What is NMI?
•"NMI is the organizational representative of missions for the Church of the Nazarene on the regional, district, and local levels."
•"NMI is the promotional, educational, program, and fund-raising arm of missions."
•NMI is the organization that "provides the structure and spiritual dynamic for mobilizing the church in mission."
From the NMI Handbook & ConstitutionWhat is the purpose of NMI?
NMI Mission Statement:
To mobilize the church in mission through praying, discipling, giving, and educating.NMI Objectives:
•To encourage people to pray for all efforts of world evangelization
•To inform people of the world's needs and what the church is doing to meet those needs
•To challenge children and youth to learn about and participate in the mission of the church
•To raise funds for mission outreach
What is NMI?
"NMI is the organizational representative of missions for the Church of the Nazarene on the regional, district, and local levels."
"NMI is the promotional, educational, program, and fund-raising arm of missions."
NMI is the organization that "provides the structure and spiritual dynamic for mobilizing the church in mission."
From the NMI Handbook & Constitution
Purpose of NMI?
NMI Mission Statement:
To mobilize the church in mission through praying, discipling, giving, and educating.
To encourage people to pray for all efforts of world evangelization
To inform people of the world's needs and what the church is doing to meet those needs
To challenge children and youth to learn about and participate in the mission of the church
To raise funds for mission outreach
Our Own Canada Central District Missionaries
Rev. Terry Michael & Rev. Tamara Hudson
Church of the Nazarene- Romania
Intr. Viilor, Nr. 4
Sector 5, Cod 050162
Terry Michael – December 18
Tamara – March 2
Julia – May 3
Emily – September 29
Elena – July 25
Anniversary – August 7
Terry Michael and Tamara Hudson currently serve as Global Missionaries in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The Hudson family, including daughters, Julia, Emily and Elena recently returned to Romania after serving two years in pastoral ministry in Brampton, ON Canada. They formerly served as Global Missionaries in Albania for 9 years (1996-2005) and in Romania for 2 years (2005-2007).
Michael is originally from West Virginia. He attended Mid America Nazarene University where he earned his B.A. degree in Psychology and Sociology. He also attended Nazarene Theological Seminary where he earned his M.Div. degree. During seminary Michael worked for four years at the Kansas City Rescue mission. His experiences there helped to shape his approach to ministry. After completion of seminary, Michael moved to Canada to be involved in urban church planting and compassionate ministry in Toronto, ON. This is where he and Tamara met. Michael is an ordained elder.
Tamara was born in Hamilton, ON Canada and grew up in the Hamilton/Niagara Region of southern Ontario. She is a registered nurse and attended Mohawk College and later Brock University where she earned her B.Sc.N degree in Community Health Nursing. Tamara also attended Toronto Nazarene Bible Institute and other Nazarene educational institutions to complete the requirements for ordination. She is currently studying at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, England in the MA program. Tamara is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
The Hudsons have served in the area of Church development in both Albania and Romania. Together they have been involved in the ministries of Theological Education, Church Planting, District Development and Compassionate Ministries. The Hudsons have recently returned to South Eastern Europe to be involved in the ministry of Church Planting and Church Development in Romania and North Eastern Bulgaria.
Their children attend an interdenominational school for missionary children, Bucharest Christian Academy. Julia is in grade 9 and has an interest and talent in visual arts. Emily is in grade 7 and loves science and nature. She dreams of being a vet one day. Elena is in grade 3 and is a happy 8 year old who loves sports, reading, writing and drawing.
The Hudsons are thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord in this part of the world. They ask you to pray that God would raise up a generation of believers who will be used by God as He brings healing and transformation to the hearts and lives of people in South Eastern Europe.
What is Alabaster?
The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. It gives a sense of permanence, the attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots." Eighty percent (80%) of the money is used in world mission areas, and twenty percent (20%) goes to multicultural congregations in the United States and Canada. Alabaster funds help provide land for most Work & Witness projects. The entire offering goes toward the construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.
History of Alabaster
In 1948, Rev. Elizabeth Vennum, Global Council member, was asked to think and pray about a challenging project for NMI. Rev. Vennum knew if God wanted the project to take place, He would provide the plan. On the return trip from Kansas City, God gave her His plan of giving "love" gifts. It was modeled after the sacrifice of the woman who anointed Jesus' head with expensive perfume poured from an alabaster jar (Matthew 26:6-13).
At the Global NMI Council meeting in 1949, Mrs. Vennum told of the Alabaster plan God had given her. The Council unanimously adopted the plan, and the first offering was received in 1949.
The Board of General Superintendents approved the plan for Alabaster funds to be used exclusively for buildings and propert¬ies in cross-cultural ministries.
Now, more than 60 years later, Alabaster is still strong, having provided more than 8,300 projects since 1949. Faithful Nazarenes around the world have given more than $92 million dollars for this much-needed ministry.
How Are Alabaster Offerings Received?
The Alabaster Offering gets to the mission field via several avenues. The most widely used is the Alabaster Box. Individuals are challenged to regularly contribute the cost of items they desire but do not need. The boxes also serve as reminders to pray for those people who will benefit from Alabaster buildings.
In September and February, special offerings are received – often as a "march offering" with individuals carrying their boxes to the front of the church and pouring the money into a large offering container – usually in the shape of a church. The way an offering is received is as varied as the world areas in which the Church of the Nazarene has a presence; however, it is always accompanied with a spirit of rejoicing.
