NEWS WEEKLY SUMMARY
Senior Editor: David J. Felter
News This Week
Nazarenes Face Erupting Volcano In Congo
Imprisoned Nazarenes Released
Venezuela Celebrates 20 Years
Youth In Mission In Dedicated Ministry
What Is TOBIAS?
Morsch Memorial Chapel
Venezuela Sends First Missionary
General Superintendent's Jurisdictional Assignments
Son Of Elmer Towns Killed
Satellite Broadcast Schedule
caught by volcanic eruption
A volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) erupted January 17,
sending torrents of lava toward the capital city of Goma, 12 miles to
the south. Of the 4,000 Nazarene families living in the area, at least
500 are believed to be homeless as a result of the eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo.
At least four Nazarene churches and two primary schools have been destroyed.
to the United Nations, up to 600,000 people have been affected. Estimates
of those displaced range as high as 450,000. The initial flows killed
at least 45, and 50 others were killed in Goma when lava flows ignited
gasoline and diesel fuel stored in elevated tanks. CNN reported that about
40 percent of Goma has been destroyed, including about one-fourth of the
city's airstrip, and as many as 14 villages also were incinerated. The
disaster adds further misery to that already caused by the DRC's long-running
Compassionate Ministries has advanced $10,000 for initial relief supplies
of food, water, blankets, tarpaulins, and medicine, but more is needed.
Long-term assistance, such as seeds, farming tools, and building supplies,
also is critical. Those wishing to donate to the relief effort should
make checks payable to "General Treasurer," mark them "Congo
Volcano ACM1635," and mail them to General Treasurer, 6401 The Paseo,
Kansas City, MO 64131. In Canada, checks should be made payable and sent
to Church of the Nazarene Canada, 20 Regan Rd., Unit 9, Brampton, Ontario
L7A 1C3. All donations sent through the general treasurer's office will
receive 10% Mission Special credit if the local church is identified.
As a result of the continued prayers of concerned Nazarenes, four pastors
and two laymen who had been arrested and imprisoned for evangelistic work
in a Creative Access Area, have been released. Communication problems
made it difficult to verify their welfare until just recently. They were
all released shortly before the new year
Venezuela sets 20th anniversary celebration
The 20th anniversary of the work of the Church of the Nazarene in
Venezuela will be celebrated March 28-30, 2002, in Barinas. Bill and Juanita
Porter, who opened the work in 1982, will be on hand, as will World Mission
Director Louie Bustle. The event will feature workshops and panel discussions
on holiness and is expected to include graduation ceremonies for students
who will have completed the CENETA program, which offers theological education
in Mission carries on despite world unrest
In spite of terrorist activity and unsettled political situations, Youth
in Mission (YIM) will send 95 to 100 students in teams across the globe
this summer. Over a period of nine weeks, the teams will minister on mission
fields from Asia to Europe to the Caribbean and elsewhere.
YIM had to scrap plans to send two teams to creative access nations due
to safety concerns, two other teams will minister in other countries that
are closed to missionaries. Among other ministry sites are Los Angeles,
where a legal team will offer free legal services to the homeless; Africa,
where three teams will teach young people about AIDS prevention and serve
AIDS orphans and other teams will work with local YIM teams to develop
youth ministry; Madagascar, where a team will reach out to child prostitutes;
and Tonga, where teams will work to establish the Church of the Nazarene.
In addition, one team will travel through the Balkan states specifically
to pray for the church's work there, and other teams will continue friendship
evangelism through Croatia and Slovenia. Outreach to children and youth
will continue in countries such as Russia, Bangladesh, Australia, Ukraine,
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Italy, and Côte d'Ivoire.
Videos provide Spanish-language discipleship training
World Mission Communications South America has announced the upcoming
release of TOBIAS, a Spanish-language video series that backs up the success
of the JESUS film in South America. The six-video series provides discipleship
training geared to the new Christian and addresses testimony, prayer,
the Bible, church, worship, and sanctification. Jorge Julca, director
of academic affairs at Seminario Nazareno Sudamericano in Buenos Aires,
hosts the series. Now in final editing, the series is expected to be released
make the videos useful to all evangelical Spanish-speaking churches worldwide,
the project purposely was not identified by the Nazarene name, but the
series is firmly grounded in holiness doctrine. South America Regional
Director Bruno Radi estimates that 1 million people worldwide eventually
will view the videos.
family builds memorial chapel in Peru
Twenty-one members of the Morsch family and nine family friends celebrated
Christmas 2001 in the jungles of Peru, where they traveled to build a
chapel in memory of Pat Morsch, who died of cancer in 1997. Pat Morsch
was the wife of J. V. Morsch, Nazarene Disaster Response national director,
and mother of Gary Morsch, founder and president of the international
aid organization Heart to Heart. The team met in Miami to fly to Lima
on December 18, 2001, and returned to the United States on January 2,
30' x 80' chapel was built deep in the jungles of the western Amazon for
Aguaruna Indians who have become Nazarenes through the ministry of pioneer
missionaries Larry and Addie Garman. Pat Morsch's home church, Central
Nazarene in Orlando, Florida, helped raise funds to buy materials for
the chapel. In addition to the chapel, which was dedicated December 23,
the team also conducted medical clinics among the Aguarunas and built
a dormitory for students at the Instituto Biblico Nazareno in Bagua Chica.
Morsch's detailed and delightful account of the Pat Morsch Memorial Expedition
to Peru is available at http://www.hearttoheart.org
sends out first missionary
José David Acosta, the first missionary to be sent out from Venezuela,
arrived in Argentina on January 20 to begin a regional two-year missionary
intern contract. He has been assigned to assist South America Regional
Director Bruno Radi. Among his duties are overseeing construction at the
regional office compound, helping produce JESUS film chapels, teaching
at the local seminary, and assisting Work and Witness teams.
studied for two years at Seminario Teologico Nazareno Sudamericano in
Quito, Ecuador, graduating with a bachelor's degree. He worked as a volunteer
for five years in Venezuela with Work and Witness ministries. He was called
to missions in 1993.
Superintendent's jurisdictional assignments
OF GENERAL SUPERINTENDENTS
Officers (January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2003):
W. Talmadge Johnson, Chairman
Jim L. Bond, Vice-Chairman
Jesse C. Middendorf, Secretary
Jurisdictional Assignments (January 1, 2002-July 31, 2003)
Headquarters Entities, International, and Institutional Jurisdictions
Mission Literature Ministries
World Evangelism Broadcast
Technology & Research
Treasurer/ Headquarters Financial
Board of Education
Vernon Nazarene College
of Elmer Towns Killed
NCN News has learned that the son of Dr. Elmer and Ruth Towns was killed
in an auto accident late Saturday evening while driving back to Lynchburg,
Va. from Washington, DC. He was a Professor at Liberty University. His
father, Dr. Elmer Towns co-authored the book, Developing A Giving Church
with Dr. Stan Toler, pastor of the Oklahoma Trinity Church of the Nazarene.
Additionally Dr. and Mrs. Towns co-authored Christmas Traditions with
Stan and Linda Toler, which is published by Beacon Hill Press. The Senior
Towns has spoken in nearly every Nazarene District Sunday School Convention
as well as district clergy retreats.
services were held January 29, 2002 at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg,
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