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Alex and the Walking Tacos by Genelle Cope
Alex is a young boy headed down the wrong path, due largely to the frustration he feels over his father losing his job and leaving home to find work. Alex is hungry and gets caught stealing money from a neighbor. Eventually his life is changed when a bus from Mission Southside serves walking tacos to his trailer park and he meets his new friend Manuel. Alex volunteers with Mission Southside and learns about Jesus.
Pastor Josepha and the Rwandan Renovation by Lynne Chambers
Rwandan Renovation is fiction but based on facts and highlights a Nazarene pastor, Josepha, who led her congregation in Bisizi, Rwanda, to make government-required renovations to their church and keep the doors open. This book will help children understand real difficulties faced by our churches in other nations, the faith and sacrificial giving of church leaders in those nations, and the mighty ability of God to work miracles.
Surprises by Esther Truesdale
This book consists of six individual stories taking place in Mexico and various South American countries. Each chapter is a complete story and full of surprises. The stories are inspired by Scripture, Christian organizations, educational sources, and experiences with children. All characters are fictional. Places, animals, and circumstances are faithful to each named country.
Adventures of the Jamaica Quiz Kids by Wes Eby
This book is based on true Nazarene missions work in Jamaica. It includes factual information about places and culture of Jamaica. While information about Miss Judy helping the children of Jamaica with Bible quizzing and their participation in the World Quiz is true, the characters and subplots have been fictionalized to make the story more readable for children.
Genghis the Nomad by Cheryl Crouch
This book is fiction but based on facts and highlights the work of the Church of the Nazarene in Mongolia. Genghis’s world turns upside down when his father decides to move the family from the Steppe, where they have always been nomadic shepherds, to the city. On the Steppe, Genghis knew what to expect. His life closely intertwined with nature, and his family operated by age-old traditions. In the city, Genghis’s father seems lost. Miserable Ghenghis finally discovers seeds of hope at the Community Center run by the Church of the Nazarene. He hears about a God who loves him and offers a rock-solid foundation in a world where everything is changing.
Malike's Motorcycle Miracle by Tami Brumbaugh
This story is fiction based on facts about JESUS Film Harvest Partners and their collaboration with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. The story is set in an obscure village in Ghana. Malike and his father, Bediako are recruited to help stop the JESUS Film showing in their village. They throw rocks at the equipment, but Bediako winds up injured instead and is transformed by the movie’s message. Malike is grateful for the change in his father, but fears that it will be temporary if Bediako’s many questions remain unanswered. Malike travels two days in search of the pastor who showed the JESUS Film. Malike’s long journey is nearly disastrous until he discovers his motorcycle miracle.
A Boat for Panama by Kim Davis
God used the children of the Colorado District to answer the prayers of a need for a boat to share the gospel in Panama and in the lives of the indigenous people of Kuna. While this is a true story, the characters from the family and church in the USA are altered to draw children into the story and emphasize how God uses people of all ages to bring others to Christ.
Mama’s Song by Anna Derbyshire
Michael is a boy in South Sudan, Africa. His mother sings her children a song about trusting Jesus that influences Michael in a profound way throughout his life. Michael Gatkek currently serves as USA/Canada coordinator of Sudanese Nazarene Ministries, founder/president of African Relief Ministries, and founder of Nuer Christian Mission Network.
Nally-Enska’s Dream Comes True by Lynne Chambers
This book is fiction but based on facts and highlights the transformation of an underprivileged village in the mountains of Haiti through child sponsorship. This transformation is achieved through the local Nazarene congregation, which launches a school, and through a missionary who introduces musical instruction and instruments.
After the Storm by Cheryl Crouch
This book is based on a compilation of true stories. While at a Mavericks game, a tornado takes out Hayden’s home, the parsonage, and the sanctuary of their church. During the difficult aftermath, Hayden is deeply moved by the response of the church. A year later, when Hayden hears hurricanes are headed for Houston, he joins with his church, district, and region to gather Crisis Care Kits. With God’s help, CCKs make it all the way to Puerto Rico—in a surprise twist involving the Mavericks.
The Case of the Lost Lamb by Wes Eby
This book is a sequel to the children’s missions book for 2018-19, The Case of the Missing Cross. It is based on true Nazarene missions work in the Navajo Nation. It includes factual information about some places and the culture of the Navajo people. While information about tentmaker missionaries is true, the Elvin and Yazzie families and the plot about the lost lamb and subplots have been added and fictionalized to make the story more readable for children.
The Mystery of the Orange Wristbands by Tami Brumbaugh
This is a fictional account of the true story of teams serving in Indianapolis through One Heart Many Hands and Shepherd Community Church. A young family is evicted from their apartment, so they cram their belongings into their car. The car breaks down in Indianapolis, and the family finds shelter in an abandoned house. The teams from One Heart Many Hands serving in the neighborhood lead the family to the hope and help they need.