Join NAZ volunteers of all ages in spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus across our nation and the world! Click the titles below to learn more about specific mission partnerships. To connect with someone about U.S. and World Missions at NAZ, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nazareth Supported U.S. and World Missionaries
The U.S. and World Missions Leadership team encourages congregation members to become engaged in mission work and to support current missionaries at Nazareth. Both long-term and short-term opportunities are available, and prayers are always appreciated! (Please note: Some information and photos have been intentionally withheld to ensure the safety and security of our missionaries.)
Danny and Nel (and their daughters Emma and Lydia) are working among Muslim people in the Middle East. Danny, a native of Cedar Falls who was confirmed at Nazareth, leads youth soccer camps with a strong emphasis on spirituality and godliness. Nel works to encourage a group of women so they can know God loves them and find joy.
~for the women's program, "Shine", that Nel is leading in a refugee camp.
~praise for Abu and his wife, who have been sharing the good news of Jesus.
~thanks that their baby, Emma, continues to grow and thrive.
~thanks for the contribution from Nazareth's Mission Fund that will enable them to support their young men's soccer camps, women's Shine programs and English camps.
Steve and Bethany Friberg and their family are serving in Tanzania. Steve is a doctor who works in medial clinics that serve nomadic Maasai people in remote areas. Bethany works with the "Bead Ladies"--Maasai women who have a small business of creating beadwork to provide a means of supporting themselves and their families.
~thanks and praise for the completion of chainlink fence, water connection and other improvements to the Naapok property (bead project location) funded by Nazareth Endowment Committee.
~that God will use the conflict, chaos, and instability across North Africa and the Middle East to open up the Muslim world to the Good News of Jesus as only God’s activity that can bring spiritual, physical, and social change.
Jim and Marissa Stamberg are cultivating future church leaders in Alaska, utilizing Jim's training as a missionary pilot and flight instructor.
~that our work via SEND North with people will be effective at making reproducing disciples, and that God will send more workers for the harvest field. We have identified about 30 villages in Alaska and Northern Canada that we would like to assign new missionaries right now.
~that God will provide the money we need to purchase an airplane for our ministry.
~a prayer of thanks that Brennan's asthma appears to be improving and pray for us as we make plans for our next furlough, likely to be March 2018 - July 2018.
~for those who are struggling due to Seasonal Affective Disorder and cabin fever. People are eager to get out, but it is still cold. Suicides and domestic violence often increase around this time of the year. Pray that our missionaries would be emotionally (and spiritually) healthy, and that they will be ready to help those in need in the villages.
Josh and Melanie, along with their five children, previously mobilized local believers in East Asia with the goal of bringing the Gospel to unreached people and are now working in the Caribbean where they partner with 35+ million Caribbean Christians, helping the Caribbean Church to become a strong mission sender. Their work involves helping the people they partner with to succeed at developing mission senders through training, coaching and the provision of resources. They love engaging new cultures and have a passion for seeing the global church work together to help bring God's Kingdom on earth. They work with Storyline Missions.
~for favor among the Caribbean leaders.
~for wisdom as they work with Caribbean leaders.
~for Caribbean leaders who are transitioning from being primarily mission receivers to becoming powerful mission senders.
~for their work to be fruitful in Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Grenada, Guyana, Antigua, Barbuda Haiti and Cuba.
Kent and Shelly serve, using the gifts of communications and creative media, to bring the good news of the gospel to unreached communities.
~for the creative team as they work on fath-based and discipleship films.
~for guidance in translating an online 12 module discipleship training course.
~for the Bibllica values-bsed training invitiatives with partner organizations - that they may take part in ongoing coaching and mentoring relationships with people who want to see transformation in their lives and situations.
~For their travels to south Asia and for the work that goes on with the team there.
Maren Nielsen, who engages in urban ministry in Wichita, was raised in Cedar Falls and was baptized and confirmed at Nazareth. She supports a church plant in an impoverished area of the community and strives to deepen relationships as she drives church members to appointments and on errands. She also uses this time to pray with them about their joys and sorrows.
~For her parent organization World Impact to be fruitful for God’s Kingdom in planting urban churches and resourcing urban church leaders in many countries.
