Our intergenerational, active missions services for all ages takes place on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next missions service is October 20 with a potluck dinner at 6:14 p.m. and the service at 6:45 p.m. This month’s topic is our Navajo Nation ministry, which includes a video of recent trips, what our ministry provides to the Navajos, info about a new ministry to the Navajos and a game for all ages! This event is also on Facebook Live.
Here is a link to the latest Missions service: May Missions Night
In September, we take Alabaster Offering to purchase property or construction of buildings for churches, schools, clinics, hospitals, and community centers. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
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: Egypt—work established in 1986: 2 not-yet-organized churches; 11 members.
Regional: Both of this week’s focus countries are located on the Eastern Mediterranean Field of the Eurasia Region.
Cultural: Egypt became one of the great ancient civilizations around 3200 B.C., in large measure made possible because of the Nile River, with its annual floods creating rich and fertile land to sustain that civilization. Surrounded by arid deserts, Egypt was unique and powerful in biblical times, ruled by a series of dynasties until defeated by the Persians in 341 B.C., followed by Greek, Roman, and Byzantine empires, until Arabs conquered the country and introduced the Arabic language, and ruled for six centuries. Britain seized control to protect its investments in the rich land in 1882. Egypt acquired full sovereignty from Britain in 1952. The Suez Canal, completed in 1869, made Egypt one of the world’s most important transportation hubs. Its government has passed through numerous unstable periods since its independence. Syria allied with Egypt in 1958, forming the United Arab Republic, which broke up in 1961, when the Syrian Arab Republic was established. International pressures on Syria in recent years have led to on-going conflict with the ruling regime. Most recently, this has resulted in the destruction of much of the country, and one of the world’s most critical refugee crises, creating over 11 million people in need of humanitarian assistance across the country, and an additional 5.7 million Syrians registered as refugees in neighboring countries, Europe, and elsewhere around the world. Islam is the majority religion in Egypt (90%), predominantly Sunni; in Syria, 87% of the population is Muslim, again, predominantly Sunni. Over 51% of the population of Egypt is under the age of 25, with high emigration rates; in Syria, nearly 53% represent this demographic, though with all of the emigration due to the war there, it is hard to know the accuracy of this number.
Special: The official language of both Egypt and Syria is Arabic. The literacy rate in Egypt is estimated to be 71%; in Syria, it stands at 86%. In Egypt, unemployment is 25%; in Syria, 36%. The poverty rate in Egypt is 30%; in Syria, 9 out of 10 persons live in poverty (90%), in large measure due to the war and the economic and social collapse of the country in recent years.
Mission and Ministry
During the COVID-19 pandemic the number of cases in Egypt has reached 303,783 with 17,294 reported deaths; in Syria, cases have reached 33,933 with 2,238 reported deaths.
There are many challenges to the work of the church in these two countries. In some instances, registration issues hamper church efforts to minister with official recognition; the chaos of civil war and unrest in Syria has left the churches weak and vulnerable; the large number of refugees fleeing their country in search of safety, has reduced congregational strength; and, the destruction of properties in places like Syria, have placed a heavy financial and logistical burden upon pastors and leaders, as well as congregants.
During the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in countries across the Eastern Mediterranean Field, including Egypt and Syria, Jordan, the Holy Land, and Lebanon, many prayer ministries and initiatives have begun on Zoom. These have not only connected church members, but provide ways for refugee families scattered across the field to connect with local churches. Numerous compassionate ministries have been offered, from food parcels, and clothing, to rental assistance. The number of families helped during this pandemic, across the field, including our focus countries, have numbered 4,500, and the rental assistance has helped 60 families find a secure place to live and begin new life connected with loving Nazarene church families. In Egypt, new discipleship initiatives have been started in Upper Egypt, through our church there. Many new villages are being impacted through these efforts.
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