“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
gave himself for me.” ~ Galatians 2:20 NIV
World Mission Broadcast: Thousands of lives have been touched and transformed over the years through the work of the Holy Spirit through World Mission Broadcast. Pray for the continued work of WMB in reaching people with the good news of Christ in 32 languages, 72 countries, 140 programs.
South Asia Field is made up of the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The church does not have work in Bhutan and Maldives at the present time. Pray for countries on the South Asia Field where the church has work and for their leadership.
Bangladesh: East of India on the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is a country of lush greenery and many waterways. Its Padma (Ganges), Meghna and Jamuna rivers create fertile alluvial plains, and travel by boat is common. The Church of the Nazarene began work in Bangladesh in 1992. Give praise to the Lord that the government gave permission for a new Child Focused Community Development Program in Sapahar, Noagaon. Praise the Lord that the Integrated Water and Sanitation Hygiene (IWASH) project installed two water treatment plants. Praise the Lord that the political situation has become more stable.
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New posts from Teanna Sunberg,
serving in Central Europe
That Innkeeper / Advent Thoughts
Lena was Russian. Mario was Cuban. It was the 1980’s in the days of the Soviet Union. With their two tiny girls, they poured all of their possessions into four one-way tickets to Russia, smuggled the remainder of their lives into two backpacks, and permanently fled the poverty of Havana for Moscow.
Their courage to go is what caught my breath every time Lena indulged my pleas to hear their story. As I sat in her little kitchen sipping a Russian chocolate concoction of cocoa powder and hot sweetened condensed milk, I couldn’t get past the risking of everything for the . . .
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Those Magical Probably Persian Wise Men
In the Sunberg home, there is no nativity scene. Mary and Joseph aren’t there. No angel. No lights. No animals. No wise men. The stable, some 25 years old now, is tucked into a forgotten corner of the hallway empty, dark, and cold. The sad story of the demise of the Sunberg creche began 15 years ago when I borrowed the idea of incrementally moving the characters of the nativity each day of December on a journey through the house towards that stable. I suppose it was the delicate nature of our figurines being moved by clumsy hands that co-opted their travels, but the tradition . . .
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When a woman from Oregon (U.S.A.) decided in 1995 to sponsor a little girl from the Philippines, she couldn’t possibly know how God would honor that investment. God planted a dream in that child’s heart that would bring her from poverty to a life of learning. Today she is the lead developer for the new Nazarene.org website and is investing her life in others. Child sponsorship changes lives! Read more at engagemagazine.com
A Note of Thanks from the Friberg Family
Dear Valley friends,
Having another birthday a few days ago was an uncomfortable reminder that I’m getting older than I (usually) feel, but your card and gift took away the sting! Thank you so much for this reminder of your investment in us and the ministry God has given us. The $500 check is so appreciated!
At the moment, Evelyn is out doing comparison shopping for a funeral dinner for the family of a recently-deceased Nampa First Lady. Evelyn often is asked to head up the kitchen and serving crew for these events, and she loves being able to minister in this way. Both of us have places in the sanctuary choir, which we find so enjoyable, as well as our Sunday school and Bible study classes, NMI council and Evelyn’s involvement in the kitchen crew for Celebrate Recovery Tuesday nights. Our involvement with the NNU Volunteers also gives us a lot of joy as well as allows us a way to bless the NNU community (and enjoy occasional concerts). I continue teaching with NBC (Nazarene Bible College) Online, 2-4 classes a year, and am on the planning committee for the next Perspectives class here in the Treasure Valley. So, we keep occupied with all of that. But being able to spend time with our local kids and grandkids gives the greatest joy of all!
Evelyn and I are also keeping our health. The anemia I’ve been working with seems to have stabilized, and for that we’re very thankful! Evelyn’s cancer scare back in 2001 now only seems to come up when it’s time for a blood drive and changing insurance coverage! We are very thankful for good health.
As we approach the Christmas season, with last Sunday the first Sunday of Advent, and the reminders in the great articles in Holiness Today about the Church year, we are deeply aware of the love of a Father who sent his Son to become Israel’s Messiah and our Savior and Lord—and as a baby! What a surprising initiative on behalf of all of us!
With many thanks,
Hugh (and Evelyn) Friberg