Klaus Arnold elected new rector of European Nazarene College
Büsingen, Switzerland—Upon the recommendation of Eurasia Regional Director Gustavo Crocker, Director of World Mission Louie E. Bustle, and General Superintendent in jurisdiction James H. Diehl, the Board of Trustees of European Nazarene College (EuNC) elected Klaus Arnold as its new rector. According to Hans-Günter Mohn, chairman of the Board of Trustees of EuNC, the required two-third majority was reached by electronic ballot on May 27. Arnold’s election follows the announced departure of Corlis McGee, who was recently elected the new president of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Arnold serves on the faculty of EuNC as lecturer, and has been EuNC’s administrative manager for the past eight years. He was a pastor in the Southwest Germany district, serving congregations in Seligenstadt, Büsingen, and Gottmadingen. Arnold is a graduate of EuNC and Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Antonie Holeman, EuNC’s academic dean, stated, "With the new leadership coming from within the college, and within the region, the vote recognizes to the work that McGee and her leadership team accomplished during her six-year tenure as rector. It also reflects the Eurasia Region’s desire for this development to continue, and for leadership transition to be as smooth as possible."
Arnold will begin his duties as rector on July 1, 2005.
--Dr. Gustavo Crocker, regional director, Eurasia Region, and Rev. Hans-Günter Mohn, chairman, Board of Trustees, EuNC
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South America regional director faces more surgery
Buenos Aires—In a June 1 update on the condition of South America Regional Director Bruno Radi, Louie E. Bustle, World Mission director, stated, “The latest word on Bruno indicates that doctors feel he has reached a plateau. He continues to be listed in critical condition and they have him on every machine possible to keep him stable so they can possibly do valve replacement/repair surgery within the next few days. This will, of course, depend on how his body reacts to all he is going through.”
The 59-year-old Radi is recovering from a severe heart attack he suffered on May 14 while traveling in Paraguay. There, he immediately underwent multiple operations at a hospital to save his life and was initially thought to be well on the road to recovery. His condition degenerated just days later. On May 21, he was airlifted from Paraguay to a hospital in Buenos Aires specializing in cardiology. At that time, doctors also learned of pneumonia that had developed in one of Radi’s lungs, as well as problems with his kidneys.
Since that time, his lungs have shown improvement and his kidneys are functioning properly again.
According to his doctors, Radi should not have lived beyond 12 hours after his May 14 heart attack.
The attack, however, has left Radi’s heart badly damaged. If doctors determine valve replacement/repair surgery is not possible, he will become an immediate candidate for a heart transplant.
In his most recent update on June 3, Bustle reported, “[Bruno’s wife] Liliana met with the doctors and they feel that Dr. Radi is still not physically able to undergo the needed surgery today. The doctors want to wait until Monday before making this important decision.”
Bustle continued, “Dr. Radi is still in stable, but critical condition. The most recent x-rays of his lungs show additional improvement. He is still on machines that help him rest comfortably. www.ncnnews.com.
“I would like to make a plea to the churches that they be in special prayer for him over this weekend. Please continue to pray for Liliana and the Radi family during these difficult days. Also, please pray for the missionaries in South America as they continue the ministry of evangelism.”
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Netherlands pastors gather for annual conference
Lunteren, Netherlands—On May 18-19, pastors and spouses on the Netherlands District gathered together for their annual conference. Under the theme “Healthy Leadership, Spiritual Leadership,” the conference was held at the Salvation Army conference center in Lunteren.
The event included services and workshops, in addition to times of fellowship and networking. Eurasia Regional Director Gustavo Crocker, the event’s keynote speaker, used Barnabas as an example of a healthy leader. While participants discussed the topic of discipleship in a postmodern world, diverse topics such as distinguishing what is godly in today’s society and connecting to the movement of the Spirit were examined as well.
Brad Mercer from Texas and Roland Hearn from Brisbane, Australia, were the guests of the Dordrecht church as NewStart pastors. The two spoke of their experiences with participants, focusing on how to respond to the needs of people with love.
At the conclusion of the conference, Netherlands District Advisory Board Secretary Hans Deventer said, “We look back on two very good days and pray that the encouragement of these days will be a blessing for the churches.”
--Eurasia Region News
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Oregon Nazarene awarded American Ambulance Association's "Star of Life" award
Newport, Oregon— Brett LaCroix, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with PacWest Ambulance in Newport, Oregon, and member of the Newport Church of the Nazarene, was recently awarded the American Ambulance Association's "Star of Life" award. He and his wife, Deborah, traveled to Washington, D.C. on May 1 to receive this national recognition.
LaCroix has been involved in EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for the past 15 years, and he has been an EMT with PacWest for the past four and a half years, recently being promoted to shift supervisor at the Newport station.
This is the 14th annual Stars of Life celebration by the American Ambulance Association, which honors dedicated ambulance service professionals. Recipients of this award are medics, dispatchers, or other exceptional EMS personnel who have been nominated and are being recognized "for service beyond the call of duty, years of service, on-duty heroism, or are honored as employees of the year.”
This year, just 98 individuals nationwide received this recognition.
The Star of Life awards coincided with National Emergency Medical Services Week, held to recognize the men and women who dedicate themselves to saving the lives of others and to educate the public about how and when to utilize EMS services. This year's EMS Week theme was "EMS: Ready, Responsive, Reliable."
LaCroix was nominated for the Star of Life award for a number of reasons. While at PacWest, he was the 2002 recipient of the General Manager's Award for Excellence, was the 2004 Paramedic of the Year, and was the paramedic who responded to the 2004 Call of the Year.
That last recognition involved a man in cardiac arrest. LaCroix acted quickly to restart the man's heart using a defibrillator, allowing the patient to be revived on scene. That patient was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for further stabilization and then was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Oregon for additional treatment.
--Newport News-Times; submitted to NCN News by the Newport Church of the Nazarene
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GA2005 communications update
Kansas City-For the 2001 General Assembly, special services from Indianapolis were broadcast for television via DISH Network satellite. Since 2001, Nazarene Communications Service's contract with DISH expired and was not renewed. Therefore, for the 2005 General Assembly, there will be no broadcasting of services for television.
However, it has been confirmed this week that select 2005 services will be Web cast through www.nazarene.org and www.ncnnews.com. More information will be available in a future NCN News edition.
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Mediterranean Missionary Movement
Madrid—Pastors and lay leaders from Nazarene congregations in Spain met in Madrid recently and the end result was the beginning of a "Mediterranean Missionary Movement." read more
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