Our World

OUR WORLD

Following the example of Jesus, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) partners with local Nazarene congregations around the world to clothe, shelter, feed, heal, educate, and live in solidarity with those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. NCM exists in and through the Church of the Nazarene to proclaim the Gospel to all people in word and deed. Find specific ways to be involved here.

What is LINKS? A report from Anna Vriesema

LINKS stands for Loving, Interested, Nazarenes, Knowing and Sharing. This program connects each church with a missionary, either active or retired. This gives each church an opportunity to become personally acquainted with the missionary family and their field of service. Typically, churches send cards, cash gifts, packages, and other remembrances to their LINKS missionaries.

In return, the churches feel a sense of involvement with the global mission enterprise of the church through regular correspondence from the missionaries, updates from their field, and even through deputation services while the missionaries are on home assignment. The missionaries are encouraged, knowing people care and pray for them. The relationships built over time personalize names and faces that both the missionaries and their LINKS churches value highly.

You might remember last year our missionary is Brenda Gould.  Brenda is retired from West Africa and currently lives in Ohio. I think we have the privilege of being linked up with a retired missionary because she has dedicated her entire life to missions, and we can learn about her deep commitment, memories, and triumphs. As a church, there are many ways in which we can be involved though this. As we only have a few more months with Brenda as our missionary, let’s work hard to make Brenda feel loved and supported.

One way is through prayer. Recently Brenda shared, “Needs are so great that I hardly know where to begin.  One of the requests heavy on my heart these days is to live a life before those in my apartment building that they will long to know my Jesus.  Pray that my balance will be restored and my legs strengthened.  I will continue to use my walker until I feel confident enough to let go and have no more falls.”

 Another significant thing we can do is send her mail. Brenda’s birthday is coming up, February 12. We distributed cards in service so that you could write to Brenda to wish her a happy birthday. Brenda does not have any immediate family still living, and this is a good way for her to feel connected to our church and for our church to be connected to her.  

A third idea we can do is send gifts. This can make her feel loved and cherished.  Brenda enjoys jigsaw puzzles, reading historic novels and mystery books, and CDs with southern gospel. Other ideas are gift cards, sweaters, and linens.

Finally, one thing that we really wanted to stress is that as a church we support Brenda and all our missionaries through your missions giving. It’s always important that you know where your money is going when you donate it.

Getting to know Brenda and supporting her through her retirement is one way in which we can feel connected to global missions, as well as a way for her to feel uplifted. As she has said, her missionary work is not done:  she still aids in helping people into the missionary field from her apartment complex. She is still doing the work of the Lord, and she has been a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. I hope we will all do our best to stay connected to her.

November 12, 2017 is Missions Emphasis Sunday. We’ll hear from our guest missionary, Andrew Tarrant, have an opportunity to contribute to global missions, and enjoy a potluck lunch with favorite international dishes!

Andrew Tarrant and his wife Haley serve in El Paso, Texas, (close to the Mexican border) with their children, Samuel (5) and Rees (1). Their ministry encompasses both Rendezvous and Nazarene Border initiative.

Rendezvous events help missionary kids (MKs) navigate and prepare for significant life changes and cultural transitions as they live in new world areas (more info at www.RendezvousMK.org).

Nazarene Border Initiative equips, and encourages volunteers, local churches and future missionaries by working closely with the Church of the Nazarene districts on either side of the US/Mexico border to encourage and disciple young Hispanic/Latino leaders, training them for lives of service and missions.