Nazarene News

We are excited to congratulate the Metro New York District SDMI for placing first in outstanding ministry to adults during the 2012-2016 quadrennial. The Metro NY District had a 30% growth in the quadrennial for adult ministries,  Discipleship Classes,  Small Groups,  Marriage classes and retreats, etc.
#1 out of 88 districts worldwide.  Whoo hoo!!!!  

District Superintendent, Art Alexander and SDMI Director, Pastor Christine Paolino

(From left to right, 1st Row): District Staticia, Diana Lodespoto, SDMI Director, Pastor Christine Paolino and District Children's Ministry Director, Dawn Deane
(From left to right, 2nd Row): Michael Lodespoto and District Superintendent, Pastor Art Alexander





YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

HURRICANE MATTHEW RESPONSE 


Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, has been moving north through the Caribbean, bearing down on southern Haiti Monday night, dumping heavy rains in Jamaica, and then pushing across the eastern tip of Cuba. Residents of the Bahamas, as well as residents of eastern Florida and U.S. states along the coast up through North Carolina, are bracing for the storm, and hundreds of thousands of people are evacuating.

The storm, which is the strongest in the region in almost 10 years, brought sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. The hurricane was so large that tropical storm-force winds were affecting areas as far as 185 miles away. Across the Caribbean, 69 are reported dead, though the number is expected to rise. Exact numbers are impossible to confirm due to limited communications, blocked roads, and washed-out bridges.

The Church of the Nazarene in Haiti comprises 11 districts and more than 500 local churches. Four districts are in the southern peninsula and the island of La Gonave, which were directly affected by the hurricane.

Floodwaters and a lack of clean water sources are expected to bring a second disaster to Haiti: a potential cholera outbreak. A cholera epidemic ravaged the country following the earthquake.

Urgent needs in Haiti include water filters, food, shelter, and blankets. The Church of the Nazarene in Haiti is working to distribute a few hundred crisis care kits already on hand to provide for sanitation necessities, and the church also has a couple hundred tents and tarps available for distribution. Leaders are currently doing assessments to determine areas of greatest need.

Assessments are still underway to determine damage in Cuba and Jamaica and how Nazarene church communities have been affected.

Church leaders are requesting prayer for families and individuals who have been affected by Hurricane Matthew.

How to Help

Pray:  Please pray for those grieving the loss of loved ones. Pray for those who lost their homes and have no means to rebuild. Pray for protection of lives, especially from cholera. Pray for vulnerable children and senior adults. Pray that people would know God's comfort and peace. And pray for churches working to care for their neighbors and meet urgent needs.

Give:   Churches and individuals around the world can provide support thro ugh the  Hurricane Matthew Response Fund


To send donations by mail:
Make checks payable to "General Treasurer" and send them to:

Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene 
 P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116

Be sure to put ACM1198/F135 in the Memo area.




We Must Not Be Enemies

Doctor Tom Nees is the former director of USA/Canada Mission/Evangelism department for the church of the Nazarene. He is a blogger, writer and speaker on trends, books and current events addressing leadership, justice and compassion.

Following last week's horrific violence, Tom Nees, bases his article from President Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, "We Must Not Be Enemies."

We encourage you to read this powerful article.

 CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

A note from our District Director of Nazarene Disaster Response; Rev Errol Vieira

Dear fellow servants of God,

Every day in our community, city and country we are experiencing various tragedy and disaster and many times we and our congregation feel bad because we are not able to respond with help

Nazarene Disaster Response (NDR) wants to create that avenue for you and your people to help our Nazarene people and others in times of disaster.

I am counting on you to help me organize a powerful effective disaster respond team.

  • Please announce to your congregation that we need their availability and whatever skill the may have as we respond together in a disaster.
  • I need whomever is interested to contact me by email ozprev@yahoo.com or call (347)680-1400.
  • When I am contacted I will call a strategy meeting with all who are interested.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation,

Rev Errol Vieira 

District Director of Nazarene Disaster Response 

How Lament Quells the Terrorist in Each of Us 

"No, no, no. Praying . . . "

This simple, human post by a friend on Facebook was how I first learned about the Orlando shooting. As I scrolled to see the reactions of other friends, I was strangely encouraged.

"My heart is breaking."

"Lord, heal our brokenness."

"Grieving . . ."

"Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy."

I was surprised, in a forum like Facebook, to find a place to mourn among friends. (Usually on days like this I avoid the finger pointing and political tirades of social media.)Here's why I found this outpouring of emotion especially meaningful:

Yes, there are things to talk about-gun policy, the LGBTQ community, terrorism, religious hate-and there is work to be done.

But first: lament. Before this is about Muslims or gay people or gun rights, this is about human beings-the shooter and the victims.Here's why lament is vitally important: lament strips us back to our human selves. Underneath all our vitriol and desperate efforts to explain and fix the crisis, there are human hearts that are saying "I'm sad" or "I'm scared" or "I'm confused." When we jump straight to fixing and explaining, we miss the opportunity to be human. We continue the violence.

Lament feels like a waste of time but it's directly connected to the problem we're lamenting. Because underneath all the violence and anger that drives people to commit such atrocities there are human hearts that are saying "I'm sad" or "I'm scared" or "I'm confused." When they jump straight to fixing, they also miss the opportunity to be human.

Although it's odd, I'm rejoicing to hear lament. Because it's a common thing for privileged westerners to jump to explaining and fixing. But when we, in the most powerful nation in the world, can lament, then at last we begin to remember what it is to be human.

We remember our need for a power beyond our own. So that when we do turn to our own intellect and action to respond to a crisis-and there is certainly a time for action-we will do so without that quick-fix mentality, that desperate effort to take matters into our own hands. And as we do, we'll learn how lament overcomes our own terrorism.

Written by Mandy Smith from Missio Alliance