November 24, 2017

Update on Jim Cossairt

Jim Cossairt

Thank you for your prayers for Jim Cossairt. The surgery went well and the MRI looks good. He is home recovering. Please keep in your prayers for a full recovery.

New Church Plant in Venezuela

Venezuela Church Plant

This is a video of a new church plant in Punto Fijo, Venezuela.
Please keep praying for Venezuela as the crises is getting worse.  Minimum wage has changed this week from $5.00 a week to $5.50 per a month.

A Family Transformed

Alba Gaibor felt trapped in a broken marriage and longed to run away until a pastor and his wife offered marital counseling and a new hope in Christ. Today, Alba’s family is completely transformed thanks to the work of God through the church in Ecuador! #Nazarene

Alba is a professor/tutor at the San Miguel Church of the Nazarene Compassion Center. 

Rich Prayer Request

Dwight and Carolyn Rich are praying and seeking what God has in the future for them.  Please keep them in your prayers as they start to think of this transition.

If you are interested in having the Riches on your district or in your local church please contact them directly at:
The Riches are available to speak from June 2018 through May 2019

Jim Cossairt- Prayer Request

Jim Cossairt- update.  Last week Jim was having severe headaches a CT Scan and an MRI were conducted and a cancerous tumor was located in the lower left Cerebellum of his brain. He will be operated on this Tues, Nov. 21.
Jim says,  "I'm not concerned because of my faith in God and trust in His plan for my life, but real, true friends are literally the hands and feet of Jesus"

Please remember to pray for Jim, his family and the doctors. Jim has already been undergoing lung cancer treatments for two years.

Ecuador Seminary Graduation

The Ecuador Nazarene Theology Seminary held it's XXIX graduation ceremony Nov. 10 with 14 graduates from from Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.
NAF Director Dwight Rich was the special speaker.

Thanksgiving Service

More than 800 people from the Costa Norte District gathered together to celebrate their thankfulness to God, known as their Thanksgiving Service, in a united service in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas.
NAF Director Dwight Rich performed a baby dedication and also was the special speaker for the service.  Dwight and Carolyn, his wife were honored with gifts of gratitude from the District.   

Children's service which was led by different leaders and some of the leaders were the NILI team. 

A group of the Tsáchilas performed songs in their language. 

NAF Director Rev. Dwight Rich preached on Isaiah 35:8
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.

NAF Holds First DS Retreat in Colombia

In September, the NAF held it's first District Superintendent and wives with Missionaries Retreat in Cali, Colombia. Fifteen district superintendents and their wives and five missionary families from Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela were in attendance.

The retreat was a time of great fellowship, worship,and meetings. Special speaker, General Superintendent Dr. Gustavo A. Crocker spoke on leadership using the new model iWin.  Regional Director, Christian Sarmiento shared other thoughts on leadership and the direction of the days ahead for the NAF.

NAF Director, Dwight Rich shared the history of each NAF country and how they were established and the growth up until now.  Also in his report Dwight shared of his and Carolyn's announcement of their retirement. 

The leaders were shocked and also saddened by the announcement in that the Richs' have led the NAF towards growth over the last 32 years and have obtained the respect of the national leadership of the church.  They will be greatly missed!
The retreat concluded with most of the leaders having the opportunity to attend the Master Plan's Convention with a conclusion of two Sunday services held in a tent of more than 10,000 in each service. The services were held at the new property of the Cali Church.

District Superintendent Jairo Ceballos and his wife Monik from Central Dist. in Venezuela.  

NAF District Superintendents with wives and Missionaries and families. 


In May 2018 Carolyn and Dwight Rich will be concluding 37 straight years of full time service with the Church of the Nazarene.  It will include 3 years of pastoring in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and 34 years living in Ecuador and working with the North Andean Field. 
The process for their retirement has been approved and with mixed emotions, they will begin a final year of Home Missionary Assignment in the USA beginning on June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019.  Scheduling has already begun for District tours, Faith Promise Conventions, and other kinds of meetings.

If you are interested in having the Riches on your district or in your local church please contact them directly at:

Largest Church of the Nazarene- Cali Colombia

This is a video of the October Conference closing service.  The church is still growing they still needed to hold two services with more than 10,000 in each service.

