“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
—Hebrews 4:15-16, NIV
Prayer is perhaps the greatest earthly privilege we as Christians are given: communion with God. In simplest terms, prayer is speaking with God. In prayer we give our lives up to God—letting Him know everything that is in us, even when we lack eloquence or well-crafted words. We praise, mourn, repent, rage, break, and seek. Whatever form the conversation may take, we find comfort in knowing God is always going to be with us.
Prayer is a place of solidarity. Just as Jesus bore our burdens on His cross, we can bear the burdens of others, laying them before the Father in prayer. Prayer is not only for ourselves—prayer is unselfish, allowing the body of Christ to join in one voice of praise, thanksgiving, or petition to our Lord Jesus Christ.
NMI gathers believers together for prayer in the local church, linking us to our brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe. And through special focuses, such as prayer for the 10/40 Window and the persecuted church, we unite with others in crying out to our Father, praying that He would shatter the barriers separating millions from His kingdom.
“Go and make disciples” were Jesus’ parting words as he sent his friends to join his mission in drawing all people to Him.
We understand His words as a mandate for believers to form deep friendships through which we help each other grow in Christlikeness. In the spiritual practice of discipling, we walk side-by-side along the faith journey, teaching, encouraging and loving one another.
As each believer disciples another believer, God’s presence multiplies exponentially – a chain reaction of learning, growth, challenge and love that will transform our world.
NMI is committed to discipling new generations in their faith journey. Discipling, of course, includes teaching developing young leaders about Christ’s global mission, and nurturing their mission passion. We do this through one-on-one mentoring, providing opportunities for leadership, and inviting developing leaders to participate in mission work here and now, no matter their age.
Just as the earliest Christians “pooled their resources so that each person's need was met,” (Acts 2:45, The Message) believers today eagerly share what they have to bring new members into God’s family.
In 159 world areas, Nazarenes’ passion for mission compels them to give in all kinds of ways: volunteering time, praying for all people to know Christ, generously sharing resources, and passing on the stories of the church, to name just a few.
One simple and essential way to express mission passion is financial support. NMI has designed a bunch of opportunities to support mission workers and meet human needs around the world through resource sharing.
And no one wants to be left out: a Zimbabwean woman brings the family’s only chicken to the altar during a mission offering; a United States teenager picks up a part-time job so he can give to the same offering; a Brazilian student donates her new computer to the church; a Korean businessman gives some of his profit to World Evangelism Fund; a group of Jamaican eight-year-olds offer a can of coins they’ve collected from friends and neighbors.
Nazarenes around the world generously share their resources to expand Christ’s kingdom on earth!
Look around this page to find ways you can link arms with Nazarenes everywhere in giving of yourself to mission.
Nazarenes everywhere are sharing the mission stories of the church. Telling the story instills passion for mission. When Christ’s followers know what is at stake and hear how others are obeying God’s call to mission, they are challenged to participate as well.
NMI is committed to helping local churches tell the mission story. We provide resources and support for the local church as it informs and educates its members, not only in what other Nazarenes are doing in mission, but how they can get involved, too.
Explore the downloads, links, and resources on this site. Or send us an e-mail with ideas for resources you would like to see developed—we get many of our best ideas from people like you. Let us know about them.
And keep telling the story.