“The Church of the Nazarene believes that Jesus commanded His disciples to have a special relationship to the poor of this world. Holiness, far from distancing believers from the desperate economic needs of people in our world, motivates us to place our means in the service of alleviating such need and to adjust our wants in accordance with the needs of others.” Part III, Covenant of Christian Conduct, Nazarene Manual 33.3
Compassion arises out of the good news of Christ. It is something that God awakens and works in our daily lifestyle as we respond to the love and grace we have received in our Lord and as we respond to the need of our neighbors. As we live out compassion through our vocations, they become more than just jobs — we respond to God’s gracious calling to live a life that is a witness to God’s love and compassion. Such is the motivation of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries’ (NCM’s) work around the world that would not be possible without the thousands of pastors, laity, and missionaries who are saying “Yes!” to God’s work in the world. This “Yes!” is essential to being Christlike disciples to the nations.
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries’ Child Development program recognizes the importance of children and believes that a child’s development is a process of realizing the full potential of human life as God intended it to be.
NCM Child Development helps children understand that God loves them, that they are created in God’s image, that they are valued and have dignity, and that they can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through our holistic approach to child development, children have the opportunity to receive food, education, life skills, and spiritual guidance.
NCM Child Development Centers are committed to work with families and with the community to help children achieve and develop their God-given potential, and become positive influences and healthy adults.
The time to invest in their lives is today!
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is increasingly concerned about the health care needs that many of our Nazarene families and others in their communities are facing globally. About 9.2 million people each year die from diseases or childbirth complications that are largely preventable.
Many countries in need of help face severe shortages of doctors, nurses, and health workers to deliver care. What’s more, even countries that train health workers see many migrate to jobs, even for menial tasks, to wealthier countries. While the Church of the Nazarene has expanded, and is ever growing, we realize that in many places throughout the world, health care is severely lacking and does not meet even the most basic needs of people and communities. NCM seeks to come alongside health care workers and ministries—such as clinics, hospitals, and community-based health care programs—through training, resources, and support. We are working to help address spiritual and physical needs in communities worldwide, reaching those in need in the name of Christ.
In the aftermath of disaster, the Church through Nazarene Disaster Response (NDR) has a unique opportunity to respond with the compassion of Christ regardless of economic status, ethnicity, and religious background.
Around the world, NCM is committed to a holistic approach to relief and development in response to both natural and human-made disasters. We seek to supply persons and communities in crisis with a network of supporters and tools to move toward further preparedness and personal stability.
NCM collaborates with local churches to strategically organize immediate relief and long-term rebuilding for communities affected by disasters. Each disaster response is organized locally, but the global church generously supports these efforts through prayer, giving, and organizational support. It is our commitment to live out compassion in action and to offer the compassion and love of Christ.
We believe it is vitally important to our Christian walk that we be informed about the desperate challenges facing our world. The Church of the Nazarene works together with other faith-based partners worldwide to increase education, prevention, and care in response to the global HIV/AIDS crisis.
- In 2009, 1.8 million people died of AIDS related illness.
- Every day more than 3,000 children are orphaned by AIDS. A third of these children are under five years old.
- An estimated 260,000 children died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2009.
- In 2009, there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV. This is nearly one fifth fewer than the 3.1 million people newly infected in 1999.
* from the UNAIDS 2010 Report of the global AIDS epidemic