Our intergenerational, active missions services for all ages takes place on the third Wednesday of each month. The service begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. This event is also on Facebook Live.
Here is a link to the latest Missions service: March Missions Night
The latest issue of NCM Magazine is now online! We are excited to share stories of Nazarene churches who are serving with Christ’s compassion around the world.
In this issue, you will read stories of churches who are illuminating dignity and hope for people who are vulnerable, hurting, and alone. Read today about an urban ministry uplifting the Near Eastside neighborhood of Indianapolis, medical professionals who volunteered in the Navajo Nation during the COVID-19 panademic, and an outreach to those facing addiction in Moldova. When hope seems farther away, the church is present to bring it a little closer.
Prayer Mobilization Line
Countries of Focus
General: Grenada—work established in 1977: 2 organized churches; 57 members
Regional: Located on the Caribbean Field of the Mesoamerica Region
Cultural: These islands are known as Windward Islands. Grenada, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 has had a history of both French and British rule, eventually gaining independence in 1974. St. Lucia changed possession between the French and the British 14 times during the 17th and 18th centuries, finally becoming part of the British Windward Islands in 1814, gaining its independence in 1979. Independence for St. Vincent and the Grenadines came in 1979. All three countries were agricultural producers through the transport and use of African slave labor for European nations until the abolition of slavery by the British in 1834. The majority religion is Christianity (Grenada-85%), St. Lucia (87%), and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (81%). The percentage of the populations under the age of 25 is 37% in Grenada; 33% in St. Lucia; and 35% in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Special: The official languages of these focus countries is English, with some French patois (regional dialect). The literacy rate in Grenada is 99%, in St. Lucia, 78%, and in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 96%. While unemployment rates are quite high, only Grenada identifies those living under the poverty line in Grenada as 38%. St. Lucia is estimated at near 20%; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines at 30% due to few and low-paying job opportunities.
Mission and Ministry
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Grenada reports 155 cases, with one death. St. Vincent and the Grenadines report 1,790 cases, with 10 deaths.
These island nations have struggled with the devastation of major hurricanes in 2004-2005 that destroyed over 90% of the buildings on the island of Grenada. Communications remains a challenge, and the isolation of people on these islands presents a challenge to the development of a strong sense of community between them.
Though Christianity is the primary religion, many are only nominal Christians (Christians in name only), due to their early French legacy. Nominalism becomes a great challenge, in that all who simply believe themselves to be Christian often fail to see the imperatives of the gospel or the need for openness to the transformation that Jesus can actually make in one’s life. Misunderstandings of holiness contribute to a lack of real fruit. The Church of the Nazarene needs to redress these misunderstandings with sound teaching of the gospel, scriptural holiness, and transformed lives, so the preparation of next-generation pastors and leaders is critical.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, some churches have managed to find creative ways to connect, utilizing online platforms for worship and ministry. Efforts to continue to establish new churches and fellowships have been blessed.
Special Prayer for St. Vincent: Many will already know of the massive volcanic eruption on St. Vincent on 9-10 April. This has led to widespread displacement of persons, and increased concern for the health and safety of the population, especially due to the fine particles in the air exacerbating complications due to COVID-19 respiratory problems. It is expected that the volcano, La Soufrière, will erupt even more in the days ahead. Pray for those living and serving in St. Vincent, that they may find meaningful ways to address needs and share the love of Christ at this critical time.
Nazarene 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.
Nazarene Missions International: https://nazarene.org/mission