Democratic Republic of the Congo, Alabaster offerings have provided a
long-awaited answer to prayer. In November, the donations were used to
buy land for a future Nazarene district center in Lubumbashi, in the
South Katanga District.
involved many years of praying and waiting on the Lord to open the door
for this wonderful site," said Rev. Chishibanji Célestin, the district
superintendent and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries field coordinator.
praised God for the provision and thanked church members for their
faithfulness in giving. "We believe that God is the controller of time
and circumstances," he said.
new center will be used for training, meetings and assemblies. Until
the new facility can be built, pastors are farming the land (pictured). They've
planted sweet potatoes and soya beans, which will be ready to harvest in
April and May.
thank all the leaders who are mobilizing the church members to give for
the Alabaster funds in February and September," Célestin said. "You
have blessed many communities and contributed to the salvation of many
souls. ... Praise be to God!"
Since Nazarene Missions International began collecting Alabaster offerings in 1949, Nazarenes around the world have given more than $100 million.
The money is used to buy property and buildings for churches, schools, medical facilities and missionary homes.
The Nazarene Church collects these offerings in February and September, but church members often save up the money throughout the year in small Alabaster boxes.
Posted on Fri, February 6, 2015
by Africa News