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Board of General Superintendent's Message to the church

 

29 May 2020The purpose of Pentecost

22 May 2020We are in this together

15 May 2020Hope for restoration and transformation

08 May 2020 - Peace be with you

01 May 2020 - Lessons Learned in the Wilderness

24 Apr 2020 - There is Nothing to Fear

17 Apr 2020 - Shifting Our Focus

08 Apr 2020 - Sing a New Song

03 Apr 2020The Prince of Peace arrives
27 Mar 2020 - Hope and Prayer
20 Mar 2020A pastoral letter to our global Nazarene family

13 Mar 2020Board of General Superintendent's statement on coronavirus 

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Resources

 

Letter to Pastors and Leaders 29 May 2020
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Letter to Pastors and Leaders 15 May 2020
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Letter to Pastors and Leaders 08 May 2020
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Letter to Pastors and Leaders 01 May 2020
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Letter to Pastors and Leaders 24 Apr 2020
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Letter to Pastors and Leaders 17 Apr 2020
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Letter to Pastors and Leaders 03 Apr 2020
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Letter to Pastors and Leaders 27 Mar 2020
BGS message to pastors 20 Mar 2020
Guidelines for CARES Applications (USA churches)
Hope in the Midst - 14-Day devotional videos

"Hope in the Midst of a Pandemic" - Chic Shaver

Coronavirus recommendations for churches
NCM guidelines for safe relief distribution

NCM guidelines for safe relief distribution (presentation)
Digital Resources to Help Your Church Connect (TFP)

Preparing your church for Coronavirus (HDI)

Coronavirus Church Planning Template (HDI)
Communicating with your Church About COVID-19 (HDI)
COVID-19 Spiritual First Aid (HDI)
How to Talk to Your Kids about COVID-19 (HDI)
Ministering in a Time of COVID-19 (HDI)
Caring for Wellbeing of Older Adults During COVID-19 (HDI)
ECFA COVID-19 Resources
PBUSA Financial Information for Pastors and Churches

 

 

*NCM - Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
*TFP - The Foundry Publishing
*HDI - Humanitarian Disaster Institute
*ECFA - Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

*PBUSA - Pensions and Benefits USA

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SHARING HOPE

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We want to hear how you are sharing the hope of Christ with our world!
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Missionary to Bulgaria sees God's hand amid crisis

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Missionary to Bulgaria sees God's hand amid crisis

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandrmic, Bill Grigory, a missionary to Bulgaria, found himself alone in lockdown in the city of Varna without access to his bank account.
Dominican Ministry

Dominican Church receives aid to help those struggling in its community

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Dominican Church receives aid to help those struggling in its community

Iglesia del Nazareno Casa de Bendición was looking for new ways to reach its community during the time of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so they joined forces with an American church to provide food for those in need.
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Nicaragua church aids at-risk congregation, community members during COVID-19

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Nicaragua church aids at-risk congregation, community members during COVID-19

Iglesia del Nazareno Servidores de Dios is sharing food and personal hygiene items with low-income families that have been impacted by the pandemic in a variety of ways.
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Michigan church expands daycare to help children with distance learning

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Michigan church expands daycare to help children with distance learning

When the school districts in Lansing, Michigan, opted to start the year with distance learning, parents were left in a lurch. Lansing First Church of the Nazarene stepped up to help, starting a learning pod at its daycare.
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Learning through the storm

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Learning through the storm

This year brought a “perfect storm” that reminds us of the story narrated in the eighth chapter of the Gospel of Luke. It helps us learn some relevant lessons for the times we are living now.
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Panama church supports community during pandemic

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Panama church supports community during pandemic

Iglesia del Nazareno Río Abajo has been assisting its community during the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways, including volunteering at a local food bank, creating a space for students to complete their virtual learning, and providing supplies like food and medicine.
Colombia Revival

Colombia churches experience revival amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Colombia churches experience revival amid COVID-19 pandemic

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Colombia churches are experiencing a revival thanks to prayer and community outreach during the country’s mandatory confinement. 
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Back to basics

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Back to basics

Wilderness seasons like COVID-19 are opportunities for reviewing our core identity as a church – our denominational DNA, as it were. Getting back to basics helps refocus our missional purpose.
Auburn Nazarene

Maine church's COVID-19 impact fueled by tradition of compassion

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Maine church's COVID-19 impact fueled by tradition of compassion

Auburn Church of the Nazarene has found a way to reach people across the entire state of Maine during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to two different Facebook groups.
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Peru church supports Venezuelan immigrants displaced by pandemic

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Peru church supports Venezuelan immigrants displaced by pandemic

A group of people from La Iglesia del Nazareno de El Povenir in Peru are rallying together to help Venezuelan immigrants that have been impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Costa Rica youth sells artwork to help others affected by COVID-19

