Salem First Nazarene Missions
We believe both local and international missions work is an essential part of the Christian life.
We seek to honor God with our time and money.
We want to bless others around the world.
We partner with other Nazarene communities around the world to make big projects a reality.
What areas or people groups has God laid on your heart? If you’d like to get involved or learn more about our missions work, please let us know and we’ll put you in touch with our church Missions Council.
We partner with several local organizations to serve the Salem-area community.
Find out more about each of them at the links below:
Hope Station Community Services: https://hopestationcsi.org/
“Many organizations assist individuals and families whose salaries are below the state poverty line. These families draw help from numerous local resources. Sadly, hundreds of hardworking people who earn just slightly above that line don’t have the same access to assistance. These are the people we want to help.
“Additionally, our government system often becomes an enabler for people to remain on assistance indefinitely. They do not equip or encourage individuals to improve their lives.
“By asking our clients to pay a small monthly fee and volunteer just two hours of their time a month, we foster responsibility and a sense of ownership. Our desire is to provide a hand up, not a hand out. “
Salvation Army: http://www.salem.kroccenter.org/social-services.html
“To build a community where everyone is given the opportunity to live a better life.”
Our local branch of the Salvation Army operates in both Marion and Polk counties. They offer a variety of programs to assist individuals and families including Christmas assistance; family services and emergency assistance; a transitional shelter; and scholarships to the KROC center for classes and other opportunities.
Salem Union Gospel Mission: https://ugmsalem.org/
“Our Mission: Helping men, women and children break free from homelessness through the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.
“Partnering with churches, individuals and organizations to maximize our effectiveness, we help the neediest of our community break the cycle of homelessness, addiction and incarceration as men and women experience dynamic transformation in following Christ, and become contributing members of our community.”
Salem First Naz also facilitates yearly events like a Back-to-School Backpack Drive, and a Clothing Giveaway that takes place in September. If you’d like to get involved, contact our church office.
Our church participates internationally in many different areas.
Work and Witness Teams:
Each year, we send some of our members out to serve. This year they will be going to Mesquita, Brazil, to partner with a local medical clinic and church. Please be praying for them as the venture out this October.
This program allows us to help children become educated, receive stable meals and medical care, and learn about Jesus while knowing someone in a different country cares about them. Learn more here:https://cs.ncm.org/.
Connecting Nazarene missionaries with church communities around the world.
Our LINKS missionaries are Dave and Carolita Fraley. They’ve recently retired from thirty years working as missionaries in France, and now live in Idaho. As they said in their letter, they plan to be missionaries wherever they live and in whatever area God gives them to serve. Most recently, they served as temporary pastors of a church in Idaho, but are now praying over what God has for them in the future. Please pray for them in their spiritual walk, as well as their boys and grandkids.
We also partner with the Nazarene network of churches around the world to do a lot of work in world missions. A percentage of our budget each year goes towards these global mission efforts including radio broadcasts, food security efforts, pastoral training, and medical care. You can find out more about these projects on the Nazarene Missions International page here: https://www.nazarene.org/nmi/
Nathan Colburn, Chair
Work & Witness:
Spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ around the world.
An estimated 22,000 children under the age of five die each day from preventable causes. Thousands of little ones have no access to an education, and thousands more have never heard how much God loves them. This seems overwhelming, but we must remember that one person’s act of love can make a difference. You can be that person in one child’s life for just 82 cents a day through the Nazarene Compassion Ministries Child Sponsorship Program.
Living Waters is based on Jesus’ parable of the sower in Luke 8. Our mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ by sowing seeds of kindness, compassion, and brotherly love. Our plan is to go out into our community once a month to carry out our mission in a variety of ways. Whether you are on front-line service or behind the scenes prayer and support, let’s see what we can do as the Body of Christ in Salem.
Contact Gerald Pygott – Ministry Founder – firstname.lastname@example.org