On a past home assignment, a man asked us if we ever reported on churches in the United States when we returned to Africa. We never have. Today, I would like to share about a historic and vibrant church in America.
In 2018, the New Bedford First Church of the Nazarene (Massachusetts) held its 110th annual meeting. In his pastor’s report, Rev. Jon Helm stated, “We are called to carry the gospel to the lost and broken places of this world.”
A quick look around the church demonstrates this other-focus.
This mission focus also includes their local community. The church runs the Nazarene Christian Academy – a pre-K- 12 school which partners with the local school district. The church building is used every day of the week and three evenings a week.
The vision has caught the notice of a vibrant youth group. The group led worship at the beginning of the service with songs and lifted hands. They took part in every aspect of the service and enjoyed our display table after. (The picture only shows a part of the whole group.)
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
Please, continue to pray for us as we travel.