MORE THAN 600 PASTORS ATTEND NATIONAL RETREAT IN PERU
(NCSA Peru) A national pastors’ retreat was held in Moyobamba, Peru. The retreat, called “At a Steady Pace” was organized by the National Board of the Church of the Nazarene in Peru and was held October 23-27, 2018, in the Cerrado Ayaymama Colosseum.
More than 600 pastors and leaders from all over the country attended, and found the event relevant to their ministry.
Top level presenters headlined the event. Dr. Francisco Jamoco, pastor and international conference speaker and mentor from Colombia, presented on the topic of finances. Dr. Jhonatan Salgado, educator and pastor, presented on the themes of whole family health, and dangers in pastoral families. His strong message was, “Take care of your own vineyard.” Dr. Tomas Gutierrez, sociologist and theologian, currently serving as the Technical Secretary of the Peruvian Congress, gave the presentation “The History of the Church of the Nazarene in the History of Peru and Pastoral Challenges.” Dr. Miguel Ekizian, psychologist and pastor, spoke from his experience about the whole wellbeing of pastors, and the challenge of finding balance in pastoral work. Dr. Jeffery Johnson, South Texas District Superintendent, and Cristina Zavala, National Director of Compassion International, gave outstanding presentations as well.
Dr. Christian Sarmiento, South America Regional Director, and Dr. David Busic, General Superintendent, were present with powerful messages and challenges for the pastoral body of Peru. Nazarenes are a people of grace and peace expressed the General Superintendent. In his final message he communicated the need for personal and social holiness, instantaneous and progressive holiness, and spiritual and practical holiness.
The music was lead by the band Courageous, from the Church of the Nazarene of the Future, “The place of blessing,” from the Libertad District.
The comments about the National Retreat were very positive. Rev. Ediberto Solano, South District Superintendent said, “This retreat was really what we needed, God has ordered and aligned our thoughts and more importantly the mission to which we are called. Going to the altar to renounce what was ours was very meaningful. This new anointing will take us to new levels of God’s grace, we start 2019 with a steady pace.”
Rev. David Robles, pastor of the Pueblo Libre Church in Lima said, “The retreat has been a great blessing and challenge for our lives in ministry. We feel challenged to carry on the message of holiness; which God has entrusted to the Church of the Nazarene.”
“The extraordinary part has been meeting with friends and colleagues serving the same Lord. This has been wonderful,” said Rev. Edilberto Hernandes, pastor of the Canto Grande Church in Lima.
“I give thanks to God for giving me the opportunity to have participated in this national pastors’ retreat. For me it was a renewal from God and all of the topics covered were important and necessary for my life and ministry. Thanks be to God for our leaders who organized this retreat and just about every pastor could receive from God, because as pastors we are always giving,” expressed Rev. Gino Perez from the Parachique Church on the North Pacific District.
The national retreat has motivated pastors to continue making Christlike disciples in the nations.
Source: Nazarene Communications, Peru