Without Limits!  Everything is possible.

We delcare the Cali es all for Christ.  Thanks to our brother Tony Meléndez for sharing with us in our new Chruch, giving us a message of hope.  Here lives our Great Conqueror without limits.  Everything is possible. 

Declaramos que Cali es para Cristo! Gracias a nuestro hermano Tony Meléndez por compartir con nosotros en nuestra nueva Casa, dándonos un mensaje de Esperanza. Así vivimos nuestra GRAN CONQUISTA SIN LÍMITES! Todo es posible!

Update on Dwight Rich

We have an update on Dwight Rich. He
is doing well and resting in his room. His wife Carolyn said the successful surgery was 3 hours long. The doctor said he found more to repair than expected so Dwight's hospital stay will be longer. Please pray for him as the doctor is expecting him to have more pain and the healing process to take longer. We have a powerful healing God that takes away pain.
Dwight and Carolyn want to thank you for your faithful prayers.

Update a day later:

Update: Dwight Rich was released from the hospital on Sunday and is home recoverying. He was released a day after his surgery as planned and turned over to the loving care of his wife Carolyn to take care of him at home since she is a nurse.
Please continue to pray for a complete recovery. They are so thankful for all the responses to pray they have received.
Please pray for Dwight Rich as he will be operated on for a double hernia tomorrow, Oct. 7, at 9 am.  He will need to stay overnight and should be home Sunday sometime.   
Please pray that God would guide the hands of the surgeons and that Dwight will have a complete and quick recovery.  
Dwight and his wife Carolyn are missionaries in Ecuador and theField Strategy Coordinator for the NAF,
He was released this morning, Friday but still has recuperation time ahead. 

Please pray for Pedro Nolberto SalinasPedro
who has been in the hospital for Rotavirus which causes
severe dehydration,
He was released this morning, Friday but still has recuperation time ahead. 
Pedro is from Peru and a 
student at the Quito Ecuador Seminary.  

Gloria Orosco, the wife of Pastor Carlos Escudero from Riobamba, Ecuador is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis and is in critical condition.  We ask for prayer on her behalf.  For her treatment she needs oxygen equipment that costs $1500.

First of all we ask for prayer on Gloria’s behalf.  If anyone would feel led to help this pastoral couple with this medical expense or at least give something towards it, funds may be donated through the partnership link.  Please let us know of any donation so that we can advance it directly to the need.

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Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for Pastor Diogenes Larios from Pekin, Venezuela who
was able to have surgery for colon cancer. 
He is the pastor of a Church of the
Nazarene on the Primero District.
Pastor Diogenes and his wife Carlenis

have a daughter named Diorlenis who is 4 years old. 

Venezuela Pastor Prayer Request

We would ask you to pray for Pastor Diogenes Larios from Pekin, Venezuela who has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He is the pastor of a Church of the Nazarene on the Primero District.
District Superintendent Jimmy De Gouveia says, "We need a miracle in his life and he needs surgery.  We are raising an offering for him as he needs about $1,200 for his surgery."  Please pray that they would be able to find the medicines and attention that he needs as things are very critical in the country of Venezuela.
The date of the surgery will depend on when the money is collected.
Pastor Diogenes and his wife Carlenis have a daughter named Diorlenis who is 4 years old.

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September 5,, 2017           

North Andean Field

 Prayer and Praise Line

Making Christ Like Disciples
This weekly prayer & praise email is from the Church of the Nazarene on the North Andean Field (NAF) consisting of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.  Our contact information is listed at the end of this email.  Thank you for partnering in prayer with us! Global Church of the Nazarene

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  I Peter 1:3
Prayer Requests

We would ask you to pray for Pastor Diogenes Larios from Pekin, Venezuela who has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He is the pastor of a Church of the Nazarene on the Primero District.
District Superintendent Jimmy De Gouveia says, "We need a miracle in his life and he needs surgery.  We are raising an offering for him as he needs about $1,200 for his surgery."  Please pray that they would be able to find the medicines and attention that he needs as things are very critical in the country of Venezuela.
The date of the surgery will depend on when the money is collected.
Pastor Diogenes and his wife Carlenis have a daughter named Diorlenis who is 4 years old.