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Costa Rica youth sells artwork to help others affected by COVID-19

Stephanie Sanchez, a young member of the Church of the Nazarene in Tibás, Costa Rica, is selling her art to purchase food that is then delivered to families in the community.
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Missouri church thrives during COVID-19 thanks to multi-generational efforts

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Missouri church thrives during COVID-19 thanks to multi-generational efforts

As many churches have searched for ways to keep the congregation connected without in-person activities, Casa Jaziel in Neosho, Missouri, has kept families involved through a multi-generational effort led by the children’s ministry.
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NCM mobile clinic serves migrants at Guatemala border

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NCM mobile clinic serves migrants at Guatemala border

Dr. Emilio Ramos, a member of the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries team for Guatemala’s Central District, offered his services to the country's Ministry of Health to help treat Guatemala migrants who have been deported.
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South America educators receive training in virtual education

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South America educators receive training in virtual education

The six seminaries of the South America Region worked together to offer a course called Theological Education in Quarantine during an unprecedented time of confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Costa Rica family gives back after receiving COVID-19 aid

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Costa Rica family gives back after receiving COVID-19 aid

Yessenia, a caterer in Costa Rica, was unable to continue working due to the country's recent COVID-19 isolation restrictions. Through the support Yessenia received from an assistance project at a local Nazarene church, Yessenia was able to start a successful new business and is now giving back.
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Nazarene universities adjust academic calendars due to COVID-19

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Nazarene universities adjust academic calendars due to COVID-19

Nazarene institutions of higher learning across the United States are implementing new on-campus procedures as well as adjustments to the academic calendar. 
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North Central Ohio District makes surprise WEF donation

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North Central Ohio District makes surprise WEF donation

During a small ordination service on the North Central Ohio District, District Superintendent Wendell Brown made an unexpected presentation: he gave General Superintendent Carla Sunberg a $22,000 check for World Evangelism.
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England woman leads armchair exercises for elderly during COVID-19

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England woman leads armchair exercises for elderly during COVID-19

For six years, Clare McMullan has taught chair-based exercises to elderly people and those who are too frail for regular exercising. But when the pandemic required vulnerable people, including the elderly, to stay at home, McMullan moved the exercise lessons to the Morley Church of the Nazarene’s Facebook page.
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Nazarene doctor helps battle COVID-19 in Guatemala

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Nazarene doctor helps battle COVID-19 in Guatemala

René Rivas, a Nazarene doctor from Guatemala, shares how the Lord has allowed him to serve pastoral families, church members, and local families during the COVID-19 quarantine.
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Spain church offers daily online devotions, services amid pandemic

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Spain church offers daily online devotions, services amid pandemic

La Puerta Iglesia del Nazareno in Seville, Spain, has been gathering people online twice a day for devotions, worship, prayer, and short sermons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Mexico border district continues ministry to migrants amid COVID-19

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Mexico border district continues ministry to migrants amid COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic increases in Mexico, Nazarene churches on the Southern Border District are helping migrants waiting in the city of Tapachula, Chiapas.
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Perú Norte District NYI creates mental health resources

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Perú Norte District NYI creates mental health resources

Mental Health Today, a program created by Nazarene Youth International on the Perú Norte District, has reached more than 8,000 people through a series of social media videos on mental health issues that may arise during COVID-19.
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Oklahoma District churches stay connected through virtual VBS

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Oklahoma District churches stay connected through virtual VBS

When the Oklahoma District had to cancel summer camp programs due to COVID-19, churches were able to stay connected through a virtual VBS program based on Sunday School and Discipleship's free curriculum Treasure Quest.
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Russian YouTube show opens more doors for online outreach

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Russian YouTube show opens more doors for online outreach

Pastor Yuri, founder of a Russian YouTube channel with an evangelistic focus, is seeing his vision for online outreach and worship embraced by thousands of pastors and churches as pandemic conditions drive them to “digital spaces.”
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Virginia church opens parking lot for AA group during pandemic

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Virginia church opens parking lot for AA group during pandemic

As states began implementing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of an Alcoholics Anonymous group at Virginia Beach First Church of the Nazarene found themselves in a predicament: they were unable to meet for support, but liquor stores were still open to tempt members into relapse.
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United together in the mission of God

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United together in the mission of God

For several weeks now, despite social distancing, the church has made creative provisions for our unity. Only God can keep us together in this way as we focus on the mission of Jesus Christ.
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Thailand school reaches out to neighbors amid COVID-19

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Thailand school reaches out to neighbors amid COVID-19

The School of Promise in Hang Dong, Thailand, wanted to help its students' families as the school began to shut down due to the coronavirus. Their distribution began to go beyond just their immediate students.
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The right time: Paraguay residents grateful for food assistance