~Praise God for the recently completed missionary training conference in Wichita and the two new missionaries to be deployed to the Los Angeles area.
~For the Bible study for women at the county jail that Maren will help lead, that God’s Word would transform lives.
Matt and Cara returned recently from the Middle East and now live in the eastern United Stated where Matt is a PhD. student, while Cara does mobilization work and works with the local Middle Eastern community.
~for continued opportunities to solidify friendships and grow relationships with the local Muslim community.
~that God will change the hearts of those who are resistant to His Word.
~that the local church community would continue to stand with them in their mission.
~that their family may continue to be blessed by God's goodness and providence.
Paul and Jay Mikaelsen are serving with World Mission Prayer League in Caranavi , Bolivia, where they work with Christian broadcasting Radio/Television Caranavi to bring the good news of the Gospel to people there.
~for continued health and healing for Paul (prostate cancer) and Jay (knee stem cell treatment).
~a prayer of praise that the National Lutheran Church has started the construction on the Lutheran church in Caranavi that was destroyed during last year’s extreme rains.
~for start of the new school year here in Bolivia in early February. There are not enough schools to meet the needs of all the number of students, pray the students will find places to go to school.
~that God's message through TV and Radio will continue to bless the listening audience throughout Bolivia and wherever it is heard and that the financial needs of RTC are met in order to keep this ministry going.
Shannon and Lisa Sandquist are serving in Christ's name in Colorado Springs, where they lead the Global Student Program for the Navigators by training young leaders from around the country in ministry and encouraging them to deepen their walk with God and grow in Bible studies.
~ that the GSP participants from 26 countries will be able to take what they have learned and the ways that they have been transformed to make an impact for Christ in their home countries.
~that we are rejuvenated after pouring out our lives with these precious young leaders all summer.
~that all of the EDGE Corps staff who are on college campuses would be used by God in amazing ways.
~that Jesus may meet the many needs around us in ways He only can.
Mark and Maki Wolter have been serving in Japan, where less than 2% of the population knows Christ. They lead Bible studies and do evangelism in their neighborhood.
~for their work with the LAMB Hospital in Northern Banladesh.
~for discernment and wisdome as they navigate personnel issues.
~for their preaching, teaching, Bible study, and home ministry initiatives.
~for the students they teach and their parents.
~for their neighbors and friends who are still seeking to trust their lives fully to God.
~for people in the communities they serve to stand up and lead for the cause of Christ.
~for direction in regards to how best to invest their time for God's glory.
Matt and Jen Reisetter live in Cedar Falls, where Matt serves as the U.S. Director of The Life Project and The Digital Doorway, global ministry initiatives of Power to Change, which is Canada's arm of Campus Crusade for Christ International
~that God would cause the online content to be seen by more potential mentees and that more of them would request to connect with a mentor.
~that more mentees would come to know Christ and grow in Christ
~that God would raise up more online mentors and that they would be effective at multiplying disciples online and offline.
~that God would lead us to fruitful partnerships with churches and ministry groups.
~that God continues to faithfully meet our financial needs.
Burton Adrian lives in Cedar Falls and works with the All Nations missions agency while training and planning for long term overseas service assignment in the next year along with current part-time domestic service.
Connie Adrian unexpectedly passed away while on a flight enroute to a mission trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 12, 2017.
~for Burton's preparation in language, culture and scripture in advance of his departure for long term mission to Indonesia.
~for partners to join his team of goers to Indonesia.
~for the international students Burton is working with locally and that the Holy Spirit would open their hearts to the truth of Jesus.
~for God to soften the hearts of the Sudanese Indonesian people group to receive the Living Word of God.
H2 Jamaica: Hope and Health for Jamaica
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Volunteer Dental Team
Volunteer Dental Team
Safety Rail Construction at "Gift of Hope"
Irrigation System Construction
Irrigation System Construction Team
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2017 H2 Jamaica: Hope and Health for Jamaica
Dr. Neil Williams from Nazareth brought Nazareth’s first medical team to Jamaica in 1990. He wanted to start a tradition of Nazareth members and others personally participating in overseas mission projects. 2017 marks our 28th year of ministering to people in the interior portions of this island nation and our medical mission is called “Hope and Health to Jamaica” or H2Jamaica.
