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Espargos is the main city on SAL with the airport for the tourist going to the beaches in the south of the island. During an island round trip we saw this little church and I would like to tell you about the religion on the islands. Approximately 80% are Roman Catholic and 10% are Protestants, which include about half of the Nazarenes. On the yellow sign is written "Screja dos Nazaron".

The Church of the Nazarene is an international evangelical Christian denomination that emerged primarily from within the Wesleyan-Methodist tradition of the 19th century Holiness movement. The denomination is commonly referred to as the Nazarene Church, and its members referred to as Nazarenes. The mission is "to respond to the Great Commission of Christ to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19)," In December 2006 this was expressed more succinctly as "to make Christlike disciples in the nations." This frames the global mission of the denomination. In 2009 the General Assembly indicated in its revision of Article XI of the Manual the means for accomplishing its mission: "making disciples through evangelism, education, showing compassion, working for justice, and bearing witness to the kingdom of God." Since 2001, the three “core values” of the Church have been identified as “Christian, missional, and holiness.”

At the end of 2008, the Church of the Nazarene had 1,837,393 members in almost 23,000 churches in 155 different "world areas". It has the most Nazarenes in the USA (658,402); Haiti (107,000); and India (59,039).The denomination has the highest percentage presence in the nations of Cape Verde, Samoa, Barbados, Haiti and Swaziland.

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