Alabaster provides land for new district center

Alabaster provides land for new district center

In 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.  


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"This 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.

Célestin 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.  

The 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.

"We 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!"

Pastors farm land in DRC that was purchased through Alabaster offerings and is the future location of a district service center. (Photo courtesy Rev. Chishibanji Célestin) 


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.