SCOTLAND RECOGNISES THREE THROUGH COMMISSIONING AND ORDINATION
9th October 2018
"You don't have what it takes!" What? "You don't have what it takes!", was the message shared by British Union Conference (BUC) President, Pastor Ian Sweeney in his homily as he addressed three pastors in the Scottish Mission on the occasion of their commissioning and ordination. The whole congregation quickly realised that this statement is actually not untrue. So many examples can be quoted from the Bible, of individuals who never had what it took, and yet God made effective use of them.
On 6 October at the Scottish Mission Day of Fellowship in Crieff, the members of Scotland gave a voice to the ministry call of three of its pastors. Pastor Ivana Mendez, who was commissioned and Pastors Rory Mendez and Njabulo Ndlovu, who were ordained, stood in front of a large congregation to accept the charge of ministry for Christ. Together with them on the platform was a host of colleagues from far and wide to witness their response to that charge.
Pastors Rory and Ivana work as a team in the west of Scotland in several churches. Visiting Scotland specifically to introduce them to the congregation, was Pastors Kirk Thomas and Wilfred Blake. Pastor Rory is also the sponsor for Evangelism and Personal Ministries in Scotland.
Coming all the way from St. Albans, and working as Ministerial Secretary in the Trans European Division of Seventh-day Adventists, was Pastor Patrick Johnson. Pastor Johnson took the time to introduce Pastor Njabulo Ndlovu to the congregation. Njabulo is pastor in the Aberdeen district, and he is also the sponsor for Pathfinders and Adventurers.
The Scottish Mission hosts an annual day of fellowship, and the 2018 event was a true highlight in many ways. An estimated 400 people attended the event on a sunny day. It needs to be mentioned that the day was sunny, because, usually there is rain around. The day was filled with a variety of ministries, ranging from a children's choir consisting of children from all over Scotland, organized by the Children's Ministry leader, Ifeoma Victor-Igwe, to an investiture of three Master Guides for Scotland. The new Master Guides are Audrey Mutongi, Desire Sonder and Samu Ncube.
After the lunch break, the Parish Church in Crieff filled quickly again as members waited in anticipation for the commissioning and ordination service to commence. The stage was packed with guests such as Pastor Eglan Brooks, Pastor John Surridge, Pastor Victor Harewood and Mr Earl Ranharacksingh.
Now Scotland has to wait another year for the next day of fellowship, and the question might be, how do you do better than this year? To answer that question is tough, because, after all, most of us don't have what it takes. But we know The Lord is on our side.
A gallery of the day of fellowship can be viewed here.