What is Alabaster?

The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. While we understand the church consists of the people of God and not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots." Alabaster funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

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How are Alabaster offerings received?

The Alabaster Offering gets to the mission field via several avenues. The most widely used is the Alabaster Box. Individuals are challenged to regularly contribute the cost of items they desire but do not need. The boxes also serve as reminders to pray for those people who will benefit from Alabaster buildings.

You can purchase Alabaster boxes here.

In September and February, the money is collected. Many churches receive regular offerings throughout the year that are designated as Alabaster funds. (This is often a part of the Faith Promise plan for missions giving.) However, the semi-annual offerings in September and February are tradition in the Church of the Nazarene.

You can read stories about  Alabaster projects and give to future projects below.

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Krakow, Poland Church and Coffee Shop

 

GIVING CODE:  132242

REGION:  Eurasia
About this project: Work in Poland began with the initiative of Dr. Franklin Cook right around the year 2000. It was initially started with volunteers that came over and worked out of Pozna? doing Bible Studies primarily with University students. Appx 12 years ago, 2006, Ev and Rhonda Tustin were assigned by the General Church to be the first full time missionaries in Poland. At that time a nation wide strategy was implemented by the Tustins utilizing coffee houses as a non threatening way to enter into a culture w...

Manta Ecuador Property

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  South America
About this project: On April 16, 2016, a massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake rattled the coast of Ecuador. The city of Manta, Ecuador suffered the highest casualty rate with approximately 200 of the country’s 600 deaths. Additionally, a full ? of the buildings of Manta are either structurally damaged or destroyed. Plans have been in the works for over a year to launch a new church plant in partnership with Extreme Nazarene Ministries and the Ecuador Coast District in the city of Manta, a strategically important port...

Church in the City of Sousas - Brazil

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  South America
About this project: The Church of the Nazarene Sousas was founded in August 2000 by the district superintendent Rev. Lázaro Aguiar Valvassoura, in Sousas (a district of the Campinas city, in São Paulo state). At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Sousas had its economy based on the coffee farms, and it was catechized by Priests. Therefore, people are predominantly idolaters, with aversion to the gospel, maintaining very strong traditions of pagan festivals, such as the traditional festival for its patron Sa...

Ciudadela Sucre, Bogotá

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  South America
About this project: The Ciudadela Sucre neighborhood is located in the southwest hills on the south side of Bogotá, Colombia. It is a very poor neighborhood where the streets are not paved and many of the houses are made from recyclable material. Most of the the people that live in the community are under-employed or un-employed. They may work as ambulatory street vendors, domestic maids, or other menial low paying jobs. There is a significant child and youth population in the neighborhood. There are many soc...

Flor Amarillo

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  South America
About this project: Pastor Octavio Galvis heard the radio program "The Nazarene Hour" on Transworld Radio in 1982. At that point he sent a letter and an offering to the Global Church of the Nazarene inviting the church to enter Venezuela. Bill and Juanita Porter arrived in Venezuela to start the church and the first Sunday School opened in Flor Amarillo, Valencia, Venezuela. Pastor Galvis became the first District Secretary in Venezuela and today continues to serve as pastor and district secretary on the Venezue...

Construcción de casa de la superintendencia - Cajamarca

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  South America
About this project: El Centro Distrital pertenece a la Asociación Iglesia del Nazareno de la República del Perú, se encuentra ubicado en la ciudad de Cajamarca y eclesiásticamente pertenece al Distrito Regular Perú Cajamarca FASE III. Debido a que este proyecto de construcción de casa pastoral para superintendente no se ha ejecutado por falta de recursos económicos, el cual es de mucha importancia para hospedar a nuestro superintendente, de igual manera tener nuestras oficinas como distrito Cajamarca. El P...

El Caujaro, Maracaibo

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  South America
About this project: El Caujaro is a neighborhood in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Maracaibo is the second largest city in the country and center for the Venezuela Lago District. Over the last 4 years the El Caujaro church has outgrown it's facility. The church created a "Pro-Temple Fund" and through this fund they have financed the foundation and the steel super-structure of the building. Inflation in the country has created a serious difficulty in the church's ability to complete the church building. The c...

Centro de Retiro Chacra y Mar - Distrito Central

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  South America
About this project: Chacra y Mar es un centro poblado rural con una población de 61, 092 habitantes.?Los recursos financieros de la ciudad son principalmente agrícola, pesca e insumos para la construcción. Geográficamente, pertenece a la jurisdicción del distrito de Aucallama, provincia de Huaral, pero se encuentra ubicado en el km 75.5 de la carretera panamericana norte, muy cerca al mar, los campos de cultivo cuentan con riego de canales, el poblado se encuentra a 5 minutos en auto se encuentra la ciudad de ...

DRC - Kisangani District Center

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  Africa
About this project: The Pioneer Area of Kisangani is currently awaiting approval to be granted its own status as a phase one district. The Church of the Nazarene was started in the area surrounding Kisangani by refugees fleeing the war in the east during the mid 1990's. Even though the church was started long ago, its remote location and the subsequent wars fought over the area's rich diamond mines have slowed the growth of the Church of the Nazarene. Peace has recently returned to the region during the past 10 ...

Rep of Congo - Pointe Noire Church

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  Africa
About this project: The Republic of Congo, although enjoying an economy and political situation that is much more secure and stable than neighboring DRC, has not had a large investment from the General Church in personnel, finances, or other resources. Until 2017, the Rep of Congo only had six churches in one city. In one year, they have doubled their number of churches and expanded to three new cities....