Church of the Nazarene https://nazarene.org/rss.xml en Church of the Nazarene welcomes Belgium as 165th world area https://nazarene.org/article/church-nazarene-welcomes-belgium-165th-world-area <h2>Church of the Nazarene welcomes Belgium as 165th world area</h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/01/2024 - 15:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>The Church of the Nazarene officially recognized Belgium as its 165th world area on 23 February during the 100th session of the General Board, held in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.</p> <p>“I am very excited about the new work in Belgium and the great partnership that has developed with the Netherlands District to support this new church plant,” said Eurasia Regional Director Jim Ritchie (who was later elected Global Missions Director). “I believe this new work represents a powerful opportunity to expand the mission in the challenging, ever-secularizing climate of Northern Europe and serves as a great encouragement to the church that God is not finished with this part of the world, and he is still building his church there.”</p> <p>Carla Sunberg, general superintendent in jurisdiction for Eurasia, grew up in Europe and watched first-hand as the denomination developed in Germany and the Netherlands. </p> <p>“While the Church of the Nazarene has been active in the Netherlands for many years, we’ve not had the opportunity to reach into Belgium,” she said. “This has genuinely been a work of the Spirit, and we express our gratitude to all those in the Netherlands who are supporting this new work. I am inspired to see the passion for missions that is growing in the hearts of our churches and leaders in Northern Europe.”</p> <p>The work of the Church of the Nazarene in Belgium began in the fall of 2023 when Willem Kolpa found himself missing the Church of the Nazarene. Kolpa grew up in a Nazarene church in the Netherlands before moving to Mechelen, Belgium, with his wife.<br /> Kolpa emailed the Netherlands District to see if there was interest in planting a congregation in Belgium. Netherlands District Superintendent Antonie Holleman said that in the past, that email would have been politely turned away.<br /> “But things were different now,” Holleman said.</p> <p>Some pastors in the Netherlands District had begun to feel that God was placing Belgium in their hearts. Stephen Overduin, who pastored a church in Breda, felt that call. Overduin told Holleman that he not only felt called to serve in the church in Breda but also felt God had been calling him to church planting in Belgium.</p> <p>Holleman says God had already been preparing the ground, even before Kolpa wrote his email.</p> <p>“When I read his email, there was only one response possible,” Holleman said. “’Yes. We want to explore what we are able to do.’”</p> <p>Another piece of the puzzle came in when a lay minister at Breda, a woman named Christel Filippo, was in the process of receiving her district license. She happened to have family in Mechelen.</p> <p>Together, Kolpa, Overduin, and Filippo planned a series of worship services for the fall of 2023 to help introduce the Church of the Nazarene to the wider Christian community and explore whether there was enough interest and support to start a church in Mechelen.</p> <p>“For Willem, this was a dream come true,” Holleman said. “As the host, he welcomed people into his Nazarene church in Mechelen.”</p> <p>According to Holleman, the community’s responses to the worship services signaled that the soil was ready for planting.<br /> “This needed to be our response to what God has been doing,” Holleman said. “This was not a decision coming out of strategic meetings in which targets were formulated. It was our response to the surprising providential work of God preparing the way.”</p> <p>The Mechelen church currently meets in a building rented from another denomination and has a regular service and a small group called “The Holy Club” meets weekly. In the absence of altars, they place pillows on the floor at the front for people to kneel.</p> <p>“As a district, and together with the small group in Mechelen, we take this step in faith that God is faithful in sustaining the work that he has started,” Holleman said.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-03-01T12:00:00Z">01 Mar, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.33%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="1281" width="2402" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2024-03/Belgium%20new.jpg?itok=sJmsnSBo" alt="Belgium" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div class="visually-hidden">Caption</div> <div class="field-media-image-caption"><p>For the first time, the Belgian Church of the Nazarene meets at a rented church space in Mechelen.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=77&amp;tag%5B1%5D=77&amp;sort_by=created">Eurasia Region</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=720&amp;tag%5B1%5D=720&amp;sort_by=created">Belgium</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=30&amp;tag%5B1%5D=30&amp;sort_by=created">GMC Announcements</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Mar 2024 15:32:49 +0000 dlsperry94 7701 at https://nazarene.org In Memoriam: 1 March 2024 https://nazarene.org/article/memoriam-1-march-2024 <h2>In Memoriam: 1 March 2024</h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/29/2024 - 23:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">Nazarene News Staff</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>The following is a weekly listing of Nazarene ministers and leaders who recently went home to be with the Lord. Notices were received 26 February - 1 March 2024.