We had 52 participants from Alaska to Massachusetts and everywhere in between with 29 from the Cedar Valley and 13 from Nazareth. Our mission typically occurs the first two weeks in February, this year from February 4 to 16. Over 8 clinic days our three medical teams and two dental teams saw 1,583 individuals. Our construction team installed 17 one-quarter acre irrigation systems for subsistence farmers and built safety rails around a gazebo we constructed last year at “Gift of Hope”, a Roman Catholic residential facility for severely challenged children.
The various teams have many stories to share from our 2017 trip, but one that stands out occurred after our group installed an irrigation system for a lady named Rachel. After each installation, one of our group asks the recipient if we can pray over their field. Hank Wellnitz from Nazareth asked Rachel if she could start out and he would finish the prayer. Rachel started praying the most beautiful prayer, thanking God for the wonder of his creation, the glory of his salvation and various other items of praise. We were all captivated by the Spirit’s presence in her prayer and when she finished after 2 or 3 minutes, Hank simply said, “What can you say after that but “Amen!” We all joined in with a heartfelt “Amen!”
This trip is due, in part, to a large effort by Barb and Bob Ericson. If you're interested in participating in this outreach, contact Barb at (319)493-5039 or at email@example.com.
Medical Mission to Tanzania
$48,593 was raised in 2013 for a special Medical Mission Project to Tanzania. Praise God for the generosity of so many people! A 40-foot container with an x-ray machine and medical supplies was shipped to Dr. Steve and Bethany Freiberg for use in their clinic.
Project include shipping and installing an x-ray machine, providing medical supplies, helping complete construction of a Tanzania church, renovating nurses’ housing, and providing training for evangelists.
In June 2014, members of Nazareth traveled to Tanzania to assist with the completion of these projects.
Coffee and Tea: Fair Trade for Small Farmers
When you purchase a bag of Lutheran World Relief fair-trade coffee, you're doing much more than just buying a delicious beverage. You're contributing to world justice. The Lutheran World Relief Coffee Project ensures that coffee farmers receive a fair price that covers their cost of production and guarantees them a living wage for their labor. To purchase fair-trade coffee, stop by the Coffee Shop in the Family Life Center or the Information Desk in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings or visit the church office during the week. Coffee is $7 per bag and tea is $3 per bag.
Kits and Quilts
The Kits & Quilts team gladly accepts your fabric donations throughout the year. Thread is also welcomed! Throughout the year, the team works together to create a multitude of quilts which will be of comfort to people in need all around the world.
In addition to making quilts, this team also puts together personal care kits, baby care kits and school kits on a regular basis.
All of the Kits and Quilts are distributed worldwide via Lutheran World Relief.
Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf in Jamaica
We serve at two deaf schools in Jamaica over spring break in Kingston and Knockpatrick in partnership with CCCD (Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf) and DeafCan Coffee. This trip focuses on Relationships: Relationship with God, Relationships with each other and Relationships with the community.
Naapok Bead Project of Ketumbeine, Tanzania
In an effort to preserve the dignity of the Maasai women of Tanzania; and to open their lives for emotional, physical and spritual redemption, Nazareth facilitates the sale of their beautifully hand-crafted, beaded jewelry.
As a result of a partnership with Ketumbeine Lutheran Church in Tanzania, the Naapok Bead Project has given these women the opportunity to make and sell their amazing beadwork, an art form their people have long valued, in order to empower them to alleviate their struggles with extreme poverty and neglect.
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Uganda
In June 2016 and June 2017, Nazareth was blessed to receive a visit from Jackson Kaguri, the Founder and Executive Director of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. The mission of the project is to work on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty, and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare. Mr. Kaguri shared his powerful story with congregation members and with all of the children in attendance at VBS.
A viewing of the award-winning documentary film about His life, "Cornerstone", will be shown in Bethel Hall on Saturday, June 17, at 7:00 p.m. This viewing is open to the public. Mr. Kaguri will also speak at both worship services on Sunday, June 18. For more information about Nyaka, go to www.nyakaschool.org.