Nazarenes in the News

Michigan pastor continues to serve his community after 85 years

Cadillac, Michigan

(Mi News 26, 24 January)  After 85 years, getting around can be cumbersome for many. But in Cadillac, one man is continuing his service to the community.

"I was ordained and was a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. I've had a relationship with Jesus Christ since I was seven years of age, and that's probably been the best thing that's ever happened to me. The fact that God loves me is the greatest possession I own."

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Idaho pastor to offer free language classes for immigrant families

Nampa, Idaho

Oscar Manuel Diaz chats with his parents, Oscar E. and Ana J. Diaz, and his sisters, Ana R. Diaz, at their family restaurant Pupusas A&J's in Caldwell on Jan.12 Oscar Manuel Diaz helped coordinate an English class for local residents at Karcher Church of the Nazarene.


(Idaho Press, 19 January) A young pastor and Salvadoran immigrant is behind a church’s plan to offer free English classes for Canyon County Spanish-speakers.

Oscar Diaz, the associate pastor for Hispanic ministries at Karcher Church of the Nazarene, fled the aftermath of El Salvador’s decade of civil war. He fled with his parents in 1994, and they moved to Nampa to join their uncle that same year, when Diaz was only 3 years old.

Diaz quickly learned English in school, but his parents struggled. The stress and burden of translating for his parents fell on Diaz and his older sister. Like many children of immigrant parents, Diaz and his older sister did everything from relaying fast food drive-thru orders to deciphering complicated legal documents.

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Michigan church donates computers to project in Panama


(Mesoamerica Region, 24 January) On January 12, the Church of the Nazarene of Brighton, Michigan, USA, donated five computers to the Child and Family Care Center of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, located at IDN de Espave de Chame in the central district of Panama. 

In this center, tutorials are given to children and workshops for parents. The center also has a dining room for children in need, among other services. To continue contributing to the education of children, they have added a computer center so that they, as well as young people and adolescents in the community, can reach their tasks, because in the community there is no place to do it.

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