</p> <p><strong>Robert Crabtree</strong>, 89, of Springfield, Ohio, passed away 23 February 2024. He was a retired educator who served at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Crabtree, who passed away in 2011. He is survived by his second wife, Brenda Thornberry.</p> <p><strong>Robert Green</strong>, 71, of Sumter, South Carolina, passed away 23 February 2024. He was the husband of Donna Green, a minister who serves at Manning New Start Community Church of the Nazarene. </p> <p><strong>Florence Howard</strong>, 93, of Leetonia, Ohio, passed away 18 February 2024. She was the widow of William Howard, a retired minister who served in Kansas and California. William passed away in 2001. </p> <p><strong>John Moles</strong>, 96, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, passed away 27 February 2024. He was a retired minister who served in Missouri. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hester Moles, who passed away in 2007.</p> <p><strong>Byron Osborn Jr</strong>, 87, of Dunedin, Florida, passed away 16 February 2024. He was a retired minister who served in Tennessee and Florida. He is survived by his wife, Mary Osborn.</p> <p><strong>Don Rodriguez</strong>, 65, of La Puente, California, passed away 18 February 2024. He was the pastor of Hacienda Heights Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by his wife, Donna Rodriguez.</p> <p><strong>Charles Wilkes Jr.</strong>, 72, of Menifee, California, passed away 22 December 2023. He was a retired minister who served in Colorado, Idaho, and Washington. He is survived by his wife, Mitzi Wilkes.</p> <p><strong>Rose Marie Young</strong>, 90, of San Diego, California, passed away 25 February 2024. She was the wife of William Young Jr., a retired minister and educator who served in Arizona and Missouri.</p> <p><em>Note: Please join us in prayer for the families who have lost loved ones. Click on names for full stories, funeral information, local online obituaries, and/or guest books (if available). To submit an entry of a minister or church leader, send to news@nazarene.org.</em></p> <p>--Compiled by Nazarene News</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-29T12:00:00Z">29 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.33%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="400" width="750" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2021-04/In%20Memoriam.png?itok=-zPUhEBV" alt="Coastal Sunrise" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=68&amp;tag%5B1%5D=68&amp;sort_by=created">Passings</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=56&amp;tag%5B1%5D=56&amp;sort_by=created">In Memoriam</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 23:12:36 +0000 dlsperry94 7700 at https://nazarene.org Remembering Gregory Hephner https://nazarene.org/article/remembering-gregory-hephner <h2>Remembering Gregory Hephner</h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/29/2024 - 21:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">Nazarene News Staff</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>Gregory Hephner, 59, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away 21 February 2024. He was a member of the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene, elected in June 2023. He passed just six weeks after receiving a glioblastoma diagnosis.</p> <p>In addition to serving on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene, Hephner was the chairman of the Board for JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP) and displayed a great passion for missions.</p> <p>“It was my honor to work with Greg and receive his blessing and covering as we collaborated on strategy to reach people who have never heard the name of Jesus,” said JFHP director, Brian Helstrom. “Greg was focused and organized in his humble and gentle manner to give strong direction to do the next best thing. He led with his time, influence, resources, and expertise.”</p> <p>On the General Board, Hephner was the chair of the finance committee. General Treasurer Keith Cox called it a “privilege to have known Greg for many years, both as a friend and colleague on various ministry boards.”</p> <p>“Greg served with passion and faithfulness in all the roles the Lord called him,” Cox said. I will miss his godly wisdom and discernment, but most of all, I will miss his friendship.”</p> <p>Greg was born 25 August 1964 and has spent almost his entire life working in their family business, Hephner TV &amp; Electronics. He attended MidAmerica Nazarene University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. There he met his wife, Peggy. </p> <p>He was a member of Wichita First Church of the Nazarene for more than 30 years, where he led a Bible study, played percussion, led missions trips, and volunteered for almost any project that came up. According to the <a href="https://www.cozine.com/obituaries/gregory-hephner" target="_blank">family obituary</a>, he had a passion for learning, reading God’s Word, and sharing it with others.</p> <p>“A lifelong student of the Bible, Greg spent hours each week preparing to teach his small group Bible study everything he was learning about God,” it read. “Greg’s vast knowledge of all things enriched everyone who knew him, yet he had a gift of sharing his insights in an approachable way that invited others to grow beside him at their own pace.”</p> <p>Hephner was honored and remembered during the recent 100th session of the General Board, held in Overland Park, Kansas, USA, 23-26 February.</p> <p>Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Bonnie Hephner. