International Weekly Summary
NCN NEWS WEEKLY SUMMARY
NMI Council focuses on libraries for 90th anniversary
Said General NMI Director Nina Gunter, "Raising the funds to provide pastors' libraries will certainly be a challenge. But this is a challenge we must undertake, as the future of the Church of the Nazarene and its holiness message are at stake. I'm so pleased to help support this worthwhile project."
In other business, Gunter reported that NMI membership increased by 11,923 to 779,340 and that giving to the World Evangelism Fund increased by $1 million to a total of $41.8 million. Among churches in the United States, 46 percent overpaid the World Evangelism Fund by a total of $1.2 million. Giving to the Medical Plan also increased, a rise attributed in part to the new "Gifts from the Heart" emphasis. Total missions giving reached $63.7 million.
The council also approved a joint project with Children's Ministries for 2003 to raise $250,000 to purchase vehicles for world mission areas. In addition, NMI will partner with Nazarene Youth International (NYI) in training initiatives for youth opportunities as part of the decadal emphasis on youth and children.
Attending the council meeting were Gunter; General NMI President Eunice Brubaker; World Mission Director Louie E. Bustle; and regional representatives Esther Ribisi (Africa); Jung Kyung-sook (Asia-Pacific); Philip Weatherill (Eurasia); Marleny Palma de Medina (South America); Ana Maria Crocker de Diaz (Mexico/Central America); Margaret Eversley (Caribbean); Margaret Rossiter (Canada); Carol Techau (Central U.S.A.); Sue Fox (East Central U.S.A.); Geraldine Perry (Eastern U.S.A.); Susan Dillow (North Central U.S.A.); Mary Winkle (Northwest U.S.A.); Jane Bowers (South Central U.S.A.); Nina Fuller (Southeast U.S.A.); and John Wilcox (Southwest U.S.A.).
"I'm thrilled with the dynamic ways that NMI promotes worldwide missions," Gunter continued. "What a joy to work with the members of the General NMI Council. These dedicated individuals certainly demonstrate their commitment to the Great Commission and take seriously the call to all nations."
Cunningham appointed to new roles on Asia-Pacific Region
Cobb also has announced the appointment of Floyd Cunningham as regional education coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Region. He began his new duties on February 1. More than 3,000 resident students study at the region's 14 institutions of higher education; more than 1,100 other students study at extension theological education centers across the region. Cunningham also will continue as academic dean for Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila.
district reports strong growth
clinic expands church's ministry in Mozambique
Nazareno em Mozambique welcomes students
Among the group were seven new couples from Area 3, the largest group to date from the Tete area. According to missionary Jon Scott, more students arrived than could be immediately housed on campus. Campus housing, which can accommodate 25 married couples, includes reed structures that can be constructed quickly.
Region holds world's first regional NYI council meeting
of the MAC Regional NYI Council are Christian Sarmiento, regional director;
René Jiménez, MAC North Field director; Rubén Fernández,
MAC South Field director; Mark Ryan, MAC Central Field director; David
González, regional NYI president; German Picavea, regional NYI
coordinator; Mardoqueo Estrada, MAC Central Field NYI coordinator; and
NYI presidents Milena Bulgarelli, José Barrera, Inez Torres, Patricia
Alvrez, Juan Ramón Campos, Onán Morales Santiago, Eleazar
Ramos, Esmerala Cortés, and José Manuel Martínez
"Work and Witness trips like this always tend to have multiple benefits in addition to remodeling or building churches or houses. The greatest benefit is the effect it has on us," said Mike Murphy, an employee of Boeing and a member of the Choctaw, Oklahoma, Church of the Nazarene.
"God is at work in Mexico. And even though there were language barriers during our worship services, the spirit of the Lord was there. Many people lined the altars as we sang many new songs in Spanish," said high school senior Marissa Phelps.
is the destination for the next Commission Unto Mexico trip, scheduled
December 27, 2002-January 3, 2003. Cost is about $489 from the departure
site, McAllen, Texas. Discounts for families and pastors are available.
Further information is available by visiting www.snu.edu/mexico or by
contacting Howard Culbertson, co-director of the annual Commission Unto
Mexico initiative, at 405-491-6693.
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