OLATHE, KANSAS—When the timer started, the five teams of five people opened envelopes and dumped out their contents. On the table tops lay paper clips, colored construction paper, scissors, post-it notes, tape and other random office supplies. The teams were instructed to work together to build a church.

The catch? They weren’t allowed to talk or even make hand gestures to communicate.

As the clock ticked away silent seconds, the paper churches rapidly took shape.

Sometimes we talk more about prayer than we actually pray,” said Daniel Ketchum, director of Nazarene Missions International (NMI). This conviction led Ketchum and NMI to place prayer at the center of the 2009 Global Mission Conference.

 

At 7 years old, Jennifer Brown left her family and home in Jamaica to live with her aunt in England.

It was the 1960s, and some of the Caucasian students called Brown and their other classmates of color by racial epithets. Brown had had enough, one day, when a little girl with waist-length hair teased her again. Brown grabbed the girl’s hair and yanked her to the floor.

Notas del Editor:  El Distrito de Sierra Norte en Quito, Ecuador, ha organizado, con una asistencia de 20 personas a los cultos de adoración,  la Primer Iglesia del Nazareno Coreana.  El Pastor Kan Joon Young dirige la congregación,  predica a través de Internet desde Seúl, Korea, y estudia en la Universidad Nazarena en ese país.

Editor's note: The Sierra Norte District in Quito, Ecuador, organized the South America (SAM) Region's first Korean Church of the Nazarene in February with about 20 attending the worship services. The congregation's pastor, Pastor Kan Joon Young, leads the congregation through Internet preaching from Seoúl, Korea, where he is a student at Korea Nazarene University. Engage takes a look at this fully self-supported church through the following interview with Rev. Hernan Puga, district superintendent in Quito, Rev. Kan Joon Young and several church members.

Engage magazine made its debut to our global church family in the exhibit hall at the 2009 General Assembly and Conventions in Orlando, Florida, USA, June 24-29.  Hundreds of you stopped by to introduce yourselves, check out the new magazine on the computers, sign up to be contributors or to get the Engage electronic newsletter.

Lots of you also stood in line to get your personalized reporter's "press pass" -- something fun to remember your visit and to remind you that you have a mission story to tell, and Engage is one place you can tell it.

Joshua and Robyn Allen, new intern missionaries on the Eurasia Region, were recently assigned to the Commonwealth of Independent States* Field (formerly the Soviet Union). They shared with Holiness Today their first impressions as they have adapted to their new assignment and culture in Kiev, Ukraine, where they are focusing on language study.

Entry #1: It's time to go!

Pastor Sean McNabb leads Orlando Colonial Church of the Nazarene, a congregation of about 50 regular attenders in the Central Florida District. The church hosted a football camp for neighborhood children in mid-June to test out the GOL 2010 global football evangelism emphasis before it officially kicks off at the General Assembly and Conventions in Orlando this summer.

His classmates called him mfundisi, which means pastor. Not once did it cross his mind that would become a reality.

Charles Sibeko was born the ninth child out of 10 to a Zulu family in South Africa.

Charles accepted the Lord as a teenager. His passion is music. By the time he turned 8, he could play the organ, piano, and accordion. Although he plays music by ear, he has composed music in four languages and recorded his first gospel CD in 1994.

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