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; sons, Michael and Sean Hepner; sister, Lori Hephner; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-29T12:00:00Z">29 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.33%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="400" width="750" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2024-02/Greg%20Hephner.png?itok=688uYEVy" alt="Greg Hephner" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=68&amp;tag%5B1%5D=68&amp;sort_by=created">Passings</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=63&amp;tag%5B1%5D=63&amp;sort_by=created">USA/Canada</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=98&amp;tag%5B1%5D=98&amp;sort_by=created">General Board</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 21:30:46 +0000 dlsperry94 7699 at https://nazarene.org 2024 annual report of the Board of General Superintendents https://nazarene.org/article/2024-annual-report-board-general-superintendents <h2>2024 annual report of the Board of General Superintendents</h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/26/2024 - 18:48</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">Nazarene News Staff</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>General Superintendent Fili Chambo delivered the annual Board of General Superintendents’ report during the 100th session of the General Board, 23-26 February, held in person in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.</p> <p>Chambo’s report, titled “Jesus Messiah, the Son of God,” highlighted how God has worked in the lives of his people around the world through the work of the Church of the Nazarene in 2023. He also acknowledged the challenges the church faces in navigating its identity in an ever-changing world.</p> <p>He reminded the church of its early forefathers, who, facing similar challenges, “persevered in their pursuit of unity, guided by patience with one another and commitment to prayer.”</p> <p>“Today, as the church wrestles with its identity,” Chambo said, “let us carry on the legacy of our founders by exercising patience with one another and love for one another, trusting in God’s transformative power through the Spirit to mold us into the likeness of Christ, even in our diversity and disagreements.”</p> <p>Chambo encouraged the church to live in fellowship with one another, noting the danger of polarization, which has “the tendency to stray from the true image of God.”</p> <p>“While fellowship does not guarantee perfection, it acknowledges Jesus' power to transform us into his likeness,” Chambo said. “In fellowship with one another and with God, we learn to trust Jesus with our lives. As we respond to his transformative work, we experience and witness the extraordinary redemptive and restorative work of God in us and through us.”</p> <p>In closing, Chambo challenged the church to seek the face of “Jesus Messiah.”</p> <p>“May we be found earnestly praying with patience for the Lord to guide us amid the complexities of the world,” Chambo said. “May we discern his ways and follow his path, united in our mission to share his love and light with all creation.”</p> <p>To view this year’s report, <a href="https://vimeo.com/917642665/6497836764?share=copy" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>Choose your language below to view a transcript of the report:</p> <p><a href="https://resources.nazarene.org/index.php/s/7A6Z3ryST8E5s82" target="_blank">English</a></p> <p><a href="https://resources.nazarene.org/index.php/s/Xw7jTCaqwi69FPa" target="_blank">Español</a></p> <p><a href="https://resources.nazarene.org/index.php/s/rfdf8cjRdgNxGb8" target="_blank">Português</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-26T12:00:00Z">26 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; 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He has given us a commission, and he has given us a calling. We will go to the ends of the earth and make Christlike disciples, and the church will grow because Jesus promised it would. He will build that church, and even the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” </p> <p>Ritchie will follow Verne Ward, who has served as Global Missions director since 2012. Ward announced his retirement during the 99th session of the General Board in February 2023. </p> <p>Ritchie has served as Eurasia regional director since October 2020. Previously, Ritchie served in dual leadership roles as British Isles North District superintendent since 2016 and as senior pastor of the Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Perth, Scotland, since 2012. </p> <p>Ordained in 1998 in the Church of Scotland, he has pastored several local congregations in Scotland and Canada. Additionally, he served as national director for The Scotland Trust from 2008 to 2012; led Power to Live, a youth and school outreach movement, as executive director; and founded One Trust, a youth, music, and sports ministry, leading as a ministry director. He holds a Bachelor of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Edinburgh University, Scotland. </p> <p>His ordination credential was recognized by the Church of the Nazarene in 2013.</p> <p>Ritchie gave his life to Christ at 16 and said he “almost immediately had a passion for missions.” He joined various summer missions teams throughout Scotland, and in 1982, he met his wife, Maggie, on a summer missions trip. They were married the next year and now have five adult children and one grandson.</p> <p>“We are humbled and truly honored,” Jim said. “We give thanks to the Lord for this calling on our lives. We thank you for having faith and trust in us.