MEET OUR MISSIONARIES
ALESSANDRO & CRISTIANE POLONIO
Go ye therefore all the world…
Alessandro was born in Jandaia do Sul, Paraná (27/03/1976), moved to Campinas, SP when he was 4 years old. He met Jesus in the Central Church of the Nazarene of Campinas with 19 years old, where he was called to the pastoral service and studies in the Seminary. He also studied the bachelor´s dearer on Ecomonic sciences at the Catholic University of Campinas. He is pursuing a Masters degree in ministries at the Nazarene Theological Seminary of the South Cone. Cristiane was born in Campinas, SP (11/05/1976). She met Jesus at the age of six in a children´s camp. Pastor´s daughter. She was called into the ministry at the age of sixteen. She studied at the Theological Nazarene University, also holds a degree in Music from UNICAMP and a degree in Pedagogy from UNIP. She is pursuing a Masters degree in phychological interventor in development and education by the European University of the Atlantic and a Masters degree in ministries at the Nazarene Theological Seminary of the South Cone.
They met at the Central Church of the Nazarene of Campinas, where they married in (15/06/2001). Both are elders of the Church of the Nazarene, ordained in Brazil Southeast District Paulista, and were commissioned as global missionaries in february 2017. They planted a church in Sousas, where they were pastors for twelve years. They had two daughters: Raquel (15/09/2003) and Sarah (04/04/2009).
In 2013, they moved to Chile as missionaries, where they served for seven years. During this time, God has done wonders. Two churches were reopened: Lo Espejo and Victoria. They received heip from fourteen work and witness teams (10 from Brazil and 4 from the USA). They worked with NCM, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, in responce to disasters, which are very recurrent in Chile, such as: earthquakes, tsunamis, mega-fires, volcanos, and landslides. And with child sponsorship for pastor kids and childrens from the CDC Minada de Amor. Alessandro also served as Chile´s CIM, NMI Regional Coordinator for SAM and Superintendent of Chile´s District Los Lagos. Cristiane was National Coordinator of Child Sponsorship and MAM Woman´s Ministry.
Since January 2020, they moved to Argentina, where they currently serve. Alessandro as FSC, Field Strategy Coordinator for the South Cone. Cristiane works together with her husband in the jurisdicional secretary of the South Cone.
Pray for the health of the family and the development of their ministry in the South Cone.
Rod and Sarah Reed are global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in Kenya. They were appointed in August 2000.
Rod and Sarah both attended Olivet Nazarene University where Sarah graduated with a B.A. in Music Education and Rod with B.A. in Religion in 1984. Rod went on to Nazarene Theological Seminary and then to Drew University where he earned a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics.
Rod serves as the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (Academic Dean) of Africa Nazarene University (ANU) in Nairobi Kenya and is responsible for the academic affairs for the whole university. Currently the university is offering over 40 programs in and has a student population of 3400. Rod has engaged in research and publication. (Find him on Amazon.com!) But most of all Rod loves his God and his family.
Sarah’s role as the Children’s Ministries Coordinator for the Africa East Field (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Horn of Africa) has blossomed over the years and with her ministry team she travels across East Africa helping church leaders develop effective children’s ministries. Sarah is also serving as a Children’s Sunday School Literature Editor for the Africa Region. Sarah has developed a Children’s Membership Curriculum entitled, My Church!, for the Africa Region.
Sarah and Rod have three young adult daughters: Rebecca, Katie and Hannah.
Rod and Sarah share their testimony as follows, “God is doing some amazing things in Africa today and we are so blessed to be part of it. We are blessed to work with and teach some of the most wonderful people on this earth. Yet, there are major challenges here that cry out for solutions that only God can provide. We are honored to be given a chance to be part of God’s solution.”
WHAT IS NMI
Immanuel Church is part of a global family called "The Church of the Nazarene."
Nazarene Missions International (NMI) is the organization responsible for engaging and mobilizing the local church to engage in mission in the Church of the Nazarene and is the denomination’s representative for missions on the district and in the local church.
Nazarene Missions International supports 737 missionaries in 157 world areas through the World Evangelism Fund.
To learn more, visit NMI official website.