Project Summary - 1949-2010
Churches and Chapels 3,983
Bible Schools and School Buildings 398
Mission & District Centers 537
Hospitals and Clinics 37
Missionary Homes 407
National Workers Homes 1,083
Churches and Chapels 133
Bible Schools and School Buildings 2
Mission & District Centers 27
Hospitals and Clinics 0
Missionary Homes 12
National Workers Homes 27
1949-2010 US $94,924,492
2010 Offering US $2,788,904
What is L.I.N.K.S.?
L.I.N.K.S. = Loving Interested Nazarenes Knowing and Sharing
The LINKS program of the Church of the Nazarene is a network of personal connections between missionaries and Nazarenes around the world. Missionaries are assigned to districts and, then on the district level, connected to local churches. This gives each church an opportunity to become personally acquainted with the missionary family and their field of service. Typically, churches send cards, cash gifts, packages, and other remembrances to their LINKS missionaries.
In return, the churches feel a sense of involvement with the global mission enterprise of the church through regular correspondence from the missionaries, updates from their field, and even through deputation services while the missionaries are on home assignment. The missionaries are encouraged, knowing people care and pray for them. The relationships built over time personalize names and faces that both the missionaries and their LINKS churches value highly.
Meet Our L.I.N.K.S. Missionaries (2010-2012)
Miss Mary Wallace - London, Ontario - Retired
21 Grand Avenue, Apt. 411
London, Ontario N6C 1L2
Birthday: February 8
Mary has retired from the mission field, though she served for 35 years in Nicaragua, Central America (1955-1979) and in Chile, South America (1980-1989). Having received her call to the mission-field at the age of five, Mary focused on this goal during her schooling and training. She obtained a BS, Education from ENC (Eastern Nazarene College).
Now, Mary enjoys playing piano for the mid-week service, as well as at two nursing homes a number of times each month. Her favorite time each week is their intimate prayer meeting on Thursday morning in which she has participated for 17 years. She also teaches the Adult Bible class every Sunday.
Mary's favorite hymn is, "Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross". She enjoys reading, music, crafts and puzzles.
Mary takes medication to keep cancer under control. Please pray for this health issue.
Collin and Shireen Elliott - Malvern, Durban - South Africa
P.O. Box 28406
Birthdays: Collin - Oct ober 21
Shireen - March 15
Peter - June 15, 1987
Amy - October 2, 1989
Anniversary - December 28, 1985
Collin and Shireen Elliott are global missionaries in the Church of the Nazarene. They were appointed in April, 2000.
Collin earned his M.Th in Christian Counseling and both he and Shireen are ordained elders. They are passionate about soul winning, disciple making, church planting and education.
Collin's field responsibilities include: working in 5 countries namely South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia and Botswana, comprising of 23 districts. Their responsibilities are vision casting, spiritual strategy and skills formation, administration, missionary care, volunteer missionary service, overseeing all institutions on the field and compassionate ministry.
From 1983 until serving as a missionary with Shireen, Collin pastored several churches. He also served as district superintendent from 1996-1999 and assisted the South field director from 1999-2000. He was appointed field strategy coordinator in April 2000.
Shireen's field responsibilities include, office manager and presently pastoring a local church in Durban, South Africa. She also served as Africa Region General Assembly Coordinator and regional conference coordinator.
The Elliots have two children: Peter-Collin (1987) and Amy (1989).
David and Marquita Mosher - Lilongwe, Malawi - Africa Central
Nazarene Theological College of Central Africa (NTCCA)
P.O. Box 30713
David – April 3
Marquita – November 16
Anniversary – August 11, 1973
David and Marquita Mosher are global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene serving in Zambia, Africa since 2008. Previous to this assignment they served in Sao Tome and Principe.
Their assignment in Zambia includes assisting in pastoral leadership training on two districts. David serves as field treasurer and Marquita assists in training children's ministry leaders.
The Moshers began their missionary service in the Kingdom of Swaziland in 1983. They spent 10 years working at Siteki Nazarene High School. They also assisted at the Nazarene Bible College and were involved in outstation church work on the weekends.
In 1994, the Moshers were assigned to the northern provinces of Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. Their ministry involved training lay leaders as well as directing church planting and training of church leaders. The main work there was among the Macua tribe, which was the largest unreached people group in Africa at that time. The Moshers served in Mozambique until assigned to Sao Tome and Principe in 2001.
David received a B.S. from Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany, Oklahoma. He received an M.A. in missiology from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1993. Marquita received a B.A. in religion from Southern Nazarene University. David and Marquita were both ordained in Maputo, Mozambique, in 1996.
The Moshers have two adult children, LeCrecia and David C.
Kids Reaching Kids
Sometimes people think you need to be an adult to help people around the world. But there are many ways that kids can help other kids. Kids have the ability to reach other kids all around the world. One great way to help is to give to the Kids Reaching Kids Mission Offering Project.
The Mission Offering Project is a year-long offering beginning on October 1, 2011, and ending on September 30, 2012. Your church can collect the offering at any time during that year!
What kind of things does the Kids Reaching Kids Mission Offering Project pay for? Over the years, it has contributed to many different projects.
•In 2006, Mission H2O helped pay for clean wells in African villages.
•In 2007 the TumbleRead Project helped send biblical literature to countries in Asia.
•In 2008, Operation Proclamation bought special items called Proclaimers. Proclaimers help people to hear the words of the Bible in their own languages.
•In 2009, the D-Code Challenge helped to sponsor the translation of Children's Bible Quizzing material into Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Korean!
•In 2010, The Hope Project helped to raise money for children who live on the street.
For 2011, the Mission Offering Project is called “Mission: STAR Quest.” STAR stands for “Supplying Totally Awesome Resources.” This offering will help Christian schools and child development centers around the world to buy resources and build buildings. Ask if your church is participating in “Mission: STAR Quest.” Remember, kids can reach other kids across the whole world!
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