United We Stand: Youth from CIS gather at NYC

“You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.” (Ephesians 4:4-6, MSG)

The Group PhotoLed by NYI President Sasha Lyansburg-Ferns, and missionary, Joseph Sumi, a group of ten CIS youth leaders organized a Nazarene Youth Conference which took place in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia, in July. Over a hundred young people from six CIS countries – Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Armenia and two countries in Central Asia – got together for worship and fellowship.

Considering the political events of the last two years, the tension between Russia and Ukraine, and (peaceful) protests in Yerevan, Armenia, right before the conference, one major concern was whether the youth would be able as Christians to rise above these political issues and live out their identity in Christ, and spend time together in worship and fellowship. With so many people praying for it, God answered the prayers, and there were no barriers at all.

“In these five days of the youth conference, God has reminded me that Christ has defeated the powers of this world on His cross and our God is much stronger than the one who is trying to divide us,” said Davide Cantarella, speaker at the conference as well as a missionary on the CIS Field.

Where Worlds Meet – July 2015

Inside this months’ edition of Where Worlds Meet, you will

  • meet a young woman in the Middle East who led her entire family to Christ;
  • learn how Nazarenes are being evacuated from a Middle East country;
  • learn how Indian youth are casting new vision and strategy for youth ministry;
  • and more.

Download the July edition of Where Worlds Meet.

 

Paris churches put their love into practice

IMG_1453It started out in 2009 with feeding a hot, homemade meal every Thursday evening to about 100 people in need in the 18th district of Paris, France.

Today, the Paris food ministry has evolved from weekly hot meals to a multi-pronged ministry of compassion that is reaching people in need across the city with food, the opportunity for developing loving relationships, and now one church is even providing temporary shelter to people with nowhere to live.

The food ministry, an initiative of Nazarene Youth International (NYI) of France, is run by local Nazarene church members from several churches in Paris, along with other people in the community who have caught the vision and joined the effort. The ministry registered as an official, government-recognized association called JNI France Ministry (JNI is French for NYI), and has developed a relationship with three major grocery chains, representing 35 stores, which donate fresh produce and nonperishable food items that are near or past their expiration date.

The association distributes food six days a week in six locations, feeding an estimated 200 families.

“It’s becoming a force on the district,” said missionary Brian Ketchum. “All the churches are seeing that as a vehicle to reaching needs of people around them.”

And now the Nazarene churches in Paris are about to embark on a new, innovative outreach: a food truck, which will drive around the city and offer sandwiches, hot soup and coffee to people living on the streets.

Relief to Recovery

It has been 50 days since an earthquake devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of families in Nepal. News from Nepal isn’t showing up much in media feeds right now, but the Church of the Nazarene is still responding.

The church in Nepal has distributed more than 25 tons of relief aid, including food, water filters, tents, and tarps, to communities in desperate need. And you have also been walking alongside those communities through your prayers and support. Thank you!

In the coming months and years, the church will work with families and individuals as they transition from relief to recovery. The church will help families rebuild their homes. It will build new child development centers that meet the educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of at-risk children. It will work with families as they take steps on a path out of poverty,  including self-help groups that equip women to build small businesses, nutrition education classes, backyard gardens that help families create food security, and life skills training.

As long as there are needs, the church in Nepal will continue to reach out to the least of these.

Source: www.ncm.org

Where Worlds Meet – June 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 2.16.44 PMInside this months’ edition of Where Worlds Meet, you will read from several UK leaders about the need for the church to embrace risk-taking and a new pioneering spirit; how 16 young people gathered for cross-cultural ministry training in preparation to be deployed as volunteers across the region; how the Nepal disaster relief team is transitioning to long-term rebuilding strategy; and more.

Download the June edition of Where Worlds Meet.