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Nazarene missions in the 1950s
E-mail received from a local church: "I'm planning our upcoming Faith Promise with a 50's theme. I obviously have found 50's prices
and what was popular in the secular world at that time. However, I would like to do a comparison
of where Nazarene missions "was" in the 50's versus where it is now. Can you point me in the
right direction? Thanks so much in advance."
Facts to help you
I like your creativity! The 1950s theme would work for a Faith Promise
Conventions or a global mission weekend in almost any church. Here's what the 1950s looked
like from the perspective of Nazarene global outreach:
- In 1952, there were 38,994 Nazarenes in World Mission regions
- In 1952, the Church of the Nazarene was in 32 world areas. By
1959 we were in 38.
- In 1952, there were 301 Nazarene missionaries on the field
- In the 1950s, there were no regular or Phase Four districts in Nazarene world mission areas.
- In 1952, the name of what is now Nazarene Missions International (NMI) was changed from
Women's Foreign Missionary Society to Nazarene Foreign Missionary Society. At that time,
men were admitted to membership for the first time.
- The first Alabaster offering report was in 1950 when $46,600
- Paul Orjala went to Haiti in 1950 (he went on to teach at
Nazarene Seminary in Kansas City for a number of years). Don
Owens (later Nazarene General Superintendent) went to Korea in the early 1950's. The
Eckels were in Japan. Wanda (later NMI director) and Sidney Knox
went to Papua New Guinea in 1955. William and Betty Sedat were in Guatemala.
- Mary Scott
became executive director of what is now NMI in 1950.
- In St. Louis in 1948, Alfredo Del Rosso from Italy became the
first non-U.S./non-British/non-Canadian to speak at a Nazarene General Assembly. He spoke
again at the 1952 General Assembly in Kansas City, MO.
- The countries entered by the Church of the Nazarene in the 1950s:
- 1950 -- Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon
- 1952 -- New Zealand
- 1953 -- Panama
- 1955 -- Papua New Guinea
- 1956 -- Taiwan
- 1957 -- Malawi
- 1958 -- Brazil, West Germany
- We Nazarenes hit the ground running in Haiti. We now have about 1,000 churches in that
one small country. West Germany also became the base for reaching into the Netherlands,
Denmark and Switzerland (where the European Nazarene Bible College was begun in the 1960s).
- The idea of local churches giving 10% to missions emerged in 1949. By 1952 there were three 10% districts.
- The 1952-56 quadrennial theme for Nazarene missions was "I must work -- for the night
cometh." The 1956-1960 quadrennial theme was "Up! This is the day!"
- In 1952 Helen Temple became editor of The Other
Sheep (now online as Engage) magazine for the Nazarene Department of
World Mission. In addition to editing the magazine, Temple went on to
write more than 60 books of missionary stories for adults and children.
- The first reading books for children appeared in 1957.
- We began the Spanish-language radio broadcast in 1953, the
first "foreign" language Nazarene broadcast. In 1956 a
Nazarene radio program was developed in Japan.
- In 1954, the NMI sponsored a $100,000 offering to open the work in Papua New Guinea.
- In 1956, the "Star Society" program was inaugurated for those local church groups now
called Nazarene Missions International or NMI. The five points of the
- Subscriptions to monthly Other Sheep missions magazine
- Missionary book readers
- Prayer and Fasting league members
- Successful completion of study book lessons
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