Senior Editor: David J. Felter
News This Week
Tell Story of Growth
Lives Changing in Brazil Prison
Thai HIV/AIDS Kids Receive Christmas Treat
Toddlers/Twos, and Babies, Too!
Venezuela Unrest Affects Nazarenes
NCM Aims to Blanket Bangladesh
Out of Africa
International Church of the Nazarene Web Links
Prayer Mobilization Line
Nazarene Collegiate News
tell story of growth
Kansas City—The General Secretary’s office recently released
information based on 2002 ministry achievements for the global church.
The accompanying graphic illustrations tell the story of the numbers.
Obviously, what’s missing is the human dimension. Behind these encouraging
numbers are people…people whose lives have been transformed through
the message of Christ. Church leaders report growth and renewal in many
areas. We are pleased to present such good news.
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Paulo State Penitentiary home to a congregation of 40 Nazarenes and their
After a prison uprising in mid-February 2000, Antonio Leão, Paulistano
district superintendent and Jabaquara church pastor, decided to form a
prison ministry in the São Paulo, Brazil State Penitentiary to
help reform inmates and bring them to a knowledge of Christ as their savior.
Pastor Max Idele Oliveira is one of the many prisoners whose life has
been changed by the work of Leão and the Church of the Nazarene
in this penitentiary. In fact, Oliveira was recently the recipient of
a district license. The congregation of inmates has even begun ministering
to their fellow prisoners while showing a good grasp of theology and the
principles of Christian living. As a surprise for Leão, the inmates
performed a Christmas play depicting the life of Christ from the announcement
of His birth to His temptation. At the end of the program, they sang “Jesus
Christ Changed My Life.”
among the prisoners as “the church that cares,” the Nazarene
church has gained respect by working to improve the prison and the conditions
the prisoners live in. Church members have replaced glass in broken windows,
painted walls and ceilings, mowed the prison lawn, and donated a sewing
machine so prisoners could work. For every three days of work, their sentence
is reduced by one day.
a cooperative effort with the Roman Catholic and Assembly of God churches,
the Church of the Nazarene is setting up a community radio system within
the prison made of speaker boxes strung throughout the complex so religious
services can be aired. The Church of the Nazarene will provide 600 meters
of wire and an amplifier for the project.
on the walls of the small prison church are 10 posters, sent to the churches
in Brazil by Stewardship Services, reminding Christians of their responsibility
to take the gospel to all nations, using their time, talents, and means
to accomplish the mission. This message has penetrated the three-foot
thick walls of São Paulo State Penitentiary, proving not even the
gates of a prison can prevail against the church.
more information on this ministry, including a riveting personal account
of a visit inside the penitentiary, please visit http://www.ncnnews.org/brazil.html.
Missionary Steve Heap takes the reader on a vivid journey around the prison,
beautifully describing each detail of his December visit.
host Christmas party for HIV/AIDS children in Thailand
Thanks to Bangkok First Church of the Nazarene and a 13-member Nazarene
Youth International team from Japan, several children of HIV/AIDS victims
in Thailand had a memorable Christmas this year. The children and their
parents were special guests at a Christmas party organized by Nazarene
missionary Ceny Hirahara and the Bangkok First Church "New Life for
HIV/AIDS Victims" team. The party was funded through the Nazarene
Compassionate Ministries Christmas Project as part of the ongoing ministry
of Bangkok First Church’s HIV/AIDS ministry. The party included
singing, drama sketches, gift giving, viewing The JESUS Film,
and a question and answer time.
was pleased with the response to the Christmas celebration. “The
Japan NYI team members were able to mingle with the local people very
well. Through their testimonies, songs, and other presentations, they
established friendships with the children. Their visit had a fruitful
impact on the lives of many of the children and parents.”
is estimated that 2.23-percent of the population in Thailand is infected
with HIV. Last year, more than 150 people died each day in Thailand as
a result of AIDS.
--Dave Hane, NCN News, Asia-Pacific Region
Value of Early Christian Education: Reaching Children in the Church Nursery
Recent brain research reveals a child’s first three years of life
are the most significant in the learning process. In fact, children learn
more rapidly in their first three years than during the rest of their
lifetime. Despite this information, teaching in many Sunday School classrooms
usually starts at about age three. According to Kathy Lewis, Children’s
Ministries Nursery Curriculum Editor, “If we accept the findings
of modern researchers in brain development, it is imperative that a child’s
Christian education begins as early as possible, both in the church and
in the home.”
most educationally appropriate method for teaching babies, toddlers, and
twos is through learning centers. Learning centers address children’s
different interests and abilities, encourage and teach them to make choices,
and give children one-on-one contact with their teachers.
