year after having lost loved ones. "I have been with Dr.
Kennedy a long time," said the show's executive producer, "and
this is one of the best programs we've done." Listeners can check
with their local Christian radio stations for the show's time and availability
in their areas.
Joanie Doerr, NCN - Africa, supplies all information for this summary.
Aid sent to flood victims in Mozambique
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries recently funded a food distribution
campaign in Central Mozambique for families affected by the floods along
the Zambezi and Pungwe Rivers in 2001, and the subsequent harvest failure
in early 2002. District and local compassionate ministries committees
purchased 840 bags of rice and distributed them to those areas determined
to be in greatest need. The effort resulted in approximately 6,000 people
helped in 60 communities.
receiving the rice also received a pamphlet containing a gospel presentation
with a "sinner's prayer," general information about the Church
of the Nazarene, as well as an invitation to attend the local Nazarene
church in their area. Local pastors are already reporting an increase
in church attendance as a result of the food distribution effort.
--NCN - Africa
of the Nazarene Ministry Links
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Nazarene can be found by going to http://www.nazarene.org.
A drop-down box will list all the sites available for your surfing pleasure.
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This information can be found by going to http://www.nazarenemissions.org,
then clicking on the "Prayer Mobilization Line" on the left-hand
side of the page.
Keith Newman accepts V.P. position at MVNU
Keith Newman has resigned the Senior Pastorate at San Diego Mission Valley
Church of the Nazarene to become Vice President for University Advancement
at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Newman served on the General NYI
Council from 1996-2000.
--Southern California District
NNU loses Sports Information Director Gil Craker to cancer
Northwest Nazarene University lost one of its own on Wednesday, November
13 when Sports Information Director Gil Craker died one week after doctors
performed emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his brain.
Craker, 62, had been taken to the hospital for flu-like symptoms after
collapsing at home.
1963 graduate of NNU, Craker returned to the school in 1986 as director
of news and information. He served as practice coordinator for the NAIA
National Basketball Tournament hosted by NNU from 1993-1999, and was well
known for his tireless efforts and deep love of sports, especially New
York Yankee baseball.
"Gil was a solid, unflappable man," NNU President Richard Hagood
said. "He was committed
to doing his best, personally and professionally. We will miss him terribly."
A native of Emmett, Idaho, Craker was active in the Nampa community serving
as president of the Canyon County Sunrise Rotary and as a member of the
Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission.
Gil leaves behind his wife, Nancy; son, Dale; daughters, Robin, Tricia,
and Christina; and several grandchildren. His brother, Randy, is currently
on the General Board for the Church of the Nazarene.
memorial service was held in NNU’s Montgomery Fieldhouse Saturday,
November 16, 2002.
lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made in Gil's
name to the new NNU Athletic Facility Expansion Fund. Contributions can
be made by calling the Office of University Advancement at (208) 467-8425
or toll free at 866-467-8987.
mission team visits Poland
Nine students from European Nazarene College recently gave up their October
study break to spend their time ministering to university students in
Poznan, Poland. The trip was initiated and organized by student David
Berdowski, in coordination with tentmakers Carolyn White and Karen van
Gilder, who have been working to launch Nazarene ministry in Poland by
teaching English at Adam Mickiewicz University and at local businesses.
Berdowski and White had envisioned a student ministry
trip to the Poznan to supplement the work the women were already doing.
The student team represented eight nationalities, and was divided into
two language teams. The team of German-speaking students visited German
language classes to interact with the local students on the pretext of
giving them practice with German. The other EuNC students formed an English-speaking
team to accomplish the same goals in an English class.
team also volunteered at a soup kitchen that feeds the city’s homeless.
talking in the classrooms with the local language students, the team invited
them to meet for coffee in the evenings, so they could talk in an informal
setting. During this time, the team members were able to talk with the
students about Christ.
and again we had deep meaningful talks with people seeking purpose and
direction in their lives,” said Izzy Mansour, an EuNC team member.
He added that one of the miracles of the mission trip was how people of
such different national backgrounds could share so freely about personal
needs and how Christ is the answer to those needs. For instance, a EuNC
student from China was able to reach a Thai teacher, while EuNC students
of Arabic and Croatian background shared with a language student from
they were here in Poland, the Church of the Nazarene has a more visible
presence,” van Gilder said. “They were able to interact with
Christian university and business communities. In each setting, they demonstrated
the love of Christ.”
-- Izzy Mansour and Gina Grate, for the Eurasia Region
inducts Dr. Doug Hardy as Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation
Dr. Douglas S. Hardy, Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation, was
inducted into the faculty of Nazarene Theological Seminary on November
8, 2002 by the faculty and President Ron Benefiel.
near Boston and raised in Eastern Canada, Hardy is a graduate of Eastern
Nazarene College (B.A.), Northeastern University (M.Ed.), Fuller Theological
Seminary (M.A.), and Boston University (Ph.D.). He most recently served
as Associate Professor of Psychology at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy,
Massachusetts. Hardy's ministry includes pastorates in Berkeley and Glendale,
California, and service as a spiritual director in the Boston area since1994.
His professional activities and accomplishments reflect a wide range of
interests in spiritual formation. An ordained elder in the Church of the
Nazarene, Hardy has written extensively in such professional journals
as Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Research News & Opportunities
in Science and Theology, and Religious Studies Review.
Women’s Basketball: 0-0
Men’s Basketball: 0-0
Football: 9-1, NAIA rank: 8 (Final ranking)
Women’s Basketball: 4-2
Men’s Basketball: 5-0, NAIA rank: 2 (Div. 2)
Women’s Soccer: 13-6-1
Men’s Soccer: 13-7-0
Women’s Basketball: 3-2
Men’s Basketball: 4-0
Women’s Basketball: 0-0
Men’s Basketball: 0-0
Women’s Soccer: 15-8-0
Men’s Soccer: 9-9-3
Volleyball: 32-10, NAIA rank: 25 (Final ranking)
Women’s Basketball: 3-3
Men’s Basketball: 4-1, NAIA rank: 18
Volleyball: 23-6, NAIA rank: 6 (Final ranking)
Women’s Basketball: 3-1, NAIA rank: 25
Men’s Basketball: 1-2
Football: 7-3, NAIA rank: 27 (Most wins in school history, final ranking)
Women’s Soccer: 9-8-1
Women’s Basketball: 1-0, NAIA rank: 1
Men’s Basketball: 2-1
Women’s Basketball: 5-1, NAIA rank: 16
Men’s Basketball: 2-2
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will be published on December 5.
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