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><p></p></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-26T12:00:00Z">26 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.33%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="400" width="750" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2024-02/Jim%20Ritchie.jpg?itok=MLHShfBd" alt="Jim Ritchie New Director" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=30&amp;tag%5B1%5D=30&amp;sort_by=created">GMC Announcements</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=150&amp;tag%5B1%5D=150&amp;sort_by=created">Missions</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 26 Feb 2024 18:39:14 +0000 dlsperry94 7697 at https://nazarene.org 2024 Nazarene missionaries commissioned https://nazarene.org/article/2024-nazarene-missionaries-commissioned <h2>2024 Nazarene missionaries commissioned</h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Sat, 02/24/2024 - 22:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">Nazarene News Staff</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>The Church of the Nazarene's Global Missions office recommended nine missionaries for commissioning during the 100th General Board Session, held in Overland Park, Kansas, USA, 23-26 February.</p> <p>Each of these missionaries has been serving in long-term strategic assignments in diverse settings around the world. The commissioning of missionaries is a recognition of the life and call of the missionary, an indication of the missionary’s willingness to serve the church, and an affirmation of his or her service into the future.</p> <p><strong>Brian and Julie Woolery </strong>have been serving as missionaries since 2009. Brian serves as the pastor of the Keystone Nazarene church in Okinawa, Japan. Julie serves as a teacher in an international school in Japan. Their home church is in the South Texas District in the United States. They are being commissioned as missionaries on global assignment to serve in the Asia-Pacific Region. </p> <p><b>Benjamin and Hannah Ponder</b> have been serving as missionaries since 2019. Both Ben and Hannah oversee church planting and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries projects in Serbia. Their home church is in the Kentucky District in the United States. They are being commissioned as missionaries on global assignment to serve in the Eurasia Region. </p> <p><strong>Carlos and Nancy Cordero</strong> have been serving as missionaries since 2021. Carlos serves as the field strategy coordinator for the North Central Field in Mesoamerica. Nancy serves as assistant to the field strategy coordinator. Their home church is in the Venezuela Lago District in Venezuela. They are being commissioned as missionaries on global assignment to serve in the Mesoamerica Region. </p> <p><strong>Tamy* </strong>has served as a missionary since 2020. She currently serves as the field communications coordinator, child sponsorship coordinator, and translator. Her home church is in the North East District in Argentina. Tamy is being commissioned as a missionary on global assignment to serve in the Eurasia Region. </p> <p><strong>Vidal and Marie Cole</strong> have been serving as missionaries since 2020. Vidal serves as field strategy coordinator for the West Africa Anglophone Field. Marie serves as assistant to the field strategy coordinator. Their home church is in the Sierra Leone District. They are being commissioned as missionaries on global assignment to serve in the Africa Region. </p> <p><b>*</b><em>Full name and picture withheld for security reasons.</em> </p> <p>Related: <a href="https://www.nazarene.org/article/retiring-missionaries-recognized-100th-general-board">Retiring missionaries recognized at 100th General Board</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-24T12:00:00Z">24 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.36%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="834" width="1563" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2024-02/NCN%20Commissioned%20Graphic_v2.png?itok=u70CXQZV" alt="NCN Commissioned Missionaries" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=150&amp;tag%5B1%5D=150&amp;sort_by=created">Missions</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=30&amp;tag%5B1%5D=30&amp;sort_by=created">GMC Announcements</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 24 Feb 2024 22:13:00 +0000 dlsperry94 7696 at https://nazarene.org Retiring missionaries recognized at 100th General Board https://nazarene.org/article/retiring-missionaries-recognized-100th-general-board <h2>Retiring missionaries recognized at 100th General Board</h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Sat, 02/24/2024 - 21:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">Nazarene News Staff</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>The Church of the Nazarene announced the following retiring missionaries during the 100th session of the General Board 23-26 February, which was held in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.</p> <p>Members of the Board of General Superintendents and the General Board congratulated the retiring missionaries on 24 February in an evening service with a virtual reception. In addition, Global Missions has worked with the missionaries’ home churches to coordinate an in-person celebration, including the presentation of a sculpture as a token of the denomination’s thanks.</p> <p>Global Missions, under the direction of Verne Ward III, would like to express its deep love and appreciation to the missionaries for their many years of selfless dedication to God, the church, and all of those whose lives have been impacted by their ministry. As individuals, they have given a combined 156 years of service to God through the Church of the Nazarene.