Welcome to Parkside's Nazarene Mission International (NMI)
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM)
What is NMI?
NMI is the organizational representative of missions for the Church of the Nazarene on the regional, district, and local levels. It serves the promotional, educational, program, and fund-raising arm of missions of the Nazarene Church. NMI is the organization that “provides the structure and spiritual dynamic for mobilizing the church in mission.”
(Source: NMI Handbook & Constitution)
What is NCM?
As we live out compassion through our vocations, they become more than just jobs — we respond to God’s gracious calling to live a life that is a witness to God’s love and compassion. Such is the motivation of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries’ (NCM’s) work around the world that would not be possible without the thousands of pastors, laity, and missionaries who are saying “Yes!” to God’s work in the world. This “Yes!” is essential to being Christlike disciples to the nations.
Mission to Belize
February 22 through March 1, 2019, fourteen (14) short-term missionaries from the Auburn Parkside Church, Sacramento Southport Church, Life Pointe Church, and the Redwood City Crossroads church lived and worked in Dangriga, Belize. Taking a break from the freezing Northern California weather, they encountered temperatures in the high 80’s and 90% humidity.
The purpose was two fold: WORK and WITNESS. They worked to build the foundation layer of what will become the Bright Start Christian Preschool in Dangriga Belize— a part of the Church of the Nazarene’s educational outreach. Steel was tied, blocks were laid, forms were made, concrete was poured, and bridges were built, both literally and figuratively.
The team ministered in the Sunday service, with Pastor Dan Elliott bringing a message—The Greatest Love Story of All Time. At the local pastor’s request, team members from four different churches pulled together a worship team and lead in traditional worship songs. The service included a Baby Dedication lead by Pastor Kannan (the local pastor) and Parkside’s Pastor Michele Dickerson. The service ended with a prayer time with many making a commitment for renewed devotion to being Disciples of Christ and showing Christ’s love to others wherever they went.
Pastor Mike Finley, from the Sacramento Southport church lead a service of marriage enrichment but calling it ‘relationship enrichment’ for none of the participants were actually married. Parkside’s Pastor Michele Dickerson lead a Bible study, sharing her testimony and teaching from the Gospel of John, Chapter 10. Pastor Michele, Sky and Mac Lujan, Hannah Vaughan and others did sports and fun outreach in the park for children’s and teens. Sacramento Southport’s EiDee Finley, and Parkside’s Ora Gregory worked in a sewing ministry outreach to the community, teaching people to sew as a means to making a living.
The gospel was taught along with sewing. Parkside’s Betty Elliott, and others prepared team lunches every day. The week was exhausting, productive, and an experience of relationship building that all team members plan to sustain through future trips to complete the project.
Mission to Belize
The Parkside members of the Western Sacramento District Work and Witness team joined up with our colleagues after an exhausting 24-hour flight delay.
But people were praying and we finally arrived safely, procured our van, picked up our other team members and headed out for the three-hour drive from Belize City to the coastal city of Dangriga.
We have been working on the Bright Start Nazarene Preschool in the Dangriga Church of the Nazarene for the past four years.
After catching up with our team colleagues form the Glendora Church (Los Angeles District) team we met for instructions on Sunday morning. Pastor Dan Elliott brought a message of hope, healing, and holiness. 15 people came to the altar for prayer with team members. Church was followed with a time of fellowship with our friends at the Dangriga Church and then some preparation for Monday’s work tasks. Sky and Mac Lujan ran their annual soccer outreach activity, and shared the Gospel with young people and adults using the “Evangaball.”
Monday came early about 5:30 am to prepare for our team meeting and devotions. After breakfast at the Pelican Resort we were off to the church about two miles away.
- mixing concrete
- floating the preschool floors (in preparation for tiling by the second week teams)
- repairing window casings (yes that is Pastor Michele with a huge hammer and a reciprocating saw in her hand)
- Constructing a block sandbox (the former wood one had rotted) Notice Pastor Michele lifting heavy block and mortaring them in place with Hannah
- There was a sewing ministry outreach several days each week
- We showed a film about the life of Jesus and shared the Gospel. Twenty (20) people responded to accept or rededicate lives to Christ
The team worked tirelessly from morning to evening and then returned to the church most nights for some type of a witness and sharing activity. During the week we baptized persons seeking to cement their commitment to Christ with this public testimony. On Thursday the team took a trip across the country to visit Xunantunich (shune-a-tune-ich) a Myan city from AD 700-1000 era. This is one of the top ten Mya sites of Belize.
On Friday we loaded up the van for return to the airport to catch flights home.