Monday, April 11

Mobilizing Missionaries in South America

The Global Mission of the Church is still as real today as two thousand and eleven years ago when jesus gave the Great Commission to his disciples. "Go therefore and make disciples of call the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Mat. 28:19-20) And, as a result, God continues to call people to serve in ministry as missionaries.

As I wrote some time back, part of our current responsibilities include the mobilization of Nazarenes for the missionary work.

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In February we held our first "Cross-Cultural Orientation" (CCO) in the city of Quito in Ecuador. We had 45 participants searching for information on how they could serve the Lord with the Church of the Nazarene. It was a time to share some of the different opportunities for missionary service in the Church of the Nazarene, to gain a global worldview of the Christian reality, to know of the challenges related to cross-cultural work, and to help each of the participants know themselves better.

Several witnessed of their call to missions and readiness to serve, about 15 were interviewed and directed regarding their upcoming steps in their preparation to be become missionaries. As a result of the interviews and of the CCO, 1 young man is already serving in the Jungle in Peru in our Bible Institute, and another one is preparing himself to serve in a Caribbean Country.

At the present moment, Liliana and I are in Brazil offering the same training. Over last weekend we were in the Paulistano district, in the city of São Paulo, where we had about 20 youth and adults interested in missions, and we are presently in Recife, and will be preparing for a CCO on next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

We live difficult times for the church and for society in general. The economy looks to be less and less favorable. But God's mission does not stop. God is in control raising young people and adults for the missionary work, and South America will soon take a prominent role in sending Nazarene missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene for the whole world.