Mission books broaden our understanding of what God is doing around the world. They give us a glimpse into how the gospel is being spread and some of the people God is using to further his kingdom. From biographies to exciting stories, missionary books show us how the Church of the Nazarene is interacting with the world around us.

New books are selected each year. These books are available for checkout from a BFC Sunday School class, or can be purchased or downloaded online.

Adult NMI Mission Books

Messengers of Holiness by Amy Crofford and Brad Crofford

Messengers of HolinessAfrica Regional Director Filimao Chambo says, “The proverb, ‘African porridge must be drunk from an African calabash,’ tells us that in order for the church to have a bright future, young men and women of Africa need to be fully committed to the Great Commission.” African Nazarenes have crossed borders and learned new languages to share the message of Christ with people near and far. This book reminds us of Africans who were and are messengers of holiness in Africa and beyond and encourages us to dream with those whom God calls to missions now and for the future.

Branching Into Missions by Tim Crutcher

Branching into missionsHave you ever wondered how your life connects to God’s mission within the Church of the Nazarene? If so, this book is for you. Everyone‑not just missionaries‑should be involved in God’s mission to redeem the world. Just as a tree’s roots, trunk, and branches provide specific roles in producing fruit, various aspects of the church help produce fruit for God’s kingdom. Like a tree reaching out in many directions, the Church of the Nazarene has many “branches” of mission. This book invites you to find an opportunity for missions-involvement that connects your heart with the needs around the world.

A Missions Mosaic by Donna M. Wilson

A Missions MosaicWhile Canada has frequently sent Nazarene global missionaries over the years, Canada’s open immigration policy has opened the door for missions opportunities to come into the country for years. According to 2011 demographic stats, international immigrants born outside Canada make up almost 50 percent of the population. As multiculturalism grows, the resulting diversity of people form a beautiful mosaic across the land. This mosaic also offers new missions opportunities for the Church of the Nazarene in Canada to make disciples in the nations both near and far, as they include the people who have come to them.

Amazon Adventures by Larry Garman

Amazon AdventuresRemote. Isolated. Threatening. Intriguing. In the Amazon jungle overlooking the Kusu and Marañon Rivers, Larry and Addie Garman, young missionaries in the early sixties, made their home. Walk through the jungle, navigate the raging Marañon, slip quietly along a remote trail, and celebrate God’s amazing grace, and one couple’s total surrender to His will. God does extraordinary things with ordinary people–folks like you and me–when they are fully surrendered to Him. God has done extraordinary things through the Garmans! Your life will never be quite the same after reading these stories.

Children's NMI Mission Books

All-Reader Books 

Eggs Taste Better than Caterpillars by Tami Brumbaugh

Eggs Taste Better Than CaterpillarsThe story is a fictional account of donations made through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada) offers a gift catalog with livestock options. People can donate money and select useful animals that will be given to people around the world who are in need.

God Is Alive! by Aimee Curtis

God Is AliveThis book is based on several stories from around the globe where God performed a miracle, worked through a difficult circumstance, or answered prayer in a profound way. The book will encourage young readers to believe in and cling to a God who hears, cares, and intervenes.

The Language That God Speaks by Teanna Sunberg

The Language That God SpeaksThe events in the book are actual accounts of the Nazarene response to the post-war Kosovars. The main character, Selim, returns to his Kosovar village in the aftermath of the Kosovo war and meets a Nazarene Work & Witness team who has come to repair the roofs of homes.

Advanced Books 

Stephen and the Typhoon by Lynda Boardman

Stephen and the TyphoonStephen Gualberto grew up in a slum area of Metro Manila. The son of hardworking parents who struggled to give Stephen a good education, he received assistance from the Church of the Nazarene through Child Sponsorship. Since graduating from college, he has devoted his life to ministries that speak out for and offer assistance to the poor, marginalized, and victims of disasters. Stephen’s most recent challenge has been the super typhoon, Haiyan‑or Yolanda, as the Filipinos call it.

Famous Phineas by Donna Manning

Famous PhineasA biography of Phineas Franklin Bresee who not only founded the Church of the Nazarene but established a foundation for mission work throughout the United States and around the world. Some of the conversation has been fictionalized to add interest.

The Unseen by Cheryl Crouch

The UnseenBased on a true story, the real-life son who was healed of cancer, grew up, and became a medical doctor, and his mother truly resigned her important government position in order to become the mother he so needed. For years, she also served as the Nazarene Missions International president for her district, doing all she could to spread the good news of the unseen God. The names of the people and some of the facts have been changed. Thelocation name has been omitted to protect our mission leaders.