USA Canada Weekly Summary


May 1, 2002
United States & Canada Edition
USA/CAN 0217
Senior Editor: David J. Felter

News This Week
Canada's Compassion Running High
Exciting Hispanic Ministries in Southern Florida
Canadian Nazarene University College Influence Expanding
Millennium 3 Conference
NPH Report
The Church at Work & Witness
Prayer Mobilization Line
Employment Opportunities
Nazarene Collegiate News
NCN Broadcast Schedule

Canada's compassionate ministry work at $7 million so far

Including shipments from the Compassionate Ministries Warehouse, food grain shipments sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene Canada, and other Nazarene projects such as Work and Witness, the value of Canadian church-sponsored compassionate ministry work from January through March 2002 was nearly $7 million.

The value of goods shipped from the Compassionate Ministries Warehouse during the first three months of this year was $5,914,000, reported Dell Marie Wergeland, manager of the Victoria, British Columbia, facility. The shipments consisted mostly of much-needed pharmaceuticals and medical equipment for Liberia, Abidjan, Cameroon, Nicaragua, Zambia, Guatemala, Samoa, Tajikistan, and Kenya. Wergeland has been developing the warehouse ministry over the past four years with assistance from volunteers from Victoria's First Church of the Nazarene.

Another Canadian compassionate ministry is ongoing Work and Witness involvement in Cuba. Recently the ministry presented every Cuban Nazarene pastor with a new bicycle. In a letter to Margaret Rossiter, Canadian representative to the General Nazarene Missions International (NMI) Council, General NMI Director Nina Gunter wrote, "I want to say a big THANKS to you and the Canada Region for your love and support of Cuba. I have been to Cuba twice. The people there stole my heart. They are so precious and so focused on God's mission. I noticed in your report to the General NMI Council, in addition to the Alabaster support, that Canada took 36 bicycles to pastors in Cuba. PTL! The pastors are most appreciative. Canadian Nazarenes are making a difference for God in the lives of His people. God bless you and all the Canadian Nazarenes. I appreciate every one of you."
--Church of the Nazarene Canada

Southern Florida district in rehabilitation business
On Saturday, April 20, 2002, el Hogar Nazareno (Home of the Nazarene), a ministry of the Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Hialeah, Florida, took center stage as Dr. Tom Nees visited and reviewed the program. Currently, there are 43 individuals enrolled in the programs of the center, a rehabilitation ministry for men. More than 100 have graduated from the programs of the center since its formation five years ago.

On Sunday, April 21, 2002, the Good Shepherd church celebrated its worship service at the Midland auditorium where Dr. Nees congratulated Pastor and Mrs. Santiesteban for their excellent ministry to their congregation and compassionate ministry. Good Shepherd is the largest and fastest growing Hispanic church in the denomination. In the service, Dr. Byron E. Schortinghouse, Southern Florida district superintendent, prayed over 17 new members who joined the church. During the last church year, Good Shepherd church has received 190 new members. Following a stirring message from Dr. Nees, 20 people made their way to the altar and made decisions to receive Christ as their personal Savior. The evening service was a grand celebration uniting all 17 Hispanic congregations on the district. Rev. Roberto Hodgson, Hispanic Mission director, USA/Canada preached to a large and enthusiastic crowd.
--Tom Nees & Roberto Hodgson, Mission Strategy USA/Canada

CNUC benefits from Calgary City Council OK
On April 16, Calgary City Council in Alberta, Canada, unanimously approved a land use re-designation for the Christian and Missionary Alliance Bible College and Seminary concerning the schools' future campus. Canadian Nazarene University College (CNUC) is involved in partnership discussions with the educational institutions. David Neale, CNUC professor of biblical literature, attended the council meeting. "I felt the presentation team presented a wonderful witness for the Christian community with their thorough approach and community-based proposal," he said. "I was very proud, and we give thanks to God for this significant step forward."
--Church of the Nazarene Canada

Millennium 3
This mid-quadrennial event focused on missions and evangelism in the US and Canada is scheduled for February 17-19, 2003. The most up-to-date Millennium 3 Conference information can be viewed at All conference-related questions and inquires can be sent to

NPH report
The Board of Directors for Nazarene Publishing House convened April 24-25, 2002 under the leadership of Chairman Brad Moore. NPH President Hardy Weathers and the Leadership Team reviewed the past year as well as presented projections and plans for 2003.

Dr. Weathers reported a year of change and transition for 2001. Net sales totaled $24.6 million. Weathers presented a strong desire of NPH to be the resource provider for the Church of the Nazarene at the local level as well as serving the entities at the International Center.

