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:
- Engage Online mission magazine
- Individual missionary’s Web sites, MediaLibrary
- Nazarene Communications News
- Nazarene Compassionate Ministries magazine
- JESUS Film 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 the world.
2020 Work and Witness
Parkside Church & other Sacramento District Churches Dangriga, Belize
This year we are sending another team back to Dangriga, Belize to continue work on the Nazarene Christian Preschool at the Nazarene church. We have poured foundations and begun to raise up walls. Teams coming between the end of January and the end of February hope to complete walls and, perhaps, the first floor ceiling, so that classes can be transferred across the street to there later this summer.
Our project goal from Parkside is to raise $5,000 for steel, block, and other building supplies.
At the back of the Family Life Church, near the Sound Booth is a table showing photos of the Belize missions from the past couple of years and some envelopes for you to place your gift inside. You may make checks to Parkside Church and in the memo line put “Belize Project 2020. These donations are, of course, tax deductible. In the past years, the generosity of Parksider’s has helped us to achieve our project goals and we praise God for what he will do again this year through His people here at Parkside and the other churches participating with us. You may also mail checks to Parkside Church 3885 Richardson Dr. Auburn, CA 95602. In the memo line write Belize Project.
February 21 – 28
Our Ministry “Building Relationships One Block at a Time”.
• We Believe in the long-term commitment of short-term builder missionaries who commit to returning until a project has been fully completed.
• We believe that a local community of believers and friends (us) doing something for their town together is sharing Jesus in a real way.
In 2020, team members from the Sacramento district churches will work together with teams from Southern and Central California district churches throughout the month of February 15 through March 15 to complete the first phase of the new building. With the founding having been finished we are raising walls and steel, hopefully closing in the first floor with a weather tight ceiling and second floor foundation pour.
As usual, along with the physical labor on the project, team members will engage with local church members in ministry outreach that includes:
• Sewing workshop
• Children and youth outreach Bible Study-mentorship
• Community outreach video event – to be coordinated with Dangriga Church leaders.
Some of you may want to bring some tools with you. If so, remember to put your tools in your checked luggage, not in carry-on (except for batteries for the tools, those you must carry on).
In January we will be sending you all a specific list of the tools need suggested to bring with you.
That will give you time to select from your tool inventories what you are willing to take.
This will be an awesome opportunity for the Parksiders to work with folks from other SacNaz district churches, investing into the development of the Nazarene work, and the community of Dangriga. An additional blessing is the opportunity to build many long-lasting relationships with God’s people there.
Costs covering lodging, meals and local transportation have been collected from the 2020 team members as well as flight cots.
Costs for materials will range up to $100k per year across the coming two years. Our team goal this year is to raise $5,000 for building materials though Parkside prayer partners and interested individuals from outside Parkside.
Donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt for supporting this project. If donations come in during 2019, receipts will be sent out in January.
For donations during 2020, receipts will be sent the following January, 2021. Checks can be made payable to Parkside Church and Belize Project in the memo line. When you submit your check, it would be helpful for you to notify Pastor Dan Elliott to watch for it (email@example.com, or phone or text 818-321-5014).
Costs for materials will range up to $100k per year across the coming two years. Our team goal this year is to raise $5,000 for building materials though Parkside prayer partners and interested individuals from outside Parkside. Donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt for supporting this project.
If donations come in during 2019, receipts will be sent out in January. For donations during 2020, receipts will be sent the following January, 2021.
Checks can be made payable to Parkside Church and Belize Project in the memo line.
When you submit your check, it would be helpful for you to notify Pastor Dan Elliott to watch for it (firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone or text 818-321-5014).
It has been another eventful month here in Mexico full of quite a few challenges and many blessings. If you read last month’s Newsletter, you will remember that a number of very large fires swept through our area burning down our Ministry campus as well as about 200 homes throughout Baja and 29 homes in our little town of La Mision. God has done amazing things through this situation! La Mision has always been a tight knit community, but the fires have brought everyone even closer. The community has rallied together collecting and distributing much needed funds and supplies and many homes have already been rebuilt.
