Compassion as a Lifestyle

Who We Are

NazCare is the aid and development arm of the Church of the Nazarene in Australia. Our objective is to enable our local faith communities to respond holistically to the needs of their community. Our priority is always to support the local church's response to those affected by disasters or other needs. We encourage and facilitate the involvement of local churches in that compassionate response, through volunteers, donations, material assistance, as well, as prayer, which we believe is a critical foundation for the work that we do. It is our desire for efforts to be done in collaboration with existing service/support, Govt and non-Govt agencies, faith-based or secular, wherever practically possible. 

We welcome your partnership with us, as we endeavour to be a compassionate, grace- and hope-filled expression of Christ, in our world. 

 


One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
— Luke 10:25-37 (NLT)