God revealed His mission in His Word. This becomes apparent in the book of Genesis and is interwoven throughout the entire Bible through the book of Revelation. God created humankind for fellowship with Him. Once that possibility was destroyed by sin, God’s plan to redeem humanity and renew this possibility began. This is where our concept of Christian missions begins and is centered.
Dr. Charles Gailey and Dr. Howard Culbertson presented a workshop entitled “What in the World is God Doing?” at the 2009 Nazarene Global Missions Conference where this was addressed in greater depth.
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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
With these words, we have clear direction to go to all peoples and all nations. Nazarene Missions International, or NMI, is the arm of the church that provides the opportunity for everyone to be involved in fulfilling the Great Commission in all nations. No one can go to every country to bring the good news to all peoples and many cannot leave their country at all. However, NMI gives everyone – men, women, youth, and children – the opportunity to participate even if they cannot physically go there.
Responding to God’s command is a personal decision and the actions of individuals are important. But when a lot of individuals work together, a whole lot more can be accomplished to impact the world for Christ. NMI organizes and offers many opportunities to be involved in spreading the gospel as individuals and churches work together.
Many of the opportunities for participating in God’s mission through NMI are focused around four objectives: praying, discipling, giving, and educating.
To encourage people to pray for all efforts of world evangelisation.
To challenge, mentor, and involve children and youth in learning about and participating in the mission of the church.
To raise funds for global mission outreach.
To inform people of the world’s needs and what the church is doing to meet those needs.