Alabaster Celebration

Since NMI began this offering, Alabaster has completed a total of 8,823 projects.  Living Hope Church will be collecting our Alabaster Offering on the last Sunday of September.


NMI celebrates $100 Million for Alabaster

By Nazarene Missions International on September 17, 2012

The Global Church of the Nazarene is celebrating a major milestone in the long-time annual Alabaster Offering. Late this summer, the denomination reached the $100 million (USD) mark in giving to this fund since its inception in 1949 through Nazarene Missions International (NMI).

“This amazing benchmark represents ministry to multiplied thousands of people in the past, present, and future of the Church of the Nazarene through the land and buildings Alabaster has provided,” said Global NMI Director Daniel Ketchum.
The Alabaster Offering provides funds for buildings and property globally. While the Church is first and foremost made up of the people of God, and not a location, buildings for ministry help provide a sense of permanence for churches. Observers in many cultures have often said that when they saw churches, schools, clinics and homes for leaders being constructed, they knew the Church of the Nazarene was there to stay.
Since NMI began this offering, Alabaster has completed a total of 8,823 projects. These include churches and chapels, Bible schools and other school buildings, mission and district centers, missionaries’ and national workers’ homes, land and other projects.
Eighty percent of the Alabaster offering is given to the Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Mesoamerica and South America regions. Twenty percent is given to the USA/Canada Region. No Alabaster funds are used for administrative costs.
“Because Nazarenes have given generously, the vision that God gave Rev. Elizabeth Vennum 63 years ago lives on, providing places for spiritual development, evangelism and disciple making, leader education, and physical healing that will continue for generations,” added Ketchum. “We encourage individuals, churches, districts, fields, and regions to celebrate with Nazarene Missions International as we begin the journey to the next $100 million for Alabaster.”

One thought on “Alabaster Celebration”

  1. Dear Pastor or staff member,

    Hi! I just got voted in for Missions leader and found this really helpful for me. I am just learning about Alabaster that I can share with the church this Sunday. They just voted last weekend we are a little late but I know God can still use us at the church to help out and to support others. Thank you for the history and information to help me as I am new to this my self. I have been a missionary and have helped with Native Americans in Arizona and I know God is using me here in Oregon now and in Washington too. Thank you and would love more information for the future too. God bless you all! I do know I will be going to District Assembley in April too to learn more about missions and all. I thank you and for all your hep you do too. God bless you all.
    Love in your sister in Christ,
    Brandy McBride

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