has recently produced a free nursery recruiting and training video. The
2:18-minute recruiting segment can be used as a roll-in to services or
gatherings. The video is designed to raise the awareness of the local
church to the need for quality care in the church nursery and to extend
an invitation to church members to respond to that need. The 9:18-minute
Toddlers/Twos and Babies, too! training segment can be used to
inform the curriculum committee about the new nursery curriculum, as well
as training workers after the curriculum has been purchased. The video
shows children interacting with the curriculum, and it includes testimonials
from nursery workers who have used the product.
interested can receive this free video by E-mailing a request to Kathy
Lewis at email@example.com,
or by calling 1-888-644-4510.
unrest affecting many Nazarenes
Despite riots, strikes, and violence, the Church of the Nazarene in Venezuela
remains unharmed. It is not, however, unaffected.
unrest over Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, has resulted in
bank and oil strikes, public protests, and military action. While church
members continue to feel safe traveling and attending services, the strikes
have made doing so more difficult. Missionary Craig Zickefoose reports
Nazarenes in Venezuela suffer from shortages of key items like gasoline,
cooking gas, and food staples. The missionaries have had to park their
cars and use public transportation due to the shortages.
some meetings have been cancelled due to transportation challenges, the
unrest has not curbed all activities. In early January, 48 students attended
a CENETA class taught by Ralph Neil from Northwest Nazarene University.
problems continue in Venezuela, Nazarenes request prayer for five district
assemblies that will take place in February and March.
A cold wave sweeping through northern Bangladesh is causing intense suffering
in a country of 130 million where 46-percent of the people live below
the poverty line. As temperatures continue to drop, the poor are scrambling
to fields and cattle markets to scrape and gather cow dung, which is then
dried for combustible fuel. The desperate need for warmth has driven the
price of a cow dung cake to just under $2 US. More than 300 people have
died, with dozens added every night as the biting cold and damp fog continues.
At night the temperatures are near freezing.
months ago Bangladesh endured cyclonic storms, hailstorms, and floods
that swept away rice production in 29 out of 64 districts. The flooding
also caused extensive damage to wheat, maize, and vegetable crops. Less
than two months later, disastrous flooding impacted nearly a third of
Bangladesh. Millions lost their homes and have struggled to find food
and shelter, among them 13 Nazarene churches and their members. Because
of these losses, the cold weather is having a disastrous effect.
district superintendent Nathan Biswas and pastors James Baroi and Atul
Roy from the hardest-hit area of Dinajpur have asked, on behalf of thousands
of Nazarenes, for desperately needed help. The typical home in this area
has dirt flooring with thin mats for beds and no indoor heating. Used
to temperatures of 75-95 degrees Fahrenheit, most of the people do not
have warm clothing or blankets. A year ago Nazarenes gave generously for
blankets in another part of Bangladesh that was unexpectedly hit with
extreme temperatures. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is setting a goal
of providing two blankets for each of 5,000 families. At $5 each, 10,000
blankets will cost $50,000. NCM Administrative Director Bob Prescott will
be in Dinajpur in late January. NCM has set a goal to get blankets delivered
to those in need by that time.
and churches wishing to make a donation can mark their checks "Bangladesh
Blankets– ACM1633" and mail them to:
In the U.S., make checks payable to General Treasurer
and mail to:
6401 The Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64131
Canada, make checks payable to Church of the Nazarene
and mail to:
Church of the Nazarene Canada
20 Regan Road, Unit 9
Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3
donations remitted through the General Treasurer's Office will receive
10-percent Mission Special credit if the local church is identified.
Joanie Doerr, NCN - Africa, supplies all information for this summary.
Disaster Response Africa
In August 2002, Nazarene Disaster Response Africa (NDRA) conducted training
seminars in South Africa and Kenya. In the seminars, special emphasis
was placed on disaster preparedness as well as disaster prevention. Participants
were encouraged to begin income-generating activities geared to supporting
NDRA with local resources. According to Heinz Schubert, coordinator for
NDRA-Africa, a number of responses are being received from the participants.
of the respondents, Pastor Alex Okulah of the Kenya Lake Victoria district,
my local church at Malunga, we are actively involved in the implementation
of NDRA. The committee set up is coming up very strongly and is projected
to act as our module center for the entire district, a resources center
for educational and developmental purposes. To date, the following projects
have been identified:
Vegetable Gardening. This project is started in small gardens with a view
to acquiring more spacious land. The crops will help us generate income
that can be used for other programs.
Brick Manufacturing. This project is expected to support our committee
by generating income for transportation and other services. The bricks
are currently reaching their final stage in the manufacturing process.
Care for Orphans. This project is very sensitive due to high risks from
the HIV/AIDS virus. When families from the community lose their loved
ones due to HIV/AIDS, the children are left behind with nobody to care
for them. Hence, much of our profit from vegetable gardening will be contributed
to the care of orphans.”