The NPH Board responded positively to the Strategic Study being conducted by President Weathers and the Leadership Team. All areas of NPH are being studied with special attention given to the efficiencies of the operations of NPH. The Board gave a positive response to the challenge of thinking strategically in regards to potential ministry resources as well as observing trends which could impact product development and sales.

The NPH Board of Directors will hold their next annual meeting April 30-May 1, 2003.

The Church at Work & Witness
Steiningers bring projector and pigs to Mexico
Nazarene minister Leo Steininger and his wife, Evangeline, may be retired from vocational ministry, but they haven't retired from Kingdom building. Traveling 1,800 miles in their camper, the Steiningers spent eight weeks in Mexico showing the JESUS film. They worked with the district superintendent and pastors in the Tamazunchale area to show the film 18 times, and of the nearly 1,700 people who saw it, 231 made decisions to accept Christ. Follow-up materials were provided to the local pastors who will disciple the new believers.

In addition to showing the JESUS film, the Steiningers used donations collected in their home city of Nashville to initiate a pig-farming project at a Tamazunchale-area Bible school. The Bible school students will long remember their benefactors; each pig is named for a donor. It is hoped that the project eventually will become a major source of income for the school, which is strategic to providing pastors for the growing district.

The Steiningers are residents of Trevecca Towers, a retirement community in Nashville.
--The Tennessee Nazarene

Prayer Mobilization Line
This information can be found by going to, then clicking on the "Prayer Mobilization Line" on the left-hand side of the page.

Personal Note
Dr. Moody Gunter
Dr. Moody Gunter, husband of General NMI Director Nina Gunter, was dismissed from the hospital on Tuesday, April 29, 2002 after triple bypass heart surgery. Pray for him as he recuperates at home in South Carolina.

Employment Opportunities
There are several employment opportunities currently open at the International Center. For further information, please contact Mrs. Cindy Armstrong, Human Resources manager, at or by calling 816-333-7000 ext. 2421.

Nazarene Collegiate News
Trevecca Graduates Largest Class in its 100-year History
On Saturday morning, May 4, Trevecca Nazarene University will award degrees to 729 - the largest graduating class in the school's history. Using the theme "Ministry: Extending the Mission through Service," Dean Blevins, J. B. Elizer professor in Christian ministries, will deliver a challenge to the graduates followed by responses from three students, each representing a different educational track within Trevecca: Derek Hutchinson, traditional undergraduate; Steve Austin, adult studies; and Sandra Wills, graduate student. The ceremony, scheduled to be held outdoors in the McClurkan Quad, is expected to draw more than 4,000 to the Trevecca campus.
--Jan M. Greathouse, TNU

Noted education policy leader to speak at SNU commencement
Robert C. Andringa, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, will be the featured speaker at the Southern Nazarene University (SNU) commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18. The ceremony is set for 2:00 p.m. at SNU's Sawyer Center, located at NW 39th Expressway and Donald Avenue in Bethany, Oklahoma.

A Michigan native, Andringa earned his bachelor of arts, master of arts, and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. He also has been awarded three honorary doctorates. Andringa was the assistant director of Michigan State's Honors College from 1965 to 1967 and then fulfilled his Army ROTC commission as a faculty member of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. He left there in 1969 with the rank of captain and the Joint Services Commendation Medal.

Andringa next was appointed to the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor by Albert H. Quie, then a Republican congressman from Minnesota. Andringa served seven years as minority staff director, becoming a nationally recognized leader in higher education policy development. He was Quie's campaign manager during the latter's successful bid for governor of Minnesota in 1977 and stayed on as the administration's director of policy research. Andringa's public service career continued with his 1980 selection as executive director of the Education Commission of the States, a national nonprofit organization formed to help state officials develop education policies. From 1985 to 1994, he was a consultant specializing in service to corporate boards and chief executives of national and international nonprofits. In 1992 he helped found CEO Dialogues, Inc., which assists chief executives in nonprofit service, and he is co-author of The Nonprofit Board Answer Book.

Based in Washington, DC, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities is an association of 101 colleges and universities and 55 affiliated institutions of higher education in 19 countries.

More information about SNU commencement activities is available at
--Stephanie Everett, Southern Nazarene University

NNU receives grant
Northwest Nazarene University's Department of Psychology and Sociology has been awarded a grant of $1,300 from the American Psychological Association Ethnic Minority Recruitment Program to assist in implementing a recruitment and retention program focused on Hispanic youth in the Northwest. Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Glena Andrews, department chair, at

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