The Apostolic Christian Mission Committee partners with Apostolic Christian World Relief (ACWR) in supporting the spiritual outreach of Nazarean ministry in Europe.
Today there are over 200 Nazarean Church communities in Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and southwestern Ukraine (Bukovina), two in Austria, eight in Germany, and one in Sweden. Many of these church communities are small and need financial assistance for church facilities and means of transportation from outlying areas for fellow believers to gather together for fellowship and worship.
- Local Ministry Support
The Mission Committee provides funding for vans and transportation of outlying brethren for church functions. Money is also sent for literature,
supplies, hymnals and Bibles so that God’s Word can be heard and His Glory praised in the native language of each country where believers reside and worship. ACWR shares in one-half of the cost of vehicles that are purchased for use by the local congregations in spiritual and material aid activities.
Local ministry outreach is a function of national and local Nazarean church leadership. Mission Committee and ACWR supports them by providing any funding needed for outreach activities. Thankfully, today the Elders, Deacons and ministers of the Nazarean Churches are free to travel not only from church to church, but also across national boundaries for periodic meetings that allow them interact with fellow ministering brethren for faithful oversight of the churches in Europe.
- Church Renovation and Construction
The European Church Building Fund is administered by the Mission Committee to provide funding for construction and repair of ‘Assembly or Prayer Houses’ as the Nazarean brethren call their churches. ACWR and Mission Committee members work with Nazarean Church leadership on all major building projects in an effort to provide adequate worship facilities for as many local congregations as possible.
When the churches were reclaimed and allowed to reopen in 1989, most were old and many beyond repair. However, since 1990 about 70% of the active congregations have had their ‘House of Prayer’ renovated, repaired or newly constructed, many times employing brethren in the project. The new and restored church buildings throughout Eastern and Western Europe have helped encourage souls to come to church, with numerous converts resulting from a renewed interest in the faith of their fathers.