Friday, 30 March 2012

Officially official

When I went to PNG in 2009, I was classified as an "intern missionary."  The internship was three long years long, or the length of my first term.  In February, I joined my fellow interns in Kansas City for a week of member care retreat.  The retreat included devotions with Dr. Hahn, training sessions, and psychological assessments.  We finished with week with interviews by the General Board and General Superintendents.  And we all passed!

On Monday, January 27th, we were officially made official--we were commissioned as Global Missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene.  Wow, it's so nice to not be an intern any more ;).

Global Missionary class of 2012 (from L to R):  Martin Glendenning--Eurasia Regional Office, me--PNG!, Danilo and Maria Carvolho--Angola, Gavin and Jill Fothergill--USA/Mexico Border, Todd and Brittany Leslie--Africa Regional Office, Brian and Erin Ketchum--France, Spencer and April Baggott--Rwanda

Mom and Dad, Aim, and Aaron all made the trip to KC for the commissioning service.
It was wonderful to have them there for that special time.

Verne Ward, former missionary to PNG and then regional director for Asia-Pacific, was elected as the new director for World Mission.  Now we get to share him and Natalie with the rest of the world!

The Great Commission
"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
~ Matthew 28:18-20


  1. Awesome, Stephanie! Very cool. Congrats! Did Ward replace Ketchum (obviously not Brian in your pic - is he Dr. Ketchum's son)?

  2. Verne is taking over for Louie Bustle. Dr. Ketchum, the head of NMI, is Brian's uncle.

  3. OK, the difference between those two positions has always confused me. Their titles sound like the same thing.