Several years ago at its annual NMI Convention, the district was challenged to consider a new perspective with this question:
What will we do when the world comes to us?
Ten years ago, Nazarene missionaries in Tanzania ministered to refugees fleeing from the Congo, some of whom eventually made their way to Idaho. They found another Nazarene ministry, this time at Boise Five Mile. Pastor Ben Turner and the Five Mile congregation welcomed these new friends from Africa and opened their facility for a Swahili-language service. A year has passed since that time, and the two groups have officially merged to become one church with two congregations. One of the leaders, Pastor Rehema Asumani, is now developing in ministry as part of the Five Mile staff. We praise God for how He is working through the local congregations and the global church to share the good news of Jesus.