Church Glimpses: October 22, 2015

Nazarene pastor appointed to Obama’s Advisory Council

NEW YORK – Co-lead pastor of the Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene in New York City, New York, Gabriel Salguero, will be appointed to U.S. President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to NCN News.

The council’s responsibilities include “Identifying best practices and successful modes of delivering social services, evaluating the need for improvements in the implementation and coordination of public policies relating to faith-based and neighborhood organizations and making recommendations to the president and the administration on changes in policies, programs, and practices,” according to whitehouse.gov.

The council also aims to reduce inequality and poverty – two of Salguero’s passions. Salguero has been listed among the nation’s top Latino leaders by several organizations.

International Master’s Plan Convention attracts more than 1,000

COLOMBIA – Casa de Oración Church of the Nazarene in Cali, Colombia, held the ninth International Master’s Plan Convention last month for more than a thousand ministers and leaders globally, according to NCN News.

During the conference, pastors Ruddy Garcia, Miguel Arrazola de Rios, and Adalberto Herrera and his wife, Nineye de Herrera, spoke. Singer Daniel Calveti and the Casa de Oración band led worship.

The Master’s Plan is historically and biblically based and aims to unite the elements of sound teaching for discipleship gain, in harmony with the Great Commission. The plan integrates the church’s local ministries.

Tribal dispute takes place in Papua New Guinea

KUDJIP – Last month reports circulated that members of the tribe that live around the Kudjip area recruited assistance of another tribe and then raided the area of Banz town, according to NCN News.

The raid was in retribution for the fatality of one of their own tribesmen. According to unofficial reports, two people died in these events along with 122 homes burned and serious property damage.

Police action has seemed to help settle turmoil. About 50 men from the Kudjip area were arrested by the police. The police have also tried to keep weapons from road junctions and markets and are dissuading people from lingering there.

Two Nazarene Health Ministry leaders’ help was requested to start peace talks between the two groups. Both sides currently have agreed to mediate. Local churches are attempting to reach out to the community that was damaged around Banz.

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