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
Our Ministry: Starfish Children’s Outreach is 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.
February 21, 2020 we sent another team back to Dangriga, Belize to continue work on the Nazarene Christian Preschool at the Nazarene church. We have poured foundations and completed first-floor walls. Generous Parksiders contributed $3,800 to help with materials cost for this year’s work.
As usual, along with the physical labor on the project, team members engaged with local church members in ministry outreach that includes:
- Sewing workshop outreach
- Children and youth outreach
- Adult Bible study-mentorship
Worship Team Support: working with the team to service and teach maintenance for guitars we have provided for them.
This was 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 was the opportunity to build many long-lasting relationships with God’s people there.
A need arose for a new cement mixer and SacNaz team members contributed an additional $400+ to purchase one for the ministry.
March NewsletterTime continues to fly by as we continue to be faithful in our Ministry to those of North Baja. Over the last few weeks we have hosted two amazing teams! One team from Washington who helped many Ministries throughout North Baja with joyful servants’ hearts. (1st and 2nd pictures) And a team of interns from the free Daycare in La Mision, Open Arms, (where we throw the monthly Birthday Parties). We were especially blessed to be able to host their retreat at our condo, Casa de Bendiciones (House of Blessings). Our hearts were made full by seeing our little condo being used for respite, staff training and worship to our Lord. (3rd and 4th pictures)
I am excited to report that my High School English students are now flourishing! It took some convincing, and God’s intervention, but in addition to having the wonderful new textbooks, it has been approved for the teaching style to go from straight lectures to class interaction and group projects, as I’ve been trying to encourage for some time now! As a result the students have gone from being checked-out to being engaged and excited to interact and learn! And even more amazingly, I was given permission to design my own tests! The previous ones were Spanglish and were setting the students up for failure. I’m praising God for all the awesome changes and for the fact that grades have gone from failing to thriving in just a few weeks!
In addition to teaching English at the High School, I recently started teaching English at the local Elementary School to both the Preschool and Elementary students. Oh My goodness! They are the sweetest children in the world! It is such a joy be be greeted by their hugs and smiling faces each week. I am excited to explore different teaching strategies with them and look forward to seeing their skills grow over the remainder of the school year. I praise God for this opportunity, as He knew I needed sweet little children back in my life.
We had the opportunity to bring sweet Isabella to a amazing free medical clinic for a whirlwind of a day! In just a few hours, she received care from OT, PT, Speech and general medical care and was provided with a lift for one of her shoes to allow her the ability to walk with far less effort. We are tremendously grateful for Siloe Clinic and all who volunteer there.
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And last but not least … we held our 2nd Missionary and Ministry Leader Networking Meeting this month. We celebrated praise reports, fellowshipped, networked, held each other up in prayer and walked away with a renewed focus and encouragement. We are honored to be called to head up the meetings in the Ensenada area and are blessed to see how Ensenada Missionaries are already working together in unity as a result!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Come along side us: The couple above (on right) are missionary friends of ours in need of a ramp to allow them to take their adopted special needs son, Jose, in and out of their house. We are going to be providing the labor but are in need of funds for the materials. If you can contribute any amount towards this project, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
- For protection and guidance for us and our children as we continue our ministry.
- For wisdom for the doctors as sweet Isabella has surgery at Shriners soon.
- That we find permanent housing in Mexico and a new renter for our home in Roseville as our current tenant moves out.
PRAISE for God’s provision and protection for our ministry so far.
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.
Todd and Angela Monroe became missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene in Africa in 2018. There, they serve on the Communications team telling stories of what God is doing around the Africa region.
Todd and Angela met while growing up in Auburn, California and both attended Northwest Nazarene University, graduating with degrees in Mass Communications (Todd) and Music Theory and Composition and Christian Ministries (Angela). They were married in 2014. Throughout college and the years following, they had explored their calling to ministry through video and music, which landed them in this position serving the Africa region.
Angela began feeling a call to ministry in high school when she learned to play the guitar, and felt a clearer call in her sophomore year of college. She loves to explore different areas of ministry and feels God calling her to enter the mission field. She is excited to begin this new role in missions on the Africa region. She will work with the regional office and Communications team in discipleship and administration while traveling throughout the region.
Todd felt a call to missions in college while working at a video editing internship at Mission Aviation Fellowship. There, he saw how people were being connected through stories and felt called to use his skills to connect people.
Todd will be serving the Communications team in video production, telling the stories of what God is doing in the Africa region through photo and video.
Both Todd and Angela are passionate about using the gifts that God has given them to serve in creative missions.
They are passionate about traveling, and are excited to see a new part of the world through this position.
They would invite your prayers and support as they explore this calling to serve the global church.