The long-awaited day had finally come. On Saturday, 5 March 2022, the ordination service took place in Nairobi, Kenya. The visitors’ excitement was visible on their faces as they entered the venue, Africa Nazarene University.
General Superintendent (GS), Dr Eugénio Duarte, led the ceremony accompanied by the Regional Director (RD), Dr Daniel A.K.L Gomis, the Field Strategy Coordinator (FSC), Dr Musa Kunene and the District Superintendent (DS), Rev. Silla Onyango. Other guests in attendance were family and friends of the ordinands. The 54 ordinands were from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Dr Duarte preached from 1 Timothy 4:6-16 and Isaiah 6: 1-9, charging the ordinands to go out and serve the nations. The ceremony ended with congratulatory messages and applause to the ordinands, a photo session and meals for everyone.
In Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 13 candidates were ordained. This ordination occurred at the Nazarene Church of Yopougon-Andokoi on Saturday, 12 March 2022. It was a great day of celebration!
In Lomé, Togo, there were 26 candidates; the service took place at the Church of the Nazarene of Tsevie on Wednesday, 16 March 2022. The ordination service was well conducted, and the spirit of God was present.
Finally, on Sunday, 20 March 2022, after ten years, the District of Senegal celebrated another ordination service under the jurisdiction of General Superintendent Dr Eugénio Duarte. Accompanied by the RD, the FSC of Africa West Francophone Field (AWFF) Rev. Moïse Toumoudagou and the DS Rev. Antero D. Fontes. Ten pastors were ordained, including two women, eight elders and two deacons from Senegal and Guinea-Conakry. Dr Duarte’s preaching emphasized the call to ministry in Isaiah 6. This ceremony ended with a cocktail and reunion and rejoicing in the Lord.
These celebrations reflect the growth of the Church and its future!