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.
Missions Directories reach specific Mission Ministries at Parkside as well as some of these featured ministry resources:
Across the years the Church of the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry has provided major recovery help to people in the US and around the world following natural disasters. One of the ways we do this is to send “Crisis Care Kits.”
At Parkside our missions ministry is always in the process of collecting and packaging these kits to send to the Crisis Care Kit warehouse.
Lately, with all the disasters this year alone the warehouse inventory has been depleted so they are asking our church to send more boxes of these very helpful kit.
Pastor Dan Elliott and the Crisis Care Kit Team will collect them and get them to the right place. Gather NEW items in quantities listed below. Assemble Crisis Care Kits (CCKs) and seal the Ziploc bags. Include only those items listed below. Deviating from this list can cause an entire shipment to be rejected in customs.
Set the CCKs in groups of six (6) to determine the number of banana boxes needed.
Pick up a plastic bag at the back of the worship center on Sunday. It contains a list of items to provide. You can get them at any dollar store. Return the kits, even insert a small note or card expressing God’s love.
Pack contents below into a clear 2-gallon OR 2.5-gallon plastic Ziploc bag and seal:
- 1 medium-size bottle of shampoo
(Please tape ﬂip-tops closed)
- 2 bars of soap
(bath-size or larger)
- 1 medium toothpaste
- 3 toothbrushes
(in original packaging)
- 1 box of Band-Aids
(30 or more)
- 1 ﬁngernail clipper
- 1 sturdy hair comb
- 2 hand towels
- 4 pocket-size packages of facial tissue
- 1 Beanie Baby-size stuffed toy
Parkside Goes 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.