</p> <p><strong>In-Kwon and Jeong-Seok Kim</strong></p> <ul> <li>17 years of service</li> <li>Tonga</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><b>Friday and Mary Ganda</b></p> <ul> <li>22 years of service</li> <li>Sudan, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Ethiopia</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong>Paul and Beatrice Mtambo</strong></p> <ul> <li>15 years of service</li> <li>Africa Region</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><b>Bruce and Cinda McKellips</b></p> <ul> <li>24 years of service</li> <li>Ecuador, Spain, Portugal</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><em>Related: <a href="https://www.nazarene.org/article/2024-nazarene-missionaries-commissioned" target="_blank">2024 Nazarene missionaries commissioned</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-24T12:00:00Z">24 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.33%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="400" width="750" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2024-02/Retiring%20Missionaries.png?itok=71ZbqrJg" alt="Retiring Missionaries" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=150&amp;tag%5B1%5D=150&amp;sort_by=created">Missions</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=30&amp;tag%5B1%5D=30&amp;sort_by=created">GMC Announcements</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 24 Feb 2024 21:56:37 +0000 dlsperry94 7695 at https://nazarene.org Esther Carson Translation Center brings essential material to indigenous Nazarenes in Peru https://nazarene.org/article/esther-carson-translation-center-brings-essential-material-indigenous-nazarenes-peru <h2>Esther Carson Translation Center brings essential material to indigenous Nazarenes in Peru </h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/22/2024 - 16:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">South America Region Church of the Nazarene</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>The newly created Esther Carson Translation Center in Peru recently completed its first project: translating the Local and District Government section of the <em>Manual</em> of the Church of the Nazarene and other material into the native Awajún language spoken by the Aguaruna tribe. </p> <p>The year 2024 will mark 100 years since the arrival of missionaries Roger Winnas and his wife, Esther Carson Winans, to the Peruvian Amazon to work in the Aguaruna tribe. According to <em>Mission to the World</em>, Carson took the time to learn the local language in order to help the early missionaries earn trust and build a friendship with the Aguaruna tribe. </p> <p>Esther was the first person to take the oral language of Awajún and create its written word. She also translated Scripture into the native language for them to understand God’s Word, hence the naming of the translation center in her honor. Carson died in the mission field in 1928.<img alt="Photos inset" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ab39ac94-277d-4922-89fe-abf9ed9248e1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Photos%20inset.jpg" class="align-right" /> </p> <p>The Esther Carson Translation Center is staffed by four brothers from the Aguarunas tribe, who were able to work on the translation, printing, and presenting of the Local and District Government section of the <em>Manual</em> of the Church of the Nazarene into the Awajún language, as well as the translation of the material <em>Way, Truth, Life: Discipleship as a Journey of Grace</em> by General Superintendent David Busic and the book <em>Nazarene Essentials: Who we are and what we believe</em>.</p> <p>In January, these resources were delivered to 274 participants in the assemblies and the three Aguarunas districts, who received them with great joy and gratitude.</p> <p>Currently, there are three ecclesiastical districts in the Aguaruna area, more than 200 churches, and a membership of more than 6,000 Nazarenes.</p> <p>--Church of the Nazarene South America Region</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-22T12:00:00Z">22 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.33%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="400" width="750" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2024-02/Awajun%20Manual.jpg?itok=Wz3HSaFt" alt="Awajun Manual" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=61&amp;tag%5B1%5D=61&amp;sort_by=created">South America</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=74&amp;tag%5B1%5D=74&amp;sort_by=created">Peru</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=150&amp;tag%5B1%5D=150&amp;sort_by=created">Missions</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Feb 2024 16:42:37 +0000 dlsperry94 7689 at https://nazarene.org Côte d’Ivoire South District elects, installs new superintendent https://nazarene.org/article/cote-divoire-south-district-elects-installs-new-superintendent <h2>Côte d’Ivoire South District elects, installs new superintendent</h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/21/2024 - 21:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">Nazarene News Staff</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>The installation of Kouamé Kamenan as the new superintendent of the Côte d’Ivoire South District of the Church of the Nazarene took place on Sunday 4 February 2024 at Grace Church in Andokoi. </p> <p>Kamenan was elected on 25 November 2023 at the 32nd District Assembly. He replaces Maloula André-Aimé, who spent eight years as DS. </p> <p>“By God’s grace and support, I will faithfully serve the Côte d’Ivoire South District as superintendent,” Kamenan said. “I pledge to support these district ministries and to do my best to oversee, encourage and lead each ministry in the mission, life and work of the district.”</p> <p>The ceremony was presided over by Daniel Gomis, Africa regional director. Gomis invited lay people, pastors, and local ministry leaders to work hand in hand in order to be an unshakeable support for the new superintendent.</p> <p>”I welcome you to this position,” Gomis said. “We believe in you and give you our blessing in your leadership and responsibility. We are co-workers in the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene.”