CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION FOR THE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE IN ARGENTINA
(NCSA Argentina) The Church of the Nazarene celebrated 100 years of ministry in Argentina on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Bruno Radi Convention Center in the Nazarene Park of Pilar, Buenos Aires.
At five o’clock in the afternoon, buses from every part of Buenos Aires started to arrive to the party to celebrate together with members of different congregations for this one of a kind event. The unity of the congregation made visible the bonds of Christ among the representatives of the Church of the Nazarene from different countries in the region who arrived to join the celebration. By six o’clock in the afternoon 1,500 people had joined, among them were superintendents, pastors, leaders, and lay people.
The service began at six o’clock under the leadership of Rev. Marcelo Correa, Superintendent of the Central District. The story was told of how God worked to give birth to the Church of the Nazarene in Argentina, then a wonderful time of praise and worship was led by Church of Monte Grande. Rev. Alessandro Polonio was presented as the recently appointed Field Strategy Coordinator for the Southern Cone Field, replacing Rev. Juan Jose Zani.
It was a special service of celebrating the anniversary of the church, and 19 candidates were ordained as elders in the Church of the Nazarene. General Superintendent Gustavo Crocker was there to lead the service of ordination and to bring a message from Scripture for the church.
The sermon was based on Joshua 24:15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Crocker told the story of the Church of the Nazarene in the 100 years of its history. He emphasized the newer generations which were not there in the beginning, and the hard work it took for the church to become what it is today in Argentina. He encouraged the congregation, that is enjoying the fruits of the labor of those who have worked hard in the past, to commit to serve the Lord like Joshua. He mentioned four important points: God saves us, we are sanctified, we are called, and we must commit.
The service was closed with the singing of the doxology for the Church of the Nazarene, it was a moment filled with emotion and brotherhood among those present. Everyone remembered and was aware of all that God has done, is doing, and will do with the church, the embassy of the Kingdom on earth.
Source: Nazarene Communications Argentina
Translation: Paul Clark