Please keep these other requests in mind. 

We would like to ask for your prayers for our first ever all North Andean Field District Superintendent and Missionary Retreat.  It will be held in Cali, Colombia on September 24-27, 2017.  Special speakers will include Dr. Gustavo Crocker, Dr. Christian Sarmiento, Rev. David Gonzalez, and Rev. Dwight Rich.  Let’s ask the Lord that this be a time of great spiritual renewal and fresh vision for the future.

The annual Master’s Plan Convention will be held at the Cali Pasoancho Church of the Nazarene from September 27 to October 1, 2018. This is event is to train leaders and pastors for the ministry in their church.  Pray that God will bless this inspirational event.

Remember Scarlet Acosta's mother as she is home recuperating after surgery.
Scarlet is a missionary in Ecuador.

Please remember to pray for Missionaries Jon and Shirley Fischer. They are on Home Assignment and are on a month long tour sharing in churches and traveling to many states for services and Work and Witness meetings. Pray that God will bless their services and renew their strength during this time.

New Plant Pastor's Life Changing Story-Raised to Life

Despite being raised by pastors, Marcelo Fretes rejected God and turned to a life of drugs and alcohol. After several suicide attempts, Marcelo finally accepted God’s love and gained the peace he desperately sought. #Nazarene.

To see more from the Stories DVD, visit!

Click on the link above to watch the story of great impact of how God changed Marcelo's life.

Youth Event -Alerta

We praise the Lord for the youth event called Alerta in which over 500 youth in Ecuador gathered to listen to special speakers and special music to worship God. They challenged to listen and follow the calling of God in their lives. Please keep these youth in your prayers.  foto credits go to Mike Kehoe

Hundreds of people — mostly teens and young adults — from different cities and countries in South America — in Quito, Ecuador this week — drawing closer to the Lord. #AlertaJuvenil

New Staff at the Quito Seminary

In Quito, we welcome Rev. Julio and Loiberis Rivera, along with their 3 children, from San Felipe, Venezuela to staff positions in our Seminary. The Riveras have served with distinction for the past 4 years as District Superintendents of the Venezuela Centro Occidental District.  They will be directing the student life program, admissions, some finances, and teaching.  The Riveras bring wonderful experience and preparation to their new positions.

Summer VBS

Summer brings vacation from school and also Vacation Bible School and we rejoice with all the churches that are holding VBS on the NAF.  We will share more pictures as they become available.

Cali, Colombia, House of Prayer Church held their VBS earlier in the summer.  The children were alive with excitement with all the decorations and lively presentations. photo credits to JNI Cali church

The Carcelen Alto Church in Quito had over 120 kids in their VBS last week.  photo credits to Barba Maribel

August 05, 2017

29th Nazarene General Assembly

District Superintendent Jimmy De Gouveia from Venezuela shared a testimony of one of his pastors in the Sunday School Convention.
Jimmy SMDI

South America NYI awards Jimmy De Gouveia from Venezuela, with the Timothy Award, the highest award/honor given by the church for ministry with youth and NYI! Jimmy exemplifies the award with enthusiasm for evangelism. His vision has served South America and youth worldwide.
Jimmy NYI

Ecuador delegates

San Pablo New Start Church

Praise the Lord the Work and Witness team from CrossRoads Community Nazarene Church of  IN arrived to where they are going to be working this week. They were treated to a special orchestra performance by the children at the San Miguel Church of the Nazarene, The children played pan flutes, violins, drums and different kinds of guitars. They have been taking classes since Feb.

The team is anxious to get started to work with the parents of the kids of the project in San Pablo, and love on some kids.
Pray for them as they open their hearts and see God daily.

The work and Witness team from Crossroads Community Nazarene in IN is working hard at making the San Pablo new start church a better place by painting the classrooms and pouring the floor for the kitchen. They are having a lot of fun with the people from the community while working with them. Mario Paredes


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June 07, 2017

The Value of Long-Term Investment



Five years ago a small team from MNU, Mid-America University, came to Ecuador.  One of their many projects was to put up a portable chapel in San Pedro, a little town outside of Riobamba on the Sierra Centro District where Mario Paredes is the District Superintendent. 

