Pastors and deaconesses will serve churches in Nicaragua and Panama
Friday, April 3, 2009
President Luis Turcio ordains new pastors for Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua
CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua - Sounds of thanksgiving to God flowed from Martin Luther Chapel as the pastors and deaconesses of Iglesia Luterana Sinodo de Nicaragua (ILSN) together with family and friends celebrated the graduation of five pastoral and nine diaconal students from “Seminario Teologico Reforma Luterana (Theological Seminary of the Lutheran Reformation). This was the third seminary program held by the Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) mission in Nicaragua. But this class was unique. Three students (two pastoral and one diaconal) came from the Lutheran Church of Panama.
Following the graduation rite and sermon, ILSN President Luis conducted the rites of consecration and ordination. The eight deaconesses, who will serve in their home congregations, were consecrated and the three pastoral candidates also receiving calls were ordained.
Linda Mayan, on behalf of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League-Canada, presented each deaconess with a cross and LCC’s interim mission executive, Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan, presented pectoral crosses to the three pastoral candidates. Dr. Roger Humann (Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines and seminary program coordinator) placed stoles, handcrafted in Nicaragua, upon the three pastoral candidates.
Letters from President Robert Bugbee (LCC), from Milton Castillo Arosamena, the president of the Lutheran Church of Panama, and Judy Grande, president of LWML-Canada were also read. The graduates from the Lutheran Church in Panama were not ordained or consecrated as their own church will receive, ordain and consecrate them during a service of celebration in Panama. Each of the graduates receivedthe appropriate cross in anticipation of this special event.
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