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:
Parkside Church has many avenues to serve in the area of compassionate ministries both locally and abroad.
Nazarene Missions International – Supporting missions efforts to Uganda, New Guinea, through world evangelism offerings and letters of encouragement. Sending team members on short-term missions to orphanages in Baja California and building preschools in Belize along with sharing the Jesus Film.
Auburn Interfaith Food Closet – Parkside partners with the food closet to provide food and supplies in support of the low-income community.
Jesus Film Project – Bringing the Jesus Film to unchurched communities around theworld.
Parkside Goes Back to Belize
Parkside’s world evangelism outreach has included participating in The Work and Witness organization (within the Church of the Nazarene) formerly known as “Building Relationships One Block at a Time”–now Starfish Children’s Outreach (a 501C3 registered organization in the State of California).
We have completed work on Bright Start Nazarene Preschool in the Dangriga Church facility and have now acquired property across the street to begin developing a much larger preschool facility, as well as mission team housing and administrative spaces
There are adjoining properties being purchased to complete the entire layout as you see it here. We will be starting on the building itself. A tentative schedule for teams is listed below. Team members can come along with others from their church or with members from other churches. There is a cap of 24 members per week. We will have team members from across the Sacramento District Churches of the Nazarene beginning February 8 through March 24 of 2019. Contact Pastor Dan Elliott, Pastor for Missions (818-321-5014) for more information and to request registration information. Make certain your US passport is current through 2019.
- Kid’s Club at Dangriga Church
- Jesus Film
- Men’s and Women’s Bible Study
- Sewing Outreach (in community center)
- Marriage Encounter Workshop
Working on the New Structure
- Slab related cleanup
- Block laying
- Property cleanup and yard lay out
- Foundation electrical and plumbing
- Meal prep workers
Parkside to Belize in 2018
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.