</p> <p>Kamenan received a Bible from the District Advisory Board, a globe from the district's Nazarene Missions International group symbolizing global missions, a Sunday school document from the district’s Nazarene Discipleship International group, and a bucket and towel from the district Nazarene Youth International group, symbolizing Jesus’ humility in washing the feet of his disciples.</p> <p>A member of the Church of the Nazarene since 1992, Kamenan is married with five children. In 2004, he obtained his theology certificate from the Nazarene Theological Institute in Côte d’Ivoire. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-21T12:00:00Z">21 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.33%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="400" width="750" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2024-02/DS-Cote-dIvoire-Feb%20copy.jpg?itok=xvH5pK4Z" alt="DS Ivory Coast" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=133&amp;tag%5B1%5D=133&amp;sort_by=created">Africa</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=278&amp;tag%5B1%5D=278&amp;sort_by=created">Côte d&#039;Ivoire</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 21:30:37 +0000 dlsperry94 7686 at https://nazarene.org ENC announces new college pastor, executive director of Spiritual Life https://nazarene.org/article/enc-announces-new-college-pastor-executive-director-spiritual-life <h2>ENC announces new college pastor, executive director of Spiritual Life</h2> <span><span lang="" about="/user/181" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dlsperry94</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/20/2024 - 22:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field-news-author field__item">Eastern Nazarene College</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-popular field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field-news-popular field__item">No</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field-news-body field__item"><p>Shane Lima will join Eastern Nazarene College as college pastor and executive director of Spiritual Life. Lima is the lead pastor of Ambassadors Church of the Nazarene in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.</p> <p>Lima, a fourth-generation Nazarene pastor, will oversee the Office of Spiritual Life, an office foundational in realizing the college’s mission to equip diverse students to lead and serve their world as agents of Christ’s love and truth.</p> <p>“The college is thrilled to welcome Shane as college pastor to lead, love, and serve our students with a pastor’s heart and with intentionality to help every student come to know the love of Jesus and grow in their faith,” said ENC President Colleen Derr. “We look forward to the spiritual leadership he will provide, the intentionality to discipleship he will bring, and the college-wide integration of faith and learning he will champion.”</p> <p>Along with years of pastoral experience, Lima brings with him a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Arts in theology from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene.</p> <p>Students will recognize Lima as one of the 2023 Nazarene Youth Conference (NYC ’23) host pastors. NYC is a formational Nazarene youth event in North America that takes place every four years when over 10,000 students gather for worship, teaching, and community service. </p> <p>Lima, a sought-after speaker on college campuses and youth ministry events, is known for his Bible-centered preaching communicated in a relational and accessible way. He says he is passionate about connecting all people to the freedom and hope that comes with having a personal relationship with Jesus.</p> <p>Shane has been married to Alynne Lima for eight years, and together they have a one-year-old son, Christian James. Shane is excited to develop close relationships with the students and see them experience the transforming power of Christ during their time at Eastern Nazarene College.</p> <p>--Eastern Nazarene College</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field-news-publish-date field__item"><time datetime="2024-02-21T12:00:00Z">21 Feb, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-comments field--type-facebook-comments field--label-above field-news-comments"> <div class="field__label">Comments</div> <div class="field__item"><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));</script> <div class="fb-comments fb-comments-fluid" data-href="https://nazarene.org/rss.xml" data-num-posts="15" data-width="620" data-colorscheme="light"></div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-editor-pick field--type-boolean field--label-above field-editor-pick"> <div class="field__label">Editor Pick</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field-news-media field__item"><article> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden field-media-image" data-blazy=""> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <div style="padding-bottom: 53.33%" class="media media--blazy media--loading media--ratio media--ratio--fluid media--image"> <img height="400" width="750" class="b-lazy media__image media__element" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/2024-02/Shane%20Lima.png?itok=TDVr58DM" alt="Shane Lima" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field-news-tags"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=29&amp;tag%5B1%5D=29&amp;sort_by=created">Collegiate</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/all-news?keywords=&amp;tag%5B0%5D=229&amp;tag%5B1%5D=229&amp;sort_by=created">ENC</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Feb 2024 22:49:15 +0000 dlsperry94 7687 at https://nazarene.org