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The right time: Paraguay residents grateful for food assistance

The Paraguay Sur District was able to assist churches in their area with food and encouragment thanks to the COVID-19 Emergency Project sponsored by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries on the South Cone Field. 
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Kentucky church finds opportunity amid pandemic

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Kentucky church finds opportunity amid pandemic

When interest in Shepherdsville First Church of the Nazarene's food pantry more than tripled, the church decided to embrace COVID-19 not as a crisis but an opportunity to serve the community.
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Nazarene missionary doctor aids COVID-19 response in New York

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Nazarene missionary doctor aids COVID-19 response in New York

Matt Woodley, a missionary doctor serving at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea, recently spent three weeks working at a field hospital in New York City's Central Park treating COVID-19 positive patients. 
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NTC–Manchester students serve neighbors affected by pandemic

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NTC–Manchester students serve neighbors affected by pandemic

A group of NTC–Manchester students decided to help the vulnerable community members near the campus as the United Kingdom went on lockdown from COVID-19.
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Oaxaca churches impacting community during COVID-19

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Oaxaca churches impacting community during COVID-19

Churches in Oaxaca have stepped up to serve community members who have experienced hard times during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenmore Community Church of the Nazarene, Ohio

Ohio church uses canceled missions trip to benefit community

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Ohio church uses canceled missions trip to benefit community

Kenmore Community Church of the Nazarene should be on a missions trip to Nicaragua this week.

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The purpose of Pentecost

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The purpose of Pentecost

The Church was born to give witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit gives the Church a voice to share the gospel to every generation, even to the ends of the earth. 
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Nazarene evangelists receive support through 'evange-stimulus'

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Nazarene evangelists receive support through 'evange-stimulus'

Before the IRS issued a single stimulus check, a group of generous Nazarenes came together to provide for Nazarene evangelists, who have essentially been furloughed from all of their speaking engagements.
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Dominican churches aid government in meal delivery

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Dominican churches aid government in meal delivery

Five churches are currently working through the government's Economic Kitchen project to serve hot food to hundreds of families in 11 vulnerable communities.
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Florida church continues to reach marginalized during COVID-19 pandemic

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Florida church continues to reach marginalized during COVID-19 pandemic

His Mission, a ministry to homeless and low-income families in Winter Haven, Florida, stepped up its services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including offering shower and laundry services. 
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Guatemala youth celebrates quinceñera by providing food for those in need

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Guatemala youth celebrates quinceñera by providing food for those in need

Elisa Quej Cho was looking forward to her quinceñera, but when party plans were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, she decided to use the party money to buy food for those in need.
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Virtual missions event helps many confirm calling

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Virtual missions event helps many confirm calling

The South America Region held its first virtual Explore event, helping 64 participants from 10 different countries take their first steps into the missions field. 
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Eurasia JESUS Film teams adapt ministry to meet community needs

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Eurasia JESUS Film teams adapt ministry to meet community needs

Stay-at-home orders put into effect in most countries are requiring Nazarene JESUS Film teams to adapt their ministry methods while seeking to meet the needs of their local communities.
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North Carolina church continues veterans ministry amid COVID-19

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North Carolina church continues veterans ministry amid COVID-19

Statesville Church of the Nazarene has ministered to local veterans in a variety of ways over the past 20 years, and Pastor Frank Turner has sought

Congo

DRC team works to feed community during COVID-19

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DRC team works to feed community during COVID-19

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, churches have been working together to educate and fight against COVID-19. A task force already in place for disaster awareness is now focusing its efforts on this global pandemic. 
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Trevecca to offer free training in remote instruction for educators

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Trevecca to offer free training in remote instruction for educators

Trevecca Nazarene University is offering free online professional development training that will help prepare local teachers as they teach remotely.
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Nazarenes in Belarus provide supplies for children’s cancer hospital

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Nazarenes in Belarus provide supplies for children’s cancer hospital

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a Nazarene couple in Belarus is exploring new ministry outlets, including outreach to a children’s cancer hospital. 

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Churches help with blood shortage amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Churches help with blood shortage amid COVID-19 pandemic

Churches in Michigan and West Virginia are holding blood drives to help combat a blood shortage created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Mexico families make masks for local healthcare workers

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Mexico families make masks for local healthcare workers

A group of women in northern Mexico joined together to make face shields and mouth covers for medical personnel from clinics experiencing shortages

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Myanmar church provides masks to villages

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Myanmar church provides masks to villages

Bresee Church of the Nazarene in Myanmar was able to give over 2,000 masks to children and adults to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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Ohio church serves senior adults during COVID-19

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Ohio church serves senior adults during COVID-19

A church in Ohio is taking “from generation to generation” literally, providing care baskets and encouragement to elderly members of their congregation during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Mexico Evangelistic Table

