We would like to welcome Br. Miguel Mendoza to the ministerial team. He was ordained as a minister at Schofields Church on Sabbath the 25th of July.
Originally the ordination ceremony had been planned for the Victoria camp in April. However, with the cancellation of the camp, the plan shifted to a local service at the Maranatha church at a future date to be determined. Then the situation changed again, with metropolitan Melbourne going back into lockdown.
At this point the decision was made to proceed with the ordination, despite less-than-ideal circumstances. Sadly, it could not take place at all in Br. Miguel’s home field of Victoria. So it was decided to host it in Sydney, where regulations would still permit the requirements of this ceremony, and we could make use of the live streaming capability of Schofields Church for those who were unable to attend.
Before this could happen, however, travel restrictions were introduced. Br. Miguel and Sr. Daiana his wife, travelled to New South Wales and spent 14 days in mandatory self-isolation. Once this was completed, we were able to proceed with the plan and Sabbath the 25th was a special day for all.
To commence the service, an item was shared, which had been sent by the church in Victoria, including music and photos. Then Br. Nathan Tyler presented the message, “Soldier, Servant, Shepherd,” highlighting the qualities that a minister of the gospel must exhibit. Next Br. Paul Chapman related key events in Br. Miguel’s life and ministry, such as his attendance at missionary schools in Peru and Brazil, and his move to Australia. Then he asked both Miguel and Daiana to formally indicate their acceptance of this call to ministry. Br. Alfredo C. Sas led in the special prayer with laying on of hands, and then read the ministerial charge.
Two more touching musical items were presented, also from the brothers and sisters in Victoria. Although they could not attend in person, their songs and photo memories brought emotion to all.
Br. Miguel was invited to address a few words to the congregation. He spoke in English, Spanish and Portuguese, for the benefit of family and church friends who were also watching from overseas.
The service ended with the benediction pronounced by the new minister himself. As we were dismissed, although restrictions permitted us from shaking hands, Miguel and Daiana were greeted by all and we wished them well in their continuing ministry.
Welcome to the ministerial team, Miguel. May God grant you and Daiana daily grace and courage as we all work together in the service of our Lord Jesus.