In this book, Howard Culbertson answered questions that were asked in church services across the United States during a home assignment year. Originally published for the Nazarene Missions International mission book series, this publication from what is now The Foundry carried ISBN number 083-411-1519
In the late 1950s I was attending junior high school in a small southeastern Oklahoma town
called Holdenville where my dad was pastoring the Church of the Nazarene. H. F. Crews
and his wife came to our church as evangelist and singers for a revival meeting. It was during one
of those evening services that I said "yes" to what I understood to be God's
call to cross-cultural missionary service.
Sometime before that, in Dodge City, Kansas, young Barbara Jo Reed sensed the Holy Spirit talking to her about being a cross-cultural missionary.
In the 1960s our paths crossed at Southern Nazarene University. We fell in love, discovered we shared a sense of call and commitment to world missions, and were married in 1968. In difficult times during these decades together, that clear sense of a divine call has provided staying power for Barbara and me.
Our hearts glow as we look back over nearly a decade of missionary ministry in Italy. Working with the maturing Italian Church of the Nazarene has immeasurably enriched us. Now, we are looking forward to putting together a similar scrapbook of memories as we work and live in Haiti with people who are part of the Church of the Nazarene in that Caribbean island nation.
The challenges facing us as a holiness movement have never been greater. On the other hand, there are what seem to be unlimited opportunities for us around the world.
Your prayers, your giving, your letters of encouragement are making possible our own small contribution to meeting these challenges. We are grateful to those of you who are a part of our support network. May the Lord's richest blessings be on you as together we seek to fulfill His will for us.
-- Howard Culbertson,
Prev | Preface |
1. Hawaii, Garden
Hoes, and Holiness |
2. Creole, Christopher Columbus, and the&nb
3. Regional Directors, Demons, and the
Dominican Republic |
4. Mangoes, Malnutrition, and Modernization
| 5. Rice Christians, Churches, and
6. Missionaries, Mail, and Men
| Epilogue |
Alfredo Del Rosso, an Italian captivated by a vision
God's Bulgarian tapestry
The Kingdom strikes back: Signs of the Messiah at work
Paul McGrady, Mr. Evangelism
Our balanced attack: How Nazarenes
finance world evangelism Pasta, pizza and
Pinocchio Jonah, the reluctant
missionary Rookie notebook: Our first
nine months as missionaries in Italy Other books
10/40 Window explanation and map Seeking God's will? Mission trip fundraising Nazarene Missions International resources