The location of the donated property was in the middle of a cabbage field.  They literally helped the church people dig up the cabbage plants to make room for the chapel. 
The portable chapel was placed in two other locations before coming to San Pedro, one being Los Treboles in Quito South. 

Our daughter Krista was on that group!

Then a month ago a team from Montrose, CO helped San Pedro build a permanent church building as they had outgrown the portable chapel.

Two weeks later a small team from PLNU, Point Loma Nazarene University took down little chapel in San Pedro and moved it to it’s new home called Nueva Tierra, New Land, on a corner property in the town of Riobamba for another Quechua congregation that is starting to grow.



The portable chapel easily holds 50 people but many more have have been packed into this little chapel at a time.

The portable chapel has served it's purpose to serve many people in it’s life.

An investment of $2,500 has provided 4 church starts to have a place to grow until they have their permanent building.

The life long investment is so much more than the dollar amount when you stop to think on how many people have come to know Christ because someone gave.

Sewing New Seeds

This is the portable chapel that the California PLNU Loveworks 2017 put up in Jama, Ecuador on the North Coast District. The Jama, rented, Church of the Nazarene building was destroyed during the April, 2016,  7.8 earthquake. There were 33 people killed in this small town.  It was good to see some of the repairs slowly happening in the neighborhoods.
This chapel was welded by Global Serve Volunteer Ron Boeve. 

PLNU LoveWorks went to Esmeraldas to find 70 anxious children waiting for them an hour before the program was to start. Many seeds were sown in the hearts of the children in this area.  The team felt a heavy burden for the many needs in the lives of the children.  They loved on the children, played games with them and introduced them to Jesus, a friend they can trust at all times.
It was hard leaving as the children looked in the teams eyes and asked them when they were coming back. 

Please pray for the PLNU LoveWorks team. They have many memories and thoughts to process as they return to their busy summer schedules.

Crystal Clear Communication!

     Uncle Ralph, is what the team called Ralph from the Montrose, Colorado Work and Witness team that worked with their Quichua brothers and sisters to build a church in San Pedro de Tunchi, outside of Riobamba, Ecuador on the Sierra Centro District.
      Kely, is a 3 year old girl whose parents attend the San Pedro Church and she was at the project everyday because her mother worked in the kitchen.  
It wasn't long until Kely spotted Uncle Ralph and they quickly developed a friendship. She would go and find him on the job site and lead him by his hand into the house to play.  
      Kely was always bundled up in a nice warm hat and jacket to keep warm and one day when Uncle Ralph was holding her, she reached up and pointed to his hearing aid.  He took it out and showed it to her.  Kely pulled off her hat and pointed to her own hearing device on her little headband. She knew they had a common bond. All this communication happened without words. 
      Kely was born with one ear completely closed and the other ear was totally deformed. All of her communicating is through gestures, shaking her head or a few words.  It will be a while before she will be able to be operated on. Medics say that it would be wise to wait until Kely is 10 to have an operation.  
      Uncle Ralph and Kely developed a bond and a friendship without words, without talking but the communication was very clear even through the different languages.  

Kelly and Uncle Ralph before the team left.

           Kelly's hearing device is not working properly and it will cost a lot of money to get it repaired.
           Her parents are taxi drivers and it is hard to save money to help Kelly.

A Piece of the Puzzle

The California PLNU LoveWorks 2017 team has been working hard the last two weeks in the Sierra Centro District.  District Superintendent Mario Paredes has been introducing them to new areas in the province of Bolivar, the poorest area in Ecuador.   They moved a portable chapel from one area to another so that a new congregation will have a place to worship.  They painted in three different churches, two being new start churches, in their compassion buildings, in Chambo, Las Naves and Las Sabanetillas. Everyday they held children's services with as many as 200 children in some of the services.  
Despite traveling from cold to hot climate, one short trip descending 9.000 ft. altitude, and going by many landslide areas they are doing well.  They are relaxing and having a re-grouping time in Quito this week end.
They are learning a lot about culture and making many new friends.
As one of the girls on the team explained, we are not here to change anything we are just one little piece of the puzzle to show Jesus' love