PRAISE and prayer for:
– new NMI leader Hello, my name is Rosa Vardanyan, I am from Armenia. I live in Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia – but my family and I are leaving the city to serve in the church in Akhuryan. In 2013-2017 I served as an NMI Leader in Armenia. Now, in our local Church I am serving as a Youth Leader and Worship Leader. Since November 2021, I have been leading Missions in the Eurasia North Field. Missions are my passion and that is why I love doing the role. In my life there were people who told me that I am not enough, that I can’t do anything, but God shows us through the Bible, the power of a person in whose life God works. This is what I believe in. I can change something. «I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13». And if I can do something for others, why not do it?
– July 1, 2021, an agreement was signed to establish the guidelines for the joint work between SENDAS and e625 toward the development of children and youth leaders on the region. E625 (Especialidades 625) was established with the purpose of resourcing pastors, leaders, and parents through education, books, and seminars throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
– Praise the Lord. . . A total of 136 people were ordained on the Africa Region . We thank God for their dedication to the call of God and the building of His Kingdom. –8 people were ordained from Benin, Ghana, Kenya and Cöte d’Ivoire. –55 people were ordained – 46 elders and nine deacons, from South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho
–Africa Lusophone field ordained 19:18 elders + 1 deacon from 14 Mozambique districts
–an ordination service took place in Angola after ten years since the last ordination, with 48 ordinands, 5 of whom were women; this was the largest group ever ordained in the country. It was a precious time of celebration.
–And lastly on November 14, 2021 – 6 people were ordained in Cabo Verde
We thank God for their dedication to the call of God and the building of His Kingdom. May we continue praying for each one of them that the power of the Holy Spirit may keep them and enable them to fulfil the Great Commission of making Christ-like disciples in Africa and beyond!
– continue to pray for the people on the Island of Tonga, for the Mango Tree Centre, the missionaries and the Church following the recent tsunami and volcanic eruption just off its shores.
– our LINKS family Phil and Monica Carr (Africa) and their requests:
—For those affected by COVID, the recent volcano eruption at Nyiragongo near Goma in eastern DRC, and violence in Northern Mozambique, Northern Sudan and other parts of Africa and that the peace of God may come
—For wisdom, grace, love, and fruitfulness as the Carr’s work with the Africa Central Field leadership team. Rev. Mario Martinez, the new Field Strategy Coordinator for the ACF, and his wife Irma. Pray for wisdom as Rev. Mario guides the ACF and that they will adjust well to this new field.
—For the development of education and discipleship across Central Africa in these “challenging days” of opportunity.
—that our adult ‘children’ Phillip, Emily, and Sarah will serve the Lord wholeheartedly.
– the Tarrant Family in Poznan. Hayley was able to visit her very ill parents in the US, for a short time, recently. Now the big responsibility lies with her sister, Kendall and her family. Hayley requests prayer for all.
Bereaved families of:
– Rev. Charles Johnson was pastor of Fitkins Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Meridian, Mississippi for more than 60 years. He was also a key figure in the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.- Pastor Johnson is survived by his wife, Shirley; sister, Ora; son, Charles; daughters Sheryl, Gloria, Janice, Angela, Nikki, and Amelia.
– Rev. José Zito de Oliveira, the first Nazarene in Brazil, passed away Sunday, 16 January 2022. He was 99 years old.
Originally from Cabo Verde, Zito migrated to Brazil at a young age. Later, he welcomed the first Nazarene missionaries in Brazil at the port of Santos, São Paulo, starting the history of the Nazarene church in Brazil. Rev. Zito was a pastor in Minas Gerais, São Paulo, and Brasília.
Thank You from the Church of the Nazarene in K E N Y A
The Food Assistance Project gave the Church of the Nazarene an opportunity to address a root cause of poverty – which lies in Broken Relationship With God, With Self, With Others, and With the Environment
The Food Assistance Project re-invigorated the local churches passion for service. It enabled the people to be deeply involved in community life and thereby making links between faith and action. The churches realized that the things they do in, for, and with other community groups, events, and activities, formal and informal all contributed to God’s mission.
The project gave the Church of the Nazarene this opportunity to address a root cause of poverty which lies in broken relationships. The platform enabled the church to identify receptive people and people of peace, who are being followed up for discipling and then enabling them to be agents of social transformation in their communities.
—The local churches registered a 20% increase in their numerical church membership.
—The local churches noted an increase in the number of people getting involved in various church ministries and
—25 new volunteers are now playing active roles in local church ministries
Thank you from the Church in Kenya for funding water / wells / health / sanitation project and food assistance.
“The project is building the capacity of the Church in Kenya to fulfill her role of discipleship in the community and also in meeting the needs of both church and community members. The project has also helped these churches achieve membership growth.
The projects Community Health volunteers refer community members to partner churches where they receive more support and spiritual guidance. The local churches have been equipped with skills to provide comprehensive services to their congregants and community in general. Therefore, the project has strengthened and supported the work of the local church by making the church more visible (and valued) as it endeavors to meet the needs of the community.”