Okulah has also visited other churches on his district, making them aware
of the need to be prepared for disasters,” stated Schubert. “Okulah
is one of a growing number of Nazarenes who ‘discover’ their
hearts of compassion and are adopting compassion as a lifestyle.”
--NCN News, Africa.
of the Nazarene Ministry Links
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Former Dakotas D.S. passes away
L. Eugene “Gene” Plemons, former district superintendent of
the Dakotas (1987-1989) passed away December 29. In addition to being
a pastor, Plemons served on staff at MidAmerica Nazarene University and
Southern Nazarene University.
Hooks appointed as USA/Canada Work&Witness Coordinators
Tim and Debbie Van Hook have been appointed to serve as the Work&Witness
coordinators for the United States and Canada by Tom Nees, USA/Canada
Mission Strategy director and Marty Hoskins, director of Candidacy and
Volunteerism in the World Mission Department.
The Van Hooks have been the full-time Work&Witness coordinators at
Nazarene Indian Bible College in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the past
5 1/2 years. During that time they have supervised the work of 55 teams.
Many campus buildings have been built during this time with Work&Witness
labor and contributions.
this new assignment the Van Hooks will recruit and train Work&Witness
teams for service in the United States and Canada. They will also be available
to help ministries prepare for the use of these teams.
The Van Hooks will continue to live on the NIBC campus (recently renamed
as the Nazarene Native Mission Training Center). For further information,
contact the W&W office or the Van Hooks at 1-505-452-1151.
Steve Harrison was recently elected to the West Virginia State Senate
from District 8. Harrison is a graduate of Brown University. Harrison
and his wife, Kristen, are active members of Charleston, West Virginia
First Church of the Nazarene.
Record number of graduates for 40-year-old NTC-Brazil
A record 95 students recently graduated from Brazil’s Nazarene Theology
College this year, marking the school’s 40th year of training students
recognizing the graduates and celebrating the anniversary took place the
first weekend of December, 2002, with Luciano Duarte Silva, Rector of
the college, leading the ceremonies. Former Rector Elton Wood delivered
the commencement address to the nearly 100 graduates. Also in attendance
was the school’s first graduate, Felicio O. De Mario, who was recognized
for his 40 years of ministry. De Mario currently ministers to senior adults
at the Campinas Church of the Nazarene.
named Nazarene Seminary and Bible Institute, NTC-Brazil was founded by
Earl Mosteller in 1962. There are currently 100 students on campus and
700 studying at centers across Brazil. NTC-Brazil alumni currently minister
in countries all over the world, including Europe, Africa, North and South
men pull off biggest win in recent history
Point Loma Nazarene 73, Loyola Marymount 71
Loma Nazarene University forward John Anderson caught an alley-oop pass
from freshman point guard Corey Thomas and dunked home the winning bucket
with 8.5 seconds remaining as the “tiny” NAIA Crusaders upset
Division I Loyola Marymount 73-71 before 1,124 December 30 at Loyola’s
Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, California.
Berglund, whose free throw tied the game at 71, scored 15 of his game-high
17 points in the second half for PLNU. With the win, the Crusaders improved
to 9-4 on the season.
“It was one of the best games we’ve played all year,”
Berglund said. “By the time we got the lead about 10 minutes into
the second half, we knew that we could win the game.”
Marymount may best be known for its storied 1989-90 season in which one
of its players, Hank Gathers, tragically collapsed on the court and died
of heart failure. Led by Gather’s best friend, Bo Kimble, 11th-seeded
LMU made a valiant 1990 NCAA Tournament run that saw them reach the “Elite
8,” break points-scored records, and make every national headline.
In memory of his friend, Kimble shot all his free throws left-handed during
the tournament. LMU lost to eventual NCAA National Champion UNLV in the
1990 regional finals.
win over Loyola Marymount was in the middle of a stretch that has seen
the Crusaders win six of their last seven games. Their record now stands
--PLNU, NCN News
Women’s Basketball: 1-7
Men’s Basketball: 1-7
Women’s Basketball: 11-4
Men’s Basketball: 12-5, NAIA rank: 13 (Div. 2)
Women’s Basketball: 9-9
Men’s Basketball: 12-5
Women’s Basketball: 8-4
Men’s Basketball: 2-10
Women’s Basketball: 11-8
Men’s Basketball: 9-9
Baseball Preseason NAIA rank: 18
Women’s Basketball: 12-5, NAIA rank: 22
Men’s Basketball: 11-5
Baseball Preseason NAIA rank: 22
Women’s Basketball: 13-3, NAIA rank: 3
Men’s Basketball: 11-6
Women’s Basketball: 13-2, NAIA rank: 8
Men’s Basketball: 9-5
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