Across the Table: Ministry to Refugees

Each year, the Grand Rapids International Fellowship (GRIF) Church of the Nazarene in Grand Rapids, Michigan hosts an international potluck. This year, the church’s gym was filled to capacity with people from all over the world sharing singing, dancing, and food. The tables were crammed with both church members and refugees, those who have found this taste of heaven through one ministry: Community Link.  

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Active Compassion

William had left Venezuela with his wife and daughter, who was pregnant at the time, and they knew their money was not going to last. By selling some of their items, they had had just enough for the multi-day bus fare and food for the journey. They knew they would have a difficult time when they arrived, but even that seemed like a better option than staying; their daughter needed antibiotics, and there weren’t any available. Through the Church of the Nazarene, the family was able to stay in a small shelter. 

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Hospitality and Relational Love

When we are moved with compassion, we are invited to be changed by the same compassion, hospitality, and love of God the Father and reflected in Jesus the Son. In Jesus the Son, God drew near to us in our brokenness, sin, and lost state. God built a home with us in this world to extend the love, grace, and power of his Reign. And we are invited to reflect the same in all our encounters with God’s creatures.

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Meeting Needs in Michigan

Brittney had just aged out of the foster care system in Flint, Michigan, and was the mother to a three-year-old when she found herself pregnant again. Facing difficulties in making ends meet, Brittney’s caseworker connected her to a program that would make all the difference for her family.

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A Firsthand Look at Sponsorship

Just as we help those who are in need in our own communities in the United States, we have the opportunity through child sponsorship to help children who do not have that financial support in other countries. The biggest lesson we learned from this trip is that when we sponsor a child through the sponsorship program, not only do we assist that child, but we also help a family provide for their child, through the ministry of their local church.

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Caring for Families in Need in Mozambique

In March of 2018, one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to impact Africa touched down in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. More than 1,000 people died from Cyclone Idai and subsequent flooding. The Church of the Nazarene responded quickly to the needs of people affected by Cyclone Idai, giving food and other aid to those who lost their homes and livelihoods.

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2018 Impact Report

Have you ever wondered if your giving to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is making a tangible difference in the world? NCM is committed to transparency and clarity. Part of that transparency includes sharing key stories and figures from the past year.

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