2016-17 Living Mission: Embrace Your Purpose, Planner

Lesson 1 - Missions—It's Scriptural

There has often been a tension between people who believe we should witness to people globally and those who want to focus their ministry nearby. The Old and New Testaments show God's love for the people of the earth, no matter how close or far away they may live.

Lesson 2 - Infusing Missions in Others

Sometimes people need to be shown how to care for others. The University Church of the Nazarene in Nairobi, Kenya, does this through local ministries, as well as teaching the congregation weekly about areas around the world. A Nazarene pastor teaches her flock in Hong Kong how to share Jesus with their family, friends, and employers.

Lesson 3 - Genesis—It's a Beginning

Fifty percent of the world's population lives in an urban center, and that number is steadily increasing. Genesis is a new ministry to large cities on the Mesoamerica Region. Every year until 2020, teams of volunteer missionaries will work in coordination with a Nazarene district to begin new congregations in 28 designated sites.

Lesson 4 - Reaching the Community through Its Children

Two places on opposite sides of the globe minister to children, resulting in ministry to the rest of the family. Living Hope School in Madagascar bustles with activity as students learn English, study the Bible, and gain computer skills; and members of the Kokua Compassion Group tutor children and youth at a shelter for the homeless in Hawaii, USA.

Lesson 5 - A New View on a Glass House

The Glass House in Vlaardingen, Netherlands, was in existence for only 24 hours in 2015 and helped a number of people there. The youth of the Church of the Nazarene there broadcast a non-stop, 24-hour TV show in the middle of the city that was full of music and challenges to raise money and awareness for "silent disasters".

Lesson 6 - Looking After Orphans in Their Distress

The 2014 Ebola Epidemic resulted in 16,600 children having lost a parent or caregiver to Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia—including 3,600 children who lost both parents. The Church of the Nazarene in Sierra Leone and Liberia is making an effort to assist a number of those orphans in a variety of ways.

Lesson 7 - Serving as the Hands and Feet of Jesus

The Mango Tree Centre for People with Disabilities (MTC) offers a holistic and family-centered rehabilitation service for people with disabilities in the Kingdom of Tonga. The Kims, In-Kwon and Jeong-Seok Nam, are regional missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene and took on the leadership of MTC in 2007.

Lesson 8 - Mighty Moments in Myanmar

Nazarenes in Myanmar find ways to share the love of Christ with their neighbors, following God's guidance, planting new churches, and supporting ministry families, even when giving seems financially impossible. Regardless of who we are, where we are, or what resources we have, we are all called to God's mission!

Lesson 9 - We Need to Get Out More

Cross-cultural witnessing opportunities are nearby, if we make the effort to go where the people are. Two women in Albania faithfully walk to a garbage dump where they witness to a community of Roma people who live there. In another country, a Nazarene pastor and several church members regularly visit a camp built for Syrian refugees.

Lesson 10 - When the Earth Shook Nepal

On April 25, 2015, an earthquake shook Nepal. Approximately 9,000 people were killed in the earthquake and its aftershocks, and the injured numbered approximately 22,000. The Church of the Nazarene from all over the world responded. These are their stories.

Lesson 11 - Called and Sent

Missionaries are called by God and sent by the church to serve in a culture that is not their own. Sometimes that means going very far away from where they are raised, but sometimes it means just crossing the street. Meet the Netos from Brazil, ministering in Argentina, and the Guerreros from Peru, now serving in Bolivia.

Lesson 12 - Perfect Love Drives Out Fear

This lesson came about as a result of the terrorist attacks that took place in Beirut, Lebanon; Paris, France; and Baghdad, Iraq; in late 2015. Listen to the words of two Nazarene missionaries as they give voice to their thoughts, as well as reporting on the response of the Church of the Nazarene.

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