On Monday, February 25, 2019, thirty-seven missionaries were commissioned as global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene. The commissioning service took place at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Among those commissioned were six missionaries from the Mesoamerica Region including Rev. Carol Rittenhouse who serves at SENDAS.
The commissioning of missionaries is a recognition of the life and call of the missionary, an indication of the missionary’s willingness to serve wherever the church needs them, and an affirmation of their service into the future. This is the largest missionary commissioning class since 1980.
All six general superintendents were present and participated in the commissioning service. Dr. Gustavo Crocker brought the message both celebrating the work of Nazarene missions around the world and challenging the newly commissioned missionaries to embrace the work ahead. As Nazarene missions has changed over the years, it was noted that of the 37 missionaries commissioned 60 percent represented nations outside of North America. God continues to call Nazarenes worldwide to be involved in making Christlike disciples of all nations.
“It is a joy and privilege to represent the Church of the Nazarene and SENDAS as a commissioned missionary. As part of a global team of missionaries, pastors, and leaders, God continues to build His Church in all corners of the world. To be just a small part of God’s kingdom work here at SENDAS is a blessing and it is the desire of my heart that God will use me in any way that glorifies Him,” Carol said upon reflecting on the commissioning service.
SENDAS is thankful for the work of all missionaries past, present, and future who continue to shape its work for God’s kingdom on the Mesoamerica Region.
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