Only a couple weeks after the fires, we (Strong Tower Ministries) held a special Worship and Praise service inviting the community to worship right on the side of our burnt down campus. It was extremely impactful and renewing for us and to the community. We were also blessed to have a group of professional construction workers donate their time and talents that weekend and, as you can see by the pictures, they got a tremendous amount of work done in just a few days!
In other news, Rich and I have been very busy continuing our mission to “Back the Heroes”, supporting those doing ministry in the area.
Here are some of the highlights. We hosted 3 Mission groups in 1 weekend, with one couple staying in our home as our guests. We hosted our 1st Birthday party at Open Arms, a free day care which allows people to work knowing their children are well cared for. (Childcare doesn’t normally exist in Mexico). Rich and our son (Josh, who came for a visit!) did construction work at the Casa de Mana campus rebuild and spent a day working at City of Refuge Orphanage repairing their washing machine so they can wash the children’s clothes. Rich is coming alongside the men at Rancho Libertad’s Discipleship Home, who he discovered had never had a non-family member visit. We went on the delivery route for Hearts of Baja, delivering food the the Orphanages in the area for the first time. And, I continue to partner with Mary’s Skill Center by teaching English at the local High school which I find both challenging and rewarding.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Currently, the situation at the High School is the most troubling. The school has almost no funding. Simple things we take for granite just aren’t available. I have to purchase anything I need for teaching or want to provide for the students. When handing out copies of material or homework, it is actually common practice to charge the students. I had to hold back tears the first time I saw this first hand. The teacher I work with was handing out the vocabulary words and asked for 10 pesos from each student (about 50 cents). Those who had the money got the vocabulary words, those who didn’t have the money, didn’t get the copies to study. I expect it to cost about $20 a month to teach, more if I want to provide the students with anything extra. I ask that you prayerfully consider providing the funds necessary for me to teach English, a skill which opens up many job opportunities.
Another way you might want to partner with us is by providing funds to supply fruits and vegetables for the Orphanages we deliver food to each month. The organization we do this through, Hearts of Baja, provides 40 pounds of chicken for each Orphanage but we would love to also deliver the rare treat of fresh fruits and vegetables. We expect the cost for this to be approximately $30 per Orphanage. It would be amazing if 4 people could donate $30 each (on a reoccurring basis if possible) or if one very generous person could cover the $120 a month.
Finally, many of you have asked how you can help the fire victims. The community has put together a single donation site, which is being managed by personal friends of ours. If you are interested, you can donate at lamisionfirerelief.org. Funds are being used to rebuild the homes which burnt down in our town. Labor is being done by the local people and mission groups.
Pray for protection and guidance as we continue our ministry and for the 200 families who lost their home to fire in Northern Baja (29 in La Mision).
JOIN. Join our “A Team”. We are still looking for a few more people to join our core group that will commit to support us in the following way. 1) Hold us and our family up in prayer on a regular basis 2) Send us monthly notes of encouragement or call us to check in with us.
COME. We would very much like to host you at our home in beautiful Baja Mexico! Come here, stay in our home and learn first hand what we are doing. Better yet, bring a team of people and do ministry yourself. We would be happy to organize anything you need.
GIVE. Finally, while the main purpose of our newsletters is to keep you informed of recent events so you can hold us up in prayer, we are also in need of financial support. Please prayerfully consider helping us out with a tax-deductible donation though the link button below. Thank you!
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In His service,
Rich and Ann Drais
Active & Mobile Missions
Hi! I'm Cassie
Currently, Cassie is serving in Mexico City with Warm Heart Mexico running a Christian guesthouse - reaching out to backpackers with the love and welcome of Jesus. She leads fitness/movement classes with El Recobro, a home for women with intellectual and physical disabilities. And serves with El Pozo De Vida & 27Million - two anti-trafficking organizations. Making connections with women in the Red Light District and in the transitional home to love them and help them in their efforts to safely transition out. Cassie has also been the volunteer Associate Director of Women's Ministry with News Release Basketball for five years. Each summer she leads a tour of female collegiate basketball players through Europe to conduct kids camps, scrimmage pro teams and share the gospel along the way.