Friday, August 31, 2012

Are there “Nutrition and Food Security Programs” run by the Church of the Nazarene in Kenya?


Nazarene Compassionate Ministries slightly different programs in each country, but the Church of the Nazarene is huge in Africa.  Roughly 25% of all Nazarenes are African.  There are more than 20,000 Nazarenes in Kenya, and they are very active in serving those in need around them.  Let’s highlight a few key ministries:
  • Famine Relief: “The Horn of Africa” is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years.  Large, overcrowded refugee camps are forming in Kenya and Ethiopia.  The Church of the Nazarene is working in these camps to address “malnutrition, hunger, shelter, sanitation and other basic necessities.”  For more info go to: http://ncm.org/africahunger/.
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program:  Because of AIDS, Africa has far too many orphans to build orphanages or special villages for them.  Instead, Nazarenes are working with local communities to identify and to support vulnerable children in their midst.  We provide livestock, seeds, garden tools, and basic life lessons to help local churches empower more than 10,000 kids first to survive and then to thrive.
  • Farming and Food Security Program:  Local people provide some barren land.  NCM provides the tools and training to irrigate it and to turn it into a fertile farm feeding 200 families and stocking a food bank for times of crisis.  After irrigation, the land becomes 10 times more fertile than before!
Find out more about the Church of the Nazarene in Africa at: www.africanazarene.org.  Check out www.ncm.org for more examples of how Nazarenes are living as a loving community that changes our world.  If you see a program you like, you can give online or through your offerings in our church.  (Either way, be sure to mark your gift with the program code that looks something like this: ACM1796.)

[This question comes from a "talk back" card in our church bulletin.]
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