In 2004, God began to stir in the hearts or Louie Bustle, Marty Hoskins, as well as other Nazarene pastors and leaders, from both sides of the US/ Mexico border, a need for addressing and promoting growth and development of existing churches and a way to establish new missions for the Church of the Nazarene. This was to be done by impacting communities through compassionate ministries, work and witness, and discipling, discovering, and developing leaders.
On May 16, 2006, the Border Initiative was officially launched in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, as an alliance between the ministries of USA/Canada and Mexico. In 2007, The Border Initiative, or BI, established an office located on the second floor of the El Paso First Church of the Nazarene, where it hosted groups, retreats, Nazarene ministries trainings, and other events. El Paso, TX was selected for its central location as it sits in the middle of the US/ Mexico border from South Texas to Southern California. Around 2009, Nazarene Border Initiative acquired a property with about an acre of land and a house that needed much repair. Through the joint efforts of ROAM, district work and witness teams, and many other volunteers, the Ministry Center, located on Wenda Dr. in El Paso, TX, now houses our office and offers four separate bunk rooms, a large kitchen, dinning/ conference area, a seating area, a large backyard with a fire pit, that can host trainings, retreats, work and witness teams, and church special events.
Work & Witness Coordinators
We connect teams looking for service opportunities, with needs from our churches along the US/Mexico border, such as:
- Construction and repair of Nazarene churches and parsonages
- Medical/dental clinics and disaster relief in Mexico
- Evangelistic needs of the churches
Education and Training
We provide opportunities for pastors and laity to expand their knowledge and equip them for successful ministry in their local church, community, family and workplace.
- We are available as special speakers for your next missions or Faith Promise event.
- We work alongside churches along the US/Mexico border, and provide an extra set of helping hands in their outreach events.