Church responding to needs in Nepal

A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal to its core on Saturday, April 25. The epicenter was in the Kathmandu Valley, but the quake’s devastation was also experienced in China, India, Tibet, and Bangladesh.

In Nepal, more than 6,200 people have already been reported dead, and it’s expected that number will continue to rise. More than 1 million children have been affected. At least 1.4 million people are in serious need of food. Tens of thousands have been displaced from their homes, and clean water is running out. Access to rural areas is still difficult, so a total picture of the devastation is not yet known.

The church in Nepal is responding by providing food, shelter, and clean water — starting with the Sindhupalchock district, one of the areas that suffered the greatest devastation following the earthquake. The church will serve about 1,000 people in a community where the UN reports that 64% of the homes were destroyed.

The Church of the Nazarene has a strong presence in Nepal, and the response effort will be led by local churches that are already connected to their communities. There are more than 300 Nazarene churches and church plants, with more than 8,000 members in Nepal.

Nazarenes mobilize to assist earthquake-hit Nepal

KathmanduEurasia leaders are still trying to make contact with Nazarenes in Nepal today, and are mobilizing disaster response to help the thousands of people injured or who lost shelter and infrastructure after just around noon Nepali time (April 25) a powerful earthquake hit the country. The US earthquake center recorded it at 7.9 on the Richter scale with the epicenter some 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. This would be in the Annapurna region, close to Pokhara where the headquarters of the International Nepal Fellowship is (this was the first mission agency entering Nepal back in 1956).

News report hundreds of dead in Kathmandu alone. The Durbar square, a world heritage site, is according to eyewitnesses only stones and rubble. The new roads just recently built are torn open; the airport is closed and entry to Nepal is through India, a one day ride by car — if the roads are open. Thousands are terribly frightened, because of constant smaller and bigger after-shakes.

Dilli and wifeThe Church of the Nazarene has several hundred churches with thousands of members in Nepal. In Kathmandu and close by, over 10 churches and church plants are affected.

Eurasia leaders were just able to have brief contact by telephone with the district superintendent Rev.

Versailles church attracts neighborhood with concert series

Snapshot 15 April 2015 1For more than 30 years, the Versailles Church of the Nazarene has been unobtrusively existing in a quiet neighborhood of this city just outside Paris, France. The church was so unobtrusive that most neighbors didn’t even know it was there, although they walked, drove or jogged past it every day.

That is starting to change with the church’s new series of free public concerts which began last fall.

In a desire to reach people in the community with the love of Christ, the congregation had the idea to host free concerts and invite area people to come enjoy the music. The concerts would be a gift to the community that would also create awareness and give people a reason to feel comfortable entering the church.

About 12 of the church’s regular attenders joined more than 50 curious people from the city for a classical music concert featuring a local composer, a soprano vocalist and a pianist.

“I watched a lot of faces and a lot of people were really enchanted by the music,” said Melody Terrien, a member of the congregation. “Some of them actually closed their eyes and nodded with the music. It was really exciting to see the sanctuary filled with more than just Nazarenes.”

Afterward, everyone mingled over coffee and snacks.

Where Worlds Meet – April 2015

WWM April 2015Inside this months’ edition of Where Worlds Meet, you will read how Nazarenes across the Eastern Mediterranean Field sought vision and unity at their field conference; learn how God called to ministry the first woman to be ordained in Sri Lanka; find out how a UK Nazarene helped treat Ebola patients in West Africa; and much more.

Download the April version of Where Worlds Meet.

Churches respond to theft of ministry equipment in Spain

10458549_880255325324122_8456237217826593955_nWhen missionaries Josh and Shannon Herndon opened the rear of their car in mid-February, their hearts sank: They were the victims of a car break-in.

Four bags of children’s baseball equipment had been stolen from the vehicle’s hidden compartment in a targeted theft that left behind their GPS and car radio.

The baseball equipment is a critical component of their sports outreach ministry in Illescas, Spain, on the outskirts of Madrid.

Last summer they hosted a baseball camp that saw 150 children and youth participate, as well as numerous parents who watched or volunteered to help.

In a culture where people are slow to open up to strangers and foreigners, the baseball camp made the Herndons mini-celebrities, as locals began to recognize them as people who selflessly gave a free gift to the community.

After living in Spain for 2 ½ years, they learned from talking with the local people that youth are very interested in learning how to play baseball, yet it is extremely difficult and expensive to acquire the necessary equipment.

10553565_880198381996483_2038245700469730385_n(1)Upon hearing of the unmet need, the Herndons spread word to U.S. churches that they needed used baseball equipment for children and adults. Many churches stepped up to the plate by sending shipments of bats, helmets, gloves, balls, bases and batting nets.