Nazarene Missions International
Our church has a keen interest in spreading the good news of Jesus to other parts of the world. Each local Church of the Nazarene has a committee referred to as Nazarene Missions International (NMI). It is “the church-relations heart of World Mission within each local church, the promotional arm of the Church of the Nazarene. The purpose of NMI is to mobilize churches in mission through praying about missions, discipling members to work in the field of missions, giving to missions, and educating the congregation about missions. The Summerside Church of the Nazarene contributes to the International Church of the Nazarene’s World Evangelism Fund. The following are some of the mission related programs of the Church of the Nazarene. For more information, visit the Nazarene Global Missions website.
The Church of the Nazarene is an active participant in the Jesus Film Project, organizing teams to show the Jesus film. This project has helped to form 449 Nazarene JESUS Film teams to share God’s love with the lost. This powerful film has had several billion viewings worldwide since 1979. As a result more than 200 million people have indicated decisions to accept Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.
Work and Witness
Work and Witness sends teams of volunteers into cross-cultural situations primarily to construct buildings on the mission field. Since it was formed in 1976, almost 200,000 participants have given over 13 million hours of work. The Summerside Church of the Nazarene has sent several groups and individuals to Work and Witness activities – a life changing experience for the participants.
Compassionate Ministries brings relief to every part of the world that has been affected by war, famine, hurricane, flood, and other natural and human-made disasters. It operates over 100 Child Development Centers, providing for more than 11,000 sponsored children in over 70 countries. It currently operates nutritional programs for over 50,000 children. It also has approximately 64 medical clinics and hospitals worldwide.
The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. While we understand the church consists of the people of God and not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to “put down roots.” Alabaster funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers. The Alabaster Offering gets to the mission field via several avenues. In our church we use the Alabaster Box to collect for this fund. Individuals are challenged to regularly contribute the cost of items they desire but do not need and place them in the box. Then, usually in September and February, the boxes are collected with a “march offering” with individuals carrying their boxes to the front of the church and pouring their money into a large offering container. This is a great spirit of praise during this wonderful time of giving.
Did you know?
- Nazarene Missions International has 712 missionaries from 27 world areas who are working in 159 world areas?
- There are 28,310 churches in mission areas with 2.15 million members.
- NMI partnered with pastors, church boards, Global Mission, and Stewardship to help churches raise $38.2 million (USD) in funds for the World Evangelism Fund during 2012.
- There are 5 graduate seminaries, 31 undergraduate Bible/theological colleges, 14 liberal arts institutions, 2 nurses training colleges, and 1 teacher training college with a combined enrollment of over 52,000 students globally.
Is God calling you to missions work? Are you interested in volunteering for a short-term mission trip to a foreign country? The Nazarene Missions International needs you. Check out their information page. What is it like to volunteer in a foreign country? Read some real life experiences of people who have volunteered.
The Purpose of NMI – To mobilize the local church in missions through: