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News This Week
Michigan pastor dies on mission trip after second heart attack
An SNU alumnus, Raath had previously pastored at Bethany, Oklahoma First and Calgary, Alberta First before moving to Flint Central.
Initial funeral arrangements are available on the Central Church web
site: www.centralnazarene.org. The Flint Central Church is developing
two areas on the web site; one for people to contact the Raath family
personally, and the other for people to leave public remarks on the life
and ministry of Dr. Raath. The Flint Central staff feels this is the
most appropriate way for friends to leave notes of condolence and encouragement
for Clara, Dave, and Gavin Jr.
set to take on new role
This appointment comes due to the resignation of Eugenio Duarte as the Lusophone Field Director in order to begin his newly appointed position as Field Director of the Francophone Field which was vacated by the election of John Seaman as the District Superintendent of the Michigan District.
appointment was approved by General Superintendent W. Talmadge Johnson
and by Louie Bustle, director of World Mission. Bustle commented: “Rev.
Sueia will give excellent leadership to the Lusophone Field as it continues
to enjoy exceptional days of growth. He is a product of Nazarene missions
and becomes the ninth among a growing number of field directors with
a country of origin outside of North America.”
For more information on the Africa Region, please visit www.africanazarene.org.
For more information on the Asia-Pacific Region, please visit www.nazareneworldmission.org.
2003 Spanish Caribbean Youth Congress a success
For information on the Caribbean Region, visit www.caribnaz.org.
Mediterranean Youth Congress set to do great things
officials believe this congress will be "direction-altering" for
this generation of youth: “God is going to transform lives and
call many of these youth to various ministries! This will be an opportunity
to identify and begin to mentor many of our future pastors and leaders.
These youth will look back on this week for the rest of their lives
and remember that God did a mighty work among them dsuring the congress!”
For more information on the Eurasia Region, please visit www.nazareneworldmission.org.
For more information on the MAC Region, please visit www.nazmac.org.
holds first Missions Congress
Nearly 500 Nazarenes from throughout Brazil met July 9 – 12 in Belo Horizonte for 10 workshops on such topics as short-term missions, how to raise funds for missions, and Compassionate Ministries. Special sessions also addressed urban ministries in the “Sertão Brasileiro,” Brazil’s 10/40 window, a very poor and dry area known for problems with idolatry.
“It was a mile marker in Brazilian missions,” said the event coordinator, Marcos Monteiro.
Several participants agreed to join a mission trip to northern Brazil for July of next year, while others signed up for the missionary training program that the field offers.
Brazil field plans to host the Missions Congress every two years, with
the next one in 2006.
For more information on the South America Region, please visit www.samnazarene.org.
Church leaders meet
Charles A. Tillman, Sr., Chairman of the group, reported the theme for this years gathering as "Proclaiming Holiness to a New Millennium", based on Hebrews 12:14. About 350 persons from over 30 churches attended this event.
The following persons served as keynote speakers: Robert Hires, Barbara Allen, Brenda Tyus and Charles Tillman, Sr. Each speaker eloquently proclaimed an uncompromising message of heart holiness and its relevance in shaping a new generation for Christ. Tillman stated in his message, "Holiness is still applicable in this star-studded, Hollywood smitten, politically charged environment." Later, citing holiness theologian H.O. Wiley, Tillman said, "Holiness is to be set apart for God, to be exclusively His... The world is desperately crying for holiness in every arena of life."
Eight presenters led 7 workshops on topics ranging from "Marriage and Divorce," by Barbara Allen, to "What Every Church Board Ought to Know," by Edward Husband. Mr. Monroe and Janice Ballard, Jr. led a Youth Service Saturday evening July 19. SRF also recognized Robert Hires with a plaque and love offering; Hires recently retired after almost 30 years full-time pastoral ministry. Orville Jenkins, District Superintendent for North Florida District, one of several District Superintendents that attended this years' fellowship, stated, "This was a wonderful time for fellowship and getting acquainted with precious Black brothers and sisters in the Lord. It was also exciting to be in the spirited worship services." Charles Johnson, former National Coordinator for Black Ministries and current pastor of Meridian Fitkin's Memorial Church of the Nazarene said, "This years' Fellowship was a big success. Our people came back refreshed, excited and ready to make an impact for the Lord."
The following persons were elected by the Planning Committee to serve as officers the next two years:
Tillman, Richmond Woodville - Chairman
further information about future events, contact Charles A. Tillman,
Sr., Chairman at 804-648-0777. Tapes of services can be obtained by
contacting Monroe Ballard, Jr. at 901-372-9981.
For more information on the USA/Canada Region, please visit www.usamission.org.
Resources releases “Enlarging
the Family of Faith”
Lyle Pointer, facilitator of Evangelism Resources, observed, "Some pastors and lay persons want to access materials helpful in reaching lost people with the Good News of Jesus. “Enlarging the Family of Faith” assists local church leaders in developing a strategy of evangelism that fits their context."
same materials are available now on the Mission Evangelism website
In addition, anyone can subscribe to a
free monthly e-newsletter, “One-On-One,” at the same website.
officials respond to Episcopal bishop election
The Church of the Nazarene believes that every man or woman should be treated with dignity, grace, and holy love, whatever their sexual orientation. However, we continue to firmly hold the position that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful and is contrary to the Scriptures.
further wish to reemphasize our call to Nazarenes around the globe
to recommit themselves to a life of holiness, characterized by holy
love and expressed through the most rigorous and consistent lifestyle
of sexual purity. We stand firmly on the belief that the biblical concept
of marriage, always between one man and one woman in a committed, lifelong
relationship, is the only relationship within which the gift of sexual
intimacy is properly expressed.
of the Nazarene Ministry Links
Currently on the www.ncnnews.org web site, you’ll find the following video features for viewing:
2004—A look at the upcoming TEACH conferences, set to start in
A video archive section, including the popular features “The Kitchen of the Nazarene” and “The Hialeah Story” is now available at www.ncnnews.org. To inquire about copies of any video feature for use in services, assemblies, classes, gatherings, or simply for personal use, please contact the NCN News office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming soon… NYC Highlights Video, Parts 1&2.
An NYC 2003 News Summary link is now provided on the NCN News main page, as well as a “Breaking News/Top Stories” option. Breaking news and updates will be added to this section as they occur.
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