Mexico churches join forces to aid community's most vulnerable

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Mexico churches join forces to aid community's most vulnerable

Churches on the Mexico Olmec District are uniting through the “Evangelistic Table” project to provide the community with essential products, counseling, and prayer.
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Churches in Hungary find success in streaming services

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Churches in Hungary find success in streaming services

The Church of the Nazarene in Hungary has utilized Facebook Live to reach its congregations with one service attracting more than 2,000 viewers.
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MVNU alum builds barriers against COVID-19

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MVNU alum builds barriers against COVID-19

It only took an hour for MVNU alumnus Jay Ruffner to build a box to help shield nurses and doctors intubating a patient.
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Colombia church supports community with food during COVID-19

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Colombia church supports community with food during COVID-19

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Nazarenes from the Casa de Oración Church of the Nazarene in Cali, Colombia, decided to gather food and p

Guymon First Church of the Nazarene

Oklahoma church keeps focus on community amid pandemic

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Oklahoma church keeps focus on community amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has not changed the focus of Guymon Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma. 

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PNG hospital increases services during COVID-19 pandemic

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PNG hospital increases services during COVID-19 pandemic

Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea has implemented new measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, including creating cloth face masks and organizing a new screening area for patients experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
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Eurasia Region reaches vulnerable groups

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Eurasia Region reaches vulnerable groups

Pastors and leaders across the Eurasia Region — from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka — are responding to challenges in their communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Relief efforts are focused on vulnerable groups, including day laborers, elderly and isolated people, and refugees.
Highland Park Nazarene Food Giveaway

Florida church gives away thousands of pounds of donated food to community

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Florida church gives away thousands of pounds of donated food to community

Highland Park Church of the Nazarene distributed 30,000 pounds of fresh produce to its community on Good Friday thanks to donations from several fa

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Nazarene couple in Mexico make masks for local healthcare workers

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Nazarene couple in Mexico make masks for local healthcare workers

An engineering couple from Mexico is using their talents to make masks for medical personnel, free of charge.
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Shifting our focus

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Shifting our focus

The COVID-19 lockdown, as well as restrictions on travel, has had some unexpected consequences, including a decrease in pollution around the globe.

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Olivet opens dorm rooms to local healthcare workers, first responders

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Olivet opens dorm rooms to local healthcare workers, first responders

Olivet Nazarene University is offering its on-campus housing to first responders and essential health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Western Mediterranean churches use social media to stay active, united

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Western Mediterranean churches use social media to stay active, united

Across the Western Mediterranean Field, social media has proven to be the most effective method to keep Nazarene churches connected and united in p

Mozambique

Mozambique churches featured weekly on national TV, radio

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Mozambique churches featured weekly on national TV, radio

The Church of the Nazarene in Mozambique, like in most places, has had to get creative to reach its members amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jordan Nazarenes reach out to families in need during COVID-19 pandemic

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Jordan Nazarenes reach out to families in need during COVID-19 pandemic

As the Church of the Nazarene finds ways to respond during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church in Jordan is teaming up with Nazarene Compassionate Mi

Dominican

Dominican Republic church provides hope for community

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Dominican Republic church provides hope for community

The Iglesia del Nazareno Casa de Bendición is helping hundreds of local families by delivering food bags during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Guatemala

Guatemala pastors serve security forces, hospital staff during coronavirus lockdowns

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Guatemala pastors serve security forces, hospital staff during coronavirus lockdowns

The Nazarene Church in Cobán, Alto Verapaz, Guatemala has been bringing food to the city’s security workers and hospital staff while the country is

Pleasant Hill

Kansas church helps community face challenges amid coronavirus

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Kansas church helps community face challenges amid coronavirus

Pleasant Hill Church of the Nazarene stepped up to the plate when the state government closed schools for the rest of the academic year due to the

Rwandan Donations

Rwanda church donates food, soap to community members

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Rwanda church donates food, soap to community members

Members of Gisenyi Bridge Church of the Nazarene have raised Rwf 1.2 million ($1,280 USD) to support the most vulnerable members of the society dur

Gallatin First

Tennessee church holding drive-in services to help preserve community

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Tennessee church holding drive-in services to help preserve community

Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene is getting creative with its services during the COVID-19 pandemic by hosting a drive-in church service in it

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Florida church taking food donations for children amid coronavirus school closures

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Florida church taking food donations for children amid coronavirus school closures

For many low-income families, school breakfasts and lunches are often the only meals these children receive.

Family Food Ministry

Tennessee food ministry serves one thousand weekly

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Tennessee food ministry serves one thousand weekly

Tullahoma, Tennessee – Westside Church of the Nazarene’s Family Food Ministry has been open since February 2019.