The Senica 7

We share stories of people who are transforming, restoring, redeeming and Blessing their communities out of the overflow of Jesus in their lives.

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Reflecting Today

This afternoon, for some strange reason, time has seemed to slow. We returned to the DR on January 9th from vacation and have gone literally nonstop since that moment. There has not been a chance to catch our breath. Kids school, Kristi and I Masters classes, sports, school activities, baby Elsie waking up at night and everything that goes along with a 6-month-old, teams arriving, teams going, exhaustion, meetings, home repairs, car repairs, middle schoolers emotions, family talks, emails, projects, finances, Dr. appointments, birthdays, etc, etc etc.

All these things contribute to the limited amount of time we have.

It’s been a roller coaster this month and a half in our lives.

I am asking myself. How much time have I spent reading the Word? Praying? Listening. I find myself asking this question of myself. And the answer - not enough. I need more.

 It’s one thing to check off the Bible reading plan for the day, but it’s another to consume and eat the Word. Let the words be digested and reflected upon is a different and an important next step.

This next comment is not a knock against devotionals, or someone else’s words, Study Bibles, etc. Please don’t hear that. I always use them for guides; they are great additional resources. We need other vantage points, perspectives etc.

But this strange, slowing time right now this afternoon has me thinking; I am wondering what would happen if we truly let the words of the bible soak into our hearts and minds prior to reading another person's words on the topic. Before reading the study bible part. Before reading the devotional part. Instead of adding to it from the get go, what if we take it for what it is and let Jesus speak to us through it. What if we allowed Jesus to disciple us through the Word?

After all, the words on the page are breathed by the Creator. They are spoke into existence by our Heavenly Father and embodied by Jesus. 

And they can be used to speak into us today and right now. To motivate, encourage, challenge, guide and push us out into the world and at the same time, pull us in closer to Him.

One disclaimer I have is we cannot take scriptures out of context and use them as stand alone. We must take the scriptures as the entirety word of God. An entire story of interrelated stories.

What do you think? Will you allow Jesus to disciple you through the reading and reflecting of scripture? 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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Hurricane Fiona Relief Trip

On September 19th, 2022 the eye of Hurricane Fiona made landfall and wreaked havoc across the eastern Dominican Republic, bringing with it damaging winds and flooding. This was the first hurricane to make landfall in the Dominican Republic in 18 years. The DR was not the only place impacted. The Hurricane stretched from Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, the DR, to Canada.

 

The aftermath of the storm left many people without power and without water. Immediately plans were in place through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) and Work and Witness DR to assist in providing relief to the affected areas. NCM coordinated Food distributions, mattresses, cooking stoves, and gas were all distributed to help those in need. Nazarene churches from all over the country collected clothing and other items to distribute to those who needed it most. Our children’s school also collected many items, such as diapers, baby formula, and clothing.

 

After the initial help, our Work and Witness team communicated with the District Superintendent on how best our ministry could assist with rebuilding. He informed us that he had several churches with roofs completely missing from the winds and other damages, so our team visited the affected areas and put together plans to help.

 

Through some very generous supporters, we were able to collect enough funds to distribute to multiple churches to help them in the rebuilding process. Before the funds ever reached the DR, however, the churches were already collecting offerings within their churches and communities and starting the reconstruction of their buildings. By the time our small team arrived in January, the church and local community members were doing the work!

 

From January 15th through January 20th, we hosted three gentlemen from the United States, one local volunteer, our team, and two additional workers who were interested in serving on a short-term work trip that we advertised for disaster relief. All these people came alongside the work already in process, and we all joined forces for these few days to continue and advance the work that was already being done. This team worked very hard alongside their Dominican and Haitian brothers and sisters. It was a great group participation and effort! The work continues by the local churches that were affected. May God bless each participant, and may God bless the local Nazarene church's work, both here in the Dominican Republic and around the world!

 

--Sam Senica – Work and Witness Coordinator in the Dominican Republic        

Episodes

4 days ago

Listen as Pastor Steve shares his churches history and story about saying Yes to God and putting thier community first! 

Thursday May 02, 2024

Link to the YouTube Video of this conversation. 
https://youtu.be/5gkImOtetG0?si=eeaElLXpwegq6S96
 
Dr. Michael Mata speaks with us from a webinar format about assessing our communities. Dr. Mata answers live questions from the participants. 
 
Get in contact wth us: 
ssenica@nazarene.org
ksenica@nazarene.org
 
Blessing Our Community Website/Resources: https://usacanadaregion.org/cycle-of-resurgence/blessing-our-community

Episode 22 - Jeff O'Rourke

Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

Listen as Pastor Jeff describes him and his families calling and hearts for their community. Learn some valuable insights on his churches approach to blessing thier community. 
Reach out to us with your comments!
ssenica@nazarene.org
ksenica@nazarene.org
 
Blessing Our Community Resources: https://usacanadaregion.org/cycle-of-resurgence/blessing-our-community

Episode 21 - Josh Cisneros

Saturday Feb 17, 2024

Saturday Feb 17, 2024

Friday Jan 12, 2024

Listen as Pastor Jacobi talks about his community, his church and how they are responding as a church to the various needs in their community. 

Friday Dec 15, 2023


In this episode, we're honored to have Dr. Desmond Barrett, an authority on church revitalization within the Church of the Nazarene. With a wealth of knowledge, Desmond shares insightful strategies and provides a glimpse into the remarkable journey of his current church, Winter Haven Church of the Nazarene. Join us as he delves into the rich history of the church, explores the dynamics of the community it serves, and narrates the inspiring achievements stemming from their intentional efforts in Blessing the Community. Get ready for practical insights and the impact a church can have when 'we believe' in what God can do through us as a people. 

Tuesday Nov 14, 2023

In this episode, join us as Pastora Gaby Rodriguez unfolds the compelling narrative of her personal journey and her church's pursuit of becoming a transformative force in their community. Delve into the challenges, unexpected turns, and triumphs that have shaped their path toward blessing others. Discover the profound impact of embracing discomfort, reaching out to those who differ from us, and defying societal norms to extend care and friendship to those deemed unworthy by conventional standards. Pastora Gaby reveals the incredible transformations that have unfolded in people's lives, highlighting the power of the Holy Spirit, working through the selfless service of the people of the church. 

Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

In this episode Sam and Kristi provide more insight into their roles as missionaries working for the Church of the Nazarene USA/Canada Region and the Bless our Community Initiative. 
 
 

Episode 16 Update

Friday Aug 18, 2023

Friday Aug 18, 2023

Sam and Kristi provide an update on the past few months and the many changes that have happened! 

Sunday Jul 16, 2023

In this episode we share a podcast by "The Worthless Servants." They discuss How the church can empower and reach Millenials and GenZ.  

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Books we Recommend!

Duane Elmer - Cross Cultural Servanthood.

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